Barn find! This ’49 Willys-Overland Jeep pickup is a beauty


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Vintage pickup trucks and vintage 4x4s are hot commodities in the collector car world, and the Pick of the Day fits into both categories. It is a 1949 Willys-Overland Jeep 4×4 pickup truck.

“A true barn find,” notes the private seller, who adds, “I purchased the vehicle from a farmer who had the Willy stored in a barn for over 29 years. He never registered the vehicle. He only used it for taking pictures with his grandchildren during Christmas and to go fishing on his cattle farm.” The seller said the truck has been restored “to its original glory.”

A longer wheelbase

In 1949, Jeep’s Willys-Overland trucks were marketed as “a truck for the modern farmer” and “the biggest news in the medium-duty field.” Advertisements noted that the trucks built on a 118-inch wheelbase were Willys-Overland’s first attempt to diversify the Jeep brand “beyond the short-wheelbase flat fender” 104-inch wheelbase of the station wagon, Jeepster and the 80-inch wheelbase of the civilian CJ.


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Some modern improvements

Among other things, the truck has been rewired and converted to an alternator and 12-volt electrical system with a new battery. It has also had its brakes serviced with new parts and a new starter and solenoid have been installed.

A fresh, custom interior

The interior has custom birch paneling and the wood in the truck bed has been removed, sanded and re-stained.

The original engine

The truck has its original flathead-4 engine, a 3-speed on the steering column gear shift and high and low levers for its 4-wheel-drive system. It also features power take off for operating auxiliary equipment. The truck is in Ioxahatchee, Florida, and is being offered for $24,999.

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