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1959 FC-170 Jaffery, Nh eBay

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

This was formerly a Fire FC.

“This ’59 has a rare cab with 16,900 original miles. Was originally a fire truck, was disassembled and kept in a barn for years.  Previous owner sandblasted frame and undercarriage which is in excellent condition.  265 engine was completely rebuilt and a very rare 4-speed transmission was added.  A steel dump body with dual pistons was custom made. Dump works perfectly.  Chrome dual pipes were added for charm and a great sound. Truck goes like crazy!  What it needs:  a bumper, needs wipers connected, and the heater hose needs connecting.  It won’t take much to finish it off!  I don’t have the time or energy to do it myself.  Call if you have a question – 603-532-7645 or email.  Paypal or certified bank check”

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1956 Gasoline Truck St. Cloud, MN **SOLD**

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

UPDATE:  Was on eBay. **SOLD**

(09/01/2010) The exhaust comes out the front.

“I am selling a 1956 willys gas truck runs and drives needs brakes and water pump. colorado title nice truck.”

 
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Lisbon Ohio Races in the 90s

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

Bob admitted he couldn’t remember much about the races in these photographs, other than they were shot in the mid-90s in Lisbon, Ohio; but he got some great photos.  Ok, truth be told, any photo that combines a flattie, desert dogs, and some mud is something I’d consider a great photo 🙂

And here’s a great M-170 Fire Jeep that was watching the action

 
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Civil Defense Video with some Willys

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

After reading the “Surviving a Nuclear Blast“, Rich forwarded this Civil Defense Video hosted at archive.org.  At the 2:45 mark, you’ll see the red wagon below.  I think it would be interesting to do a restoration like this.  There’s a few other jeeps in the video as well, though no close up shots like this one.

 
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1957 CJ-3B Hillsboro, NH **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4950

“Willys cj3 jeep. runs very well. everything works. siren is fun for parades and events, has back seat.”

 
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1961 Brush Truck Binghamton, Ny **SOLD**

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

UPDATE:  **SOLD** for $10,500

“This is a Willys Jeep pickup used exclusively for a Fire Department brush fire response vehicle.  It spent it’s life garaged, warm and clean.  Because of this it has no rust and 29K original miles. It is BETTER than a frame-up restoration, because it hasn’t yet gotten to the point of needing restoring.  It is still a fun, reliable, licensed and inspected daily driver in the mechanical condition of any truck with 29K miles. Of course, there are the added perks of a loud siren and flashing lights if you want to be noticed even more.  I have owned it for five years (bought it directly from the fire company) and would be happy to keep it, but like many people, I have growing cash flow problems, so I have to take a cold look at my priorities.  It is time to sell. I have set a fair and reasonable reserve for the quality of this antique. It is located near Binghamton, NY and you could drive it home if you wanted, but it would be a crime to run up needless mileage and wear.  A flat bed trailer would be best, or hire a car hauler.  This is a 50 year old antique, so naturally there is no warranty.  Sold as-is, where-is.  Try to get your questions in well before the auction ends so I have time to answer.”

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Fire Marshal MB in Korea

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

Just a few updates tonight (sat night)

I’m guessing this is a Fire Department (perhaps makeshift) out of Korea.  I found this during an image search, but I could not locate the source.  It looks like a Library of Congress type of image.  If anyone knows of the source, please let me know so I can properly credit it.

 
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1956 CJ-3B Fire Jeep — Blandford & Area Fire Rescue, NS, Canada

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

In 1965, this jeep was donated by the Hubbards Fire Department to a sub-department volunteer fire unit call the Blandford & Area Fire Rescue Unit, located on the southwest side of the Aspotogan Peninsula, Luenburg Co, Nova Scotia, Canada, at 30 Fire Hall Rd. I wish there were more pics!

From the website, “The first fire truck was a 1956 Willys Jeep, donated by the Hubbards Fire Department.  Due to its limited water tank capacity of 200 gallons, a water tanker was also needed.    A 1947 Ford with an oil tank was added to the fleet before year end, this also being donated from the Hubbards department.  Records show that a new portable pump was purchased for $600.95 with monies raised by door to door canvassing, raffles, and bake sales.  Additional equipment was purchased to outfit the new department and to make modifications to the old school house building to house the “new” trucks.  With the support of a community, the men of the department answered a total of eight alarms their first year, all of which were fires.”

 
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1957 FC-170 Tow Truck Bancroft, Mi $500

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

This looks like a cool find.

“Looking to sell a fairly complete 1957 (?) Jeep Forward Cab truck with a wrecker on it. The engine is in it but the trans is removed. trans is in the bed of the truck. 810 691 0687”

http://flint.craigslist.org/cto/1854783101.html

 
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1952 M-38A1 Waxahatchie, Tx eBay

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

Here’s an old fire jeep.  It turns over and run, but there’s a mechanical problem of some kind.

“Mfg. Serial Number 21583. Date of Delivery 9/52. I bought two of these Jeeps in a package deal. I only want one of them, so I am selling this one. This Jeep would make a nice Jeep to restore. The body has a few bad places on it but all or easily repairable. There is very little rust on this Jeep, you can tell from the photos that the floorboards and toolbox is rust free. This jeep was used as a Fire Truck Brush Jeep and had at one time had a small tank in the rear floorboard. A couple of holes were placed in the floorboard for hoses leaving the tanks but I think they could easily be patched. The engine does turn over but there must be a problem in the drive train because it pulls hard when in gear. In any case it would make a nice Jeep to do a ground up restoration on. There isn’t a title for this Jeep but I will include with a Bill of Sale. Sold as is where is with no warranties expressed or implied. Selling it as a parts vehicle to be restored.”

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1956 M-170 Fire Engine Vega, Tx eBay

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

UPDATE:  This is back on ebay.

(11/19/2009) This is unusual.

“THIS M170 WILLIS ARMY 4X4 JEEP IS IN EXTREMELY NICE CONDITION IN AND OUT, SHEET METAL IS PERFECT. THIS JEEP WAS RESTORED BY A FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR THERE USE. THE CHASSIS HAS ROUGHLY 25,000 TOTAL MILES AND UNDER 3,000 TOTAL MILES ON NEW REBUILT ENGINE. IT IS STILL 24 VOLT WATERPROOF WIRING AND ALL RUNNING GEAR IS REBUILT AND ORIGINAL. THE ONLY MODIFICATION WERE THE NEW PAINT AND ALL NEW FIRE EQUIPMENT. IT HAS A NEW 100 GALLON TANK, NEW HIGH PRESSURE PUMP, PLUS NEW HOSE, A ELECTRIC HOSE REEL. IT STARTS, RUNS AND DRIVES LITERALLY AS NEW AND EVERYTHING WORKS EXCEPT THE FULE GAGE(NEEDS NEW SENDING UNIT) ALWAYS KEPT INSIDE AND IS CURRENTLY TITLED AND LICENSED. EMAIL WITH ANY QUESTIONS.”

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1965 Kaiser 6×6 Long Island, Ny $8000

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

This sure looks like a vehicle left over from the Road Warrior.

“TRUCK IS IN OVERALL GOOD CONDITION. RUNS AND DRIVES.IT DOES SMOKE FROM EXHAUST BUT DOES NOT SEEM TO BE A PROBLEM.INTERIOR BENCH SEAT IS IN NEED OF REPAIR DUE TO UPLOSTRY BEING RIPPED,CURRENTLY BEING COVER WITH CLOTH. PUMP AND PUMP MOTOR RUN EXCELLENT.

THIS TRUCK WAS USED FOR OFF ROAD BRUSH FIRE OPERATIONS.THE TRUCK IS BEING SOLD DUE TO THE LIMITED AMOUNT OF WOODED AREAS CURRENTLY IN THE FIRE DISTRICT WHICH THIS VEHICLE IS TO BIG FOR.

DUE TO VEHICLE BEING IN THE FIRE SERVICE, THE VEHICLE HAS NEVER BEEN REGISTERED ,THEREFOR WE DO NOT HOLD A TITLE. WE HAVE ALL NECESSARY PAPERWORK TO TRANSFER OWNERSHIP TO OBTAIN TITLE

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTION YOU MY HAVE! MORE PICTURES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST VIA EMAIL.TRUCK IS AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! VEHICLE IS AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL PICKUP ONLY! BUYER IS RESPONSABLE FOR ANY KIND OF SHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS AND COSTS! .ANY PAYMENT BY CHECK WOULD HAVE TO CLEAR BEFORE POSSESSION OF VEHICLE IS OBTAINED! VEHICLE IS BEING SOLD IN AS IS CONDITION WITH NO WARRANTY OR GUARANTEES!

CONTACT INFO: MARTINT14@AOL.COM OR CONTACT MARTIN AT 631-831-7627 MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 7AM-3PM EST …”

http://longisland.craigslist.org/cto/1802618489.html

 
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1946 CJ-2A Vista, Ca **SOLD**

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

UPDATE:  Sold to an excited eWillys reader!

This is the 2nd beautiful restoration from Vista I have seen.  The first one is posted here.  The seller is as meticulous regarding the description as he is on the restoration itself!

Background on VEC #14,513 – During the past seven years I have restored four 1946 CJ2A jeeps to original condition.  This jeep is by far the best and is the rarest of the four.  It also represents my last jeep restoration project.    I work at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park and my first restoration of a CJ2A is being used in a trained animal show there every day.  I had so much fun, with this project that it got me started restoring them for fun.  #14,513 is my best restoration and I expected it to be my “keeper”.

As far as I can trace the history, except for the last year before I purchased it, when it was in Oregon, this jeep is a California native (at least for the last 50 years, when the ownership trail went cold).  It has no rust.  In the 1950’s it was owned by Phil’s Garage in Torrance, California.  It was set up to tow vehicles back to the shop.  It was impeccably maintained by the garage mechanic, who I never met, but whose workmanship and attention to detail 50 years ago, I still admire today.

This jeep has matching serial numbers on the firewall, dash and left front frame horn. Behind the column shifter, is the T-90 transmission.  The column shift option was dropped early in the first year of production (at around #30,000), because the GIs returning home from the war preferred the floor shifter transmission like the ones they were used to driving in their various theaters of operation.  For this reason, there are very few, original equipment, column shift VECs left ….”

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Shore Patrol Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, GPW (Ford MB), MB • TAGS: .

I was quite surprised yesterday, as I noted in my post related to the Waikiki VJ Day Video, that I spotted a mustard yellow MB with the words “SHORE PATROL” emblazoned across the windshield frame.  Also interesting is the top on this jeep.  See how it appears to go up before it heads back.  I’m wondering if that’s a hard top of some kind?

That lead me on a trek to find any other shore patrol jeep with a color scheme that was NOT a light blue color.  A quick google search of the term “Shore Patrol Jeeps” reveals an endless slew of light blue Jeeps evoking, in my mind, a Navy theme. However, despite my searches, I couldn’t locate anything other than Navy themed or Army Green Shore Patrol Jeeps.

So, to the upper right is the best snapshot I could get of the Waikiki Shore Patrol Jeep, followed by some other Shore Patrols I found around the web.

Here’s the closest example I found to the yellow one. This one has the unusual top:

From Brian’s WWII site we have this one (google says it should be at this link, but I couldn’t find it):

Here’s one from Flickr

Here’s a different angle of the same one from Fotki:

Here’s one from the CJ-3B Page — this time a complete M-38:

Here’s a ‘Shore Patrol’ jeep that’s likely a M-38 with some other parts  (unsure if this was ever a shore patrol jeep):

Here’s another ‘mutt’ of a Shore Jeep:

Here’s a nicely restored MB Shore Patrol vehicle from Argentina that I featured a while ago:

Here’s a shore patrol motor cycle from the G503 page:

 
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1947 CJ-2A West Bath, Me $3500

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

UPDATE:  Still Available

(04/17/2010) There are front and rear PTOs on this CJ-2A.  What is the piece of equipment hooked to the rear PTO?  Is that a rear winch?  It looks like there might be some interesting history with this as well.

“To view more photos of this vehicle visit us at www.newmeadowsauto.com or call 207-443-1442 and ask Tony to schedule a test drive. RUNS, DRIVES…NOT ROAD WORTHY……PLOW WORKS ……WINCH WORKS……CHAINS FOR THE TIRES. AMAZING PIECE OF AMERICAN HISTORY”

http://maine.craigslist.org/ctd/1769655500.html

 
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Year? CJ-2A Jamul, CA **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: Was $600. **SOLD**

“Willys Jeep. 49-51 Willys Jeep CJ-l. Customer fiberglass cab. Local San Diego Truc, 4cly, 4SP, P.T.O- 4WD. All there, Black plates, Not running. Project, lots of potential. Former Glass Truck. RARE- No paperwork. $600 OBO.”

 
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Plattsburgh Fire Dept’s M-38A1

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

I wouldn’t mind getting some more shots of this 1958 Civil Defense M-38A1  from the South Plattsburgh Fire Department out of Plattsburgh, NY.  This unit serves as their brush truck and currently carries 80 gallons of water, chain saw, hand tools and a booster reel supplied by a 30 gpm pump belt driven off the prime mover engine.

 
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M-38 FireJeep @ Mississippi State University

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

A student from Mississippi State University named Cliff contacted me yesterday.  He’s in the Aerospace program and also employed at the Raspet Flight Research Lab.  The lab owns and operates the M-38 Fire Jeep shown below. They have a problem with their jeep and need some help.

According to Cliff, the M-38 had developed a knock (after being loaned out temporarily), so Cliff and another co-worker tore the engine apart during some down time recently.

Cliff writes, “Here comes the bad news, once we got the motor on the stand and pulled the rod caps we find that the rod bearings on the 3rd and 4th cylinders have ground in to nothing, which was thought to be the case when a ton of metal shavings were found in the oil pan. The motor is not original to the jeep, it had been replaced in ’88 with an F-head and a hole cut in the hood to accommodate it, and seems to be a rebuilt engine because the crank has already been turned once. So here is the dilemma. The lab is low on money and is not wanting to pay a lot for repairs but many of us here would like to save the jeep from the scrap yard and return it to its duties as our fire truck. So I am here to ask for your help in saving this Jeep, we are in need of a new crank and badly need a new wiring harness and am asking for donations on these parts but am also willing to trade the entire F-head motor(which other then needing a new crank is in great shape) for a L-head motor.

I responded to Cliff to see if I can get a little more information about this project and what else they might need (for example, bearings, seals, etc) to get this running again.

Unless someone wants to contact Cliff themselves (I’ll be happy to forward an addy) and provide assistance (maybe you live close or graduated from the Mississippi State or for some other reason), I will be happy to organize some help for Cliff and his project.

Here are some pics of the jeep before disassembly:

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1953 CJ-3A Tucson, Az $6595

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

Apparently, this is a Navy CJ-3A.  It appears there is a data plate above the standard data plate on the dash that could very well document this.  That said, it seems like it should be painted navy colors rather than in a cammo pattern.

“Fully reconditioned 1953 Willys Jeep. Originally assigned to the Navy. Restoration includes rebuilt motor, transmission, rewiring, steering and suspension. Non-directional military tires, tow hitch, and roll bar. Runs great, super fun to drive!

http://tucson.craigslist.org/cto/1746815016.html


 
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The Saugus EMV CJ-3A

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

Somewhere around 1950 the Emergency Management Folks in Saugus, Massachusetts, bought a CJ-3A as an all-around emergency vehicle.  As you can see by the emergency boat (being towed by the Jeep in the 2nd pic below), this isn’t a high budget operation, but then this town of 26,000 probably didn’t need much more (though they did invest in a DUKW in the late ’50s).

Sixty years later, Saugus still has the CJ-3A (at least it looks the same with minor additions).  Sporting the code name ‘Unit 41’, it seems this EMV handles emergency parades more than anything these days.

You can see more of the early Saugus EMVs here, including the original Seagrave Pumper from 1919.

 
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1958 FC-170 Fire Engine Dinuba, Ca eBay

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

UPDATE:  Steve reports that this sold for $5600 with only two bids.

Jean-Sebastien spotted this unusual find.

“This is a Jeep FC 170 four wheel drive flat bed truck that has been made into a fire engine. This vehicle was originally used by the US forest service around Yosemite and later sold to a church camp just outside of the park. The vehicle was garaged and used by the church camp for insurance purposes. The vehicle is in extreemly good original condition. All equipment is stock except the windshield wiper motor which was changed to an electric model instead of the vacuum type. The vehcile runs strong and starts up promptly everytime. It has the 6 cylinder motor with a 3 speed manual transmission. Warren “free wheeling” hub caps to secure four wheel drive. The interior is in very good condition, as you can see by the pictures. The odometer shows 30,000 miles, but the speedometer cable broke so I can’t say what the actual mileage is. I would say not more than about 50,000 original miles. The fire apparatus has a 250 gallon tank with a 5 hp gas motor that both starts manually or with an electric push button starter. Pump works great and all seals seam to not leak. Vehicle comes with 200 feet of fire hose ( cotton single jacket), 150 of 1 1/2 and 50 ft of 1 inch. Two variable plastic nozzles with 1 1/2 fittings. There are two yellow helmets and a first aid kit. All gauges work (except the speedometer) and two new gauges were added for oil preasure and temperature. Body shows some signs on repair around the passenger door handle, but otherwise the vehicle is in good overall condition for the body. Vehicle runs fine and all mechanical parts work good. Brakes are in good condition as are tires, clutch and transmission. There is no slippage when shifting. This is a fairly rare vehicle and would be well suited for a ranch (for insurance purposes) or another church. Please e-mail any questions.”

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Toyota’s Jeep AK10 and Jeep BJ

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

As usual, searching for something unrelated to Toyota lead me straight to the Toyota BJ (I was searching through some automobile history).  I knew very little about the Toyota Land Cruiser history, so the threads I’ll share below were very interesting to me.  The pics all came from the IH8MUD.com website, where there are plenty more pics of both the AK10 and the BJ.

THE AK10

According to Wikipedia, in response to a request by the Japanese government, Toyota developed the AK10 in 1942.  Apparently there are few surviving images and no surviving vehicles.  You can view the AK10 discussion thread at the IH8MUD.com website.

JEEP BJ

Again, according to Wikipedia, in 1950 the Korean War created demand for a military light duty vehicle.  The United States Government asked Toyota to build 100 vehicles based on Willys specs.  The following year, Toyota designed the BJ prototype.  While longer and more powerful (6cyl) than the 1/4 ton jeep, the BJ had no low range.  The National Police Agency (NPA) was impressed enough to put in an order for the Jeep BJ’s, which became their official patrol vehicle.  The BJ would have 3 different Models, a Touring model (BJ-T), a Radio model (BJ-R), and a Fire Engine Capable Model (BJ-J) [technically, I suppose these would be the english equivalent translations …].

In 1954, Willys-Overland put pressure on Toyota to cease using the “Jeep” name.  Technical director Hanji Umehara had the responsibility to rename the vehicle.  Interestingly, rather than compete with the Jeep label, he chose to compete directly with the Land Rover label.  He notes, “I had to come up with a name for our car that would not sound less dignified than those of our competitors. That is why I decided to call it ‘Land Cruiser’.”

Here are several images of the BJ that I found on the IH8MUD site.  You can see many more here The Toyota BJ ‘Jeep’ thread at the IH8MUD.com website.

 
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A ‘Police’ Wagon from the Movie Plumm Summer Bozeman, Mt $4800

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

UPDATE:  UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4800.

After some searching, I found a movie trailer that shows a short clip of the Police Wagon (shown below).  You can see the entire trailer from this 2008 movie here.

“1960 willys jeep for sale. great condition. 4×4. Flathead Hurricane 6 original motor, ~100,000 miles. Was in the movie, “A Plumm Summer.” Painted like a sheriff vehicle. runs great, and always starts, may need to have the piston rings replaces, but all the seals were just redone. cheep to insure, and a great vehicle, some custom work was done to the back seats to turn them into side benches. this jeep has all original parts, except for 1 missing rear seat, but i have the replacement in storage.”

Plumm Summer Movie Willys Wagon

 
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1967 M725 Ambulance Collingswood, NJ **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $995.

“I purchased this over 2 years ago with the intentions of restoring it. I have purchased many additional parts but have not had that much time to work on it. The boro had asked us to remove it from the property back in September due to one of our wonderful neighbors. We need to sell soon. I did get it to turn over. This is a great solid Jeep with very little rust for someone who has time to work on it. We had it posted in the Fall for $1750 but now brought the price down. The price is firm. I have posted many items on here with great success. We are looking to sell this quick. Not looking forward to selling it but in the future when I have more time I will look into purchasing another vehicle to restore. Need to be removed from our property by end of March. ”

 
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Constabulary / Military Police Jeep Paint Schemes

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images • TAGS: .

About a week ago I was looking through some images and noticed a couple jeeps with unusual paint jobs across the windshields.  It turns out these were jeeps associated with the Constabulary Force in Europe. (I believe these differ from the ‘white mice‘ MPs)

Here’s an excerpt about the Constabulary Force from the history of the 2nd Constabulary Regiment, “The District Constabularies were regarded as an interim force during the time USFET [United States Forces European Theater] was submitting plans for a more extensive organization.

The Theater plan of organization proposed a Zone Constabulary composed of three Brigade Headquarters at the German Land or state level, each to include an Air Reconnaissance Squadron and varying numbers of Cavalry Groups; twelve Constabulary Group Headquarters; forty-eight Squadrons with 192 mechanized recon troops, 48 tank companies, and 48 Headquarter and Service troops. The total strength was to approximate 38,000 troopers.

Paralleling the planning and development of the United States Constabulary from its origin to the operational date of July 1, 1946, was the Mobile Security Control of the U. S. occupied zone (as we have already stated) by the District Constabularies. The Second Cavalry Group was shortly joined by the Sixth and Fifteenth Cavalry Groups to accomplish this.”

Back to the paint schemes, here are several pics with the unusual paint schemes.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any color pics and the pics I do have aren’t great ones.

Walter Sanders snapped the 2nd and 3rd images as part of his work for Life Magazine.

Here’s a link to the site with this image:

Here’s a link to the site with this image: