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1943 Modified GPW Bozeman, MT **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB), Sedan-jeep, Unusual • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Thanks to Roger Martin for sharing this unusual vehicle. The buy-it-now price on this highly modified GPW/truck is $14,995. I’m not clear how the seller arrived at the price, but the vehicle itself is a whimsical item that seems to need some work.






“This is a very special vehicle I found a few months ago that came from a ranch in eastern Montana. Perhaps some handy rancher wanted a Jeep pickup before Jeep ever offered one. Perhaps he could not afford or justify the cost of one and decided to build one from a WW II Jeep, an extra WW II Jeep frame, an early Dodge pickup cab and the front of an as of yet unknown early steel pickup box.

This truck appears to have a chassis made out of a pair of WW II Jeep chassis that were cut off and butt welded together in the center to make a chassis that has a wheelbase just over 2 feet longer at 105-1/2”. That is 25-1/2″ longer than the stock WW II Jeep chassis that has an 80″ wheelbase. Someone then added a cab from a 1933 to early 1935 Dodge pickup or 1-1/2 ton truck so they would have some weather protection from the sometimes wild weather here in Montana.

What really impressed me about this truck the moment I first saw it is the amount of work some reasonably skilled craftsman went to to build a 4 wheel drive pickup out a tiny WW II Jeep. I have seen literally hundreds of WW II and later Jeeps in my life so far that have had cabs added to the original Jeep body but I have never seen one that had a pickup or truck cab installed on it like this truck has. Add to that the fact that the cab on this truck has the very attrractive backward opening “suicide” doors from the early 1930’s and one has a very special vehicle.

Not only was a completely different cab installed on this “stretched” Jeep chassis, but that cab was subjected to some very interesting modifications. The most obvious modification is the very special rounded cowl that adapted the cowl of the Dodge cab to the back of the flat Jeep cowl right bvehind the Jeep hood. I am very sure that that cowl adapter was not hand formed but I have not yet figured out what that specially formed piece of sheet metal may have been used on originally.

Please also notice the very significant fact that the as of yet unknown Jeep builder adapted a “V” windshield to the front of the Dodge cab that originally came with a flat whidshield. I have yet to figure out what vehicle that “V” windshield originally came in. Please help me here if you possibly can. Another modification to the Dodge truck cab would be the fact that it has a steel insert in the top of the roof rather than the original fabric roof that it came with when new. I have seen hundreds of Model A Ford and other similar vehicles from the 20’s and 30’s that had similar steel roofs installed when the original fabrick roofs went bad.
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Braden Winch and Boom Ham Lake, MN $1375


UPDATE: Was listed on eBay. Only the Boom and Winch are for sale. NOT THE JEEP!

“Very good condition, will separate boom and winch if necessary. Sorry, price does not include Jeep. Will ship winch via Fastenal at buyers expense”

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1954 CJ-3B w/Tow Assembly Chico, CA $1500


Lots of parts go with it.

“1954 willy’s cj3b tow truck and extra parts and bodies, DOES NOT RUN, HAS CLEAN PINK SLIP, sold as is with all extra parts. $1500.00 cash”

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1962 Truck Wrecker New Bedford, MA $10,500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

Looks in good shape.

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“1962 willys wrecker
still have few bugs to work out
runs and drives
have receipts for every part i put into it
also has;
-226 super hurricane
-t90 trans
-dana 25 front
-dana 50 rear”


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Nice Looking Truck

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Scott shared these pics of this nice looking truck with a plow and wrecker. The owner’s family was a Willys dealer and apparently has a variety of vintage jeeps.


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Canfield Folding Wrecker Calgary, Canada **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: , .


Glenn’s selling this hard-to-find folding wrecker made by Canfield.

“Want to stand out at the car show this year guys? Here’s your chance, The second image will give you an idea of what this thing looks like once it’s put together I’ve only ever seen pictures of one of these before and this particular one I brought in from North Carolina of all places

This is an extremely rare Canfield folding, PTO winch included and correct for the time. But not necessarily the right one for the Wrecker but no one will ever tell the difference as it is the same brand that Canfield used and the same capacity. Also included is the extension boom”




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1947 CJ-2A w/Tow Boom Ham Lake, MN **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6950.

(10/12/2017) This one is cool!

“1947 CJ2A Jeep, Original L4 engine runs great. Brakes, transmission, transfer case all gone thru. Floor pans and fender replaced, Many other items replaced or repaired. Includes a MU2A Braden winch rebuilt w/towing boom driven by pto on rear of Jeep. Jeep
also has rare heater. This would be great for lake cabins to aid in boat dock removal, farm use, great fun to drive. Ready to sell. $6950”

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1950ish Canfield Wrecker Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features • TAGS: , .

I like this brochure. It includes some nice visuals of the Canfield Wrecker stowed in the back of the truck and jeep.

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1957 FC-170 Janesville, CA **Still Available**

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677 • TAGS: .

UPDATE II: Still Available. This has rust in the cab corners and a sprung drivers door. There also no mechanicals for the boom.

UPDATE: Dan found a photo of this FC from years ago:



Original post: I like the price! Thanks to Bill for sharing it.

“1957 Jeep Willys FC170 truck. Classic local patina is original!
6 cly flathead engine, 3spd transmission. Most parts are there but missing transfer case, PTO, and front hubs.
Truck has original vin plate.”

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1951 & 1953 Trucks Firestone, CO $1800/each

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Only one truck pictures, but it has a tow setup in the back.

“I have 2 willys pickups for sale, great ratrod projects or whatever your heart desires. 1800 each or 3000 for both”


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1962 Truck/Wrecker South Coast, MA $9000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Looks like a restoration process stalled.

“1962 willys wrecker want it gone call for info”

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1957 Truck Kingston, NY $2800

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2800.


“1957 willys jeep pickup/tow truck
Runs and moves good solid truck with working pto winch and plow with left and right many extra parts floor pans solid great for restore or rat rod”


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Tow-Loader Tractor Corp #1002

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features • TAGS: , , , .

Maury spotted this one-off CJ-5 backhoe tractor combo. He wrote, “I was helping my brother in law pick up some car parts this past weekend, and ran across this interesting CJ5-based vehicle.  It was made by the guy who owned the business that was selling the car parts, and he told me it was a one-off he created years ago in Michigan in the hope of successfully marketing it. 

The CJ5 body was bought new from AMC separately, and installed on the heavy steel  frame he created for it.  He said the resulting vehicle was the only loader-backhoe he knew of that could go 80 m.p.h.!”

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1962 Wagon Fillmore, MN $4000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

And it runs, too.

“Ford 289/ Willys, Ford running gear. Has placed in local car shows and mud bogs, street legal, runs badass, 4×4 w/pos. Collector plates, Totally custom. No Pics.. must hear and see to appreciate. Clean title.”


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1958 FC-150 Birmingham, AL eBay

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677 • TAGS: .

It runs and drives, but doesn’t stop. No title.

“as far as I can tell this is a 1958 Jeep Fc 150 forward control truck that someone has taken the bed off and put a boom on it runs and drives, the 4wd drive works good also, it is rusty but would make a great woods toy, has Dana 44s it has plenty of torque, in four low it will about snap your neck! Great for a hunting club. Selling as is no warranties, with Bill Of Sale only! Thanks for looking make me an offer.
Runs and drives but brakes don’t work!”

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1963 FC-170 Wrecker Cannon Falls, MN **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This looks like a nice rig.

” Up for Auction is a 1963 FC-170 wrecker. I’ve decided it was time to let someone else have some fun with this very unique piece of Jeep history. Everything works on the truck. It’s been in the shed for the last 6 years only taken out one or twice during the summer to cruise around a little It runs and drives. This last winter was not good when I opened the shed in the spring I found that the two side windows cracked and something dinged the cab, it will need a tune up as it runs a little rough.”




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1953 Truck Salina, KS **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3250.

(07/28/2015) This has an interesting rear. For some reason it has the PTO bar in back?

“My dad’s 53 Willy 4X4 , straight six “Super Hurricane” 4 speed manual, hi lo transfercase. It does run but needs brake work and a few odds and ends tiddy-ed up. It has a winch mount in front and in the bed of the truck; along with a gin pole setup. We rebuilt this many years ago from the radiator to the tailpipe and used to take it to Colorado to use on trails or general running around while camping. It has a few modifications for the trails but for the most part it is stock.
Make me an offer”

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1945 Photo of Custom Wrecker Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

I wish the photo showed the whole wrecker.

“1945- U.S. troops sit in the “jeep wrecker” they created and with which they tow in jeeps that have run into trouble  on the Western Front.”

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1946 CJ-2A Waldwick, NJ **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5800.

Great tow setup.

1946 Willy’s CJ2A serial# 61128 clear NJ title Runs good (drove it today) flat head 4 engine 4 wheel drive with high and low. 3 speed trans with floor shifter with separate PTO, Ramsey winch on rear that runs a rare tow boom. Also has a western snowplow from the 1950’s the runs off a hydraulic pump plow has some rust. Converted to 12 volts for easier starts. steel half cab with doors and a tiger top soft top with doors also included. Has heater and directional ,Tow bar and steel canoe rack. There is some rust on body but looks good, solid frame 100% complete and everything works 16*6 ndt tires and spare. This is not a restoration original body and engine $5800 obo”

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1955 Tow Truck Merrill, MI $3000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/14/2014) Runs. It’s worth a look.

“1955 Willys wrecker, great shape for being 60Years old!
Good running 350 chevy.
4X4 3speed. cool one of a kind project!
Consider trades, may add cash for the right one.



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1962 CJ-6 Wrecker East Haddam, CT **Status Unknown**

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

UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $54,000.

Mark just listed Brian’s unique CJ-6 at

“Another vehicle from the collection of Brian Hainer, long time restorer and collector. This jeep was restored to original condition as a garage service jeep. It has the original 4 cylinder, hurricane engine, T-98 transmission, model 70 dual rear wheel rear end, twin stick pto shifter to control front winch, rear wrecker winch, mid mount compressor. Also equipped with a pto adapter and a modern overdrive unit. Every last item on this jeep was completely disassembled, cleaned and rebuilt with mostly nos parts. I can go on and on about all the little details so if you are interested contact me and we can go over it in more detail. Over 3000 man hours and $75K in rebuild of this one of a kind vehicle”

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1962 Wrecker Truck Plympton, MA $2500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Craig forwarded this wrecker/ snow plow combo. I bet this doesn’t last long. No title.

“Original factory made Willys Wrecker with Well-Built body.
Equipped with a Fisher power angling snowplow.
No title.”

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1957 Truck and 1962 Tow Truck Antioch, IL **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This auction is for two trucks. The ’57 is apart, but has a title, while the tow truck doesn’t have a title.

“Auction is for a 1957 Willys Pickup, with clear title, that is in pieces however you will receive at no additional cost a Really cool Willys Pickup/Tow Truck. This is a project that needs some finishing touches however most of the heavy lifting is already done. Pretty solid however the cab has had some repairs that are less than perfect. Serial number for the Tow Truck is 55268 70575. Most of what I did was major mechanical…new timing chain and gears, new electronic distributor, rebuilt carburetor, new clutch and pressure plate with turned flywheel, new speedometer cable.

* used some parts from a 1957 pickup that will also be included in the sale, specifically the T-90 trans and cross member as well as the wiper motor. Truck runs great, clutch is smooth as silk. Needs new front windshield, tail lights and other minor finishing touches. This is as close to original as it gets…she isn’t fast and drives like she’s 50 years old but it is really cool. You will receive clear title for the 1957 and all remaining parts from the, frame, axles, etc. The Ramsey pto isn’t hooked up but is included as well as the drive shaft to the winch. Front pusher bumper and plow included. The plow pump needs an adjustment to the check valve as it doesn’t always stay up. You will also receive a brand new radiator and plastic gas tank however the ones in the truck are fine. Buyer could use the Tow Truck as parts Truck to refurbish the 1957…just a thought.”

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Wrecker from Jack Tipple Motors

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Paul Barry shared some photos of the truck shown below. The hamilton toy wrecker is cute.

Paul wrote, I kept asking about the tow truck. I guess the owners got tired of me asking and said if I wanted the tow truck I had to buy all the Willys stuff left over from the dealership. Shucks!

The story behind the truck is it was ordered from Toledo with a Canfield wrecker and was delivered in 1955 along with a new CJ-5. The truck arrived in red primer, as it was to be painted the yellow and blue AAA colors, the business was a AAA station since 1927. The pair of jeeps arrived very late at night and as was the custom the transport just dropped them off in front of the store. When morning came, only the CJ-5 was there, no tow truck to be found. I suppose phone calls were made and the truck was supposed to be right in front. Someone came into the station later that morning and said they saw a tow truck stuck in the riverbed back at the crossroads. So they took the old wrecker and recovered the new one In the Eel River (ed note Ferndale is just south of the Eel River). The local hooligans stole the truck and since it was delivered with only a couple gallons of fuel, ran out of gas while “wheeling” it.

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A Ferndale Willys dealer originally used this truck wrecker to tow disabled vehicles. He also used it as a customer demonstration vehicle.



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Charles Finds Some Unusual Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images • TAGS: , , .

Charles forwarded an interesting collection of photos with rare implements or oddities:





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