Feature Vehicle of the Month
1948 Willys–Overland “Jeep” CJ–2A
Owners: Bill & JoAnn Pyle, Florida Region members
The Pyle’s bought this Jeep’s frame in Palatka, Florida in 2008 and added a reproduction Jeep body tub, fenders and hood. Bill already had the Jeep drivetrain and grille. 1945 was the first year for the Civilian Jeeps (“CJ”). About 214,760 CJ–2A’s were made between 1945 and 1949.
This 134 cubic inch (2.2 liter) inline “Go–Devil” L–head four cylinder engine develops 60 horsepower at 4,000 rpms with torque of 105 at 2,000 rpms. Bill upgraded to 12 volt wiring and added a modern 12 volt alternator. The rest of the engine compartment is stock.
The 3 speed manual transmission shifter is floor mounted next to the controls for the four wheel drive system. The interior seats are tan vinyl with a desirable optional rear bench seat. The black vinyl top is new.
Secure storage on this Jeep is located under the passenger seat in this lockable cubby. Since all the metal body parts were replaced, Bill says there is no rust in this 66 year old Jeep. Ground clearance is 8 5/8 inches.
Bill has owned/restored 8 Willys vehicles. Tires are “Military” 6.0 – 16 bias ply. Wheelbase is 80 inches with a total weight of 2,137 pounds. I drove the car around and found the clutch a little stiff but the acceleration, steering and brakes were great. Top speed is reportedly 65 mph. Bill says the Jeep is fun to drive both in the backwoods and around town on clear sunny days.
Next Club Meeting...
The Florida Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 P.M. at the Kress Memorial Church of Seventh-Day Adventists, 746 Formosa Av, Winter Park, Florida 32789. Located 2 blocks south of Fairbanks Avenue.
Next Club Activity
March 9, 2015 (Monday)