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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:  You can see other pedal cars at the CJ-3B Page:

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

(jeep dump truck)

(patrol jeep)

5 jeeps on this page:

Fire ladder truck:

Surrey Pedal Car:

Here is a brand new jeep pedal car for sale out of the UK, but it is pricey:

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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..”

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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:


Below are just some of the images I found:



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. 


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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 . . .,0,

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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.

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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.

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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?


“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”

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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.”

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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

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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.

So Check out the website to learn more.  Check out their photo album.  That’s a cool effect.

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”

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1955 CJ-5 Yonkers, NY No Price

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

This is kind of cool.

“To sell or trade for a 1980 – 83 Cheerokee or wagoneer rolling frame.Call Charlie at (914) 646-1836”

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1961 Specially Built FC-170 DRW Wake Forest, NC**SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“This is one of the extended cab Forward Control Dually wreckers built for Alaska Highway use.
GVW is 9000 lbs. It has three doors.
It has front and rear winches. Front winch has PTO splined shaft for accessory drive.
Outer duals were removed to get it on my trailer- they are included.
Engine is the Willys 221 flathead six gasoline.
I have the Alaska title signed by the owner.
$500 via Pay-Pal within 24 hours of ending. Balance within 7 days by cash,  or Personal or Business check with time to clear
Pickup within 30 days. I can push it onto your trailer with Bobcat if needed.”

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1967 CJ-5 Brush Fire Jeep Boyertown, Pa **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000.

This looks in good shape.

“MUST SEE 1967 jeep V6 Only 14,000 miles Many accessories Spot lights mounted both sides Large water tank with electric reel. New tires. 10,000 electric winch Snow plow and mounts”

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1947 CJ-2A with extended rear Ramona, Ca **Status Unknown**

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

UPDATE: **Status Unknown** was on eBay

This is very interesting.  The rear on this seems similar to the rear extension on yesterday’s lead Colorado jeep.  The seller believes this is an ambulance.  I searched for an example of CJ-2A ambulance, but have yet to find any images that verifies one was built (though I’ve seen other extended CJ-2As). It seems more like a utility rig to me, especially given what appear to be utility racks above.  I also believe the lack of a siren (or spot on the roof where one was mounted), also suggests it wasn’t an ambulance.  None-the-less, the starting bid of $650 is a good price and  it would be an interesting rig to restore.  The seller provides a great, detailed review of this.

“I have never seen another jeep exactly like this. Its pretty rare. It is a left hand drive (so, its clearly not a postal jeep), its a flat fender, 4 wheel drive Willys jeep with an extended body and ambulance racks. (I do have a similar Swedish Jeep included in the photos for reference.) It needs restoration.

The metal tub is extended 24” and looks to be all original work from the time of manufacturing, it is well done and very unique. The extension is aft of the rear wheels as pictured.

The most amazing aspect of this jeep is the aircraft style aluminum top (“Tin Top”, if you will).  The top has what I am told are stretcher ‘stays”. We were told this is an ambulance, and by all appearances, it would function as an ambulance. The top itself is original to the jeep and done professionally, its solid and riveted to perfection.

The top has functioning aluminum side storage doors and rear body aluminum storage doors that open and lock (as pictured). The top interior has metal caged storage areas, all are sturdy and have been in place about 60 years, holding up to the test of time!

The lower body is steel with age appropriate and reparable rust, but has been in California for many years and much of it is surface rust. The floor board rust and a couple other rust areas will need more elbow grease and restoration than other areas and is more than surface rust. You have to ask me questions on this and look at the photos as some of the rust will need actual rust repair. I want you to know the needs of this project so that you are happy with your purchase.

The front grill is temporarily attached for engine replacement, it will need to be bolted back in properly.

The original tail gate is in tact and functioning.

The original tilt-out windshield frame is there, minus the glass (you guys know how easy this is to get replaced).

All original gauges are there (no broken glass!)

All original latches (windshield, seat, etc.) are present

Original drivers seat is present and functioning (needs restore)

Passengers seat present (original?)

Original gas tank

Original shifter levers

Original 4×4 transfer case

Original Axles

Original Transmission

Original Two Piece Hood

Original fenders

Original Tub

Original Steering Wheel

Original Steering Gear

Original aluminum “sun visor” (over windshield area)

Military Style Pintle hitch  mount in rear

Tow Bar attached to the front

Has 5 on 5.5 Jeep lugs will need new tires, but rolls freely as is

Will need new brakes, original brake cylinder is in place

Mechanical:  The axles, transfer case and transmission are all in the jeep.  Both driveshafts have been removed, but the original rear driveshaft and also, 1/2 of the front driveshaft are both included in a large box of parts that go with the Jeep. You guys know you can get these driveshafts with ease.

The engine is not installed but is included as well. It was removed for restoration (so that part of the job is already done!). It will need obvious restoration, but is not clearly not seized as the crank is out of the block. If I were to complete the project, I’d give it an acid bath and re-assemble. You will have to purchase a single rod and piston (which is available at “Border Parts” in San Diego), plus purchase the correct fly wheel (there is a fly wheel, but it does not appear to be correct), everything else is present including motor mounts and the head (as pictured). The engine is what I was told to be the original engine. It is a Willys flat head 4, has an original 1958 job tag riveted to the block (see pictures).

The attached engine job tag shows 2 cylinders, 1 rod and one main bearing was replaced in 1958 (again, see the pictures of the metal riveted on job tag).

The camshaft and valves are still in the block.  Also included are 3 rod and piston assemblies, the crankshaft, main bearing blocks, side valve cover, manifold, exhaust, oil pan, head, etc.


We can not know the actual mileage as the paint has faded.

At some point in the past, a pipe vise was added to the front bumper, it can easily be removed.  Also, barely visible below the driver’s windshield is a red stenciled ” FIVE STAR GENERAL” .  No, I don’t believe it was a real 5-star general, just a guy who was very happy with his unique jeep.

This Jeep is sold with a bill of sale only, it is a collectible and will need to be restored before going on the road, however, both VIN tags are attached as photographed, this will be an easy registration (and NO smog required :).”

View all the info on eBay

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The World’s Best Coffee Jeep

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

Here’s another reason to travel to Colombia.  Sebastian’s father spotted this gem.

Sebastian writes, “My dad took these pictures today in Rio Negro, Antioquia, Colombia. I have seen Willys being used for almost everything in Colombia, but I never saw this before, a moving coffee shop. Look all the details, the art on the doors and on the tailgate, the speakers (stereo) on the roof, the coffee machine inside, the ketchup on the side, it has everything! The name displayed on the sides reads “Camperito del Café, lo mejor del mundo”, which roughly means the coffee jeep, the best of this world. No doubt about that.”