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1953 CJ-3B w/ Trencher Bradford, OH Auction June 19th

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This jeep may be worth a look. It’s got a trencher on the back. Only 10,000+ miles on it.

https://www.auctionzip.com/Listings/3564470.html?kwd=willys%20jeep&zip=&category=0

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1966 Gladiator w/ Trench Kettle Falls, WA $2500

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Unclear if this still runs or not.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/494829778190478

“4×4 Jeep Trencher. We used this to dig for power and water lines on our place, roughly 5 ft. deep. You can set it at what depth you want. $2,500 OBO”

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Year? CJ-3A Jeep-A-Trench San Mateo, CA $6200

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This will run and drive. Given that, it seems worth a look. It’s listed as a 1948, but seems to be a CJ-3A.

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/cto/d/san-mateo-jeep-willys/7279960909.html

“Flat fender willys Jeep with trencher. Everything’s is original, everything is there. Car has been in the family for years.

Engine is good, turns over,starts up, and will drive,feel free to bring your mechanic or wrenches to get it started, you will need a battery . 70,xxx miles on it.
Tittle is lost.
Car is located in Sam Mateo”

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1965? Go-For-Digger Trencher Brochure

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I *think* this Go-For-Digger brochure features the trench on the back of an International D-1300 1 ton truck. Can anyone confirm this model? This brochure is Catalog No. 1865:

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Go For Digger Trencher Brochure

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This Go-For-Digger trencher brochure is undated and has no form number. It’s likely from the late 1950s.

This first image shows the front page:

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This is how the brochure looks when fully opened:

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The is the back page:

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1948 CJ-2A Trencher Potomac, IL $5000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available. There are some more pics here

(08/28/2020) Not sure how much value is here. As Gordon notes in the comments, this has duallies.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/333290231130389/

“Willy’s Jeep CJ2a trencher barn find been sitting under a tree outback motor surely stuck What’s it worth Located outside Potomac IL”

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1948 CJ-2A w/ Trencher Scotts Bluff, NE **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000.

This includes the Jeep-a-Trench.

“may be a 1948 ???? no title willys cj2a with the jeep a treach as you can see it is off of it seems complete it will run i reringed with new pistons also it due to # 4 piston being stuck . the engine at one time was rebuilt the piston were 0.30 over rod bearing were 0.40 over had it running needs a carb kit points fuel pump , its still on 6 volt system has a little brakes , tires hold air crackes in tires not road worthy , HAS no title guy i got it from didnt get one when he bought it over 5 years ago 4000.00 loc near scottsbluff Nebraska”

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1965 CJ-5 Whittier, CA $15,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: , , , .

This CJ-5 has low miles with a working Auburn Trencher, rear helper coil springs, and a Koenig half-cab.

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/cto/d/whittier-jeep-trencher/7233910801.html

“1965 Willys CJ5 with Auburn Trencher. Front blade bracket/no blade. Dual wheel adapters with extra set of rims and tires. The Jeep has the-overload coil springs with leaf springs in the rear. It’s all there. Practically no miles on motor to speak of 5,000 +or – runs great, trencher works great. I do have dually adapters with the rims and tires that will go with it. Zero rust, great piece of history.

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1948 CJ-2A “Lefty” Trencher Scottsbluff, NE **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3200.

A rare combination of a Lefty and a Trencher. If you go to see it, don’t forget to visit Carhenge, a place I’ve yet to visit.

“may be a 1948 ???? no title willys cj2a with the jeep a treach as you can see it is off of it seems complete it will run i reringed with new pistons also it due to # 4 piston being stuck . the engine at one time was rebuilt the piston were 0.30 over rod bearing were 0.40 over had it running needs a carb kit points fuel pump , fuel tank . its still on 6 volt system has a little brakes , tires hold air cracks in tires not road worthy , the front bumper counter weight and the dual wheel adapters HAS no title guy i got it from didnt get one when he bought it over 5 years ago 3200.00”

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1953 or 54? Jeep-A-Trench Brochure

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This trencher brochure from Auburn Machine Works was on eBay before I snatched it. Given it features a CJ-3B, I figure this is a 1953 or 54 brochure. There’s no form number.

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1959 CJ-5 Trencher Shipshewana, IN **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

Nick is selling this CJ5 with a plow, half top, and working trencher.

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“I take cash or PayPal. Firm on price. First with payment takes it. Located in Shipshewana, IN. 1959 Willys Jeep CJ5 with Auburn Jeep-A-Trench. AgriJeeps were a standard CJ with aftermarket farm equipment, making a dual-purpose vehicle.

This is one of very few operational trencher Jeeps left. I can send you a video of it trenching my backyard. This particular trencher is the latest, greatest version available for the Jeep. It sits inside the bed, rather than hanging off the back. It removes quite a bit of stress from the chassis and body. Hydraulic boom raise/lower and gear-driven chain. Has a new heavy duty clutch kit, fuel tank, fuel pump, lines. Tires all hold air. Runs and drives nice.
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1961 CJ-5 Jeep-A-Trench St. Croix, IN $2500

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Doesn’t run. Has rust.

https://louisville.craigslist.org/pts/d/bristow-1961-jeep-willys-jeep-trench/7187386744.html

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“For that special person in your life that has everything…but NOT a Jeep-A-Trench!

1961 Jeep Willys
Jeep-A-Trench
4cyl. overhead valve
Rear passenger side leaf spring broke so it was retired.
Everything is here.
PTO driven unit in rear.
I have not engaged the PTO in fear for my life.

With a hot battery it starts right up and doesn’t smoke!
Runs strong (can send video).
Zero brakes
Not drivable at this time.

Just a really cool, rare unit with a neat history.
Clear Indiana title!

Special Machinery plated
$2500.00 Hour west of Louisville of I64 Exit #79”

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Jeep-A-Trench Unit Metamora, IL $450

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It’s rare to find these without a jeep. It looks in pretty good shape. It doesn’t seem to have the PTO parts included?

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/713426812528542/

“Willys trencher unit. In good shape”

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1956 CJ-5 Trencher Fort Smith, AR $1800

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $1800.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/132385384566178/

(08/29/2019) “1956 Jeep cj5 trench a Jeep This is a very rare Jeep very few were made like this. It is a complete Jeep with all the pto’s and parts for trencher only thing missing is back chain covers This is a project does not run Frame is bent and body is rough Does not have title or vin plate I have a 55 parts Jeep that comes with it that has a good frame and vin tag no title Will provide a bill of sale This is a project I picked up and just don’t have tome to dedicate to it have to finish my projects will sale with parts Jeep for $2200or $1800 without parts Jeep”

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1952 CJ-3A w/ Trencher Canton, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** $2000

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“1952 Willys CJ3A Auburn Jeep-a-Trench Trencher Jeep.
Project – must sell to save this iron. I will consider fair offers. Early Auburn Trencher wheel drive, on a 1952 Willys CJ3A.
No Title. Low miles. NE Ohio. Akron / Canton Area. This Trencher was used to dig irrigation ditches on a golf course in Northern Ohio. It was sitting outdoors when I saved it.
Frame is in great shape. Leaf springs are ok. Body is pretty good (my opinion), No filler. Could use new front floor of course. Half cab top bows – no canvas, no door frames, Monarch Governor with handle and cable. Motor and Transmission are locked, I disconnected the drive shaft to roll it. I removed all brake drums also, found one rear hub was cracked so I replaced both rears hubs. Green narrow 16″ jeep wheels go with it, see last picture.”

 
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Jeep-A-Trench Digger Attachment Riverton, KS $375

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No PTO parts are included in the sale.

https://joplin.craigslist.org/pts/d/riverton-willys-jeep-trench-attachment/6979679793.html

“Selling the jeep-a-trench attachment off a willys jeep. This jeep has been sitting outside for 20+ years.
I have a tractor and 2 post lift to remove and load on your trailer.
NO PTO parts are included for $375 – I’ll remove the bolts holding it to the frame and send it home with you.
Located 5 miles North of Riverton KS”

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1959 CJ-5 Beatrice, NE **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3900.

Maury found this great old trencher for sale.

“1959 factory Jeep A trench. Runs like a sewing machine. New ignition, fuel pump, and clutch. Master cylinder needs to be replaced (new one with the truck), gas tank has a leak (using a boat tank to move truck around), exhaust needs a new down pipe. Thats all the bad news! Trencher is an auburn trencher made and installed here in nebraska. Jeep comes with both doors, new master cylinder, new brake shoes, full set of 12 inch bits as well as lots of links and spare parts.”

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1949 CJ-3A w/Trencher Blooming Prairie, MN $3000

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Needs a closer look.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/629712947520508/

“1949 willys jeep with trencher, trencher was working when this got parked. The body is in pretty good shape just been sitting under trees for couple years. Beside the trencher and body it need some work. Tires air up though and she will roll. Has 4 speed transmission. Everything is there for the trencher. Good project for someone looking to redo an ole willys jeep.”

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1952 CJ-3A Claflin, KS $3200

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UPDATE: Price dropped to $3200.

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

https://salina.craigslist.org/cto/d/claflin-1952-willys-cj3a-cj-3a-jeep/6855421982.html

“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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Auburn Machine Works Trencher Patent

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There are some great illustrations that accompanied this patent filed August 15, 1950, by Friedrich Schmidt on behalf of Auburn Machine Works.

According to the filing, “An object of this invention is to provide means for digging trenches particularly suitable for mounting on a conventional vehicle such as a truck or jeep without any substantial modification thereof and driven from the vehicle power take-01f. It is a related object to provide novel means coordinated with the digger portion of the device for enabling the vehicle to be advanced positively at a speed which is only a fraction of the normally obtainable minimum speed and with the engine operating at full rated R. P. M. I”

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1955 CJ-5 Trencher San Antonio, TX **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000.

Jeep lacks brakes and the trencher needs some work. Has a Meyer half cab and a plow up front.

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“Here is one of the Holy Grails for the Jeep Collector. The “Jeep-A-Trench.”

I recently uncovered this Jeep from a farm in Winters Texas. The rancher had owned the Jeep since the 1960’s or so. It has the ultra rare Jeep-A-Trench rear end and the front mounted Dozer blade. It is also outfitted with the Arctic top and hard doors. All the glass is good and I even have the back cab glass thats in perfect shape. The seal just dried up.

The Jeep has no found rust through, been in Texas since new. Even the under seat tool box is solid. The Jeep was paint industrial yellow likely when the gear was installed. But the factory original was that nice turquoisey blue.

The Jeep runs and drives but currently has no brakes. The front blade still works and automatic raises and lowers from inside cab. The rear Trencher is all there minus needing a new drive chain and slide on dual sprocket. The unit is otherwise 100% complete.

The Jeep has four new tires and a new battery. I had never even seen one of these Jeeps. There’s a brass data plate that states….”Jeep-A-Trench” on the Jeep. Super cool find.”

 
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1959 CJ-5 w/ Trencher Nashville, TN $3500

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Includes a Jeep-A-Trench trencher and a plow.

https://bloomington.craigslist.org/cto/d/1959-jeep-cj5-jeep-trench/6750714176.html
“1959 Willys Jeep A Trench !!!!
Based off a CJ5
Very rare find!!!
Rear trencher attachment and front blade for backfilling or snow removal
134F head engine
Was running a year ago.
Needs work to make it a runner.
Missing fuel tank,
Body tub is in fair shape, we have new ones in stock also.
Would make an excellent winter project!!
We have a title in hand.”

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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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