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1943 4 Wheel Steer MB Cannes-La-Bocca, France 15,000 Euros

• CATEGORIES: MB, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  Alex forwarded some additional pics that shows more of the rear turning solution.

Alex spotted this unusual MB.  This MB has been modified with 4 wheel drive steering.  Alex has asked the seller to forward some pics of the rear end mods so we can check it out further. According to Alex, “The article says the Jeep was modified by a craftsman in Caen (Normandy) to enable it to pull a plough.”

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1942 Greek-Converted MB Brunswick, Oh $2500

• CATEGORIES: MB, Unusual

Bob spotted this unusually modified MB.  The seller believes this was converted by the Greek Army.

“Converted by Greek Army to re-coilest rifle carrier, ammo mounts in tact, 3 out of 4 combat wheels,solid body with surface rust, does not have motor but does have original running gear-motors available. please call- 216-287-3582”

http://cleveland.craigslist.org/atq/2091998420.html

 
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Anyone Recognize this 1962 6×6?

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

Rudolf emailed me from Bali yesterday. He’d spotted this Jeep advertised for sale as a 1962 6×6 Willys Jeep.  He wondered if this was a custom project or the real deal.  My guess was that this is a one-off custom project, especially since it has a number of civilian elements. Apparently, the seller swears this was in the war (which war?).  Unfortunately, the seller has yet to respond to additional questions.  Also, below is the only pic provided.

Note the unusual front hubs.  I’ve never seen a 6×6 quite like this.  Is this possibly some oddball created by a Willys licensed manufacturer?

 
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1951 Custom Rad Rod Willys Corvallis, MT **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6000

Brian pointed out that this crazy vehicle is still available.  It is a 4wd vehicle and I recognize the frame as from a Willys frame, but I recognize little else.

“1951 Willys Rat Rod. Willys 4-wheel drive frame & drive train. 350 Chevy engine with hooker headers. Custom exhaust; new chrome rims with new tires. Custom-built roadster body with oak pickup box. Bikini top & custom roll bar. $6,000.00”

 
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1952 Truck Norway, Mi $3000

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  Price dropped to $3000

(02/27/2010) This is certainly unusual.”

“Excellent Original Drive train. 33,000 actual miles.Unique off-road or farm Jeep ready for work or play. 450 hours spent on restoration, just completed. 4 cyl F Engine, many new parts,very dependable. 906-221-5867”

http://wausau.craigslist.org/cto/2082357762.html

 
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Army Depot DJ-3A? Alexander City, Al eBay

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

The starting bid on this unusual DJ-3A is $2499.  I would be VERY interested to see the underside of this body to see what exactly happened to the rear of this vehicle.  This has a picture of some kind of Atlanta Army Depot tag, but I don’t know if this is real or not. Note that I had to lighten parts of a couple of the pics, which is why they look a little odd.

“I am not sure what year model this is or model. I am going by what I have been told and what I have seen on the internet. I think it is a DJ-3A 2 wheel drive delivery Jeep somewhere around a 50 model. It does run and drive I have driven it around the parking lot some. I think it has a blown head gasket. I have a new extra engine still in the crate flat head 4 cylinder engine and 3 speed manual trans. I have this for sale local and will end it if it sales. It has some rust in the floors and a few other places as you can see in the pics. I do not have a title. Alabama does not issue a title for a vehcile older that a 75. I will issue you a Notarized Bill of Sale. E-mail me any questions you have.”

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Andy’s 1947 CJ-2A Airport Jeep

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Unusual • TAGS: .

A reader named Andy contacted me the other day about a flatfender that he purchased.  He was told it was a former airport Jeep. Anyone recognize some of these mods?  How about them rims!

Andy writes, “No data tags inside the body, but need to check the firewall tomorrow. The guy I bought the jeep from says that he saw another one with the same wheels on it at the hunting camp where he got this jeep …. There is some use of aluminum in this body, goes hand in hand with the airport shop mod theory …. It appears that the patches in the floors and sides were not really needed at the time they were done.. the body was still very sound in those areas. Looking in the wheel wells, you can see the original not rusted body covered by a layer of metal from the top. I think you may be right on the combination of manuf. top with some airport shop ‘extras’. Those doors sure are unique, I have not seen such before ..”

 
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Another Walmart Vehicle

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

After seeing yesterday’s post,  Mitch forwarded this image a fried of his spotted at Walmart.

 
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1957 Hunting Special Lakeland, Fl $1300

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Unusual • TAGS: .

I think this would be a perfect Drive-In Movie vehicle.

“Hunting Jeep Runs Good Call 863-937-6907”

http://lakeland.craigslist.org/cto/2054256608.html

 
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1943 GTB Burma San Francisco, Ca eBay

• CATEGORIES: Unusual • TAGS: .

Ben spotted this mostly restored GTB. The seller has included lots of images.

“Due to a injury, I need to sell a few items from my personal collection. This truck runs and drives nice, and according to the previous original owner, had 8300 original miles when I purchased it ( has 8600 now). It has a Current Calif title. Four wheel drive works, Winch works both directions.

All numbers match, including Data Plates, frame, transmission and engine, which is rare as not all GTB’s have the number stamped into the engine block.  Although the data plates say “Navy”, these trucks were delivered to both the Army & Navy. This particular truck most likely went straight to the Army, as the original coat of paint is OD green, and, as far as I can tell, there were no subsequent coats of Navy gray.  I painted this truck when I first got it several years ago, and gave it a fresh coat this past summer. The numbers on the hood are correct, as found under the old paint….”

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1965 Israeli-contract CJ-5 Fort Myers, Fl eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Unusual • TAGS: , .

I’m no expert on these, so I’m taking the seller’s word on the information below ….

“1965 ISRAELI CJ5 GUN JEEP. VETERAN OF THE SIX DAY WAR. COMPETE WITH 106MM RECOILESS RIFLE. LIMITED PRODUCTION. THESE CJ5S WERE PRODUCED IN THE UNITED STATES UNDER SPECIAL CONTRACT FOR THE ISRELI GOVERMENT FROM 1965 TO  1967.

TOTAL PRODUCTION IS ESTIMATED AT UNDER ONE THOUSAND PIECES WITH SOME UNITS BEING RADIO JEEPS AND THE BALANCE GUN JEEPS,EQUIPPED WITH THE 106MM RECOILESS RIFLE. ALL OF THESE JEEPS ARE VETRANS OF THE FAMOUS SIX DAY WAR AND WERE USED IN AN ANTI TANK ROLE THIS CJ5 WAS RESTORED WITH ALL ITS ORIGINAL COLORS AND MARKINGS AS IT APPEARED ON THE BATTLE FIELD COMPLETE WITH A DEMILLED (NON-FIRING) 106MM. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL. 239-707-4416.”

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Flattie Crawler Golden, CO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $17,975

Lots of customizations here.

“Take advantage of this 1948 Willys Overland with over $50K in Upgrades and Rock Crawling Gear! This Willys is in Exceptional Condition and runs as good as it looks! Featuring a 350 Chevy Crate Motor with 700R Automatic Transmission, New 37” Goodyear Wranglers with Beed-Lockers, New Set of Paddle Tires Included, CD Player, 205 Transfer Case “Bullet Proof”, Dana Front and Rear End Axel and Gearing, Front Disc Brakes and Rear Power Assist, Warn Winch that will lift this Jeep, Custom Frame and Roll Cage made out of Chromolly Steel, Rear Suspension is Quadraliptic allowing Articulation above a #10 on the meter, Rear Drive Train is Custom Cut and Rolled to meet the angle needed for Crawling, Fire Extinguisher, and Much More!! FOR MORE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT www.alreadydriven.com”

 
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Nellybelle II 1946 CJ-2A Cave Creek, AZ **Status Unknown**

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

UPDATE: The original NelleBelle sold for $116,000 at Christie’s in the summer of 2010, which is much higher than the $20k-30k it was estimated it would bring.

Jim forwarded this for our viewing pleasure.  So if I understand this correctly, this is a replica of Nellybelle, but wasn’t actually in the show?  You can learn much more about NellyBelle and Roy Rogers and the CJ-3B Page.

‘This is the 1946 Willys CJ-2A Jeep named NELLYBELLE II, and made to replicate the jeep NELLYBELLE from the ROY ROGERS TV show from the 1950’s. It has been on display at the Roy Rogers/Dale Evans Museum in Branson,Mo. This is a piece of History of the 50’s Hollywood television history. It’s in excellent condition as it was at the museum as it has been garaged since we bought it. It starts fine but will smoke some,tires are a little dry.Has new brakes and drums, a new fuel pump. Beautiful piece of memorabilia to expose at parades,auto show,etc..”

 
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1958 Personnel Carrier Truck Neosho, MO **SOLD**

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

UPDATE:   Was on eBay. **SOLD**

“WILLYS 1955 THRU 1961 PERSONNEL CARRIER.I DO NOT HAVE A TITLE FOR THIS TRUCK.CAB HAS NORMAL RUST IN THE USUAL SPOTS BUT NOT REAL BAD.THE CARGO AREA AND BOX ARE IN GREAT SHAPE WITH NO NOTICEABLE RUST THRU.THE TOP APPEARS TO BE GALVANIZED METAL AND ON GOOD CONDITION.THERE IS NO MOTOR AS IT HAD BEEN FROZE AND BUSTED THE BLOCK.IT DOES HAVE THE ORIGINAL TRANSMISSION AND DRIVELINE.WOULD MAKE A COOL DRIVER OR SPECIAL PROJECT I JUST HAVE TOO MANY.BUYER CAN CALL AND MAKE ARRANGMENTS FOR PICKUP AND PAYMENT AFTER AUCTION.STORING FOR AWHILE IS NO PROBLEM IF PAID FOR IN ADVANCE.ANY QUESTIONS JUST LET ME KNOW.THANKS AND GOOD LUCK.VIN PLATE IS INSIDE OF VEHICLE BUT IS UNREADABLE.”

 
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Custom 1/2 Scale ‘Jeep’ Morristown, Az $5500

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

Calling this a replica of a Jeep is a bit of a stretch.

“This 2010 Custom 1/2 Scale Willys Jeep replica has 2005 Polaris ranger 4×4 running gear, powered by a slightly modified 500cc Polaris engine. Two or all wheel drive with differential lock and 4 wheel disc brakes and 245/75 all season radials on 16″ chrome plated aluminum wheels. Will get you there and back, no need to trailer it either because it is equipped with turn signals, horn, rearview mirror, etc. making it completely street legal! It’s great on gas, fun to drive, and a real head turner! New business venture forces sale. Sacrifice for 1/2 of what I have invested. $5500.00 OBO or trade for??? Call Jace at (541) 314-2338”

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http://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/cto/2029547892.html

 
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1943 MT Tug Rear Terrebonne, Or **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  Sold very quickly …. Listed at $2800

Rare doesn’t adequately describe this unusual find.  This sure looks like a MT Tug rear based on what I can see in Mark Askew’s Rare WW2 Jeep Book.  I’m not sure what category to put this in, other than unusual!

“For sale 1943 Willys Truck 3/4 Ton 6×6 chassis Model MT-TUG. Only 15 of these vehicles were built for the US Army in 1943. I have the rear half of one of these vehicles which has the tandem rear drive axles, frame, suspension, front axles and a modified transfer case.”

 
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4 ‘JEEP’ Mugs Portland, Or $30

• CATEGORIES: Unusual

These are cool.  I have no idea what they are worth.

“I HAVE ONE SET OF THESE LEFT THIS IS A ITEM CROWN AUTO PARTS OFFERED A COUPLE YEARS BACK AS A COLLECTOR SET THESE RETAILED ORIGINALLY AT $48.00( 4WDPARTS)

THIS IS A NEW SET I ORDERED FOR DISPLAY. THIS INCLUDES (4) 16 OZ BEER STEINSAND EACH INCLUDES A PICTURE OF EACH OF THE ICON JEEPS OVER THE YEARS. CJ3A CJ7 YJ TJ WITH JEEP LOGO BELOW. $30.00 SET. RYAN (503)869-2072”

http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/pts/2018724042.html

 
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1948 CJ-2A Shawnee, KS **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1950.

(09/30/2010) From the description, you wouldn’t know there’s been a serious modification to this jeep.  I’ve seen something similar, but I don’t think it was this one.

“1948 Willys. original flathead 4 cylinder motor, manual tranny, 4X4, and power takeoff. Runs good and 4X4 and power takeoff works. Antique title. Came from South Dakota. ”

 
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Wooden Car

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

Tommy emailed me this unusual build (note it is a car and not a jeep or 4×4).  After a little searching, I found this on ebay as well. If you haven’t seen some of the wooden jeeps featured over the years on ewillys, check them out.  For a really fast wooden car, check out this supercar.

According to the email, it is a wooden body built in 2009.  “This custom wooden car rides on a 1986 Toyota truck frame and gets power from a Chrysler 318 engine.  It is driven by an automatic transmission and has merely 1,800 miles on its speedometer. The whole body is made of cedar and its interior is just as over-the-top as the exterior.”
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1960 DJ-3A Pennsylvania **SOLD**

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

UPDATE:  This now lives on the East Coast. I got to examine it up close at the 2013 Bantam Festival. The work is excellent. It was bought for $9000. It has more of a surrey look to it now.

I used the IMCDb.org site to attempt to locate an image of the jeep to the right from a shot in the movies.  You can see a DJ-3A from Blue Hawaii (not a very good shot). Or the same shot enhanced and cropped to the left.  Here’s a link to a shot of the Nutty Professor’s DJ-3A.

This flat fender (the one on the right) falls into the ‘unusual jeep’ category.  Apparently, it’s a movie star!

“ALL METAL AND 1,885 POUNDS. I’AM THE THIRD OWNER AND THE BUILDER,,THE WILLYS WAS A FRAME OFF RESTORATION ELEVEN YEARS AGO IT HAS A CHEVY 4.3 HIPO V6 ROLLER ENGINE AND A TURBO HYDRO 350 TRANS WITH A DANA 44 373 REAR END,,,CENTERLINE CONVOPRO EIGHT INCH WIDE WHEELS WITH DUNLOP 245-60-15 RADIALS,,,STAINLESS STEEL BUMPERS,,,CHROME TRACTION BARS,,,,CHROME COMPETITION ENGINEERING WHEELIE BARS,,,TILT STEERING COLUMN WITH A BILLIT STEERING WHEEL,,,STEWART / WARNER GAUGES,,,STERIO,,,GELL CELL BATTERY,,,TWO TOPS AND A FEW EXTRA THINGS PRICE IS REDUCED TO $ 9,000.00 PART TRADE CONSIDERED ONE ITEM I’AM LOOKING FOR IS A TRAILER WITH TWO AXELS AND ELECTRIC BRAKES THAT CAN HAUL A SMALLER SUV.”

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1942ish 4WD Model T Ignacio, Co eBay

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s, Unusual

Ok, so I admit I thought this was going to be junk.  But, on closer inspection, the suspension is unusual, the engine/tranny/tc all appear to have been neatly rebuilt.  Besides, buy this and “be the only dude w/ a 4×4 model t”.

this auction is for a custom built 1942 willys jeep w/ ford model t body parts. the engine is a 2.o ohv ford engine that is freshly built . i just completed the wiring , except for the headlights and taillights. this project is 95% done. it is lacking glass and paint along w/ lights frnt and back. i believe the items that are lacking are very personal items and should be chosen by someone that plans on keeping it awhile. it needs doors as well. but there are many options to choose from. i would like to see someone that plans on keeping it finish it . that way i dont lose out on my time and effort and the buyer picks it for cheaper. feel free to call or e-mail w/ any questions or concerns.buyer is responsible for shipping  and may be able to meet half way or deliver for a fee . thanks and good luck. this is a great vehicle and deal as wll , dont pass it up. be the only dude w/ a 4×4 model t. only one i know anyways!! (970)563-6053 my name is vince”

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1953 ‘Jeep’ Buggy Miami, Fl $2000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s, Unusual

I’m not sure if this has any ‘jeep’ or ‘willys’ left in it, but it sure is unusual.

“1953 jeep buggy in great shape. 4cyl, 4×4 wheel drive and 2 wheel drive.front and rear dana 44’s with 513 gears, buggy has all aluminum floors with gun racks and lights. will go any where. This buggy could use alittle tlc but it is what it is. It’s made for fun not for looks. Perfect for hunting season and priced to sell quick. No low ballers need apply the answer is no! Possible trades. if interested please call me at 786-285-4980”

http://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/cto/1979510928.html

 
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1948 CJ-2A Dually, Tarpon Springs, Fl $7900

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

UPDATE: Price dropped to $7900

(08/19/09) This is a great looking dually.

“1948 Willys Jeep, CJ2, 4wd, Wench, Power drive, Safari Rack, Hard Top, Green”

http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/cto/1973847074.html

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1956 Gasoline Truck St. Cloud, MN **SOLD**

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

UPDATE:  Was on eBay. **SOLD**

(09/01/2010) The exhaust comes out the front.

“I am selling a 1956 willys gas truck runs and drives needs brakes and water pump. colorado title nice truck.”

 
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1950 CJ-3A Farmersville, Tx **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2200

(08/28/2010) Now that look like a giant Tonka toy!

“1950 Willys jeep with a Ford 289 engine, lift, 36in super swampers with alum wheels, dana 44 front and rear, warn lockouts, track bar, full roll cage, two new racing seats, headers, jeep runs good, 4×4 works good, not street legal.”