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1948 CJ-2A Madison, WI **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

John spotted this great deal. Note the ‘newer’ gauge cluster in the dash. Has toyota motor.

“1948 Willys CJ2A serial number 187738 with early Jeep-A-Trench option including a partial of the well pulling attachment to go with it. It also has a Sneker Snow plow mount (no blade).

The Good:
1) Jeep is incredibly solid top and bottom…. all hat channels are perfect and tool box is perfect.
2) trencher is complete and functioning
3) jeep has an original issued title that is clean (pretty cool as the vehicle type is listed as “ditch digger”
4) jeep has known history.

The Bad:
1) Although the body has no rust, it has had several mods. trimmed here, there, and everywhere.
2) non running Toyota engine installed (the rest of drive train is original)
Asking $1500″

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1960 CJ-5 Trencher Plainville, CT **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Ted’s friend is selling this 1960 former golf course Trencher.

“1960 Jeep-A-Trench Jeep CJ5
Jeep was used on a golf course in central Maine for irrigation its entire life. Has never been registered.
Jeep runs and drives. Trencher fully functional. In very good condition for being a New England Jeep. Has small rust holes here and there. Frame is solid. Currently the lights do not work. And the front plow does not operate.
New tires and wheels. Comes with the original wheels.
Jeep is sold with Bill Of Sale Only. No Title.
Great piece of Jeep History. Very rare! Low Reserve.
If you have any questions, please email. Thank you.”
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyVVpNzye7g

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Go For Digger Parts Lancaster, PA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Parts • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was Parted out.

Bill is parting out the Go For Digger parts from this jeep.

“I have a Jeep CJ-5 “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….

Parts available include:
Front Hydraulic pump (driven off of front PTO from crank pulley)
Exterior controls (LR of body) and cable for remote clutch
Exterior controls (L side of body) and parts for creeper gear engagement (PTO from trencher to park brake drum gear)
All hydraulic controls and valves mounted on LR of body (condition unknown)
Hydraulic tank and valves (tank is good)
Dozer blade mount/frame (Long arm system with mid-Jeep frame attachment)
D18 Rear PTO
Trencher transmission (comes up thru the bed off of PTO…turns smooth and quiet)
Trencher mount to Jeep bed.. rear parts were cut off by someone
Complete Novi Governor system (mounts/cables/handle/springs/arms/ its all there)
Steering wheel lock
Complete drivetrain F-134 / T-90 / Dana 18
Various other parts can be bought…. what do you need??
Parts you might see in pics that are NOT for sale: Dana 70, 6-lug wheels, rear fenders.”

 

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1964 CJ-5 Trencher Somerset, PA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: This sold for $6250 on eBay.

Dave’s selling his low mileage, stock CJ-5 Trencher. This will make a great vehicle for someone. I got a chance to look at this during our trip this past summer. It was a bit dustier then.

“I’ve been chasing Jeep vehicles for several decades and this is the nicest, lowest mileage, most original Jeep I’ve ever run across – especially considering that is will be FIFTY years old next year!

If you can find a 1964 CJ-5 with fewer miles, more original, and with more factory options on it – then buy it and not this one…

This Jeep was originally purchased by a local Steel company for the sole purpose of installing a sprinkler system in a golf course that they owned. I was told that oncethat task was completed it pretty much simply just stayed in the company garage of vehicles being

driven occaisionally and inspected each year! I’ve owned it for probably fifteen or twenty years now and am not able to enjoy it as I should be doing so its time to find it a new home. As the new owner, you’ll be only the third owner of this FIFTY year old Jeep and “Bubba” never had his hands on this one to mess it all up!”

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1960 CJ-5 Auburn Trencher Smithfield, ME **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** was listed at $2500.

“Factory Built for Willys by Auburn Machine Works, the Original Ditch Witch, A Piece of Willys History, Working Condition, Very Solid, NO RUST!! Low Miles, an Inch at a Time. Very Few left, All complete, Includes copied Factory Manual (Only Manual I’ve Seen Available). A chance to go to a Vintage Equipment Show with something different. Seen Another?? Might partial trade. Email for phone contact, details, and appt. to see.”

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1947 CJ-2A Castlewood, SD **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE:**SOLD** Was $5000

(06/23/2013) This includes a trencher.

“1947 CJ-2A Willy’s Jeep W/Blade for the front & 8 ft. trencher for the back. $5000”

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1962 CJ-5 Dually Trencher Reno, NV **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1750.

It runs, too.

“IT DOES RUN BUT IS A PROJECT….
IT IS SET UP WITH A HYDRAULIC TANK BECAUSE IT CAN HAVE A TRENCHER AND DOZER ATTACHMENT…. OR A BACK HOE
CLEAN TITLE….ALL GLASS IS GOOD NO CRACKS OR CHIPS…
HAS THE ORIGONAL MANUAL AND LOTS PROBABLY ANOTHER 50 PAGES FROM SHOPS AND PARTS HOUSES ON WHAT HAS BEEN REPLACED…
ANOTHER 20 PAGES ON OPERATING EVERYTHING LIKE THE CRAWL GEAR THAT GOES 600 FEET AN HOUR..”

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1953 CJ-3B Jeep-A-Trench Kirksville, MO $3500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: .

This sounds like a ‘ran when parked’ situation.

“1953 willys jeep w/ factory jeep-a-trench attachment, motor I
is seized, blade on front of it, original willys tailgate and hood, we have a Missouri title for it, the jeep and trencher used to work if interested, have more pictures contact 660-956-2816”

http://kirksville.craigslist.org/cto/3897938822.html

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CJ-3A with Snow Plow and Auburn Jeep-a-Trench Santa Rosa, CA

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Features • TAGS: .

I was looking through some pictures related to this post and spotted this CJ-3A with a Jeep-a-Trench and snow plow in a wrecking yard in Santa Rosa, CA. I don’t know if it is for sale, but it might be. It’s no wonder the back tires are flat!

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Early Jeep-A-Trench for Sale Colorado Springs, CO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Parts • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was listed at $4500.

Mike has this early Jeep-A-Trench for sale. It is complete and works.  It is Model 103 Serial number #785.”

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MB/GPW + Jeep-A-Trench Mayflower, KY on eBay

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB), MB • TAGS: , .

This poor MB/GPW has seen some tough duty!

“What a neat outfix,I turned the motor by hand,levers work on the trencher,will not find many of these.The glovebox has 3 brass tags on it could not get a good picture.Thank you”

View all the information on eBay

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1960s Go For Digger Brochure on eBay

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

This is a slightly different Go-For-Digger Brochure than I’ve seen.  Here the two others I’ve seen: a blue version and a green version.

“A 4 page 3 hole punched Go For Digger Trenching Machine Brochure. Catalog number 8162. In fine condition. With photos, specifications and more. Circa 1960’s”

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1950s Jeep-A-Trench Ad

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

I found this ad in what I think was a business directory of some kind. It looks like someone used their CJ-3B and their jeep-a-trench to make money.  To get the logo removed from the image, you have to purchase the full resolution version from Historicalmapworks.com.

 
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Jeep-A-Trench Prices and Models List

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

UPDATE: Was on eBay. **SOLD**

There were many variations of Auburn’s Jeep-A-Trench. This list shows pricing, width, and depth options.

 
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Go-For-Digger Trencher Brochure

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

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Here’s another type of trencher.  Go-For-Digger also made  also made back hoes (see bottom image).

“N.O.S. & O.E.M., KAISER, JEEP, CJ5 UNIVERSAL, “GO-FOR-DIGGER”, “TRENCHER”,
SALES AD-(2-SIDED & COLORED, ON BOTH SIDES)-BROCHURE. KAISER JEEP OFFERED: SPECIAL EQUIPMENT, ATTACHMENT OPTIONS, FOR KAISER JEEP CJ5 UNIVERSAL’S.”

Here is an example of the go-for-digger backhoe:

 
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1958 CJ-5 Trencher Barnhart, MO $6500

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Unusual • TAGS: , , , .

This runs and drives with an operating trencher and sports duallies.

“1958 CJ 5 Willys Jeep with a trencher attachment that was factory made for jeeps back before the industry started making trenchers for smaller jobs.

Back then it was either a shovel and pick or large diggers. This trencher fit the bill for the smaller jobs.

This unit is in complete working order and runs great. The odometer reads 4400 miles and I believe it.

The Huricane-4 motor runs smooth and does not smoke.

Also has duals on the back that are made for jeep and never seen one of these with a cab.

Price is OBO at $6500.00 Please only serouis inquirers. 314-952-two nine 61”

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/cto/3180235879.html

 
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Jeep Trencher? Galveston, IN **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $350.

Philip forwarded this.  I’m try to get my brain around this, but I can’t quite picture a trencher here.

“Willeys jeep trencher. Seems to all be there. $350.00”

 

 
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1952? CJ-2A? Auburn Trencher Hiawatha, Ks eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

John pointed this out.  It includes a video.

“A rare, working, 1952 Willys Jeep CJ2A with an Auburn Jeep-A-Trench trencher.  It will dig a trench 6″ wide and 46″ maximum depth.  The trencher was made in Auburn, Nebraska by a company that is still in existence today.  I have used this trencher 3-4 times a year for the past 6 years. It has been kept in a barn, each time I just put battery in it and it is ready to go.  I have used it for installing water lines, electrical lines, drainage tile and rain water downspouts.  It was previously owned by a local plumber.  It is simple to use and once digging is started you just stand back and watch it work.  It runs great and has not overheated in our hot and humid Kansas summers.  Brakes are soft and steering is stiff but you’re really not going to drive it any distance anyway.  It is self propelled via creeper gears and the digging outrigger can be raised and lowered via an electric motor. All of the standard Jeep CJ2A features are still retained.  It was converted to 12 volt then the trencher unit was added at the factory along with a Governor to regulate engine speed, a PTO unit, an additional drive shaft, heavy springs and frame stiffeners.  Exact mileage unknown, but it can’t be to high because the trencher has been on it since day one. Comes with spare parts including extra trencher teeth and chain links and owner guide.  Have a clear title. Sold AS IS, no warranty.  Also for sale locally.  I will not deliver.  If you arrange shipping I will assist with loading.  Deposit payment of $500 via PayPal within 24 hours of auction ending. Balance of payment will be cashiers check or cash.  Cashiers check must clear to be paid in full prior to shipping or removal from sellers location.”

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Year CJ-3A w/Trencher Columbus, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500

The body appears a little rustier than the seller describes. There appears to be value here.

“This is a CJ3A Jeep with a factory made trencher. Jeep is solid and body is good for restore. Has been stored for many years. Will sell for $1500 or may trade for ????”

 
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1948 CJ-2A w/Trencher Elizabethtown, Pa eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , , .

I wouldn’t describe this as “an easy project”, but there’s plenty here with which to work.

“this is an extremely rare and desirable cj2a with the “Jeep A Trench” option,it is complete but will need full restoration ,the trencher attachment is in very good condition and seems to have been used very little ,the engine is complete and unaltered ,it does turn nd was running when parked but again this will need to be restored. it also has the rare dual wheel option with reverse disc wheels in the front.this is an easy project wince it is mostly complete , it has sat for many years until a shed deteriorated so it has weathered quite a lot.

I havent the time of funds to restore so am selling to the high bidder ,there is no title but will come with bill of sale.unit must me picked up in ky zip 40051. I will be happy to take any pics or answer any questions .{misfit41@aol.com} 270 272 3660 ,thanks,Tim”

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1951 CJ-3A w/Jeep-A-Trench Logan, Oh Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

I can’t see much from the pics.

“Willys Jeep-A-Trench. 4 cyl. flathead w/3 speed trans. 4 wheel drive. Restorable. Have Ohio title for it. If interested make offer. I have no idea what its worth but I am sure you could sell the trencher off the back to a collector and restore the Jeep. Thanks”

http://columbus.craigslist.org/cto/2408115183.html

 
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One of a Kind Trencher Mayfield, Ky eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: , .

This poor jeep ….

“This is a real classic,early 40’s jeep with a Jeep-a-trench,nobody around here has never seen one,I turn the engine over by hand,the estate it came from he trenched there water lines, all the levers work.I think it is really unusally.The only other on e-bay is $5500 without the jeep it is very rare.Thank you  I have drop the price $500 will also consider offers this is for sale.I am droping the price another $500.Thank you”

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1959? CJ-5 w/ Jeep-a-Trencher Campo, Co $12,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: , , .

The serial number suggests this is a ’59 rather than a ’71 or ’72 (http://www.jeeptech.com/models/cj-5.htm).

“1971 OR 72 JEEP WITH A PLOW AND TRENCHER. THE TRENCHER IS MADE BY JEEP A TRENCH GEAR HYDROLIC MODEL GW103 SERIAL #2817. THE PLOW AND TRENCHER IS IS GREAT SHAPE AND WORKS GOOD. THE JEEP IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, #5754897216, WILLYS CJ5, TIRE TREAD IS FAIR. THE MOTOR HAS JUST BEEN REBUILT AND IS A 134 F HEAD. THIS IS ALL FACOTRY AND HAS BEEN REPAINTED. NO RUST SPOTS OR MAJOR DENTS.”

http://eastco.craigslist.org/grd/1965913306.html

 
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1959 CJ-5 w/Jeep-a-Trench Oakland, Md No Price

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  Price dropped to $2500

(07/28/2010) “1959 Jeep with a Jeep-ATrench in the back from a company called Auburn Machine Work Inc. Hard to find. It runs but smokes. New tires and starter. Bad body but comes with another tub for it. It digs down to baout 5 feet and is driven by PTO and drive. Asking $2,500 obo or trade. Call 301-334-2864 or email

http://tuscarawas.craigslist.org/cto/1905013666.html


 
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1947 CJ-2a Trencher Madison, Wi **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

Status Unknown. Was $1400.

“Anyone have interst in a 1947 CJ2A (serial #129382) with Jeep-a-Trench option. Unit is complete but chains are all locked up due to rust. Pictured is the well pulling attachment on the front of the jeep. That has been removed and is not included in the sale. The rest of the jeep is mostly complete including the following options: pto controler, shaft, rear gear box, 90 degree gear box (minus the drum), top bows, ag weight, and governor (minus the governor handle). The engine is siezed but has no noticable cracks. Jeep does not have a title. The body is ruff but not a complete basket case. Jeep rolls easily but the steering column is frozen. The wheels still turn side to side by hand so loading on trailer will not be a problem.”