1944-1945 CJ-2


The body, chassis and much of the drivetrain of the CJ-2 were built especially for these units, even though many MB parts were also utilized, including the front grille. The CJ-2's, perhaps 45 in total, were built in two distinct series: pilot models and standardized preproduction models. All had tailgates, 5.38 gears, lower transfer case gearing and drawbars. The first two pilot models had T84 transmissions, but all the rest of the CJ-2's had the new T90 column shift. Many were equipped with PTO's, governors, and other equipment such as air compressors, post hole diggers or mowers. These rigs were used at various agricultural test stations around the country, and the name plates on the dash of the pilot models still carried the "Agrijeep" name coined for the CJ-1. The pilot models also had the spare tire mounted on the passenger side, forward of the rear wheel well, and some had brass "JEEP" plaques on the hood sides, windshield frame and rear panel. The preproduction series had "JEEP" stamped into the sheet metal, and the spare was moved behind the wheelwell. The restored Agrijeep seen here bears the serial number CJ-2-09. Owned by noted early-Jeep expert Fred Coldwell, it was restored by Charles Ellis and is one of nine known surviving CJ-2's: numbers 06, 09, 11, 12, 14, 16, 26, 32 and 37.

Also on CJ3B.info, see Preproduction Civilian Jeeps.

The posterReturn to the Pictorial History of the Universal Jeep or the Universal Jeep Timeline, 1942-1986.

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