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Michael Myers, like many other Jeep 4WD enthusiasts, began as a recreationalist. After years of Jeep exposure, Michael purchased a ’48 Willys CJ-2A Universal. He followed that model with a rarer, early serial number 1945 model. The first ’45 civilian Jeep took Michael in a whole new direction.
The CJ-2A 4×4 depicted here is Michael Myers’ second low serial number CJ-2A. #10163 was the 163rd civilian ‘Universal’ produced, a bona fide 1945, column shift model.
As a budding restorer and early CJ historian, Michael Myers rapidly gained ground. He acquired CJ-2A #10163 with 2,700 original miles on the odometer. A farm vehicle from Alabama, Willys’ 163rd civilian CJ was complete, intact and in need of some very serious attention!
As his photos depict, Michael’s six-year project has included immeasurable hours of detailed sheet metal work. Additionally, he has disassembled and refreshed every mechanical component on the vehicle. Each step involves date-matching components for authenticity.
What motivates such attention? Hear Michael Myers in this live video interview at the 2011 Midwest Willys Reunion. A dedicated full-time fireman and family guy, Michael Myers has become an early Willys CJ historian and restoration specialist as well.
Enjoy the video interview and learn historical and manufacturing details about Willys’ first civilian Jeep 4WD Universal models!