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Unusual Ambulance Jeep

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

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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1948 Wagon/? Westcliffe, CO $3000

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $3000.

(03/01/2017) Not stock, but I suppose it could be argued that there’s something original about this ….

“1948 Willys Jeep, flat head 4 cyl, 4×4 with 6 foot plow”

https://pueblo.craigslist.org/cto/d/1948-willys-jeep-motivated-to/6310372262.html

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1948 CJ-2A? Southwest MI $1900

• CATEGORIES: Unusual • TAGS: , .

Hmmm. Have we seen this one before?

“Runs ans drives. New brake lines.”

https://swmi.craigslist.org/cto/d/willys-4×4/6306948066.html

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VW JeepRod Largo, FL $3,500

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Unusual, Willys Trucks

Merlin spotted this oddity; I hope Irma didn’t sweep it away. Some folks on Facebook immediately dismissed it, but I think it was pretty well executed for what it is. The VW hood even mates up with the truck cowl pretty well. We’ve seen much worse….

“Very different and one of a kind rat rod. Built on a 1969 VW Beetle chassis with a 1972 dual port 1600 motor. 1960 Willys truck cab and title. Motor is fresh, completely new brake system, new tires, nice looking rims. Needs wiring to be completed. I have lost interest, too many other projects.”

https://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/cto/d/vw-willys-rat-rod-3500-obo/6275628725.html

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1965 DJ-3A Charlton, IA $14,900

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Jeep Rods, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $14,900 and more pics included.

“65 dj3a hand built hot rod jeep, very rare body heavily modified jeep frame, 454 mark 5 crate motor with bigger heads all comp cams valve train , cdi ign.,177 blower, 9 quart oil system carbon fiber clutch, all new suspension, fuel cell, gel bat., so much more.600+ horse power,2400 pounds, this car isn’t for light weights. pearl paint on it ,in it, under it. 5speed w3500 over drive. runs on lightly doctored pump gas. will trade for way bitchin rat or kemp custom.”

https://desmoines.craigslist.org/cto/d/willys-jeep-rod/6282983903.html

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1948 CJ-2A Fort Mohave, Az $12,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Unusual • TAGS: , , , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $12,000.

This has a variety of upgrades.  The grille reminds me of a Nuffield.

“One of a kind
1948 Willys Jeep 4 wheel drive ( 81 ” wheel base )
I’ve owned this Jeep for over 40 years
All steel body (no rust or damage)
Complete frame including spring hangers etc. are boxed in
Hi performance 350 cu.in. fresh small block Chevy / chrome custom headers
Turbo 400 trans, electric lock up tork converter, custom made dash and hood
Halibrand quick-change rear end (extra gear sets)
Custom body work-exhaust exits out rear of body,
Flaring on wheel wells / license plate recessed
Enlarged windshield / frenched head lights /custom grill
Stainless fuel tank
Custom Fresno top / side panels included
Tilt steering wheel / power steering
Disk brakes all around
Double chain driven transfer case
Chrome traction bars
Roll cage
Bucket seats
Street legal, titled and registered
Has never been outside my shop over night, always indoors”

https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/cto/d/1948-custom-willys-jeep/6213425917.html

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1950 Popular Mechanic Post on an Amusement Park

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

In the same January 1950 Popular Mechanic’s issue about the Santa Fe trail, Gayland spotted an article about jeeps (pages 104 and 105). Note that the jeep in the first pic looks to have a CJ-2A body, as the bow holders are there.

View the article here (you will have to search for the article within the magazine).

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1947 CJ-2A JeepRod Moses Lake, WA $5000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Jeep Rods, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $5000.

(03/21/2017) It’s street legal.

https://moseslake.craigslist.org/cto/6167623323.html

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“The body is a 1947 Willys CJ2A, stretched 21 1/2” and channeled over the frame. The Frame (and title) started off as a 1934 Ford roadster, witch has been “Z’d” with 2×6. Adjustable coil over rear suspension, 4 link. 8.8 mustang rear end with open 2.72:1 diff, new axles and total new brakes. Front end is Super Bell drop I-Beam w/disk brakes, Vega box steering. Motor is new 383 stroker SBC, big cam, flat tops 10:1, 2 bolt, aluminum heads, high rise, 4bbl, HEI. Trans is TH400 stock stall, stock shift. New gauges including spedo/odo, nice stereo.”
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Wood Hardtop Redding, CA $125

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts, Unusual, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

Bill spotted this wood hardtop. The side windows flip down. Looks well-built.

“CUSTOM MADE WOOD (W/ CANVAS) WILLY’S JEEP TOP/COVER NEEDS SOME REPAIR FOR RETROFITTING YOUR VINTAGE JEEP! ATTENTION SURFERS ! AND DEER HUNTERS !!!”

https://redding.craigslist.org/pts/6153068967.html

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1946 CJ-2A Jeep Rod Flagler, CO $15,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Jeep Rods, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/29/2015) “awesome jeep / 425 hp / bm shifter / way to much to list / like new / patina finish /asking only 15 , 25 in it / 350 motor is way worth more than 10 / make offer /10.9 in the quarter ////.”

https://cosprings.craigslist.org/cto/6104482584.html

 
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1964 DJ-5 Bakersfield, CA $2500

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6, Unusual

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/19/2017) Lots of mods for this customized weed spraying jeep.

“64 mail jeep weed spray rig, right hand drive, 4 cylinder, auto trans, dual wheel rear, spray pump, spray boom, 50 gal tank, swivel reel out of top, lots of mods”

https://bakersfield.craigslist.org/grd/6007028933.html

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Year? Flattie Queen Creek, AZ $3250

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $3250.

(03/16/2017) Runs and drives, but requires hand signals. It is licensed as an ATV.

“This machine was built in 2005 and was titled as a special construction ATV, it is street legal (currently requires the use of hand signals for turn signals) the power plant/trans are out of a 2004 mustang fuel injected 3.8 V6 with approximately 60,000 miles, it runs and drives great and is mechanically sound, this jeep just needs someone to take the time to finish it and make it there own, it has a custom tow bar and it flat tows great, it has tons of power and is fun to drive, clean title in hand $4000.00 obo’

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/cto/6093447986.html

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1947? Flattie Project Jerseyville, MO $1500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Unusual

That might be the shortest cage I’ve ever seen.

“Willys body on 1/2 ton dodge 4×4 frame . $1500 or trade”

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/cto/6081802596.html

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Five Piccolino Protypes and More for Sale

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Unusual

In 2013, I posted the brochure below with note explaining that there wasn’t much known about these mini jeep-looking vehicles. Yesterday, Peter Furrer sent me an email yesterday explaining that he was the developer of the Piccolino and that his five prototypes and everything else related to them are for sale. He’ll only sell them as a package. His price is $100,000. If he can’t sell them by the fall, he plans on auctioning them.

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Peter grew up in Switzerland. During his time in the Swiss Army in the 1950s, there were thousands of them. After completing his one year service, in 1958 Peter joined a crew of a filming expedition-team that went from Sao Paulo to the Amazon with 5 Jeeps and trailers. It took them 9 month to film the landscapes, animals and indios, people who had never seen white men before. Later, Peter became a commercial flight captain and did well as real estate broker.

In 1986, Japanese cars became very popular in Switzerland. There smaller size made navigating Switzerland’s narrow street easier. About then Peter’s love of Jeeps returned, but then he had a brainstorm. He decided to make half sized jeep-like vehicles to make parking frontside to sidewalks possible. Engineers in Paris, Switzerland and Italy designed the Piccolino to his specifications. In 1987, he showed them at the Geneva car-show, creating great interest with hundreds of reservations and dozens of dealer applications.

All he needed was the money to start mass production. In his search for money, a Thai businessman paid the airfreight to bring the 5 Piccolinos to the Bangkok car show. Again hundreds wanted to buy, but this time a military coup with tanks in the streets ended the effort and relations.

A Miami boat-show with 5 Piccolinos ended with TV coverage and in golf courses, as this would have been the only golf cart with street license. He feels they would have been great for golf-comunities.

In Detroit, he made it to the first floor of Lee Iacoca CEO building, but Lee would not see him. Later, his lawyers warned him never to call my Piccolino a Jeep!

Peter is now 81 and feels it is time to give up on his dream cars that he has cherished now for 20 years. He Will only sell them all together. He also hopes someone will donate a Piccolino to me, a very generous offer that I would readily accept, but certainly not necessary. If anyone has interest in this, feel free to privately email at d@ewillys.com and I’ll put you in touch with Peter.

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1961 Custom Truck Dallas, TX $3000

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Engine needs work.

“Custom 1961 Willys truck. Great offroad/mud truck platform. 327 smc, turbo 400 trans with B&M shift kim and 1500 rpm stall converter. Engine needs rebuilt/replaced (suspected timing or fueling issue) and there is a small leak on the trans output shaft housing. 1961 Willy’s cab and front clip sitting on ’73 blazer frame. Custom fabricated bed and front fenders. Body and interior fully shot with bed liner (minor cracking around cowling on hood. Looking for a good home to restore it to its former glory. ”

https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/cto/6048405664.html

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1966 CJ-6 6×6 Portland, OR $25,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6, Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

This unique build started life as a rare DJ-6 (not many of those were made and even fewer are left). Ed Holbrook has steadily made improvements to it over the years, making it into the ultimate elk hunting jeep. If interested, contact Ed @ eholbrook3@canby.com.

You can read more here: http://www.jollyjeepers.org/members/pages/eholbrook.htm

“1966 6×6 CJ6 Jeep, 300 Buick V8 Engine, Turbo 400 Trans, Special Dana 20 Transfer Case with dual rear outputs, 456 gears, all 3 diffs are Spicer 44 with 11” brakes on all 6 wheels. PTO wench, Power steering & Whitco soft top. Asking $25.000 Negotiable”

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Flatfender Project Zanesville, OH $500

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s, Unusual • TAGS: .

Maybe some value here?

“It’s a Mudd toy no motor look at pictures”

https://columbus.craigslist.org/cto/6019462795.html

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Delaware Aqueduct CJ-5 From 1957

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Unusual

Paul spotted this photo of a CJ-5 used to navigate the length of the 85-mile Delaware Aqueduct in 1957, still the longest tunnel in the world (construction photos). This was the last time the tunnel was navigate in its entirety. Because of the knowledge gained during their survey, the last living member of this party, Victor Feigelman, was consulted on the state of the tunnel up until his death in 2016.

If you zoom into the area just above gas inlet you’ll note the warning: USE WHITE GAS –ONLY–. The need to limit effluents inside the tunnel also explains the odd exhaust setup.

From Wikipedia, the Delaware Aqueduct … takes water from the Rondout Reservoir through the Chelsea Pump Station, the West Branch Reservoir, and the Kensico Reservoir, ending at the Hillview Reservoir in Yonkers, New York. The aqueduct was constructed between 1939 and 1945, and carries approximately half of the New York City water supply of 1.3 billion US gallons (4,900,000 m3) per day. At 85 miles (137 km) long and 13.5 feet (4.1 m) wide, the Delaware Aqueduct is the world’s longest tunnel.

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1946 CJ-2A/1959 Anglia Escort — St. Joseph, MN $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Unusual

Something a little different.

“1948 willys stock drivetrain with a 1959 Anglia escort body. Car sat for a very long time. Story is two long for this listing but could tell it if need be. It needs lots of tlc. It runs and drives and has great potential for someone with time money and a place to work on it as it is still a project. put in plugs, pts, cap, rotor, new master cylinder, some tires and wheels. Wheels are original 16″ jeep wheels. Brakes need adj, some wiring. Body is good. Wheel wells flaired but no rust after 25 years. Would consider trade for MG. I need more of a practical driver as I have no extra cash to speed up the project. Please text or call Jeff ”

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/cto/5979680592.html

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Buffalo Turbine Sprayer/Duster

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts, Unusual

UPDATE: Tim wrote me to say he’d found some of these sitting unused outside his place of employment. Unfortunately, there was too little left of them or they were too far gone to restore. The ones they had were powered by Wisconsin air-cooled V4 engines. They also had stainless steel tanks for liquid usage. He was able to take photos of  a complete one before they disassembled it. The company that made that sprayer still exists. http://buffaloturbine.com/ The sprayers look very similar too.

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1947 CJ-2A Jeeprod Reno, NV For Trade

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Jeep Rods, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Back up for sale. No Price.

(07/05/2015) “This is a rare one of a kind build 1947 willys runs great no issues what so ever this willys has been modified with a Ford V-8 302 motor, ford C6 transmission, a Ford 9 inch rear end, B&M slap shifter and 5 point harness. Please contact Richard if you are interested. “‘

https://reno.craigslist.org/cto/d/1947-willys-jeep-sale-or-trade/6300746655.html

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Stretched/Custom Flattie Cincinnati, OH $17,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/02/2016) A one-of-a-kind for sure.

“This Willys has been completely customized! Extended frame and tub. Chevy 350 engine, with Chevy 4spd transmission with granny gear, dana 60 rear axle, dana 44 front. All new wiring. 36″ tires. Great off road vehicle, or could be used on the road. Has a 1968 title.”

http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/cto/5895113991.html

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Standard Oil Modified CJ-2A for Aviation Refills

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

Blaine spotted this unique CJ-2A that was retrofitted to delivery aviation fuel to planes. This sold on eBay.

“U.S. Flying Service Standard Oil Co. Willys Jeep aviation fuel truck, at St. Petersburg, FL.”

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The Mystery Jeep Utility Body

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

UPDATE: Ted got a hold of this a few years ago. No one seems to know who modified or for what purpose. Now he wants to let it go. If interested, email him at willysted@charter.net.

He wrote, “I was lucky enough to a be in the right place at the right time and have some interesting items to trade towards purchasing this really unique Willys body. Not really sure on origin or history on this oddball as it came from a buddy of mine who also didnt have much history on it, but I knew it was really cool and thought it would be the ultimate foundation for a great Yard -plow Jeep.

I thought it would be a great Jeep to have all your tools, torches, jacks, etc etc in to minimize walks back to the garage to get something while working on stuff out in the woods or yard. I was going to start with a good rolling and running 2a frame and make it mechanically sound and mount a Plow or Snow Scoop on front with a rear mounted PTO winch hoisting Boom on back of Jeep for a great little Utility Jeep.

Unfortunately my unfinished projects and Jeeps that need attention have got me forced to part with some of my future projects that Im never gonna have time for. This Body is very unique and definitely deserves to be restored and put to use somewhere. I think with a good rolling and running 2a or 3a frame and some work it would be a great Winter project for someone looking for a cool Willys build. My loss is going to be someones gain.

Make me an offer !!! Email any questions and I will try to help

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Willys Forklift Manorville, NY $1200

• CATEGORIES: Unusual

Craig spotted this oddity. It runs and lifts.

“Homemade forklift made from a mid fifties Willy’s Utility Wagon. Has a running Willy’s flat head 6 cylinder, working 4WD, and a light duty forklift powered by an electric winch. Has no functioning brakes, but have new brake parts – included. Winch can lift around 400 lbs but could lift more with a stronger winch.”

http://longisland.craigslist.org/cto/5874855092.html

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