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1950 Modified CJ-3A Celestine, IN $10,000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

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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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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1948 CJ-2A Fort Mohave, Az $15,000

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

UPDATE: This one is back up for sale.

(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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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.

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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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CJ-5 Modified Into a Train Engine

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

Roger Martin shared this Canadian Jeep Junkee photo of a CJ-5 that (I think) has been transformed into a train engine. I tried to learn more, but had no luck. It’s unclear to me where this might be located.

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1956 Model? Salem, OR $600

• CATEGORIES: Unusual

This is an odd, apparently purpose-built(?) four-wheel-drive utility vehicle.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3844599268896416

“50s jeep running gear and a body tob straight 6”

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1953 CJ-7 Sandston, VA $16,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, CJ-7, M-38A1, Unusual • TAGS: , , , .

Here’s an unusual build on a 1953 chassis.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2793191420952248

“1953 Willis frame w/86 cj7 glass tub and one piece glass front end. Steel doors. Chevy 350 w/ aluminum heads nice cam aluminum intake and Holley 750. Turbo 400 trans w: ultra bell housing, dana300 transfer case. Model 20 rear axel , Dana front axel. Nice interior, am/fm/cd with amp and subwoofer. 39/18.5×15 Mickey Thomson Baja’s on aluminum wheels. This is not a show truck, it is super clean and built to drive. If it is listed it is still available. Will not respond to is it available”

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The “Very Mobile” Bath and Laundry Unit

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

(Originally Posted October 21, 2010): It’s easy to forget about the logistical challenges faced by the military to cover simple needs of the military. Showering in the field is one such example. A New Zealand-focused site has a page on the history of mobile laundry and baths from 1914-1990. Canada also had similar mobile services. How frequently such services actually appeared in the field is less clear to me, especially given the lack of photos of this equipment.

Back in 2010 I came upon the model below, which appeared on a new defunct website. The site showed how the builder created the model mobile bath.

The builder, Dave, had based his model on the picture below. In his post, he notes that the Jeep “was stationed in  Germany in 1945 with the 2nd Battalion, The Kensingtons, 49th Division, Transport Centre, Iserlohn, Ruhr“.

This 1954 example out of France shows a mobile laundry unit of some type. This photo (page from book?) is for sale on eBay. The auction title is “Jeep transport laundry collective”.

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1971 DJ-5 W/ Custom Body Panorama City, CA $3999

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

This is an odd one.

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/pts/d/panorama-city-1971-dj-jeep-on-x4-gm-ton/7227933049.html

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“This is a 1971 Jeep (Postal Jeep) running on top of a 1993 Suburban 4×4 Big Block drivetrain… This is an unfinished project that I’m not going to have time to finish… The mechanicals are done and it runs and drives… Strong 454ci engine with TBI fuel injection and custom stand alone computer and engine wiring… Heavy duty 4L80E Trans… Dual exhausts… Power steering… Hydroboost brake system…

The Suburban drivetrain was from the limited edition version with the 1-Ton suspension and was low mileage… The whole thing is covered in Aluminum attached with hundreds of rivets… I have full pictures of it being built including pics the the removal/installation of the Suburban and Jeep bodies… Title is clean and registered on a non-op as a 1971 Jeep (so no smog)… This thing has had lots of hand fabrication work done to it that for the price I’m asking I will never get back!… If you’re looking for a completely unique project that is cheap and had most of the hard stuff done then my loss is your gain… There is a lot more done to it than you see in the pictures! Continue reading

 
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The Mufflermobile Fredericton, NB, Canada **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Unusual

UPDATE II: If you thought this was the only vehicle to be built in a muffler shape, think again. One Art Car website has pics of a variety of muffler-themed vehicles:

http://artcarcentral.com/muffler-mobiles-and-the-muffler-shops-that-made-them/

That site also had an additional photo of the yellow muffler mobile built on a CJ-2A body, which had been posted to Flickr:

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Originally posted September 03, 2012:  Like the Oscar Meyer Mobile (on a FC), this is built on a jeep platform (CJ-2A). This sold on eBay in 2012.

“The Mufflermobile! What is The Mufflermobile? It’s a fully-functional four wheel drive 1948 Willys Jeep CJ2A that’s licensed for the road. The body has been replaced with a custom made wood framed, aluminum skinned replica of a muffler that’s 8 feet high and 11 feet long. This is the most unique advertising vehicle since the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile!

Purchase The Mufflermobile, wrap it with your company’s advertising message, park it around town or show it off at different events, and people will come to your business just to tell you that they saw it! They’ll tell their friends about it; they’ll post pictures of it on facebook and twitter. They will promote your business for you! You can’t buy advertising like that! Oh wait, yes you can! Bid to win or Buy It Now!

The Mufflermobile is located in the Fredericton, NB area and is being sold as-is, where-is, no warranty expressed or implied. It is, after all, a 64 year old muffler.”

 
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1952? CJ-2A JeepRod Nampa, ID $2000

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

UPDATE: Now priced at $2000 and located in Nampa.

(1030/2019) It appears to be a 2A body, give the ignition switch holes.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/814911889295291/

“4 wheel drive motor runs need fuel system flushed. Really cool project. Original motor.”

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CJ-5 Widened and Lengthened Billings, MT No Price

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(09/12/2020) Here’s an unusual one.

https://billings.craigslist.org/bar/d/billings-52-willys/7191971457.html

“52 willy’s small block chevy 410 gears locker stretched and widened runs great street legal lots of fun let me know what you’ve got”

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RLT Development’s Husky R.V. Jeep Kit

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Unique Jeeps, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE III: Robert’s RLT Husky

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UPDATE II:  Ray sent some pics of a Husky he built in 1992. (Also, if you are in the UK, I know of a Husky kit jeep for sale in Jersey)

Ray built this RLT Husky R.V. atop a Ford Escort MK2 chassis. It took Ray 2 years to build his rig. He combined the kit with original parts. As you can see, it is one of the more authentic looking Husky-jeeps built from the kit. Ray sold his RLT Husky in 1995.

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Originally posted August of 2013:

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Sometimes called the Husky R.V. or the R.L.T. Husky, this Jeep Kit was sold out of the UK and used atop a Ford Taurus or Ford Escort Mark IV (and other cars?). It was available for an unknown period during the 1980s and 1990s.

“R.V. – Rugged and Versatile aptly describes these tough, reliable and inexpensive all-weather vehicles. The unique exterior MDF body combines great strength with structural rigidity and will not rust, crack, craze or splinter, yet is easy to repair.

The sturdy steel chassis, with substantial (de)fenders front & rear, is built for long life, stability and to cope with rugged conditions. Seating can vary from 2 fronts with a rear load space, which can be fitted with forward, rearward or inward facing rear seats, accessed via a ‘walk-thru’ from the front can be accommodated by simple modification to the cutting and assembly process, or the rear zip up rear hood window, with or without the optional opening tailgate

Fold-flat windscreen. Ford front engine/RWD ensures safe predictable handling, amazing traction and reliable mechanics. Nimble as an Escort, the HUSKY turns tighter than a London Taxi and yet provides a comfortable ride even over rough terrain. Safety options include a hefty Roll Bar, front Nudge Bar and chassis mounted Side Impact bars/steps”

Some pictures:

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IMAGE LINKS:  Use these links to see the above large res images herehere, here, and here.

http://www.locust.org.uk/about/brochures/wrv/page2.html