Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles Research Archives

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1958 FC-170 Mulberry, FL $4500

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: , .

This cool-looking oddball is a long-parked FC that has a hunting bed on the back.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1815171195302244/

“1958 Jeep fc170 with hunting bed Truck has been parked since 1976 Will need brakes,tires gas tank, carb rebuilt ect but is pretty much complete Has a little bit of rust here and there but a good solid truck for the most part Has a super hurricane 6cyl flat head and a 3 speed manual Pto winch 4×4 Clean Fl title asking 4500 obo or possibly trade for something cool that runs and drives no bikes or boats”

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1946 Article on Lincoln’s New Police Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old News Articles

This February 9, 1946, article shares the news of the Lincoln, Nebraska, police department’s new surplus jeeps. These war surplus jeeps out of nearby Fort Crook were equipped with radios obtained from the Omaha police department.

Clipping from Lincoln Journal Star - Newspapers.com

 
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Oakdale Minnesota’s CJ-3A Fire Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

The Oakdale Minnesota fire department was formed in 1953 with one old CJ-3A Fire jeep and some Fords. The below poor-quality still was taken from a history video of the Oakdale fire department. It shows the CJ-3A.

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Angles National Forest’s New Fire Jeeps

A March 30, 1947, article in the Metropolitan Pasadena Star-News introduced the Forest Service’s ten new CJ-2As to California readers. These vehicles were equipped with two-way radios to aid fire control.

The article notes that a Weasel was being tested, along with the development of a four-wheel-drive vehicle that would be better for forest fire fighting, but I could find no references on the internet to an offload vehicle designed by Ira Funk.

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Jeep Tankers Developed by the Forest Service

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

A niche journal focuses on forest fire fighting called Fire Control Notes published at article in the January 1947 issue concerning quarter-ton-tanker jeeps made from WWII vehicles. You can see the full journal here: https://archive.org/details/firecontrolnotes08unit/page/n5/mode/2up?q=jeep

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1947 Fire Jeep Sun Valley, ID Auction

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

Silver Auctions will be auctioning a CJ-2A Fire Jeep on Saturday, September 5th.

http://www.silverauctions.com/auction_view.php?eventid=322&lotid=97821

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“This Willy’s CJ-2A was sold new on April 5th 1949 by West Motor Company, Steubenville, Ohio to the Wheeling Steel Corporation plant also in Steubenville. It was put to use by inside the plant and was outfitted by Howe with a hose reel. Its second life was with the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Dept. They removed the reel and installed an 80-gallon water tank and was used as a brush truck. The third owner acquired it in 2005 and treated this Willys to a restoration. The tank was removed and restored to how you see it photographed, back to an inside plant, pumper Fire Truck. Lot’s of era correct parts we sourced and now this Willys is loaded from bumper to bumper with firefighting equipment. “Next Day Fire Department” is sure to be a hit anywhere it is driven or displayed.”

 
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1956 Willys Fire Truck Mauston, WI $15,000

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

It doesn’t run.

https://madison.craigslist.org/cto/d/mauston-willys/7178437126.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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Albany New York Police Department Jeep Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images

Joe shared these two Albany Police Department police photos posted by Albany’s Times Union online newspaper. The CJ-2A riot jeep is pic #30 of 35. The Wagon is pic #2 of 35.

https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Photos-Historic-Albany-police-vehicles-7213620.php#photo-9716797

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Original Road Warrior Camera Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images

Roger Martin shared this photo of, most likely, a CJ-2A or CJ-3A that was modified and outfitted with a camera. He spotted on Facebook. It was used on the set of the original Road Warrior Movie.

I was unable to find another photo of the camera jeep, but I did find a modified CJ-3B used for the Road Warrior (Fury Road) remake.

 
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Kristi KT-4G Snow Cat Salem, OR $25,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: , .

Marty spotted this rare (only one of two according to the seller) Krisit Company KT-4G Snow Cat. It uses a CJ-5 body with a Meyer hardtop.

https://salem.craigslist.org/snw/d/salem-1960s-kristi-kt-4g/7174497700.html

“This is 1 of 2 ever produced KT-4G units

Perfect item for a snowcat collector who’s looking for a unique snowcat or a very rare Kristi cat, and Yes… this is a Jeep CJ cab on it, which makes it all that better and more rare – fitting in with your Jeep collection as well.

Running engine when parked few years ago, tracks still got life in them if one wanted to simply get it started and run it for a season or more. Some rust on floor pans, but nothing that cant be quickly fixed/repaired for upcoming seasons use, or put this machine through a proper restoration and make it a museum peace for everyone to envy.

Its very complete with all of the original parts, rest can be easily purchased at most auto-part stores.

Unit is not oversized, thus making it easy to transport and deliver”

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January 1950 Pop Mechanics Sky-High Painter

Gayland spotted this unusual setup for painting tall places from a jeep. This was published on page 114 of the January 1950 issue of Popular Mechanics. Just hope it isn’t a windy day!

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The is a better look at the rigging:

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And a close up of the jeep:

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January 1950 Popular Mechanics Article on Tinkertown

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Unusual • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Jerry contacted me about a locomotive jeep he would like to restored (see near bottom). He noted that it was used at Tinkertown and found this older post while hoping to learn more. So, this post is a complete redo of an early post that focused just on photos in a January 1950 issue of Popular Mechanics.

It is probably no surprise that the Los Angeles metroplitan area was a hotbed of theme parks and carnivals following World War II. In particular, there was Beverly Park, which is claimed to be the park that stimulated Disney’s interests in theme parks.

One of those carnivals was a traveling kiddie carnival called Tinkertown. Articles show it existed at least from 1950 through 1952, operating in Monrovia, Wilmington, Los Angeles, and other LA area towns.

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December 06, 1951, Wilmington Daily Press, Wilmington, California. Tinkertown Kiddie Carnival announcement.

Tinkertown appears to have owned, at one time or another, at least four unusual jeeps. One was a fire jeep made from a CJ-2A, shown below in red.

A second jeep appeared to have been a stretched (probably surplus) WWII jeep made into some kind of fire jeep used to tow a small Ferris wheel.

The article above refers to the jeep as a “fire engine”; perhaps it was modified during WWII? Here’s a better image:

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A third jeep-related setup was a train possibly made from a jeep (or jeep-engine-powered at the very least). It is pictured here:

 

The fourth known jeep was a jeep turned into a locomotive. It’s the one Jerry now owns (along with two of the tram cars), one he’d like to restore. It’s in surprisingly complete condition. He’s hoping to learn more about the manufacturer and/or Tinkertown. Here’s a photo of his train:

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Here’s how it looked in 1950:

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June 1946 Photo of Merced’s Abatement Jeeps

This June 20, 1946, photo and caption on the Gustine Standard shows six jeeps purchased by the city of Merced for Mosquito Abatement. I didn’t realize jeeps were used so early for anti-mosquito work in California.

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Photos of the Boyerstown-built 2wd Delivery Van

UPDATE III: A new reprint of the late 1950s Boyerstown-built Delivery Van is on eBay:

View all the information on eBay

“NICE  QUALITY LARGE  11 X 17  REPRINTED PICTURE”

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UPDATE II: Mike shared a pic of a Boyerstown van from an ebay auction circa 2004.

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UPDATE: In 2012 there was a press photo of the front of the van for sale.

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2012 Post: “Jeep Utility 1959 4 x 2 Truck Photo Reprint w. Boyertown Body”

 
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1949 Article on the Jeep’s Forest Fire Fighting Potential

(Given fireworks have arrived, this article seemed appropriate …) This August 07, 1949, article was published in the Spokesman Review out of Spokane, Washington, but it likely originated from a Wisconsin news report. The article mentions Nicolet National Forest, which is located in Northern Wisconsin, and the event was sponsored by E. W. Schwartz Motors out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. One interesting statistic noted was that conservative estimates put the number of jeeps in service in state and national forests at over 1,000 jeeps by the summer of 1949.

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1953 CJ-3B Newport, VT $4000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(06/10/2020) This custom oddity could be worth a look. It might make a good restoration project.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1597726797051226/

“Runs & drives great. 30 minutes on new motor. PTO…. Black tank is hydraulics, white tank for gas. Has gauges, etc… This is a one off, custom built by a car restoration company log splitter that was used for many years, then rebuilt & basically stored in the warehouse. Been started every year. This is a badass toy!!! I’ll dig it out from under the new clutter for the serious buyer”

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1967 CJ-6 Fire Jeep Tampa, FL eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

UPDATE: Bidding ended without a sale.

Joe’s selling this former Florence Township (Ohio) CJ-6 Fire Jeep.

View all the information on eBay

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“Bidding on a two owner Jeep CJ6 with 6,307 original miles on the original 4 cylinder engine with 3 speed manual transmission with clean Ohio title. It was converted into a fire engine for fighting brush and field fires for a small volunteer fire dept in northern Ohio who owned it until November 2019 when I purchased it from them after being the highest bidder in a sealed bid auction.

Well taken care of mechanically by the FD, was placed out of service in 2018 after being replaced, but not before they upgraded to 15 inch Pro Comp wheels with Super Swamper tires in 2016 (that probably have less than 100 miles on them). The original front drum brakes were also upgraded to disc brakes at the same time (original drums will be included in case buyer wants to restore it to original). Second set of 15 inch steel wheels with Bridgestone Dueller tires (from 2002) also included, as well as the original Goodyear spare tire. Continue reading

 
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1967 Jeepster Commando Fire Jeep Rockford, OH $20,000

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Jeepster

UPDATE: **SOLD** for close to asking price. This Jeespter Commando had an engine issue of some kind, but it is unknown at this point how serious it is. 

Jordan shared this cool Jeepster Commando. Is this a one-off or was there a company that was modifying these for fire departments?

“Classic 1967 Jeep Commando Low Miles Very well maintained $20,000.00 or make an offer More pix and info coming or available upon request T-Line EV LLC will consider trade ins of existing apparatus”

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Dare County, North Carolina, Jeep Bookmobile

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles
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April 1954, Dane County, North Carolina: https://digital.ncdcr.gov/digital/collection/p249901coll36/id/336. The jeep was painted green.

An April 15, 1948, newspaper article in the Winona Republican (Winona, Minnesota) claimed that there were roughly 377 bookmobiles traveling the United States, out of which only one was a jeep.

Two years later, by 1950, the jeep was proving more popular for use as a bookmobile, because it could access rural areas more easily than other vehicles. I doubt there are any records on how many jeeps were used as bookmobiles, but at least one appeared in multiple photos and articles: The Dare County Jeep Bookmobile.

Dare County purchased it’s first jeep in 1950, hence all the photos and news articles on this post. According to the library’s history page: “After the war, the library continued to grow. In 1950, the first bookmobile was purchased – a green Willys Jeep converted for this purpose began making regularly scheduled runs. As there were then no bridges from the mainland or to the Outer Banks, all trips involved ferries. Georgia Harwood retired in 1956, succeeded by Jean Turner Ward, who served as librarian for the next fifteen years.”

This full page article with photos was published in North Carolina’s News and Observer on April 23, 1950. It appears the new jeep bookmobile had just been put into service.

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This next article, which predates the above article by 13 days, was published in North Carolina’s News and Observer on April 23, 1950.

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North Carolina’s News and Observer on April 10, 1950.

Dare County’s digital archives provided additional photos:

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Fire Brigade Trucks From Australia

Cool photos. I would guess these were Personnel Carriers converted into fire trucks. However, they may also have been a cab-only chassis as well. The serial numbers would tell us more. You can see a few more photos at the bottom of this CJ-3B page.

https://www.alamy.com/st-george-fire-brigade-car-1-july-1962-st-george-fire-brigades-car-1-converted-from-a-willys-jeep-truck-the-queensland-government-supplied-these-units-to-small-rural-towns-in-1961-the-chassis-were-built-by-willys-motors-australia-pty-in-brisbane-and-the-bodies-by-enoggera-motor-body-works-image188710782.html

“St George Fire Brigade Car 1, July 1962. St George Fire Brigade’s Car 1 converted from a Willys Jeep Truck. The Queensland Government supplied these units to small rural towns in 1961. The chassis were built by Willys Motors Australia Pty in Brisbane and the bodies by Enoggera Motor Body Works.”

This example calls Mattaburra, Australia, home:

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Here’s another example. The pic is small.

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Year? Hobart Welder/Generator Dorchester, WI $650

It runs. Could be a good price.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1143669202682808/

“D.C. Generator/ Welder.needs a switch & cables,WILLY’S Jeep motor runs, a definite great buy. Located east of Colby”

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Year? CJ-3B Pocomoke City, MD No Price

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: .

A later model 3B turned into a golf course jeep, hence the steel mesh.

https://easternshore.craigslist.org/pts/d/pocomoke-city-willys-jeep/7130908868.html

“Willy’s Jeep for sale. Was at a golf course.”

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Industrial Engine Nemasket, VA $300

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

Engine is stuck.

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/pts/d/alexandria-willys-cj-2a-industrial/7131773512.html

“Complete Willys CJ-2A 4 cylinder flat head engine with all accessories and governor. This item sat in a shed for about 25 years and has been covered by a tarp for a couple of years after originally going out of service for fuel tank reasons. Item is stuck from sitting and is still attached to the arc welder it powered and on the trailer it is transported on. Sold as is.”

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1948 CJ-2A Boyer Fire Jeep Utica, NY $25,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/24/2020) This former Fly Creek fire jeep includes some raised lettering on the side.

https://utica.craigslist.org/atq/d/utica-jeep-fire-truck/7120652552.html

“1948 Willy’s CJ-2A Jeep mini-pumper fire truck. In running, driving and pumping condition. Always stored inside when not being used for a fire or in a parade. Shipped from Willy’s to Boyer fire apparatus in Syracuse NY to be up-fitted with the fire equipment for use at Griffiss Air Force base in Rome NY. It stayed at GAFB until 1966 when it was passed on to a small volunteer fire dept here in upstate NY and was used there until the 90’s when it was retired from active fire service. From then on it has had an easy retirement life doing parades, car shows and Fire truck exhibitions.

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There are only 7010 original miles on this truck from new. It starts up and purrs like a kitten. It has all the original equipment with it to go to a fire right now, including the original 2 way radios, siren, hand tools, axes and even the helmet worn by the chief engineer who was in charge of this truck until its retirement. The ladder rack is full of all the tools, hoses and ladders that came with it.

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1947? Photo of a CJ-2A Spraying in South Dakota

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images

Taken by Jay Higgins on May 28, 1947, and published by the USDA Forest Service, this photo is shared on archive.org. The confusing part is that this is a May 1947 photo, but CJ-2As with passenger side bow holders weren’t supposedly built until 1948. The photo does not appear reversed, as the reflector is on the correct side in the rear.

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