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October 1952 Motor Trend Cover and Article

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Features, Magazine, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

As I was packing, I pulled this issue of Motor Trend aside. When I leafed through it, I realized there was a jeep-related article I missed. So, here the “Unique Cars for Sportsmen” by Jim Earp. All the vehicles herein are interesting. The first page has a pic at the bottom of Vic Hickey’s famous jeep.

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Photo of Custom WWII Jeep in Japan on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: , .

Here’s another customized jeep. This one was photographed in Japan after WWII.

View all the information on eBay

“Post WWII Willys Jeep Camp Zama US Army Base Japan Vintage Snapshot Photo….actual date not known”

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1946 CJ-2A Clifton, CO $3000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

Lots of custom work on this project.

https://westslope.craigslist.org/cto/d/clifton-1946-willys-jeep-project/7282703508.html

“Body and frame with clear title are 1946 Willy’s
Running gear – 1986 Cherokee
Engine 2.8 V6 Engine runs fine but fuel tank not hooked up
5 speed manual transmission and transfer case
Tires – 32-1250s on 10″ rims
Lots of extra parts
80% completed”

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1953 Wagon? Angleton, TX $3000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/31/2020) This modified wagon(?) created as a hunting vehicle has a later model grille. It includes a PTO winch.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1684042798438023

“53 hunting Jeep. Rebuilt engine, PTO wench, very dependable!”

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1973 Stainless Steel Jeep Las Vegas, NV $6500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Features, stainless/jewels • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available. 

(03/07/2020) It’s a project. Has curved rather than flat fenders.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/168482501463382

“For sale rare 1973 stainless steal jeep style body . Needs to be fully re-stored (was bought for that purpose) Has title to the jeep Asking 6,500.00 or 6,000 Cash Only”

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1972 CJ-6 Cairo, GA $4850

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6 • TAGS: , .

Has some mods. The cut sides aren’t finished off quite the same; the passenger side is more finished than the flat, straight angle of the driver’s side. Overall, the look isn’t all that bad in my opinion. I think if there was care taken, with more material left on the front side of the cuts this might make an interesting look.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/927919301032723

“Vintage 1972 Jeep CJ6 Runs good”

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1944 MB? Idaho Falls, ID $9000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price is now $9000.

(10/16/2020) What a crazy contraption. “El Burrito”‘s got style. It even has a mural on the back. I’m not quite sure how the rear extends, but it looks like someone would be safe from bugs.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/379875466485663

“A Prospector’s Dream or a mini RV!
A unique vehicle for the right individual. A fold out six foot bed behind the seats, and a “kitchen” underneath. Email me for videos showing the set ups. A 1944 WWII surplus jeep purchased in 1954. It is a Willy’s 4 cylinder. I think it might be a CJ 6.
Needs new gas tank (has 2 tanks, if you want to replace both) Seals and belts are dry, but should absorb fluids back when added. It was started, but turned off to avoid running bad gas through the carburetor. All the mini-van modifications can be removed to restore to original jeep without too much conversion.
If interested E-mail phone number to pungoriver@live.com and I will call you for further information. If you like make a bid.
It has been garaged.”

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Year? Model? North Tazewell, VA $1500

• CATEGORIES: Unusual • TAGS: .

The frame isn’t 2A or 3A and the front clip appears have truck/wagon. The back appears to be a home brew.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/178664650341374

“1946 willy’s, will trade or make offer.”

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1960? Custom Flattie Project Kuttawa, KY $900

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/16/2020) Given the price, there might be value here.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/346038503320041

“Toy or parts has a 350 motor an 400 trans has military running gear”

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1946 CJ-2A Phoenix, AZ $3500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/25/2021) This is a project with a modified 2A body on a 2004 Wrangler.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/412433290085720

“1946 willy’s Jeep project. Running gear is a 2004 Jeep Wrangler, with the 2.5 4 cylinder fi motor, 5 speed transmission.”

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1963 2WD CJ-5 (Or DJ-5?) Allentown, PA $7000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: , .

Lots of custom work here (have we seen this one before?)

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/458412538516926.

“For sale 1963 willys jeep. It is 2wd with a speedway straight axle in the front. Has a 283 small block and a 2 speed power glide trans. Interior in good shape. Has removable top and fold down windshield. Fuel cell behind rear seat. Front fenders are welded to the hood so they lift up with hood and allow easy access to engine bay. Tires are like new. Asking $7,000 OBO possible trades for tractor with loader attatchment or other cars, trucks, motorcycles, or gooseneck trailer.”

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1956 Truck San Diego, CA $35,100

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $35,100.

(12/28/2020) Lots of modifications to this tender-looking truck/wagon.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/197562262040611

“1956 Jeep Willy’s LS1 with nitrous Aluminum radiator and trans cooler Power steering 4×4 King coil overs KC Hilite running lights and rock lights Led whip/mount near tailgte Stereo with Bluetooth All gauges work perfectly Driven right around 600 miles since built completed Custom interior Full paint exterior and interior with fully painted finished bed 17” Black Rhino wheels 37” tires Licensed with tags up to date, and clean title This truck is well built and well thought out, not a backyard build. Paint is in great condition and it turns heads everywhere.”

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Year? CJ-3A Houston, TX $2200

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

Unclear how much value is here.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/317244889727010

“Old willys and trailer. Hasn’t been running in 3 years. Needs battery. Was stored. Negotiable on process open to trades. Brand new tires on the jeep”

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1973 4Dr CJ-5/7/Scrambler Newark, DE $19,900

• CATEGORIES: CJ-7, CJ5, Features, Other 4x4s • TAGS: , , , , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/11/2020) This is certainly unusual build.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3038752579495446

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“f Jeep would have started building these in the 70s, they would have never had financial issues. Look at this rare piece.The Jeep was built using all CJ5 parts. The front door is modeled off of a CJ7. The rear door is modeled off of a CJ5.

The bed is extended to the length of a CJ6 or CJ8 Scrambler. The frame is stretched 36 inches in the middle and 14 inches behind the rear axle. The frame was boxed from the front to the rear spring perches. It has Dana 30 and Dana 44 axles (both are open diffs). The transfer case is a Dana 20. The transmission is a 3 speed. I believe it is a T150.

The engine is an AMC 360 from a 1972 Wagoneer. It was rebuilt about 20,000 miles ago. It was bored over. The crank was turned. It got all new bearings, new pistons, new valve guides, and hardened seats. It has an RV cam, an Edelbrock SP2P low rise dual plane intake, and a Holley Street Avenger 570cfm double pumper carb. Skip White electronic ignition/distributor. Warn 8274 Winch. Heavy duty steel front fenders. (Matching Rescue Green CJ5 OEM fenders also included.) Rear corner guards. The motor has more than enough power for a vehicle this size.

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1959 Truck JeepRod Tullytown, PA $14,000

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Another unusual JeepRod build.

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/d/croydon-hotrod-ratrod/7262748799.html

“Custom 59 Jeep Pickup rat rod, 430 Buick motor, automatic Trans, with quick change heavy duty rear, fuel cell, new battery, huge wide 5 tires and rims, electric fan, custom air cleaner, Wildwood front brake assembly, all new tires, must be seen.OR OFFER thanks Paul. OR TRADE. RAT ROD”

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Anyone Recognize Tracy’s 1944 MB

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, Sedan-jeep • TAGS: .

Tracy shared pics of his grandfather’s WW2 jeep that was customized at some point, either motor-pool modified or post-war modified. He’s hoping someone might have more information about it.

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1944-mb-tracy1“This Willys came to me by way of my grandfather, a WW2 veteran of Normandy where, D-Day+1 his unit was shelled by 88’s and he lost his leg.

I have no idea when he, himself, acquired it as I never even knew it existed until I was called to remove it. Since my father never mentioned it to me, it is likely he didnt know either.

I can only assume he had visions of restoring it. Now, that falls to me, and I gladly accept that.

My plan is to do more of a “restification” on it than an all out restoration.

You see, the modifications that have been made are completely, and thoroughly welded in place. As it looks to have been this way since, at least, the era that it was acquired as surplus, if not before, it has really become part of the vehicle’s story and it will remain. The workmanship is very well done and, whoever did these modifications was a very skilled welder/fabricator as all welds, fit, and finish are top notch.

So, I share it here in hopes that I may find information on that history.”

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1960 CJ-3B/M-38A1 Spartanburg, SC $9500

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **Still Available**

(11/13/2020) Mark spotted this modified 3B with what I think is an M-38A1 rear body (has military gas tank). Has rear PTO and gearbox.

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/d/spartanburg-willys-cj-3b-jeep-1960/7265158675.html

“Vintage Collectible CJ-3B Willys Farm Jeep with PTO. (Power Take Off)
This is partially restored.
Following has been replaced new: tires, radiator, wiring harness, alternator, ignition wires, brakes, rear main seal, overhaul gasket set, horn, switches. All purchased paperwork along with owners manual and service manual.
Have some other new items such as all shifter boots, battery case holder and misc that are included.
This farm jeep runs great and is a rare find.”

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M-38A1 Wood Splitter Salem, OR $500

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, M-38A1, Unusual • TAGS: .

Roger Martin spotted this unique build, an M-38A1 transformed into a wood splitter. No description provided.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1611210942413745

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CJ-5 Modified Into a Train Engine

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

Roger Martin shared this Canadian Jeep Junkee photo of a CJ-5 that (I think) has been transformed into a train engine. I tried to learn more, but had no luck. It’s unclear to me where this might be located.

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1946 JeepRod Brillion, WI $18,900

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Jeep Rods • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $18,900.

(03/11/2019) It’s supposed to have 450HP.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/624070105188738

“this is a 1946 willys lower 2wd 450 hp 355 chevy with a 350 auto it has sawy bar on front and a anti roll in the back so it runs like a big go cart it is kind of a rat rod”

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1962 CJ-3B Tecumseh, MI No Price

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: .

The price listed is $12,345, so I’m guess the seller is taking offers?

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/764876520816525

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“As much as I would like to keep this I could use the money for my next restoration. I am in no hurry to sell so all lowball offers will be ignored. If your looking for a truly unique off road toy this is for you. Although it could be converted back to a street legal machine it currently is not so if your looking for something to drive on the street keep scrolling. It started off as a 1962 Willys cj3b.

After giving it a 6″ frame lift I had the frame hot dip galvanized which is why the frame looks to be painted gray. Motor is a 350 out of a 73 Vette +.030 with a off road cam. TH400 trans mated to a Dana 18 via Novak adapter. PTO and winch from a Willys truck modified to run off the back. Front axle is a Dana 44 out of a 75 chevy. Rear is GM 10 bolt out of a 84 chevy with Moser inner shafts. Front AND rear hydraulic steering are independent. Please do not blow up my phone with questions that can be answered face to face if you are serious. Thanks for looking”

 
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1956 CJ-3B Paoli, IN $3800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/07/2021) Includes a Warn Overdrive.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/721940151786638

“1956 Jeep Willys. V6. Jeep sat for 5-8 years, oil was clean, pulled plugs and there was water in the top of the pistons. Too much work for dad at this point. Pretty solid for the age.”

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1954 Wagon JeepRod Project Novato, CA $8900

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

Seller includes phone number within the ad.

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/d/novato-1954-willys-wagon-custom-hot-rod/7259455565.html

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“Same owner the last 50 years. – $35k invested. Many new parts are installed & included. Willys starts and runs and is not finished. Original Pink Slip slip for 1954 Willys.

Chopped 8 inches, has shaved doors, has frenched tail lights, grill has been flipped, front fenders filled to change look, rear wheel wells have had front fender trims welded to body. The body has been professionally welded to the frame. Bodywork professionally repaired.

The Willys sits on a 1986 Buick Regal frame. The donor drive train is a 1990+/- Camaro IROC with 63,000 miles. The motor is a 305 IROC motor with a mild cam with many custom parts added. The transmission is from the same car and is a 700R. Many new parts have been added to the engine & suspension.
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“Streamlined” Jeeps From the Pacific

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Sedan-jeep • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: This post has been updated with a better version of the video:

The photos below are snapshots from the above video. They resemble the jeep shown below that was built by Wayne K. Pike. It was built by members of the 9th Service Squadron at the 13th Army Air Base on the island of Moratai. Note that it has a chrome/stainless trim strip absent from the car featured in the Popular Mechanics article below.

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ORIGINAL POST FEBRUARY 11, 2013:  You can view the entire Popular Mechanics’ issue on Google.

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Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 6 Streamlined Jeep

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Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 72 Jeep with Odd Body

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Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 77 Men using Jeep like a plow horse

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Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 73 Men us jeep to fix propeller

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1981 CJ-5 Milan, IL $12,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: .

This is an unusual, sort of minimalistic, build.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2526206411010240

“Custom 1981 CJ5 Jeep 4 inch lift kit 20 inch rims rolling on 35. 13,500 miles on build. Has Chevy 4.3 L V6 mild cam 550 elderbrock carb 4 Speed manual. 12000 OBO”

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