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Rotabuggy or Blitz Buggy — The Flying Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

interior_rotabuggyOn some post somewhere I have an image of the flying jeep.  I recently found a trove of information and images of the Rotabuggy, (actually, I just did a google image search of a rotabuggy) including pictures of a recreated model.  One of the more unusual images is an interior shot, which I show to the right.

From the willys-mb.ru website:

In the early 1940s flight tests had been carried out on a number of one-man gliders known as Rotachutes. During this time Raoul Hafner decided to apply the same principle on a larger-scale military vehicle. On 3 April 1942 the Rotary Wing Section of the Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment AFEE) at Ringway, Manchester, submitted a proposal for the application of the system to the Blitz Buggy or Jeep.

The Unreal Aircraft website records an eye witness account of one flight, which left the driver exhausted.

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Here’s an image of the Rotabuggy Replica

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1965 CJ-3B Roseburg, OR **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

1965_cj3b_roseburgUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500

Here’s a nice looking CJ-3B.

“1965 CJ-3B High Hood Willys, Runs and drives, 289 v8, 3 speed, NEW Battery, Clutch, Starter, Alt, Rollcage, Front Window, Advanced Adapters CHROME fender well headers with Purple Hornie Exhaust, And new Best top Soft Top, and doors”

 
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1952 CJ-3A Boyce, LA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

1952_cj3a_boyceUPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“his is a 3-speed manual transmission 4-wheel drive Willys Jeep.  It has a 4 cylinder flat head engine.  It has power steering with tilt wheel.  It has a radio with cassette player.   All lights work, including signals.  It has seatbelts.  Brakes are good.  The tires are 31 X 10.50 – 15, all-terrain, with chrome rims.  It has a roll bar & the windshield FOLDS DOWN (see photos).  There are chrome steps. also a new steel body.   Vehicle has been completely restored, & drives good.  Jeep has about 1000 miles since restoring.  The jeep has a minor oil leak.  No warranty or delivery.  Vehicle is located in Pineville, Louisiana. “

 
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1953 CJ-3B Richfield, Va **seller backs out**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

1953_cj3b_richfieldUPDATE:  Mike and the seller agreed to a deal, but the seller backed out of his agreement with Mike (hopefully, Mike found this out before he made the trip to see it).  No doubt someone probably offered more.

“Here is my “53 Willys jeep, it has the original 4 cylinder motor with the 6 volt system. The motor, transmission, and transfer case are all in real good working order. The transmission has a very rare feature, it has the torque gear in it. What that is if you don’t already know, is the fourth shifter you can hopefully see in the picture. It more or less gives you a high and low range for each gear. Which is kind of nice for on the road. Because these aren’t made for speedanyway. The frame is in good shape,no holes rusted threw. The jeep is licensed with antique license which from what I am told they are transferrable. I believe they were $75, a one time fee.”

 
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Jeepney Video

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, videos

Here’s a nicely done video about Jeepneys from the Daily Motion website.

 
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1945 VEC CJ-2A Huron Township, MI **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $950.

This is a project with a rough body.  However, the body tag indicates an early serial number of 11019.

“1945 CJ2a Willys Jeep for sale. Serial number 11019, one of only 1824 built in 1945. All original frame and body tags in place. Sold on Bill of sale. Exhaustive description with pictures at the CJ2a website – see the link below. Will consider trade credits for M38 and CJ2a Jeep parts and accessories or White Vinyl fencing 6-7 feet high.”

 
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1951 CJ-3A Idaho Springs, Co $2800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

1951_cj3a_idahospringsUPDATE:  Price dropped to $2800.  This is a pretty good price I think.

There have been a few minor updates, however it sure looks nicely stock.  It would probably restore very nicely.

“1951 jeep willys cj-3a, all original except converted to 12 volt(still have 6 volt generator), and tires and rims. Have soft top from kayline, but needs to have a windshield mount made. runs good and 4×4 works good too. new radiator, windshield, and battery(but needs to be mounted). will need new guages, the speedo and oil pressure guage work though.”

 
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Diamond Plating — Clark County, Or $100

• CATEGORIES: Parts

diamondplatingDiamond plating is great for covering all kinds of problems.  Almost better than duct tape … almost …

“For sale are 3 sheets of diamond plate 1/8 inch thick aluminum. I have two sheets at 2 feet tall and 6 feet long, and one sheet at 2 feet tall and 4 feet long. It was for a project I never got to. Email me name and number. These pieces would go for over $400.00 and can be made into anything with simple metal cutting tools (like a skill saw)!”

http://portland.craigslist.org/clk/pts/1141107353.html

 
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1954 CJ-3B Georgia No Price

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

No price listed for this 1954 CJ-3B out of Georgia.  It appears in good condition.

Complete rebuild with less than 1000 miles. In black primer waiting for your color choice. Original driveline, replacement steel body, overdrive, bestop seats and top. More details upon request.”

http://www.willystech.com/parts/messages/29343.shtml


 
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1947 CJ-2A Mickleton, NJ $1500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

1947_cj2a_mickletonYou mean, it’s not supposed to smoke?

“Up for sale, 1947 Willys CJ2A runs and drives, but smokes, has manual plow as seen in pictures. Needs restoration. $1500 or best offer, possible trades. Call Tom at 609-970-5953.”

http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/1140937167.html

 
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1942 MB Winters, Ca $1200

• CATEGORIES: MB

UPDATE:  The price is still$1200 (been for sale for months).

Here’s a project or parts MB. Sounds like it needs to go ….

“1942 WILLYS FLAT FENDER, U ASSEMBLE. TOOK APART YEARS AGO TO REBUILD FROM GROUND UP. WIFE, KIDS, DIVORCE, MUST SELL! JEEP IS COMPLETELY APART. FRAME IS 95% DONE, BUICK V6 IS DOWN TO SHORT BLOCK, TUB NEEDS WORK, ALL THERE JUST NEEDS SOME TIME AND MONEY. I HAVE NETHER! BRING YOUR TRUCK/TRAILER AND WE WILL LOAD IT ALL. JIM @ 530-908-0602. OR WORK CELL 707-365-1573”

http://sacramento.craigslist.org/pts/1140484512.html


 
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Builds – A tube frame flattie build

• CATEGORIES: Builds

Here’s a tube frame flat fender project I ran across today.  There’s lots of pics.  The project is in progress, so i hope to see some additional pics soon. It appears the builder (name of Jesse?) is building a rock crawler of some kind.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=708176

 
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1942 MB Parker, AZ **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, MB

1942_cj2a_mb_parkerUPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $3000.

There’s been several mods to this vehicle.  Note that the front tires are a little farther forward then they should be.  Also, this is a 2wd vehicle.  it appears to have a home-made tailgate? (see other pic)

“1942 Willys Jeep, CJ-2A, V6 Buick, automatic, 2wd, new tires, clean, clear title, current registration, and just runs great.

 
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1959 CJ-6 Brush Truck Puyallup, Wa $9500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: .

1959_cj6_puyallupI haven’t seen a CJ-6 brush truck before.  It looks great.

“1959 Willys Jeep CJ6 Fire Jeep, 4 Cylinder Hurrican Eng. 3 Speed, 100 Gallon Water Tank, 5 hp Briggs & Stratton Eng., Hale Pump, Ramsey Front Mount Winch with Manual
5,500 Original Miles, All Emergency Lights & Siren Work, 2nd Owner, Comes with original Tilte, Owners Manual. Dearlers Invoice > Purchase Price, Runs Very Nice for 50 Years Old, $ 9,500 Dollars,  Cell # 253-380-0565”

http://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/cto/1139671387.html

 
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WWI Four Wheel Drive Star — Nash Quad

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

It was one of those days where I was searching for one thing and found another:  The Nash Quad Truck (the truck to the right is a 1919 Nash Quad, Owned by Bruce and Melanie Rice #8880).  These are 4wD with four wheel steering.  (see the video below to see a quad and its steering in action)

It turns out, these were a big hit during World War I.  In the Story of the Jeep, Patrick Foster writes that the Quad ” … dramatically proved it’s worth … and proved the value of four wheel drive …”

Here’s a brief history from the Pioneer Flight Museum:

The Nash Quad was first manufactured in 1914 by the Thomas B. Jeffrey Company, which was located in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It became quite popular during World War I and was used by the armed forces of not only the United States, but also Russia, France and Britain. One of the first motor vehicles to offer four-wheel drive, the Quad proved very suitable to the rough, unpaved roads of the time. In 1916, Jeffrey sold the production rights to the Nash company. Because of its popularity, it was produced in large numbers, including license production by Hudson, National, and Paige-Detroit. Exact numbers aren’t known, but apparently over 11,000 were produced in 1918 alone.

Here’s a video of a Nash Quad being started and driven:

 
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1943 MB Wenatchee, Wa $5200

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB), MB

1943_mb_wenatcheeThe paint job on this is pretty unusual.  It looks like a tile mosaic.  The top is in poor condition.

“Body, running equipment, and engine all excellent. Interior and top need work. Has a tow bar to pull it with and you will need a light bar for rear if going very far. If you want to drive it away bring top post battery.”

http://wenatchee.craigslist.org/cto/1125148901.html

 
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1964 M151 Enterprise, AL **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-151

1964_m151_enterpriseUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $10,000

This was a Vietnam Vet’s vehicle and has been in dry storage for 25 years.

“1964 M-151 Military Jeep.  Selling this 1964 military M-151 Mutt Jeep , It has the full canvas top with sides and extra wheels and parts. Its been in dry storage 25 years since 1984, belonged to an Alabama Vietnam VET. Still 24 Volt System , needs to be tuned-up, brakes have been reworked but need to get the air out of them. Great vehicle needs tune-up. Exterior and interior both show little or no rust. For more technical specifications, email for detailed information.”

 
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1964 M151 Oxford, MI **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-151

1964_m151_oxfordUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4500.

“1964 Ford M151A1 MUTT 4WD, UNCUT, MI Title, $4500 REDUCED!!! (was $5500 )
w/ Soft Top with Doors, Fuel Can, Heater (Works!), Spare Clutch, Windshield Ugraded to M151A2 Version! 2 New Batteries! Cranks but won’t start……”

 
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1964 M151 Butte County, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-151

1964_m151_buttecountyUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3850

This looks in very good shape for the price.

“This is an ex-military Jeep made by Kaiser. It was stationed at Ford Ord military base in central California during Vietnam. This was called a Fast Attack Vehicle used by all the armed forces. This one was an ARMY Jeep. The original odometer still works and shows 15,000 miles. It is 4 wheel drive like most Jeeps but these have full independent suspension with A-arms instead of leaf springs. Many things have been replaced with original parts. The only thing I had left to do was install the headlight switch assembly. Thats why I say it’s about 95% restored. It runs and drives good.”

 
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1945 MB Gilroy, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB

1945_mb_gilroyUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4100

Here’s a good price on a complete, good looking MB.

“FOR SALE – 1945Willys Jeep:  This is an older depot restoration with back lights and a tire rack that is not original. This jeep has newer canvas on the seats and working electrical system. The engine is strong and the transmission is smooth, this jeep runs great. The tub is not original, The jeep is located in santa rosa with a miliary vehicle company.”

 
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1947 CJ-2A Oakton, Va $9000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

1947_cj2a_oaktonIt appears in pretty good shape.

“completly overhauled and rebuilt 1947 willy’s jeep. Desert Camo paint. Clear title. New body, new tires, new seats, new breaks, new custom built radiator, new gages, new windsheild and liner, new springs and shocks, new wireing, rebuilt transfer case and axels, over 12,000 in parts to rebuild. comes with 30 caliber machine gun and stand. RUNS great!! Must sell. $9,000 Or best offer. I have lots more pictures, just send me your email address and I can send more photos to you.”

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/cto/1127420165.html

 
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1946 CJ-2A Hanover, Ma $1500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

1946_cj2a_hanoverUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

“willys cj-2a 1946 this jeep is part of a barn clean out I did.. this willys has been highly modified it has a mid 60,s v6 buick motor 12 volt ele system roll bar bikini 1/2 top .. upgraded rear end dana 40 new starter motor starts and runs well.. had a warn overdrive thats missing so it will not move on its own NO BRAKES!! this is being sold as a parts car no title! bill of sale only .. would make a great summer toy to the right person $1500 I think its worth it in parts alone
so bring a trailer or a ramp truck and$ 1500 cash and take it away!!”

 
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1953 CJ-3A Foxboro, Ma $1500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

It’s only $1500, it runs and sounds pretty stock. Might be a good value.

“1953 Willys Jeep, Model CJ3A, 4WD, 6 volt system, aluminum cab with plow. No brakes. Owner used to plow driveway. Body has some rust. No pictures available at this time. $1500”

http://boston.craigslist.org/sob/cto/1132799240.html

 
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1961 Mighty Mite West Hartford, Ct $8000

• CATEGORIES: Mighty Mites

1961_mightmite_westhartfordHere’s a rarely seen vehicle.  Though rare, the price still seems a bit high given the condition.

“Selling my 1961 Jeep Mighty Mite M422-A1. Extremely rare vehicle that is awaiting restoration. This is not a Jeep Willys or other military vehicle. Most people have never even heard of this truck let alone seen one. Search yahoo or google for a complete history of this exceptional vehicles history. Here are some pics of my truck on the trailer and one image of a fully restored Mighty Mite for reference: ”

http://hartford.craigslist.org/cto/1128818688.html

 
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Before there were jeeps, there was still Willys-Overland

• CATEGORIES: Books

Before there were jeeps, drivers had to amuse themselves with vehicles somehow. Before there was Willys Overland there was just Overland.  In 1907, wondering where 500 cars he ordered were, John North Willys found himself having to ask friends to inject cash into Overland after he discovered he wouldn’t get his cars if he didn’t (the company would have gone bankrupt).   So, in 1920 you have an Overland (maybe the 1918 Overland 90 Touring model) made by Willys Overland, what can you do with it if you don’t have four wheel drive?

You jump it of course!  On September 5, 1920, the driver below, Henry Alegria, a Basque Pioneer in Idaho, drove this four cylinder Overland touring car over an 18 foot gap between two ramps.  I’m assuming he survived the jump.  It looks pretty crazy, given the driver probably had no seat belt.  I found the photo in a book by Arthur A. Hart called Life in Old Boise that someone gave me recently.  The book has some great pics, which are more enjoyable if you know Boise, Idaho, at all.

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