SEMA Seen: 1946 Willys CJ-2A Farm Jeep

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Like GIs, Jeeps made transition to post-war duties

 

1946 Willys was modified for use in post-war farming | Larry Edsall photos
1946 Willys was modified for use in post-war farming | Larry Edsall photos

Each year at the SEMA Show, Omix-ADA, the world’s largest independent manufacturer and wholesaler of Jeep parts and accessories, brings and displays part of its historic Jeep collection under a specific theme. This year the theme is “rare vintage civilian model Jeeps” and the star is a 1946 Willys CJ-2A Farm Jeep.

According to Omix-ADA, the vehicle is one of the earliest examples of a post-war Jeep. It was marketed as the “All-Around Farm Work-Horse.”

Special equipment includes tow bar, saw and table
Special equipment includes tow bar, saw and table

To maximize traction in farming terrain, the Jeep rides on eight wheels — two at each corner. It’s a virtual Swiss Army Knife of farm implements with a side-arm mower bar, a Canfield folding wrecker tow bar and a rear-mounted Newgren buzz saw with table.

The display at SEMA also includes a 1947 Willys CJ-2A fire truck, 1955 Willys pickup, 1959 Jeep FC-150 cab-over truck, 1978 Jeep J-10 pickup (with only 2,440 miles), and a 1982 Jeep CJ-7 fire truck.

Omix-ADA founder and president Al Azadi started the collection to preserve the Jeep heritage. The collection has grown with the addition of many of the Jeeps owned by Mark Smith, the late founder of the Jeep Jamboree, and is now housed in a museum-style facility at Omix-ADA headquarters in Suwanee, Georgia. The collection is open to visitors by appointment.

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Like GIs, Jeeps made transition to post-war duties
Like GIs, Jeeps made transition to post-war duties
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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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  1. interesting..i had heard that there were many surplus jeeps that needed a home. i like this adaptation with these, the other just as interesting were the model A fords that the post office used to deliver the mail, on rural routes where the snow and dirt roads are hard to navigate.

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