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Body Extensions For Early 1/4 Ton Jeeps

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UPDATE: This DENCO body extension brochure appeared as part of the 10/01/1949 Second Supplement of the Willys-Overland Equipment Book brochures. 

Interestingly, the 1948 First Supplement of brochures showed a Newgren collapsible body extension (see a few brochures down or click here) very similar (identical?) to this 1949 DENCO Body Extension brochure. Both extensions offer 7 cubic feet of space and note that a spare tire can be mounted to the side. They also both seem to have the same style of stabilizer bar that connects to the PTO bar. I wonder if Newgren sold this design to Denco in late 1948 or early 1949?

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UPDATE 04/28/2020: Someone in Georgia is selling newly built beds.

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Originally published in 2016: This may come as a surprise (not) that early jeeps weren’t known for their vast amounts of space. We’ve all seen military photos showing jeeps packed full of stuff, like this SAS desert fighter:

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When the war ended and CJ-2As were introduced, a couple companies recognized the need for more room and solved the problem by creating add-on bed extensions (also known as bed extenders and body extensions). These bolted to the back and, usually, had supports that dropped to the PTO bar to help support the extra weight. Then, the tailgate was fixed to the very rear of the extension. The goal of this post is an effort to identify the different companies and their products.

As early as August and September of 1946, two different patents were filed, both by the same people.I have been unable to discover if that first patent model was ever built, but the second one has two sides that fold down similar to the Newgren (shown in #2).

Various Bed Extensions identified so far:

  1. Porter Reed Bed Extension: One of the earliest known bed extensions was produced by Porter & Reed. It was marked along with a half top, creating a truck out of a jeep.
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  2. Newgren Bed Extensions: The Newgren Company also entered the bed extension field in the later 1940s with two different versions. The first was their standard bed extension:1947-special-equipment-newgren-body-extension2
    The second model Newgren offered was a collapsable version.
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  3. S & B Corporation’s Jeep Panel Body: About the same time Newgren and Porter & Reed introduced their extensions, the S & B Corporation made their own spin on adding more room by selling a kit that converted the jeep into a panel van.
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  4. Koenig Bed Extensions: By 1955, Koenig had entered the market. Whether the company designed their own or bought out one of their competitors isn’t know (to me), but Koenig sold the extensions for at least a decade. This first ad is from 1955, the second from 1960, and the third from the mid-1960s.
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    1966-koenig-hardtops-brochure4-extendedHere is an example of a Koenig data plate:
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  5. Wall & Borg Bed Extender: In the 1960s, a Lake Tahoe, California, company called Wahl & Borg introduced a unique bed extension. Rather than bolt on to the rear of the jeep, theirs slid out.
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There have been a number of bed extensions that have resold over the last ten years on Craigslist and eBay, some attached to jeeps and some by themselves. I have found it difficult to distinguish between them, never having owned or seen that many up close. You can see all the ones documents thus far on eWillys: http://www.ewillys.com/tag/bed-extension/

Derek Redmond also has some excellent information on extensions over at the CJ-3B Page. https://cj3b.info/Tech/BodyExtension.html

 
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1947? CJ-2A Phoenix, AZ $3900

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/22/2020) This jeep includes a rear bed extension and a Sears David Bradley Trailer (I think).

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/pts/d/phoenix-willys-project/7176248128.html

“47 jeep willys needs complete restoration comes with trailer clean title $3900 can send pics. the jeep is in phx. az”

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Postcard of Smith’s Ferry Jeep Online Auction

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This CJ-2A appears to have some kind of extended rear on it.

https://www.auctionzip.com/auction-lot/rpc-smith-s-ferry-idaho-cougar-mountain-lodge_0754C92AD6/

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“”Visit Cougar Mountain Lodge- Smith’s Ferry, Idaho” b/w RPC, street scene with frontal image of the Post Office, quaint picture, flag flying above the A-frame post office, with a jeep parked in front; Business district , Lynn’s Place, Boise Meat Co., Miller signs ; white border, clouds, with forest in background behind Post Office; vintage card; rear of card unused; no divider, stamp box has unusual EKC lettering looks like an anvil on an e-bar Provenance: Country (if not USA): State: Idaho City/County: Smith’s Ferry Date: unknown”

 
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Built-to-Order Bed Extenders Gainesville, GA $450

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These might be based on the Koenig bed extender (see a variety of extenders here). I’ve not interacted with the seller and have not seen one in person yet. Has anyone ordered one of these?

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2499950016884911/

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“Listing for a friend that is not on FB. Built Willys Jeep Extend A Bed. 7 cubic ft more room!! Will fit CJ models 2a, 3a, 3b, 5, 6. I had this made exactly from an original 1946 extend a bed. For sale is the base and sides only. Included are nuts and bolts for mounting. Price does not include shipping. Send me your address for shipping quote. Local Pick up is available. These are made to order.”

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1951 CJ-3A Pueblo, CO **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6000.

Seller is hoping to trade for a truck. This includes power lock hubs and a bed extension. I’m not sure what the “gentlemen” comment means, but perhaps it’s not so much a gender issue as it is a politeness issue?

“Trade 1951 Willys CJ3A for nice Truck.
51 Willys is 99.9% complete and runs excellent.
This offer is extended to gentlemen only.
If you have a nice girly 4X4 pickup (for my wife) of equal or greater value with a possible cash bump either direction than call me.”

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1954 CJ-3B La Paloma, CA $7150

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This has an overdrive and a rear bed extender, though it’s shorter than most.

https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/d/orange-1954-willy-cj3b/6995689818.html

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“1954 WILLY
MUST SEE TO APPRECIATE
LONG LOVING JEEP FAMILY
ORIGINAL AND TRUE TO ERA
ALWAYS GARAGED
RUNS AND DRIVES STREET LEGAL
3 ON A TREE WITH OVERDRIVE
OBO”

 
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Unusual Rear Extension on a CJ-2A

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This photo appeared on Facebook. The rear bed extension is either a one-off customization or a dealer-related modification. Either way, I’ve not seen another one of these.

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The photo was take of Joe Smith by his son Albert Smith, Sr. It was posted to FB by Douglas Elliott.

It reminded me that these two unusual, extended 2As were also from Seattle (taken at Arthur Warn’s service station. I’ve never seen another like this or the one at the top.

 
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3 1946 CJ-2As For Sale

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John has listed 3 CJ-2As for sale in varying states:

  1. 1946 CJ-2A $19,700: https://willysforsale.com/ads/1946-willys-cj2a-9/
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  2. 1946 CJ-2A $12,500: https://willysforsale.com/ads/1946-willys-cj2a-8/ (this one might have a slightly modified Wahl & Borg slide out bed extender … or it’s a custom built one).
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  3. 1946 CJ-2A $4000: https://willysforsale.com/ads/1946-willys-cj2a-7/ (project)
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Instructions for Koenig Bed Extender 3J90

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Another installment of my series on how to assemble Koenig stuff. These instructions help guide the installation of a Koenig 3J90 bed extender.

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1951 CJ-3A Pueblo, CO **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000.

(04/13/2019) The custom axe holder works well in that spot. Has some Cutlas Power-Lock hubs. Has some funky front fender flaps.

“1951 Willy’s Jeep. Engine all original.”

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1964 CJ-5 Littleton, CO $3500

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Could be a good price given he Kelly hardtop and rear extension bed.

https://denver.craigslist.org/cto/d/littleton-willies-jeep/6876634098.html

“hard top, power assisted steering, gm v6 with tune up, hoses, and new radiator.
over all great shape and classical condition. Could use new tires.”

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Bed Extender? Ham Lake, MN $150

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/01/2018) I’ve never seen one this long.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ank/pts/d/minneapolis-jeep-extendabed/6830422060.html

“Rare Jeep extendabed. Fit older CJ Willys Jeeps. $150.00 or B/O. Would like to sell before it gets covered up with snow.”

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1946 CJ-2A Grinnell, IA $29,500

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It’s a nice looking and a clean jeep, too. I suspect the price is based on the “professional appraiser” valuation.

https://desmoines.craigslist.org/cto/d/grinnell-1946-willys-jeep-cj-2a/6798286614.html

“This is a unique year for the Jeep being the first year the Willys became available to the general public after the war. This is truly a fantastic full body off restoration using most original parts. Very rare find with a Port Reed Bed Extension. Features original #6 volt electrical system with 56,000 original miles. Original Flathead 4 cylinder Engine completely overhauled with all numbers matching. Has new brake lines, fuel lines, wire harness. Carb kit. new seats. Original color as it came from the factory. Too many great details to mention with gauges, wipers seating, etc. Professionally appraised at $39,000.00 plus”

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1948 CJ-2A Penasco, NM $4500

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UPDATE: Still Available. Has a bed extension.

(10/17/2018) Has a few odd mods. Runs.

https://albuquerque.craigslist.org/cto/d/penasco-1948-willys-jeep/6768341669.html

“4cyl ..PTO cable winch. Runs great for the year.”

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1969 CJ-5 Oroville, WA $5000

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This includes a Meyer half cab, a 6′ plow, and a bed extender.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2475483095798406

“1969 Jeep CJ 5 with extended bed, seat cushions for the back, hard top, rebuilt motor last fall, new clutch last fall, needs one little thing welded on the clutch pedal guide. Have plowed miles of road with the 6′ plow works great. $5000 for all of it”

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Bed Extension Washougal, WA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $350.

I’m not sure which model this is.

“Willy’s bed extension
You don’t see many of these
Cj2a cj3a cj3b May fit others
Mount right where your existing tailgate goes
Has the supports
In pretty great shape for its age”

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Willys Bed Extender Gold Hill, CA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $50.

Was this a one-off or an aftermarket piece? Looks like a good price.

“Willys jeep bed extender for a flat fender jeep or a CJ5
Fits a cj2a-3a, 3B or cj5
50 bucks FIRM”

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1951 CJ-3A Colorado Springs, CO $8995

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/15/2018) This appears to have a CJ-5 hardtop, hence the reason it fits oddly at the windshield.

https://denver.craigslist.org/ctd/d/1951-willys-cj-3a-old-patina/6735364548.html

“Nice running and fully operational 1951 Willy’s CJ5. Has a manual winch on the front that operates like a comealong ratchet. Has some type of custom rack system for carrying boards, or long pipes ETC. Hard top and rear bench seat. Equipped with an external rear box for carrying tools or luggage ETC. This is a perfect Jeep for restoration or getting back to your back 40 in old school style to stretch the fence lines! It starts up and stays running on the first try.”

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Extra Long? Bed Extender Columbia, MO **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $400.

The bed extender seems longer than others I’ve seen. Might be custom.

“This is a vintage accessory to extend the cargo bed for a utility Jeep. It fits a CJ2, CJ3, CJ5, and Cj6. It installs easily. Just unbolt your tailgate, and bolt this in its place. No drilling is required. Your original tailgate moves to the end of the box extender.”

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1946 CJ-2A Flat Rock, MI **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on $3500.

(06/21/2018) Apparently, this was a mail jeep. It’s got a top that fits it (CJ-6 top perhaps?). It runs, it drives, and is a bit different.

“1946 Willys cj2a has had lots of new parts on it over the past couple years new brakes rebuilt carburetor rebuilt generator(still on 6 volts), new tires inner tubes and powder coated wheels I know I’m going to forget alot of stuff. The only issues that I had with it are that it leaks and burns oil. So no long distance trips with it. It does run it does Drive and the 4 wheel drive works. High and low. I know I’ve spent more than $2,000 in Parts on it, for instance the wheels and tires alone where a thousand plus almost $800 for the brake system. master cylinder and all, just to name a few. It’s not pretty but it works. I’m looking to get $3,500 for it CASH only. Price is negotiable slightly. Thanks and there’s one thing I forgot to mention it used to be a mail truck back in the day and I do have the steel top that was originally on it. That’s why the body is extended about 12 inches in the back.”

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1953 CJ-3B Fredericksburg, TX $4500

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UPDATE: Price dropped to $4500.

(05/15/2018) Has a bed extension.

https://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/d/1953-willys-jeep-cj3b-longbox/6617705883.html

“Good solid running 65 year old Jeep Classic with Antique Tags good till 2023. Restore to your liking or use it the way it is on your Ranch or hunting lease. The longbox is handy for feed or supplies. I have windshield (cracked) but frame is good along with some other items and a matching spare tire. Has 12 volt system. Also, new gas tank, water pump, and new brakes. Driver’s seat needs upholstery. Fun vehicle that should hold its value or increase with restoration. $6,200.”

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1946 CJ-2A Okeechobee, FL No Price

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It’s got a bed extender on the back.

https://treasure.craigslist.org/cto/d/1946-jeep-willie/6565964449.html

“Jeep Willy 1/4 ton all original.would like to trade for a full size chevy truck it runs and drives but doesn’t have alot of power as the rings are worn. Easy to fix, and restore as well. I am open to cash offers . Title isn’t a problem”
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1947 CJ-2A Austin, TX **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $10,500.

“1947 CJ2A runs perfect and reliable. Complete new fuel system (tank to carb), new complete exhaust system, new interior, new tires, new custom top and frame, newer complete 12V conversion, new steering components, newer paint, newer brakes, etc. very rare bed extender. Perfect for town or the hunting lease.”

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Bed Extension Merrill, OR $500

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/10/2018) A little dented, but no obvious rust.

https://klamath.craigslist.org/pts/d/willys-bed-extension/6524283159.html

“Bed extension box, includes original Willy’s stamped tailgate. It has been sanded and primed with spray paint. IT FITS A CJ3A WILLYS JEEP. I also have other body parts for a Cj3a. $500 for the bed extender.”

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CJ-3A Body, Floor Panel, Extension Merrill, OR

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Seller has three items for sale.

“I have a tub, rear floor panel and a bed extender including a Willy’s stamped original tailgate. These parts are all for a Willy’s Cj3a jeep. The tub is in rough shape but definitely fixable. The rear floor pan is brand new never installed. The bed extension box is rare and in good shape as is the tailgate. I also have the tool box cover that goes under the passenger seat that will go to whom ever buys the tub. The tub was sandblasted and primed at local body shop. The floor panel is brand new and came ready to paint. The bed extension and tailgate were sanded a bit and rattle can primed. I am asking $750 for the tub. $250 for the floor panel and $500 for the bed box with tailgate. This will be a cash only, in person, you pick up sale.”

https://klamath.craigslist.org/cto/d/1949-cj3a-body-parts/6451460938.html

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