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Brook Stevens’ Command Cars

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: , .

During WWII Brook Stevens developed a couple different Command Car concepts. All the pics of these can be seen at the Milwaukee Art Museum’s site.

1. The first one is a 6×6 vehicle. It was made into an actual vehicle. I don’t know what happened to it. I’m pretty sure I have a press photo fo this vehicle somewhere, but I can’t seem to find it. This very well could be on the same platform as other 6x6s of the era.

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1944 Photo of T-14 6×6 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

This is a print from an original negative, though the seller doesn’t specifically say that he printed it (but I get the sense that is what he did … I have enhanced the photo to make it easier to see). It’s a Willys T-14 6×6. Mark Askew, in his Rare WW2 Jeep book, has a couple photos of it from different angles, but not this one. It is one of four photos for sale as part of the auction.

Here I have an 8 ½ x 11 inch print from the original negative number 10B-36 of 4 Willys Overland Jeeps, 3 of which are tracked

Photos are marked as:
RT-284 TRACK LAYING JEEP – TJ MARK I – NO 1 WILLYS OVERLAND ENGINEERING NO. 2491-5-20-44

TRACKED JEEP – MODEL WT-0, SERIAL 02 – WITH GOODRICH TRACK RT-245 WILLYS OVERLAND – ENGINEERING NO. 2993-12-5-44

WILLYS MODEL MT-14 6×6 GUN CARRIER TOP AND SIDE CURTAINS INSTALLED W. O. ENG. NO. 1894-1-24-44

Very rare Piece for the Willys / Jeep Collector!”

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1966 CJ-6 6×6 Portland, OR $25,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6, Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

This unique build started life as a rare DJ-6 (not many of those were made and even fewer are left). Ed Holbrook has steadily made improvements to it over the years, making it into the ultimate elk hunting jeep. If interested, contact Ed @ eholbrook3@canby.com.

You can read more here: http://www.jollyjeepers.org/members/pages/eholbrook.htm

“1966 6×6 CJ6 Jeep, 300 Buick V8 Engine, Turbo 400 Trans, Special Dana 20 Transfer Case with dual rear outputs, 456 gears, all 3 diffs are Spicer 44 with 11” brakes on all 6 wheels. PTO wench, Power steering & Whitco soft top. Asking $25.000 Negotiable”

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2012 6×6 Wrangler Westland, MI $65,000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s • TAGS: .

It’s not vintage, but it’s an oddball 6×6. Thanks to Seth for spotting this one.

http://detroit.craigslist.org/wyn/cto/4932658107.html

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“Welcome to Tyrant Motorworks home of the true six wheel drive Tyrant, the ultimate in offroad traction.Tyrant offer a true 6×6 conversion of a Jeep Wrangler. We customize your Tyrant for your specific needs.
The Tyrant is powered with a 6.1 Hemi engine producing 450 horse power! Featuring 38” tires for extra grip for those for need the ultimate in offroad machines.

The six wheel drirve (6×6) allows you to go places 4×4 drive Jeeps need to air down to travel. All of our 6×6 Jeeps are trail tested and the JK6 and Tyrants and proven performers]

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Six Wheeled Flatfender in India

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

Parminder Mangat shared this custom flat fender build from India.

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1942 Photo of Ford GP “Super Jeep” 6×6

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

UPDATE: Was on eBay.

Craig spotted this rare photo. It shows a Ford GP 6×6, which also appears to be called a Ford GP T14 37mm. I’m not clear on how many were made, but this one (or something very similar) can be seen here: http://www.imcdb.org/vehicle_465000-Ford-GP-T14-37mm-GMC-1941.html

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Willys 6×6 Truck and Camper

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Features, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Bob forwarded these photos of a Monster Willys Truck and Camper. These photos were part of a 2010 post at: http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-51159.html. The vehicle was spotted at Government Camp, Oregon.

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1953 CJ-3B 6×6 Towanda, KS **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1200

“1953 Jeep Willy’s with 4.0 L jeep engine. No Title.
I was building a 6×6 Jeep (if you want 4×4 you can unbolt the rear axle / frame section it is not welded)

The engine has the complete wiring harness, computer, etc. and will run (with a little work)it has had all of the pan gaskets and rear main seal replaced. I had the bell housing reworked by Novak Transmissions to adapt it to the stock T-90 transmission. It has most everything to get it going, but will probably need brake cylinders. ”

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Photos of a MT-Tug 6×6

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s, Unusual • TAGS: .

These photos were taken at a military show by Joe. He notes, “I photographed this TUG at the Gilbert, PA military vehicle rally some years ago.  This model is especially significant to me since I first experienced a TUG first-hand at a Boy Scout Camp in the 1950’s when tasked with a work detail to ‘Spring Clean’ the area around and under the camp Mess Hall.  Unbeknownst to us, the oversized crawl space under the building also happened to be the designated storage area for the camp jeep…..  you guessed it, a Willys 6×6 known as an MT-TUG.  It was complete with serial numbers, stars, data plates and other markings. As mere kids, we were fascinated with the 6-wheel jeep and spent the time pretending to drive the beast instead of actually cleaning the space as assigned.  Lucky for us the 6 volt battery was dead.  And, so began, at an early age, a life-long interest in jeeps, especially the olive-drab kind.  It was also common knowledge within the camp that this jeep was experimental and one of only 15 built. (This fact was verified in books and articles on the MT-TUG published some 50 years later.) Anyway, the camp leaders also knew they had a rare vehicle on their hands and the scuttlebutt was that the jeep was going back to the manufacturer in even trade for a NEW Willys CJ5.  I moved on from scouting after that and still don’t know if that deal ever came to fruition.”

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1962 Economite 6×6 Amphibious Prototype Atlanta, GA, eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s, Unusual • TAGS: .

I’ve never heard of this M-274 replacement.  Looks like an interesting project.

“6×6 Economite Amphibious Prototype
US-ARMY
Built 1962
Serial #1

All Aluminum hull, amphibious all terrain vehicle.

Tested by
U. S. Army Transportation Board
&
U. S. Army Tank-Automotive Command
during 1962-63
as mentioned several times in report

Designed to replace the M274 Mule
Will carry 800 lbs at 25mph over land and 4 mph in the water.
Don’t have time due to new business venture”

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March 1944 Popular Science on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Magazine • TAGS: .

The March 1944 issue of Popular Science has an article about the “Seagoing Jeep” and an article about the Tugg.

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You can also view this issue at Google books. This is the link to the Sea Going article:

This is the link to the Tugg article:

 

 
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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”

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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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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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Custom 6-wheeled Jeep in India

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

This looks like a well done rig.  The Mahindra MM540 was phased out in 2000.  You can read about Julian and his jeep in the Hindu Times.

 

 
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Rare Six by Six Frame in Bali?

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

Rudolf forwarded a rare six by six setup which looks pretty willys-ish to me.  This is the second one he has discovered in Bali.

 
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Anyone Recognize this 1962 6×6?

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

Rudolf emailed me from Bali yesterday. He’d spotted this Jeep advertised for sale as a 1962 6×6 Willys Jeep.  He wondered if this was a custom project or the real deal.  My guess was that this is a one-off custom project, especially since it has a number of civilian elements. Apparently, the seller swears this was in the war (which war?).  Unfortunately, the seller has yet to respond to additional questions.  Also, below is the only pic provided.

Note the unusual front hubs.  I’ve never seen a 6×6 quite like this.  Is this possibly some oddball created by a Willys licensed manufacturer?

 
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1943 MT Tug Rear Terrebonne, Or **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  Sold very quickly …. Listed at $2800

Rare doesn’t adequately describe this unusual find.  This sure looks like a MT Tug rear based on what I can see in Mark Askew’s Rare WW2 Jeep Book.  I’m not sure what category to put this in, other than unusual!

“For sale 1943 Willys Truck 3/4 Ton 6×6 chassis Model MT-TUG. Only 15 of these vehicles were built for the US Army in 1943. I have the rear half of one of these vehicles which has the tandem rear drive axles, frame, suspension, front axles and a modified transfer case.”

 
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6×6 Tug Baldwinsville, NY **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Other 4x4s • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $17000.

Buck found this cool tribute to the early 6×6 Tuggs on eBay.  It’s not wholly original, but it is wholly fun.

“This amazing 6×6 “Super Jeep” was built from scratch using military and civilian parts. This vehicle runs, stops, and drives nicely. The body is in perfect condition. No rust. Fresh paint. Brand new seats. This is is a replica of the 6×6 TUG Super Jeep that the US Army made only 15 prototypes of.

Key Specs/Features:
-Flathead 4 engine
-12V electrical system
-3 speed transmission
-4 or 6 wheel drive
-The rear axle is powered via chain drive pillow block on the middle axle.
-Top speed 45 MPH
-Removable cargo racks

Extra items/parts:
– Spare tire
– Spare tire holder
– Jerry can holder
– Misc. bow parts (see photo)
– Rear seat cushions”

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Fred Smith, Rare Jeep Collector

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, GPA (SEEP) • TAGS: , .

While reading through the extensive history of the half track, I stumbled on the fact that the owner of the rarest of these half tracks was Fred Smith of the UK.  Having recently read that Fred Smith also owned and nicely restored the Ford Budd prototype, I got curious about who Fred Smith is.  At this point, I don’t know anything about him other than he’s got quite the jeep collection.  Here’s an approximate list (this list is a guess based on what I’ve read online):

  1. 1940 Ford Budd Prototype
  2. T-28 Half Track
  3. Willys MT-TUG 6×6
  4. 5 or 6 Ford GPs
  5. Ford GP four wheel steering
  6. Ford GPA (seep)
  7. Willys MA
  8. Willys MB

Not a bad collection!  Apparently, Fred shows these on occasion (or often) at the War and Peace Show at Beltring in Kent, UK.