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2 Flatfenders Moses Lake, WA $4800

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One is parts and the other runs. Both have Desert Dogs, but they are in poor shape.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1219286419077075/

“2 1942 jeep willys. One complete and runs . Needs more work. The other is gathered parts enough to make a hole jeep. Have title. No venmo”

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1946 CJ-2A Spanaway, WA $8000

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UPDATE: Price dropped to $8000.

(03/05/2024) The seller is correct; this is a classic PNW build, with the Desert Dogs, a V6, the diamond plate corners, the diamond plate side pieces, the Bobcat Hood, along with other updates.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/459634346632408

“The time has come for me to sell my 1946 CJ2(ish) little beast. It’s sporting a Buick 198 fireball, t90, bobcat hood, Cadillac telescopic column, rather beat up 64 corvette seats, full set of Desert Dogs, ect ect. The top is pretty beat up but keeps the weather out about as well as you could hope. All and all a great example of a classic PNW jeep. It runs and drives but could certainly use a tune up as I’ve not been driving it much at all (hence the sale) Mainly looking for cash but could be open to trades for a newer jeep that would be more daily driver friendly”

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Japanese Formula Desert Dog Brochure

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UPDATE: This post now contains better photos of the brochure.

I purchased this Japanese Formula Desert Dog brochure. I thought it was interesting that both solid and outlined version of the tires were offered simultaneously. I’ll update the pics when I receive the brochure.

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Race Jeep Shelton, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , , , This site contains affiliate links for which I may be compensated.

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

For $1500, there could be some value here in parts.

“42 willys flat fender. This is a project vehicle, it has a mid 60s 327 that will turn over but I never got started. Has bigger front and rear ends. Fiber glass tilt front end. Aluminum wheels and nice tires.”

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1946 CJ-2A Ashby, MN $3500

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UPDATE: Price dropped to $3500.

(10/17/2023) Check out the tread (50%?) on the Formula Desert Dog Xtra’s. I’m just dumb enough to buy the whole jeep just for the tires!

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1265301970822929

“1946 Willy’s jeep cj2a with ford 289 and automatic transmission and four wheel drive i just don’t use it enough and hate seeing it sit clear title asking $4,250”

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1951 CJ-3A Elmwood, NE $4500

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/12/2024) I’d buy this one. The dogs have plenty of tread (for racing) and it includes a rear PTO gearbox setup. Body appears solid. this should not last long. If you buy it, I may just drive on over and buy the tires and rims off you!

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/359622790183741

“For Sale! Incomplete 1951 JEEP WILLYS CJ3A, Rear PTO option, 4cyl, manual trans, 10-15LT Desert Dog. CLEAN TITLE. 2 Sets of wheels and tires, misc parts in the vehicle. Seen prices all over the place so we will offer this up for $4500 Cash. Elmwood, NE #StoveCreekAutoSalesandServiceLLC #midwestratrods Asking 4500 obo Elmwood Nebraska”

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PNW Race Jeep Maple Valley, WA $8000

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Narrow body racer with 6 extra desert dogs.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/632220906855893/posts/6157932194284709/

“Pnw race jeep for sale. One piece fiberglass body, 355 sbc,4 speed, dana 44s front and rear,6 extra desert dogs, this jeep is turn key and is a competitive short 8 jeep. My back doctor says no more racing. Very fun at the sand dunes also. I hate to sell it!”

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Year? M-38 Kingsport, TN $10,000

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This has some early style Desert Dogs that appear recapped with Armstrong Tru Trac (?)  treads. Heresy!

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1299388217274944/

“nes. Have to pump once for good peddle possible master cylinder needed. Full floating rear end. 4 wheel drive works good. Have daily driven in good weather. Heater has been installed in cowl battery box and works good but unknown make or model. Needs leaf springs. Has jeep lean. Jackman rims left rear has slight warp. Old DESERT DOG tires with good tread. All hold air but do have cracks. No rust in hat channels or body or frame. More photos available. Titled as a 45 Cj2a. Also have some miscellaneous small parts including the blackout fender light. Has new fuel pump only a couple months old and a water pump that’s about 2 years old. Have a small loan on it but title is held at a local bank so no problem paying it off and having the title in hand on day of purchase.”

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Parmley Engineering’s Jeep Replacement Body

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UPDATE: Zac shared a Parmley that he inherited along with a document that shows some pricing and states it was designed for the 81″ chassis.

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Originally posted in 2013, with some pic updates over the years:

As many of you know, I am very curious about the fiberglass aftermarket bodies made for the jeep.  While I’ve seen most models for sale over the years, I have yet to run across Parmley Engineering’s fiberglass body, one of the more unique ones ever created.

After wrecking his CJ-5 in the early 1970s, Californian Tom Parmley, a machinist by trade, decided to build himself a better body for his still-good chassis.  He wanted the body to legally accommodate  wider tires, a dash box with more room, a hood that was lower, and other features.  So, he built and tested his dream body with great success.  Along the way, he received so much positive feedback that he created a kit so others could easily install a Parmley body on their CJ-5 Chassis.

So far, I have only located two resources that document this body.  One is the February 1974 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine, which featured a multi-page article about the new body.  Additionally, at least two issues of Four Wheeler Magazine also have ads for the Parmley body kit.  The other resource is a June 1975 Popular Mechanics article.  The Pop-Mech article also shows off the fiberglass top he invented (at least I assume it is fiberglass).

Here are a couple publicity photos taken by Tom Parley and published in the Feb 1974 issue of Four Wheeler:

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This image shows the Parmley with a top and is from Popular Mechanics.  Note the top example sports Desert Dogs …

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Here is a Parmley-bodied jeep on the cover of a the May 1978 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine.

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This Parmley Engineering ad appeared on the back of January 1974 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine:

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Bob Christy wasn’t sure what this vehicle was when he photographed it in 2008, but now we know.

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This Parmely sold in 2015 and included a rare top:

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This one sold in 2017:

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This one sold in 2022:

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1946 CJ-2A Ashby, MN $4500

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UPDATE: Price dropped to $4500.

(09/17/2022) Some Formula Desert Dog “X” Tires.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/614952540046306

“1946 Willy’s cj2a has a 289 ford engine runs and drives 4×4 works $5500”

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1946 CJ-2A Modena, NY $5500

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(06/28/2022) The Desert Dogs look in pretty good condition.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/761578098627233

“1946 jeep willy’s, PERFECT father son project, i have everything to get it back together, was gonna do with my father but we both have no time, everythings solid no rot, 5500 obo!”

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1949 CJ-3A Lexington, KY $5000

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(07/09/2022) This includes a rebuilt frame and a new body kit. The Desert Dogs look a well-worn.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1093841571344649

“1949 Jeep cj2a project. This vehicle is not drivable at this time. What you get: Brand new Omix body, New custom frame, New leaf springs, Chevy 350 motor, Muncie 4 speed adapted to the Jeep TC, Overdrive unit, Blow proof bellhousing, Headers, Roll cage. If it is listed it is available so do I will not respond if you ask. (This is a project not a drivable vehicle)”

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1947 CJ-2A Palo Cedro, CA $6000

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UPDATE Still Available.

(07/12/2022) Unclear if this runs, but it does have flat tire.

https://redding.craigslist.org/grd/d/palo-cedro-1947-willys-cj2/7505557581.html

“1947 willys cj2a. Original Kaiser motor . Original black plated vehicle.Clean title .current dmv been on non op for many years .”

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1946 CJ-2A Tornado, WV $8000

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The solid-letter Desert Dogs are in surprisingly good shape. I’d guess they are roughly at about 50% tread life.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1020064308602041

“Partly restored 31×10 tires 134 L Head Go Devil. Rebuilt 4 cylinder”

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1942 GPW Los Osos, CA $2000

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This has some rare Desert Dog PCV tires (in poor shape). The GPW script body appears to be sitting on a CJ chassis, based on the location of the rear shock frame mounts.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3181197652168945

“1942 Ford Gpw script jeep. Comes with Ford v8 and Bill of sale.. has transfercase and adapter to auto trans.. $2000.00 in Los osos”

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1950 CJ-3A The Dalles, OR $4000

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UPDATE: Price dropped to $4000.

(12/05/2020) A ran-when-parked specimen (though looks like it was parked many years ago). It includes a set of rare X-Style Desert Dogs which look little used. Unclear how much value is here, but the price seems to overestimate the value.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/888335851749585

“1953 flat head ford v8, Was told it ran when it was parked. The more I put into it the more I will raise the price. Elec front winch, pto rear winch. If your interested i will get it started before I sell”

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Chuck Conners, Dodge Truck, and Desert Dogs

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For you Desert Dog lovers out there, Gordon shared a 1977 magazine ad that showed Chuck Conners pitching Dodge Trucks. Interesting enough, the truck was equipped with Desert Dogs (unmentioned in the ad).Unfortunately, I downloaded the pic a week or so ago and can’t locate it at the moment.

However, I was able to locate a commercial, also featuring Chuck, that has a
shows off a 1977 Dodge Pick Up PowerWagon D-200 with Desert Dogs on it (possibly from the same photo shoot). The tires are given a closeup at the 19 second mark.

 
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1942 MB Issaquah, WA $3000

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The winch is not included, but the Desert Dogs are. They appear in decent shape.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/est/cto/d/issaquah-42-willys-mb-jeep/7341133159.html

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“42 MB Willys Jeep needs to go. (I need my garage back.)

Ford 302 (V-8)
Borg-Warner 150T (T-150) 3-Speed trany
Dana 20 transfer case (case marking #C18-15-24)

Front End: Dana 30
Rear End: Dana 44

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Desert Dog History and Ads

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UPDATE: After spotting an ad I hadn’t published yet (seen below), I realized that there was Desert Dog history that existed among various posts. So, this combines all that into more of a narrative.

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If you have read eWillys for any length of time, you know I’ve been a fan of Desert Dog tires for years. I still have eight desert dogs, some solid lettering and some outlined, as shown in the pic below:xmas_2011_biscuit19_ditch3_lores

According to Louis Larson, the Desert Dog tire was launched in 1970. He knows this, because in 1970 he became the first person to test out the new style of tires (see the bottom of this CJ-3B Page article). The tires were given to Louis for testing and photographing.

David Maxwell, a former Formula tires salesman, reported that the tires were always made by Armstrong, but marketed through the Formula brand, the president of which was a friend of David’s (see David’s comment and many others on this post). The company made a large number of retreads, so a number of tires also had Firestone on the side, too.

The tires proved popular quickly. Les Schwab was a big fan of them and ran them on his jeep (jeeps?). He also sold both new and retread tires out of his main shop in Prineville (see Les Schwab’s biography here).

For PNW jeepers, the tires were a perfect blend for racing and for jeeping and the varied terrains of the PNW (sand, gravel, rocks, mountain sides, mud, etc … as Joe1148 highlights in his comment here .. though I can attest to it as well). On the downside, their road life was short (some estimate about 10k miles) and they tended to be noisy. The tires’ popularity gained them prominence, and soon they were added to charts showing tire options, such as this January 1972 ad:

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By 1973, Desert Dogs were being advertised in Four Wheeler Magazine (ads at the bottom of this post) and sold across the country. This Smith Jeep, Inc. ad from North Franklin, Connecticut, in the July 1973 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine is one example of an East Coast offering:

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Eventually, the Formula brand expand its offering. I don’t know when each of these tires was introduced (I think this ad is from 1975, but have to confirm it), but Formula was soon offering more tires choices:

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1949 CJ-3A Shelton, WA $1750

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Looks like there’s value here.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/cto/d/grapeview-49-willys-cj3a/7269769054.html

“Pretty much all stock, my ex parked it in 1998 when the brakes failed unfortunately it also had blown head gasket so #4 cylinder is stuck hard, for what its worth the other 3 look pretty good. It has 2 sets of tires and wheels, new tune up parts under the seat. bucket seats are from mid 60’s GM car. Looks like it has at least 110k miles. $1750. OBO would consider quad in trade. If you are reading this it’s for sale and as the post says I have a clean title.”

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1946? CJ-3A Milton, WV $5500

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UPDATE: Still Available.

Are those Desert Dog X tire recaps on the rear?

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/991941457939888

“Great Willys Jeep. It is all original, engine totally rebuilt and painted. Runs great, it has been sanded down and ready for body work”

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4 Vintage NOS Mounted Desert Dogs Canada **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Tires and Rims • TAGS: This site contains affiliate links for which I may be compensated.

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

These are never-used 15″ x 30″ solid-letter Desert Dog tires. They come mounted on 8″x15″ white-spoke rims that appear in good shape, too.

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Jeeps and Parts Poughkeepsie, NY

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Parts, Willys Wagons • TAGS: , This site contains affiliate links for which I may be compensated.

Seller has a variety of items. One picture shows he even has a desert dog tire.

https://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/pts/d/poughkeepsie-jeep-bodiescj2a-complete/7205629237.html

“Tons of Jeep parts and willys
CJ2A complete 40s Jeep
Will add more pics
Calls only
Do not text me or email you will be ignored”

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1952 CJ-3A Columbus, OH **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000.

(12/01/2020) A rare Desert Dogs sighting. They look pretty worn.

“1952 Jeep Willy. Engine running fine. Body needs to be restored. Only serious buyers. ”

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1951 M-38 Hudson, IL **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3000.

This appears to have an overdrive, along with some worn Desert Dogs.

“Parts and assembly to a 1951 Willys Jeep. Body and chassis comes with donor Jeep and more. V-6 engine, Manuals, and can include car hauler. Inherited the project as part of a recent home sale and looking to sell to a Jeep enthusiast that would appreciate the journey of taking this baby back to its prime. Buyer will need to transport and remove all related parts. OBO”

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