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RLT Development’s Husky R.V. Jeep Kit

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Unique Jeeps, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: This post about the rare Husky jeep kit has been updated with four more images at the bottom.

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Originally posted August of 2013:

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Sometimes called the Husky R.V. or the R.L.T. Husky, this Jeep Kit was sold out of the UK and used atop a Ford Taurus or Ford Escort Mark IV (and other cars?). It was available for an unknown period during the 1980s and 1990s.

“R.V. – Rugged and Versatile aptly describes these tough, reliable and inexpensive all-weather vehicles. The unique exterior MDF body combines great strength with structural rigidity and will not rust, crack, craze or splinter, yet is easy to repair.

The sturdy steel chassis, with substantial (de)fenders front & rear, is built for long life, stability and to cope with rugged conditions. Seating can vary from 2 fronts with a rear load space, which can be fitted with forward, rearward or inward facing rear seats, accessed via a ‘walk-thru’ from the front can be accommodated by simple modification to the cutting and assembly process, or the rear zip up rear hood window, with or without the optional opening tailgate

Fold-flat windscreen. Ford front engine/RWD ensures safe predictable handling, amazing traction and reliable mechanics. Nimble as an Escort, the HUSKY turns tighter than a London Taxi and yet provides a comfortable ride even over rough terrain. Safety options include a hefty Roll Bar, front Nudge Bar and chassis mounted Side Impact bars/steps”

Some pictures:

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IMAGE LINKS:  Use these links to see the above large res images herehere, here, and here.

http://www.locust.org.uk/about/brochures/wrv/page2.html

 
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Crankshaft PTO Pulley Questions

• CATEGORIES: Features

Richard’s got a crankshaft pulley. He’s going to be selling it, but in trying to determine a fair price, there are a couple questions we could not answer. So, we are hoping someone can educate us.

  1. Was this pulley used for the crankshaft-driven Ramsey 101 Winch and/or for Capstan winches?
  2. Any other equipment use this?
  3. Any idea on what folks are paying for these?

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Capstan winch example:crankshaft-pulley-pto3 crankshaft-pulley-pto4

Ramsey Example:
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1952 Photo M-38s Stuck on the Dock on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

A strike grounded these jeeps before they could be loaded onto ships.

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“1952 Press Photo U.S. Army Jeeps at Caven Point pier in Newark, New Jersey. This is an original press photo. Trucks – United State. Newark, New Jersey. Walkout yesterday of longshoreman on Jersey City waterfront brought loading of these jeeps at Army-leased pier at nearby Caven Point to standstill. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 3-13-1952.”

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1942 Photo of Ford GP in London on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Still Available. The caption and date are slightly different between this current pic on eBay and its predecessor from 2013 (at bottom).

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“1942 Press Photo U.S. Army Soldiers ride down London street in Military Jeep. .This is an original press photo. Four American doughboys ride down a London street in a peculiarly American vehicle, one of Uncle Sammy’s jeeps. Note how they are overshadowed by the familiar London double-deck bus. U.S. Army in London Photo measures 6.25 x 9.5 inches. Photo is dated 03-15-1942.”

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This version of the photo was auctioned in 2013 on eBay. It has the date of March 13, 1942. The caption includes the verbiage, “A ‘Jeep’ comes to London Town”.

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1949? CJ-2A Molalla, OR $9000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $9000

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1382862861838096/

(10/15/2017) “all rebuilt, ready to go sand or street or show what ever you wish, the power plant is a chevy 2 four cyl. 300 hp. muncie 4 speed warren overdrive, 538 gears .let me show you some picturs.”

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Year? CJ-2A Redding, CA $10,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Lots of updates include SOA.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/453939901899255/

“late 40s willys jeep tons of upgrades too.many to list 6 cylinder new soft top roll cage 4×4 efi installed msd ignition 35 inch tires fox suspension on board air compressor solid floor pan tow package”

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Yankee PTO-Driven Saw Mill Windsor, CT $400

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Dave shared this PTO powered saw mill. It even includes a guard … almost looks safe!

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/510679169479292/

“Older yankee pro portable sawmill”

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1948 CJ-2A Zillah, WA $6000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Price dropped to $6000.

(07/17/2019) Unclear why seller doesn’t think it does well around town.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2292400450843246/

“Very good jeep for the hills. Not something you want to drive around town.
Fresh paint
8274 warn winch with fresh motor
Rebuilt Buick engine
Locker in the rear
Posi up front
Tires are about 70 percent”

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1947 CJ-2A Fortuna, CA $2000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Sure seems like there could be value here if the body is as solid as it appears.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/544734632940407/

“Needs a starter, engine and transmission rebuild will be needed”

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1946? CJ-2A? Grand Junction, CO $5600

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A

This might be a CJ-3A rather than a CJ-2A.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2495781290535530/

“1946 Willys. New seats , new tires , new brakes, new carburetor”

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1948 CJ-2A/M-38? Grand Junction, CO $6500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, M-38

Could be a 2A Chassis with M-38 body parts.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2578673329082053/

“Military M38 Jeep Originally ground up restoration Documentation available regarding what was done”

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1948 CJ-2A Santa Fe, NM $2250

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

Given the half top, there might be value here if the body isn’t in too bad of shape.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2404655149803521/

“1948 Jeep Willy’s. Does not run. As is condition”

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2 Jeepster Commandos Brooklyn, NY $6000

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster

Steve shared these projects.  There’s definitely some rust, but I can’t tell how bad it is. My guess is that the seller doesn’t know a lot about them, as he labels one a ‘truck’.

https://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/cto/d/brooklyn-pair-of-1967-willys-jeeps/6996686903.html

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“Pair of phenomenal 1967 Willys Jeep Projects. Perfect for the collector. One is a pick up truck, one is a Jeep Commando. Sold individually ($3,000) or as a pair ($6,000 for both). These go for $15,000 to $25,000 once restored. Pick up truck needs less restoration, covered Commando needs all. Not running. Take one or both cars. Pick up has title. Commando does not.”

 
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1943? Slat Grille MB Logan, UT $8500

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This looks to be a no-glove box body, so it might be an early slat grille MB. If so this won’t last long at this price. It may have a civvy engine (at least the head). If might also be a reconditioned jeep, as there is a small data plate on the dash.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/551103595639066/

“1943 Army Jeep very good condition for its age. Original early 1940s Willy’s Jeep. Mechanically it is very solid. Engine, transmission, transfer case, and high/low range, wheel hubs all work as they are supposed to. I drive this jeep around every now and then to just keep things moving. 6v original system works well. Lights and everything work as well. Call or text. If I don’t answer leave me a voicemail and I’ll get back to you. In southern Utah but make frequent trips to Logan Utah and might be able to deliver.”

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Bestop Manufacturing Company

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As often is the case with these company bios, I rarely know the full story, so this is a working draft.  (note, I have seen Bestop as BesTop and BESTOP, but I feel Bestop is easier to read for our purposes). If you have other interpretations, thoughts, or corrections, don’t hesitate to comment below.

Bestop Launches:

In the early 1950s, Tom Bradley ran an auto upholstery shop in Boulder, Colorado. After some customers came to him wanting repairs to their soft jeep tops, Tom decided he could build a better top, so he launched Bestop on a part-time basis in 1954. According to the Bestop website, “Working out of an old brick schoolhouse with seven employees, Bestop quickly developed a reputation for quality and the word spread.”  And, from 4wd.com, “To [Tom’s] surprise, the Jeep replacement tops began making more profit than the upholstery projects. It wasn’t long before Bradley decided to sell his upholstery business and focus on designing and manufacturing tops.”

The Bestop site notes that the business continued to grow for ten years under Tom. At that point, the story on the company’s website advances to the mid-eighties, but skips additional history in the process.

Bestop Expands Product Line:

The only evidence I could find that Bestop expanded it’s produced line under Tom was this 1961 brochure introducing rear seats. The seats have a flat, simple design.

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The Stengel’s Obtain Control:

In September of 1966, forty-year-old James (Jim) Joseph Stengel filed a patent for a plastic tab that, when placed on the front edge of a soft top, allowed it to hook into the down-facing channel that is attached to most vintage 1/4 ton jeep windshields. This improved the speed at which a top could be mounted to a jeep. What Jim’s relationship to Bestop was at that point isn’t clear to me yet.

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As of the 1966 patent filing, there was no assignment to any company, just to Jim himself. In the meantime, at some point between 1964 and 1968, Jim and his wife Marj acquired Bestop (from Tom?) and began operating it, as her obituary notes “Marj and Jim ran their business, Bestop Mfg., which grew to be a leading manufacturer of cloth “tops” for Jeeps and other recreational vehicles”.

One bit of evidence that the Stengels were connected to Bestop by 1966 was that Jim filed the above 1966 patent under the address “P.O. Box 318, Boulder, Colorado”, the same address that appears in this May 1968 brochure published by Bestop.

Two years later, in 1968, Bestop Manufacturing filed for a Trademark on the name Bestop, again under the same PO Box 318 address :

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Now, this is where it becomes a little confusing. At some point in 1968, Bestop acquired or expanded into several lines of additional products and, around the same time period, Husky Products appears to have dropped a similar type of products.

Below is a visual comparison of a 1966 Husky brochure and the 1968 Bestop brochure. The first three pages of the Bestop brochure kind of look like reworked versions of the 1966 Husky brochure (it’s this comparison that started my dive into this topic). And, yes, I realize the tops are somewhat different, especially at the back (Husky continued to advertise the full top into the 1970s, but dropped advertising for the half tops, the multiple doors, and other items).

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1960 Photo of M-38A1 Near Transport Ship on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Not many photos (that I have seen) of M-38A1s coming off of a transport ship.

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“1960 Press Photo United States Army Transportation Corps Jeep and Carrier. This is an original press photo. United States Army Transportation Corps Jeep and Carrier. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 08-25-1960.”

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Brewer Beer Can w/ Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Maury shared this unusual can featured the rear of a jeep. I’m guessing the beer has been consumed?

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“HERE ARE 2 BRAND NEW, CRAFT BREWERY BEER CANS FROM THE CRAFT BREWERY IN NANTUCKET MASSACHUSETTS. GETAWAY IPA WITH A COOL JEEP CJ-5 ON THE BEACH LOGO AND CRAN-TUCKET WITH A CRANBERRY FARMER. COOL PAINTED LABEL CANS. BOTH IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.”

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1950 Jeepster Bay City, MI $12,500

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster

Has a variety of updates.

https://saginaw.craigslist.org/cto/d/bay-city-1950-willys-jeepster/7002903710.html

“350 chevy engine, automatic trans. front disc brakes, Edlebrock manifold and carb. Headers, dual exhaust. Will trade for 60’s to 80’s wagon, daily driver. Cash is best. Come look at, make me an offer. No scammers or people wanting to sell me a report on it.”

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1957 CJ-5 Edinburg, NY $12,000

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Looks in good shape, though the bottom isn’t quite as clean as the topside.

https://albany.craigslist.org/atq/d/broadalbin-1957-jeep-willys-cj5/7005253253.html

“1957 Jeep Willys CJ5. Runs great!! Just got it NYS inspected. Hardly any rust on it. All original, not restored. This was a mint barn find from original owner. Only 33,000 miles on it. In great condition for an original 57 Jeep. Only reason I’m selling it is because it’s in such great condition I’m afraid of using it to go off road. I don’t want to damage it, I’d rather sell this to someone who can appreciate the historical value. Like I said, runs great I’ve been driving it around for a couple months now. I just put new brake lines, hose, pads, wheel cylinders and master brake cylinders on it. Along with a new carb.”

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1946? VEC? CJ-2A Maurertown, VA $8500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

Listed as a 1947, it appears to have a VEC CJ-2A body.

https://winchester.craigslist.org/cto/d/toms-brook-1947-willys-jeep-cj2a/6996245128.html

“47 willys jeep cj2a. Fresh rebuilt engine transmission an transfer case runs an drives little to no rust. New tires/ shocks/ master cylinder/ carburetor /oil pump/ fuel pump/ new wiring /wipers/ seats/ gauges/seatbelts/aluminum radiator/ new soft top and door/ heat. Has new cluch an presure plate/ fly wheel ringan strarter bedix Also have a few extra parts. Call for details thank for looking..”

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1947 CJ-2A Canton, GA $14,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Looks like this refurbed 2A may have some Clary Flanges on the front hubs.

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/cto/d/canton-1947-jeep-willys/7004072647.html

“Must See. Completely Restored 1947 Jeep Willys.
New Body, Hood, Tailgate – Rhino Lined Interior – Bestop Seats – New Wheels with Military Style Tires – New Fabricated Front bumper with Winch plate and rear bumper with 2 inch receiver – 4WD fully serviced. Over $18K invested to include new brake system – lighting – air filter assembly – fuel tank – battery – alternator – tailgate and gauges.”

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1962 Wagon JeepRod Port St. Lucie, FL $7950

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Willys Wagons

It needs finishing, but runs and drives.

https://treasure.craigslist.org/cto/d/port-saint-lucie-62-willys-wagon-hot/6992680151.html

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“1962 Willys Wagon
440/727auto
Sitting on S10 frame with disc brakes, rack and pinion, all the hard work is done, runs and drives needs some finishing.
Very cool body style
Worth 4 times what I’m asking when finished the right way.
Many new parts.
Come take a look.

Might take something in trade.
Don’t be afraid to ask, you never know. “

 
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1946 CJ-2A Canandaigua, NY $1250

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Price dropped to $1250.

(01/14/2106) Hasn’t been on the road in thirty years.

https://fingerlakes.craigslist.org/cto/d/seneca-castle-cj2a-willys-jeep/7005058433.html

“For Sale.
Early 46 Willy’s project Jeep.
The start of a V-8 conversion.
No registration. Has Cragar wheels and 327 chevy template block.
Body and frame in good condition.
Asking $1250.00
Call or text with questions. ”

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1948 Parkway Wagon Trailer Sparta, WI $1500

• CATEGORIES: trailer, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

Another wagon-into-trailer modification.

https://rmn.craigslist.org/pts/d/sparta-1948-willys-camping-trailer/7003950799.html

“Willy’s station wagon made into camping trailer back in the 50’s. Been saving it to restore an pull behind my Willy’s station wagon or truck, but time to let someone else enjoy it. Has the rare, hard to find, ‘ barn doors ‘ in back. Will need metal work, but it’s mostly flat panels on body and frame. $1500.”

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Koenig CJ-2A Hardtop Baldwinsville, NY $225

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Doors are a bit damaged.

https://syracuse.craigslist.org/pts/d/baldwinsville-cab-for-willys-jeep-cj2a/7002646709.html

“Complete cab for CJ2A. Yes some rust but all panels very solid. A tree fell on it so the bottom of the doors are a bit curled. Some glass broken – one door has unbroken glass. Has all original handles on both doors and rear window. Includes side closeout panels/door hinges. I acquired this for my early 60’s CJ5 but it is too short to fit.”

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