CJ-V35U Research Archives

The CJ-V35/U is one of the rarest military Jeeps ever built by Willys. Ironically, it isn’t a mutated M-38, but rather a mutated CJ-3A, hence that likely explains the model derivation. They were built in 1950 for the Navy and Marines as radio trucks. Essentially, they were modified CJ-3As design to be capable of underwater travel (hence the U at the end of the name). They came with snorkels, extended exhaust pipes, unusual headlight bezels, and 6- or 12-volt generators to power radios; Only 1,000 were built (serial numbers are prefixed with CJ-V3 and numbered 10001 – 11000). The engine serial numbers are prefixed with the letter ‘V’ and start with number 10001.
The G503 forum has a very educational analysis of a CJ-V35/U that wasn’t perfectly
Visit the CJ-3A Page for a detailed article about the CJ-V35/U.

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1950 CJV-35/U Montgomery, AL $10,000

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Mark listed this at warjeep.com

“SELLING A 1950 NAVY JEEP FOR THE WIDOW OF MY FRIEND. THIS JEEP WAS FOUND IN A BARN YEARS AGO AND IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION; IT HAS BEEN IN HIS SHOP FOR 5 OR 10 YEARS AND IT RUNS OUT VERY WELL. ONLY SURFACE RUST. COULD BE MADE INTO A SHOW PIECE.

I have ridden in the jeep; it purrs like a kitten; starts right up although it has been 2 years since it has been driven.

The paint job is not that great and has been touched up over the years and has surface rust on several places; but no pits or deep rust.

Price: $10,000
City: Montgomery
State: AL
Please contact John Gober at:
email: JWREBOG@aol.com”

http://www.warjeeps.com/mjs/sale/adsm486/adsm486.html

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Three Jeep Photoshoot

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Joe wrote me the other day and offered to share some photos from a photoshoot of a CJV-35, a M-38 and a M-151A2. I’ve included a few pictures. All the vehicles look great!

You can view many more photos at the link below.

https://picasaweb.google.com/104505857821632570507/ThreeVintageMilitaryJeepsAPictorialComparison

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1950 CJV-35U Fayetteville, NC **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This might make a good restoration. It looks like the body has been patched a bit.

“n 1950 the USMC ordered only 1000 of these jeeps. This jeep was designed to run submerged for 15 minutes. The serial # ran from 10,000 to 11,000 and this jeep is # 410. My research has this jeep being one of only 29 ever found. The motor is original to the jeep and runs by feeding it fuel. This CJV35/U has one of only 3 original distributors left. The distributor alone has been valued at $3000.00. This jeep still has the original 6 volt generator, starter and voltage regulator. It also still has the positive ventilation valves, waterproof headlights, and the 6 volt ignition switch.  The radios are gone! The 12volt generator for the radios is gone! The hold down loops for the front and rear are still there. The hood is original and still has the 4 hood hold downs and the original USMC bumper #.”

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Photograph of CJV-35U from Florida Memories

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I was looking for an interesting jeep photo when I ran across the rarely photographed CJV-35U at Florida Memories.  The photo’s caption reads, “Oklahoma Seminole Indian Webster Talmsey Wise sitting in a Jeep”

http://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/164413

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Jeep Parts including CJV-35U Block PIttsburgh, PA

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No pics.

“All prices are “or best offer”, trades welcome. Firearms/ammo/anything of value.
Please refer to the item number if you want pictures or more information.

Steve 412-874-5985.

Located in Pittsburgh, Pa. Can make arrangements for pick up/delivery

1. 1950 CJV35/U (CJ3A) Engine $600. This is the block and head from a CJV35/U Jeep. The number on the water pump boss is V11030 and it was bored .030 over. The casting number on the head is 640161 and the block is 640187-L-**-**-**. There are no noticeable cracks or damage and the engine turns freely and has compression. The engine comes with all accessories (starter, generator, distributor, intake/exhaust, carburetor, bell housing, and water pump).
2. 1946 Sheller Steering Wheel $75. One spoke has a crack but is repairable. No chunks missing.
3. (3) T90 Transmissions $100 each.
4. 1946 CJ2A Skid Plate $20.
5. (2) MB Rear Springs $100. 9 leaf rear springs from a 1943 MB.
6. (1) GPW Front Spring $50. 8 leaf front spring from a 1942 GPW.
7. (1) CJ Front Spring $50. 10 leaf aftermarket CJ spring.
8. (1) GPW Spring $50. 9 leaf GPW spring.
9. (1) MB Spring $50. 8 leaf MB spring.
10. (2) Slotted Early CJ wheels $50 each. Size is 15X4.5.
11. (2) Kelsey CJ wheels $100/pair. These are from a Jeepster Commando. One wheel was sandblasted and painted white, the other is currently black.
12. (3) T90 Transmission Covers $20 Each.
13. (1) take off 2A Gas Filler Neck Housing $20.
14. (1) 2A Emergency Brake Dash Bracket (no handle) $20.
15. (1) 2A Spare Tire Body Support Bracket $20.
16. Spicer model 18 H power take off unit rear drive $100
17. Jeepster Commando Floor Pan $20. Cover for transmission and transfer case.
18. Steering box for Jeepster Commando $100.
19. Ramsey Winch Plate $75.
20. YJ Drivers Side Upper Door Half, New In Box $75
21. 4.0 Engine Fuel Rail $50
22. 1920’s GE sunlamp $100″

http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/pts/3622374151.html

 
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1946? CJV-35U Napa County, CA **status unknown**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Status unknown. Was priced at $3250. Disassembled!

(01/19/2013) Wow, this is a great price.

“1946 Willy’s Jeep V-35/U 23,000 original miles. Disasembled, sand blasted and primed ready to assemble. Minimum surface rust, no structural frame or body rust. Includes all orignal dash placks. Includes tow and roll bar. New seat covers, full cab enclosure, doors and plastic windows. After market wheels. New gas tank and radiator. Great jeep!”

 

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1950 CJV-35/U Lebanon, TN **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was $8500. **SOLD**

The pics are very tiny.

“1950 Willy’s Jeep. This Jeep, a CJV-35/U, is the prototype for the M-38 later produced from 1950- 1952 and used by the U.S. military in both Korea and Vietnam. It’s purpose was to have recon marines and U.S. Navy frogmen/ SEALS to have a waterproof jeep to call in naval bombardments, air to ground attacks, and coordinate amphibious assaults. Considered to be the rarest of all jeep models. This one has matching frame and engine serials documentation.
It has it’s original “Go Devil” 4 cylinder engine, and has had a fresh military overhaul with new rings, pistons, valves, crankshaft, camshaft, etc. (Okay to use unleaded gas.) All new or rebuilt fuel pump, oil pump,hoses, new plugs and wires, battery, new brakes , shocks,clutch. Jeep runs great and is driven regularly.
Needs cosmetic restoration finished or drive as a “rat rod.” Have 8 military rims, 10 military tires, spare tire holder, gas can and holder, whip antenna, decals, spare fenders, original oil bath air cleaner, an original “controller box” for its radios, radio mounts, seat cushions, complete set of manuals,bumpers, carbs, more boxes and boxes of stuff.
Have original data plates from U.S Navy Bureau of Ships.”

 
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1950? CJV-35U? Fayetteville, NC **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

Walter spotted this jeep.  Seeing the pintle hitch on the back and the hooks on the left got me wondering what this was.  Then it has small cutout on the hood.  Finally, I spotted the CJV-35U-like bezels.  This is worth checking out.

“Project Willis Jeep, motor and drive train components are all there. Body is in really good shape. Floor pans and frame have no salt water or up north rust.”

 
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1949 CJ-2A & 1950 M-38 Red Wing, Mn $1500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, M-38 • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  Still Available

(07/19/2012) This is a package deal that includes a rear PTO.  Could that M-38 be a CJV-35?

“Package deal 1949 CJ2A yellow one in picture with rare PTO with title owned for 50 years!
1950 no title, owned for 35 yrs, snorkel cutout on hood.
Call Dan for more info 651-380-4828 ……….I’m only posting for him!”

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/cto/3357658371.html

 
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1953 M-38 Clovis, Ca $2550

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  Price dropped to $2550

(01/11/2010) “PROJECT JEEP !!!!! 5 NEW PRO COMP MUDDERS 33/12.5/15 TIRES.  5 NEW STEEL BLACK WHEELS. 4 NEW RANCHO 5000 SHOCKS. NEW RANCHO SPRINGS AND SHACKLES.  NEW BEST TOP SOFT TOP (still in box).  SM465 TRANNY MATCHED TO A DANA 20 TRANFER CASE (both rebuilt).  A LITTLE MORE WORK TO BE DONE JUST DON’T HAVE TIME OR THE DESIRE TO DO ANYMORE.  SORRY FOR DIRTY PICS BUT JEEP HAS BEEN SITTING IN GARAGE FOR SOME TIME.  ASKING $2650.00 OR BEST OFFER. TITLE IN HAND”

http://fresno.craigslist.org/cto/2895335085.html

 
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Year? DJ-3Aish Garnett, Mo $2000

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

What we have here is a frankenjeep.  This has a DJ-3A body with tailgate, a CJ-2A windshield, a drivetrain with what appears to be a rear PTO, and what appears to be some CJV-35U Bezels.

“Willys Jeep, ready to go, why by a UTV when you could have a JEEP! come take a look $2000 or best offer 785 448 5381”

http://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/2780414347.html

 
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1950 CJV-35U Bozeman, Mt eBay

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Rick forwarded the link and Brian mentioned this to me the other day.  Ann and I even spent the night in Bozeman a couple nights ago, which means I could have seen this in person!   The seller notes that there is also a hard top the winner can purchase for an additional $200.

“This is a dry Montana vehicle that was clearly kept out of the weather for most of its life, and the body is in remarkably good shape (we don’t salt our roads in Montana, so rust is not an issue as it is many other places). Many of the parts that make the CJV-35 unique are still on the Jeep, including dash plates, rear lift rings, front hooks,  hood snorkel cutout, headlight rings, and the specially-notched gas tank. The jeep appears to have had one repaint in a civilian green, and US government markings can be seen poking out from below (see photos). It looks like it was in use as an US Interior Department vehicle after its time in the Marines, but no other history is known. The motor has been replaced with a good-runing 1960’s era Buick (?) V6, but the rest of the driveline appears stock. The jeep runs and drives well, has good civilian tire on it, and good seats (are these even original, perhaps in black vinyl for the underwater driving?). Brakes, steering, suspension, tranny, 4 wheel drive all work well.

Any interested parties are encouraged to look at the jeep in person and drive it. All questions via email will be answered promptly. We have attempted to take as many high-res photos as possible so that the condition of the jeep can be assessed. This is sold “AS-IS” and “WHERE-IS”, and absolutely no warantees are made concerning the vehicle or its condition, either expressed or implied.

Again: restoring a military jeep is a wonderful but time and money-consuming task. If you’re going to make the investment, WHY NOT RESTORE THE BEST AND RAREST? One thing’s for sure – you will be the only one in your club with a CJV-35. Thanks for bidding and good luck!”

View all the info on eBay

 
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1950 CJV-35 Forsyth, Ga $1900

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

I’m not so sure this is a jeep collector’s dream, as this will take a great deal of work to make nice.

“Great Jeep. This is a CJV-35 VERY RARE!! Originally built for the Navy. Only 1000 were made! There were only 29 of these known to be to exsist! This IS NUMBER30!! A Jeep Collectors Dream!! Not Currently Running**Wouldn’t take Much To Be Back On The Road** Lots Of Parts**Definetly Needs restored To It’s Original Beauty. $1900 Or Best Offer”

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/2577108028.html

 
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1951 CJV-35/U Moses Lake, Wa **SOLD**

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UPDATE:  Eagle Eyed Bob recognized this as a CJV-35/U rather than a CJ-3A.  **SOLD**

This is supposed to have no rust.

“I had this listed as a 1951 cj 3a. A guy from New York called me and informed me of what I really have. It’s a 1950 Willys CJV-35, and it is for sale. Since it is so rare, I have increased the price to $5500. There were only 1000 of these made in 1950. Check it out on the internet. I am not kidding All original. Flat head 4 cyl, 3 speed tranny, 2 speed transfer case. At one time this vehicle was green. Then some one painted it an ugly salmon color. I have removed a bit of the paint (a mistake), and in places it comes off easily. In other places it is on there pretty good. It runs great and has no rust, no kidding. The tool box under the pasenger seat is solid, as are the floor boards and the floor under the rubber mat in the back. It comes with a roll bar and high back bucket seats and a tow bar. I took these three items off the vehicle, for they are not stock equipment. It has a heater that works. Unfortunately, someone put an AM radio in the dash ( a really dumb move in my opinion), but they did an ok job of it and it works. ‘.”

Also, it is still 6 volt, and it has the plates on the dash from the Willys Overland Corporation. They’re pretty cool. Come check it out.

 
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1950 CJV-35 (Not U) Ball Ground, Ga **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000

(07/24/2011) Here are some other VJV-35s for comparison.

If you know anything about Willys Jeeps then you know that this is a true find! This was a LIMITED EDITION Jeep Built for the Navy. Only 29 of these are known to exist! This one is Number 30!! Not currently running. It’s Either A “Go Devil” or “Hurricane”? I Do Know That It’s Tough! Lots of parts. Has Surface rust with a couple of bad areas, But nothing that can’t be repaired easily. Don’t let the appearance fool you. This is a tough little Ride! For the skeptics out there, and I know there are a few. I have photos of the ID Plate from Willys Overland Co. Serial Number: CJV-35 107** ORIGNAL** NOTE: THIS IS NOT A CJV-35/U”

 
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1950 CJV-35U Houston, Tx $1850

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It runs and drives, but definitely needs work. http://www.cj3a.info/sibling/cjv35u/photos/picsv35.html

“For sale is a 1950 Willys Military Jeep. It is a CJV35/U which is a specialty jeep made for under water use for radio equipment. It is known as the rarest military jeep in the world with just 1000 manufactured. Only about 50 are still in existence. This is a project jeep for sure. It runs and drives but is in rough condition. Again this is a project jeep for a military jeep enthusiast. It has all of the original drive train including the Flathead 4 cylinder engine. I have not started the jeep in a year but I can get it started. To learn more about these jeeps please visit this link where you will also see this jeep. Thank you for looking. 713-882-1012”

http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/2307684986.html

 
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1950 CJV-35/U Glendale, AZ **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4200.

A reader named Rich spotted this ad and checked it out.  He reports that he went to look at it and learned that the floor is pretty badly rusted, but drive train, engine, dash plaque, verify a V-35/U that might be rescued.  This is a very rare find. Thanks Rich!

“1949 or 1950 not exactly sure it is titled as a 1949 but believe it may be a 1950 it is a miilitary issue jeep issued to the usmc and navy it’s a v-35/u the motor is original i know that and the frame is in good condition as well it was used for hunting. e-mail if you have any questions thanks.”

 
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1950 CJV-35U Raymond, Me $5100

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

This is very much a project.  Despite what the seller says, I’m less certain that grille is stock.  It looks like a MB grille to me.  The body, along with the V35U specific data plate, appear to be correct.  Here are some pics I was using from the G503as a comparison.

“I am selling a VERY RARE military jeep. Here is an article on them: http://www.cj-3a.com/CJ-V35U.htm

It is a 1950 Willys CJ-V35-U. They made only 1000 of these jeeps for the USMC in 1950. It is factory built using a mixture of MB, And CJ3A parts, and is very very rare. The one that i am selling is in VERY restore-able condition, and mostly complete, and un-molested.  It has been stored indoors for several years.  This jeep retains a lot of the original, hard to find parts, like: Ram horn tow hooks, Starter, generator, voltage regulator, front seats, pintle hook, Fuel tank, front bumper, bumperetts, tail gate, lower spare tire carrier half, air cleaner, cross over tube, fording exhaust with shroud, head light switch, Transmission locking chain, all gauges (minus temp), two correct windshield frames. NOS voltage regulator, NOS fording tail pipe bracket.

It comes with the following reproduction parts: Upper spare tire carrier, Lift rings, and antenna mount. This is a NUMBERS MATCHING JEEP, the engine is the correct serial number for this jeep!! the engine number is V-10125, and the chassi is believed to be chassi number V-10115. They started production @ number V-10101, so this was #115 of 1000 to be built. It has the correct hood, fenders, grill, body. There is a little controversy over the nose of this jeep, but there are things i can point out that are factory and that no one would have been able to change. It is very early production in a very limited production run. Asking $5100.00, Sorry no trades”

http://maine.craigslist.org/cto/1799846403.html

 
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A CJV-35U and a Lost Opportunity

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, News • TAGS: .

Well, I completely blew it.  I’m ashamed, embarrassed.  Truly, I wasn’t thinking clearly.  Too much stuff was clogging my brain tunnels to put the pieces together.  Here’s the sad, brief tale …

Late yesterday afternoon the ‘staff’ (also known as Brett) at the Utah Bureau of eWillys spotted a great deal:  A 1948 flattie for only $1000.  It appeared almost completely stock, with no obvious rust, though there was plenty of paint oxidation.

It had unusual bezels, a CJ-3Aish windshield, a cutout for a breather on the passenger side of the hood and hooks on the front.  It was an odd combo of a M-38, a CJ-3A and titled with a year of 1948. Also, strangely, it had no willys script on the hood that I could see.

My gut said go get it.  My practical side said no, so I put it out of my head.  I should have listened to my gut, because after thinking about, I now realize it was  CJV-35U that was running, extremely stock (except for the installation of the bench seat), and in great shape.

OHHH THE PAINNN!!!!  How did I not put those clues together?  Unfortunately, only an hour or so after I made my decision not to get it, it disappeared from the KSL classified list.  So, the decision was made for me and I put it out of my mind.  It wasn’t until this morning that I realized how big my mistake had been.

Alas, this too shall pass, slowly, painfully, like a kidney stone.

Here’s a perfect example of what it looked like (I didn’t get the chance to download the pics of it).  Imagine this, unrestored, without the breathers for the intake and exhaust … and with a hardtop: http://www.cj3a.info/sibling/cjv35u/photos/p158.html (or click on the above link)

 
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I got to thinking, what about Navy CJ-2As and other Navy Models?

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

This morning, I got wondering if the Navy ordered any other vehicles besides CJ-3As.  Well, I found some information across the net on various Navy Jeeps.  I list some different flattie models below, but some CJ-5s and others also spent time with the Navy.

Navy CJ-2A
Over at the CJ-2A page, Bob posted an article from the Toledo Times (8/24/1946) about the Navy ordering 200 Willys Overland Jeeps in 1946 for use along the great lakes and the coasts.  Bob also mentioned the Navy ordered both CJ-3As & DJ-3As.

This G503.com thread has a some images of Navy CJ-2As and examples of tags (an example tag is seen above).

Stretched Navy CJ-2A, the CJ-2E, and the CJ-2L?
According to JP Magazine, a rumor persists that WO built an extended CJ-2A for the army in 1948 called the CJ-2E.  However, they feel this is a rumor because there are no records for such a creation.  In addition, experts they asked said the extended CJ-2As often came on a later model frame.  While I have not personally seen any of the extended CJ-2As in person, I have seen enough of them for sale to make me think that they might have produced on a very limited basis.

And speaking of streched CJ-2As,
it looks like someone picked up that pinkish ‘2A that I had listed from Bonsall, Ca.  He reports that he was a told a dealer (likely somewhere on the west coast) bought some CJ-2As, stretched them, and then called them a CJ-2L. Well, sure enough, the pinkish CJ-2A’s registration lists it as a CJ-2L (though not a navy jeep).

Navy CJ-3B Navy
According to the JeepDr. website, they have restored a Navy CJ-3B and have the Navy paperwork to back up the claim.  Now, this might be a M-606 as the site doesn’t specifically answer this question.

You can see another example of a Navy CJ-3B at the CJ-3B Page (scroll most of the way to the bottom).

CJ-V35/U for the Navy & USMC
Of course, there is also highly sought after CJ-V35/U made for the Navy & the United States Marine Corp. These were actually CJ-3As modified into CJ-V35/Us

 
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The Evolution of Water Fording

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

One of the more interesting early modifications for water fording is visible  in the picture below.  Note how the jeep facing the reader has the exhaust vented out the front of the grill with the muffler laying parrallel to the grille.  I can’t say I’d ever seen that before.

The CJ-3A.info page notes: “The recommended maximum fording depth of an unmodified jeep was 21 inches. That is about the height of the fuel pump and transfer case vents. Any deeper and things would start to fill up with water. Even at this relatively shallow depth the Technical Manual (2) advised that the generator brace should be “pulled up to release tension on the fan belt and stop the fan from throwing water over the engine”. That would be important in order to keep water off the ignition system. During a combat landing the 21″ maximum fording depth was not adequate.”

Read more about the Evolution of Water Fording here

 
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1950 CJV-35U Stewartville, MN **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay..

“1950 WILLYS JEEP, VERY RARE NAVY AIRFORCE RADIO BEACH LANDING FORWARD COMMUNICATION UNIT ORIGINALY.  HAS LIFTING LOOPS FRONT AND REAR FOR HELICOPTER OR CRANE LIFTING. IT IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION AND RUNS AND DRIVES VERY NICE.  STUDY THE PHOTO’S AND SEE FOR YOURSELF.  TIRES ARE GREAT, STEERS LIKE NEW, AND RUNS QUIET WITH NEW MUFFLER.  THE SEATS ARE GOOD, THE ENGINE HAS PLENTY OF POWER FOR OFF ROAD PLUS A GREAT PARADE UNIT AND JUST CRUISING AROUND TOWN OR ON THE HIGHWAY.”