Make & Model: Willys Jeep Civilian

Year: 1947

Owner: Scott Kendell

“I bought in the Willys Jeep from a man in the UK.  He had imported 2 , kept one (1956 Willys) , and sold me the 1947 CJ2A. I managed to track down the original owners daughter. She sent me a mail briefly telling me her dad had bought the jeep from new and used it on his farm in California. After passing away , the jeep was put into storage, and then 25 years later it was in the UK for 2 months and now in my possession in Ireland. I received her running and in great condition for a 73 year old vehicle but had no brakes which is understandable from sitting for so long.”

“I then tore her down and rebuilt her up from a bare chassis. Unfortunately covid hit and things slowed down alot but I cracked on and she is nearly finished. All work on the jeep was done by myself with the exception of machine work on the engine block and a radiator service. “

“She originally had 33000 miles on the clock and the clock was still working when I first drove her. I have replaced alot of parts , nuts bolts etc but kept all the old parts. New wire loom original Willys,  5 new tyres, tubes, and inners , the list is huge. I still have a couple of things still to come in from the states then she’s ready for the road. I did not respray her as the original paint work was still in mint condition. I polished up all body work and clear coated her to keep the original patina. A few small rusted areas I treated aswell.”

3 thoughts on “1947 CJ2A Willys Jeep civilian

  1. Hello Scott,
    Great job on the CJ2A, you must be very proud.
    I have a 1946 CJ2A in fairly good condition but it needs some work, problem is I haven’t a mechanical bone in my body.
    I am living in Cork and any help would be appreciated. I have been searching the internet for CJ2A connections and that’s how I found this link.


  2. Hi Richard. I’m in Leitrim and I have a n Irish assembled 1948 cj2a which I’m about to begin a resto on. It currently in a poor state with some parts missing. Do you kno of any more similar ones in Ireland?


    1. Hello John .
      My name is Scott and I’m in Bridgetown Co. Wexford.
      I have some left over spares from my cj2a 1947 model if you interested.
      Brake slave cylinders
      Windshield rubbers
      Shackle spring brackets etc.
      you can what’s app me on 0879302090
      Kind regards


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