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December 1959 Jeep News

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

This eight-page issue includes stories about Country Maid’s FC-150s ice cream trucks and Prade Ranches wagon. The Boyd’s FC was included as part of a story on the Boyd family’s travel to South America. Two different articles highlight DJ-3A dispatchers. There are two very different examples of FC-campers, which one looking quite a bit like Dan Horenberger’s old streamline camper (discussed in this Motor Trend article by Jim Allen). Also, don’t miss the last story which shows an FC with two sets of duallies on the rear.

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1970 DJ-5 Ice Cream Server Birmingham, AL **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $9800.

Ten years ago these were selling for $1000-$2000. This even has a damaged bumper. Crazy price!


“This is the Coolest Ice Cream Truck in Town! 1970 Jeep DJ5 Kaiser Runs Great! Right Hand Drive. Makes it so easy to Serve Customers! 4 Cylinder Chevy Motor Runs Great! New Rebuilt Carburetor New Motor Mounts New Radiator Points and Plugs Distributor Cap and Rotor Button New Radiator Brakes just Replaced Transmission is Great! 350 Turbo Transmission Shifts Smoothly New LED Taillights New Bluetooth Stereo for your Ice Cream Music With Outside Speaker New Power Inverter New Front Open Freezer This a Attention Getter! Great Money Maker! Located in Birmingham Alabama”


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1965 FJ-6 Eugene, OR **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $15,000.

Outside looks great, but the inside isn’t as polished as I thought it would be. Still, a refurbished FJ-6 isn’t easy to find.

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“Very small very unique 1965 willys fj6 ice cream truck conversion. Truck was taken down to bare metal, roof raised 12 in, professionally primered and then wrapped. It has a Chevy 250 inline 6 with a 2-speed powerglide transmission. Although it is good for maneuvering and is street legal it is not comfortable to drive. It has a class 3 kitchen in it which includes a single basin and hand washing with hot and cold pressurized water. A 3500 watt inverter with 4 deep cell batteries so it can run off the grid. It has Bluetooth speakers and Bluetooth receiver. With a slide top freezer and a mini deep freeze. It is currently registered and licensed in Marion county as a class 3 truck. Business is not for sale just the truck. Name and logo must be removed. Would work perfectly for a shave ice vehicle, tap truck, cupcake, ice cream, hot dogs, concessions. I’m reducing my fleet to one truck, and a second brick and mortar”

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1947 Photo of Young Boy in Good Humor Toy Jeep

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Blaine spotted this 1947 adorable photo of Lance Borman that’s located at the Smithsonian Institution. It shows Lance in a Good Humor Ice Cream-themed toy jeep.

“Lance Borman / Baby Parade / Lake Mohawk [ink on verso)] [photoprint], July 1947
Photograph of child, wearing Good Humor unifrom and cap, in toy truck with “Good Humors” [sic] ice cream sign. Photographer unidentified. Lake Mohawk, New Jersey?
In Box 1, folder 6.
Silver gelatin on paper, 10 x 8″.
Local Numbers: AC0451-000003.tif (AC scan no.)


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1978 DJ-5 Montesano, WA **Sold**


Update: SOLD.

“RHD retired mail truck converted to ice cream truck. Seahawk colors. Project needs minimal work.”


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1983 DJ-5 Canon City, CO **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

(08/08/2020) It’s a colorful ice cream jeep, but also a little worn looking.

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“Clown cones is selling the last of their two Jeeps. So if your looking for a fun way to make some extra cash and put a smile on people’s faces this summer, this ice cream truck is a must. This cute little Jeep is an old 83′ automatic mail Jeep DJ5 with the driver’s seat located on the right side of the vehicle. This little business was family owned and operated for 3 years here in Canon city making it established and well known. It comes equipped with a music box, 2 PA speakers, a small 4ft long by 4 ft tall by 2 ft wide freezer and a 2000 watt power inverter. All work well and are in good condition. You can get an inventory supply store as close as Colorado Springs. The Jeep is in good condition and runs great. Does need a little cosmetic matnence and some TLC. we have really enjoyed this business and are really going to miss it however we are moving and cannot take it with us. Asking 3000 firm”

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1967 FJ-6 San Leandro, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $10,000.

It could use some love, but looks solid.

“Kaiser Jeep FleetVan Ice Cream truck. Runs and drives. Straight 6 cylinder. Smokes a little and would recommend towing for long distances. Coker whitewalls. Cold plate freezer. Very unique and conversation starter. No heater and wipers are gone. Nice project with some rust here and there. Great business opportunity or promotional piece? I am located in the Bay Area California. Salvaged Title.”

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1974 DJ-5 Covington, WA $5000


Do these make enough money to make a $5000 purchase make sense?

“1974 dj5 vintage postal jeep ice cream truck ready to go make your money freezer included old school music speaker lifetime tabs start your own business, be your own boss, do your own events price to sale”

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1973 CJ5PEX(?) Ellensburg, WA $5500


Not sure how the seller came up with the model number “CJ5PEX”. I’d be surprised if this wasn’t a DJ-5. This thing sure has an unusual style.

“Sweetie is for sale!!! Start your own ice cream business. Drive the streets, do events, weddings, parties ect! Great and inexpensive chance to own your own business. Inventory available. 6 cylinder motor. Inverter to run freezer. Set up and Ready to go”

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1970 Ford Ice Cream Truck Los Angeles, CA **SOLD**

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“Very Rare – 1970 Ford Postal Truck – (Right hand drive) Parts are the same as Ford f-100 and broncos of the same year.Engine starts right up. Odometer does not work.



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1973 DJ-5 Ice Cream Jeep Spanaway, WA $2000


Sounds ready to roll.

“Must Sell! Need space in our garage! This ice cream jeep comes with the freezer and information to sell this upcoming Summer. Great condition. Come check it out. Easily can make a profit in a couple of weeks- business on wheels”


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1950s? Woman, Jeep & Eskimo Pies Sign on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps • TAGS: .

Steve shared this ice-cream related photo.

View all the information on eBay


Vintage original snapshot photo, circa 1950’s.
Dimensions: 5″ x 3 1/2″
Condition: Good, surface creases/wrinkles, bit of album paper remnants on back, see scan.”

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1964 FJ-6 Visalia, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000.

Bumpers and wheels/rims aren’t original.

“1964 jeep willy fj 6 fleetvan ice cream truck every thing is original only I changed regular to alternator”


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Eye-Catching Ice Cream and Diaper Service Jeeps

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UPDATE: This was previously published in July of 2014.

This great article from the July 1947 issue of W-O Sales News highlights the use of jeeps as ice-cream distributors and as a diaper service. Companies highlighted include Better Brands Ice Cream Novelties, Swell Time Ice Cream Corporation, and Wee Folk Laundry.

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1974 FJ-BC Ice Cream Truck **SOLD**

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**SOLD** Was $6500.

“$6500 obo/possible trade. It includes two power inverters. Three Brand New Batteries and Chargers. Two New Freezers. 25 foot Flag pole that is retractable. Custom battery station. I have also recently paid a local garage $3600 to rewire and add all new electrical to the vehicle with Hi Amp Alternator and New Starter. Needless to say, it has a lot that has been done. It is a 1974 FJ-8C and very fun to drive.”

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1981 DJ-5 Ice Cream Auburn, WA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000.’

Needs a radiator.

“1981 Jeep Dj5 ice cream truck money making business right hand drive, 2wd, 4 cyl. Auto, was a postal jeep originally. Removable top tonneau cover . Will run and drive but needs radiator. Also has other features. $2,000”

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1964 Ice Cream Van Fresno, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000.

“Its smog exempt, well kept and needs little maintenance… runs, no mechanical issues”

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1975 DJ-5 Des Moines, WA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000.

It’s setup for ice cream.

“The most awesome icecream truck available. Runs Great! Bright orange paint inside and out. Completely updated and re-wired lighting all LED. Flashing amber rooftop light. Exterior horn to blast your classic ice-cream tunes or get new age and rock some modern icecream tunes to get the kids hyped with the amplified sub in the back. That right! This truck has beats!!! I have beefed up the starting battery with a group31 semi truck battery. There is a secondary battery bank of 3 deep cycle marine batteries that power the DC converter which in turn powers the freezer. Back windows are tinted to reduce heat so the electronics can run efficiently. I replaced all the window seals with new rubber. I even installed a battery isolator so you can run the secondary battery bank until it’s completely dead and always have a fully charged ignition battery to start up with. I also have 256 color range LED undercarriage lighting that I will install this week. There simply is not any other icecream truck that come close to being as awesome as this one.”


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1978 DJ-5 Waseca, MN $2850


UPDATE: Price dropped to $2850.

(12/31/2015) Needs some tranny work.

“Selling my 1978 Willys Ice Cream Truck. We are downsizing. It’s a great runner. Needs about $600 in transmission work says my mechanic. I’ve priced this for a quick sale. When the weather changes and you turn on the Ice Cream Music the people come running to the curb for the ice cream treats.”


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Circus Ice Cream Company’s CJ-5 Jeeps

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This December 1955 Willys News article described the purchase of forty CJ-5s by the Circus Ice Cream Company of Houston, Texas. Do those hub caps look unusual?




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1984 FJ-8 Nashville, TN **SOLD**

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UPDATE: ***SOLD** Was $5500.

Runs and drives, but seller has been having some carb problems.

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“This is a beautiful vintage ice cream truck. 1984 AM General FJ-8C. Rare, very hard to find these days. It was formerly a mail postal truck. Freezer and shelving built in. We used it for shaved ice. We got a bigger truck so sadly, it’s time to see her go to a new home.

Runs and drives but it will stall out going up steep hills and sometimes at idle. Sometimes it’s hard to start. Drove it today and it ran great until I went up a steep hill then it bogged down and idled rough after that. Ran good a couple years ago when I drove it 500 miles from where I bought it but we left it sitting as a retail shop for one year then drove it home and let it sit in the driveway another year.

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1978 DJ-5 Ice Cream Jeep Burnsville, MN **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1000.

Needs a tranny. Looks in good shape otherwise.

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“My loss is your gain! It needs transmission work. The shop says a rebuild would be about $600 (if I R & R). I don’t feel like it right now. I’d rather move on with my next project. It’s $1000 firm (if I can’t get that, I’ll do the tranny and sell for $2000+. You pick up (tow or trailer).

I bought this three years ago with the intent to try it out this summer as a “retirement job” but family circumstances and increased hours at my other job have cancelled that plan. I owned it just long enough to make a lot of little fixes (lube, oil, added a radio & antenna, shocks, flashing yellow light, wiper blades, installed a window washer, fixed the horn, replaced exhaust manifold gasket, new ignition switch, plugs and wires, air filter, fuel filter, tranny filter & fluid, pcv, rebuilt carb., new fan belt, coolant flush and fill with new thermostat, – and probably a couple of other things I can’t remember right now….

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FJ-8 Ice Cream Truck Thousand Oaks, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $25k.

Looks good, but not sure how seller is figuring the price, unless ice cream trucks rake in the bucks in Thousand Oaks??

“Rare and totally unique vintage ice cream truck! Runs great, engine has been rebuilt from ground up. Best marketing tool and get SO much attention! Has a current Ventura county health dept permit. comes with Honda generator. MUST SEE in person! $25K OBO.”


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1982 DJ-5 Auburn, WA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

Looks ready to roll.

“Im moving and its time for someone else to make great cash everyday with this very nice and extremely reliable 1982 Jeep with right side drive so you’re on same side as sidewalks making it safe!! Plus theres a flashing yellow/orange light on top that works…another great safety feature!!The Jeep has current tabs and looks great with an American Flag Decor…it runs excellent!! Comes with LARGE coleman cooler (it holds a lot)…I usually would load the big cooler and use a smaller one to place right next to me for a pull one. theres an Original Nichols 32 song music box… all you need is to fill it with ice cream and a couple pounds of dry ice…turn on music…put it in drive and start making daily cash!!”

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1975 DJ-5 Ice Cream Jeep Milwaukie, OR $2500


UPDATE: Price dropped to $2500.

(05/09/2014) Includes working freezer.

Hi. I have an old mail jeep, right side driver that has been turned into an ice cream truck. It runs good. Has the music box. I have a clean title, its a turn key business. tag’s are good till 2015, comes with a freezer in the back. “

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