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Riding to the Rescue: A look back at LA County’s Rescue Vehicles

UPDATE: This updated post from 2012 now includes photos taken by David Carr at LA County’s Cabrillo Beach.  The three photos below are on a wall as part of a “wall-of-fame”. 

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From June 28, 2012: Over the past 100 years Los Angeles County has used a variety of vehicles to manage their beaches.  As part of a retrospective, the article below shows a few of them, along with welcoming some new hybrids into the County system.  All photos belong to LA County’s Life Guard Association.

Here are two GPWs (the pics were from a now defunct blog):

Bathing beauties were still posing on county lifeguard trucks in 1959.

Buz unearthed this CJ-2A Life Guard Jeep used by the city of Los Angeles (vs. the county).  Though the caption accompanying the jeep suggests this was war surplus, it’s clear this is a civilian rig. The rear extension is interesting, though doesn’t look neatly done.

 
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1952 Truck JeepRod Graham, WA $5000

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Willys Trucks

This project is an unusual truck.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/5845019518847981

“RatRod Willy’s truck sitting on 2000 ford chassis with motor and tranny, 2wd locker in rear 5 speed 3.0 motor 126,000. Runs and drives good like it should. Not a show truck it is a RatRod. All factory wiring harness and steering column out of diner truck. Will trade for 4 runner project or older jeep project”

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1952 Truck Durango, CO eBay

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

Jim’s got this truck for sale. He used to own a number of jeeps and was an early reader of eWillys. You can contact him at bozwell13 @ hotmail.com or call/text me at 602 435 2110. He says it has the original paint and is very straight.

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“Don’t you hate it when you’re at a dealer auction trying to buy trucks for work and you just cant put your arm down to stop bidding on a beautiful old school Willys Jeep pickup? Man, I hate it when that happens…

I’ve owned a lot of Willys in my life, a lot (like 25-30 civilian and military) never had one like this, this truck is special, it was loved. I think this truck is amazing, preserved in an original patin. The previous owner’s wish (and mine) is that it remain like this… just an opinion, but…

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1947 Model? McKinleyville, CA No price

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons

A very minimalist ad. Maybe something; most likely nothing.

https://humboldt.craigslist.org/bar/d/mckinleyville-47-willies-jeep/7491239486.html

“47 willies make offer”

 
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2 Trucks, One is a Fairmont Hy-Rail Gilmanton, NH $2500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Andy spotted this pair of trucks. He noted that the worse of these two trucks was modified by Fairmont into a Hy-Rail. That’s a very rare truck, though it is in poor shape.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/971491473538491/

“1940s Willys trucks. The mostly complete one is 4×4. No motor. The other has a flathead in it. Sold as a pair. Bill of sale. $2500. Nice project”

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1960 Truck Groton, CT $8000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

Could be worth a look. Body looks straight.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/532832671565722

“All original. Super Hurricane motor. 3 speed transmission. Runs and drives. There is some rust on driver rocker but overall in decent shape for its age”

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1949 Truck Benton City, WA $2000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

Andy spotted this truck, along with its rear PTO. On the other hand, I blew right by the pics of this truck, missing the PTO altogether. Thank goodness there are more observant people than me reading ads! No description provided.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/981164575837417

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1952 Truck Pasco, WA $2900

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

This is a short hop from where I used to live in Pasco. It includes lots of parts. This may be worth a look if you want a truck project.

https://kpr.craigslist.org/cto/d/kennewick-1952-jeep-willys-pickup/7481693021.html

“Willy’s pickup with LOTs of spare parts. Selling all together – no trades. No title and currently doesn’t run. More photos available by request. $2,900 OBO.”

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1947 CJ-2A? Mica, WA $4000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons

UPDATE: Price dropped to $4000.

This continues to be relisted on Craigslist. One person commented that this seller isn’t responding. I asked my Mica friend about this and he thinks he may know the owner. 

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/for/d/mica-1947-willys-jeep/7476025433.html

“1947 Willys Jeep, does not run, it’s been setting for about 22 years.
I have the title. Has a metal bolt on cab. $5000.00 or Best Offer.”

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1948 CJ-2A? Camp Hill, AL $9500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Jeepster, Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons

No pics provided.

https://auburn.craigslist.org/atq/d/camp-hill-1948-cj-willys-jeep/7473457058.html

“Original CJ Willys Jeep. Runs great. All new tires and battery.”

 
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3 Trucks Middlebury, VT $1800

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

There might be some value here if you need truck parts.

https://vermont.craigslist.org/bar/d/middlebury-willys-trucks/7475206522.html

“I have 3 willys trucks for sale. They are parts trucks. 2 have a 4 cylinder engine. 1 is a 6 cylinder super hurricane. They all have complete power trained. Lots if good parts. I’m looking for $600 each or $1800 for all 3.”

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1950 Truck w/ Dump Bed Sanger, CA **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $12,500

(09/12/2020) No obvious rust.

“1948 ( title says 50, don’t know why but is a 48) 4×4 locking hubs high and low 2 and 4 wheel transfer case all work. 3 speed manual transmission fireball v6 engine. Runs great registration current. Hydraulic dump bed. Frame under bed super clean no dents or dings. Interior needs work. Needs wiring, lights not hooked up. Cool classic truck project that you can still cruise around while working on it. I have the step side panels just have them off. Was about to start painting but got another truck so letting this one go. ”

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1952 Truck Body/Parts Redding, CA **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $2500.

If you need truck body parts, this might be of interest.

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“truck body
truck bed
original axels front and back
2001 dodge rear axel
2 doors
a hood”

 
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1947 Truck Littlerock, WA $4000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

Bed is rough, but the rest looks pretty solid.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/cto/d/littlerock-1947-willys-jeep-truck/7470720665.html

“This is an Eastern WA vehicle and has good bones from a dry environment. Good frame, good everything except the engine. Bought as project that didn’t get started, priorities shift sometimes. Engine needs a rebuild. Bring a trailer.”

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1951 Truck Northern AZ $6500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

The replacement floor looks good.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1597287777286045

“Rebuilt transmission and completely rebuilt the floor. Don’t have the time anymore”

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1962 Truck Columbia, CT $10,000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

Looks in good shape.

https://newlondon.craigslist.org/atq/d/columbia-62-willys/7454998293.html

“62 Willys pickup all original 10000.00 obo”

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1959 Truck Lemoore, CA $40,000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: , , .

An unusual truck build.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/477934837101861

‘”Willys pu hot rod trade for 55-57 gasser or show car hot rod”

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1951 Truck Corpus Christi, TX $20,000

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Willys Trucks

Lots of updates.

https://corpuschristi.craigslist.org/cto/d/corpus-christi-1951-willys-truck/7448468563.html

“1951 Willys truck hot rod, photos have main description. I post is up it is still for sale. SERIOUS buyers only!!!!”

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1951 Custom Woodie Truck Lake Forest, CA Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Trucks, Wood bodies • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Was $35,000. Now Make Offer. This wagon was listed in California in 2020. Now it’s listed in Texas.

(01/31/2017) This one has been around a while.

https://houston.craigslist.org/cto/d/1951-willys-custom-woody/7445137286.html

“All custom 51 Willys woodie. Extensive sheet metal work, extended fenders, hood, roll pan and a tilt hood and more. All polished LS engine, with LS460e trans polished, hydro boost brakes. Custom dash, gauges, center console. Custom rebuilt painted frame blazer. All custom solid Maple wood with electric lift gate, PW, PB tilt etc. Custom interior, 6 way power seats with headrest monitors, custom made maple rear floor. Brand new 20″ rims and tires. So much more…view the photos for all the extras all top name brand parts. Less than 300 miles. Just testing the market. Serious offers only. Leave a message.”

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1950s Boyertown Economy Delivery Van Gap, PA Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s, Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

This rare economy delivery van has an even rare cousin, the Montpelier version. Thanks to Roger Martin for spotting it. No description provided.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/339496464754340/

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1951 Custom Crew Cab Truck Lincoln, CA $10,000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

Here’s something a little different.

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/cto/d/lincoln-1951-willys-crew-4-4wd/7440846245.html

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” Willys jeep made into a crewcab truck. 84 ford running gear. 3/4 8lug ,460 V8 and 4 speed trans. powersteering, power brakes. heat and A/C. setup to tow my Dump Trailler . new tires. I recently acquired this and thought it would be perfect ranch truck for me. I’ts too tall for me to get in and out . In my eightys and my little wife no way can get in. It is roomy inside. I have a 47 jeepster and 47 wagon and I do like willys. . I’ve run add on about 10 vehicles and whatever sells …lIf truelly interested best to call my cell for details. 8 miles from Lincoln ranch has locked gates. in my name as 51 willys.”

 
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1951 Truck Forest Service-themed Sells for $28,500 at Auction

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Trucks

Bill pointed out the sale of this truck that was Forest Service-themed. It sold for the crazy auction price of $28,500.

https://www.hemmings.com/auction/1951-willys-pickup-644110

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“Now finished as a tribute to the U.S. Forest Service, this 1951 Willys pickup is described as a “longtime farm truck,” owned by one family for its first 70 years, that “underwent considerable mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment to prepare it for sale.” Besides new paint and a bed liner, the Willys is said to have received renewed interior electricals, heater refurbishment, and steering work. According to the selling dealer, the finish is about three months old, and any needed rust repair was completed. Because of its previous farm service, the Willys is also equipped with a power takeoff for running implements.”

 
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Willys Truck Body on Ram Chassis Spokane, WA $20k

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Here’s an odd ball!

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1780578822136703

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“12 VALVE CUMMINS (1995 RAM CHASSIS) WITH A WILLYS BODY RAMP TRUCK. ( TITLED AS ’55 WILLYS) ONLY THE BODY SHELL IS WILLYS, EVERYTHING ELSE IS DODGE RAM. MOTOR HAS BEEN HOPPED UP BY NORTHWEST CUSTOMS. TRANNY WAS REBUILT HEAVY DUTY 3500 MILES AGO. BRAND NEW WHEELS AND TIRES, WITH 2 FULL SIZE SPARES. BRAND NEW WARN WINCH FOR RAMPS, AIR SYSTEM ON BOARD FOR AIR BAGS AS WELL AS TANK FOR ANYTHING ELSE. GREAT STEREO SYSTEM WITH 10″ SUBWOOFER,BLUETOOTH. CRUISE CONTROL, AIR CONDITIONING, POWER BRAKES, POWER STEERING. HAVE HAULED 4500 POUND VEHICLES ON RAMPS. ALSO HAS HITCH FOR PULL BEHIND. PRICE CAN BE NEGOTIATED BY PULLING ROOF RACK, STEREO SYSTEM, WINCH AND AIR SYSTEM, OR ANY COMBINATION OF 1 OR ALL OF THE ABOVE”

 
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1953 Truck + Parts Truck Aptos, CA $4300

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

Seems worth a look. (Hard to believe it’s been 15 years since I lived in Aptos!)

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/scz/cto/d/aptos-1953-willys-flatbed-truck-and/7429642381.html

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“Two trucks, one for parts and other almost road ready. Over $2,000 into parts and repairs on main truck. Was used as a farm truck, runs on propane. Needs to swap cabs with parts truck, has windows, extra transfer cases and transmission, heater, wheels, and other various parts. 4×4 w/granny gear, 16″ wheels, new front shocks, hoses, spark plugs and wires, distributor cap, electrical, ignition, new bed post bases. Needs work on carb and propane exchange and completion of lights to be road ready. Temporary DMV registration. Come check these classics out before they’re gone.”

 
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1956 Willys Fire Truck Mauston, WI $13,000

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Willys Trucks

UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/23/2020) Needs work. This could have been a brush truck of some type or it was a utility truck.

https://lacrosse.craigslist.org/grd/d/mauston-willys/7412522587.html

“1956 Willys. 4 wheel drive. Runs and drives. Six cylinder inline flathead. Three speed manual. High and low transfer case.
Odometer does not work. Says 18,000 miles. Was told it was a fire truck? Owned for over eighteen years. Has been sitting inside for seventeen years. Needs work to be road worthy. Towaway.”

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