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Year? CJ-5 w/ Jeep-A-Trench Louisville, TN $4000

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Thanks to a couple folks for sharing this link. It has an automatic?

https://knoxville.craigslist.org/cto/d/jeep-trench/6687497420.html

“I’m trying to sell this Jeep truck equipment vehicle for this old man he’s asking 4000 for it I don’t know much about it but we can go look at it. He has a lot of other things for sale too.”

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CJ-2A/3A Parts and Trencher Parts Cascade, IA

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UPDATE: Still Available. No pics provided.

https://dubuque.craigslist.org/pts/d/vintage-willys-jeep-rolling/6638871386.html

“I am parting out a Willys Jeep CJ2 CJ3 rolling chassis that at one time had a PTO driven rear trencher on it. I have already used the following: wheels/tires……springs…..PTO driveshaft. They are not for sale.

The following parts are for sale:
Front driveshaft……….$150
Rear driveshaft………..$150
Transmission…………..$225
Transfer case…………..$225
Front axle……………….$175
Rear axle………………..$150
Frame…………………….$150 (has cracks and reinforcements)
Engine block ……………$125 (missing head and intake/exhaust manifold as well as other small parts)
PTO shift unit…………..$175

Complete trencher drive system ……..PTO shift unit…….engage/disengage control w/sprocket……large drive sprocket from emergency brake hub…….two drive shafts with universal joints…….shaft mounting pillow blocks…….rear chain drive sprocket
………………………………$400 for all trencher stuff.

Email or call with any questions…….NO TEXTS……NO TEXTS
Thanks”

 
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Auburn Trencher Columbia, SC **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $300.

Mike spotted this trencher.

“1960s Auburn Trencher that will cut 12″ wide and up to 10′. Bracket on back will attach to Willys Jeep. This is not a show piece and will need some work to get it functional, but all the pieces are there. There is an awful lot of steel so it could be worth scrapping. We can work out delivery if needed.”

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1964 CJ-5 Trencher Buffalo, NY No Price

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UPDATE: **SOLD**

Seller believes it to be a Tux Park.

“For sale I have I believe a 1964 willys cj5 tuxedo park with 15000 original mileage. This was purchased from the original owner. I had this running a couple years ago it ran great the dauntless v6 ran great and it drove good. The trencher worked just as it should. It is equipped with a half cab that is in great shape. There is some small spots of surface rust here or there but it Is rock solid no rot. The trencher has been on since day one I have the tailgate that was removed to install it. Along with the jeep I have a ton of spare trencher parts there is almost enough to build a second trencher minus the boom. I have no clue what this is worth I don’t want to give it away if interested message me and we can talk.”

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Jeep “Junkyard” near Franklin, PA

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TJ shared this post from Barnfinds.com of a collection of jeeps near Franklin, Pennsylvania. I figured someone might recognize the location?

https://barnfinds.com/roadside-junkyard-fiasco/

Here are a couple pics:

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1958? CJ-5 w/ Trencher Storrs, CT $2800

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/22/2018) Ted’s got this trencher for sale.

“For sale late sixties CJ5 Auburn Jeep A Trench 1968? Would make a great yard truck/ Plow Jeep,comes with dirt plow and snow plow. Starts, runs good and drives , clutch feels good , no brakes . Body’s kinda rough but frame looks pretty good . Havent had a chance to go over it well to check everything but seems to be pretty complete , missing one of the augers. PTO engages and shaft spins . Not very familiar with these units so will try my best to answer any questions. Looks complete enough to restore or get going and use as is, or would be a great parts donor for another Auburn Trencher unit. Front counter weight there ,as is the creeper gear , pto assembly, Fhead motor, overload springs ( Canfields or Koenigs ?) etc Too many Jeeps to work on this one needs a new home $2800 Feel free to call,text, or email for details , I will try my best to answer all questions. If I miss your call (very loud at work) I will return the call”

https://allentown.craigslist.org/cto/d/for-sale-1968-cj5-jeep-auburn/6467905191.html

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1953 CJ-3B Hamburg, NY $4000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: .

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.”

https://buffalo.craigslist.org/cto/d/willys-jeep-1953/6462578113.html

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The Story of the Auburn Jeep-A-Trench

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

This was published around 1950. It’s less story and more marketing, but still interesting. The argument that the trencher doesn’t affect the roadability of the jeep might be a stretch ….

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1968? CJ-5 w/ Auburn Trencher Storrs, CT **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2800.

(12/04/2017) Ted’s selling this CJ-5. I estimate it to be around mid 1968, but that’s just a guess based on the serial number.

“For sale late sixties CJ5 Auburn Jeep A Trench . Starts, runs good and drives , clutch feels good , no brakes . Body’s kinda rough but frame looks pretty good . Havent had a chance to go over it well to check everything but seems to be pretty complete , missing one of the augers. PTO engages and shaft spins . Not very familiar with these units so will try my best to answer any questions. Looks complete enough to restore or get going and use as is, or would be a great parts donor for another Auburn Trencher unit. Front counter weight there ,as is the creeper gear , pto assembly, Fhead  Governor , overload springs ( Canfields or Koenigs ?) etc”

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1946 CJ-2A Shipshewana, IN $1500

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Nick’s selling this trencher jeep.

“For sale is a 1946 Willys CJ2A I purchased in St. Louis. It was used as a true agrijeep, fitted with the early Jeep-A-Trench equipment. It has:

-Complete PTO system
-Complete gear-engagement system
-Trencher mount
-Coil helper springs
-Complete engine that turns free
-Trans/tcase

I know where you can buy the correct style trencher. And on the South Bend Craigslist, there is a guy from Elkhart selling a trencher Jeep windshield. I located the trencher so I could build the Jeep for local tractor shows, but have too much going on. This Jeep deserves to be rescued and brought back to life… not parted out.”

https://southbend.craigslist.org/cto/d/willys-jeep-farm-trencher-pto/6395196883.html

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1957 Jeep-A-Trench Randolph, OH $1000

• CATEGORIES: Parts • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(09/13/2017) Craig shared this one. Seller is including a snow plow and front counter weight as well. Looks like a good price.

“1957 Jeep A Trench trencher,snow plow and front counter weight. Will sell all together or separately”

https://akroncanton.craigslist.org/pts/6303783022.html

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Trencher’s First Appearance?

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: , .

This photo from the October 1954 issue of Kaiser Willys News got me thinking. Anyone know when the first jeep trenchers were manufactured?

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CJ-5 Trencher Smith Valley, NV **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was “Make Offer”

Bill spotted this one. Looks definitely some value here.

“!950’s Jeep trencher. Ran when parked. Make offer. Ask for Jim”

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1948 CJ-2A New Melle, MO $2000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

Parts jeep or project.

“1948 willys jeep trench-o-jeep do not have the trencher has rear pto with all drive shafts has another pto for the trencher with drive shafts has all engagement levers and hardware for drive has coil over helper springs for the weight jeep has transmission but no engine and no title jeep tub in good shape rust holes in floors”

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/cto/d/1948-willys-trench-jeep/6281344592.html

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Tractor w/ Auburn Trencher Hardinsburg, IN $6000

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s • TAGS: .

Glenn spotted this Auburn trencher on the back of a tractor.

“International 2400 gas tractor with Auburn mounted trencher and Auburn mounted dozer blade. This is a one of a kind machine. Google it, Auburn made trenchers for tractors and Willys Jeeps from the 40s through the 80s. Parts are still available from a dealer in Virginia. I got this given to me by the original owner. I brought it home, and got it running. It has been sitting for about 4 years. Last time it ran, when the engine got warmed up, it died. Let it cool, it would run again. Easy electrical fix, I just have no need for the tractor. It is a cool piece to look at! Auburn split the tractor and mated the gear transmission with a hydraulic one. It still runs ans drives like a tractor, but when you engage the Auburn transmission and pto for trencher, it takes over. 98 ACTUAL HOURS. I know the complete history on the machine. It has a 5″ trencher on it. Blade works all the way. It really is handy, I just have no need for it. Feel free to call with any questions. Good for collecting or for use!!! I am asking $6000 obo. Make me an offer, I need the barn space! I can load it on your trailer.”

https://louisville.craigslist.org/grd/6171095497.html

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Auburn Trencher Medina, OH **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: **Status Unknown** was $1495.

Chris had this Auburn Trencher for sale. His email is hngc2013@gmail.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 $1495”

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1948 CJ-3A New Melle, St. Louis, MO $2000

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This jeep no longer has it’s trencher, but it still has lots of parts.

“1948 willys jeep trench-o-jeep do not have the trencher has rear pto with all drive shafts has another pto for the trencher with drive shafts has all engagement levers and hardware for drive has coil over helper springs for the weight jeep has transmission but no engine and no title jeep tub in good shape rust holes in floors”

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/cto/6175884724.html

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1950 CJ-3A Trencher Mitchell, CO $2600

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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”

https://denver.craigslist.org/cto/6081800909.html

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Jeep A Trench Trencher Randolph, OH Make Offer

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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”

http://akroncanton.craigslist.org/pts/5881378552.html

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1950? Auburn Trencher Sylvania, OH $600

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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.”

http://toledo.craigslist.org/tls/5865395773.html

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1952 CJ-3A Claflin, KS $3500

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(10/28/2016) Used to have a Trencher on the rear.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/510651446065199

“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..”

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1954 News Article About Jeeps Being Shown at Fairs

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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.

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1957 CJ-5 w/Trencher Antwerp, OH $7,500

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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!”

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Year? CJ-2A w/Trencher Nelson, WI $4500

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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
4×4”

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/cto/5649645980.html

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1957 CJ-5 Trencher Holland, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Auctions, CJ5 • TAGS: , , .

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;”

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