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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: .

FEATURED JANUARY 2011

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

FEATURED SEPTEMBER 2010

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.”

 
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A Couple Pedal Jeeps from the UK

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

I happened across these pedal cars tonight at an old classic car website:  http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/pedal-cars.htm.  You can see other pedal cars at the CJ-3B Page: http://cj3b.info/Toys/ridingtoys.html

On a separate search I found a bunch of pedal cars for sale through http://www.prices4antiques.com .  Unfortunately, you have to subscribe to find out the prices.

http://www.prices4antiques.com/search/resultsse.asp?searchID=1330755700&start=16

(jeep dump truck) http://www.prices4antiques.com/search/resultsse.asp?searchID=1330755700&start=32

(patrol jeep) http://www.prices4antiques.com/search/resultsse.asp?searchID=1330755700&start=48

5 jeeps on this page: http://www.prices4antiques.com/search/resultsse.asp?searchID=1330755700&start=64

Fire ladder truck: http://www.prices4antiques.com/search/resultsse.asp?searchID=1330755700&start=96

Surrey Pedal Car: http://www.prices4antiques.com/search/resultsse.asp?searchID=1330755700&start=112

Here is a brand new jeep pedal car for sale out of the UK, but it is pricey: http://woodentops.coffeecup.com/viewitem.php?productid=1056

 
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Yellowstone Howe Fire Truck

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

Until 1996, Yellowstone National Park had a 1960 Willys Truck with the Howe Fire Apparatus on duty.  The NPS still owns the truck, but it is now stored in its historic vehicles collection.  The vehicle collection is not open to the public, however the vehicles were filmed as part of a Discovery Channel segment on Hidden Yellowstone.

You can learn more about their firetruck here.

 
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Howe FireTruck Article in Collectible Automobile Magazine eBay

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

This might be a good article. I tried to find the article online, but didn’t have any luck.

“This is an original magazine article carefully removed from COLLECTIBLE AUTOMOBILE magazine. This is a high quality production with high quality paper, without advertising. If you are familiar with this magazine, then you know its quality is considered the best in the industry. This is a 3, 4 or 5 page article under the heading of Collectible Commercial Vehicles.

To determine the approximate length of the article, look at the above photo. If you see 2 sheets it is probably 3 pages long. If you see 3 sheets, it will be probably be 4 pages or maybe 5 pages, and so forth..”

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200710988694+&item=200710988694&lgeo=1&vectorid=229466

 
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Air Police

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

Buz forwarded me an “Air Police” jeep  for sale at eBay.  Clearly there are some issues with this ‘restoration’.  One choice I thought was strange was the “Air Police” label itself; but, then I started doing some research and found some references to Air Police Jeeps.  If Ann weren’t sleeping so soundly beside me, I’d wake her up and ask her about Air Force Jeeps.  Instead, I’ll let her sleep.   You can see more jeeps and learn more about them through the links below:

This is the “Air Police” M-38 for sale on eBay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1951-WILLYS-MILITARY-JEEP-M38-U-S-AIR-FORCE-AIR-POLICE-SAC-KOREAN-WAR-VEHICLES-/380406872935?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item5892043b67

 

Below are just some of the images I found:

1. http://defensorfortis.info/AP/2010/07/11/air-police-jeep-air-police-kid-and-polizei/

2. http://www.ancientfaces.com/research/photo/405090/tom-wilson-air-policenew-castle-delaware-family-ph

http://www.modellautos.miniatures.de/

The link for the picture below doesn’t work, but I was able to capture the image.

 

 
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Toledo Lucas County Library

These images came from the Toledo Lucas County Library.  If you have some time, check them all out here.
http://images2.toledolibrary.org/getdcdata.asp?typesearch=keyword&key=jeep&B1=Search&how=cp 

 

 
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Jeep on Fire

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

Steve spotted this former police jeep in India on fire.  Nothing safer for kids to do than beat on a burning vehicle.  I’m sure the toxic fumes aren’t too bad . . .

http://www.latimes.com/search/la-0804-pin01,0,67270.photo

 
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Jack Benny in Korea

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

Here’s a line-up of Military Police with Jack Benny in the front left jeep.

http://www.koreanwar.org/html/images/newsletters/Jack_Benny_Korea_1359.jpg

 
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1957 CJ-3B Greensboro, NC **SOLD**

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

UPDATE:  Sold for $7250. 

Buz found this CJ-3B.   It is supposed to have only 4288 miles.

” One (1) 1957 Willis Jeep. No title restriction. 4,288 actual miles. This vehicle starts and runs. Engine Condition: runs. No known repairs needed.Vehicle was removed from service on 12/04/02. Transmission: manual. Transmission Condition: operable. No known repairs needed. Drivetrain: 4 (four) wheel drive, condition unknown. Exterior: yellow, no cracked glass,minor scratches. Interior: black. Normal damage to seats,dashboard, and floor. No air condition. This vehicle has been kept in a building out of the weather elements since it was removed from service. Vehicle also has a snowplow attached. SOLD “AS IS”.”

 
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Mail Jeeps from the Toledo Blade Website

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

How about these cool images I ran across tonight. http://www.toledoblade.com/gallery/Toledo-Magazine-History-of-Mail-Delivery

 
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1960 CJ-6 Former Forest Service Jacksonville, Fl **SOLD**

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

UPDATE  Was on eBay. **SOLD**

(12/06/2011) Sonny spotted this one.  It looks nice.  I wasn’t aware these jeeps had red dashes.

“1960 Willys CJ6 Iron duke 4cyl.. Runs great, starts right up,, Frame and floors are rust free, body is perfect except for a little surface on front right fender. Paint is original, Tires are brand new, wheels have been powder coated and carb rebuilt.

The inside is equipped as special order from government bars to separate front from back, red dash only done by Jeep for the forestry division.

This Willys has been in the same family for 40 years and stored indoors, was used the first 10 years as a US Forestry Division vehicle, the top came installed at dealership as ordered by Forestry, one of a kind and a true find..”

 
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1958 FC-170 Firetruck Bay City, Mi $6000

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

UPDATE:  Still Available.  Anyone tried contacting the seller recently?  Is this real?

(06/08/2011)

“1958 Willy’s Jeep, 4 wheel, FC-170 Firetruck. Built by Valley Fire Truck, Bay City, MI. 1of 3 Made Rebuilt motor. Truck all ready to put back together. 2 cabs. Motor over $2300. Good Tires. Have over $10,000 invested, will take $6000 or trade! Owner 83 retiring, must sell! 989-239-1775”

http://saginaw.craigslist.org/cto/2754454646.html

 
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1948 Tow Truck Newfield, NJ eBay

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

Sonny spotted this cool truck.

“1948 Willys Pick-Up Tow Truck, Bought new by local Jeep Dealer in 1948. I have the original title. 4-wheel drive, 3-speed trans, 3 winches, lock-out hubs. All original. Some surface rust, not bad. Been garaged for entire life. Runs well. NJ registration and clear NJ title. Truck is sold as is – buyer is responsible for shipping. Reserve the right to end the auction at anytime as it is for sale locally. Please email with any questions.”

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1948-Jeep-4WD-Tow-Truck-Great-shape-good-runner-all-there-/280786196273?pt=US_Cars_Trucks

 
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1953 CJ-3B Fire Brigade from the Netherlands

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

Here’s a great CJ-3B Fire Jeep out of the Netherlands I found on Flickr.  Note the heavy duty fenders. (for a look at a couple of old pictures of Fire Jeeps, check out this post )

“A 1953 Willys Jeep CJ-3B was part of the factory fire brigade at DE (Douwe Egberts) in Joure, Friesland. Together with its 1935 mobile pump, it wasn’t retired from stand-by duty till 2004! Now in a private collection.”

The pictures were taken by David Van Mill in 2007 at St. Nikolaasga, Friesland, NL

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davydutchy/798736096/in/photostream/

 
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1959 FC-170 Jaffrey, NH eBay

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

UPDATE:  Price bumped to $9000.  This was located in Jaffrey, NH, but is now in Smithsburg, MD.  However, the pictures are the same.

(08/20/2011) This looks in good condition.

“1959 Willys Jeep Forward Control FC 170.  Very rare. 16000 original miles. Used originally as a fire truck. Converted to a dump truck with dual exhaust by high school auto body program.   Dual pistons under dump.  Can lift a load.  Truck has no rust, has  sandblasted and painted frame.  4 speed transmission and completely rebuilt engine.  Truck can haul like wild.  Needs bumper and wipers attached.  Only selling because I have problems with knees and hips and have a lot of trouble getting in and out of it.  Paid more than asking price. Located in Jaffrey, NH and can be seen upon request. 603-532-4079.”

View all the pics on eBay

 
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1953 M-38A1 Brush Jeep Gower, Mo $3200

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

The pump on the front looks interesting.

“1953 Willys M38A1 Jeep Newly body in good condition, freshly rebuilt Ford 2300 engine was used as brush buggy for area Fire Dept. has water tank and pump. Want to sell before winter. 816-718-4138”

http://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/2676968815.html

 
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1957 CJ-5 Fire Jeep Steger, Il $6000

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

This looks in great condition.

“1957 Willys Jeep . Completely functional fire service vehicle , includes 75 gallon water tank , 100′ hose on spool , spray head , water pressure guage , siren , radio , warning lights , P.T.O. winch , 4-wheel drive w/ low range. Unbelievable undamaged rust free condition , very well maintained condition by local fire department since new. Great for large property or ranch owner for personal fire protection , watering animals or remote gardens or vintage Jeep collector. $6000.00 or reasonable serious offer. call Matt 708-754-1237”

http://chicago.craigslist.org/sox/cto/2655740613.html

 
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1949 Fire Jeepster Oklahoma City, OK **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Jeepster, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000

“For Sale 1949 Red Willys Jeepster (Novelty) Fire Truck Excellent Condition, Runs Good, Siren and Horn great for attention, parades, etc. Garaged. Asking $5,000 or Best Offer. My father who died several years ago drove it in many parades, full of kids of all ages. Lots of fun and has been well taken care of, but time to sell as we are losing the storage building it has been stored in ”

 
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1963 CJ-5 Louisville, Ky $4800

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

UPDATE:  Price dropped to $4800

(04/01/2011) Here’s a cool CJ-5.

“Rare 1963 Fire Jeep, 95% Rust Free. Field and Forest Fire Unit, Pumps and Sprays Water on the Go. 75 Gal. water tank. PTO water Pump, 100ft booster hose on crank type booster reel, Original Fire Axe Bracket on right rear. New OEM Tires… $4,800 No emails!!!!!!! Call 502-533-2565”

http://louisville.craigslist.org/cto/2622653853.html

 
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1975 CJ-6 at Red River Offroad Tours in Taos/Red River, NM

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

UPDATE:  See the newest CJ-6 here.

James and Tish run Red River Offroad Tours out of Taos and Red River, New Mexico.  One of their vehicles is the refurbished 1975 CJ-6 shown below.

James writes, “The 1975 CJ6 was used by the US forest service in Colorado. It has a rebuilt stock motor and transmission.  The suspension was modified with a 4′ lift kit and Cooper STT 33×12.50-15 on 8″wheels with a Disk brake conversion on the front. A couple custom built bench seats above the wheel wells in the back have been added for visitors. It also has a Custom built shade/rain canopy.

We do on and off-road Jeep tours in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.  Taos and Red River,NM  reaching elevations of 12,689. May thru the end of October. 7 days a week. www.redriveroffroad.com

So Check out the website to learn more.  Check out their photo album.  That’s a cool effect.  http://www.redriveroffroad.com/album/index.html

After restoration and modifications:

 
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1950 CJ-3A Air Force? Troy, NY $**SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3000.

Norm spotted this ad.  The jeep has an interesting hardtop and unusual back.  It appears well done.  Does anyone know if the airforce owned or had other CJ-3As like this?

“airforce, toolbox, on wheels, very rare, many new parts, $3000 Troy, NY”