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1948 ‘CJ-2B’ Attack Engine Riot Control Jeep

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

UPDATE: Derek did the initial research and writeup on this project, correctly identifying it as a CJ-2A. Check out the pre-restoration pics and info here:

The folks at the New Salem Fire Department near Albany, New York, recently ‘restored’ what they call a “CJ-2B Attack Engine”. And, to be fair, I suppose this CJ-2A has undergone some major changes. Perhaps it should be relabeled a 1948 CJ-2RC (Riot Control) jeep?

You can read about it here:

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1952 M-38A1 Ex-Fire Jeep San Rafael, CA $6998

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

UPDATE: Still Availalble.

(03/23/2018) I wonder if it has Korean War documentation?

“1952 Willys Jeep. Had its first action in the Korean war and then found itself as a Rim Fire Jeep in the Fire service in Tahoe. 100% solid and drives like a dream. Seriously cool Jeep.”

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DJ-3A Airport Baggage Handler

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

A reader named Randy used to drive this very jeep. He shares his experience below. Note that the DJ-3A fuel inlet was moved to the side to accommodate the ramp.


These pictures were taken in the spring of 1970 and I am no doubt somewhere on the BOAC VC-10. Or I maybe flying the “bucket truck” in the back of the plane cleaning the lavatories


Randy writes, “After high school I got a job with a company that serviced airlines that didn’t have dedicated ground crews. These airlines had only one or two flights a day at our airport. This employer hired and trained people to service the airplanes just like a fulltime ground crew would. Every “ramp rat” was going to be something else after college except for me. I would learn to fly with the meager pay and get employed using friendships and connections made there.

“Anyway, Butler Aviation had a Jeep Baggage Loader and I would drive it on any mission that came up. Summer and winter or rain or snow, I volunteered to position the belt loader and loved each time I drove it. It wasn’t uncommon to reposition that Jeep from one side of the airport to the other. Four or five miles at a time.

“It was a 4 cylinder, 2-wheel drive, three on the tree with the giant loader and hydraulics attached above the center of gravity. The endless belt loader was fixed in the back and raised and lowered in the front. Had a huge rubber bumper on the front of the belt to prevent damage to the airplanes. It only went about 30 mph but, combined with the unstable loader, it could get scary. We use to fill it up with ramp rats and drive across the airport in the summer and get a nice breeze. But in the winter, I was all by myself.”

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1962 CJ-5 Pocono Pines, PA **Sold**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

UPDATE: SOLD. Was $16,500.

Rafael is selling his nice looking CJ-5 fire jeep. For more information, email him at

“Lead the Parade! This is a beautiful 1962 Willy’s CJ5 Fire Chief Jeep. Very clean. Clean title. Get comments and thumbs up everywhere it goes. Starts and runs very well. Light and siren are fully operational. New back seat and seat belts. It also has beautiful gold leaf graphics on its fire engine red paint. The interior has been sprayed with a color matched bedliner for additional protection. The only work it will require is a new emergency brake cable.”





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1952 Wagon-Ambulance Brochure **SOLD**

UPDATE: This brochure was originally sold on eBay in 2018.

“1952 Willys Overland 475 Utility Ambulance Specification Sheet.”


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1949 CJ-3A Fire Jeep Gravette, AR eBay

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

UPDATE: Still Available. The starting price has dropped to $22,000.

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“1949 Willys CJ3A Fire Engine Jeep. This is a Boyer conversion. This jeep is very complete, original, and unrestored. This jeep has less less than 3200 miles on the odometer. Lots of the original accessories are still place. I understand that some of the nozzles are collectible.

The jeep has been in long term storage since it was taken out of service in 1980. The jeep is not currently running but the engine is not stuck. It will turn over by hand. The jeep was driven into the storage building that I found it in. I bought this jeep from the first civilian owner. Since this is an all original jeep, I have done nothing to it. I have not even washed the nearly 40 years of dust off of it. You are getting a very complete and untouched original fire engine jeep here.

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1952 M-38A1 Waxahachie, TX **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

Unclear if runs or not.

“1952 Willy’s Jeep M38A1. Went into fire service after it’s military service. Great Jeep for restorations. Call or text John. Contact info in last picture. Be sure to tell him Jamison sent you. No calls after 10pm central.”


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1953 CJ-3B Hamburg, NY **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000.

“1953 Willys Jeep, front blade, metal half cab, Auburn trencher, x-Bflo. Fire Dept. Telegraph Dept., 8500 original miles – needs restoration. $4000.”

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1955 Fire (?) Truck Whitehall, NY $6000

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

Might be an ex-Fire/Brush truck.

“1955 Willys pick-up truck; 4 X 4; original 6 cylinder; runs great; 4-wheel drive works great; new brakes, new tires, excellent barn find; 90% original; road ready; Cash or bank check only”

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1948 CJ-2A Livingston Manor, NY **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

“For Sale
If it’s listed, its for sale
No brokers or agents
1948 Willy’s CJ-2 JEEP
2nd owner
Original Fire Station Jeep for West Point Military Academy
Runs and drives excellent
Needs some brake work
Original Go-Devil 4 cylinder
4 speed manual transmission
Has original optional Willy’s plow and accompanying Willy’s pump and actuator
Excellent plow head
All original mechanical and body work present
Was re painted original olive in 70’s
And used regularly
Very nice survivor with every piece available from Kaiser Willy’s website
Price $3,500 obo
Located in Sullivan County”

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1952 Photo of Fire Jeep at the Vatican on eBay

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

Looks to be an MB/GPW.

“1952 Press Photo Firemen in Vatican city, in jeep with fire fighting equipment. This is an original press photo. A tiny unit of the Vatican City fire fighting brigade prepared for a training drill with a jeep fire truck. The brigade, consisting of 15 men and one officer, is equipped with two war surplus jeeps, a small chemical spray unit, a few hand operated fire extinguishers and some stepladders. IN more serious cases the Rome fire brigade is called. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 11-14-1952.

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1952 M-38A1 Fire Jeep Ladera Ranch, CA **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was listed at $13,900 

(04/26/2016) “1952 Willys Jeep/ M38A1 (former Military/early CJ) converted to Brush Fire pumper somewhere along the way. I don’t have much history on this vehicle. But, Drives great, pump disconnected for now, but does work. New Paint 2 years ago. (NOTE; PHOTOS SHOW FORMER UPPER HOSE TRAY, HOSE REEL AND TANK WHICH HAVE BEEN REMOVED AND SCRAPPED, REPLACED WITH SECOND SEAT IN REAR WITH MATCHING FRONT SEAT UPHOLSTERY) Now a GREAT truck for parades with the family or cruising the hills of California, or wherever. Fits in any garage!

Other details; Original 4 cyl Willys engine, transmission (3spd) high/ low range, 4 WD (though I’ve never locked front axles, all instruments work along with all electrical working.

History; I’m about the 3rd owner, purchased about 10 years ago from FF in CT. who purchased it from person in PA. As mentioned, definitely a former military M38A1 that was retrofitted as a fire pumper. Some base yellow paint on frame may point to it serving on air base or carrier? No other history known.”






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1953 M-38A1 Sioux City, IA **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2900.

The dash on the passenger side has been modified. This is a former Fire Jeep.

“Selling my 1953 M38A1 Military jeep. Prior to me buying this it had been sitting for 5 years. It was used by a rural Fire dept before that. So the fire dept added the rear rack. Replaced the seats with buckets from god only knows where.
The good is this jeep has very little rust, fuel Tank has been steam cleaned and coated. New batteries & fuel pump have been installed (it is still a 24 volt system) starts runs shifts and drives. Brakes are sketchy and will need attention. Clearly the jeep has oversized tires and wheels. The wiring will need some attention. The always bent and broken front fenders are near perfect. This is a great stump jumper or restoration project. Priced right.”


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1991 Photo of 1948 CJ-2A Fire Jeep on ebay

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

This photo was taken at an auto museum (Harrah’s?) in 1991. I haven’t seen this jeep at any of the California museums I’ve visited. Anyone know what happened to it?

“1991 Press Photo Restored 1948 Jeep firetruck displayed at museum in Reno. This is an original press photo. The 1948 Jeep firetruck is now restored and on display at a museum in Reno, Nevada. Photo measures 10 x 8 inches. Photo is dated 10-14-1991.”

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1963 CJ-5 Fire Jeep Doylestown, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000.

(09/24/2017) This one’s a bit funky. Has a “cage” over the roll bar.

“I have a former fire dept jeep with clear title. Very good condition. Odometer shows only 1900 miles, which could be true due to history but title does say discrepancy. Previous owner did some engine work like water pump and other things. He messed up timing, and I haven’t had time to really work on it. It will start, but runs rough. Wife is bugging me to get out of garage, and I don’t have time to work on it. Very rare!
Previous owner lifted 2″ by changing springs and put these wheels on it. I have original wheels with tires also.”

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1954 M-38A1 Brush Truck Mt. Airy, MD $3000

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

(09/19/2017) Runs, but needs some work.

“1954 Willys Jeep M 38A1 Brush Truck
need brakes and a gas tank
12 volts”

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1952 M-38A1 Brush Jeep Hilton Head, SC $13,900

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

(10/05/2017) Ted spotted this nice looking Fire Pumper Brush jeep on Hemmings.


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“1952 Willys Jeep/ M38A1 (former Military/early CJ) converted to Brush Fire pumper somewhere along the way. I don’t have much history on this vehicle. But, Drives great, pump disconnected for now, but does work. New Paint 2 years ago. (NOTE; PHOTOS SHOW FORMER UPPER HOSE TRAY, HOSE REEL AND TANK WHICH HAVE BEEN REMOVED AND SCRAPPED, REPLACED WITH SECOND SEAT IN REAR WITH MATCHING FRONT SEAT UPHOLSTERY) Now a GREAT truck for parades with the family, cruising the beach, hills, or wherever. Fits in any garage!

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1946 Berkey Aux Fire Dept Testimonial

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

This testimonial included a detailed list of fire jeep specs. 
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1958 NPS Truck … Needs Parts

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

UPDATE: Unclear if Rudy still needs parts or not. 

Rudy recently purchased this National Park Service fire truck out of Fort Collins, Colorado. He wants to restore it, but needs some help locating parts and information about it. If anyone knows anything or has some parts, please contact him at rudyskfparts @ (remove spaces around the @).

“Looking for the needle in a hay stack but it’s worth a shot as not many Willys fire trucks out there. Looking for the pump, tank, hose reel and any other items that may have come off this truck over the years. Has a great history serving in the National Park Service and want to bring it back to it’s former glory but will need some help.

This was purchased in 1993 at a Government surplus auction by Mr. Bender of Fort Collins at which time it was a functioning fire truck but soon sold it to a Mr. Kleeberg who at the time owned a wrecking yard for years in Fort Collins. Not much is known after this point as Mr. Kleeberg passed away and little is known what happened to the missing parts. If anyone knows any history and /or what happened to any of the parts specific to this truck I would be interested in purchasing any parts to help restore the truck. Will gladly pay a finders fee that leads to the purchase of any parts as well.
First two pictures are of the truck needing the parts and the last four are of a similar trucks and what the parts would look like. The truck was built by Bay City Fire Trucks in Bay City Michigan.”

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Clark County, Nevada, Sheriff’s Office Jeep Posse

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

A little something to read from five years ago …

Originally published October 31, 2012: I stumbled across some Flickr Images of the Clark County, Nevada, Sheriff’s Office Jeep Posse. I searched for a website for the group, but could only find a Sheriff site.

Here are a few images from Flickr. 


In February, 1952, Popular Science published a short article about this Jeep Posse.  Note the Slat Grille MB.

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Links to Fire Jeeps in Portugal

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

Roberto Flores’ search for fires in Portugal tangentially led to a finding a few links to blogs with fire jeeps on them.

This first set of photos is from a 2008 post on a Portuguese website. According to a translation, “On the day of [the jeep’s] baptism, the Father said in his address: “The first-aid jeep is intended to fill a very important gap in this Corporation, which is to be able to turn to places of difficult access or even of the city, where it is not justified to move a heavier car.”





This second fire jeep resides at the Fire Museum at Dafundo in Portugal. This 1947 CJ-2A was acquired in 2010, then restored.


This last website from Catalonia only shows one photo and it’s not the best angle. Still, the parking lights suggest it is a 1946 or early 1947 CJ-2A. It’s not clear where this one is located, other than in Portugal.



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Unusual Ambulance Jeep

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

UPDATE II: It’s now red and for sale again:

UPDATE: It appears this jeep has been re-themed into a resort vehicle.

This unusual ambulance jeep was shared on Facebook. I’ve tracked down an additional photo that shows it’s got a standard gas inlet on the side, so I think this may have been a CJ-3A.

This vehicle is located in Vincennes, Indiana (still there??). I’d really like some better photos of this. I’ll offer an Alaska Or Rust T-shirt and my everlasting gratitude if someone could get some more pics of this unusual rig.

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1951 Truck Atwater, OH $1800

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

Cool old fire department truck project.

“Complete xfire truck great truck for someone who is looking for a winter project. Lots of potential. Currently not in running condition.”×4-truck/6316790073.html


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1953 M-38A1 Livingstonville, NY **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was Auction.

“The Town of Broome Volunteer Fire Department will be receiving sealed bids for the sale of a 1953 Willy’s Jeep. For questions or an appointment to see this unit call
and leave a message and someone will contact you. Sealed bids must be received no later than 7pm on October 10, 2017. Bids can mailed to: The Town of Broome Fire Department 453 State Route 145 Middleburgh, NY 12122. Envelopes must be clearly marked “JEEP BID”. The Town of Broome Volunteer Fire Department has the right to reject any and all bids at their discretion. Some equipment in photos not included in sale.”


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1936 Willys Overland Fire Truck Alpha, NJ $2000

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

For that Willys owner who wants something unique.  I don’t know how rare it is or isn’t. I just thought this was cool.

“Old Willys fire truck. It was a pickup or van converted to parade fire truck. Very unique. Will need work.”

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