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1965 DJ-3A Charlton, IA $14,900

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

UPDATE: Price dropped to $14,900 and more pics included.

“65 dj3a hand built hot rod jeep, very rare body heavily modified jeep frame, 454 mark 5 crate motor with bigger heads all comp cams valve train , cdi ign.,177 blower, 9 quart oil system carbon fiber clutch, all new suspension, fuel cell, gel bat., so much more.600+ horse power,2400 pounds, this car isn’t for light weights. pearl paint on it ,in it, under it. 5speed w3500 over drive. runs on lightly doctored pump gas. will trade for way bitchin rat or kemp custom.”



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1947 CJ-2A JeepRod Moses Lake, WA **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000.

(03/21/2017) It’s street legal.

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“The body is a 1947 Willys CJ2A, stretched 21 1/2” and channeled over the frame. The Frame (and title) started off as a 1934 Ford roadster, witch has been “Z’d” with 2×6. Adjustable coil over rear suspension, 4 link. 8.8 mustang rear end with open 2.72:1 diff, new axles and total new brakes. Front end is Super Bell drop I-Beam w/disk brakes, Vega box steering. Motor is new 383 stroker SBC, big cam, flat tops 10:1, 2 bolt, aluminum heads, high rise, 4bbl, HEI. Trans is TH400 stock stall, stock shift. New gauges including spedo/odo, nice stereo.”
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Wood Hardtop Redding, CA **SOLD**

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

UPDATE **SOLD** Was $125.

Bill spotted this wood hardtop. The side windows flip down. Looks well-built.


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1964 DJ-5 Bakersfield, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

(03/19/2017) Lots of mods for this customized weed spraying jeep.

“64 mail jeep weed spray rig, right hand drive, 4 cylinder, auto trans, dual wheel rear, spray pump, spray boom, 50 gal tank, swivel reel out of top, lots of mods”

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Year? Flattie Queen Creek, AZ **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3250.

(03/16/2017) Runs and drives, but requires hand signals. It is licensed as an ATV.

“This machine was built in 2005 and was titled as a special construction ATV, it is street legal (currently requires the use of hand signals for turn signals) the power plant/trans are out of a 2004 mustang fuel injected 3.8 V6 with approximately 60,000 miles, it runs and drives great and is mechanically sound, this jeep just needs someone to take the time to finish it and make it there own, it has a custom tow bar and it flat tows great, it has tons of power and is fun to drive, clean title in hand $4000.00 obo’

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1947? Flattie Project Jerseyville, MO $1500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Unusual

That might be the shortest cage I’ve ever seen.

“Willys body on 1/2 ton dodge 4×4 frame . $1500 or trade”



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Five Piccolino Protypes and More for Sale

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Unusual

In 2013, I posted the brochure below with note explaining that there wasn’t much known about these mini jeep-looking vehicles. Yesterday, Peter Furrer sent me an email yesterday explaining that he was the developer of the Piccolino and that his five prototypes and everything else related to them are for sale. He’ll only sell them as a package. His price is $100,000. If he can’t sell them by the fall, he plans on auctioning them.


Peter grew up in Switzerland. During his time in the Swiss Army in the 1950s, there were thousands of them. After completing his one year service, in 1958 Peter joined a crew of a filming expedition-team that went from Sao Paulo to the Amazon with 5 Jeeps and trailers. It took them 9 month to film the landscapes, animals and indios, people who had never seen white men before. Later, Peter became a commercial flight captain and did well as real estate broker.

In 1986, Japanese cars became very popular in Switzerland. There smaller size made navigating Switzerland’s narrow street easier. About then Peter’s love of Jeeps returned, but then he had a brainstorm. He decided to make half sized jeep-like vehicles to make parking frontside to sidewalks possible. Engineers in Paris, Switzerland and Italy designed the Piccolino to his specifications. In 1987, he showed them at the Geneva car-show, creating great interest with hundreds of reservations and dozens of dealer applications.

All he needed was the money to start mass production. In his search for money, a Thai businessman paid the airfreight to bring the 5 Piccolinos to the Bangkok car show. Again hundreds wanted to buy, but this time a military coup with tanks in the streets ended the effort and relations.

A Miami boat-show with 5 Piccolinos ended with TV coverage and in golf courses, as this would have been the only golf cart with street license. He feels they would have been great for golf-comunities.

In Detroit, he made it to the first floor of Lee Iacoca CEO building, but Lee would not see him. Later, his lawyers warned him never to call my Piccolino a Jeep!

Peter is now 81 and feels it is time to give up on his dream cars that he has cherished now for 20 years. He Will only sell them all together. He also hopes someone will donate a Piccolino to me, a very generous offer that I would readily accept, but certainly not necessary. If anyone has interest in this, feel free to privately email at d@ewillys.com and I’ll put you in touch with Peter.

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1961 Custom Truck Dallas, TX $3000

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Engine needs work.

“Custom 1961 Willys truck. Great offroad/mud truck platform. 327 smc, turbo 400 trans with B&M shift kim and 1500 rpm stall converter. Engine needs rebuilt/replaced (suspected timing or fueling issue) and there is a small leak on the trans output shaft housing. 1961 Willy’s cab and front clip sitting on ’73 blazer frame. Custom fabricated bed and front fenders. Body and interior fully shot with bed liner (minor cracking around cowling on hood. Looking for a good home to restore it to its former glory. ”


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1966 CJ-6 6×6 Portland, OR **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6, Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $25,000.

This unique build started life as a rare DJ-6 (not many of those were made and even fewer are left). Ed Holbrook has steadily made improvements to it over the years, making it into the ultimate elk hunting jeep. If interested, contact Ed @ eholbrook3@canby.com.

You can read more here: http://www.jollyjeepers.org/members/pages/eholbrook.htm

“1966 6×6 CJ6 Jeep, 300 Buick V8 Engine, Turbo 400 Trans, Special Dana 20 Transfer Case with dual rear outputs, 456 gears, all 3 diffs are Spicer 44 with 11” brakes on all 6 wheels. PTO wench, Power steering & Whitco soft top. Asking $25.000 Negotiable”


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Flatfender Project Zanesville, OH $500

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

Maybe some value here?

“It’s a Mudd toy no motor look at pictures”



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Delaware Aqueduct CJ-5 From 1957

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Unusual

Paul spotted this photo of a CJ-5 used to navigate the length of the 85-mile Delaware Aqueduct in 1957, still the longest tunnel in the world (construction photos). This was the last time the tunnel was navigate in its entirety. Because of the knowledge gained during their survey, the last living member of this party, Victor Feigelman, was consulted on the state of the tunnel up until his death in 2016.

If you zoom into the area just above gas inlet you’ll note the warning: USE WHITE GAS –ONLY–. The need to limit effluents inside the tunnel also explains the odd exhaust setup.

From Wikipedia, the Delaware Aqueduct … takes water from the Rondout Reservoir through the Chelsea Pump Station, the West Branch Reservoir, and the Kensico Reservoir, ending at the Hillview Reservoir in Yonkers, New York. The aqueduct was constructed between 1939 and 1945, and carries approximately half of the New York City water supply of 1.3 billion US gallons (4,900,000 m3) per day. At 85 miles (137 km) long and 13.5 feet (4.1 m) wide, the Delaware Aqueduct is the world’s longest tunnel.


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1946 CJ-2A/1959 Anglia Escort — St. Joseph, MN $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Unusual

Something a little different.

“1948 willys stock drivetrain with a 1959 Anglia escort body. Car sat for a very long time. Story is two long for this listing but could tell it if need be. It needs lots of tlc. It runs and drives and has great potential for someone with time money and a place to work on it as it is still a project. put in plugs, pts, cap, rotor, new master cylinder, some tires and wheels. Wheels are original 16″ jeep wheels. Brakes need adj, some wiring. Body is good. Wheel wells flaired but no rust after 25 years. Would consider trade for MG. I need more of a practical driver as I have no extra cash to speed up the project. Please text or call Jeff ”


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Buffalo Turbine Sprayer/Duster

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts, Unusual

UPDATE: Tim wrote me to say he’d found some of these sitting unused outside his place of employment. Unfortunately, there was too little left of them or they were too far gone to restore. The ones they had were powered by Wisconsin air-cooled V4 engines. They also had stainless steel tanks for liquid usage. He was able to take photos of  a complete one before they disassembled it. The company that made that sprayer still exists. http://buffaloturbine.com/ The sprayers look very similar too.

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1947 CJ-2A Jeeprod Reno, NV For Trade

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

UPDATE: Back up for sale. No Price.

(07/05/2015) “This is a rare one of a kind build 1947 willys runs great no issues what so ever this willys has been modified with a Ford V-8 302 motor, ford C6 transmission, a Ford 9 inch rear end, B&M slap shifter and 5 point harness. Please contact Richard if you are interested. “‘


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Stretched/Custom Flattie Cincinnati, OH $17,500

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/02/2016) A one-of-a-kind for sure.

“This Willys has been completely customized! Extended frame and tub. Chevy 350 engine, with Chevy 4spd transmission with granny gear, dana 60 rear axle, dana 44 front. All new wiring. 36″ tires. Great off road vehicle, or could be used on the road. Has a 1968 title.”


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Standard Oil Modified CJ-2A for Aviation Refills

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

Blaine spotted this unique CJ-2A that was retrofitted to delivery aviation fuel to planes. This sold on eBay.

“U.S. Flying Service Standard Oil Co. Willys Jeep aviation fuel truck, at St. Petersburg, FL.”


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The Mystery Jeep Utility Body

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Unusual

UPDATE: Ted got a hold of this a few years ago. No one seems to know who modified or for what purpose. Now he wants to let it go. If interested, email him at willysted@charter.net.

He wrote, “I was lucky enough to a be in the right place at the right time and have some interesting items to trade towards purchasing this really unique Willys body. Not really sure on origin or history on this oddball as it came from a buddy of mine who also didnt have much history on it, but I knew it was really cool and thought it would be the ultimate foundation for a great Yard -plow Jeep.

I thought it would be a great Jeep to have all your tools, torches, jacks, etc etc in to minimize walks back to the garage to get something while working on stuff out in the woods or yard. I was going to start with a good rolling and running 2a frame and make it mechanically sound and mount a Plow or Snow Scoop on front with a rear mounted PTO winch hoisting Boom on back of Jeep for a great little Utility Jeep.

Unfortunately my unfinished projects and Jeeps that need attention have got me forced to part with some of my future projects that Im never gonna have time for. This Body is very unique and definitely deserves to be restored and put to use somewhere. I think with a good rolling and running 2a or 3a frame and some work it would be a great Winter project for someone looking for a cool Willys build. My loss is going to be someones gain.

Make me an offer !!! Email any questions and I will try to help

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Willys Forklift Manorville, NY **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1200.

Craig spotted this oddity. It runs and lifts.

“Homemade forklift made from a mid fifties Willy’s Utility Wagon. Has a running Willy’s flat head 6 cylinder, working 4WD, and a light duty forklift powered by an electric winch. Has no functioning brakes, but have new brake parts – included. Winch can lift around 400 lbs but could lift more with a stronger winch.”


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Hunting Jeep Houston, TX **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, M-38A1, Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1000.

I love this funky jeep. Looks to have started life as a CJ-5 or M-38A1. Then, someone with a welder and torch got a hold of it. Just bring it back to life and keep as is. It’s a great conversation piece of nothing else.

“I have for sale a jeep that I have used at my hunting lease. It is a tough vehicle that is entirely metal. It has both high and low 4 wheel drive and a hoist on the back. It has some slop in the transmission that can be fixed with adjustment of the yoke in the three speed on the floor. It has a Ford Falcon engine. It has been sitting in my barn but it was running when I drove there. Tires are good and the fuel tank is a new tank that I have in the rear cargo area. I replaced the carburetor a few years back and runs fine. Will make a great jeep for a hunting lease or just to drive around a ranch. There is no title and I don’t know what year model or make it is! I am told that this is a form military jeep but I don’t know what era it is from.”

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1949 CJ-3A Boise, ID $6000

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

Has some unusual extras, but the jeep still may be a good price. The engine is 134 CI, not CC. It is 2,199 CCs.

“This is a classic. Starts easy, runs great. This is a four-wheel drive 1949 Willys Jeep, the first year of the model CJ3A. It features a Willys “Go Devil” L-Head 134CC four-stroke water cooled gas engine. Rebuilt top to bottom in 2000 with less than 500 miles usage since restoration. Three speed manual transmission. Converted to 12V system. Soft-top included. Clean title.”


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1968? Custom Truck Williams, MN **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500.

Glenn spotted this unusual build. Pretty cool.

“1968 custom jeep truck”


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1945 GPW Hudson Valley, NY $3750

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

“Here is a 1945 Gpw I would like to trade for a Yamaha r3, this runs and drives and has a lot of its original military parts , this is a very cool jeep , I would like to trade this for either a 2015 black and red Yamaha r3 or a 2016 grey and red Yamaha r3 with low miles ( combat rims and tires are not included )”









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Jeep Tool Kit and Knife

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Unusual

UPDATE: Shelly’s got one of these tool kits for sale on Etsy.


“Jeep Knife and Tool Kit with Vinyl Case, Mid Century Jeep Memorabilia, Props not included.
What a find, an intact kit with knife, bottle opener, screwdriver and more, in a vinyl intact case.
This one for Jeep, is a wonderful piece of history for Jeep.

Used to promote the brand and appeal to the outdoor ruggedness Jeep owners lived for.
The adventures in a Jeep, bring together a camp of people, loving the life in a Jeep.
Here is a piece of that world.

Not perfect but in very good vintage condition.
A few wear marks. There is a piece of leather look tape on one of the tools.
I will leave that to you to remove if wanted.

Snap works, in good shape, no rust on snap or tools.
Knife folds in and out in good working order. The handle appears to be mother of pearl.

Imperial made many knives for kits like this for camping, advertisement, promotions, scouting.”

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2 More Hawiian-Bodied MB/GPWs Honaunau, HI $750

• CATEGORIES: MB, Unusual • TAGS: , .

Here’s another pair of these modified MB/GPWs. See the others here: http://www.ewillys.com/tag/hawaii-body/.

“Buy one get one free. Two 1940’s Willys jeeps. The blue-ish one runs. Brakes are not great but it has been in use as a farm vehicle until recently. The grey one was street legal until it blew a head gasket about 10 years ago.”


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1947 Custom Truck Laurens, SC $3200

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

At least it runs and drives.

“1947 Willys truck on a 1994 s10 frame and running gear. 4.3 vortex v6. Street legal with title. Willys cab with bed made from 1953 Henry J car. Runs and drives great”


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