Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles Research Archives

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Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Photo

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

Seth posted this cool photo to the Willys Jeep CJ-2A Facebook group. He found it on the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club’s Facebook page.


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1961 FC-170 Big Lake, AK **SOLD**

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

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $7000

(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.”

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1960 Howe Commando FC Brochure on eBay

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”

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1953 M-38A1 Seabrook, TX eBay

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

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.”

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Year? MB/GPW w/Welder Ventura, CA $5000

This could make a cool restoration .. something different.

“One of a kind old Jeep and welder.”


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1948 CJ-2A Fire Jeep

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay. Now lives in New York (See comments).

Nice looking fire jeep.

“1948 Willys Fire Truck for sale. Excellent running and aesthetic condition. Very low mileage. This jeep was bought brand new by the village of St-Esprit (Québec, Canada). Only one owner after the fire department.”





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Year? CJ-2A/Skidder Peru, ME $2100

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

Runs and logs.

“Late 1940s Willys cj2a flathead skidder. Runs great. Goes anywhere. Hydraulic blade to stack logs and move brush. Needs brake work. I used it for hobby logging. Hate to see it sit. Cage is bolted on. Marine battery. Racecar switches. Electric fuel pump. Could be removed to make a Jeep project. Lots of options. Best serious offer. Also has set of forks for it. ”

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1954 CJ-3B Howe Fire Jeep Calgary, CA **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

“rare chance to buy a cj3b fire truck for a fair price
the pictures are the description so please look closely and ask questions as the sale will be final
I’m selling off due to storage issues and the fact that I just bought a new Harley 🙂
a $2500.00can. deposit is required with in 24 hours of auction ending via pay pal and the balance is due via bank transfer within 48 hours of auction ending
this is the second fire jeep I will be selling here and the first one sold the guy is very happy and has left me great feed back
I’m happy to assist with shipping
and the jeep is sold on a bill of sale only.”






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Photo of WWII Fire Jeep in Parade on eBay

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

No year or caption provided with photo.

“This is a Type I Original News Press Service Photograph. Size is 8 x 10″.”

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Willys Motors Makes “Ranger” for US Navy

A September 2, 1953, article in the Toledo Blade relayed the news that Willys Motors and Mobile Fire Apparatus, Inc., were planning to produce a Willys mobile fire jeep called the Ranger. According to Four Wheeler Magazine, the1952 truck shown below is an example of the Ranger. However, it’s a little puzzling that the truck is a 1952, when the announcement wasn’t made until late 1953? Maybe Mobile Fire Apparatus used an older chassis? Anyone have an insight on this?


A second article shared the news that Brede Products was planning to sell a snow plow, powered by its own jeep engine. Below is one of two photos from Four Wheeler you can view the front of the rotary snow plow here. Anyone have a brochure for this?


A third article announced an agreement between Mitsubishi and the Willys Overland Export, Inc.


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Riggins’ Volunteer Fire Department

This January 1958 article from Willys News highlighted a group of teen boys who provided the small town of Riggins, Idaho, with fire protection using a fire jeep.




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1963 FC-170 West Rupert, VT **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: Was $5900. **SOLD**

(04/11/2016) This former fire truck runs.

“1963 Jeep FC170 – rare Forward Control model. Ordered new as a fire support truck, low actual miles but then sat and engine froze up. Original engine in bed. Has all new rebuilt engine, with new pistons, bearings, clutch, pp, flywheel. Runs great. New brakes all round, new lines, new cylinders, hubs, bearings, gas tank boiled and sealed, etc. Good 3 speed trans. 4WD. Sticky shifter, needs linkage bushings, didn’t get to that yet.

Body is very good. Interior is honestly rough. Very rare utility body. No wannabes, please.”

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1952 M-38A1 Chassell, MI $5900

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/12/2016) Colored like it was a Fire Jeep at some point.

“1952 Jeep M-38A1, Military Jeep, Runs like a top, does not smoke. All of the pictures are with the Jeep running. Brakes work great, Shifts good through all of the gears, Low and High Range work, as does the four wheel drive. Parking brake works great and holds like it should. Horn works. All of the fluids have been changed with a new oil filter, I have installed NOS rear bumpers, NOS grill with paperwork from 1952, complete new exhaust system, rear fuel can holder, Seat frames and pans, along with new covers and foam. Glass is perfect with no cracks. The only thing that is not original military is the carb, which is a rebuilt, and the drivers side windshield wiper motor. There is some rust in the floor pan, and some access holes were made by the fire dept. in the rear floor. This Jeep could be used as is, or restored to it’s original color.”

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Glenn and His (former) CJ-2A Fire Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

Jon forwarded this article about Glenn and the CJ-2A he owned (sold it recently). Read the whole article by Robert Rooney:


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1946 Photos of the Berkey, Ohio, Fire Department

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

Great photos. I wish these were in color. They were published in the Jun 9, 1946, issue of the Milwaukee Journal and the June 16, 1946, issue of the Evening Star.

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Chicago Fire Jeep

This photo was featured in the May 22, 1946 issue of The Bulletin out of Bend, Oregon.


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1952 M-38A1 North Platte, NE $5495

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

(10/20/2015) This is an ex forest jeep. It was stationed at the Clark-McNary Forest as part of the University of Nebraska. Must have been one of at least three jeeps (given there is a #3 on the side of the jeep).

“Drivetrain: 4 Wheel Drive
VIN: 000000017270
Fuel: Gasoline
Exterior Color: Orange
Transmission: 3 Speed Manual
Title: Clear
Mileage: 39,457
Interior Color: Black
Stock Number: 4142A

Contact Info:
Jody’s Auto Sales, Inc.
JODY SMITH – (308) 534-3729
4 South Jeffers, A & Jeffers, On The S-Curves
North Platte, NE 69101




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Glenn’s New CJ-3B Fire Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

Glenn just bought this CJ-3B Fire Jeep. His 2A Fire Jeep has been sold. Derek published Fred Scott’s great write-up of it on the CJ-3B Page.

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1951 M-38 Escondido, CA **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $10,000

This is a tribute, rather than one owned previously by a fire department.

“1951 Willys (M-38) Fallbrook Fire ” Tribute” Jeep, Converted to 12 Volt with a new battery, alternator, & all wiring, Completely refurbished including (5) new tires, water pump. paint , pin striping, brakes, seals, bearings, windshield, seats, mechanical siren-light & 100 Watt electronic siren, $10,000.00 (OBO)”

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FC Fire Jeep Restomod

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

Paul shared this link of an FC Fire Jeep restomod at just-a-car-guy.





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1951 Rescue Jeep

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

In 1980 the Fruitville Fire Department received a 1951 wagon modified into a “rescue jeep”. This article was published in the Sarasota Herald Tribune on Dec. 23, 1980.



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1947 CJ-2A Fire Jeep **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

“here’s your chance to own a very rare willys fire truck and they don’t come up for sale often. This willys fire engine is in almost new condition with only 3300 miles on it. This truck was bought new and was the only fire engine the town had until it was replaced in 1972 then it sat in the fire hall un till march of 2015 when I bought it 🙂 Since I have brought it home I gave her a new 6 volt battery and a bit of a tune up. The water tank in the back leaked so I removed it and repaired it and in the process I damaged some of the pipe fittings to the pump so there is a few new 1″ fittings that don’t take away from its quality and curb appeal.

What also makes this fire truck stand out is it was not built in the USA it was built by the Sterling machine and manufacturing co. right here in Canada if your a Willys jeep kinda guy you may have heard of them they also made trailers and pto type accessories. Im happy to assist in shipping anyway I can.

This little unit runs drives shifts and stops if you have any questions I would rather answer them on the phone so feel free to call me any time between 7 am and 9 pm 7 days a week but please keep in mind the time change as im in Calgary Alberta Canada.”

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Willys Fire Truck? Kimball, MN $4500

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

UPDATE: Was Make Offer, now $4500.

This looks like it has a jeep chassis. Anyone check this one out?

“runs and drives. needs brake work. taking offers since I have no idea what it’s worth.”


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1956 Wagon Athens, AL **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Willys Wagons

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

(07/15/2015) It’s supposed to be an ex-civil defense wagon.

“Special build for Civil Defense. One of only “10” equipped in this manner. The barn doors, the taillights etc. are different from the production run. Factory PTO winch/bumper. No rust! Solid and functional in every way. Runs and drives good. Super Hurricane flat head 6 cylinder. New gas tank, carburetor, complete brake system. Tires and wheels are new, w/new hubcaps. Ideal for business Mascot vehicle.”
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Fire / Willys-powered Unit George, WA $2500

Its an interesting piece.

“For sale is a pull behind Willys Power Unit. It had a fire pump on the back which has been removed and sold. You can buy it and put another pump on the back, or a generator or an air compressor or???  The engine itself is a 4 cylinder Willys. It’s hasn’t ran in years but it DOES turn over. Since the pump has been sold ahead of it, I AM willing to sell just the engine if you’re not interested in the whole thing. $2500 for the whole thing or $2300 for just the engine. You remove AND haul. ”

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