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1947 ‘Willys’ish Dolores, CO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8000

Here’s a wild rig.

“1947 Willys jeep 4×4 , inline 2 seater, custom body with lots of diamond plate, Chevy feul injected v6, winch , good tires, modified suspension for a smoother ride. Asking $8000 OBo.”

 
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Mitsubishi J-52 Jacksonville, NC **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: International, Other 4x4s, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Was $9500 **SOLD**

This is an interesting jeep.  I am not familiar with the J-52, though I haven’t researched the early history of Mitsubishi.  The seller of this has been doing research of his own on this jeep for several years, as a post on the Willys M Jeeps forums as early as 2006 notes his search efforts.  The photos of this jeep are worth reviewing as it is a combination of some unusual features.  A quick search did reveal the J-53/54.  Finally, I found this table that shows the J-52 had the KE47 engine.

“Before I can get into the specifics of this little jeep, I feel I need to explain a little about it because there is very little information about the Mitsubishi J52 on the internet, and there are no photographs I can find depicting the body style like the one you see here. I found this one at a little jeep lot on Okinawa around 2006.  The dealer said it had come with a shipment of used jeeps from Tokyo.  I bought it and restored it there on the island, and the Government shipped it to the US as part of my household goods when my family and I returned from overseas.  I have had it since then and it has enjoyed local acclaim, appearing in several parades and winning “Best All Around” at a local car show.  All guys — and all little kids — absolutely love it!

It is my OPINION that this was one of the original Mitsubishi/Willys collaboration after WWII.  It’s a very early model J52, serial number “J52-00261”, and from this I believe the production number to be #261, or that this jeep was number 261 off the production line.  Because there are radio mount holes and radio table holes in the right rear fender, and because of the rifle mount racks present on the windshield frame, I believe this jeep to have been actually used and maintained by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces after the US stopped occupation in the early 1950’s.  It is also my opinion that they continued to use this jeep until 1973, when it was sold to the civilian market.  I believe this for two reasons:  first, the title says it’s a 1973 model; second, I can’t find a photograph of a 1973 Mitsubishi J52 that looks like this one.  (I also can’t prove a bit of this!)

This jeep was fully restored in 2006, everything was taken off the vehicle and repaired/restored/repainted; however, we did not take the tub off the frame.  I wish we had, because the channels are beginning to rust, and there are a few rust spots beginning to show around the door seams on the tub.  There is also some rust on the inner windshield frame where water collected underneath the glass and rusted it from the inside.  Other than those, there are a few very small bubbles beginning to appear, which I can point out to a serious bidder.  There is no rust on the floor pans or in the bed, the footpads are solid, the frame is undercoated and protected.  This is a solid jeep.

The engine is a Mitsubishi KE-47 gasoline powered four-cyliner.  It runs like a top and purrs like a kitten.  There are no oil leaks, compression is great.  Manual choke.  Transmission shifts great, three-speed with reverse.  Four-wheel drive and high/low transfer cases all work.  All lights work, although it has recently developed a dislike of high-beam headlights – sometimes they won’t come on and lows will have to do.  Front blackout lights work!  Fender-mounted blackout light is not connected.  Vacuum-powered wipers.

Canvas top was made on Okinawa by Mr. Shima, who used the old torn-up one as a pattern.  Seat pads are cordura and were made by Mr. Scott of Texas.

This jeep has been either carported or garaged since it’s been in the States.  Being in the military means moving a lot and sometimes it has had to do its “military share” by spending some time in the elements, but we have taken care of this jeep and it has meant a lot to our family.  We are headed back to Okinawa for another three years, and I think it’s time to send it on its way to another owner who will value and care for it.  If that’s you, you’re getting a good one and you can count on truthful answers to any questions you might have.”

 
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Overland Train North Pole, Ak **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $15,000.

Mark spotted this unusual find when it was still available early on Sunday.  However, it sold during the course of the day for $15,000.  I’d love to know where it lands as it is something very unusual and rather fantastical.

“In 1962, the Army tested a machine known as The Overland Train at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. It was designed to carry equipment and supplies over both on- and off-road terrains. The train consisted of the control car, ten self tracking cargo cars, and two power generating cars. It was 565 feet long and could haul 150 tons of cargo. The control car also contained living quarters for a crew of six, complete with sleeping, eating and sanitation facilities.

The enclosed pictures are of a sister unit here in Alaska. It’s important to note this is one of the last existing units of this type anywhere. This unit consists of the control car and 3 trailers (mostly aluminum). All the units have tires and we also have a large amount of extra tires & wheels. This unit does not run and is not operable however according to Le Tourneau, the manufacturer most if not all parts are still available and or re-buildable. Would also make a terrific static display for museum. This unit is for sale as is FOB North Pole, Alaska, to the highest bidder above the reserve set by the estate.”

 
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1951 CJ-3A Springfield, Oh $4000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Jeep Rods, Unusual

Well, I can tell it is different, but from this one pic I can’t tell how different.

“1951 willys jeep rat rod call 330-285-5066”

http://akroncanton.craigslist.org/cto/1715422549.html

 
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1951 Navy CJ-3A Denver, Co eBay

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

See updated version of this topic here: http://warjeeps.com/articles/APUnavyJeeps/apu-jeeps.html

 

THE WILLYS OVERLAND CJ-3A NAVY VERSION:

The first version, which is the one for sale on ebay, was built by Willys Overland for the Navy without many changes from a stock CJ-3A.  The biggest clue I can see is the inclusion of a Navy dataplate on the dash.  You can see the 1951 versions of that plate below:

From the g503 website:

And from this eBay auction (note how close the navy serial numbers of these two jeeps are — 3855 (top) vs. 3874 (bottom)). The willys-overland serial numbers are 18501 vs 18741:

THE CJ-3A MODIFIED BY O. E.  SZEKELY & ASSOCIATES FOR THE NAVY

This version of the Navy Jeep was modified by Szekely and includes a plate that states that fact.  Szekely also created the 3 wheeled M-38 APU. Here’s an example of the name plate for the CJ-3A from the G503 site (see the related discussion and many more pics).  A similar thread can be seen at the CJ-3A Board.

Information from the Navy CJ-3A Ad: “This jeep needs a restoration. The frame is in nice shape and not cut on. the body has some  rust but nothing like those east coast vehicles (Colorado vehicle) there is a skin coat of bondo on the outside and it looks like it had a nice paint job done to it which is now faded. I really don’t know whats under the bondo but looking from underneath and behind it does not look like it was used to cover any major rust more like a skin coat to get the body straight. The front floors are good as is the cowl and the tool box, hood and grill are good, windshield frame is solid. The rear floor has plywood on it but I see no holes from underneath. Rear taillight area needs a some rust repair. as do some body brackets.  The engine will need a rebuild, (last owner said he was driving it in his drive and it locked up. the radiator and carb is missing and there are no top bows although I do have the door frames. most everything else looks to be intact.  There is undercoating from the factory. This is dry and easy to peel off and you can see the original Navy Gray paint. It probably had hood numbers but I have not stripped the paint to find out.  The cowl tag and the Navy tag have the same numbers and the engine looks to be close enough to be original (early CJ’s don’t have matching serial number engines) and the casting numbers are correct.(#641087)”

 
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CJ-5ish custom build Cheney, Wa $12000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Racing, Unusual • TAGS: .

This would be a fun jeep to check out.

“Every thing about this jeep is custom. Built 350 chevy motor, turbo 400 trans, detroit lockers, 456 gears, five 38″ boggers on and on.  ONLY REPLY IF YOU ARE SERIOUS.  I WILL NOT PART A THING OUT ON THIS JEEP, ALL OR NOTHING.”

http://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/1707462967.html

 
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1956 Truck Backhoe Pine City, MN $5000

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000.

Here’s an unusual find.

“How about this boys! A 1956 Willys with backhoe. Someone said it is a factory military, is it? I don’t know, you tell me. Flat head 6 cylinder, 3 speed trans., 4 wheel drive. It runs and drives BUT has no brakes. I have a rebuilt master cylinder for it. The backhoe works great. Need to replace some hydrolic lines but it works the way it is. She is a rare one boys! Bring $5000 cash please-NOTHING LESS-and a trailer and she’s yours! ”

 
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Hobart Welder Gunlock, Ut $500

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator, Machinery, Unusual

Brett spotted this Welder.  These are usually priced between $800 – $1200, so this appears to be a good price (if the fix is easy).

“Hobart Welder. 250 Amp 40 Volt. Willys engine. Welder was not making power when machine was parked. But the Willys jeep engine still ran. no emails. Please call 435-632-2415”

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=218&ad=10401670&cat=&lpid=

 
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A ‘Police’ Wagon from the Movie Plumm Summer Bozeman, Mt $4800

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

UPDATE:  UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4800.

After some searching, I found a movie trailer that shows a short clip of the Police Wagon (shown below).  You can see the entire trailer from this 2008 movie here.

“1960 willys jeep for sale. great condition. 4×4. Flathead Hurricane 6 original motor, ~100,000 miles. Was in the movie, “A Plumm Summer.” Painted like a sheriff vehicle. runs great, and always starts, may need to have the piston rings replaces, but all the seals were just redone. cheep to insure, and a great vehicle, some custom work was done to the back seats to turn them into side benches. this jeep has all original parts, except for 1 missing rear seat, but i have the replacement in storage.”

Plumm Summer Movie Willys Wagon

 
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Hobart Welder with Willys Engine Alstead, Nh $850

• CATEGORIES: Engine, Industrial-Welder-Generator, Machinery, Unusual

These pop up everyone once in a while.

“Mounted on trailer ,good tires, ball coupler hitch, has Leads 250 Amp. with 110 volt Dc outlet. Lifting ring. Good sheet metal nice older machine working order. Willeys 4 cylinder gas motor. Complete unit ready to go ! Asking $850. or best offer Call Tom Konan for more info 603-352-5131 NO EMAIL DO – NOT – EMAIL ! Thank You”

http://nh.craigslist.org/grd/1689798363.html

 
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CJ-5 on Tractor Tires Sebring, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8000.

This jeep would be handy if you wanted to keep your flattie out of the rain;  just park the flattie underneath it.

“1950-60 WILLY’S JEEP BODY LONGER THAN NORMAL ON A INTERNATIONAL SCOUT 2 FRAME WITH THE ORIGINAL 345 MOTOR AND AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. HAS A ROCKWELL INDEPENDENT TRANSFER CASE AND 3/4 TON CHEVROLET RUNNING GEAR WITH 4.10’S FRONT AND REAR. IT SITS REAL HIGH, HOOD IS AT ABOUT 7 FOOT. TRACTOR TIRES ARE R1 11.2 X 38 AND LOOK NEW. I HAVE THE WINDOW FRAME AND HEADLIGHTS JUST NO TIME TO PUT IN. ALSO INCLUDES A DOUBLE AXLE 18 FOOT TRAILER CUSTOM MADE FOR THIS JEEP. ASKING $8000 FOR ALL INCLUDING SPARE PARTS. WILL CONSIDER TRADE FOR A NICE 4WD DIESEL TRUCK”

 

 
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Hot Dog Vendor Setup for a DJ-3A Surrey Howell, NJ **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

Bruce spotted this unusual jeep utility addition.  The seller notes they scrapped the jeep, but then says he was just kidding and is keeping the jeep (in other words, jeep is not for sale). Anyway, the hotdog vendor unit is certainly an unusual feature!

“Up for sale is a hot dog cooking insert for a willys jeep. Scrapped the jeep(was a little rusty) but thought the hot dog unit was worth saving. Has lots of places to cook stuff and it fits like a glove. Check out the pics. some modification to the wheel well on the drivers side to accomodate what looks to be a sink.probably could remove this piece so no cutting wheel well.Has all the valves and burners I think never tried it out. could use some nobs for the temp control. from the front of the jeep you can not tell this is in the back, and from the back you can not tell its  a jeep. from the side it looks like it should be there. happy bidding ! Only kidding about scraping the jeep, the jeep does not go with it. pickup in howell nj only. Pay in full and will hold inside as long as needed. this thing would be the hot diggity dog of the trail rides. good luck! Bill”

 
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Believe it or not, this is home made … Colfax, Wi **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $800

It’s $800 and runs .. what do you want?

“Willys jeep four wheel drive with low and high range. Runs good 4 speed tranny any quests”

 
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‘Willys’ Golf Cart Taberg, Ny $1800

• CATEGORIES: Unusual

UPDATE:  Still Available

I’m not sure if this is a brand of golf cart or a custom build.

“1991-1992 EZ-GO electric golf cart that was made to look like a Willys Jeep. Very good condition I am selling for my Father and am asking $1800.00 or best offer. For any honest responses, Thank you, for any of you idiot spammers out there I don`t have time for your B.S. SO DO NOT EVEN THINK OF SPAMMING ME. I WILL REPORT YOU TO CRAIGSLIST.”

http://utica.craigslist.org/cto/1685316421.html

 
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I don’t know what this is …. Azuza, Ca $12,000

• CATEGORIES: Racing, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  Please See Bill’s comment.  He went to check this one out.

I don’t know what this is, but it looks like someone has spent some money on it.

“UP FOR SALE IS EXTENDED JEEP WILLY/MAIL MAN JEEP…. MANY MANY FFEATURES….. 383 STROKER MOTOR-600 HP AND 500HP NITROUS TWO TANK SETUP FOGGER SYSTEM.  BRODET ALUM HEADS TI VALVES.  PISTONS CHILD AND ALBERTS
CARRILLOS RODS.  KEITH BLACK CRANKSHAFT. 2 SPEED POWERGLIDE TRANS/WITH TRANS BRAKE. 1350 DOMITOR HOLLEY CARB. MSD IGNITION. 4 NOS TANKS. FORD 9″ INCH REAR END. STREET/STRIP AXLES. SPOOL REAR END SOLID/POISE TRACTION. SO…… SO…. MANY THNGS TO LIST INVESTED OVER 70 GRAND.. HERE ARE SOME PICTURES IF INTRESTED CALL ME UP AT 626-213-8182 JAVIER OR 909-975-9329 RUDY..  ASKUNG 12,OOO OR BEST OFFER. NEED SOME MONEY TIMES ARE TOUGH…..”

http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/rvs/1628684406.html

 
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An Ensign 100 Lyman, WY **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

Brett spotted this rare Ensign 100 that’s in great condition.

“This is a Ensign mine mantrip that was purchased by my dad from a local mine in our area. It is a very well built outfit complete with 3\4 ton axels with disc brakes all the way around. It is powered by a 3.9 liter cummins 4 cylinder diesel with a chevy turbo 400 tranny. It is very low geared and tops out at about 30-35 mph. It runs and drives great. It has plenty of ground clearence even though it is only 2 wheel drive. With a little work I think it would be easy to make it a 4 wheel drive. It seats 2 up front with seats over the wheel wells. It has been here at my house since it was purchased and the kids and I have enjoyed driving it around our place. It would be great around a ranch or to use as a cruiser or to build a crawler out of it. Please feel free to call or email.”

 
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1949 Jeep Rod Palm Beach, FL **SOLD**

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

UPDATE:  Was on eBay.  **SOLD**

(03/17/2010) If you are gonna build a jeep rod, go all the way.  This builder went farther than that.  How about the hood ornament or the cutout star on the hood.  Pretty unusual!

“This is a 1949 Willys CJ2-A that features- New frame and body from Willys Acres (Canada), Rebuild 134 Willys Jeep Motor & transmission, New brakes, starter, carb, alternator, clutch & drive shaft. Front 700 x 16 firestone military tires, new 16 x 4 wheels from coker tires, rear 820 x 15 firestone, 15 x 7.5 smoothy wheels from coker tires. wheels are powder coated red, chrome 30 Cal. Browning machine gun, 1957 chevy steering box”

 
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1959 Crofton Bug Salem, Or **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s, Unusual

UPDATE: Was $4500. **SOLD**

Matt spotted this rare Crofton Bug for sale.

“Crofton Brawny Bug. This little mini jeep was manufactured by the Crofton motor company in 1959 about 250 were ever made, it features a crosley 4 cylinder engine and dual jeep transmissions, it has front bucket seat frames, good glass and electrical system all hard to find parts are there, ran when parked many years ago, is 100% complete with the exception of the belly pan and the original wheels, it has a crease on one side, easy fix and is rust free desert truck, easy resto on a rare little “bug” restored models sell for well over 20k is located in oregon.”

 
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1948 CJ-2A Moody, TX **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was No Price.

“1948 Willy’s Jeep body still has original ident tag on fire wall. It has been stretched 16″ in center. It is on a mid 80’s 4×4 chevy s-10 chassis with 3″ lift and 31″ mudders. IFS in front with locker. Front grill is cut out to fit chevy 350 motor and 700r4 tranny with o/d from late 80’s police car. transfer case has 2H,4H, and 4L. Radiator and electric fan are in front of grill area behind bumper. It has power leather bucket seats from a grand cherroke. I have many 4×4’s and this is everybody’s favorite in the offroad parks, it is extremely fast and will get you anywhere. It still needs work that i haven’t finished but runs and drives right now. I don’t think there is anyway it could ever be street legal, the body was bought out of weeds on a deer lease. however it is very light, I tow it easily with 1/2 ton pickup. I am trying to get motorcycle so will sell for best offer. please serious offers only”

 
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1942 GPW Seabeck, Wa **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB), MB, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  Status unknown. Was priced at $1995

It’s rough and rusted, but unusual.  Note the extended back. Hopefully, the right person will buy and carefully restore this one.

“1942 FORD GPW USN. SPECIAL BODY BUILT BY THE NAVY. It was a runner about six years ago.”

 
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1959 4×4 Cleveland, Oh **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3900

(02/03/2010) Here’s an unusual FrankenJeep that appears in good condition.

“ROCK CLIMBER! EXTREME 4X4! MINT CONDITION & READY FOR FUN!!!!!!!”

 
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This is a flattie body on a Blazer chassis CDA, Id $2000

• CATEGORIES: Unusual

Dan found this unusual flattie. The price isn’t bad and the blending process seems to have been done pretty well.

“selling a 40 willies jeep body on a 1990 blazer chassis. this thing is alot of fun great for camping, wheelin, work wagon or what ever. runs real well has 4.3 v6 auto trans. hi and low 4×4 32 inch bfg kwa (brand new tires) willing to let go for cheap have lots invested. 2000 dollars or a running samurai gets it.contact me 208 691 2675”

http://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/1648761613.html

 
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Flat Fender Squirrel Feeder

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay. Here’s one in the wild.

You don’t see these everyday.

“Up for auction is a really cute little single-seat, cedar squirrel feeder fashioned after a 1942 Willys Jeep used during WW II.  It’s fun to watch the squirrels sit in the driver’s seat and eat.  And the best thing about this Jeep is it runs on corn cobs, so you won’t go broke at the pump!   We have the one pictured outside our window and the squirrels just love it.

The feeder is loosely fashioned after a photo of a 1942 Willys my 11-year-old son and I came across.  We thought it would be fun to turn the photo into a feeder.  So, we drew it out, cut it out, and (after a few redesigns) had us one of the more unique squirrel feeders on EBay.  These feeders have quickly become one of our biggest sellers.”

 
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1951 CJ-3A Orem, Ut $2900 — A bit unusual

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

Brett and the Utah eWillys Bureau should be proud of this find.  Check out the sort-of-custom body on this jeep.  I’d like to check this out more closely to see exactly what’s left of the old body (if anything).

“1951 Willys Jeep. 283 V8 Chevy small block, 4 speed transmission with 33×12.50 tires. Custom built body, new corbeau seats with harnesses. Runs strong, new wiring, new gas tank. I never use it so it just sits in the garage. Time for it to go.”

 
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1940s & 50s Dealer Sign Phoenix, Az **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

It’s pretty cool, and no doubt rare, but not sure it’s $2500 cool?

“This was a outdoor sign used at an authorized Willys dealership in the 40’s-50’s. Original porcelain neon sign.The size is 36″x72” No transformer. Reads: Willys CARS * TRUCKS JEEPS.  it also has the sign maker: Federal Electric.