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Modified Truck on FB

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

UPDATE: Dwayne posted some more pics of his truck on Facebook. You can see them below:

This image was posted a few days ago by Dwayne Brown. I am guessing the the back bed is a modified wagon back? It reminds me a little of the “Tender” wagons. Looks like a great rig!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2382510764/permalink/10159262655025765

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1950 Modified Wagon Sun Valley, NV Make Offer

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

UPDATE: This was sold out of NV in 2021. Now for sale (make offer) in Cali.

(04/03/2021) This is different. The price seems reasonable.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/501492705205201/

“Full custom 1950 Willy’s wagon completed 900 miles ago. Frame off, everything new, built 350/350 with tubbed Dana rear end, custom rumble seat, seats 8, custom sound system and led lighting. Looking for trades or make offer!”

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1967? Wagon JeepRod Sylmar, CA $3500

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

This is an odd one. It’s listed as a 1967, but looks to be early 50s.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/522959189819291

“1967 Jeep Willys Dragon. Great for someone who likes projects. I do not have more pictures and I am unable to get them due to not having immediate access.. if you want to see it you can make an appointment and my husband can meet you. Bought it as a project but I don’t have the time or money to put into it. Does not have an engine in it.. no title only bill of sale. I also bought an Diesel engine that has the transmission which I was going to adapt to the Jeep. But ended up not doing it. Selling separately Jeep selling for $3,500 Engine with transmission selling for $2,500”

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1949 Modified CJ-3A Lincolnton, NC $9450

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE II: This has been painted red and is being resold. Price dropped to $9450.

https://m.facebook.com/marketplace/item/463262155731391/

“1949 Cj3a fire truck one of a kind built by factory for fire protection then used by ambulance service runs and drives some work done”

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1942? GPW? Bend, OR $3000

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

(09/05/2022) 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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1946 CJ-2A Brillion, WI $14,000

• 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 3200 stall converter all sway bars have road race it works very good very fun like a big go cart has a dana 44 rear axle with 308 gears so can drive down the highway will go 80 all day long will sale out right chevy 67 to 73 camaro 64 to 72chevelle 62 to 72 nova 64to 72 el camino wrangler or corvette will sale out right will sale with out motor and trans 14000 for complete 9000 with out motor and trans”

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1982 DJ-5 w/ Replacement Body Rosedale, MD $2500

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

Merlin shared this DJ-5 with an unusual fiberglass replacement body on Facebook. One person thinks the body is a “Bum-Vee” body, but I couldn’t confirm that. Anyone recognize this body? It reminds me of the Parmley body.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/642102107495942

“Trades only classic car fire arms Runs and drives4 cyl runs and drives”

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1970 J-20 Saratoga Springs, NY $2500

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

(10/28/2022) This former race-horse-track jeep has an unusual mod. Might make an unusual restoration. No description provided.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/747155419912323

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1942 MB-Jalopy Twenty Nine Palms, CA $2200

• CATEGORIES: MB, Unusual • TAGS: .

This is unusual! You can see the MB/GPW dash, so it does have at least some jeep DNA.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/658029439262195/

“1942 willys jeep dune buggy project. 1993 jeep grand cherokee frame and 4.0 engine. It Runs, drives and stops and the 4×4 works. Still needs some work before taking her out though. Could also be a sweet rat rod project. I was gonna rebuild it but some things have come up and I could use the money. Price is $2200 obo. Price will go up as I continue to work on it. ”

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Jeep Duriez Ads

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International, Unusual, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

UPDATE: The latest issue of the Europe-based 4X4 Story Magazine has images of a rare surviving Duriez jeep (see ads for the various Duriez models here).

https://www.4x4story.fr/index.php/2022/10/20/jeep-willys-de-1944-carrosserie-duriez/ 

There is also a video of the jeep here (in French): https://www.facebook.com/jeepvillage/videos/1170152156865967

Here are some additional pics:

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Originally posted Dec 14, 2014:  Marc found these vintage Duriez Ads from France. Duriez used the jeep platform (and other vehicles) to create more transportation options.

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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? 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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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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