UPDATE: Still Available
Pete’s got this 3A trencher for sale.
“1950 willys jeep cj3a. With. A jeep a trench trencher on the back jeep runs well moves drives. Will need typiCal brakes redone. Needs all tires Has good matching title. Will need a new rear pto belt drive gear box I hAve the old one. But the cast is cracked and apart. For many years I think if b you knew a good welder that weld cast iron. And a machinest that can make a new gear or a set of Small gears you may be able to rebuild the gear box you c a new find used one I have guy th at will be getting one. In the next few weeks the body is not rusted out no floor patchs at all had its dents etc. Will post pics hopefully Sunday 1 29. Don’t wait may put on ebay soon. Loc near Scottsbluff Nebraska.calls only”
Chris had this Auburn Trencher for sale. His email is email@example.com
“Selling this Jeep-A-Trench from the Auburn Machine Works company. It’s a late 50’s model that has been stored inside since the 70’s. The auger teeth and arm were never used. Looking to sell as a complete unit for $1700”
UPDATE: Still Available
“1953 Willys Jeep, front blade, metal half cab, Auburn trencher, x-Bflo. Fire Dept. Telegraph Dept., 8500 original miles – needs restoration. $4000.”
UPDATE: It appears this is just the trencher.
(11/19/2016) Hard to see the condition of the jeep.
“1955 Willy’s Jeep-A-Trench make reasonable offer”
Looks like a good price. Seller has other parts for older jeeps, too.
“This trencher was removed from a 1950 Jeep CJ3A. When purchased was told it was in working condition. I have never done anything with it, but I applied a penetrating oil every 3-6 months on the chains, and apparatus. The link belt freely rotates. I have extra chain pieces, and the under Jeep components. Please call Denny for more information. I have collected Jeeps, and at my age I do not foresee doing anything more with them. I have other Jeep parts for older Jeeps. Asking $600 OBO.”
An August 20, 1954, article in the Toledo Bade discussed Kaiser-Willys upcoming demonstrations at 23 major fairs in 15 states. The article included a photo of a Jeep-a-Trench Trencher.
UPDATE: Price dropped to $7500 on eBay
“1957 Willys Jeep A Trench. I am the owner and have the title. This is one of the rarest things I have ever seen. It has an Auburn trencher attachment which later became Ditch Witch. This Jeep has been sitting in a pole barn for at least 10 years! I pulled and flushed the gas tank , blew out the fuel lines and cleaned the carb. It fires up and runs good! It will need some brake work! It was originally a baby blue color. It was repainted nearly 15 years ago. There was some patching done on the floor boards at that time. I’m sure they also patched it elsewhere. The paint job is fair for its age. It has some paint bubbles on the right rear quarter The interior is pretty nice and it shows 7770 original miles. Tires have excellent tread but are weather cracked. If you have an interest I urge you to come and look at it !! I have a lot of pictures. More than I can show here. I will gladly send you more. What a unique piece of equipment to own.. It is a 1957 and is not perfect. But would make a awesome restoration project. Sold as is needing TLC! Engine runs great!”
I hasn’t been run in a couple years, but it is supposedly capable of running and driving. Looks like the trencher is a Jeep-A-Trench.
“Old Jeep Trencher maybe 1940’s or 1950’s
Will dig up to 7 feet
Last time ran 2 years ago
Run and drives
rare front weight
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was sold at auction.
Chris found this one for auction in Holland, Ohio, June 4th. Looks in good shape.
“1957 Willys Jeep with Auburn 8ft trencher & snow plow, 2-seat w/cab 7,700 miles on odometer;”
UPDATE: Price dropped to $3500. More pics provided.
(10/28/2016) Used to have a Trencher on the rear.
“To many projects and with a third baby on the way I won’t be getting to all of them. Selling my 1952 Jeep Willys CJ3A. This Willys originally had a factory option Jeep-a-trench trencher (which has since been removed) on the back, so the Jeep still has the factory rear PTO. Has the T-90 3 speed manual transmission and the Dana Spicer model 18 transfer case. 4 cylinder F head Hurricane 134 ci engine. I have never had it running. Has factory half soft top and soft doors. Jeep has been in my shed for over 12 years. Have title and much of the original paperwork on it. Was in a shed when I got it and has continued to be. Little to no rust. Perfect for winter restoration project..”
Glenn spotted this one.
“I have a very RARE 1971 CJ5 Jeep backhoe with a go for digger backhoe factory conversion. Ran two years ago, it have a few hydraulic hoses that need to be replaced. NO TRADES. Call or text with any questions. Emails will be deleted. I have the front dozer blade, just not shown in pictures.”
This article from the December 1955 Jeep News shares the growth of Bosemer Plumbing and its use of two different Jeep-A-Trenches. Note the serial number of the very early trencher: 11C-915. I never would have guess that was one of the first ones ever built!
Cool postcard. Nice shot of the Auburn Machine Works in the background.
“VINTAGE POSTCARD ADVERTISING JEEP-A-TRENCH TRUCK/CAR AUBURN NEBRASKA NICE!!!”
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Isn’t this a trencher setup?
“Selling as a whole but possibly will separate
Transmission, transfer case, PTO setup, and trans cross member from a 53 cj3b. Will fit many years and models of the older jeeps
Make me a reasonable offer. I know what these parts are worth”
Is this complete? Isn’t it missing the big spoked wheel?
“We are offering a civilian jeep complete auburn Jeep-A-Trench. This very rare, The part number is JEEP-A-TRENCH.”
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No good overview pics.
“This is a 1956 Willys Jeep-A-Trench. Comes complete with the original engine, transmission and all Jeep-A-Trench components. Also comes with the rare original engine governor. I have the original pink slip title with the matching black California license plates. I also purchased another Jeep-A-Trench Willys jeep for parts. So you also get an extra engine, transmission, and complete Jeep-A-Trench setup (there is one just like it currently advertised on eBay for $5,500). I have two digging chains; one with cups for soft soil and one with spikes for hard soil. I paid $600 for all new bearings for the digger chain wheels. I have all four auger screws. Lot’s of good and rare documents included. Extra “Electrolift” for the front blade included as well. This jeep is complete with the original front blade and counterweight too. I have many body and many misc parts that go with this jeep; extra steering column and box, extra drive shafts, excellent gas tank, etc.”
Pics were dark. Missing parts. MIght still have value.
“elling my 1947 CJ2A Willys. Came out with trencher on back, most of it is there, along with extra parts. Its been sitting at my place too long, so its time to sell. No title, I bought it from original owner, who said he never had a title. It was considered off road/farm equipment so he never had it titled. Has serial number, and have looked into getting title, won’t take much to get one for it. Asking $1000 for it. Wanna sell whole, and not sell parts. Lots of usable parts for another project or to fix up and drive as a jeep. Rims on jeep in pics are not rims going with jeep, those are off my other one. I have different rims and tires to put on jeep that sell with it.”
UPDATE: Jeep and trencher sold. Well pulling equipment still available.
“1948 Willys CJ2A Jeep with working Jeep-a-Trench option and well pulling option. Can trench about 6 feet down.
— Jeep runs well but engine does smoke… a lot out the exhaust.
— Jeep drives and shifts through the gears fine.
— No brakes
— No glass in windshield
— Fuel pump doesn’t work so currently running off a gravity feed bottle.
— Not much rust on body
— battery tray is rusted out. battery must have leaked at one point.
— Has a clean title
— Asking $4000 Joe”
UPDATE: Eric shared some additional photos. They are located at the end of the post.
Eric Jarvis is learning that it is difficult to own just one jeep! He started with a 1964 CJ-5 like his grandfather used to own. Eric spent many years working on the red jeep until he got it just the way he wanted it. You can see the dedication on the glove box to his grandfather, Harlan.
The green next to it is a 1967 CJ-5 with a Buick V-6 Eric uses around the shop. It sports a Koenig PTO winch on the front. He also just picked up a Monroe 3 Point Hitch from Ted Jordan he will install in the rear.
The 1943 GPW shown below was a jeep Eric purchased from Don Prine three years ago. He even got a chance to fly to the northwest and see Don’s jeep collection, a memory I’m sure he’ll cherish.
Finally, Eric recently purchased this CJ-5 with a trencher. It’s a retirement project that I suspect will keep him busy for a few years.
Here’s one of Eric and Don Prine
Below are additional photos of the CJ-5’s engine:
This is a close up of the Cutlas Hub:
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2750.
Jeep runs. Trencher works. Great price!
“Willy’s jeep with mounted trencher. Trencher was manufactured in Auborn Nebraska. Jeep is around a 1960 model with a 4 cylinder gas engine. Both jeep and trencher are in working order.”
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $12,500
(11/01/2014) Needs some work.
“THIS IS COOL HOW MANY 1965 CJ FIVES CAN THERE BE WITH LESS THAN 5,000 MILES? THIS ONE IN A EQUIPMENT SHED, RUNS GOOD , NO BRAKES YET, THIS FOR THE COLLECTOR OR MUSEUM THAT WANTS AN ORIGINAL WILLY’S CJ-5 WITH FACTORY JEEP-A-TRENCH ATTACHMENT, PURCHASED FROM THE FAMILY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER, NO RUST ON THIS JEEP FACTORY TOP SINCE NEW,”
Bill’s still got these parts for sale.
I have a Jeep CJ-5 DRW “Go-For-Digger” Trencher that I am parting out. The Jeep was built in 1970, the trencher parts are similar from years 1960-ish thru 1971….
Remaining parts available include:
Trencher transmission (comes up thru the bed off of PTO…turns smooth and quiet)
Original Motorola hour meter
Complete drivetrain F-134 / T-90 / Dana 18 Motor has hole in #3 cyl.. needs sleeved.
Novi Governor $750
Governor handle/control that mounts to LR corner of body (trencher specific)
Governor handle (normal dash style)
Send me your offers on parts you need!
I have an entire vehicle being parted out. Above are GFD-specific parts, if you need something else, please ask!
I also have a set of axles from a 1965 CJ-5 that are rebuilt, 5.38 gears, no brakes. $200/set”
UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $1800.
This does not include the jeep. Just the Trencher.
“Early Trencher. Trencher only, no jeep. Complete back end unit, springs and mounts, Dana 18 T case and T-90 with the pto and Brake drum gear setup. Take off condition Rusty Greasy. I have pictures of it running and on the jeep. Jeep and frame are gone.”
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000.
Runs and drives.
“for sale 1946 rare column shift CJ 2a with a jeep a trench mounted on it, almost everything is rebuilt or new does need body work but has a very solid body. Runs drives and stops “
UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $1500
(04/14/2011) Windy’s got this CJ-5 trencher for sale. He also has some extra parts for sale, too.
“For sale, ’70 Jeep trencher. body rough but could be repaired or get another early cj5 and put it on. Jeep is complete. Also have extra trencher parts from ’68 available. This is a neat piece of Jeep history fun project that I have to let go. $1500 for trencher OBO Title lost , bill of sale only. I’m near Lenharstsville PA. Gotta get rid of a few projects.”