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Custom Flattie Yuba City, CA $2592

• CATEGORIES: MB, Unusual • TAGS: .

Jay spotted this unusual flat fender project on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/446275155885854

“1942 Jeep that’s ben strechted and widened and mounted on a 79 Bronco frame with a 88 fuel injected 5.0, 89 AOD trans, 79 transfer case with split shifter, 9in rear and Dana 44 front, 35in tires on 12inX15in Centerline rims. It’s a project but most of the mechanical is done!”

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Year? Custom Canyon County, CA $2800

• CATEGORIES: Sedan-jeep, Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Listed as a 1941 Willys Jeep, this is a curious one. This might have a truck cab and flatfender fenders.

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/ant/cto/d/1941-willys-jeep/6735686896.html

“Runs, Drives, Stops
Needs Work”

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1948 Willys StorDor Healdsburg, CA $2900

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

UPDATE: Still Available

Adam’s selling this rare 1948 Willys StorDor Van. Here’s another example. I assume this one has some kind of custom top?

https://mendocino.craigslist.org/cto/d/1948-willys-stordor-step-van/6730033721.html

“Offered here for sale is a one-of-a-kind dream opportunity. This is a 1948 Willys StorDor step van, upgraded with a GM straight six (rebuilt at some point, so still very strong), 4 speed manual, with custom heavy duty suspension and aircraft quality riveted steel high roof extension. I am 6’7″ and I have plenty of room to stand up. Interior dimensions are approximately 18′ from front to rear, 6′ wide, and 7’2″ standing room! There is also a metal frame cab-over sleeping loft which could also be used for storage and it is 7’9”, with modular panels that can be removed to change it’s design. This fine machine is also begging for a rear canopy and back porch extension. Engine good, transmission good, brakes good, but has been sitting for a very long time. Some light, but insignificant exterior rust.

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Chassis is solid. Interior is bone dry, insulated, wired for 110v, no rodents, and no mold or mildew…no leaks. Title is clean and tags are current…can be parked on the street. This is a project, but a worthy one! This would make an amazing tiny home or camper/RV. I was also considering making into an olde-world, European-style food truck, pizza shack, or coffee house…amazing! This is an investment that will potentially save or make you thousands of dollars. Bring your imagination and a trailer to haul it away. I can also potentially deliver it to you for a fee. If you have a piece of property with no structure, grab this, put it up on blocks, and plug it in and you have a fully insulated, powered, dry and roomy cabin that is ready to go! Asking $4700 or best offer….”
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1946 CJ-2A Jeep Rod Flagler, CO $15,000

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

UPDATE: Price dropped to $7500.

https://cosprings.craigslist.org/cto/d/1946-willys-cj2a-roadster/6736939741.html

(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 ////.”

 
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1949 Wagon/Custom Graham, WA Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

I’m not altogether sure what this is, but there do seem to be some willys parts on it.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/cto/d/1949-willys-overland/6730228566.html

“1949 Willys overland
delivery truck restoration project car
All dis assembled.
Frame and some parts have been powder coated
make offer”

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Year? CJ-2A w/Rear Box Centralia, WA $650

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

Dan spotted this crazy thing. The transmission cross member suggests it is a 2A and the grille suggests it is most likely a ’46.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/cto/d/flathead-willys-jeep-with/6724862540.html

“I’m selling an old flat fender flathead willys Jeep. This was a barn find, I know very little about it’s history and have no paper work on it. All I know is that it came from Canada and it was used as a snow plow at one time, it made its way down to Washington and then sat in a barn for 40 years. Very interesting custom body with suicide doors. Both door latches and roll down windows work. Has PTU gearbox on rear bumper but the drive shaft from the transmission is missing. Engine is in ruff shape, I have not tried to turn it over yet. Drive train seams to be in working order. What you see is what you get. I will leave it on my flatbed trailer so I can deliver it to you. I will deliver it as far as Idaho and Northern California for a charge of $1 a mile.”

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1951 Holden-Modified Wagon Haag, Austria eBay

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

Mike shared this unusual wagon that was supposed to be one of seven modified for use by the US military in Austria (I thought Holden modified wagons in Australia??).

View all the information on eBay

“Extremely rare version from the production in the Holden plant Australia. It was only 7 pieces produced !!! Please compare that you have Google images, they will not be found.
Special attention to the moldings and door buckles. 100% rarity with rarity value, value increase etc. etc. 89,200 KM

The vehicle is from military use of the US Army in Austria during the occupation and was one of the oldest military vehicles of the Austrian. Society of the Red Cross in 1951 in Austria.”

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Half Flattie Half Car Albuquerque, NM $200

• CATEGORIES: Sedan-jeep, Unusual • TAGS: .

Thanks to Paul for spotting this ‘gem’. The front is a CJ, probably a 2A, and the back half is a ???

https://albuquerque.craigslist.org/pts/d/1941-jeep-willys/6714295025.html

“I believe it’s some kind of British car, back half..the frame is early jeep will ya 4×4 no title..for parts or ?”

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1950 Flattie Marion, IN $2500

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

It’s a project that probably should be rethought.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/225924174898070

“Has GM frame,Buick V6 with automatic trans. Has set awhile.Runs good,Bill of sale no title.”

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1944 MB Phoenix, AZ $1500

• CATEGORIES: MB, Sedan-jeep, Unusual • TAGS: .

Wow … just wow!

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/cto/d/44-willys/6692797021.html

“WWII Willys MB.
This vehicle is fairly complete but not running. 134Lhead motor, T84 transmission and transfer case. The body has been modified with a hard top and other unique additions. Over all this is a great vehicle for parts etc. Good running gear, front rear and original GI Ross stearing box. The parts are worth alot so $1500 takes it. I’m looking for the title but if not found I can do a notarized bill of sale.”

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

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

UPDATE: Still Available

(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”

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

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Year? MB/GPW Welder & Trailer Ventura, CA $3500

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB), Industrial-Welder-Generator, MB, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $3500.

https://ventura.craigslist.org/cto/d/willies-jeep-welder/6669440503.html

“One of a kind old Jeep, welder and Jeep trailer.”

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1953 Wagon 8×8 Kingman, Az

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

UPDATE: John spotted this video. This 8×8 was last listed on eBay and sold for $11,100. It was relisted in 2014, at which time the video below was posted. I believe this sold, as it is no longer listed on the seller’s website.

(08/11/2012) “Built by legendary fabricator Dick Cook out of California be sure this rig was was put together the correct way! Known for his collaboration on the mechanical side of cars built with legendary 70’s car builder “Big Daddy Ross” his name is synonymous with multi-axle vehicles. This build includes the following:

-2 Overland wagons and 1 Jeep used to build this amazing Overland Custom
-Rebuilt 327 Corvette engine powers ALL 8 Wheels!
-Fuel Cell inside
-2 Leather Bucket Seats
-White face gusges
-Working emaergency sirens and lights

In full disclosure, the items that are not 100% show quality as follows:

-There is a bit of overspray on the drivers side
-The interior could use some TLC to get to show quality

This Willys will literally go anywhere, and it has. Dick Cook personally drove this rig with his daughter from Crested Butte Colorado all the way over the pass to Aspen only a few years ago for a road trip. With the option of locking out the rear 4 wheels this rig will motor down the highway at 65 mph. Also has one of the best turning capabilities of any auto out there. It will “crab” down the road in a parade or 8 wheel steer itself out of any trail corner. Bid now and be the owner of this one of a kind WIllys 8X8 Overland before it makes its way to Barrett Jackson Las Vegas and goes for who know how much!”

 
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1948 Photos of the 3-Wheeled “Davis” Jeep/Car on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

I’m pretty sure I’ve done a post on this car in the past, but I can’t find it at the moment.

View all the information on eBay

“Original Vintage Photo RARE Davis 3 Wheel Jeep Car circa 1948 Size is 8×10″ inches.”

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Custom-Flattie/Subaru Bonners Ferry, ID $1250

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

UPDATE: Price dropped to $1250.

“1946 Willy’s Jeep with Subaru motor and chassis. A great project car that also runs.
We have more spare parts and extra tires and wheels too – all included.
Currently has a dead battery from sitting over the winter. We have used this on our property as a “mule” cart.
It is not titled, but I just called DMV and there is a simple process to take care of that to make it street legal.”

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1948 ‘CJ-2B’ Attack Engine Riot Control Jeep

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

UPDATE: Derek did the initial research and writeup on this project, correctly identifying it as a CJ-2A. Check out the pre-restoration pics and info here: http://cj3b.info/Fire/NewSalem.html

The folks at the New Salem Fire Department near Albany, New York, recently ‘restored’ what they call a “CJ-2B Attack Engine”. And, to be fair, I suppose this CJ-2A has undergone some major changes. Perhaps it should be relabeled a 1948 CJ-2RC (Riot Control) jeep?

You can read about it here: http://newsalemfire.com/new-salem-fire-apparatus-Jeep-CJ-2B.php

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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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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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