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Valentine APU CJ-3As Shipshewana, **Sold**

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UPDATE: **Sold**

Nick is selling his very rare Valentine-built CJ-3A APUs. He’s done a great job of uncovering the history of these Valentine APUs and sharing it with the jeep community.”


“These Willy-Overland CJ-3A utility vehicles were converted into auxiliary power units for the US Navy in the 1950s by the Valentine Welder & Manufacturing Company for use in starting jet aircraft engines. Both vehicles are finished in yellow and equipped with a seven-slot grille, flat front fenders, a single-seat operator’s station, and power take-off equipment. The pair includes an NC-2 mobile power plant that was designed for use on aircraft carriers and modified with rear-wheel steering, front-wheel drive, and a rear equipment platform. The other truck is one of approximately 75 such units modified into an NA-4 ground-based mobile APU and is fitted with a replacement Willys F-134 inline-four paired with a three-speed manual transmission. The engine has been removed from the NC-2 and is included in the sale.”


6 Comments on “Valentine APU CJ-3As Shipshewana, **Sold**

  1. David Eilers Post author

    Dave: Nick’s the seller in both cases.

    Nick: Did the BaT deal fall through in some way?

  2. Lynn DeBoer

    I drive semi for a national store. While driving on Calumet Ave in Hammond In. , a couple pulling a trailer with two industrial yellow willy jeeps of dubious condition were along side me. At the next stop light I asked the nature of the jeeps( I had noticed the generators mounted in the jump seat) , the new owner(?) informed me of their use and how they had been on carrier service. I saw the hood blisters, the spare engine, etc. I even took note of the stencil on the hood ‘USN 55 3397. That was yesterday, 4/4/24. A quick search today lead me to this site and the very APU jeeps I saw. Good Luck to the New Owners, I am glad I witnessed something so unique and rare from military history.
    Sincerely, L DeBoer

  3. David Eilers Post author

    Hi Lynn,

    Thanks for the update. I have updated the post. They certainly are unique vehicles!

    – Dave

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