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Year? CJ-3A? Laurel, MT $3500

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

Jerry’s father is selling this jeep he found in Wyoming (contact Jerry via FB — https://www.facebook.com/groups/18657808157/permalink/10160120357838158).

Jerry was told this was one of about a hundred that were built by an unknown company. I looked through my archives, but could not find anything exactly like this one. Anyone ever seen one like this?

For all the work that was done to create it, it seems possible that more were made. Jerry indicates that the body is galvanized. The entire top is custom, along with the fenders, and it looks like the work is reasonably good. The doors are suicide doors. The hood looks like an original part. The cowl and dash may be original, but the dash has been modified. The fan shroud is galvanized with an old electric fan.

If forced to guess, I’d say if several hundred were built, that they were older jeeps that were stripped and rebuilt. If all like this one, they were designed for colder and wetter climates (permanent hood, perm dash, and a perm heater blower), so I could imagine these would have been constructed out of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, or Northern Idaho.

Another theory is that if several hundred built, maybe they weren’t all built the same? Maybe some were more custom than others or more creative than others? That might explain some of the odd designs that we’ve seen over the years out of the northern Intermountain West? My assumption had been these were all home built, but perhaps not?

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1942? GPW? Bend, OR $3000

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB), Unusual • TAGS: , , .

This oddity is supposed to be built atop a 1942 GPW chassis.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/448469127216690/

“Willys Jeep rolling chassis with custom built aluminum body unique vehicle one of a kind just don’t got time to finish it. No motor, trans, or title. Great condition for being from ww2 would make great frame to restore a gpw or finish it as it is.”

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1942? MB? Aguilar, CO $2800

• CATEGORIES: MB, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $2800.

(07/03/2022) I feel like we’ve seen this one before? It certainly has unique mods.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/603880324702074

“Awesome restoration project rare jeep .tires gas and battery and will drive.”

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1950 Modified CJ-3A Lebanon, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6000

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

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/442603311107739/

“I am selling my 1949 Willys CJ three A. It has a four-cylinder L1 34 motor. Has a new water pump all new belts hoses plugs wires caps. Rebuilt carburetor. All new brakes ,, wheel cylinders.Starts and runs great. It is all original except it has power steering. It is also four-wheel-drive. I am selling it as is where is. No test drives no tire kickers. Has no title but I will give you a Bill of sale , thank you ,,”

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1946 CJ-2A Brillion, WI $13,500

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/23/2021) Unusual build.

https://appleton.craigslist.org/bar/d/brillion-46-willys-jeep-wrangler/7516960660.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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1946 CJ-2A With Custom Body and Top

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

Eric postedthis cool little jeep to the Willys CJ-2A Facebook page. His grandfather did the original work. The redesigned jeep had fallen into disrepair before Eric began the work necessary to resurrect it back to how his grandfather’s build.

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/18657808157/permalink/10159871614563158

 
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1966 Stretched DJ-6 6×6 Portland OR $23,950

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/04/2021) 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/1357040958095194

“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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1953 US Navy Smalley Port-O-Spot on ProxiBid

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

Andy shared this rarely seen US Navy Smalley Port-O-Spot. It’s another odd utility vehicle partly built with Willys-Overland parts. Only a couple hours left in the bidding; the high bid is currently $3100.

https://www.proxibid.com/Very-rare-very-early-rail-car-mover-track-mobile-1953-U-S-NAVY-Smalley-Port-O-Spot/lotInformation/68513627

“Made by Oxnard Heavy Maintenance & Mfg Co. Oxnard California. It has a Willys drivetrain, and it does run and drive.”

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1953 CJ-3B Dually/Auger Phoenix, AZ $4000

• CATEGORIES: Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $4000.

(01/03/2022) 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://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/612314290077474

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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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Year? Custom Flattie Norwalk, CA $15,000

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

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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Willys Truck Body on Ram Chassis Spokane, WA $20k

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Here’s an odd ball!

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1780578822136703

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“12 VALVE CUMMINS (1995 RAM CHASSIS) WITH A WILLYS BODY RAMP TRUCK. ( TITLED AS ’55 WILLYS) ONLY THE BODY SHELL IS WILLYS, EVERYTHING ELSE IS DODGE RAM. MOTOR HAS BEEN HOPPED UP BY NORTHWEST CUSTOMS. TRANNY WAS REBUILT HEAVY DUTY 3500 MILES AGO. BRAND NEW WHEELS AND TIRES, WITH 2 FULL SIZE SPARES. BRAND NEW WARN WINCH FOR RAMPS, AIR SYSTEM ON BOARD FOR AIR BAGS AS WELL AS TANK FOR ANYTHING ELSE. GREAT STEREO SYSTEM WITH 10″ SUBWOOFER,BLUETOOTH. CRUISE CONTROL, AIR CONDITIONING, POWER BRAKES, POWER STEERING. HAVE HAULED 4500 POUND VEHICLES ON RAMPS. ALSO HAS HITCH FOR PULL BEHIND. PRICE CAN BE NEGOTIATED BY PULLING ROOF RACK, STEREO SYSTEM, WINCH AND AIR SYSTEM, OR ANY COMBINATION OF 1 OR ALL OF THE ABOVE”

 
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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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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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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

• CATEGORIES: Unusual • TAGS: , .

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.

View all the information on eBay

“jeep willys 1953 . Condition is Used.”

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