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About Willys Vehicles - CJ-2A Universal

History - (1945-1949) Willys CJ-2A "Universal"
CJ-2A Production Total: 214,760

Illustration - CJ2A

CJ-2A Illustration

With the close of WWII now eminent, Willys-Overland began to consider the development of a civilian jeep that it could market beyond the scope of the militarized MB, leading to the first mass-production of the CJ-2A in 1945. First drafts of the CJ-2A included the CJ-1 and CJ-2 (AgriJeep), of which only 6 are known to have survived.

The CJ-2A resembled its military ancestor closely, with a tailgate and side mounted spare tire. However, there are certain characteristics of the CJ-2A that make it easier to distinguish from the Willys MB; most notably with regard to the headlights (which on the CJ-2A are larger and flush-mounted) and the grille (now a seven-slot grille as opposed to the nine-slot MB grille). The CJ-2A T-90 Transmission replaced the MB’s T-84, while the "Go-Devil" engine was kept intact - many of the early CJ-2As were equipped with surplus parts leftover from wartime production.

Willys Overland first marketed the CJ-2A with the intention of gaining ground in farming, ranching, and other industrial and agricultural applications. Options were abundant on the CJ-2A, including extra equipment such as a rear seat, center rear view mirror, front passenger seat, canvas top, front PTO, rear PTO, belt pulley drive, capstan winch, governor, rear hydraulic lift, snow plow, welder, generator, mower disc, front bumper weight, heavy duty springs, dual vacuum windshield wipers, dual taillights, hot-climate radiator, driveshaft guards, heater, side steps, and radiator brush guard. In 1949, the Willys-Overland replaced the CJ-2A with the CJ-3A, which was produced until 1953.

Service Guides and Documents:
Gulf Service Sheet (1945-1964)- Document provided courtesy of Michael Scoggins
Jeep Dipstick Guide- Document provided courtesy of Michael Scoggins

(See Willys CJ-3A for more history on CJ Universal Series Models)
CJ-2A Photos
Steve King - 1946 Willys CJ-2A

Steve King-1946 CJ-2A

Nicki Curtis - 1947 Willys CJ-2A

Nicki Curtis-1947 CJ-2A

Linda - 1948 Willys CJ-2A

Linda-1948 CJ-2A

For more photos of these and other Willys Jeep Models, visit our Willys Jeep Blog Customer Photo Album!
CJ-2A Specs
Shipping: 2120 lb. (961,6 kg.)
Curb: 2215 lb. (1004,7 kg.)
Gross: 3500 lb. (1587,5 kg.)
Length (overall): 130 1/8” (3,3 m.)
Width (overall): 59” (149,8 cm.)
Height (overall): 69” (175 cm.)
Ground Clearance: 8 3/4” (22,2 cm.)
Tread (front and rear): 48 1/4” (122,5 cm.)
Tire Size: 6.00-16
Fuel Capacity: 10 1/2 Gal.
Transmission: T-90
Transfer case: Dana 18
Front Axle: Dana 25
Rear Axle: Dana 41
Wheelbase: 80” (203 cm.)
Other: 2-Piece Windshield, Tailgate
Engine: 4-134 L Head Motor (463) (All Years)
Engine Type: L4-134 “Go-Devil”
Number of Cylinders: 4
Cubic-In. Displacement: 134.22 CID (2199.53 cc)
Horsepower: 60 hp (45 kW) @ 4000 rpm
Torque: 105 ft-lbf (142 N-m) @2000 rpm
Compression Ratio: 6:48:1
Valvetrain: L-head

CJ-2A Body Paint Colors
Paint Colors Offered by Willys-Overland from 1946-1947*
Willys Paint Color - American Blue

American Blue

Willys Paint Color-Autumn Yellow

Autumn Yellow

Willys Paint Color - Bedford Gray

Bedford Gray

Willys Paint Color - Black


Willys Paint Color - Buckeye Red

Buckeye Red

Willys Paint Color - Challenger Blue

Challenger Blue

Willys Paint Color - Clear Maple

Clear Maple

Willys Paint Color - Harvard Red

Harvard Red

Willys Paint Color - Harvest Tan

Harvest Tan

Willys Paint Color - Lochinvar Green

Lochinvar Green

Willys Paint Color - Luzon Red

Luzon Red

Willys Paint Color - Mahogany Brown

Mahogany Brown

Willys Paint Color - Mediator Blue

Mediator Blue

Willys Paint Color - Normandy Blue

Normandy Blue

Willys Paint Color - Parkwood Green

Parkwood Green

Willys Paint Color - Pasture Green

Pasture Green

Willys Paint Color - Picket Gray

Picket Gray

Willys Paint Color - Polydor Blue

Polydor Blue

Willys Paint Color - Shawnee Red

Shawnee Red

Willys Paint Color - Sherwood Green

Sherwood Green

Willys Paint Color - Tunisian Red

Tunisian Red

Paint Colors Offered by Willys-Overland from 1948-1949*
Willys Paint Color - Autumn Brown Poly

Autumn Brown Poly

Willys Paint Color - Black


Willys Paint Color - Clear Maple

Clear Maple

Willys Paint Color - Emerald Green

Emerald Green

Willys Paint Color - FIesta Yellow

Fiesta Yellow

Willys Paint Color - Harbor Blue Poly

Harbor Blue Poly

Willys Paint Color - Luzon Red

Luzon Red

Willys Paint Color - Mahogany Brown

Mahogany Brown

Willys Paint Color - Michigan Yellow

Michigan Yellow

Willys Paint Color - Normandy Blue

Normandy Blue

Willys Paint Color - Pacific Blue Poly

Pacific Blue Poly

Willys Paint Color - Pine Green Poly

Pine Green Poly

Willys Paint Color - Potomac Gray

Potomac Gray

Willys Paint Color - Shasta Green

Shasta Green

Willys Paint Color - Sportsmans Green Poly

Sportsmans Green Poly

Willys Paint Color - Tunisian Red

Tunisian Red

Willys Paint Color - Universal Beige

Universal Beige

***Kaiser Willys cannot guarantee 100% accuracy of the colors or paint codes presented in this guide. When selecting a color for your vehicle, use the codes above as a starting point or reference, and work with your local paint supplier to find a color that works best for your budget and intent. There are several paint suppliers such as Auto Color Library, or Sherwin Williams, who may be able to cross-reference some of the older paint codes for you to find a more current formula, or if you are able to pull a painted piece off of your restoration project, they may be able to scan the color for you in the store to find a close match.

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