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From Ducks Unlimited to Shore Patrol

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Joe has this story to share:

A few years back, a friend purchased a stretch-version of a 1947 Willys CJ2A that had actually been raffled off to benefit the organization “Ducks Unlimited”.  We assume the jeep was modified before the raffle to better accommodate the duck hunting sport but the winner sold the rig instead.  

The frame on the 2A and the drive shaft were lengthened about 12 inches by bubba in a back alley somewhere, based on the welding technique used.  They used heavy grade angle steel and welded it like it was a Navy ship.  The rear of the body was also lengthened about 18 inches and cantilevers over the frame to accommodate longer troop seats.  When we first saw the jeep on the trailer, the rig looked like a CJ-2A; 

The new owner happened to be a US Navy veteran and decided the jeep would better serve as a “Shore Patrol” replica jeep than a hunting jeep.  The large oversized tires were replaced and the windshield frame was straightened, among other things too numerous to mention.  And a few other items were added (ie. siren, 50 cal. MG, etc.) to complete the new image.  Here are the before and after pics of the transformation of Ducky.  Needless to say that “Ducky” was a huge hit in parades and car show.

Before Restoration:ducky-navy-shore-patrol-before1 ducky-navy-shore-patrol-before2 ducky-navy-shore-patrol-before3

After the Restoration:

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ducky-navy-shore-patrol-after3

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2 Comments on “From Ducks Unlimited to Shore Patrol

  1. Joe

    Ducky is a CJ-2A confirmed by her serial number, not a 3A. Sorry for any confusion……

  2. mmdeilers Post author

    Joe, my bad. I thought I’d corrected that, but hadn’t. It is fixed now!

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