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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 **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** $3500.

“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.

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“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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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 **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $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”

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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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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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