Desert-Dogs Research Archives

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1946 CJ-2A Ashby, MN $4500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

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

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

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

• CATEGORIES: News • TAGS: , .

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

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

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

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

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

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB) • TAGS: .

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

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , , .

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

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

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

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: , .

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

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

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

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

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

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

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: .

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: , .

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**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

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**

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: .

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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Mud Racer Rock Springs, WY $10,000

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , .

I wonder how long this has sat.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1632732343525059/

“This mud racer was built from the ground up. I don’t have a pic of the tires that come with but for the best info I can give you my father’s number. Very serious car. Nitrous system. Fiberglass body”

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Jeep Parts Kossuth, PA

• CATEGORIES: Parts • TAGS: .

A variety of parts. There are even some old, worn desert dogs. It looks like there’s a door for a Koenig hardtop.

https://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/pts/d/kossuth-willy-jeep-cj-2a-parts/7013763126.html

“Small collection of jeep parts. Most all cj-2a but some from cj2-cj 5s. Steering colums, windshield frames, grills, heads,carbs, ect..ect. also wheels, some w tires some not.”

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Year? M-38 Independence, TN $12,500

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: .

This appears to have recapped desert dog tires. This is listed as a 1945 jeep.

https://tricities.craigslist.org/for/d/dearing-1945-willys/6999186026.html

“Call or text for more information. No rust. Older restoration. Runs and drives good. Clear Virginia title. May be interested in 7000 cash and nice trade such as muscle car or sports car or a nice side by side utility vehicle.”

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CJ-2A Project Auburn, CA $2900

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

This includes a Husky Overdrive and an NOS set of Desert Dogs.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/243530842993264/

“Rebuilt 225 V6, Turbo 350 rebuilt, model 20 rebuilt, Husky Overdrive rebuilt, mod 25 and 44 differentials, full floating with locking hubs front and rear. Has been in a garage since rebuilding for 30 years. Has 3A windshield, body without a tailgate, fenders, grille, hood, body complete not bolted to the chassis. Frame is a DJ 5 that has been strapped from front to rear. To show its age, it has a set of brand new Desert Dogs on multi spoke Vector wheel”

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1947 CJ-2A Taylor, MI $3000

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

(09/03/2018) Engine is locked. A rare desert dog sighting on this former racer.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2238824466442530

“47 Willys Jeep aftermarket steel body, tilt front end, CJ chassis, Dana 44s, 480 gears, a true four-wheel posi front, and rear, 327 .30 over thats locked up, Ported heads, intake, Holley carb, 400 trans. This jeep was raced in the Great Lakes sanction. Sand Drags and obstacle course in the 80s, and 90s known as a shuffler..”

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1946? Flattie Riverbank, CA $4000

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/05/2018) Has some Desert Dog tires. The body and grille look to be MB/GPW.

https://modesto.craigslist.org/cto/d/modesto-1946-willy-jeep-project/6761936145.html

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“Excellent project.
1946 Willy’s Jeep , has Buick V6 in it . Warn overdrive .”

 

 
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CJ-5 Racer Asotin, WA Best Offer

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Racing • TAGS: , .

This has a couple Desert Dogs that lookin decent shape. The rear springs are outboard. There could be a little value here. This is about 2 hours east of me.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/212747852875958

“Old raceing. Jeep need the moter put back to gether its a 455 old.lot of parts.”

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CJ-2A Project Auburn, CA $2900

• CATEGORIES: OD Other • TAGS: .

This includes NOS Desert Dogs on Hurricane Rims and a Husky Overdrive.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/243530842993264

“Rebuilt 225 V6, Turbo 350 rebuilt, model 20 rebuilt, Husky Overdrive rebuilt, mod 25 and 44 differentials, full floating with locking hubs front and rear. Has been in a garage since rebuilding for 30 years. Has 3A windshield, body without a tailgate, fenders, grille, hood, body complete not bolted to the chassis. Frame is a DJ 5 that has been strapped from front to rear. To show its age, it has a set of brand new Desert Dogs on multi spoke Vector wheel”

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1953 CJ-3A Fortuna, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6000

“1953 Willy’s Jeep CJ3A 4 speed with a chevy V8. Warren overdrive, power steering, full cage rollbar, 10 in brakes, 10 in tires, tilt wheel, rear seat, corvette aluminum cross flow radiator, and a 4 barrel carborator. Not sure on the miles but no more than 15,000. We are asking $7000.00. Jeep has been in the garage its whole life and is in great shape. This is a fun jeep!”