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The Swamp Rat

• CATEGORIES: Features, Last Ride

After seeing Chad’s build yesterday, Gerald sent me pics of the ‘Swamp Rat’, which also sports a flathead V8.  Of course, it’s got a bit more wear and tear on it than Chad’s, but i have to say I really like the way that fits in the engine compartment. This sure has an old school feel to it.

Gerald notes, “Check out Johnny’s wood cab and side pipes.  The paint chipped off the windshield, but it used to say RAT.  It’s a star attraction at one of our local yards.”





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Yamaha Rhino GI Kit **Status Unknown**


UPDATE: The website for Tippman is down. I can only assume that these kits did not sell well enough and the company went out of business.

I know what you are thinking … how can I turn my boring Yamaha Rhino into a flat fender looking offroad vehicle?  I’m sure this has kept you up at nights?  Well, you need not lose any more sleep, as Tippman Design has developed exactly the package you need.  It’s like a VEEP for the ATV crowd.

According to the Tippman design website, “the first of our products [is] the GI Kit for the Yamaha Rhino 660 and 450 with the ability to be installed on all Rhinos built prior to 2009. We are working on the fitting of the new 2009 Rhino design. The club car GI Kit is on the drawing board as well, production date to be announced.”

The base price for the package is $2200 plus shipping.

Here’s a standard Yamaha Rhino (Ok, I think this is standard; I don’t really know)


And here’s a Rhino with the Tippman GI Kit installed.





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Willys/Jeep Slogans

• CATEGORIES: Features

One day as I was going through some old brochures, I started recording some of the slogans.  Here’s just a few of them:

Jeep:  The world’s most useful vehicle
The sun never sets on a jeep
Ten Billion Miles of Proof
Willys puts the F in Farm Power
Keep America on the Move
Do it quicker; do it better with 4wd
A revolutionary vehicle for a thousand jobs
There’s a Jeep vehicle for your toughest job
Willys Builds the Universal Jeep
The Worlds Hardest Workers
The Worlds’ most willing workers
Sign of the times, Willys Jeep Vehicles
You’ll be ‘busy as a bee’ in your new vehicle from Jeep
Two things Willys is known for, Beauty & Stamina (which referred to the Aero and the Jeep)

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Kubel_Lite — A VW version of the Kuebelwagon

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

(I meant to publish this yesterday …)

Continuing the VW theme, David Barrett has created a prototype for a VW Kit version of the 4wd Kuebelwagon, which of course was originally developed by Volkswagen.  I think it looks pretty cool.  You can learn more over at the Samba website about David and this project.

Here’s an original Kuebelwagon:


An here’s some pics of David’s kit project:





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1953 CJ-3B Austin, TX **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000

This CJ-3B started at $8000 this summer and has just dropped to $5000.  It looks like a great price on a very nice, stock looking CJ-3B.

“For sale 1953 Jeep please call for more details.”



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1958 CJ-5 Kent, Wa $2500


Here’s a nice looking CJ-5 for a good price just a few miles from my folk’s place.

“call for more info: 253-561-2870”


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Gold Chain Jeep Monessen, PA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $150.

You got to appreciate the seller who apologized on Craigslist for putting a jewelry ad in the parts section (as if violating the orderly sanctity of Craigslist was a mortal sin), but I appreciate his sensitivity and his logic is sound.  Not the greatest pics.

“sorry posting in parts but dont think to many of jeep guys are looking in jewlery. nice and unique, call mark”



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1953 CJ-3B Sanford, ME **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This looks like a great rebuild.

“This auction is for a 1953 Willys Jeep CJ3B. We were asked by a friend of ours if we could list it for him so here is the information that I got from the owner. The Willys has a new reproduction steel body. 4 CYL “F” head motor, 3 Speed Manual trans, high and low range 4 wheel drive. The vehicle has undergone a complete frame off restoration. The motor has been rebuilt, trans and transfer case gone through, front end, complete brake job, Interior, etc… There is only 310 miles on the vehicle since the restoration. He has a reciept folder totalling just over $9,000 in body and parts alone. This is not counting the labor at all. Everything appears to have been done quite nicely! Jeep runs and drives great as it should. He does not have a top but from what I understand, these are availble at a reasonable price. The only reason he is selling this is that he is starting a restoration on a original millitary Jeep and he is going to use the proceeds from this sale to help fund the project.”








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1953 CJ-3A Petoskey, MI **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $10,5000.

(10/12/09) Lots of mods on this flattie.

“1984 Buick V6, SM420 4 Speed manual, Dana 44 axles, Mosier shafts, 4:88 Spicer gears, Dana 18 transfer case, Detroit soft locker front & rear, new Painless wiring harness, t:h steering, power steering, 8,000# Warn winch, new Best Top, Newer 35″ GY Wranglers, 4 wheel disc brakes, racing buckets seats w/ Simpson belts, Tuffy console, CD, original steel body w/ fiberglass hood, $10,500. Miller’s US 31 Sales, north of town,”


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Builds: Chad’s Ford Model A Roadster PU Willys

• CATEGORIES: Builds, CJ-2A, CJ-3A, Features, Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

Here’s a wonderful build, an experiment by a reader named Chad.  He wanted to know what a Ford Model A Roadster would look like if Willys built it. So, naturally, he built one himself!

He writes, “Did all of it myself except the upholstery, in my home garage. It’s got a flathead V8 for power and took between 6 and 8 years start to finish. The dDrivetrain is flathead V8 adapted to a C-4 automatic adapted to Dana 18. Front axle is Dana 27 w/Corvette discs….rear is Dana 44 with one piece axles and Lock-rite geared 4.27.  I thought maybe it would be a four year job, but stuff happens  and there was a whole lot of headscratching to make things look ‘somewhat factory’. I used as many factory parts as I could but not necessarily the way they were used ‘by the factory’…..(those are Jeepster tailights, but they aren’t mounted that way on a Jeepster, just as an example).”

Great work and thanks for sharing!





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Hadley Engineering — The Veep

UPDATE: Additional links — The Hadley Engineering Brochure and VEEPS vs. SCAMPS and other model.

Based on a reader’s inquiry, I decided to do some research regarding the Veep.  I’ve seen a few of these for sale over the past couple of years, but it doesn’t happen often and I really knew nothing about them. So, here’s the little bit I learned.

According to the Dune Buggy Archives, the Veep was sold as both a completed jeep and as a kit by Hadley Engineering, which was based at 1778 Monrovia, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 (maybe they are still there).  The company claimed that any Beetle or Karman Ghia could be used to build a Veep in about 40 hours.

I’ve only seen two engine sizes so far, a 1600 cc or a 1800 cc VW motor.  The suspension, frame, and running gear is all VW.  Most of the veeps appear to use a replacement M-38 body, though one ad below claims a ’42 body (mb or gpw) was used.   The gas tank is mounted in the front, which simply looks odd when you open the hood.  Below is a couple brochures and some misc Veeps.  In the posts below are some additional Veeps.

I’m still hardly an expert on these, so if you have additional information, I’d love to learn more.







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Blue Veep — Was for sale a few years ago

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

This veep had a good description and some interesting pics.

Here’s the original Ad

“this is a 1951 M38 body put on a custom built chassis, chassis was built by a former welding instructor, not mickey moused together…running a VW bug front axle and the rear section of a VW bus…looks like a real jeep but will do 70 mph down the highway, get 40+ miles to the gallon, and fly thru the woods like a dune buggy, it has independent suspension at all corners…It is fully street legal, titled and inspectable…it has custom vehicle title…until you look under it you would swear that it’s a real jeep  The body hasn’t been hacked or cut up at all it has normal surface rust, nothing major…the motor is in the back and a cover has been built to go over the motor, the motor sits where the back seat was…the gas tank and battery is under the hood up front…

Motor: 1800cc dual port from a bus, new carb, new alternator…runs strong
trans: deep ratio, 4 speed posi, bus tranny (stronger)

It has longer travel shocks at all four corners, brand new tiger top soft top and doors…factory roll cage…custom bumpers, the front bumper is set up with a tow bar that swings down so the vehicle can be towed very easily…”







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Veep Project Perry Hall, Maryland **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $450.

The tub sounds like it is in bad shape, but lots of other jeep parts there.

“Hadley Veep project for sale. More a collection of parts from an original Veep along with additional parts needed to complete the project. Original Frame, Jackman 4 bolt wheels with the original Armstrong Norseman tires, fiberglass bucket seats, two hoods, two windshield frames, windshield glass, one set of good front fenders, front grill, tailgate, front and rear bumpers, irs transmission, original gas tank, replacement front beam, two roll bars, steering column, assembly manual and magazine articles from the 70’s when the kits were being sold. I also have a tub that can be used for fitting or with a lot of welding could be utilized. I may be able to arrange delivery within 50 miles from my location.”





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1970 VW “Mule” San Antonio, TX **SOLD**

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

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $3350. Here’s another one from SAMBA

t’s not quite a VEEP, but I’ve lumped it into that category none-the-less.

“These were built for the US Forest Service out West, back in the 70’s. I understand they used them to go up in the mountains to rescue snowmobilers that ran out of gas.

All metal body, fiberglass top (not removable). Rear torsion housing on back, is mechanically a ’70 Bus. Pans (shortened) on forward is a ’70 Bug. As far as I can tell, stock 1600 DP engine. Bus tranny has ridiculous gears, top speed 50 mph. Has built in tow bar and front mounted winch that operates from inside the cab. Windows go fully up or fully down. No back seat, the whole area is taken up by an aluminum 25 gal. gas tank. New tires and wheels. Includes spare, stock 5-lug bus wheels with snow tires that hold air (4 plus spare). Everything works except the horn. Starts and runs well. Needs new ignition switch (part included with vehicle) ….. Very rare unrestored and collectible piece of VW history.  Asking $3,350 No trades, please. ”






These are images of the one shown on the Samba site.

vw-mule-1 vw-mule-2


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1953 CJ-3B Roseville, Ca $1800


No engine.

“1953 Jeep willys CJ3B, no engine, everything else complete, will consider possible trade for? $1800 o.b.o. matt 916-765-9275”


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1946 CJ-2A Denver, Co $9000


This  looks like a solid build.

“Rebuilt ’46 Willys cj-2a. new brakes, rear axle, clutch, transmission, gearbox, exhaust.  24000 miles on odometer. ’74 buick jeepster engine inside (V-6).  fiberglass body.  No room to store it anymore.”


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1957 Wagon Milford, MI **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5650.

This looks in good shape.  I wonder how the appraised value was determined.

“For Sale: 1957 Willys 4WD Utility Wagon. Daily driver until garaged for the winter. T-90 trans./Spicer 18 transfer case. New radiator/ New rear Springs/ New interior. Currently powered by a Ford 4.3L 4-cyl. Good trim. Good tires. Good brakes. Shows well. Appraisal value of $6750.00. Some extra parts. See pics. $5650.00 or Best Offer”



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1946 CJ-2A Pacifica, Ca $700


It looks like a parts jeep to me.

“1946 Willys Jeep CJ2A , 134 engine , extra parts , no time to finish. 650 359-7901”


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1946 CJ-2A Modesto, Ca **SOLD**


UPDATE:  Was $13,000. **SOLD**

I’m not entirely sure if this is a CJ-2A or MB.

1946 Willys CJ2A. Runs Great. Stock Running Gear.  Warren Overdrive.  Full Roll Cage. Best Top.  Front Locking Hubs.  12 Volt System.  8000 lb Warren Wench w/ Remote Control.  Rubicon Rack w/ Cans.”


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1953 CJ-3B Banning, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: SOLD Was $3900.

(02/23/09) This very early CJ-3B looks in very good condition.

“Many new parts, runs good, good upholstry, body and tires. $3900.00 OBO”


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1948 CJ-2A Double Ender

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Unique Jeeps • TAGS: .

1948_cj2a_stockton_whichwayUPDATE:  I thought this was unusual (and was for sale on ebay in May 2009), but a couple days ago I  ran across a post at the Hemmings Blog which had a bunch of these type of vehicles.  You can see a few below.

“(from the ad on ebay) Here is a one of a kind parade Jeep.  It was finished October 2007 and was shown at the 2008 Fall Willys Reunion in Jefferson City, MO.  No restorable Jeep body parts were used in its construction. Mechanically it is in very good condition.  It is controlled from the red end only.  The engine starts and runs good, transmission and transfer case work good.  It has standard Jeep 4-wheel drive.  The brakes were rebuilt.  The gas tank is from a Willys pickup.  It has a new wiring harness, new gauges, including fuel gauge and fuel sending unit.  It has a new alternator, fuel pump and rebuilt starter.  It comes with a vinal cover for transport.  All lights work including rear head lights and will pass Missouri State inspection.  It has a clear Missouri title. ”


Other Double Enders from Hemmings (see more at Hemmings):


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Nice Old Pic


Here’s an old pic courtesy of Gerald.


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1946 CJ-2A Gallup, Nm $1200


This might be a good deal.

“I have a 1946 Willys Jeep. It has been sitting awhile. Has the flathead 4 cyl., nice tires, and ran nice before we parked it. It needs a new battery, and seats. Asking 1200, email for more photos”


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Year? Jeepster Ripon, Ca Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster

It looks like some hard work has been completed on this project.

“Body Work done, Lost Interest. Will consider trade for the following; Mig Welder, Large Tool Box and etc., Cash Offer. Let me know what you have? Call me 209-599-1640 or email me for more pictures at”


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1953 CJ-3A Laytonville, Ca $8000


This looks like a nice restoration.

“Fully restored 1953 Willy Jeep $8000.00 OBO”