Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles Research Archives

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1954 M-38A1 Brush Truck Mt. Airy, MD $3000

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, M-38A1

Runs, but needs some work.

“1954 Willys Jeep M 38A1 Brush Truck
need brakes and a gas tank
12 volts”

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1936 Willys Overland Fire Truck Alpha, NJ $2000

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

For that Willys owner who wants something unique.  I don’t know how rare it is or isn’t. I just thought this was cool.

“Old Willys fire truck. It was a pickup or van converted to parade fire truck. Very unique. Will need work.”

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1953 M-38A1 Livingstonville, NY Auction

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, M-38A1

Craig shared this one. Bids will be accepted until October 10th.

“The Town of Broome Volunteer Fire Department will be receiving sealed bids for the sale of a 1953 Willy’s Jeep. For questions or an appointment to see this unit call
and leave a message and someone will contact you. Sealed bids must be received no later than 7pm on October 10, 2017. Bids can mailed to: The Town of Broome Fire Department 453 State Route 145 Middleburgh, NY 12122. Envelopes must be clearly marked “JEEP BID”. The Town of Broome Volunteer Fire Department has the right to reject any and all bids at their discretion. Some equipment in photos not included in sale.”


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1958 NPS Truck Fort Collins, CO **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3250.

It’s a project, but still has some National Park Service markings. Cool truck!

“1958 Jeep pickup, Forest Service Chief truck. Utility Box. Have title, no engine. Please see photos. We really don’t have much more info to share, please call to set up appointment to see it for yourself.”

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Elko’s CJ-3B Fire Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

The “A1”, a CJ-3B Fire Jeep, served as Elko airport’s first fire truck. Still in good shape, it was recently put to use for the “fill the boot” Muscular Distrophy campaign.


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1958 FC-170 Ventura, CA $14,500

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

UPDATE: Price dropped to $14,500. This was auctioned earlier in Washington State.

“This is a 1958 Jeep FC in good running condition, it spent it’s career as a fire department support vehicle. I am the second owner. It Has very low millage. It is currently licensed. Although the paint has scratches from being used it is a solid truck, no rust holes, no broken glass. Six cylinder gas engine.”

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1950 Popular Mechanic Post on an Amusement Park

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

In the same January 1950 Popular Mechanic’s issue about the Santa Fe trail, Gayland spotted an article about jeeps (pages 104 and 105). Note that the jeep in the first pic looks to have a CJ-2A body, as the bow holders are there.

View the article here (you will have to search for the article within the magazine).

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1943 MB Fire Jeep Phoenicia, NY **sold**

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, MB

Update **sold**

“I got this original fire jeep from VT. It’s all original with correct mb engine and 6v accessories including sparton horn! Needs restoration, but a good starting point. Engine should run, I need to tune it up.”




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1963 CJ-3B Mansfield, OH Auction

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

Doug spotted this nice looking, recently retired, 3B Brush Fire jeep. You can see the auction page here:

“The City of Shelby Fire Department is accepting sealed bids for our 1963 Willy’s fire truck. The vehicle has 9666 original miles. The vehicle will be available to view on Saturday, June 10th from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Shelby Fire Department, 10 East Main Street, Shelby, OH  44875.  There will be no test drives.

Sealed bids will be received on June 23, 2017 at 12PM at Shelby City Hall, 43 West Main Street, Shelby, OH 44875.  A certified check or cash in the amount of 10% of the bid shall be included with the proposal form. This vehicle will not be sold for less than $5,000.  For more information, please view the Bid Documents.”


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1954 M-38A1 Brush Truck Mount Airy, MD $3000

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, M-38A1

Needs some work.

“1954 Willys Jeep M 38A1 Brush Truck
need brakes and a gas tank
12 volts”

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1953 CJ-3B Hamburg, NY $4000

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

UPDATE: Still Available

“1953 Willys Jeep, front blade, metal half cab, Auburn trencher, x-Bflo. Fire Dept. Telegraph Dept., 8500 original miles – needs restoration. $4000.”

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The Horton Company Scrambler EM Services Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Other 4x4s

Buz shared pics of a Scrambler that has been transformed into an ambulance. Neither he nor I had seen one like it. A little research revealed that it may have been one of six the Horton Company built  in 1981. Derek Redmond wrote a piece on the vehicles and coined a nickname: the Scrambulance. You can read more on the CJ-3B page.

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1954 M-38A1 Scotland, SD $3500

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, M-38A1

Blaine spotted this ex-fire jeep. Engine is stuck at this time.

“Clear SD title. Tires are 90% and jeep is pretty complete. Front bumper and some other odds and ends missing. The engine was stuck when I bought it so I pulled the spark plugs and put some PB blaster in the cylinders to work on freeing them up. Jeep has matching body number to vehicle data plate. Has correct military motor. Some rust in the usual places and a few small spots were cut out in the bed where a fire dept had a water tank mounted. Also have roll cage included, but not pictured. I was going to restore this back to military appearance, but honestly have too many projects so I’m selling it for what I have into it. Here is your chance to own a genuine military army jeep!”

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1966 CJ-5 USDA AG Albany, GA $1250

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

Gayland spotted this former government vehicle. It could use some loving. It has several neat data plates.

“1966 JEEP CJ-5 For Sale. For $1500.00. Engine is unassembled and in rear of JEEP. JEEP was built for the Government. Has a warranty sticker on dash from Kaiser Jeep to the Government. Has a Government Data Plate on the dash. It is equipped with a 540 PTO on rear. The previous owner said that the person that he bought it from said it was used to mow grass at a park. The paint has a nice even patina and would look good preserved as is. More pictures added. The rust near the Department of Agriculture decal is the worse spot on the out side of the body. If you were going to restore a 1960s Jeep this would be a rare and interesting one to restore. I have added a picture of the Kaiser JEEP Corporation’s Special Sales Order Plate.

Price reduce to $1250.00 before it goes into the woods for another 10 years.”

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1951 CJ-3A Fire Jeep Spruce Creek, FL $20,000

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/19/2017) Looks good.

“1951 Willy Fire Truck. Completely refurbished in excellent condition. Fully equipped with fire equipment and hoses.”

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1947 CJ-2A United Kingdom eBay

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

UPDATE II: This jeep is now for sale in the UK on eBay for 10x what it was and it doesn’t include the spraying equipment nor the front hub caps. Price was originally $1500.

“Willys 1948 cj2a jeep
Runs and drives
New tyres, brakes etc
We have screen surround, seat covers and hood included
Fuel tank is present
Converted to 12v but all original parts kept
Original paperwork and nova certificate present
Based in chertsey surrey
Sensible offers considered
Any questions please ask”

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CJ-5 Fire Jeep Video

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

It’s not a long video, but this is a fine looking CJ-5 fire jeep.

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Zamboni® Ice Resurfacers & the Jeep

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

UPDATE: We had a busy, long weekend, Normal updates resume on Tuesday morning. In the meantime, here’s a rerun from 2010.

Eureka, Utah is a very small town.  I imagine it was even smaller when Frank Zamboni was born in 1901.  From those humble beginnings, Frank grew up to create one of the most iconic service vehicles ever:  The Zamboni® Ice Resurfacer.  I’m not sure why they have entered the public’s imagination in the way they have, but if you say Zamboni®, people know what the vehicle does.

In fact, the Frank J. Zamboni company is legitimately concerned about the name Zamboni® passing from being a description of an Ice Surfacer into a noun, which can spell death for a Trademark.  You’ll note on the website that Zamboni® is quickly followed by Ice Surfacer for that specific reason.  In addition, there’s an extensive discussion of the Zamboni® trademark here.

By now, you are probably asking yourself what all this has to do with jeeps? For about 7 years, from 1942 through 1949, Frank Zamboni attempted a variety of experiments to create a good ice resurfacer, mostly using different Jeep models. Below is a summary of the Zamboni® history from the company’s website coupled with pics I’ve found all over the web.  The CJ-3B Page also has some information.

  1. Model A was Frank’s prototype ice re-surfacer.  In 1949, he built the model below (which has been restored and still exists at Paramount Iceland in California):

2. Model B introduced the jeep to ice surfacing.  In 1950, apparently Frank decided he needed something more portable, so he came up with Model B, which used a War Surplus Jeep (I’m assuming MB?).  If you look closely below, you can see Frank connected a U joint to the steering column and then added another steering rod so that you could steer from behind the jeep.  According to the Frank J. Zamboni Corp:

In 1950, Olympic skating star Sonja Henie’s traveling ice show was practicing at Paramount Iceland, and she saw the Model A in action. She had to have one and asked Frank if he could build one in time for an upcoming Chicago performance. The deadline was tough, but Frank worked day and night, then loaded all of the resurfacer parts into a U-Haul® trailer. He towed the trailer to Chicago behind the Jeep he would install the parts on and assembled the Model B there.

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Public Service Sales Brochure

UPDATE II: I”ve seen this brochure come and go on eBay. Right now there’s one priced at over $100. I’ve been waiting on a deal and finally snagged the other day: $11 including shipping! In honor of that, here’s a post from 2010 that shows the brochure in its entirety. You can also download a pdf version here.

(first published 12/7/2010) Gerald scanned and forwarded these images from the  Jeep Family of 4-Wheel-Drive Vehicles in Public Service.  There are 25 images. Thanks Gerald!

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1951 Ad for Blitz Buggy Fire Truck on eBay

We know a couple of these exist. One sold back in 2014.The fire truck has “Blitz Wagon” on it, while the company marketed it as a “Blitz Buggy” The company that produced these was the Hi Pressure Fog Equipment Company.

“This is an original advertisement,NOT a reproduction, no rips or tears. Size of ad is app 5 X 5.”

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The same company also made this alternative version. Anyone recognize the vehicle? This ad also appeared in a 1951 magazine accord to the seller.

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1974 CJ-5 Brush Fire Jeep Sunbury, PA $10,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

The fire parts have been removed, but seller still has them.

“1974 Jeep CJ-5, odometer reads 59,000 miles. This jeep is unique it was a fire truck from new, has aluminum tank, hose reel, working pump, lights, sirens, PA loudspeaker, removable winch etc. I have taken the firetruck parts off the jeep and used it as summer fun with a bikini top, then cold season with metal hardtop! The jeep is not a perfect show vehicle but is in decent shape for an old jeep. It is curently titled as PA antique. Asking $10,000, please don’t waste our time with unreasonable offers.

jeep comes will all the original firetruck parts that can be easily reassembled in no time at all and all steel hardtop and doors.”


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1957 Brochure for Stahl Utility Boxes on eBay

UPDATE:  This is back on eBay

Stahl made utility boxes for both the FCs and the Trucks, as seen here.

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Standard Oil Modified CJ-2A for Aviation Refills

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

Blaine spotted this unique CJ-2A that was retrofitted to delivery aviation fuel to planes. This sold on eBay.

“U.S. Flying Service Standard Oil Co. Willys Jeep aviation fuel truck, at St. Petersburg, FL.”


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The Mystery Jeep Utility Body

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Unusual

UPDATE: Ted got a hold of this a few years ago. No one seems to know who modified or for what purpose. Now he wants to let it go. If interested, email him at

He wrote, “I was lucky enough to a be in the right place at the right time and have some interesting items to trade towards purchasing this really unique Willys body. Not really sure on origin or history on this oddball as it came from a buddy of mine who also didnt have much history on it, but I knew it was really cool and thought it would be the ultimate foundation for a great Yard -plow Jeep.

I thought it would be a great Jeep to have all your tools, torches, jacks, etc etc in to minimize walks back to the garage to get something while working on stuff out in the woods or yard. I was going to start with a good rolling and running 2a frame and make it mechanically sound and mount a Plow or Snow Scoop on front with a rear mounted PTO winch hoisting Boom on back of Jeep for a great little Utility Jeep.

Unfortunately my unfinished projects and Jeeps that need attention have got me forced to part with some of my future projects that Im never gonna have time for. This Body is very unique and definitely deserves to be restored and put to use somewhere. I think with a good rolling and running 2a or 3a frame and some work it would be a great Winter project for someone looking for a cool Willys build. My loss is going to be someones gain.

Make me an offer !!! Email any questions and I will try to help

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CJ-2A Fire Jeep Brochure

This was on eBay a couple days ago. I was tempted to bid on it, but I figured the money is better spent elsewhere. It sold for $25 plus a $5 more for shipping. Neat brochure!


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