Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles Research Archives

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The Owl Head Truck Show in Maine

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

Last weekend Steve and his wife Bonnie dropped by the Owl Head Truck Show in Maine.   Bonnie took some pictures for us.  Thanks for sharing!

Here’s a great old service station jeep:

Here’s a restored MB (?):

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Mexico’s Tourist Patrol Service

Bruce uncovered this unusual reference to Mexico’s Tourist Patrol Service.  I believe this group is also referred to as the Angeles Verdes (Green Angels).  According to a 2003 book, the Patrol Service still exists; However, I’ve been fortunate enough not to have had to need it.  I tried to find some historical photographs showing jeeps, but didn’t have any luck.

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1958 CJ-6 (?) Airplane Lavatory Jeep Photos on eBay

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

Here are several photos of a Lavatory Jeep.  I wonder how many of these were made?  You can read more about this and other Aircraft Ground Support at the CJ-3B Page.

Here’s a link to this one:

Here’s another link:

View the information on eBay

View information about this photo here

And a view from the top

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1957 DJ-3A Chesterfield, VA eBay

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

The outside looks a little rough, but the inside looks good. It’s an ex-fire chief jeep.

“1957 jeep dj3a.left hand drive ex fire chief car runs good mechanicaly VGC body GC top VGC floor VGC minimal rust through NEW:brake shoes wheel cyl master cyl hoses steel lines F&R axle seals motor & trans mounts V regulator frt tires tune up oil lines steel gas lines fuel pump radiator hoses heater hoses & core floor mat seat belts.REBUILT:steering box carb 12V generator.”

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Civil Defense Helmet Kuna, ID $100

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Parts

Here’s an example of a Civil Defense Helmet, perfect for a civil defense jeep.

“This a cool piece and still has its liner. I thought it was from the 20’s but was told its from the 50’s.  Either way its cool for the collector. Asking $100 obo or trade for vw bug parts, willys wagon parts, guns.  call or text or email add 208-371-zero-eight-two-six”

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1968 CJ-5 Backhoe Dually Biddeford, ME **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“This a 1968 Jeep six wheel /Backhoe very rare and super heavy duty
the floors are rusting and will need work the rest of the jeep has its
spots but where it counts under neath it has surface rust but the truck
is amazing and runs great the Backhoe works and digs great the jeep also has
down riggers that lift the back end up of the ground and the front has a Dozzer/
backfill blade mounted with a shoulder mount

The Jeep is located in Biddeford Maine and very close to I95
storage is not a problem and will provide any help needed
to ship all at buyers cost”


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1964 FC-170 DRW? Sacramento, CA $1850

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

This looks to be an old FC Fire Jeep.  There doesn’t appear to be any fire equipment with it.

“1964 Willys/Kaiser Jeep FC 170 DRW 1 ton truck this is a one in a million find at a fair price. I have too many projects and no time or money to complete them. My loss is your gain! This is a very rare and difficult vehicle to find with a clear title. It is not running but is ready to restore. MUST SELL $1850.00 O/BO Mike 415 three two zero 5685”

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Wagon Rescue Truck Advertisement

Jon forwarded me some ads I hadn’t run across.  Here’s an interesting one for the wagon rescue trucks.

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Possible M-170 Top?? Rapid City, SD **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, M-170, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $200

(06/18/2012) Well, the price is right.  Now, what does it fit?

“6′ wide by 11′ long has all hardware intact zippers, fasteners, etc
2 windows, one has small crack in plastic, one of the zippers may need a little adjustment, and the color is a bit faded on the red
probably fits a Willys”

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

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.

Read the article and see more vehicles at Zev’s blog

Here are two GPWs.  The caption reads:

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

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Battery Service Jeep CJ-2A Ad

This ad was produced in 1947.  Was that big bumper part of a service package of some kind?  I’m surprised to see it appear in an ad.

View all the information on eBay

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1952 Fire Jeep M-38A1 Melrose, FL **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

” This beauty has been completely re-painted in hunter green exterior with green & black interior.  4 wheel drive, pump. Perfect for campground security or fire prevention. Purchased from local fire department & converted for private fire prevention. Runs good, lights & siren. We are selling for another party. Runs & drives good. Has many upgrades. Will answer questions to best of ability.  Unit sold complete with fire pump & 75 gallon water tank, hose & one nozzle.”

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M-38A1 Fire Engine Card with the Wrong Date **SOLD**

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

Someone didn’t check their facts before producing this car.  The fire jeep looks good.

“CARD IS FROM: 1994 Fire Engines Series 4 cards from Virginia Hobby Supply
CARD MEASURES: 2.5 x 3.5 inches (6.5 x 9 cm) standard trading card size
CARD NUMBER: # 377 (series 4 is numbered 301 to 400)
CARD CONDITION: Near Mint-Mint to Mint condition
Part of a 100 card set from 1994 featuring Fire Trucks from around the USA.”

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Year? M-718 Medina, Oh **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, M-151, M-170, Other 4x4s • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“Your buying a M-718 Ambulance with a bill of sale. vehicle starts, runs, drives well but needs some brake work. It will need the usual undercarraige kit. Correct canvas top and right rear curtain are N.O.S. Missing left right curtain.”

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Valley Fire Truck Sales Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: .

The Valley Fire Truck Company, based in Bay City, Michigan, converted basic willys truck chassis’ into Fire Trucks. Below is a rare ad from 1957 for their fire trucks.

View the information on eBay

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Rapid Intervention Vehicles of the RAF

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

I learned about these over at the forum.  The CJ-3B Page covers these as well in more depth.  There are pictures of these at an FAR site as well:

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Year? Fire Truck Lake Arrowhead, Ca Make Offer

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

This might make an interesting project.  Someone started stealing parts, so the seller wants this to go to a deserving jeep enthusiast.

“Vintage Willys truck (old San Diego Convair Airplane assembly plant fire truck) bought to restore but illness in family prevents continuing so would like best offer. Have trailor to go with it. Sold as is you haul. Drove up some time ago but now some slime balls have started helping themselves and stealing parts and I would like to have jeep enthusiast or someone passionate about old jeeps continue my dream to restore to factory spec. Will negotiate, I need Lake Arrowhead cabin landscaped cleaned and exterior house painted to make attractive to sell. Great home mechanic project.”

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Old Jeep Pics from Medellin, Colombia

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, CJ5, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, trailer

Kerry spotted these pics on a friend’s facebook page.  They are part of the Fotos Antiquas de Medellin and may have come from this Facebook page.

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A Fire Truck from Kvalsund, Norway kr45,000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, International, Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

Here’s a 1957 fire truck from Norway that is still in great shape.  This jeep is located in the far north of Norway.

Here’s the Norwegian ad (click here to translate):

Veteran/brannbil fra 1957 selges pga plassmangel. Flott bil og samleobjekt for den interesserte. I 2011 ble den kjørt fra Sarpsborg til Hammerfest uten et feilslag, Har desverre ikke tatt bilder innvendig men di kommer om noen dager det er tank i bilen tror det er plast nyere rør og kuleventiler følger med en bensindrevet pumpe til å kjøre trykk fra tanken, det er slangetrommel i bilen og to sitteplasser helt bak samt hjelm fra den tiden…har også satt inn 3 brannslukkere fra 60/70 tallet av typen Nu Swift bak i bilen, det er også gammeltypen hampslanger både 2 1/2 ” og 1 1/2″ med nord kupplinger.

Har tatt bilder under bilen og det er ikke rust, startet forøvrig på første forsøk etter å ha stått ute sin første vinter.  Har redusert prisen dersom hurtig avgjørelse på salg. Det er en 6 sylindra motor Flatsix Hurricane”

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Image from New Jersey State Police Museum

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

Steve discovered this image in the New Jersey State Police Museum archives.  The museum was kind enough to allow us to publish it.

Steve rights, “I did some research with our museum staff and found this picture from 1951 of a state trooper driving a WW II Willys MB that had been converted for police use. Looks like it may have been used in rural areas as a sorta fire jeep. See the large fire extinguisher on the left fender skirt …. Coincidentally, one of our troopers (Trooper Joseph C. Walter Jr. #685) was killed in the line of duty in a motor vehicle accident on 9-7-52, I believe in that very same jeep.”


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Willys Overland Panel Delivery Van (Going to Jesse’s)

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, FJ • TAGS: .

UPDATE II:  See the latest — The Van is headed West.

From August, 2011:  Glenn recognized the Willys Van for sale.  Even more impressive, he found a brochure for one!  Well done! He bought the Sales Folder off eBay about a year and a half ago. Mfg. by Plaza Motors, Inc. Englewood, NJ and was Willys-Overland Factory Approved.

Based on the emails between Colin and Glenn, there were at least three groups of Willys-Overland Delivery Trucks produced:

1) One group was produced during or just prior to WWII (as seen below)

Here is a 1942 Panel Delivery Truck:

2) One group was produced during post WWII and pre 1950, which appears to include the Willys Van owned by Mike. The brochure provided by Glenn also appears to be related to this second group.

3) One group was produced between 1951 and 1953, based on these serial numbers.

The numbers below are for post 1950 FJs. This one appears to be a pre-1950 FJ. We are still awaiting a serial number.
1951 FJ 451 GC1 10001— none
1953 FJ 452 GC2 10001—10065 65 built
1954 FJ454 GC2 10001—10012 12 built

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1946 CJ-2A Fire Jeep from Polo, Illinois

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

The Polo Fire Department’s Website has nice shots of their Fire Jeep online.  According to the website, this is a “1946 Willys Jeep with front mount pump an pull behind water tank. This vehicle is used for small fires at the park and to try to hold ground until Polo Fire arrives on scene from some 6 miles away. They also use it to clean shelters and other structures in the spring.”

Here’s the website

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Fire Jeeps out of the Netherlands

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, International, Old Images • TAGS: .


I was trying to locate some more interesting willys-related museums, but instead stumbled across the atlantic, landing in the Netherlands (back in time no less).  The result were these 2 great images of old Fire Jeeps with extended rears and wonderful details.  There are a few more smaller images of these jeeps at the Netherland focused website Brandweerforum.  They have some other non-jeep firetrucks there as well.

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A US Postal Willys Wagon image from the Smithsonian


I didn’t know they made Willys postal right hand drive wagons!  The Smithsonian’s Postal Museum Exhibit has some great images of early original vehicles used to deliver mail.

From the website, “In August 1953, the first postal jeeps rolled off the Willys Motors assembly line. The model, the first U.S. car in three decades to have right-hand drive, was soon being tested on postal routes around the country.

Carriers used these right-hand drive vehicles to save delivery time on their routes. They were able to more easily reach the mailbox without having to park and go around their cars, or reach over the passenger’s seat to deliver the mail.”

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Good Humor Truck

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

UPDATE: This truck is now owned by Mike in Texas (this differs from the Mike who originally forwarded the information).

Mike forwarded these pictures of a Good Humor Ice Cream Truck in need of restoration.

Mike writes, “How about this for a unique Willys Jeep Vehicle: A Willys Jeep Good Humor Truck.  There were a few of these running around NJ back in the 1960’s. A few years ago, I was able to track one down in PA. The owner was in the process of restoring it. As of last year, he had run out of time and money.”