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Homemade Truck Jalopy Cincinnati, Oh $850

• CATEGORIES: Unusual

This just cracked me up.  This may or may not have willys parts.

“This is a homemade truck with a early Willys 30s front axel and willy Flat head 4 cyl motor that runs great..Was told it was use in a saw mill down south.. This thing has 2 transmissions a 3 speed backed to a 4 speed something very mind boggeling…The truck will drive and stop.. Use for fun or take to shows as it gets alot of attention..
Does not have a title and can possibly delivery…… PS will need a battery

$850.00

If interested or have any ????? call Tony @ 513 – 2 hundred -77 three five”

http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/cto/3100566895.html

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Full-Size Tamiya Wild Willys

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, International, Unusual • TAGS: .

Matt spotted this gem.  Not satisfied with the toy-sized, remote control version of the Tamiya Wild Willys Jeep, the people over at The Bug Box, a German company, decided to build a life size version.  They documented the process.  Very cool.

See all the images here:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.307694835915312.80520.187259324625531&type=3

Here are a few selected pics:

 

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Empi Dune Buggy

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

I’d never heard of a metal Empi Dune Buggy until Jim sent me an email with the below pictures attached.  Apparently, it was an early metal kit for VWs. There were several styles.  According to tunacan.net, “The EMPI Sportster was a sheet metal buggy built on a modified VW Beetle floorpan. It was available in a two passenger model or a four passenger model. All Sportsters featured a “Deluxe Folding Windshield” and were constructed of 20-, 18-, and 12- guage steel.

Jim wrote, “We got the Empi running and driving the night before the Durango car show. I washed, scrubbed and entered this quality piece of early 1960s dune buggy Americana and am shocked that I didn’t win a trophy! Crazy huh? All sarcasm aside, little kids loved it, old men remembered it from “back in the day”, rat rod guys thought it cool, I was really surprised at how much attention and photos it created. Still though, no trophy? People just don’t appreciate a good old fashioned, fugly, all metal dune buggy these days, sigh…”

Jim notes that he strategically positioned himself near the only flat fenders at the show.  You can see some of his older flatties here.

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Mud Flattie Sarasota, Fl $900

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Unusual

I just not sure what the vision was here . . .

“i have a 1985 bronco frame, and a 1949 willys jeep, its a custom mud truck, it has a 302 motor and 4 barrel carb. custom lift and 36x 15.5x 15 mud tires. it has two bucket seats, it has a few other things needs a little work, its a good project, asking 900 obo. need to get rid of it, moving soon must go. if you have any questions call or text chad at 941-526-3233″

http://sarasota.craigslist.org/for/3088219116.html

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1954 Truck with Hobart Welder Joliet, Illinois eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator, trailer, Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  This is back on eBay

(05/30/2012) This is a cool, well restored combo.

“HERE IS A SUPER NICE TOTALLY RESTORED 1954 JEEP 4X4 THIS JEEP IS A SHOW PIECE THAT COMES WITH A PERIOD CORRECT TOTALLY RESTORED HOBART GAS WELDER. LOOK AT THE PICS CLOSE, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE ANY OTHER PICS LET ME KNOW. THE BUY IT NOW IS BELOW MARKET VALUE  FOR THE JEEP. THE WELDER IS A SUPER RARE ITEM. THE JEEP RUNS GREAT, 4 WHEEL DRIVE WORKS PERFECT IN 4 HI AS WELL AS 4 LO.  JEEP CAME ORIGINALLY WITH RARE PTO. THE UNIT IS STILL WITH THE TRUCK. ALL THE GAUGES WORK,  WATER TEMP. OIL PRESSURE, AMP GAUGE. ALL BRAND NEW TIRES ON JEEP AS WELL AS WELDER.   THE WELDER IS A FACTORY GAS ENGINE WITH A JEEP WILLYS 4 CYL. ENGINE. IT RUNS GREAT AS WELL.  IT IS SUPER DETAILED AS YOU CAN SEE. PRIOR TO THE TOTAL RESTORATION OF IT THE WELDER PERFORMED FINE. I HAVE NOT TRIED TO WELD WITH IT SO THAT PART I AM NOT POSITIVE ABOUT. I  HAVE A FACTORY MANUAL THAT COMES WITH IT. I HAVE A GOOD DEPENDABLE GUY THAT TRANSPORTS FOR A VERY REASONABLE FEE,  IF THE WINNING BIDDER CONTACTS ME I WILL GIVE YOU HIS INFO. AND HE WILL GIVE YOU A PRICE ON GETTING THESE TO GEMS TO YOU ! THANKS FOR LOOKING, I DONT THINK YOU WASTED YOUR TIME !!! I AM NOT SURE ABOUT THE MILES”

View all the info and pics on eBay

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Fiberglass Body Lake Peekskill, NY $800

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, Unusual • TAGS: .

This looks like a late 80s Bobcat racing body with that extra wide rim around the back.  However, I don’t think any Bobcat bodies came with stock looking steps.  This one is unusual.

“I have a white jeep cj-2a fiberglass tub with the fenders. The brake lights are in and may work. as well as the heater. Body has some minor damage from moving around. As you know, fiberglass is very easy to repair. I’m asking $800.00 obo. . I’m selling to pay for an engine for my xr650l. The only things I’m willing to trade for is another xr650l engine, bike, or a rebuild trade. send me an email or call during the day at nine one four,three one eight,one eight two seven. This thing isn’t perfect, but will dress up that rusted out jeep of yours. And make it lighter.I can email you some pics. I can also deliver it to you within reason.( just help with gas)”

http://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/pts/3068122211.html

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Shortened Wagons in Brazil

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

After seeing this ad about the shortened wagon, a reader named Or forwarded me the following links that show these shortened wagons aren’t as rare as we thought.  Thanks for finding these!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykAQ967gxmU&feature=relmfu

From this link comes this picture:

Here’s this one with a slightly different front end from this link:

Or, if you like red:

Here are a few more links, too:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-cPd-DXN-roo/T8ura4LrSZI/AAAAAAAAAqI/4votwocxN5w/s400/1165413236.jpg
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-og9QbesAeMo/T8urkmL35LI/AAAAAAAAAqQ/NOx-nRG0Xes/s400/1175596299.jpg
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-yL5EOaxZ8ZY/T8urvLQ4slI/AAAAAAAAAqY/8ON9BYVKc8c/s400/1196241655.jpg

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Crosley Powered 1/2 Sized Custom Flatfender Massillon, Oh $1200

• CATEGORIES: Unusual • TAGS: .

In the below pic the ‘jeep’ is shown at the top edge.  The seller plans to take additional pics of the jeep itself.

“Correct that title… the 1/2 size Jeep is built on a Crosley Chassis, it is powered by a Wisconsin engine with electric start and 3 speed Crossly transmission and rear axle

The picture shown is of a Cushman chassis, but behind it, is the Jeep. I’ll take better pictures of it maybe later today.

This vehicle has been in our family almost 50 years.

Originally built by a vocational program in Wooster, OH, back in the early 60′s, we purchased it and have been driving it around the farm every since.

The motor runs great, requires a bit of carberator work once and a while, but powers the little jeep quite nicely.

The project was shared by school body shop, auto mechanics and weld shop as I remember the story was told me.

The body was proportionately built to resemble an old willies jeep flat fender of the day, but fit on a Crosley chassis.

The Wisconsin engine was mated up to the 3 speed Crosley and everything was then assembled to make a running vehicle. Might have been hot shot chassis, not really sure, possibly the wagon.

It is very heavy gauge metal throughout the body, and has a small impact on one front fender were yours truly slammed into my grandfathers prize Corvair when I was a young kid. Showing off to the girls.

It will run much faster than my cousin can run, I will assure you that, but does not have any air bags, seat belts or safety bumpers…

The hood is rather crude, and I always swore I would put the whole body on a small 4×4 chassis and modify the hood and grill to be more like modern Jeeps, but… with only a daughter now to pass it on to. It might as well move on to the next family with rough kids like we were. Able to take a few bumps and bruises, and still keep on ticking.

It has not been run for a couple years now, but I assure you, everyone of my cousins and sisters and nieces and nephews learned to drive in this Jeep, and did it so for close to 45 years… every year.

Would be a great parade vehicle or add some lights and it could be made street legal for places where ATVs and Golf carts roam.

I am going to offer here for $1200 for a short time… if it sells, fine. If not, I’ll polish the old turd up a little, get it running and drivable and ebay it… but I think it’s worth $1200 right now all day long.”

http://akroncanton.craigslist.org/rvs/3058909029.html

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June 16th Estate Auction in Arlington, Oh … CJ-2As & CJ-3As and More

• CATEGORIES: Auctions, CJ-2A, CJ-3A, Features, Unusual, Willys Wagons

Rob forwarded me the jeep below.  It’s an odd melding of a CJ-2A and a Wagon.  I’d love to get a closer look to see how various problems were solved.

This jeep is one of several jeeps in different conditions being auctioned, though nothing is in amazing condition.  Tools and other vehicles will also be auctioned, including a deuce and a half that looks to me (not being an expert) in very good condition.

The auction takes place on June 16th, 2012, at a place tbd.  You can learn more about the auction by Fenbert Auction Services and see the other vehicles at here.

Here’s the oddball CJ-2A/Panel Wagon hybrid:

A few other jeeps at the auction.  A couple CJ-2As:

A couple CJ-3As:

Other Stuff:

 

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1947 CJ-2A Missoula, Mt $5500

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

According to the Ad, somehow this has both the original running gear and the pickup running gear.  I can’t say I have ever seen a rear truck fender covered into a front fender and then melded together with part of a standard cj-2a fender.

“Vehicle has been customized, lengthend and widened by adding Jeep Pick-up running gear and fenders. has original 4 cylinder engine, and running gear. It is in good running condition. Owners manual available. More photos available.”

http://missoula.craigslist.org/cto/3041118754.html

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1962 FC-140 (?) Livermore, Ca eBay

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Jeep Rods, Unusual • TAGS: .

Vince spotted this one.  I’m not sure why this is called a FC-140, but it sure has seen some mods!

“1962 Jeep FC 140  351 Ford Cleveland engine, Automatic trans, Independent rear suspension with disc brakes. New Holley carb. HEI ignition. Front air bags, rear coil overs. Fuel cell, Hydraulic bed and touno cover. Unbelievable amount of power. This cars draws alot of attention. Alarm system. digital gauges, tach. Very rare Jeep. Electic Sun Roof. Power windows. any questions please call Perry at 925-455-6666 must sell while i still have a drivers license. Milage is unknown. I reserve the right to pull car out of auction at any time because car is advertised locally.”

View all the pics and info on eBay

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Wagon Body on Short Wheel Base Grand Rapids, Mi $950

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  Price dropped to $950.  Better pics posted.  

(03/25/2012) What happens when you put a wagon body on a 1/4 ton chassis?  Well, this appears to be one example.

“I am not sure on exact year or if there is even an exact year. It is titled as a 2004 assembled and needs to be inspected before going on the road. This thing is a bit ugly. It is basiccilly a shortened Willys Wagon. The motor is a Chevy 6 cylinder so it should be an easy candidate for a SBC swap. Right now it does run and drive pretty good for the age but will need some brake work. It is not something that you are goinmg to buy and drive home from here. I bought it thinking I should have one more project jeep but there is no way that I am going to do anything with it. I did not build it so I do not know a whole lot about it. It does have the OEM Willys running gear. Tires hold air pretty good but they are rough. Buy it now and have a different ride for the holiday weekend at Silver Lake. The body work is rough and the side panles were welded on but never ground down or filled in so it definitely looks rough.
Ph. 616-846-6613 !”

http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/cto/2920853529.html

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Modified Flatfender Palmyra, In eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features, Unusual

This probably seemed like a good idea at the time ….

“ For auction is my 1946 Willys CJ2A “modified”. This vehicle sits upon a cut down 1973 K-5 Chevrolet chassis. It has a cast iron 4 speed manual transmission and cast iron gear driven transfer case! Rear differential is 12 bolt limited slip and front is 10 bolt with manual lock outs. Disc brakes up front and drums in the rear. There is currently no engine!! It was last fitted with a 250 cid GM inline six. Just about anything with a Chevrolet bolt pattern can be made to fit! The top was custom fabricated and appears to be aluminum. The body has, what I would consider, a lot of rust, but is all there and still has many usable parts. Everything about the driveline worked fine when the engine was pulled in 2009. It has been sitting ever since (except to be towed).”

View all the pics and info on eBay

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1949 Custom 2WD Flattie Duncan, BC, Canada $7000 or $8500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, Unusual • TAGS: .

There are two different ads with very different prices.

“1949 Willys 1/4 ton 2WD Ford 289 ( Mid Island Machine Built ($7700) with all the goodies dynoed at 300 hp choice of dual 4′s single4 or a 2 brl manifolds, 2hrs running time, C-4 trans w 10″ converter, Ford 9″ rear end 4:11 gears and a spare set of 500′s this toy is Fast and Fun… If you are rebuilding a ford mucsle car or a pick up then use this power train for that project . Will sell power train for $7000 YOU COULDN’T BUILD THIS JEEP FOR DOUBLE THE PRICE AND THE POWER TRAIN WOULD COST YOU 10K FINISHING MY OTHER PROJECT SO THIS HAS TO GO”

http://ftmcmurray.en.craigslist.ca/pts/2991579683.html $7000

http://ftmcmurray.en.craigslist.ca/cto/2991579022.html $8500

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Nicely Shaped Aluminum Body for Willys Sedan

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

This has nothing to do with jeeps, but Steve forwarded it thinking I might like it.  I did.  I figured some of you would too.

According to the attached text of the email, “Check this out… a hand-formed all-aluminum Willys Coupe! It’s amazing what some people can do with an English rolling wheel, sheet metal brake and a lot of skill and knowledge. No, he is not going to paint it.  I love the polished flames!  It’s got the right stuff under the hood, too! The hood scoop has yet to be installed in the photo below (Look closely). This is Walt Austin’s aluminum Willys coupe at Jim Hume’s shop, south of Bellingham , Washington.”

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1956 Buggy Sacramento, Ca $3000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Unusual • TAGS: .

Between the ARB, the overdrive, and everything else, there might be a pretty good 4×4 here.

“56 jeep willys with a custum cab.
Buick v6
aftermarket headers to cherry bomb mufflers
elecctric fan
electric fuel pump with regulator
new starter
new water pump
new power steering pump
400 tranny with hurst shifter
warn transfercase with over drive
power brakes
disc brakes front, drum rear
ARB front diff
Detroit rear dana 44
rear locking hubs for and drop hitch in front for towing no trailer needed
air compressor which also supplies ARB

no windshield
no brake lights
current registration for street use but needs lights and windshield to be street legal ( I have a windshield for it, just never installed it.)

$3000 obo, trade , or cash and trade

(916) 8704113″

http://sacramento.craigslist.org/cto/2976959023.html

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1948 Truck Princeton, Illinois $800

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Trucks

This runs.  I love the shifting pattern drawn on the ‘dash’.

“Hi – what I have is a CONTRAPTION that used to be a 48 Willys Pickup – it is not roadable – however it is a good PLOW/UTILITY vehicle for personal or neighborhood use …

I removed the cab from the pickup – and made a roof – it still has the original jeep front end , fenders and hood … It has a make-shift flatbed … a roll bar , etc …

The truck has a usable frame/chassis – it would be a cool project frame to put under an El Camino 4X4 project , etc … currently it has a good running (original) 4 cylinder engine … 3 speed manual trans … 4X4 in good shape – old tires have plenty of tread – never got it stuck , but they are severally dry rotted … has a good radiator …. – converted to GM 12V system …

Has a hydraulic pump operated plow … that works good – fixed position – just up or down …

Havent started it for awhile – battery probably shot …. points may need to be cleaned …. but when these things are attended to , starts and runs very good …

I want to sell the whole thing as is … but I will remove the plow if you just want the truck – the truck will be 600.00 and I’ll charge the same for the plow if I have to seperate … better deal if you just but the whole contraption as is … I did have to gusset the frame where it was rusty on one side , but did a good job …

thanks , marc 815 488 7601 /// between 9am and 8pm please – later !!!”

http://peoria.craigslist.org/cto/2960548186.html