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Work’N Woody FC-150 Sprint Car Pusher

I ran across this unusually modified FC named Work’N Woody.  According to this website, it’s a modified FC that has been a fixture at race tracks since 1978.  It even has its own website.  You can see a gallery of pictures here.  Pretty cool!  It must be a great place to watch a race.

Here are a couple pictures from the website:

 

 
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Year? M-151A2 6 Wheel Turbo Diesel

• CATEGORIES: M-151, Unusual • TAGS: , , , .

The seller claims this is stock, but in my searches I couldn’t find any example of this.  It looks kind of cool though.

“VERY RARE 6 WHEEL DRIVE DERIVATIVE M151A2 KUBOTA TURBO DIESEL. I UNDERSTAND THEY ONLY MADE A HAND FULL OF THESE FOR THE MILITARY BEFORE SOME CONTROVERSY AROSE. THIS IS THE ONLY ONE I HAVE SEEN IN THE FLESH. 357 ORIG. MILES FROM NEW. IT HAD 187 MILES WHEN I BOUGHT IT ABOUT 5 MONTHS AGO, AT THAT TIME I DID A COMPLETE SERVICE , OIL,OIL FILTER , FUEL FILTER, SERVICED ALL THREE DIFFS, TRANSFER CASE, AND GEAR BOX, 2 NEW BATTERIES ,AND RADIATOR, AND COMPLETE LUBE.I HAVE ALL OF THE RECEIPTS. STILL HAS 24 VOLT SYSTEM AND EVERYTHING WORKS ( ALL GAUGES AND ALL LIGHTS AND SWITCHES ) I AM SELLING THIS ON A BILL OF SALE BUT I DONT THINK THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH OBTAINING A TITLE IN MOST STATES , IT PASSED STATE INSPECTION HERE EASILY , HAS EVERYTHING AS IN TURN SIGNALS, HORN , SEAT BELTS , MIRRORS , LIGHTS (HIGH AND LOW ) .

THE ONLY THING THAT I CAN TELL NOT STOCK IS THE AIR INTAKE SNORKEL WAS REMOVED ( FOR HIGH WATER CROSSING ) DUE TO IT WAS AN OIL BATH TYPE AND WAS HURTING THE PERFORMANCE. THE ORIG. HIGH WATER EXHAUST PIPE IS STILL INTACT.

I AM INCLUDING A COUPLE OF PHOTOS OF SOME PAINT CHIPPING IN MINOR PLACES THAT SHOW WHAT APPEARS TO BE RUST, IT IS ONLY COSMETIC. THERE WAS AN AREA AROUND THE WINDSHIELD THAT APPEARED BAD SO I PULLED THE GLASS ( AND CRACKED IT ) ONLY TO FIND IT WAS VERY MINOR , LOOKED LIKE IT WASNT PREPPED PROPERLY PRIOR TO ORIG. PAINT BUT NEVER THE LESS IT HAS BEEN RE FINISHED AND A NEW PIECE OF GLASS WAS CUT AND INSTALLED. THE UNDERCARRIAGE IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AS WELL AS ALL FLOOR PANS , NEVER ANY RUST WHATSOEVER . THIS JEEP HAS BEEN IN WEST TEXAS ITS WHOLE LIFE.

IT HAS A TOP ( NO BOWS ) WITH DOORS AND QUARTER COVERS THAT SNAP DOWN THE SIDES.

THE KUBOTA IS A 2.O LITRE V2003 TE , TONS OF TORQUE AND WILL LAST FOREVER
THIS HAS A 4 SPD. GEAR BOX , INCLUDING GRANNY GEAR WITH A SHIFT ON THE FLY SYSTEM THAT IS INCREDIBLE

WE WENT TO FAR WEST TEXAS LAST WEEK , PULLED OUT THE BACK SEAT ,( 2 COTTER PINS AND ITS OUT IN ABOUT A MINUTE ) YOU HAVE BASICALLY A TRUCK BED , 20 BAGS OF CORN AND FEED AND YOU COULD NOT EVEN TELL IT WAS THERE. WILL PULL AND HAUL MOST ANYTHING. 2 RECEIVER HITCHES , ONE IN THE FRONT AND ONE IN THE REAR. WE HAVE 5 M1A1 AND A2S AND CJ2S AND MY PLANS HAVE CHANGED . THESE WERE VERY EXPENSIVE AND I DONT HAVE AN EXACT PRICE IN MIND SO BID WITH CONFIDENCE YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED

ANY QUESTIONS CALL 214-675-1665 GARY”

View all the info on eBay

 
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“Big Red” in the lobby of Warn Industries

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

Doing some hub research today I ran across images of  “Big Red“, the CJ-2A that lives in the Clackamas, Oregon, facility of Warn Industries.  It’s a beautiful looking jeep that I plan to visit one of these days.

If you haven’t been to the Warn website, stop by the history page and check out the picture of the two odd jeeps taken early in Warn’s history when the shop was located in Seattle.  I contacted Warn about the photos, but they couldn’t provide any additional information about the jeeps.  I’ve never seen the body and frame modifications like those any where else.  It looks like it turned CJ-2As into a truck.

Big Red:

Here’s a shot from the 208 Sema Show from Truckin

 
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1946 CJ-2A ‘T-bucket’ Marysville, OH $5000

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

I dont’ s

“46 willy jeep 4 wheel drive, 350 chevy motor, 350 tran, new wheels and tires. 250. miles on build. jonesloretta36@yahoo.com or call before 8 pm 740-943-2895 thanks!”

http://columbus.craigslist.org/cto/3203350952.html

 
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1953 Wagon 8×8 Kingman, Az **SOLD**

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

This sure is an odd one. It was listed on eBay and sold for $11,100.

“Built by legendary fabricator Dick Cook out of California be sure this rig was was put together the correct way! Known for his collaboration on the mechanical side of cars built with legendary 70’s car builder “Big Daddy Ross” his name is synonymous with multi-axle vehicles. This build includes the following:

-2 Overland wagons and 1 Jeep used to build this amazing Overland Custom
-Rebuilt 327 Corvette engine powers ALL 8 Wheels!
-Fuel Cell inside
-2 Leather Bucket Seats
-White face gusges
-Working emaergency sirens and lights

In full disclosure, the items that are not 100% show quality as follows:

-There is a bit of overspray on the drivers side
-The interior could use some TLC to get to show quality

This Willys will literally go anywhere, and it has. Dick Cook personally drove this rig with his daughter from Crested Butte Colorado all the way over the pass to Aspen only a few years ago for a road trip. With the option of locking out the rear 4 wheels this rig will motor down the highway at 65 mph. Also has one of the best turning capabilities of any auto out there. It will “crab” down the road in a parade or 8 wheel steer itself out of any trail corner. Bid now and be the owner of this one of a kind WIllys 8X8 Overland before it makes its way to Barrett Jackson Las Vegas and goes for who know how much!”

 
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1942 MB JeepRod Inland Empire, CA $2500

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeep Rods, MB, Unusual

There is still a little work to be done on this project.

“1942 willys mb jeep ratrod.
runs good, unique has chevy small block, turbo 350, ford 9″ rearend, 1952 chevy drop axle front
bagged all around. lost interest in it, looking for something new.
the jeep is 98% done and drive able. it needs a new air compressor, valves for bags, and trans cooler, and a set of seats.
there is no registration on this jeep yet, i have pinkslip but haven’t done anything with it.
air system works but everything works slow. this jeep is fast, but cramped inside.
2500 obo open to trades or offers. thanks mike.”

http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/cto/3188111669.html

 
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Unique Farm Jalopy Truck

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

HOG forwarded me an email with the following pics.  This is a work of art . . . well farm art anyway.  If anyone knows the origins of this, please let me know so I can properly attribute it.

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1951 Truck Corvallis, MT $6000

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Trucks

This has been modified.  If you look in the 2nd picture you can see this truck in the background.  It might still be available for sale, too.

“1951 Willy’s Club Cab Pick-Up – Custom Built. All new glass; new door & window seals; bucket seats. Mounted on Chevy truck frame. 350 V8 automatic. Power steering & brakes. Tintable bedliner paint job. 12,000# Badland Winch. Great driving truck for an every day driver! $6,000 OBO. Email or call Dale at 406-961-4195.”

http://missoula.craigslist.org/cto/3172968547.html

 
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6×6 m151? Indian River, AK **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-151, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was $3495. **SOLD**

Matt spotted this one.  No description.

“Jeep 6×6 runs good”

 
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1968 Riot Control Photo from Chicago, Illinois

• CATEGORIES: Features, M-151, Old Images, Unusual

Here’s a M-151 modified for riot control.  I haven’t seen this mod used too often (fortunately).

“This photo originates from the archives of the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Daily News, Detroit News, Sport Magazine & Many others. Most photos have never been seen by the public. These photos are not reproductions or reprints.”

View all the info on eBay

 
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Year? CJ-5 w/ Post Hole Front Royal, VA $500

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

Thanks Sonny for this great find. It is a screaming deal that shouldn’t last long.  That’s a really rare setup.

“This is the coolest little Jeep post hole digger.
Needs a started
tires need to be filled.

call for questions
obo

Paul: 208-816-1306″

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/pts/3172252765.html

 
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1958 CJ-5 Trencher Barnhart, MO $6500

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

This runs and drives with an operating trencher and sports duallies.

“1958 CJ 5 Willys Jeep with a trencher attachment that was factory made for jeeps back before the industry started making trenchers for smaller jobs.

Back then it was either a shovel and pick or large diggers. This trencher fit the bill for the smaller jobs.

This unit is in complete working order and runs great. The odometer reads 4400 miles and I believe it.

The Huricane-4 motor runs smooth and does not smoke.

Also has duals on the back that are made for jeep and never seen one of these with a cab.

Price is OBO at $6500.00 Please only serouis inquirers. 314-952-two nine 61″

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/cto/3180235879.html

 
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1946 Oliver Dozer (with Willys Engine) Toutle, Wa $2500

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator, Unusual

UPDATE:  Price dropped to $2000.

(07/09/2012) You can add an Oliver Dozer to the list of utility vehicles built using a Willys Engine.

“I HAVE A 1946 OLIVER CAT WITH A GAS WILLYS JEEP ENGINE THAT WEIGHS 4 TON.
RUNS GREAT BUT HAS NOT BEEN RUN FOR AWHILE.
$2500 OR BEST OFFER.
CALL (360) 577- 6524 IF INTERESTED.”

http://portland.craigslist.org/clk/grd/3177869695.html

 
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M-38A1/M-151 Frankenjeep Corvallis, MT $1500

• CATEGORIES: M-151, M-38A1, Unusual

Robin spotted this unusual Franken Jeep.

“1952 M151-Style Army Jeep (tags say M38A1). 4-wheel independent suspension. Body rough. Extra motor & transmission. Bill of Sale & Inspection Certificate ONLY. $1,500.00 OBO. Contact Dale by Email or call 406.961.4195.”

http://missoula.craigslist.org/cto/3172797250.html

 
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1952 M-38A1 Anchorage, AK **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was $700.  **SOLD**

My initial reaction to this was, “what is wrong with you people in Alaska?”.  But then, I thought better of it, realizing there are just as many crazy contraptions in every latitude.  Then, thinking about it even more, I thought that bringing the exhaust over the hood might just be an impractical, funky, slightly nutty, but necessary warming solution??  Any, even better, you just never know when carrying an extra body might be useful.

“1952 Military Jeep M38A1 Originally a Fort Rich Jeep. Need Restoration but its all there. Have a spare chassis and two spare bodies 700 obo”

 
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1946 CJ-2A Sandusky, OH $1200

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

Runs and drives.

“Asking $1200 O.B.O.
JEEP WILLYS 4×4
This 1946 WILLYS runs and lot drives(has no brakes, so cannot be driven over the road).
Has the original 4 cylinder motor.
The body has been cut on over the years, and mods made.
All original from the dashboard forward.
The frame is rotted at the left rear spring pearch.
The passenger side of the windshield is broken.
Four wheel drive does work.
Other than what’s listed above, I believe everything else is in working order.

HAS A CLEAN AND CLEAR OHIO TITLE!

This Jeep has been used at camp up until this spring when it made the trip home, and has always run good and rides well enough to do normal camp activities. Will not part out at all! If you need something off of it you have to take the whole thing. For questions or an offer text Todd @ 419-656-2597. Also, this is for pickup only. Unless compensated for fuel in a reasonable distance there will be no shipping of the vehicle. I will not work with any shipper, and payment must be made in cash on pickup. Thanks for looking, if need more pics just ask.”

http://sandusky.craigslist.org/cto/3141329333.html

 
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1950 Top Sales Platter Tulsa-Willys on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Unusual

Here’s a very unusual Willys piece.

“WELCOME TO OUR SHORT 5 DAY AUCTION FOR THIS VERY COOL AND SUPER RARE VINTAGE ONE OF A KIND WILLYS JEEP OF TULSA OKLAHOMA OUTSTANDING SALES AWARD LARGE SILVER (PLATE?) TRAY FROM 1950. IT MEASURES 16.25″ IN DIAMETER, HAS A GREAT GRAPHIC OF A WILLY’S JEEP TRUCK AND IS MARKED “AWARDED TO TULSA-WILLYS, INC. IN APPRECIATION OF OUTSTANDING SALES PERFORMANCE WILLYS 1950 COMMERCIAL CAR CAMPAIGN W.S. VENN GENERAL SALES MANAGER”. THE DESIGNS ON THE FACE AND EDGES OF THE TRAY ARE VERY ART NOUVEAU AND ORNATE. ITS PHYSICAL CONDITION IS EXCELLENT ASIDE FROM NEEDING A GOOD SHINE, WHICH I WILL LEAVE TO THE NEW OWNER.”

View all the information and pics on eBay

 
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1949 Truck Burton, MI $350

• CATEGORIES: Last Ride, Unusual, Willys Trucks

What’s not to love about this crazy contraption.  It even comes with a safely rope on the passenger side and a 2×4 that stabilizes the radiator.

“1949 willys 4×4 chassis, 235 chevy 6 cylinder,new battery, runs and yard drives, no brakes would be good for a rat rod or mud bogger project call 810-210-5971 between 9am-8pm”

http://flint.craigslist.org/cto/3141058122.html

 
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PIctures from the Great Willys Picnic 2012

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, Unusual

Mark from sellajeep.com took a variety of pictures and a couple great videos from last month’s Great Willys Picnic.  If you’ve never seen a working saw driven by a PTO, then check out his page:

http://sellajeep.com/ShowsEvents/gwp2012/gwp2012.html

Here’s a line up of some of the jeeps:

This truck has an neat paint job:

This is a picture of the pto driven saw:

This is a rare CJ-5 factory compressor:

 
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1947 CJ-2A Key West, FL $24,499

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

Smokestacks and snorkels:  Not a combo you see everyday . . .

“1947 Willys CJ2A for sale. Fully restored by the owner. This jeep is one of the best looking Willys and turns heads down every street. The restoration was a 4 year project. I will list as many things as I can think of done to the vehicle but please talk to me for further and more in depth explanations.

Engine swap: swapped in a rebuilt 1964 Buick V6 from a skylark. Do not have exact milage but I would say under 8,000. Rebuild 2 barrel rochester.
New points, condenser
New aluminum radiator with flex-a-light fan with thermostat.
Origonal drive train with new warn locking hubs
3 inch black diamond suspension lift, 1.5 lift with extended shackles.
Converted front drum brakes to disks. A very nice thing to have.
33×14.5 Mad Dog Mud tires.
8,000 lb Mile Marker winch with remote
Custom Roll cage with 4 speakers built in; 2x 10″ subwoofers mounted behind each seat. CD player with ipod ready input. External Amp
Body and frame were both painted with por90 (rust inhibiter), and olive drab topcoat.
New brake master cylinder; all new brake lines and hoses
New body mounts
3 ammo cans
bed liner on inside of body
5 point harnesses
New polyurathane gas tank
All new Autometer guages; water temp, oil pressure, tach, fuel and speed. Do not have speedo cable.
New painless wiring 12V wiring harness
Dual fully functioning snorkles
Dual smoke stacks with flappers. Stacks have glass packs in them.

That is all I can think of right now. The jeep like I said was a 4 year body off restoration. Please call 941-223-0134 for any questions or more pics.”

http://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/cto/3113946017.html

 
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Possible M-170 Top?? Rapid City, SD $200

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, M-170, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  Still Available

(06/18/2012) Well, the price is right.  Now, what does it fit?

“6′ wide by 11′ long has all hardware intact zippers, fasteners, etc
2 windows, one has small crack in plastic, one of the zippers may need a little adjustment, and the color is a bit faded on the red
probably fits a Willys of some sort
605 484 4seven18 call if interested ”

http://rapidcity.craigslist.org/pts/3111321233.html

 
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6×6 Jeeps in the Jolly Jeepers Jeep Club

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6, Other 4x4s, Unusual • TAGS: , .

I was looking up some PTO parts when I landed on the Jolly Jeepers website.  According to their website, the Jolly Jeepers is Oregon State’s oldest jeep club, having been founded in 1962. Two of the jeeps owned by members are custom 6x6s.  You can see more 6x6s here.

Coincidently, just before publishing this post, Blaine happened to send me pictures he took of one of these 6x6s at the Orphan Car Show hosted by the Studebaker Drivers Club in Oregon City, Oregon, this past Sunday.  I’ve seen “Gator” listed both as a DJ-6 and a CJ-6, so I’m not entirely sure what the base platform was.

Here’s an early shot of the Gator:

And here are Blaine’s photos

This one is built from a CJ-8 or Scrambler:

 
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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.