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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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1961 DJ-3A Hot Springs, AR **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1600. Former airline baggage jeep.

Seller still has the 13″ rims. It used to be an airport jeep. Frame number matches the serial number plate.

“”This is a rare 2wd model of Willys Jeep. Its sometimes called the “Dispatcher” model. The manufacturing info for all DJ3A’s made in 1961 was only 1542 units. This particular vehicle was in use at the Denver Stapleton Airport. It has the correct flat-head 4-cylinder engine which will turn over, so its not seized up. This Willys needs someone looking to do a restoration job or someone just wanting a “toy” to fix up. I do not have a title since the person I bought it from bought it at an airport auction, since the Jeep was only driven at the airport, there was never any need for titles, registrations, or inspections. I had performed by the Vehicle Theft Task Force in Smith County showing that the vehicle ID/VIN came back clear. Jeep has brand new 2 month old cooper tires and American racing wheels. originals come with purchase”

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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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1967 Panel Delivery Audio Visual Wagon Everett, WA **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2250.

This is an interesting vehicle.

“Rare US Army Audio/Visual support vehicle. 1967 Jeep 2 Door Panel. Runs and drives well. Straight 6(232), freshly rebuilt transmission(3-on-the-tree) with a brand new clutch. 4 wheel drive less front drive line. Very unique rig…just need to focus on my Mustang project, wife requests fewer vehicles…this is the one that has to go. Comes with original Equipment Log Book by US Government. Willy’s Keiser Jeep…a true piece of history…needs restoration.”

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1957 Fire-Fighting Jeep Article

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

This photo and article was published in the August 29, 1957, issue of the Reading Eagle from Reading, Pennsylvania. It looks to be a CJ-2. It sounds like it has been refurbished into a brush fire-fighting jeep. The article indicates this would be called Jeep No. 11, yet it is labeled Jeep No. 1.


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1952 M-38A1 Columbia, MO $4000

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

This old fire department jeeps looks like a good price.

“1952 Willys Jeep. Runs good. Was used as a fire department brush fire vehicle for 35 years. Not many miles put on during that time. Has a water tank and Briggs water pump on the back. Rebuilt carburetor and new gas tank on the engine for the water pump. Also comes with a 1955 Department of the Army Technical Manual for operation and organizational maintenance. Clean title.”

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1959 FC-150 Brush Fire Jeep Toledo, OH **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

This deserves some better photos!

“ld jeep FC 150 grass fire truck been stored inside for years but not ran for years extremely rare good shape for age lights and sirens still on it pictures to come later calls or text only”

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1952 M-38 Longmont, CO **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

Maybe an ex fire-jeep?

“Original 1952 Willys M38 ready to be restored. Solid body, original 24 volt system, lots of new parts ready to be installed. $3500 OBO. Also have a brand new L134 engine block in unopened crate for additional cost.”

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Topeka Hi Way Mower Wellsburg, IA $2900

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

Looks in great shape. It’s missing the top.

“Runs good. Fun to run.”

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1952 CJ-3A Red Bluff, CA $2100

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

The engine/tranny/tc is not included at the $2100 price. Former Fire Jeep. Anyone recognize the winch?

“1952 CJ3A flat fender rolling chassis, selling separately with no engine, no transmission, no transfer case or bundled with all the major components I have been saving for this build.

I am asking $2,100.00 for the rolling chassis alone or $3,600.00 for all, the chassis, a fresh rebuilt 225 odd fire v-6 from a 66 CJ5, a brand new old stock SM420 transmission, a brand new old stock dana transfer case, and other misc. parts including a new heater, twin shifters that allow 2 wheel low range, V6 motor mount kit, and a 10 gallon frame mount stainless steel gas tank.

This old Willy’s jeep is super clean with practically no rust and believed to have been owned by the Auburn Fire dept. at one time, it has special Ca. plate with license # “FLAT 52″. Clean title currently on Non-op.”

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1958 M-38A1 Marietta, GA $2250

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

Runs and drives.

“I have a jeep that I have had for a while, I have done some work to it and put some original parts on it that were missing when found. It runs and drives but could use a few things here and there to make it road worthy. The 4 wheel drive does work. I have the original gas tank and cover that goes around the gas tank. it will go with it for the right price …. key word right price.. no trades no bartering just cash.. no movers no checks while you are out at sea or whatever it is this week”

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1952 M-38A1 St. Paul, MN $9500

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

This is an ex-fire station jeep, which would explain the unusual paint job.

“1952 M38A1. Serial Number 22011, date of manufacture 9/1952. It was an ex-Marine, then Fire Department Jeep. I’ve owned it for about 20 years with the intention of restoring it back to original, it was painted maroon before I bought it. Original military jeep with the 24 volt waterproof electrical system. No rust, only some light surface corrosion in spots. New NDCC tires, wiring harness, batteries, canvas seat covers, spark plug wires, and summer top. Rear seat and external power connector. Many extra parts: 3 voltage regulators, generator to voltage regulator cable, original light switch, 2ea winter doors (not in the best shape, 1 winter side flap, new door bows, old set of plug wires, extra black out light lamp, original gauges (37800 miles on it), extra military style wire connectors and covers, original spring & horse hair seat covers, 4ea NOS ground straps, battery hold down brackets, new parking brake arm and shoes, engine electrical test kit (Sun model WPW-10), new grill welt, extra cuno oil filter gaskets, NOS radio antenna mount, spare ammeter gauge, misc hardware, parts manual and service manual.”

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