Seller calls this a FJ-3, but it looks more like an FJ-6 to me.
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“Here is your chance to get one of the coolest mini step vans ever produced! A very nice 1963 Studebaker Zip Van. These vans are one of the rarest of all the small step vans and super hard to find! They were only produced for 1 year and were only made for the US Postal Service.
This one is in great shape! New Midnight Blue Metallic and Silver 2 tone paint, brand new windshield, like new ultra low profile tires mounted on Boyd Coddington aluminum wheels. Just tuned up, new plugs, plug wires, distributor cap, rotor, choke cable, air filter, oil change, oil filter, carburetor rebuilt and new fan belt. All work and paint completed in the last 30 days. This van runs, drives, shifts and stops the way it should. Keep in mind this Zip Van is over 50 years old and is in no way a perfect restored vehicle.
Looks good, but not sure how seller is figuring the price, unless ice cream trucks rake in the bucks in Thousand Oaks??
“Rare and totally unique vintage ice cream truck! Runs great, engine has been rebuilt from ground up. Best marketing tool and get SO much attention! Has a current Ventura county health dept permit. comes with Honda generator. MUST SEE in person! $25K OBO.”
UPDATE: Still Available.
(01/30/2015) Unclear if it runs.
UPDATE: Was on eBay. **SOLD** for $1500.
Not a DJ or an FJ, but some one may be interested in this for mail deliveries.
“Runs like a little demon. Can’t kill these AM General’s This one has original everything, decent body, runs great, some rust here and there and has been used at a US Postal Service Center I own. Making room for a new advertising vehicle. This can be converted to a food truck (Ice Cream Van would be cute) or simply a work horse once you tune her up and clean her up a bit. I put the postal logos back and the truck is sold as is with everything on her including the interior guts that the post office equipped her with. To the comedians who think you can buy a car/truck just for the title, you would be wrong. It’s against the law (and it’s fraud) to attempt to title wash a vehicle. You have been blocked from bidding.”
**SOLD** Was $7500.
Motor runs, but rig still needs work.
“1962 Jeep Fleetvan
Original motor that runs. I also have a spare motor that I bought just to have for parts if I ever needed them. This was a project that I just don’t have time for anymore. I was converting it into a mobile snow cone truck. It is not 100% completed. The air ride on the front will need to me completed. I have 35×12.50×20 mud tires on it with 20×9 Moto Metal wheels. They have no miles on them. If you would like more pictures or would like more information on it please call me.”
UPDATE: Was $5000. **Status Unknown**
It’s called the “Biff Bus”.
“1963 Jeep Fleet Van FJ3-A. Cute as can be, very rare, and a great conversation piece! Many people have stopped and asked me what kind of vehicle it is! 15 years ago it had a 1973 4 cylinder Pinto 2.0 engine transplant, and in 2007 a professionally rebuilt transmission by Marty’s Transmission of Portland. I have owned it for 28 years and have driven it very little since 2007 and did use it for an ice cream truck for about 7 years, and it has been in several parades. Its size is 12 ft. long, 5 ft. wide, and 7 ft. tall. The reason for selling it is that I have to find a happy new home for my beloved Biff Bus, as it is affectionately called. It has power brakes, an electric cooling fan for the engine, a nice array of marker and clearance lights, and a cassette car stereo. Some things on it that need work are: it needs a new alternator, has a little surface rust on the side and rear doors, and it needs new tags. $5,000 firm and no trades.”
UPDATE: Still Available
(10/18/2014) Has an oil leak.
“1980 fj8 jeep Driving daily as ice cream truck has power inverter and 2 freezers does have oil leak and needs wiper motor for wipers to work for more info”
Joel Dunn wanted to share photos of Carson City Board of Tourism’s newly redone FJ-3.
He writes, “I wanted to share some pics of Jays 1961 FJ3 that Carson City purchased as a project to celebrate Nevada 10th birthday on October 31, 2014. Willy participated in the Las Vegas parade on Friday the 31st and then at the Nevada Day parade in Carson City on Saturday November 1st. Willy was the hit of both parades and will now start appearing at tourism, travel and hospitality shows a cross the Western United States. Soon to come is a killer sound system and LED monitors.”
UPDATE: Was $600.
“1965 Jeep FJ-6A, Super rare, Needs Engine & Transmission. (Original Engine F134 mated to Borg Warner Auto) Missing 3 pieces of flat glass but this could make a awesome unique Project. Everything looks to be there except the roof vent. I do not have any of the keys unfortunately. Bought this as a project and was planning on bringing it home to Texas with me but Plans have changed. No Title.
UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $3500.
(09/23/2014) Doesn’t run at the moment.
“Very Rare 1965 Fleetvan, Manufactured for postal use by Willys Motors and Kaiser-Jeep. Engine is a F4-134 Hurricane and has a Borg Warner automatic transmission which was offered as a option. Van was driven one year ago, but will not start because of electrical problems. Needs full restoration. Glass is in good condition. Some rust. Serious inquires only. “
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000.
Runs and drives. Needs some work.
“1961 Willis Jeep Fleetvan
4 cylinder automatic. Runs and drives. Historic plates.
Retired U.S. Postal truck.
Right hand drive. Needs restoration.”
UPDATE: Was $4500. **Status Unknown**
(06/17/2014) Does not run.
“Selling a 1962 jeep fleet van or fj-3a. has a 4 cylinder chevy iron duke engine with 2 speed power glide auto trans. Will need a tune up and brakes and a battery and some other tinkering to be road worthy. does not run..
Clean body.. a lot of the rear and side glass is cracked.. front windshield is good.. no rust.. straight body.. original bumpers.. cool 70s Cragar wheels. good floors.. everything is there..
No paper work.. off dmv system..
Real head turner.. great for advertising.. or just an unusual rare toy that you can actually use like a truck or van..
there is a pretty good following for these rare jeeps.. when properly restored they can bring over 20k.. asking 4500.”
UPDATE II: As the seller reports, and as the info below confirms, this sold for $100,000 in January. Now it’s part of a no-reserve auction starting at $36,000. Thanks to Doug and Craig for letting us know.
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UPDATE I: Jesse reports this FC went for big bucks . . . 100,000 of them! Yep, this sold for $100,000 at the Barrett Jackson auction.
Jesse also noted that, “It was originally built in the 70s by my friend Gary Jack. He worked for the US Postal Service his whole career. When he retired, the tired FJ3 was also retired, so it went to scrap. At the time the FJ3 Postal FleetVans did not have the approval of the federal DOT and especially they did not have the approval of California DMV, because of the right hand drive and the seated / standing up driver operation. He was able to sneak out the scrapped pieces of the FJ3 that he had driven during his career, and a few others, enough to recreate and build a dream that he had during his career, to build a chopped top race truck. He did that. Gary and the FJ were a regulars at Riverside Raceway for a lot of years. In the 80s to the 90s this same FJ3 became a top NSRA street rod.”
“This 1963 Jeep FJ-6A custom mail truck is “Delivering Hope” for charity. No expense was spared to take this iconic US Postal Office Fleet van and give it the modern upgrades and conveniences. Featuring a 350 Chevy engine. Cox Charities is committed to building, strengthening and investing in metropolitan and rural Arizona communities by raising and granting funds and mobilizing employee giving and selfless service since its inception, Cox Charities has awarded $5 million in grants to non-profit organizations that impact our community primarily through youth education programs, thus solidifying the Cox Communication – Arizona commitment to the communities it serves. **ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT COX CHARITIES** **WILL BE SOLD AT APPROXIMATELY 6:00PM ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2014**”
UPDATE: **SOLD* Was $3500.
Runs and drives.
“Rare 1963 jeep fleetvan willys runs and drives needs lil TLC asking 3500 OBO need it gone”
UPDATE: Still Available
(05/29/2014) Runs and drives. The photos show no bumpers, glass, grill, lights, window wipers ect, but are all included with the truck with all its original hardware.
“Selling my mail truck. This rare mail truck has a 350 chevy. If you desire to have something that nobody has, want all the attention at everywhere you go…. This is your ride. These trucks are hard to find in this condition. Was having a full restoration done, so all windows, bumpers, wipers, lights, grill, and what ever else that completes this truck that was taken off, is included in this sale. Body has been completely media blasted and had 2 panels replaced. This truck sits BONDO FREE…
If your interested email me…. If you have some thoughts about my truck email me… “
UPDATE: Jay notes this is a scam. Listed at $2500.
“1961 Jeep Fleetvan Fj-3A, all original , with original 4 cyl. 3 speed trans. runs and drives good, body is rough , but surface rust , non structural rust, original patina look, clean title non salvage, on non op status , no DMV back fees. $2500 firm ! No offers no trades no tats”
A reader shared these photos. He’s going to learn more about them. Amazingly, three additional FJs popped up for sale yesterday. You can find them below.
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $750 for each.
The yellow one looks like it has a cow catcher on the front.
“I have two for sale. $750 each firm, or I will negotiate if you buy both.”
Nice shade of rust.
“1961 or 62 willys postal van…4cyl..3 or 4 speed on floorrunning gear looks good..all panels are there..both sliding doors are there..was running..kids broke out all the windows”
Mike spotted this FJ look-alike. Is there some type of connected history between these ‘Zips’ and the FJ-3 & FJ-3As? Or was USPS dictating the design?
“BUY IT NOW OR MAKE OFFER on this very rare US MAIL 1963 Studebaker Zip Van that has spent it’s life in southern New Mexico and is sun baked with the cool ratrod patina everyone is looking for. It has been sitting for years and does have a lot of surface rust and little rust through on the body(look at closeup pictures of the rust area’s). It is not running and has not run in years but it does roll fine for transport. It does NOT have a title, buyer will get a bill of sale only and the auction receipt that I got when I bought it. please look at all 60+ pictures with closeups. please ask questions before buying or making offer, if you have less then 10 feedback or are outside the US please email before buying or making offer, I am trying to show everything I could find wrong with the truck, it is not running nor have I tried starting it.”
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Here’s a restored one that I found on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jarviseye/7454916470/in/photostream/
UPDATE: WAS $500.
“This is a 1963 Willys Mail Truck that was turned into an ice cream truck at some point. The truck needs full restoration, it has been sitting outside for a long time. Both rear leaf springs broke with the shackles holding the axle tube on the drivers side. This could be a very cool project for someone. “
UPDATE: Sold for $20,111 on eBay
” Willys jeep fleetvan fj-3 postal delivery. This is a rare fleetvan with a chevy 350 crate engine. 700r4 4 speed overdrive automatic transmission from monster transmission. Dana 44 rear end. New painless wiring harness.”
UPDATE: Was listed at $2500. **SOLD**
It has potential, but does not run.
“1963 Jeep Fleetvan does not run, great project vehicle.”
Ron shared a link to the restoration of his FJ-3A, currently undertaken by Corbetts Auto Restoration and Customs in Cherryville, North Carolina.
The FJ was sold back in October of 2013 (http://www.ewillys.com/2013/10/21/1963-fj-3a-fleet-van-auburn-mi-1200/) and looked like this:
Now, as you can see below and from the photos on Facebook, the rebuilding is just beginning.
Corbett’s Auto Restoration & Customs and Ron’s torn down FJ-3A