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1953 CJ-3B Dually/Auger Phoenix, AZ $5000

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This is a big, unusual project. I might have posted this when it was first listed, but I can’t locate it at the moment.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/pts/d/phoenix-1953-willys-cj3b-guy-who/7426021315.html

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“This Jeep was sitting for many years. It was an auger during its working life. I got it from a guy who installed fences along property lines in Apache County in Arizona’s White Mountains, intending to get it running but it became a project that went to the back burner.

I took the head off to see why the engine did not turn completely over and discovered that one of the valves is stuck. The cylinders are smooth and free of any scoring and the pistons move freely up until the point where the valve sticks. The Jeep was down due to a broken gear in the auger’s drive mechanism not because there was a problem with the engine or transmission. The original F head engine had been swapped out with a CJ2A L head engine.

I bought a bunch of parts for it. I have a replacement starter, distributor, carburetor, rear drivers side brake drum(already installed), master cylinder, brake lines, wheel cylinders and rebuild kits, shift knobs and rubber boots, etc. I even bought a new 6 volt battery for it but never installed and now due to sitting, it fails to hold a charge. It may be salvageable by opening the case and desulfering it. They are all included. All the parts for the auger are there including the broken pinion gear that needs to have the broken teeth built up or a new gear made up.I am selling it as is as I do not have the time to continue it.
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1950 Modified CJ-3A Celestine, IN $10,000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(07/06/2021) This jeep is probably a re-themed version of this ambulance jeep from 2017.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/188309073217907

“For sale is a early 50s Willys Jeep. Runs good. Does need brakes to be drivable. 4×4. Has a generator in the back, used to be driven in parades in Vincennes. I do not have the title for it. Asking $10,000”

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1962 Custom Wagon Build From Australia

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeep Rods, Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: , .

Blaine shared this unusual wagon build from Australia. Note the side mounted air cleaners.

https://www.whichcar.com.au/features/gavan-julie-starr-thomas-1962-willys-jeep-wagon

 
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Year? Custom Flattie Norwalk, CA $15,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, Unusual • TAGS: , , , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $15,000.

The headlight bezels might hit at this being a CJ-V35U, but it also is a pretty big mish-mash of parts. There must be a good story behind this creation. Unfortunately, there is no description provided.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1247561359054193

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1946 CJ-2A Brillion, WI No Price

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

Unusual build.

https://appleton.craigslist.org/bar/d/brillion-46-willys-jeep-wrangler/7404693102.html

“rat rod hot rod steet rod willys 355 that made 455 hp and 350 auto with a 32 stall converter all sway bars have road race it works very good very fun like a big go cart chevy 67 to 73 camaro 64 to 72chevelle 62 to 72 nova 64to 72 el camino wrangler or will sale out right will sale with out motor and trans”

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Custom Hardtop Lancaster, CA $800

• CATEGORIES: Parts, Unusual • TAGS: .

This custom top appears to be a shortened wagon roof possibly melded with a DJ-3A cowl windshield piece(?). Unfortunately, it does have some rust. But, someone did some good work on this.

https://columbus.craigslist.org/pts/d/lancaster-jeep-top/7408362188.html

“What appears to be top off vintage Willys Jeep.$800.00”

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1949 ‘Budson’ Salem, OR $6500

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Wagons

UPDATE: This was last listed (and sold) in March of 2020. Thanks to Marty for spotting it.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/166977578903025

“Selling my 48 Willy’s jeep fully custom,has a 48 champion hood and front window as well as dash components, it has a slant 6cyl,three speed manual,on floor,4x4works I know it’s a weird looking but it’s one of a kind,have title and bill of sale, asking $6500 firm!! thanks ron it runs and drives, (needs the breaks worked on sold as is,I’m done messing with it,) great little rig!!!!!”

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1951 CJ-3A Wood-body Kalkaska, MI $6000

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

This unusual body deserves some more pics.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1137248250119632

“1951 Jeep Willy’s Willy’s · Small_car · Driven 500 miles All wood body Willy’s.”

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Willys StorDor Vans

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Here’s another Willys StorDor Van. This one sold recently for $2300.

Ad text: Late 1940’s Willys-Overland StorDor step-van. Body is complete. Engine is complete; turns over but have not attempted to start. Tires hold air and vehicle rolls smoothly. Vehicle does not have paperwork.

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Originally posted Jan 26, 2019: Adam sold this rare 1948 Willys StorDor Van. Here’s another example. I assume this one has some kind of custom top?

“Offered here is a 1948 Willys StorDor step van. It has been converted to a Chevrolet 6 cyl and the roof has been extended. The inside is wired for 110v, fully insulated, and has a sleeping loft. This would make a great tiny home, food truck, or RV! It has been sitting for many years and will need reviving. It is not currently running, but the engine turns over. Asking $2200 or best offer. Registration is paid, title is clean, tags are current. Please reply with your phone number if interested and I will contact you.”

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1948 CJ-2A Fort Mohave, AZ **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** … This one finally found a good home.

(08/17/2017) 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”

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1966 Stretched DJ-6 6×6 Portland OR $25,000

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6, Features, Unusual • TAGS: , , .

This is a unique jeep that you may have see pics of around the internet/facebook. Both back axles are powered. A few readers have seen this in person and know the builder. One especially unique thing about it is that the jeep was originally a rare DJ-6.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/505387947387753

“Selling 1 of a kind custom 1966 CJ5 jeep , V6 auto. 6×6, former Holbrook specialty jeep, jolly jeepers rig, new tires,new paint and seats. V6 with turbo 400 transmission, bobcat tracks can be added , front winch. Off road use only. Ready for fun. 25,000$ No trades Trailer not included”

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2-Inline Raditors on MB Build

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Unusual • TAGS: .

This unusual build appeared in the November 1964 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine. The build has two radiators, built in-line. I figured you all would enjoy this oddity.

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1942? MB? Port Orchard, WA $2500

• CATEGORIES: MB, Unusual • TAGS: , , .

Hey, it runs! So much to look at here …

https://www.facebook.com/commerce/listing/991011251697589

“42 Willys, many mods to the body, very cool rig, runs like a top, needs brake work and some love.”

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1951 CJ-3A? Kalkaska, MI $5000

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/14/2021) Someone spent some time on that wood body.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/126990732737502

“1951 Jeep custom wood body runs good one of a kind.”

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1974 CJ-5 Newkirk, OK $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Unusual • TAGS: .

Here’s a customized plow jeep.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/536866917321740

“1,500 firm I will not go any lower 1974 Jeep cj5 conversion. 258 inline 6 bottom end knocks Hydraulics work. Only one ever made I have the email from the company that manufactured it if proof is needed. Has a hydraulic blade on the front and hydraulics on the side for a brush hog. I do not have the brush hog”

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VW Brasilian JEG Berlin, Germany Auction

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TJ shared this rare offload VW-based Brazil vehicle with 4WD that’s up for auction. It’s located in Brazil, but shipping is available to Europe. There are ton of pics of the Jeg that’s up for auction along with pics of related brochures.

https://getyourclassic.com/item/jeg-brasilian-vw-jeep/ (or read this Samba ad)

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“In the 70s, VW Brasil tried to join the Brazilian army with the VW VEMP. Two prototypes were created (one 4X4 and one 4X2), the car was created entirely in straight and simple lines for easier maintenance.

The engine would be 1600 already used by cars of other VW models. After the project was rejected for political reasons (cars with a rear engine would no longer be accepted by the army) the two prototypes ended up being used internally by the factory.

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Florida Senator Claude D. Pepper in BRC-40 and His Campaign Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, MB, Old Images, Unusual

UPDATE II: Somehow I missed this second version of the Senators with Charles Payne driving down he steps on May 20, 1941:

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PHOTO CREDIT: Florida State University’s Digital Repository https://diginole.lib.fsu.edu/islandora/object/fsu%3A154424

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Published March 28, 2021: Here’s another, earlier jeep photo, including a dedication by Charles Payne, related to Senator Claude Pepper in a Bantam BRC-40. According to the Florida State University Digital Archives, Senator Robert Reynolds is driving the jeep, Senator Claude Pepper is in the passenger seat, and Charles Payne and Harold Crist are seated in the back. The photo is dated May 1941.

https://diginole.lib.fsu.edu/islandora/object/fsu%3A117598

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Also, according to a June 02, 1968, column by Larry King in the Miami Herald, there was a video taken of Senator Pepper riding up the steps and it was to be shown on TV on June 30, 1968. I was unable to find the video on the internet.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED DECEMBER 09, 2012: This pictures tells the tale of Senator Claude Pepper‘s bid for re-election as a Senator from Florida in the 1950 race.  Like his jeep, Senator Pepper’s campaign crashed that year as well.

PHOTO CREDIT: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/36090 CAPTION: Addressed to George Smathers from his friend Carl L. Hahn, an accompanying note says, “Here’s what is left of the Pepper machine in Palm Beach County – Souvenir of your successful 1950 campaign.”

The accident led to a lawsuit against the driver and Senator Claude Pepper. The appeared in the August 04, 1950, issue of the Palm Beach Post:

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1950 Modified Wagon Sun Valley, NV $4000

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Unusual, Willys Wagons, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

This is different. The price seems reasonable.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3923115954417478

“Mileage unknown. Needs master cylinder and battery. As is..must tow”

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1953 Jeep Buggy Fort Lauderdale, FL eBay

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UPDATE: This is back on eBay. It’s priced at $3500 or make offer.

(09/28/2020) This buggy has a feature I’ve not see previously. The shifter knob is a tow ball.

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“jeep willys 1953 . Condition is Used.”

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1959 Truck JeepRod Levittown, PA $14,000

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/24/2021) Another unusual JeepRod build.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3436258699817372

“Custom 59 Jeep Pickup rat rod, 430 Buick motor, automatic Trans, with quick change heavy duty rear, fuel cell, new battery, huge wide 5 tires and rims, electric fan, custom air cleaner, Wildwood front brake assembly, all new tires, must be seen.OR OFFER thanks Paul. OR TRADE. RAT ROD”

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1944 MB? Idaho Falls, ID $9000

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

UPDATE: Price is now $9000.

(10/16/2020) What a crazy contraption. “El Burrito”‘s got style. It even has a mural on the back. I’m not quite sure how the rear extends, but it looks like someone would be safe from bugs.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/379875466485663

“A Prospector’s Dream or a mini RV!
A unique vehicle for the right individual. A fold out six foot bed behind the seats, and a “kitchen” underneath. Email me for videos showing the set ups. A 1944 WWII surplus jeep purchased in 1954. It is a Willy’s 4 cylinder. I think it might be a CJ 6.
Needs new gas tank (has 2 tanks, if you want to replace both) Seals and belts are dry, but should absorb fluids back when added. It was started, but turned off to avoid running bad gas through the carburetor. All the mini-van modifications can be removed to restore to original jeep without too much conversion.
If interested E-mail phone number to pungoriver@live.com and I will call you for further information. If you like make a bid.
It has been garaged.”

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Year? Model? North Tazewell, VA $1500

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The frame isn’t 2A or 3A and the front clip appears have truck/wagon. The back appears to be a home brew.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/178664650341374

“1946 willy’s, will trade or make offer.”

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Ronald Reagan’s Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: International, M-38A1, Racing, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Joe-in-Mesa shared this pic of Ronald Reagan driving Mikhail Gorbachev around his ranch in his beloved Jeep Scrambler. The image was part of a Calendar his parents had.

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Four Wheeler Magazine has a collection of photos showing both his CJ-6 and his CJ-8 Scrambler. Not shown in the Four Wheeler pics, but shown at the bottom, is the M-38A1 purchased by the Secret Service.

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Originally Posted November 12, 2020: The CJ-3B

A recent post highlighted Presidents and Jeeps. Included was a stock photo showing Ronald Reagan in his late model CJ-3B:

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Originally Posted March 30, 2016: The CJ-6

Former President Ronald Reagan’s CJ-6 was awarded national historic status in 2016 when it was placed on the National Register of Historic Vehicles. You can learn more here: https://www.hagerty.com/drivers-club/my-garage/78598943/national-historic-vehicle-register/a5c43c08-c897-4387-9edd-a9ffe6df3180

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Originally Posted May 10, 2013:  This M-38A1 was for sale for $50,000 in 2010.

Well, if you are looking for a special Jeep for your collection and you love Presidential Stuff, then this is the jeep for you.  Ronald Reagan’s personal M-38A1 which he owned from 1982 – 1996, before donating it.  It’s now in the hands of a collector who wishes to sell it.

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1949 Jeepster Gray Court, SC $12,000

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster, Unusual • TAGS: .

I’m less confident in the price than the seller (a dealer) is, but the real reason I posted this was for that unusual spare tire cover.

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“You are looking at a 1949 Willys Jeepster Overland Convertible! Solid vehicle with manual transmission and a flat 4. Just got it running and it is getting a new top and a brake job! Give me a call so we can talk about how we can make my car yours. I feel that my price of $12,000 is very realistic for a collector car like this one with the potential that this vehicle has.”

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M-38A1 Wood Splitter Salem, OR $500

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

Roger Martin spotted this unique build, an M-38A1 transformed into a wood splitter. No description provided.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1611210942413745

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