Desert-Dogs Research Archives

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1947 CJ-2A Lindsay, OK **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6500.

The Desert Dogs look in good shape.

“We have owned this jeep for over 35 years. It is a good little classic.
Has original Flathead motor.
Runs, tagged, insured, clean title.
Also have a set of original wheels.”

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Year? CJ-2A Plainfield, IN In Person Auction Sat Nov. 21

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

Not much tread left on those desert dogs.

“8301 E C.R. 801 S.
Plainfield, In 46168
Saturday, November 21st, 2015 9:30AM”



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Unusual Desert Dog Tire Buffalo, NY eBay

• CATEGORIES: Tires and Rims • TAGS: .

The seller notes the tire is brand new. I’ve never seen a desert dog quite like this one. It looks more road friendly with a tighter tread. Seller only has one of these for sale.

“Up for sale is a NEW Formula Tire 11-15LT Desert Dog Outline White Letter.
One tire is available.
Older stock.
Shipping FED EX Ground to continental USA.”

View all the information on eBay



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5 Desert Dogs Vancouver, WA $200

• CATEGORIES: Tires and Rims • TAGS: .

They look good enough for racing.



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Trailerblazer: Custom Flatfender Model

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models • TAGS: , .

These are generally priced higher on eBay. This is similar to the Grrrumbler.

“Beautiful Molded in Orange – Vintage MPC Trailblazer 1/25 Scale Off-Road Willys Jeep! A 34 year old kit. Made in the U.S.A. 1979-80 Fundimensions Inc. MPC kit. Very good condition – The box has slight shelf ware. The engine and one differential has been partially built. Nothing has been painted. Everything in the pictures is included. $29. No texting.”


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Topeka Hiway Mower & Flattie Project Moyle Springs, WA

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

Blaine found a flattie project and a Topeka project for sale and some other parts.

1. Flattie is $500. Dogs are worn, but the steel rims may have life. It’s sat for a long time.


2. Topeka Mower has Jeep running gear (T-98 4 sp.) limited slip dif.

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Year? CJ-2A? w/trailer Hughson, CA **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $$2500.

(02/25/2014) The dogs look in surprisingly good shape. The tires on the trailer aren’t so good. This may include an overdrive, based on the ‘4 levers’ comment.


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4 Desert Dog Tires and Chrome Rims Portland, OR **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Tires and Rims • TAGS: .

UPDATE: These were $495. **Status Unknown**

Marty spotted this rare set of Desert Dogs in good condition on chrome steel rims.

“Tires have a 10″ face and 12″ section width. Have excellent tread, and are very good in mud, snow and I guess sand. These are a very tough nylon tire. Wheels are 10″ wide and are 5 on 5. 5 Fits ford, jeep cj, scout and samurai. May fit others?”




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1966 Tuxedo Park CJ-5 Savannah, TN $6500


UPDATE: Still Available

(11/24/2014) Jim spotted this solid looking Tuxedo Park CJ-5. And, it has desert dogs to boot, a real rarity in the Tennessee area. Looks like the front bumper has been replaced.

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1954 M-38A1 DuPont, WA $2500


UPDATE: Still Available

(08/18/2014) It’s a project with some Desert Dogs.

This jeep, for the year, is very clean and needs an owner that is not afraid of a little project. Everything in the pictures are included except for the exhaust wrap. The jeep must go, no low balls, clean title in hand, 2500 or best offer!

Jeep has:

Stock Chevy 350 four bolt main brand new
Muncie Rock Crusher 4 speed
T18 Big tooth
No drive shaft
Dana 44 rear diff fully locked with tapered axle
Dana 27 ten spline axle 
Lockers in the rear
10″ rear drum breaks
11″ front drum breaks
Brand new wheel bearings
Stock hubs
No steering box or column
Windshield in excellent condition
20 gallon fuel tank as well as original 10 gallon included 
Diamond plate rear wrap and gas tank shield
No exhaust
Frame is boxed in and body is in good/excellent condition
Will need new tires (holds air for about 24 hours)

Those were the main things I could think of… I have a folder full of receipts to show that it is worth it. Again, everything in the pictures are included. Please feel free to call or Text. Serious buyers only. WILL NOT PART OUT! Highest offer takes it all.”


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Vito’s Father’s CJ-5 from Italy

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Vito from Italy has fond memories of jeeping with his father back in the early 1980s. Here’s a photo of his father at the helm of his CJ-5. Check out the tires. Yes, some Desert Dogs made it all the way to Italy. In fact, Vito is hunting for a set for a vintage build he’s creating. He’s got another Italian friend who has some old vintage dogs as well. I had no idea!


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2 Desert Dogs with Rims Seattle, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Tires and Rims • TAGS: .

**SOLD** Were $80.

If I were in Seattle, I’d scoop these up.

Pair of Desert Dog tires. Good rubber.”


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1948 CJ-2A Chickamauga, TN **Status Unknown**


UPDATE: Was $2000. Status Unknown.

Runs, drives, stops and has desert dogs.

“This is a 1948 Willys CJ3A. It was used by a vet in parades and events. It is not military but it is done up as an Airborne jeep. It has a Ford early pinto or 2000 series motor which runs flawlessly. I just put a poly tank in it and replaced the fuel lines. It fires right up and shifts through all the gears and all the four wheel drive is working. It still has the T90 transmission and dana 18 transfer case. It also has the original 5:38 geared Dana 44 rear axle. This is a real hoss in the woods. It will need some wiring and seat bottoms. Yes, It stops and yes I just drove it around the yard to test everything out. The battery is not included. This is sold as is with a bill of sale only. four two three seven six two five eight five eight or come by 6645 Lafayette road (just across the street from trails end ranch).”

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4 Desert Dog Tires Akron, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Tires and Rims • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** were $250.

These appear to have some ware. Maybe 30-50% tread left?

“I have 4 desert dog tires on 15 inch rims. Bolt pattern is 5 on 5.5 wagon wheels, I also have four jeep alum rims for sale. They are the ones mounted on in picture”


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1948 CJ-2A Vinton, IA No Price


There’s some value here. The dogs appear in decent shape.

“Jeep has chevy v6, full cage etc. body is very good, no. rust, call for details. 3 one 9-560-6 two 5 two.”

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1959 CJ-5 Fruita, CO $4200


UPDATE: Price dropped to $4200.

(11/07/2013) Not only is this in good condition, but it also sports some Desert Dogs with the classic solid lettering. I might be in love (again).

“1959 Willys Jeep cj-5 rust free and in very good condition, new custom interior, custom rear and front bumpers, original 4 cylinder f head motor and three speed manual transmission. $4200 o.b.o. For more information and pictures please email me.”

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2 Desert Dogs Hampton, NJ **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Tires and Rims • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Were $100.

Lots of tread left on these east coast dogs.

“2 (Two) Old school Formula 31″ x 10″ x 15″ Desert Dog tires for Jeep, VW Dune buggy, Baja Bug. Some light dryrot but they hold air and are awesome offroad in the sand and mud. Asking $100obo for the pair. ”


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A Couple South African Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: International, VEEP (VW Jeep), Scamp, Others • TAGS: , .

Marc forwarded these two jeeps for sale in South Africa. The first is a Gobex Jade Jeep, a kit jeep that is no longer produced. Marc’s trying to find out what happened to them.


The second jeep is a Badger Jeep, A veep-like kit car with a VW engine. What’s most interesting is that the tires are Desert Dog PCV Tires, yet the tires don’t include PCV like other PCV tires I’ve seen.

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1954 M-38A1 Des Moines, IA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000.

(07/23/2013) This jeep has a rare set of Desert Dog PCV (Pickup/Camper/VAn) tires.

“Awesome Jeep for sale-must go…needs very little to get back to perfect! Drives! Body in great shape. Serious inquiries. $6500 OBO”




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1951 CJ-3A $3000 and Year? M-38 $1200 Hunter Mountain, NY


The yellow CJ-3A looks like it has a very narrow set of Desert Dogs. Unclear if the yellow one runs (probably not).

“Selling a ’51 Willy’s CJ3 AND 40’s M38 rolling chasis. Both vehicles have been under cover
in a barn (near Hunter Mtn, NY )by our family for many years and are in GREAT shape for restoraton. If your interested please call me on my cell 201-820-8778. We’re asking $3,000.00 for the complete CJ3, and $1200.00 for the M38 complete rolling chasis. I would be happy to sell both the the same person!
Rob Miller
Thanks for your interest!”



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Custom Flatfender St. Louis, MO $5500

• CATEGORIES: News • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Now No Price. Was listed at $5500.

The work looks good, but the frontend design is unexpected.  Those old dogs look in good shape.

“I have a built from ground up 1944 Willys Jeep, it has a regular jeep frame and Willys body, extremely nice, never seen rain or anything, garage kept. NO TITLE, but can get a builders title. Have over $13,000 invested in it. Will sell for $3500 OBO, motivated seller. If live at far distance and unable to pick up, will deliver for fee. You can call/text 618-917-7777, for any questions you may have. tHANKSs”

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Desert Dog Ads in Four Wheeler Magazine

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

UPDATE: Gerald spotted this ad which gives a complete look at the Formula Tire offroad offerings. He found it here:


A couple times during the last few years I’ve seen a style of Desert Dogs called PCVs. It turns out that is an initialism for Pickups, Campers, and Vans. I never would have guessed that. I learned about it after I found several vintage ads for Desert Dogs in Four Wheeler Magazines.

There is a rare cousin to the PCV. It’s the Desert Dog II. I’ve only seen the tires once. To me they look like a pre-branded version of the PCV.

The first two ads below are from page 72 and page 5 of the September 1973 issue. The last ad is from the back cover of the May 1975 issue.

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Example of PCV Tires

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Other Ads:


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Parmley Engineering’s Jeep Replacement Body

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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1960 FC-150 Petaluma, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $550. Desert Dogs PCV on a FC?  That’s a rare sight.

“A later model 150. It has the wider track and the cast iron weight in the rear of the frame. The cab has the usual rust spots, the floor, lower rear corners and above the windshield. The bed is in reasonable condition, but no tail gate. The engine is loose and ran a few years ago. I never drove the truck so I do not know the condition of the transmission (three speed) and transfer case. The rear end is a limited slip. Included is a spare front axle from a CJ Jeep. It is a project, but it is all there.”

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Next Updates Sunday Evening

• CATEGORIES: News • TAGS: , , .

Ann and I arrived safely in Pasco after a sunny/rainy/snowy/windy day driving through the panhandle of Idaho, then west to Pasco. We spotted and photographed a couple jeeps, ate some good food and visited with family; so it was a complete day!

More tomorrow on this possible CJ-2L Bruce spotted. Note rare Desert Dog PCV tires (not that they are in good shape).  They have a tighter tread than the standard Desert Dog tires.