“1951 Willy Fire Truck. Completely refurbished in excellent condition. Fully equipped with fire equipment and hoses.”
“1951 Willy Fire Truck. Completely refurbished in excellent condition. Fully equipped with fire equipment and hoses.”
It’s not a long video, but this is a fine looking CJ-5 fire jeep.
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.
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.
UPDATE: Still Available. This was auctioned a couple months earlier in Washington State.01
“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.”
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!
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.”
The same company also made this alternative version. Anyone recognize the vehicle? This ad also appeared in a 1951 magazine accord to the seller.
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.”
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.”
UPDATE: This is back on eBay
Stahl made utility boxes for both the FCs and the Trucks, as seen here.
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.”
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 email@example.com.
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”
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!
“VERY NICE 1946 VINTAGE WILLYS JEEP FIRE TRUCK SALES BROCHURE….8-1/2 X 11, OPENS TO 8-1/2 X 33….TWO SIDED….VERY CLEAN CONDITION, NO TEARS, ETC…SHOWS NUMEROUS PHOTOS OF THE POSTWAR CIVILIAN FIRE JEEP….ALSO PAGE SHOWING SMALL WATER TRAILER AVAILABLE WITH JEEP”
UPDATE: Still Available.
Colin did some due diligence and determined that this is likely a former airport baggage conveyor DJ. Here’s a very similar conveyor DJ from the 3B page.
Here’s what Colin deduced: The mounts on the front frame rails are in a position where the front conveyor supports can be mounted.
The rear platform for the conveyor is attached to the rear corner of the tub on those DJ3As and on the sides of the CJ3B as well (see the CJ-3B page). It would preclude the rear taillights, and rear fuel filler that is standard on the DJ3A, but one photo of the DJ3A with the North Central Convair 500 shows the fuel fill tube low on the right rear corner, and the rear wheel opening is modified just like the one on 20796 (See the CJ-3B page for pics side and rearish.
Also, the right rear corner of the tub is modified to clear the conveyor.I suspect the large holes in the rear panels helped support the bracing for the rear platform and also carried the hydraulic lines and controls for on the ground operation. The Line lock was for the brakes and the chrome handle on the left side of the dash were no doubt for the governor. The emergency brake T- handle was moved to a location where the driver could set it, otherwise it would have been under the conveyor apparatus.
“1950’s model DJ3A Military Willys Jeep DJ3A. Body in great shape, nearly rust free, have engine and transmission, 2 windshields, most of the major parts are there. Needs restoration or used for parts. Too many projects already so decided to move on.”
UPDATE: Price dropped to $2500.
(11/17/2015) This appears to be the same jeep that was sold a few years ago, but it’s condition appears to be worsened. If it has the “314” on the fenders, then it is the same one.
“1954 Willys Jeep it is actually a Mp38a it has a Buick 231 odd fire V6 with power steering also has headers. It is 3 speed manual with twin stick transfer case At one point it was the brookville Fire dept. grass unit. It is great running and driving jeep it has a lot of new front end parts on it. I took the gas tank out that sets under the drivers seat and put one underneath the back put its not hooked up yet I put a boat tank in the back just to be able to move it around you can drive it it could also use floor pans it has had all new rear tub section replaced with little work this could be a very nice jeep. ”
Seller has never washed it. Great old converted fire department jeep.
“Hi, up for auction is my 1952 M38A1 Willys. The Willys has seen a very colorful life, starting with its tour of duty during the Korean War era to its rebirth as a rim fire Willys Jeep, putting out rim fires along the Northern Sierras in the Tahoe National Forest. Bumps and bruises tell the story of the life of this non-stop built to do service, Willys. All of the Military accessories are still on the Willys and intact.
I’ve owned this Willys for several years and have had a blast driving the Willys on and off road, mostly off road. The Willys has never let me down. Fresh tuneup, fresh rebuilt carb, This Willys is turn key and ready to go. I’ve never washed it, the Willys has earned the dirt and grime that this workhorse wears! Below is a bit of history in regards to the legacy of the Willys M38A1….Enjoy!”
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.
I’ve looked through my sprayer brochures from the Willys Overland Equipment books, but I didn’t see this one in there. You can see some brochures from 1948 and compare them with this jeep.
“One of a kind Willy’s Jeep, with factory spraying unit, in running condition.”
Thanks to Maury for doing the leg work on this one. The box behind the rear seat was used for gas, but we don’t know if it was to power the jeep or to carry aviation fuel for some unknown reason. It’s not a typical gas cap.
The seller provided some additional information:
The “box” behind the passenger seat is the fuel cell (gas tank). This jeep was equipped by LAX’s TWA. I bought the jeep through ebay some 5 years ago from the 3 owner who was a young plastic surgeon for the army he painted it green (I was glad he did a bad job, I brought back the red with on can of Goooff and found the red to be in very nice shape) and he added the passenger seat. However he never got it running and let it sit out resulting in the trans to fill with water due to the boot around the stick shift. I had to disconnect the drive shaft to be able to move it. I picked up the jeep in Southern Ca. Another Item not working is the speedometer, When rebuilding the trans, the speedo gear came out brittle and broke, Having not able to find one at the time of the rebuild, we left it out.
From the ad:
“1969 Jeep CJ5, Original California jeep, used by TWA at LAX (one of 3 they used that year). Jeep was to be used by the “Fire Inspector” (you can barely read it on the dash) Has original fuel cell put in for the airport. Original 4 cyl motor. 3 speed trans, 2 wheel drive, (NOT 4X4) Great on fuel.
I have had the trans rebuilt completely $2500. Unknown to me at time of purchase here on ebay, but the trans boot was gone and the trans filled up with rain water and locked up with rust. Had to find and buy, then rebuild a starter (450). Rear end rebuilt with new seals and bearings (500). New tires and new battery. Minimal rust not bad for a 47 year old jeep (see photo) Now the bad news, due to injury at work, and health reasons, I am unable to finish my goal to restore to original TWA days. All that is left is the body. I have over $5000 invested. My loss can be your gain. Jeep is located in Goleta, California. Clean and clear CA title.”
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3000.
“Runs, Rebuilt master cylinder. Winch works. Additional parts included. Fair to good tires.”
(From the previous ad) “Caterpillar yellow covers this real life piece of 60’s history. Formerly driven by the Director of Field Training for the National School of Heavy Equipment, Charlotte, North Carolina. The school was founded by Gilbert S. Shaw in 1955 and operated until 1976. Apparently it was the first school of it’s kind in the world! It was painted for the school, then sold, had a 1970’s “restoration” and then sat for another 30 years. The 70’s restoration included a dash modification & a coat of ugly, drab tan. Our “restoration” process included many steps of hand sanding and polishing the entire vehicle to expose the school’s door sign and yellow paint job. Plus of course, clean up, repair, and history research..”
This photo of a DJ-3A Dispatcher at an airfield shows they went to work for the airlines not long after they began production. This was published in a 1956 issue of Globetrotter Magazine.
Can’t be too many of these Aircraft Ground Support binders around. Seller seems to think it has a largevalue.
Looks like a good price.
“I’m selling this all original, 1967 CJ5 Brush Fire Jeep with its original Buick 6 Cylinder “Dauntless” engine. The body and frame are extremely solid. I personally would do a repaint on it but it is not necessary. As you can see in the pictures it was built with brush fire fighting capabilities which make it rare. 4WD with low and high range. Extremely large and powerful winch mounted as seen in the pictures. Interior in excellent condition. Comes with a plow.
The Mack Bulldog on the front is equipped with a water line controlled from the drivers seat which allows the dog to “p” on people in front of it when the button is depressed. Great for parades, fire company display, farm use or just as a novelty driver. Vehicle starts and runs as it should. There is some work that needs to be done with suspension but currently I drive it on the road. Because of the weight from the special gear and water tank when full these jeeps were built with very heavy duty suspension systemsI have a clear transferable registration ready to go.”
(07/07/2015) This looks to be a good price. It’s an Ansul Model Dry Chemical Fire Truck serial #320. The FC serial number is 61568 19861.
“1961 Jeep Forward Control (FC-170) 4WD. 6192 miles on speedometer. It used to be a chemical fire truck in Cold Bay, Alaska. It now has a flat bed on the back. Much work has been done on this truck to make it a reliable vehicle for running errands. It would not keep up with traffic out on the highway (top speed might be 50 without an overdrive). It has a 226 CI Continental engine, 3 speed manual transmission, two speed transfer case, 5.38 differentials, locking hubs. This would make a great rig for hunting. It definitely gets a lot of attention wherever it goes. There is some minor rust-through at the bottom of the driver’s door. Both doors shut easily; windows crank up and down easily; all glass is good. I am asking for $7,000. I will not accept lower offers or trades.”
This rare brochure seems to be a reasonable price.
“1960 Jeep Howe Fire Apparatus Pages for Jeep Vehicles & Equipment Price List Pages for Jeep Vehicles”
I wonder which fire department owned this one.
“Selling a 1953 Willys Model M38A1 Military Jeep with 3641 original miles. Has L/R front seats and a rear bench seat, all with new OD seat covers. Engine was running when restoration started. Has 2 new batteries. Windshield frame in very good condition with no rust. Windshield glass on driver’s side needs replacement. New windshield weather stripping for glass and on bottom of W/S frame and cowl included, but not installed. All tires hold air and have about 50% tread. Auxillary fuel tank and bracket included. Loose parts include a new OD steering wheel with new horn button, disc & nut, new instrument panel with NOS speedometer, NOS instruments & NOS dash lights w/ high beam indicator. Body is in very good shape, except for a few minor dents & dings. Two small holes on left rear panel above trailer light connector needs repair. Fuel tank brackets & connecting tubing also included, but not pictured. Jeep was never registered and comes with a bill of sale only.”