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Motor Patrol Colorado Jeep “Long John”

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

I can’t remember where I found this, but I thing it was part fo the Denver, Colorado, St. Patrick’s parade. Anyone know anything about this jeep?

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1952 Extended Truck Greenville, IL $15,000

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

Something different.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/355867868218333

“350chevy motor 7oor4 trans on s10 frame”

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1953 M-38A1 Custom 4DR Monrovia, CA $7500

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

It’s different …

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/cto/d/1953-willys-jeep-4-door/6533392575.html

“Marine corps jeep sitting on an fuel injected bronco uncut solid frame
M38A1 korean war jeep

-Now has 5.0 v8 electronic fuel injection
-sitting on a bronco frame with independent fron suspension
-overdrive transmission great for the highway
-converted to 4 doors
-full roll cage
-power steering and brakes
-custom lights
-running boards
-2017 jeep bumper/tailights/tire carrier
-interior sprayied with truckbed liner for washing mud easily
-all metal doors and fender it is a solid functional car but not a show car

Might be forgetting some things but runs great on the highway and offroad 4×4 works great have all military tags with matching vin number from 1953 overland willys riveted to the body, has tags til mar 2019 clean tittle pink in hand under my name ready to go”

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Year? GPW? Walnut Grove, MO $4500

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

UPDATE: Still was is still for sale.

https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/cto/d/40s-ford-gpw-rail-road-jeep/6520264044.html

“Found this in a old barn it’s a old Military Rail Road jeep real neet looking a jeep with a flat bedand still a 4×4 still have the original rail wheels on it the jeep is all there the way the military had it , I have not had the time to mess with it yet they year i was told 1941 to 1943 i do not know exactly , I have looked to find another one up for sale but i have not been able to find any ,I have found info on it about the military having them made and showed pics of them and it looks just like the old pics of them back in the 40s ,We are putting it up for sale for $4500″

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1953 CJ-3A Oddball Davisboro, GA $4500

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

Runs and drives.

https://augusta.craigslist.org/cto/d/cj-3a/6503675641.html

“CJ3A
Runs good
Body is angle iron.
Aluminum electric radiator
New gastank, electric harness.
Original engine and trasmission
Used around farm but not off road trails
Extra axle and many original parts”

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Custom-Flattie-Gone-Wrong Bonners Ferry, ID $2000

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

On the positive side … nope, I got nothing.

“1950’s Willy’s Jeep with Subaru motor and chassis. Runs. $2000 obo.”

https://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/d/willys-jeep/6481515963.html

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1960 Wagon Four Door Dayton, VA eBay

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

UPDATE: Back on eBay (thanks Jerry)

(last listed on ebay in Jan 2015) “This is a custom, one-off Willy’s Jeep. It was made for Henry Kaiser, when he retired to Hawaii and became involved in tourism and land development. He had the custom pink long-wheelbase Willys wagon built for exploring the island. Kaiser’s wife loved pink and all of his construction equipment was painted pink, so that seems to be where the pink color for the Jeep came from. This can all be seen on the following web page, along with a photo (which is the black and white photo provided in the photos of the vehicle) of the Jeep in Hawaii : http://cj3b.info/Siblings/SurreyHawaii.html

We also have documentation from the Kaiser Jeep Corporation stating that this Jeep is an authentic one of a kind Jeep. Please only serious inquiries only and please do not try to convince us that we are wrong about it being a one of a kind, this is most definitely not a railroad Jeep. We know what we have and are willing to answer questions of those with serious inquiries about this vehicle.”

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The seller claims to have documentation to prove that this is the only four door limo-like wagon made. to Willys Country this wagon was once used as a limo for an airport. Whether there was only one built or remains an undocumented issue at this point. Is the wagon above the same one that’s in the photo below? Hard to say for sure.

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1953 Photo of a Jeep Rolligon

• CATEGORIES: Features, MB, Old Images, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: A great press photo of the experimental Rolligon jeep (More info on the Rolligon from a 2013 post shown below). This just expired on eBay, but I expect it will be relisted. I’ll watch for it.

“1953 Press Photo Man Driving Albee Rolligon Jeep Like Vehicle. You are bidding on an original press photo of Man Driving Albee Rolligon Jeep Like Vehicle. Photo has a small light crease left edge & waving right side due to too much glue being used to attach the information sheet onto the back of the photo. Photo measures 6 x 10 inches and is dated 3/20/1953.”

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Originally published 2013 .. You’ll note the one pictured above seems to be the same as the one in the swamp, based on the hood number. 

This jeep was built by the Albee Rolligon Company, which also built an FC version. William Albee, the inventor, has a son who rode on the FC version. You can see a comment from his son at hemmings.

“This is an original press photo. Credit- US Navy and United PressPhoto measures 9.25 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated –1953.”

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The above pictures was published on page 165 of the March 23, 1953, issue of Life Magazine. You can view it in Google without the watermark. It’s still pretty dark. There are several issues of the magazine for sale on eBay.  There is also a story about the roll-on in the September 1955 Readers Digest, originally published in the Saturday Evening Post (date unknown).

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1953 Woody Station Wagon Prototype Osprey, FL $39,000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Wood bodies

This is a unique vehicle.

“1953 Willys Overland. Factory prototype. F head six cylinder. Right hand drive. This is the only one.”

https://sarasota.craigslist.org/cto/d/willys-one-of-kind-prototype/6361551832.html

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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 **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Unusual, Willys Trucks

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

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.”

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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 **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $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’

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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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