The CJ2A had a four cylinder L-head
Go-Devil engine with an 80 inch wheelbase, and a modified and revised
transmission and updated axles. Basically, the CJ2A is a modified Willys
MB. Exterior changes included a hinged tailgate for easier loading and
unloading and the spare wheel was relocated to the vehicles side. In
addition, the headlights were replaced with larger headlights, a fuel
gauge, speedometer, oil pressure gauge, water temperature gauge and the
gas cap was relocated. Also, several colors were available to better
market the Jeep to the civilian market.
For the most part the early CJ’s were
designed for agricultural purposes only. A few models were fitted with
fire fighting equipment. The Jeep CJ2A was manufactured until 1949 with
214,202 vehicles produced. There are many old CJ’s on the road to this
day. It is not uncommon to see one with a bikini top and oversized tires
climbing right up a hill!