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Book Review: The Jeep (book) by the Olyslager Organisation

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Books, Features, Unique Jeeps, Unusual • TAGS: .

I don’t know when or where it came from, but at some point my parents obtained a book simply titled “The Jeep“.  It was mostly a picture book, which as a young kid was perfectly fine with me.  I open and looked through it many, many times. Ok, I still open it ….

However, it wasn’t just a book with a few pics of jeeps you see everyday.  Instead, it’s a slim book full of a wide range of pictures.  Of course, there’s the standard bantam, mb, seep, gpw, etc. But, there’s also, for example, 3 images of the Willys/Nuffied modified airborne jeep, seen to the right (though not from the book — it’s from a russian site — the book images of the Willys/Nuffield are at the bottom of this post).

I bring this up, as I ran across a copy of the book at the Boise Library today.  So, I snapped a few images of the pictures with my digital camera (hence the poor quality – purchase the book to see them sharply) and will post a some of them.

I haven’t asked for permission to post them (I TRIED to, but can’t find the contact info for them), so I’ll add this pitch for the book.  This book is a must for any jeep nut.  While it’s a fairly small book with only 64 pages, the collectors prices (at amazon) were hovering around $45. It’s a perfect size for your kids.  The organization responsible for publishing the book is the Olyslager Foundation (link?), which has published a number of other cool books listed at the Open Library Project.

Now for some cool, but poor quality pics to wet your appetite…

One of my favorite sections of the book show how quickly a crate jeep can be put together.  The book documents this particular group only took 3 minutes and 31 seconds to put it togther.

Check out the rest of the pics …..

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Volkswagen Jeep Kit Leo, IN **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, VEEP (VW Jeep), Scamp, Others

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2995.

I’ve never seen pics of this jeep kit for the volkswagen.  I’ve only seen ads for two other vw jeeps, both didnt’ have pics.  An interesting collectors vehicle.

“WILLYS CJ3A-Hadley Veep Kit from Costa Mesa, Cal. 1980 with 1971 Beetle Drivetrain, Flat Fenders, Low Hood, Rides Great and Handles like a Go Kart with New Disc Brakes/System, American Racing Wheels Professionally Polished, New Fulda 195/60/15 Radial Tires,KYB-GR2-Shocks,New Front Axle- Adjustable, New Ball Joints,Tie-Rods…”

 
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Year? 2 M-715s Federal Way, Wa No Price

• CATEGORIES: Unusual

No price is listed for these two M-715s.  I have no idea what these are worth, but I don’t often run across them.  The seller is clearing out his garage of tools and his field of vehicles.  No specifics listed.

“2 M715 1 ¼ ton Military Jeep projects”

http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/tls/936041256.html

 
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USMC MightyMite Sultan, Wa $3500

• CATEGORIES: Unusual

These don’t pop up for sale often.

“Very good condition USMC MightyMite Jeep. $3500 – buyer picks up. Call 360-793-1684”

http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/cto/910457130.html

 
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1977 Russian UAZ 469-B San Diego, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

For that 4×4 collector that has almost everything?

“You are bidding on a very hard to find 1977 UAZ 469-B, 4X4, Ex- Russian Military Jeep VIN# 203815. The 2.5 L gasoline motor with only 40,000 KM runs very good. It has a 4-speed manual transmission with a high, neutral and low range transfer case. These trucks are rugged and simple 4X4’s, very popular in the Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.”

 
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Old FC 150? Portland, Or $2495

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Unusual

My guess is that this is a modified FC 150?   No doubt it’s rare! Maybe It’s the perfect vehicle for that FC collector who has it all.  It sounds as if it runs, but the owner doesn’t have a key?

“Unique vehicle. May be custom built. was told that the running gear was from a 1953 Willys. The seats are from a Volkswagen. The front windshield is movable. Has tow bar attached to the front. 6 volt battery system. Has a swivel arm on the back. 2 front seats. 4 wheel drive. Purchased it with my property and don’t know if it runs. Has never been registered. don’t have a key. The original owner was a hunter and did use this vehicle. Price $ 2495.00 or best offer.”

 
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Wrangler Baja Race Jeep — Arizona **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Racing, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $14,000

“Wrangler built to race in the desert. This Jeep has a long winning history but used very little the last 10 years.
Built to be Score legal. Race built AMC 401. Art Carr AMC 400 Turbo Automatic transmission. Dana 60 rear end, 456 gears, & Summers full floating axles. Mastercraft seats, 5 point harness. Flame-out fire ext. system. 32 gallon JAZ fuel cell. 5 brand new Pro Comp 35 X 12.50 X 15 tires.Comes with spare AMC 401 motor, spare raditator, tires & wheels, spare shocks, several sets of leaf springs, drive shafts, and another 4 boxes full of spare parts. $14000, OR TRADE FOR ??????”

 

 
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The Austin Gipsy

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

Expanding from the previous post about Austin Champs, the Austin Gipsy was a chance for Austin Champ designers to start from scratch using what they had learned from the Champ.

One of the most interesting features was an independent suspension design as seen in the drawing to the right.

Austin Gipsy Links:

 
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1961 CJ-3B Fire Truck Connecticut eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  CJ-3B back on eBay in new auction

This is strange .. it appears this is the same CJ-3B that was for sale on eBay in Ohio a few months ago.

“1961 Willys CJ3B Fire Truck 4×4. Original condition. No rust. Only 4729 original miles. 4 cylinder gas engine. 3 speed manual transmission. Brass self priming water pump, approx. 60 GPM @ up to 200 psi, works fine, can also pump and roll. 160 gallon water tank, redone in 2002, no leaks. 2 ground sweep nozzles, 2 hose reels with 5/8″ hose and nozzles. 4 stainless steel indian tanks, 2 axes side mounted. 2 full purple K powder extinguishers. 300′ 1.5″ forestry hose. PTO driven Ramsey winch. Set up to look like the Tonka fire jeep. Spare axles, carb, grille screen, and original service records included.”

View all the pics on eBay

 
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1958 Flatfender Rockclimber Spanaway, Wa $6000

• CATEGORIES: Unusual

UPDATE:  Price is now $6000.

Looks like there’s been some time and money put into this rock climbing flatfender.

“58 willys flatfender it has a chevy 350,sm420 tranny, dana 44 axles with 538 gearing and detroit lockers,38″ bogger tires,4wheel disc brakes,8000lb warn winch,propane injection fuel system, custom roll cage,raceing bucket seats…comes with double axle car trailer…6,000 obo call ted @ 253-832-0728 ”

http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/cto/841818231.html

 
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Willys Suzuki?

• CATEGORIES: Unusual

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should?

"JEWELS SEMI STAINLESS WILLYS.  JEEP IS SET ON 1987 SUZUKI CHASSIS HAS 4 CYL MOTOR, 5 SPEED TRANI, AND IS FOUR WHEEL DRIVE.EVERY THING WORKS AND MOTOR RUNS VERY GOOD. BODY HAS STAINLESS TAILGATE (VERY RARE),STAINLESS ROLL BAR,TIRE CARRIER. TOP IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION ALSO HAS SIDE DOORS. HAS SPRAY IN LINER INSIDE OF TUB.ODOMETER READS 883 MILES I DO NOT KNOW IF THIS IS CORRECT OR NOT BUT BY THE CONDITION I WOULD SAY ITS GOTTA BE FAIRLY CLOSE."

View the pics on eBay 

 
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SCAMP Jeep Batavia, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, VEEP (VW Jeep), Scamp, Others

UPDATE: **SOLD* Was $5000.

“made by hadley engineering in costa mesa california it is a 48-52 cj3/m38 built on 60s vwfront beam and rear torsion.has vw swingaxle with 1200cc engine runs and street legal.titled as vw”

 
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1946 CJ-2A Conway, Mass No Price

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Last Ride, Unusual

The ad for this jeep is pretty funny.  Note the comment "No Rot".  Now, look at the pic — somewhere along the line there must have been some rot (unless that wooden box seat was a rare factory option)! 

"1946 willys jeep cj2a original 4 cylinder, twin stick transfer case, some sort of wood body from previous owner, runs strong, no rot call with any offer 413-231-4677"

http://westernmass.craigslist.org/car/752836470.html 

 
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1961 CJ-3B (fire engine) Ohio ebay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Unusual • TAGS: , .

Obviously, these aren't available every day, especially with less than 5k miles.  A great collector piece!

"1961 Willys jeep, 4270 original mileage ( no misprint) original 4cylinder engine, 4 wheel drive; 3 speed manual transmission; 5 ton front -pto driven winch ( original equipment) very good tires; 160 gallon water tank that is easily removable; siren and lights.Maintainance records will be provided. This Willys can be put back into original state easiliy. Always garaged; This vehicle was used as a brush fire vehicle by fire department. Buyer will receive extra rear axle and original tire and rim. must sell as per Federal Grant requirements."

View more pics on eBay 

 
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Huh? 17hp homemade jeep … $1200

• CATEGORIES: Unusual

I hope the 17hp fact is a mistake.  I can't believe someone's asking money for this thing …

"You are looking at a homemade willys jeep made out of very heavy steel plate and a toyota rearend, With a heavy duty transmission with hi/low forward and reverse. Even has a working winch and headlight and tail lights that work. It has a 17 hp twin Kohler engine. runs and drives but needs carb cleaned and belts tightened on clutch. asking 1200.00 OBO or will trade something of equal value."

http://dayton.en.craigslist.org/car/714454404.html 

 
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Mini-Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Website

UPDATE:  It appears east coast mini classics is no longer making the mini jeeps shown below. they can be found occasionally for sale on Craigslist. 

http://www.eastcoastminiclassics.com/

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