Willys used 7 different dash VIN data plates on CJ2As. At least 5 of the changes occured during the '46 model run.
Since data plates are not a "maintenance" item, the serial numbers at which the changes occured are not documented in parts lists.
I'm collecting what data I can to determine when the changes were made. If you can help out,
Updated: November 19, 2012 (some photos link to larger images)
|Beginning in 1945, at VIN 10001, the plate had a "WILLYS" logo.
#10043 (photo courtesy Bill O.)
Highest known VIN: 20528
|The spread from "Willys" to "Jeep" is down to 924|
|During the '46 column shift period, it changed to "Jeep" script logo.
under that it said: "ONE QUARTER TON FOUR WHEEL DRIVE TRUCK"
lowest known VIN: 21452 (photo courtesy Ricksslatts)
highest known VIN: 47187
Tag #47187 throws a monkey wrench into the works!
It is clearly a "truck" marked tag, but the number is all the way up there into the "1-piece" tag range! (see below)
Is this another case of Willys inconsistency?
|Again during the column shift period, the word "truck" was removed, apparently due to customer compaints about higher "truck" licensing fees.
so now it says: "ONE QUARTER TON FOUR WHEEL DRIVE"
lowest known VIN: 33304 (photo courtesy Dino)
highest known VIN: 45150 (photo courtesy Jordan Koll)
|The spread from 3-piece to 1-piece tags is 1041|
|Sometime later, the 3-piece set was changed to a 1-piece plate
The "Jeep" script and graphics are filled solid.
lowest known VIN: 46191 (photo courtesy Brandon G.)
highest known VIN: 57320 (photo courtesy "stick")
|The spread from solid to outlined logo is still significant at 5752|
|Later, the "Jeep" script and graphics were changed from solid to outlined. It appears the first versions of this tag were made from brass.
lowest known VIN: 63072 (photo courtesy Daniel P.)
highest known VIN: 80861 (photo courtesy Mark J.)
|It looks like there was a large overlap in Brass vs. Alum/Zinc plates. Another case of Willys simply grabbing whatever was handy off the shelf?|
|After brass, the plates were made identically from zinc and/or aluminum. Insufficent data to say which came first.
lowest known VIN: 71008 (photo courtesy Mike M.)
highest known VIN: 217424 (photo courtesy Paul D.)
as far as I know, this style plate was used throughout the rest of CJ2A production
|A new one which throws the succession into disarray. A solid logo plate, with different graphics than the earlier solid logo design.
Heavier & larger text. Buildings, smoke, trees & clouds are different.
only known VIN: 183514 (photo courtesy Tyler K.)
|Here ends (as far as I know) the CJ2A dash plate changes. One more dash plate follows, just to show that Willys couldn't stop!|
|This one likely didn't show up until CJ3A or 3B, but if you have a late 2A with one like this, LET ME KNOW!
So if you have VIN #'s within these ranges, please let me know which type of plate & VIN number it is:
If you have a photo, and wouldn't mind me using it on this page, please send it on over.