ROCKFORD — Ken Stocklin knows the reward of hard work. He’s been working on this 1948 Willy’s CJ-2A for approximately four years.
With the end of World War II, the Willys-Overland company began to consider the thought of a civilian jeep. The CJ-2A closely resembles the military jeep that veterans were sure to recognize. The thought from the Willys-Overland company was that this jeep could be a farming vehicle, ranching vehicle or other agricultural vehicle.
Stocklin was surfing Craigslist one day and happened upon this 1948 Willy’s CJ-2A. He purchased it from a guy in Indiana. The Jeep had been sitting outside for years.
Stocklin painted the entire Jeep, inside and out. He estimates that he put close to $2,000 in parts and paint on this Jeep. But look at it now, something for him to take pride in.
Stocklin says the only memories he has of the Jeep at this point is working on it. However, more memories will be made for years to come on something that he put a lot of sweat and hard work in.
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