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Rare Six by Six Frame in Bali?

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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?

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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**

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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**

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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

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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.