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Flea Market Transportation Optimization

May 2nd, 2010 | Categories: Americana, Automobiles | by Michael Williams

Not sure who this fine piece of American metal belongs to, but I sure was jealous when I saw it in the flea market parking lot in Connecticut this weekend. The pride of Toledo, that is one good looking Willys Overland in the most vintage of colors. I bet Martha Stewart would have cut a check for it on the spot. Well, If I had the kind of dough she does I would have.

Comments: 24

24 Comments to “Flea Market Transportation Optimization”

  1. Craig
    on May 3rd, 2010
    @ 12:51 AM

    If only the cars made today could maintain the sense of style….nice find!!!!!!

  2. Michael M
    on May 3rd, 2010
    @ 1:56 AM

    Can’t begin to figure out which part of it is my favorite. Any idea what year this is? My buddy in high school had a ’46 and it was quite a bit of fun in the summer but looked nothing like this.

  3. Tony Oliver
    on May 3rd, 2010
    @ 4:16 AM


  4. JonIndia™
    on May 3rd, 2010
    @ 10:00 AM

    hmmm, pretty cool color, but i’d rather have an old Range Rover Defender.

  5. Thornproof
    on May 3rd, 2010
    @ 10:32 AM

    Sweet Ride! That is the type of vehicle that I want, maybe with a vintage Airstream hooked to the back, for some real old-fashioned family holidays.

  6. Nick
    on May 3rd, 2010
    @ 11:35 AM

    Wow, what I wouldn’t give to hop in that and take off to the mountains, cool find!

  7. Brian Miller
    on May 3rd, 2010
    @ 12:03 PM


  8. Fjorder
    on May 3rd, 2010
    @ 1:00 PM

    Someone loves this vehicle. I’ve yet to see one so straight and rust-free, certainly a rare find. And it’s obvious that the owner is not too fussy—looks like she’s got some dirt under her fingernails, though I doubt this Willys sees any action off the pavement besides the unpaved farm roads.

  9. jeff
    on May 3rd, 2010
    @ 1:41 PM

    good lord.

  10. Logcabineer
    on May 3rd, 2010
    @ 2:02 PM

    ouch! locking hubs and everything.

  11. T.H.
    on May 3rd, 2010
    @ 9:23 PM

    Willys Wagon…..speaks for itself……..character with character….enuff said.

  12. doug
    on May 3rd, 2010
    @ 11:25 PM

    I’m restoring a ’46 Willys right now-a CJ2A. They certainly do have style to spare, but let’s look at the other side of these vehicles: A normal cruising speed of about 45 mph. Brakes that are barely adequate for modern traffic. Tiny little taillights, and anemic 6 Volt electrics. The turn signals are your arm. Usually vacuum wipers that slow down to a crawl when you accelerate,and flap madly when you let off the gas. The interior is all steel,with a thicket of shift levers on the floor-don’t get in a wreck.
    That said, I’d grab this Willys in a heartbeat,too.

  13. Jonas
    on May 4th, 2010
    @ 12:44 AM

    RE; Doug. Actually the stock and original brakes can be made to work better than new. It is all about properly tuning them, and having the drums turned and the shoes arched to match.
    Spot on with all the other stuff. I actually like the fact the the inside is all steel.

  14. Nick
    on May 4th, 2010
    @ 10:25 AM

    What flea market in connecticut were you at?

  15. Thornproof
    on May 4th, 2010
    @ 12:40 PM

    With some hidden work, these vehicles can out-perform off-the-lot modern cars and still look amazing. For my ideal pairing with this truck, check this out.

  16. Thornproof
    on May 4th, 2010
    @ 12:41 PM

    Sorry, it appears that my link did not work correctly … damn modern technology!

    Okay, here it is again …

  17. steven threndyle
    on May 4th, 2010
    @ 1:35 PM

    What’s that Grateful Dead song “Jump like a Willys in four-wheel drive!’ Love the old Harvester/Scouts, too…

  18. ramirez
    on May 4th, 2010
    @ 2:24 PM

    looks like a 473 from 1950. nice truck.
    in my opinion, 49-53 were the best years for cars or trucks.

    anyone who complains about the primitive nature of early model cars should shut up and get back into their honda.

  19. Jonas
    on May 5th, 2010
    @ 1:46 AM

    I like the International Travelall you found better.

  20. brant
    on May 5th, 2010
    @ 11:50 AM

    easiest way to date one of these cars is the front and rear windows–split panes means older.

    I have 2 of these and a garage full of parts in VT waiting on a father son restoration project….if I had the time. The other amazing part about these cars is the battleship grey/coral pink paint color combo–pure vintage.

  21. interiors lounge
    on May 6th, 2010
    @ 6:19 PM

    Hot car!

  22. Mister Ken
    on May 7th, 2010
    @ 10:58 AM

    OH I so want one of these things.
    We were vacationing in Santa Barbara when I saw my first one. I nearly hugged it.
    It was the Jeepster convertible, like this one but with a red interior.

  23. Turling
    on May 7th, 2010
    @ 3:24 PM

    Nice! Now, go find me an International Harvester.

  24. stone
    on May 17th, 2010
    @ 11:50 PM

    Oh man. This brings up memories. When I was 15 I restored a 1952 willy’s wagon with my grandpa. Such a cool truck. Check out our current Willy’s project here: http://stonecrandall.com/?bp=112