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1958 Hillman Husky on CJ-5 Chassis Guilderland, NY **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Nitrous included!

“What we have here is a 1958 Hillman Husky body mounted on a Jeep CJ5 chassis.  It has won awards at The Street Rod Nationals, Lead East, and The Adirondack Nationals.  It has been featured on “My Classic Car” with Dennis Gage on Speed Channel this past fall.  It is powered by a 231  CI  Buick “odd-Fire” V6.  It is equipped with headers, MSD Ignition, aluminum radiator, and electric fan.  It has a serious cam in it, and has been built to handle 150HP Nitrous shots.  No engine bay modifications where made…it was engineered to fit, and looks like it could have been factory.  It has a 3 speed manual transmission from the CJ.  With manual locking front hubs, the 4 wheel drive is functional.  A few other chassis features are, Dana 44 ‘s  differentials (rear has locker),  Rancho Suspension,  front disc brakes, rear drums, master cylinder and power booster mounted on the frame rail.  Everything under the car is painted and detailed.  Body was painted while completely apart with base coat/clear coat solid orange and white.  The interior is from the Hillman, and was custom stitched in black roll and pleat with orange piping and seatbelts.  All interior panels, carpets, headliner, dash, was all done as well.  It has a start button, directional lever on the dash in front of the tilt steering column, and am/fm/cd with remote.  The glass, seals, tail lights, and door rubber was all replaced.  Speedo does not work.  Everything else does.”

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Crofton Bug 1961 Pacific Beach, Ca **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000.

This looks in great condition. You can learn more about this 1100lb vehicle at Tom’s Crofton Bug website.

“A San Diego Classic, Made in National City for Commercial and recreational use. Only 250 made. 2 seater, New tires and rims (powder coated) New gas tank. runs well. needs a little TLC . Comes with extra spare parts. Super cute and Fun. A true head turner.”

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Custom Aluminum Jeep Moore, Id $700


On a positive note, it might run ….

this is a aluminum jeep with a 500 street bike engine in it”


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Jeep Trax for TJ Pocatello, ID **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Parts, Tires and Rims, Unusual

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $5000.

Josh spotted these rare Trax for sale.


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1942 & 43 Modified GPWs Kona, HI **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB, Unusual • TAGS: .

PapaJack spotted this cool find. They seem a pretty good price considering they both run.  You might remember this unusual jeep also from Hawaii listed last night (& just down the road from Kona, Hi).

“two willies military jeeps ,, a 42 and a 43 both run ,, but not street legal,, but maybe could be street legal. great for coffee farm work or off road. runs good with lots of spare parts and goodies. fun to drive ,,cheap on gas cheap 4×4,s ”

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1941? Oddity Captain Cook, Hi **STATUS UNKNOWN**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  This was for sale for $1000.  Status currently unknown.

This is precious … More pics, I want more pics!  These two were listed the next day (& just down the road from Captain Cook, Hi, too).

“4 Wheel Drive; All Original; Haul Away; Complete Classic”

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1951 CJ-3A San Francisco, Ca $4500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Unusual


“This is a great running jeep. All tuned up and ready to go. Everything runs perfect. Same owners for 40 years. 4 cylinder, 3 speed 4×4”


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1946 Ford Bus — Trade for your Willys? Tijeras, Nm


It looks rough, but is kind of cool, too.

“1946 FORD School Bus, originally a 20 (I think) passenger, converted to a RV in the fifties now used for storage. They tell me that the motor is a Canadian block Mercury. I drove and parked it here when I moved to the east mountains in 1998. It has never been wrecked, the front clip is perfect. No radiator. Pictures available on request. Actually I will post some pictures as soon as I can. IT DOES NOT RUN
$5000 505-286-2923 ask for Dennis

I might consider a trade for a roller I can make a hot rod out of ………….
A fifties coupe… a V8 Vega… an Anglia… a 40’s Willys (I’m dreaming)


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Year Truck Braselton, Ga $900

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Trucks

UPDATE:  Still Available

(01/27/2011) Josh spotted this strange creature.  I’m SO glad there’s nothing that states it is “all original”!



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Parkette(?) Flat Fender Fiberglass Molds

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

UPDATE:   Steve and I believe these are the Parkette Molds.  They appear to have sold.

You don’t see these appear for sale often. The CJ-3B Molds are especially unusual.

“Old set of molds to build Willys fiberglass bodies
One floor pan mold in good shappe.
One High hood body mold, needs to be reworked, wooden supports rotted and broken
One high hood grille mold
One low hood grille mold
One high hood hood mold
One low hood hood mold
One tailgate mold
Couple other misc. molds”

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1944 MB Filer, Id $3200

• CATEGORIES: MB, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  Still Available. Price bumped to $3200.

(06/22/2010) You gotta check out the mods on this jeep.  I can’t remember seeing a cable roller installed quite the way this one was done.  Check out the front fenders, too.

“Ok here goes… To the best of my knowledge this is a 1944 willys military jeep. Vehicle has no title and is being sold as parts. Gussett no. is 244,0xx. Some one has done extensive modification to this jeep ! get ready ! Its got a f-85 olds six cylinder engine (non running)  A PTO SHIFTER AND THE PTO GEAR BOX FROM A CJ JEEP. (Drive line currently to PTO gear box is hooked into axle winch). The pto gear box seems firm but the Pto shifter wont shift with normal pressure, im not going to force it ! possibly will need dismantled and gone threw or may just need cleaned   Extra rear axle converted to a winch with lots of cable, the winch cable is to the front of the jeep thru rollers. Electrical plug in socket in rear panel( I beleive this is origional) IT ALL SO HAS A CORVETTE T10 BORG WARNER TRANSMISSION,  WAS  FOR 1963 IMPALLA 409 SS or corvette 327 APPLICATION ORIGIONALLY ( T10148B  T10D-1) the transmissions origional tail shaft is now replaced with the transfer case and PTO to make every thing in sinc. There are a lot of extra parts that go with the Jeep,i wont list but you will see in pics. this jeep also has a tilt steering colum ! I beleive it has a m38  windshield. Ive discribed jeep the best i can, between pics and discription you shoud get a good discription, That said vehicle, or parts come with no warrenty . If jeep doesnt reach reserve, but if i so choose to still sell to higest bidder, the transmission will not be included in sale, but will be included for a additional 600 dollars.”


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1944 MB With Custom Body

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

I stumbled upon this unusual Willys creature at this prewarcar website.  I guess Wally Cohn wasn’t the only person trying to create a unique body on top of the Willys platform.

“2 of these willys mb were bodied in germany in 1945. one was destroyed, ended in hamburg probably beeing rebodied to an original jeep, so when i got that survivor i did not do the same mistake and put it on the road again. now it is one of a kind with all the original chassis, drivetrain, axles etc. even with the original data plate date of delivery nov.11, 1944 (author Bussinger Kfz)”

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1950 CJ-3A Detroit Lakes, MN **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $11000

(07/16/2010) Pretty unusual.  Something unusual has been done with the grille as well.  The tines appear to shape outwords.

“1950 Jeep with Mattracks Has a remanufactured 350 Chevy V8 with New carb and intake, headers, All running gear is from an 1984 Jeep with 40,000 miles . Has power steering , brakes, and 4 speed .”


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A Baier Flatfender Ashtray and Lighter Woods Cross, Ut **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $80.

Brett found this unusual (and perhaps commerative) lighter and ashtray.  I wanted to make sure and post this before it sold.  Note the red FC toy of some kind in the background as well.

“Interesting vintage WWII figural lighter. I believe it is a Willys Jeep pulling a small trailer that is the ashtray. I’m not sure if it’s made from steel or heavy cast aluminum. The tires are rubber and roll. The levers on the side, which look like door handles, make the lighter on the front of the hood pop up. On the top is a large medal that portrays the Berlin Blockade of the allied airlift of 1948-1949. The roof lifts up to reveal a compartment to hold cigarettes .. the short unfiltered type. Inside this compartment is the original paper label from the maker. W Baier ….. Ges. Gesch. The rest is in German, then US D 150078 patent pending. This Jeep is in very good condition, but there is a bit of oxidation on one side. The only piece missing is a small pole that would connect the trailer to the back of the Jeep. This Jeep is just one part of much larger collection. If you would like more information or pictures, feel free to contact me.”

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1957 CJ-5 Payette, ID **SOLD** (Mercruiser 4Cyl Engine)

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

Here’s an interesting find. This builder installed a Mercruiser 470 4 cyl aluminum engine into his project jeep.  I’d never heard of doing this, so I did some research and found this thread on HAMB that provides all kinds of details about converting this boat motor to a vehicle motor.  I’ve emailed the seller of this to learn more, as the motor is just the kind of strange thing I’d like to install into Biscuit if everything checks out.

“Too many projects, so this one has to go. It is a 1957 Willys CJ5. It has an aluminum block Mercruiser 470 4 cylinder motor and a 4spd transmission. It has a Dana 44 front axle and a Dana 60 rear axle. It comes with an original hard top with doors as well as a tow bar. The syncro for the reverse has gone out in it, but that is a fairly easy fix for anyone with some mechanical aptitude. It has a new battery and a fresh rebuilt Carter AFB carb. The tires shown are not the tires that come with it, as those are actually my brothers. Asking $1,500 but will consider reasonable offers. I just don’t have a place to finish it like I want to, so I’m looking for a good home for it. I have a clean and clear idaho title for it. ”


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1941? MB Cottage Grove, Or $2000


UPDATE:  Still Available

(08/01/2010) This is an unusual jeep.  How about those two mini roll bars on each rear wheel well …

“’41 Willys Jeep MB, has ’48 “F” head 4cyl with standard 3 spd. Gas tank has been moved to the rear between the frame rails. Has electric fuel pump with reg. . Many parts replaced or updated, to many parts to list. VERY FUN JEEP . Extras:  * another ’48 “F” head engine * automatic trany with overdrive * Two sets of wheels and tires”


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1958 CJ-5 Chico, Ca eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Unusual • TAGS: .

Hog forwarded this auction.  Bidding just ended on this CJ-5 previously owned by Bing Crosby, reaching a high of $5850.  I suspect it will be back on eBay at some point.

“Barn stored since 1973. Perfect running condition. Originally used on Rising River Ranch by the Crosby Cattle Co. Owned by Bing Crosby from new until 1973. All original, but seats and turn signal assembly. As you can see in the pictures the cosmetics are not perfect, but are easily fixed. This thing could climb a wall! She’s ready to go and up to date on all paperwork. Pink slip in hand.”

View all the info on eBay

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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.”

View all the info and pics at eBay

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1942 Greek-Converted MB Brunswick, Oh $2500


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”


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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”


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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.”

View all the pics on eBay

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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.