1945 Willy’s MB no Longer for sale. Pending those currently interested

1941 - 1945, Willys MB & Ford GPW jeeps, NO EBAY, Craigslist or COMMERCIAL SALES.
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Re: 1945 Willy’s MB ALL MATCHING NUMBERS Runs $13k

Post by snakeriverranger » Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:08 pm

I guess it’s time to part it out

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Re: 1945 Willy’s MB ALL MATCHING NUMBERS Runs $13k

Post by Michael O. » Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:26 pm

snakeriverranger wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:08 pm
I guess it’s time to part it out
Why would you do that? You have a very nice MB that looks like a very nice restoration candidate. With your asking price it will take a while for the “right person” to buy it. If you don’t plan on restoring it then leave it as it is...its value as is will only increase.
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Re: 1945 Willy’s MB ALL MATCHING NUMBERS Runs $13k

Post by 1942GPW » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:57 am

You could always place it on eBay and see how much it brings. I agree with others, it’s a nice restoration candidate. However, these jeep don’t really bring big bucks relative to other collector cars and cost of restoration can be moderately high. Also, it’s a pretty small group of folks that are interested in owning these old war horses, thus the value is lower than other cars and trucks.
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Re: 1945 Willy’s MB ALL MATCHING NUMBERS Runs $13k

Post by snakeriverranger » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:32 am

I’m just kidding about parting out! ;) trying to see if anyone was seeing my updates 🤓

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Re: 1945 Willy’s MB ALL MATCHING NUMBERS Runs $13k

Post by Michael O. » Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:34 pm

snakeriverranger wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:32 am
I’m just kidding about parting out! ;) trying to see if anyone was seeing my updates 🤓
Oh, I noticed! LOL. Obviously, I hate seeing these beloved machines parted out no matter how rough thry are. To think of another one parted out which is in such nice and complete condition as yours was just something that I couldn’t bare.
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Re: 1945 Willy’s MB ALL MATCHING NUMBERS Runs $13k

Post by snakeriverranger » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:41 pm

Fully agree :)

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Re: 1945 Willy’s MB ALL MATCHING NUMBERS Runs $13k

Post by rondo » Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:39 am

I've seen fairly well done restored jeeps priced at that price point
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Re: 1945 Willy’s MB ALL MATCHING NUMBERS Runs $13k

Post by snakeriverranger » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:38 pm

And..? Were there reproduction parts used, were the tags original. Once again, this has NO REPRO parts except the rims and tires and is basically all there minus the rear seat and tops bows/canvas.

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Re: 1945 Willy’s MB ALL MATCHING NUMBERS Runs $13k

Post by snakeriverranger » Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:22 pm

Well considering that this is still for sale, what do you all recommend...restoring it? I thought if I left it as untouched as possible it would be better. But the way it’s going I might as well just push forward. Won’t be a hard restoration at all. Just need some combat rims if anyone is selling.

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Re: 1945 Willy’s MB ALL MATCHING NUMBERS Runs $13k

Post by snakeriverranger » Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:16 pm

lt.luke wrote:
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So I'm not in the market, and I'm sure someone will poo poo my comments....but that's a big ask on something that might be a little better than typical. And the absence of underbody and undercarriage pictures is pretty glaring. Considering there are enough "tells" on the pics of the inside/top of the tub and you even admit to it needing "a little hat channel work", I'm going to say that some may assume the undercarriage is pretty scary.
Anyone is free to ask ANY questions. Undercarriage is far from scary and very solid. Pics are hard to get due to lighting and grease. Hatchannel work is Typical In areas where rain or water got into the wood. Mostly the floors are in good shape which should tell you. I haven’t taken this off the frame and don’t intend to unless I keep it. Frame is solid not to mention and I will hide nothing. It will probably need some brake work and fuel line restoration but that is because someone cut the original fuel line. Gas tank is solid and original which should also tell you it’s comdition for 7 decades in the desert isn’t too dang bad!

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Re: 1945 Willy’s MB ALL MATCHING NUMBERS Runs $13k

Post by snakeriverranger » Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:23 pm

thovis wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:01 pm
Can you add pictures of the matching numbers? ie glovebox dataplate, engine, tub or frame plate?
Please don’t confuse my term matching numbers (not directed towards you but in reference to a few other members in thread). I am well aware that Ford blocks match the vin and MB are not so. My term matching numbers refers to the frame and body tags being original and matching. As well the engine is original to the Jeep with the correct “range.” I did post pics ;)

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Re: 1945 Willy’s MB Best offer over $10k

Post by Dawgman » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:28 pm

That’s a nice 45 Willy’s and is very restorable, will make someone a nice project without a lot of body work which can cost many MANY thousands if you aren’t doing it yourself, not to mention the cost of good panels. I have been burned twice by body restoration shops. I wish what I know now I knew in 1997-98 when I was having body work done on my 45 Mb. That Jeep went to 3 different body shops before I got it finished right. One guy took my money for poor work while stringing me along, and another conveniently kept a nice acm2 tub, which I’m trying to recover. No more promises, wasted money, and BS. If I can’t do whatever needs doing mechanically or sheet metal wise, then it’ll just go back on the frame with pop rivets and aluminum patch sheets and I’ll have fun driving it just the same. I’ll brush paint mine before getting screwed at another “restoration” shop if I can’t spray it myself. Just the cost savings not having to put in a lot of body panels should be a good selling point. I hope you find a good home for it.
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Re: 1945 Willy’s MB Best offer over $10k

Post by snakeriverranger » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:40 pm

Much appreciated Dawgman!!! Really would love to keep it but shifting some projects and working on getting house. Almost thinking of body work myself. I am going to pressure wash the grease off of it Tuesday and get better pics. Should reveal some solid areas. The hardest part in past projects was finding a tub with hood floors or something not poorly put in. This is my first with an original tub to frame that is restorable. I am just surprised at how much is original and on this jeep. Being a 45 it’s understandable. But still cool! I need to replace master brake cylinder and fuel pump and should be road worthy.

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Re: 1945 Willy’s MB Best offer over $10k

Post by Chuck Lutz » Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:33 am

Let's not make this an auction....
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Re: 1945 Willy’s MB Best offer over $10k

Post by macaddict23 » Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:43 am

I hope you sell this Jeep at a price you're happy with. Whatever that may be.

Yes, the Jeep is better than most I've seen. Yes, it looks like it has the factory-equipped engine, original dataplates, etc. Yes, all of that add value to the Jeep whether someone chooses to keep it as-is or restore it. Yes, the body is solid in a lot of areas, but the sections that need repair, will cost time and money. That said . . .

My guesses as to why the Jeep hasn't found a new home, . . . 1) it's a late-war Jeep. There's a premium on early production models or not-too-late where it missed the "Big Dance" (shipped overseas and actually saw action); 2) As I previously mentioned, you made some repairs. Sure the new paint may come off, but that "Barn Find" look is gone. From what I've seen in these forums, Craigslist and eBay over the years, people pay a premium for that unrestored look, whether it's all original paint, or even if it's been repainted decades ago.
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