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Project Flattie with Aluminum Body Canton, Ga **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4100

“New Aluminum CJ3A JEEP body on a new 1973 CJ5 powder coated frame. This frame allows the use of a V8 engine. Powder coated Dana 44 rear, Dana 30 front, and Dana 300 Transfer case, are geared for the new tires installed on the polished aluminum wheels. A complete new power disc brake system is still in the boxes. New parts include a new fuel cell, fuel line, wiring harness, body mounts and suspension parts. All the parts for this project cost over $17,000, not including the powder coating, windshield frame and original front grill. I don’t even want to think about how much was spent on powder coating parts. I will offer delivery within a reasonable distance. Call for a list of all the new parts included with this offer. May trade. Call me with what you have.”

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1947 CJ-2A Middle Grove, Ny $500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Unusual

1947_cj2a_middlegroveUPDATE:  Price dropped to $500 — I love this one.

(08/30/09) What’s this chain drive? There’s no transfercase.  I’ve not seen anything like it.

“1947 Willys Jeep. Fold down windshield frame (Has Willys Script) . Has a chain drive set up on transmission. Full time 4 wheel drive. 16″ Wheels. Has custom foolproof brake setup on transmission, instead of on the wheels. Has a rebuilt 1978 Ford 2.3L 4cylander. I dont think it has been fired since rebuild becuase it has no spark. I Believe it needs a new distributer. Has VW radiator with electric fan. Nice swivel bucket seats. Tub is solid. Everything has been reinforced. I bought this from an old master mechanic that did alot of work to it, and then it sat in his garage for many years, without ever being run. No paperwork. DOES NOT RUN! A GREAT PROJECT OR ALOT OF GOOD PARTS!! Needs to be finshed, i have too many other projects. It would be a great hunting rig when running. Better/ Stronger than a fourwheeler, and still small enough to fit on trails. $500 FIRM. No Tire Kickers. Call 882-1505 if intrested”

http://albany.craigslist.org/cto/1478722019.html

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A Crosley Farm-O-Road

• CATEGORIES: Unusual • TAGS: .

As mentioned, Crosley designed and built the Crosely Farm-O-Road and also provided plans to the Crofton Marine Engine Company, from which they built the Crofton Bug.  Jim has a friend who has teh Farm-O-Road which he has shared with us below. Thanks Jim!

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Crofton Bug

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Unusual

Crosley was the maker of some of the prototype lightweight Jeeps the Army and Willys considered building.  Apparently, Crosley continued down this path of lightweight utility vehicles.  One of the results of this efforts was designed by the Crosley company and called a Farm-O-Road.  The Crofton Bug, based on the Farm-O-Road design was actually produced by the Crofton Marine Engine Company.  Only about 250 Crofton Bugs were built between 1959 and 1962 (or 1963).  Like the jeep, these had some farm tools you could attach to these ‘mini jeeps’.  You can learn more about this 1100lb vehicle at Tom’s Crofton Bug website.

Thanks to Gerald for finding these two pics.

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Here’s Tom’s Crofton Bug and a few of his pics.  Drop by his website to learn more about the Crofton Bug and see more images and brochures.

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Links to the Crofton Bug:

  1. Tom’s Crofton Bug Website
  2. Crosley Auto Club Site
  3. From the Motortopia Website
  4. From the Cars at Large.com website
  5. McLellans Brochures about the Crofton
 
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1968 M-274A5 Danbury, Ct $4600

• CATEGORIES: Unusual

I don’t remember crossing paths with one of these.  Maybe it would make a good go-cart with some remodeling?

“1968 willys mechanical mule 2cyl 4×4 4speed excelant restored condition $4600 obo call Bruce 203 241 0142”

http://newyork.en.craigslist.org/fct/cto/1454189893.html

** The below image is NOT an image of the above item for sale — it’s only representative**

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1953 Mitsubishi Wagon? Oklahoma eBay

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

This is a right hand drive Mitsubishi.  The claim is that this is “This is an exceptionally clean & original vehicle“; however, it seems to me that front should look like a CJ-3B, not a CJ-5 (please correct me if I’m wrong about this!!).  I can’t help but think there’s a genuine effort to mislead people.

“This Jeep is equipped with aftermarket  all weather tires, aluminum mag wheels, original seats, headliner panels are in very good condition if not excellant, all original. Factory spare still has clear wrapping on it. Passengers visor still has factory protective plastic on it. Small tears in rear seat rear in cargo area, other wise interior is exceptional condition. This is an exceptionally clean & original vehicle. No restore yet, none needed other than paint is poor quality & it has a fiberglass hood, steel ones are available….”

View all the pics on eBay

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1950s CJ-3A? Kamiah, Wa Auction

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Unusual

I’m guessing this is a  CJ-3A.  It will be going up for auction.  Those are the most unusual doors I’ve ever seen.

“To be sold at Auction. If you would like more information email tiger@tigerauctioneering.com or call 208-503-0235 and place your bid.”

http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/cto/1450543706.html

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Just in time for Halloween

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Unusual

I love the comment by the seller of this frankenstinien vehicle: “unique cab style”.

“1948 Willys Jeep CJ2 in non running condition. Could restore or make a parts Jeep. Odometer shows 26626 miles, true milage unknown by me. I purchased as a project and never did get to it. Body and frame seem decent, the floor of the rear area is rusted through as seen in picture. Unique cab style. Has 540 PTO on rear.  I do have the seat frame for it but not upholstered. Will have to be hauled or trailored. I live near Dixon IL 61021. Can either use PayPal or pay cash when picked up.”

View all the pics on eBay

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Ebro Trucks from a Jeep Pickups website

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, International, Unusual

Here’s some a couple great pics of an early Ebro Cameador.  You can view more images at http://www.angelfire.com/nb2/jeeppickups/Ebro.html.

Jeeps first started being assembled in Spain in 1952 by a company called VIASA, which means Vehículos Industriales y Agrícolas, S.A in spanish. I am not sure if VIASA ever made pickups, as I cannot find any records of them being produced. However, in the late 1970’s VIASA was absorbed into EBRO, another spanish company. The only pickup that I know of produced by EBRO was called the Campeador. It was a forward control pickup available in either single or double cab version, which was called the Duplex, as well as a van, called the Toledo/Furgon. At some time, Hotchkiss in France also produced these vehicles, but I can’t find any pictures of them. Production of these vehicles was from 1971-1985 in France.  The Ebro name was discontinued in 1980.

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1984 CJ-10 Moses Lake, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1750.

It’s not a willys, but it’s unusual.

1984 Jeep CJ10A. runner. Produced in the US for the military only. Exported elsewhere. This one is a flightline tow tractor. Factory Nissan 3.3 litre diesel engine and auto trans. Transfer case is locked into low for heavy towing. Will move 60,000 lb loads easy. Many of the parts are interchangable with the entire CJ line. Removable top. folding window. Good interior. 2 pics are of vehicle, 3rd is an export example. No title. My plan was to do a CJ10/5/7 type of conversion/pickup etc. No time as with lots of my projects. Must go soon.”

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1948 CJ-2A St. Charles, MO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $7995.

“134c.i. 1BBL 4cyl, 3 Speed Manual Transmission, Dana 30 Rear w/ 5.38 Gear Ratio, Red Lights, Wipers, Heater, Seat Belts, 4 Wheel Drive, Working Siren, Removable Soft Top, Removable Side Doors w/ Zipper Windows, Side Mount Spare Tire, Factory Steel Wheels w/ Military Tread Tires, Side Mount Fuel Can, Owners Manual, Service Manual, Runs & Drives Great! U.S. Air Force Air Police Classic Jeep!!”

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Wooden Jeep Sonora, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, Unusual, Wood bodies

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $600.

It runs and drives.

“This is a custom built 1/4 scale Willys Jeep with a wood and metal body using an electric motor from a walk along golf cart. It has a single disk brake and chain drive. The wheels are from a wheelbarrow. A real craftsman made this and he had lots of time on his hands!”

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Tender Discussion

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

UPDATE 3: The eWillys Israel bureau is hot on the trail of the ‘Tender’.  Another set of pics was accompanied by the following update.

Here’s what he Googled in Hebrew: “A man named Efraim Eilin had a vision of an Israeli car industry. In 1950 he made partnership with Kaizer Enterprises and in 1951 he opened the Kaizer-Eilin  assembly plant. The plant[S] made more then 100,000 cars [Kaiser Frazer, Dofin Renolt, kontesa , Lark Studibaker…] and at some point the plant export was 28% of all the Israeli exports! I couldn’t  find info on the Willys  except that they made the panel, the wagon and the pick-up [we say: ‘Tender’].  All the body parts were made in Israel in another plant in Israel; so, I guess that the trucks  used the low part of the panel/wagon + special design for the back as an original Kaiser-Eilin. The Willys had 2 engines: 2199 cc 4 cylinder  and 3770 cc 6 c‘”

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And here’s a special Willys Police Wagon (here’s the page for our Hebrew readers):

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As I note in the comments to this post, a couple days ago I did a number of searches (and found some interesting truck sites that I will include in upcoming posts), but I found no references to the ‘Tender’ or ‘high back’ trucks.  If anyone knows anything about them, please let me know.

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Flatfender Everglades City, Fl $3200

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, Unusual

This is unusual.  I can’t say I’ve seen a grille like that.  the light placement is a bit odd, too.

“willys jeep. street legal. title in hand. brand new super swamper tires. 304 amc v8 in it. very strong motor. need to sale. 3200 cash or trade for motorcycle. some rust to body and frame. call 239-910-1075 or email for additional info or pics”

http://fortmyers.craigslist.org/lee/rvs/1419868437.html

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Glass Jeep North Ft Myers, Fl $15

• CATEGORIES: Unusual

UPDATE:  price dropped to $15

I’ve never seen one of these.  It looks sort of like a flattie …

“-4 1/2” long
-“willys” is embossed in hood
-“Jeep” is embossed on sides
-bottom has- J.H. Millstein Co.
Jeannette, PA
Patented
-I think these glass collectibles had candy in them originally
-left rear tire is broken off at the body line
-driver sits in the center of the seat
-cool jeep collectible item
-To see our other items for sale click here
-call (239) 218-1320 for appointment -see picture below

http://fortmyers.craigslist.org/lee/for/1416830147.html

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1964 FJ6 Madison, Wi **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: FJ, Unusual

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was listed at $3000.

Craig has this FJ for sale.  It appears he collects and/or photographs a variety of ice cream related vehicles.  Check out all his pics on Flickr.

Craig writes, “I have a 1964 Jeep Willys FJ6 Fleetvan that I’m selling if anyone is interested. It’s an original 1964 Kaiser Jeep FJ-6 postal truck, or fleetvan. Was used as an ice cream truck but has been sitting for a few years…”

http://www.flickr.com/photos/30410674@N08/3348016126/

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Here’s an image of a truck from Craigs portfolio that’s not for sale and is not a jeep of any kind, but is an unusual ice cream truck.

 
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1953 CJ-3A Davison, Mi eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Unusual

I love this one.  Talk about a utilitarian vehicle!

“1953 Willys Jeep. Runs real good. Has plenty of power for plowing snow. Decent tires. No brakes but don’t need them for plowing. This is quite a conversation piece. Has a John Deere seat on it. Would be great for trails up north or just riding around like you do with a golf cart. Four wheel drive. This has a unique power take off that runs the front wench. Comes out of the back of the transmission. Worth taking a look at. Call Bill with any questions @ 810-516-7350.”

View all the pic on eBay

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1963 FC 170 Montgomery, NY **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“THANK YOU FOR CHECKING OUT MY 1963 JEEP FORWARD CONTROL. IF YOU ARE INTO EXTREME FOUR WHEELING THIS TRUCK IS FOR YOU!! MY JEEP IS ON THE ROAD WITH A CURRENT NY STATE INSPECTION (PASSED THE FIRST TIME THROUGH). KEEP IN MIND I MADE IT FOR OFF ROAD USE AND I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND AS AN EVERYDAY DRIVER. I HAVE BEEN DRIVING IT TO LOCAL OFF ROAD EVENTS WITH NO PROBLEMS. THIS JEEP HAS JUST BEEN FEATURED IN JP AND FOUR WHEELER MAGAZINE. BOTH MAGAZINES ARE AVAILABLE NOW IF YOU WANT TO READ UP ON THIS FC AT THE TOP TRUCK CHALLENGE IN HOLLISTER CALIFORNIA”

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Unusual, Stretched, CJ-3B Kansas City, Mo

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

UPDATE: Was listed at $10k

It was stretched fairly nicely in the back compared with the patch between the hood and grille in the front.

“This custom 58 Willy is powered by 350 4BBL Chevy Motors, Turbo 400 automatic transmission, Chevy 1/2 ton front and rear axles, rancho schocks custom made leaf springs, new break system, new steering system, heavy duty full cage roll bar, Mickey Thompson 35×12.5 tires. Plus a box of new stuff that is ready to be installed. $10,000 or OBO!! This is truly a one of a kind!! A must see!!! ”

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1963 Fleet Van $7000

• CATEGORIES: Unusual

A reader asked me to post this.

“This is a 1963 jeep fleetvan.  It has NO RUST AT ALL.  It has a v6 turbo 350 trans.  It runs like a sewing machine.  The interior is super clean and has 2 peterbuilt air ride seats in it.  It has brand new wheels and tires and brand new dual exhaust.  Im asking 7000.00.  I can email more pics.  You can contact me at roots777@gmail.com”

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1961 FJ-3 Spokane, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $800

1961_FJ3_spokane(09/21/09) Here’s a rare FJ3.

“For sale RARE 1961 FJ3 fleet van. The Fleetvan was produced first as the FJ-3 right-hand-drive postal delivery vehicle. Somewhat shorter than the FJ-3A, the FJ-3 was only 135 inches long but was rated for the same 1000 pound payload. It’s identifiable by its horizontal grille slots (left), as well as its overall length and RHD. Jeep has no title but can give bill of sale it will need to go through the 3 year temp. Jeep does not run and doesn’t turn over anymore and appears to be complete except for the front bumper. $1,200 obo. possible part trade. serious inquires please.”

 

 
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1955 Wagon Sultan, Wa $200

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Wagons

There’s got to be at least some value here. That rear almost looks like it has a full floating set up.

This was my 4×4 project until I got sick. It has a REAL strong 4 speed, chev 6 that runs, Dana front end and rear end. It just has no wiring right now, but it is a great project or parts vehicle. Priced to sell FAST. (425) 971-1769 cell, Please no text message Todd needs a good home with someone willing to finish my dream project”

http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/cto/1394729732.html

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1949 Jeepster Albany, Or **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  **Status Unknown** Was $3495

(09/12/09) This is a Shriner’s jeepster.

“4 cyl. 3speed overdrive, runs good, old parade car”

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Stainless Steel Flattie Winston, OR **SOLD**

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

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(08/21/09) It appears the suspension is customized as well.

“Stainless Steel Body (Body cost 6000.00) 350/350hp 4 bolt with 350 trans with extra clutches. Assembled with Advanced Adapters parts. Less than 1000 miles on engine and trans. Aluminum custom built radiator. Over 17,000.00 invested.”

 

 
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Mail Jeep WW II Replica McDonough, Ga **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“The “outside photos” shown are before the stenciling was done. Also, most of the undercarriage has been painted OD green to match the rest of the vehicle. I have for sale a 1974 RIGHT HAND DRIVE Jeep DJ5C which has been chopped and transformed into a WWII replica. It is probably 75% complete. The wiring harness has been ripped out and needs replaced. It was running INCREDIBLY strong just three months ago when the wiring was removed….”

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