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1962 Wagon Jalopy Islamorada, FL $9500

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

If you are looking for something different, this might fit the bill. It’s a custom body on a 1962 wagon chassis.

https://keys.craigslist.org/cto/d/islamorada-willys-jeep/6933169693.html

“1962 willys station wagon frame. handmade body 225 dauntless oddfire rebuilt engine 4 wheel drive with hubs, 3 speed with warn overdrive front disk brakes everything new or rebuilt runs down the road fine or would be a great storefront addition open to offers”

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Modified Canadian MB

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

This Canadian jeep has some unusual modifications. The image was featured at https://captainstevens.com/military/mv/mvmarkings/, which takes a look at Canadian Military Vehicle marketings.

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Photo Credit: http://Captainstevens.com W-LU GOC_4th Canadian Armoured Division (Canadian Army PA211629_jpeg) This appears to the the same jeep as in the colour photo above, just after it was customized for the General Officer Commanding 4 Canadian Armoured Division. They added roof, doors, flag staff and light and extension on rear of vehicle. It is carrying at least one wireless set.

It’s believed that this is the front of the above jeep. As you can see, a rounded topper has been added to the windshield. It appears to be a nice bit of work.  The windshield has also been converted into a vertical windshield.

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Photo Credit: Major-General Worthington in the 4th Armoured Division GOC’s jeep Late 1943 or January 1944 L&AC

 
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1955 Custom 4Door Truck Erie, PA $65,000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: , , .

Chuck shared this customized and stretched truck. It’s expensive, but it would be even more expensive if you had to build it your self.

http://nfiempire.v12soft.com/cars/12030894

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This 1955 Jeep Willys Truck is a ONE OF A KIND, you will NEVER find one like this again. This beauty was completely CUSTOM BUILT! The truck combines the iconic look of the Willys with modern touches of the 1999 GMC 3500.

The frame of the truck is from a 1999 GMC Silverado 3500 dually. The body of the Willys was elongated to fit the Dually frame, with all original Willys parts. The interior was completely restore with Buick Rivieria front seats, and custom built bench seats in the rear.

This truck was built, to tow like a 3500 and daily drive like a GMC. You won’t believe how smooth the ride is!

This build took over 1.5 years and involved over $110,000 invested.

Features:
– Garage Kept
– Never seen snow or rain
– Complete Custom Build
– 454 V8 Engine
– Custom Paint
– Buick Riviera Front Seats
– Custom Built Bench Seats in the Rear
– 1999 GMC Silverado 3500 Dually Frame
– Dash is from the 1999 GMC
– Power Steering
– AC
– Heat
– Tow Package
– Tow Brake
– AM/FM”
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Customized MB on Facebook

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Sedan-jeep • TAGS: .

This photo was posted by George Manousakis on the FB G503 group page. It’s got some style of its own. I wish there were more pics of it.

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1973 CJ-5-Truck Walton, KY $1000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: , .

Tom spotted this oddity. Even for parts alone, this looks to be a good price.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/340028506714886/

“I have for sale a 1973 Jeep CJ-5. It has a 304 v8 with a manual transmission. 4×4 works great. New radiator. Stsrts right up every time. Started fixing It up a little just dont need it anymore. Fun farm jeep. No title. Strictly for offroad use. Make me an offer”

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1946 CJ-2A JeepRod Idaho Springs, CO $5900

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , , .

It’s ready for some cruising.

https://denver.craigslist.org/cto/d/central-city-1946-willys-cj2a-roadster/6919311443.html

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“Thanks for looking. Please read full ad. Text is best.
1946 Willys Hot Rod Roadster Pickup. Runs and drives great. Very fast quality build. 383 Built 425hp, B&M turbo 350 tranny with 3500 stall converter, Art Car – Winter’s shifter, Edelbrock Performance A356 aluminum cylinder heads, custom chassis & suspension, big cam, disk brakes, brand new, new wiring, too much to list, built right.

Great patina. Period correct vintage wheels, No rust other than front fender supports which you can get on ebay for $22.
I did not build this Jeep but it is done right with lots of high end parts.
Cockpit is tight but seats could be moved back and down.
Willy’s, Jeep, Rat Rod, Hot Rod, Drag Race, high performance, Lots Invested, Not a project, Convertible, Priced to get it gone!
Clean Colorado Title in my name.
If it is still on Craigslist it is still available.
I will negotiate ONLY if you have cash in hand looking at the truck” Continue reading

 
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1946 CJ-2A “Nellybelle II” Cave Creek, AZ $10,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(02/22/2019) This was originally for sale in 2010.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/cto/d/cave-creek-1946-willys-cj-2a/6910774739.html

“This 1946 CJ-2A is an exact replica of the Jeep Nellybelle used in the Roy Rogers’ TV Show of the 1950’s. It was commissioned by Roy Jr., aka Dusty Rogers. It was used at the Roy Rogers Museum for the children to climb into so that the original Nellybelle would not get all that “abuse”. We have the Certificate of Authenticity as well as pictures we took with Dusty and his son, Dustin. We are also friends with the fine gentleman who built this jeep for Dusty.

It runs well, smokes a little (it’s old enough and Dusty said it always smoked).”

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1943 Modified GPW Bozeman, MT eBay

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB), Sedan-jeep, Unusual • TAGS: , , .

Thanks to Roger Martin for sharing this unusual vehicle. The buy-it-now price on this highly modified GPW/truck is $14,995. I’m not clear how the seller arrived at the price, but the vehicle itself is a whimsical item that seems to need some work.

View all the information on ebay

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“This is a very special vehicle I found a few months ago that came from a ranch in eastern Montana. Perhaps some handy rancher wanted a Jeep pickup before Jeep ever offered one. Perhaps he could not afford or justify the cost of one and decided to build one from a WW II Jeep, an extra WW II Jeep frame, an early Dodge pickup cab and the front of an as of yet unknown early steel pickup box.

This truck appears to have a chassis made out of a pair of WW II Jeep chassis that were cut off and butt welded together in the center to make a chassis that has a wheelbase just over 2 feet longer at 105-1/2”. That is 25-1/2″ longer than the stock WW II Jeep chassis that has an 80″ wheelbase. Someone then added a cab from a 1933 to early 1935 Dodge pickup or 1-1/2 ton truck so they would have some weather protection from the sometimes wild weather here in Montana.

What really impressed me about this truck the moment I first saw it is the amount of work some reasonably skilled craftsman went to to build a 4 wheel drive pickup out a tiny WW II Jeep. I have seen literally hundreds of WW II and later Jeeps in my life so far that have had cabs added to the original Jeep body but I have never seen one that had a pickup or truck cab installed on it like this truck has. Add to that the fact that the cab on this truck has the very attrractive backward opening “suicide” doors from the early 1930’s and one has a very special vehicle.

Not only was a completely different cab installed on this “stretched” Jeep chassis, but that cab was subjected to some very interesting modifications. The most obvious modification is the very special rounded cowl that adapted the cowl of the Dodge cab to the back of the flat Jeep cowl right bvehind the Jeep hood. I am very sure that that cowl adapter was not hand formed but I have not yet figured out what that specially formed piece of sheet metal may have been used on originally.

Please also notice the very significant fact that the as of yet unknown Jeep builder adapted a “V” windshield to the front of the Dodge cab that originally came with a flat whidshield. I have yet to figure out what vehicle that “V” windshield originally came in. Please help me here if you possibly can. Another modification to the Dodge truck cab would be the fact that it has a steel insert in the top of the roof rather than the original fabric roof that it came with when new. I have seen hundreds of Model A Ford and other similar vehicles from the 20’s and 30’s that had similar steel roofs installed when the original fabrick roofs went bad.
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1946 CJ-2A Lewistown, MT $3150

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/17/2019) A 3B hood has been added to the 2A and a funky grille mod was installed to make it work. This looks to have a rare aluminum Worman hardtop.

https://montana.craigslist.org/cto/d/willys-jeep-cj2a-1946/6908876078.html

“1946 CJ2A Willys Jeep. Good running order. Has Studebaker Champion 6 cyl. flat head engine and full metal cab. Also have spare transmission and transfer case.”

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Year? CJ-2A Vail, AZ Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

Here’s an odd one..

https://tucson.craigslist.org/pts/d/vail-1942-willeys-army-jeep/6887556898.html

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“One of those super projects I never got to. Moving out of country and getting rid of all worldly possessions. Help finance my journey to enlightenment. Complete jeep but rear half body modified. Drivetrain complete, chassis has rust and 4 cylinder engine turns free two years ago. It is a valuable resource for parts when restoring another similar jeep. Take time and part out part out making $$$. Lost interest when I realized it would be half the value when done because not stock. Make me an offer I can’t refuse. Hint: north of $500. Paid $1500 to transport from NY. Contact for additional info”

 

 
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Jeep w/Top in Europe

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

The writing on this photo indicates this jeep with a wood top was located in Europe. It was odd enough I thought I’d buy the photo, which was on eBay.

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1942 GPW JeepRod Suffield, CT $10,500

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB), Jeep Rods • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $10,500.

(02/16/2019) This looks like one of the better Jeep Rod projects.

https://hartford.craigslist.org/cto/d/suffield-1942-ford/6901955917.html

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“VERY COOL
ONE OF A KIND
WW II ROADSTER
This is a well designed “FUN CAR”
REAL STEEL 1940’S BODY

The engine is a 355 ci Chevy. It has a 327 block and 305 heads. Custom frame with ’32 Ford front spring set up and a model A rear spring with a 9″ Ford rear. The trans is a 200r4.
DRIVES LIKE A GO CART
HANDLES LIKE A RACE CAR
MORE FUN TO DRIVE THAN ANYTHING YOU HAVE TAKEN TO A SHOW OR CRUISE NIGHT
Is it perfect…no it is not, BUT is it fun to drive…
YOU bet it is
I would consider the car unfinished as the emergency brake has not been hooked up”

 

 
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1950 Wagon/Tender Grand Rapids, MI $25,900

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/12/2017) Cool build. It’s by far the nicest “Tender” build I’ve seen.

View all the information on eBay

 

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For most of us the classic car world is about standing out with some attitude, and it doesn’t get more custom or unique than this. After all a 1950 Willys Jeep Pickup is already going to draw a crowd, but when it has been fully custom built with a new V8, overdrive transmission, upgraded suspension, custom interior, A/C, and much more, then you will always be the coolest custom everywhere you go.

The handsome, upright body says Jeep as loudly as any CJ, and it’s a familiar face the world over. But this icon is also instantly recognizable as a fully built classic. After all, a rare unibody pickup with an extended cab is a cool sight. Plus, it’s the purple and beige gives this nearly 70-year-old steel a healthy dose of modern luster and shine. The gloss does a great job of highlighting all the ribbed details that came in the panel stamping (they were originally for strength, but now just increase the cool factor.) The old and new world styles blend on the brightwork where the grille, trim, and bumpers combine nicely with the 15-inch Boyds alloy wheels and bright exhaust tips. Plus, the rear bed has both form and function with the color-matched tonneau, marine-grade carpet underneath, and bright LED taillights. In total, you can tell someone spent extra time and effort creating this cool Willys.

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CJ-2A Custom Body Clay, NY $1200

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

Maybe this project will interest someone.

https://syracuse.craigslist.org/cto/d/clay-willys-jeep-cj2a-project/6889912340.html

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“CJ2A custom frame, boxed, sandblasted and in primer. Gear box moved forward, radiator repositioned, new springs, gas tank relocated under rear. Custom Stainless box, widened cowl and dash taking offers”

 

 
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Sportif-looking JeepRod Sand Canyon, TX $2500

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available. It appears to have been painted.

(11/29/2018) This oddity reminded me of the Willys Sportif prototype (seen at bottom).

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/cto/d/canyon-country-custom-project/6881027643.html

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Photo before paint:

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“This is a Rat Rod, bucket, vintage, or What every you want to call it, this is what it is.
This is a one of a kind never will you see this again.
It was built in 86 so I am to believe but I think it was built earlier as it appears to have pre- mig welder welds that look cool.
This was a full custom job when it was done and someone left it for dead.
This is a 41 Willy’s chassis.
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1952 Custom Truck Amity, OR $6000

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

I’m pretty sure we’ve seen this one for sale in the past. It might be a fun rig.

https://salem.craigslist.org/cto/d/amity-1952-willys/6878593716.html

“I have a willys thats sitting on a wagon frame it has a 260v8. It runs drives good. Text for more details”

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1951 Custom Woodie Truck Lake Forest, CA Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Trucks, Wood bodies • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Now Make Serious Offer. Was $39,000

(01/31/2017) This is quite the build!

https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/d/1951-willys-woodie-one-of-kind/6880925146.html

“All custom 51 Willys woodie. Extensive sheet metal work, extended fenders, hood, roll pan and a tilt hood and more. All polished LS engine, with LS460e trans polished, hydro boost brakes. Custom dash, gauges, center console. Custom rebuilt painted frame blazer. All custom solid Maple wood with electric lift gate, PW, PB tilt etc. Custom interior, 6 way power seats with headrest monitors, custom made maple rear floor. Brand new 20″ rims and tires. So much more…view the photos for all the extras all top name brand parts. Less than 300 miles. Just testing the market. Serious offers only. Leave a message.”

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1946 CJ-2A Corona, NY $14,800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

Some creative woodworking this 2A.

https://newyork.craigslist.org/que/cto/d/east-elmhurst-jeep-willy-from-1946/6877892380.html

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“Jeep Willy’s CJ2A FROM 1946 IN PRISTINE CONDITION.

Transmission and transfer case is original. Original Steel body. Roll cage and bench seat. Always kept inside. Zero rust! Great body out/under and in between. Super sold example! Original tires, brakes and clutch Very well cared for inside and out. Keep in mind this is a 73 year old vehicle. Includes the original car manual from 1946!!!

PAYMENT IS TO BE MADE BY WIRE TRANSFER OR CASH WITHIN 7 DAYS.

CASHIER’S CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED BY MAJOR NATIONAL BANKS, BUT CHECK MUST CLEAR BILL OF SALE ARE RELEASED.”

 

 
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1952 CJ-3A? Stockton, CA $2000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

Not sure what this is supposed to look like when finished.

https://stockton.craigslist.org/cto/d/stockton-1952-jeep-willy/6875249898.html

“I have 1952 Jeep Willy 2×4 350 engine whait 3 speed transmission manual engine and trans no good I have different engine and Trany I no have time to work in no paperwork”

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A Couple Extended Jeeps

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

Roger Martin spotted both of these jeeps on Facebook.

The first one was describe by Jim Burrill as a British Jeep during Operation Veritable.

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The second jeep was posted by Norberto Boddy and was extended in the middle (CJ-2L-like). I tried to hunt down “Crescent Poultry Products”, but didn’t have any luck. The phone number seems strange, as it include an “L” in it; anyone recognize that phone number construction?

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1953 Stainless Flattie Biggs, CA $5000

• CATEGORIES: stainless/jewels • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $5000.

This is 2WD currently.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/168651717355710/

“All stainless Willys 5.3 vortec with mild cam, 4l60 2wd tranny with valve bodies. Have a stack og receipts for the engine swap. In it’s current shape its 2wd on drag slicks, perfect platform to make a one of a kind crawler”

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Photo of Lengthened WWII Jeep on eBay

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

This MB has been lengthened.

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“Offered is an original WWII time period photograph. The picture measures approximately 2″ x 2.25″. It belonged to a GI who served as a medic with the 1st BN Aid Station attached to the 1306th Engineer General Service Regiment under the 3rd Army.”

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Brook Stevens’ Command Cars

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: , .

During WWII Brook Stevens developed a couple different Command Car concepts. All the pics of these can be seen at the Milwaukee Art Museum’s site.

1. The first one is a 6×6 vehicle. It was made into an actual vehicle. I don’t know what happened to it. I’m pretty sure I have a press photo fo this vehicle somewhere, but I can’t seem to find it. This very well could be on the same platform as other 6x6s of the era.

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1948 CJ-2A Latham, MO $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

Looks like the 3B hood was added to allow room for the F-head. I suppose that’s one way to tackle the problem.

https://columbiamo.craigslist.org/cto/d/latham-1948-willys-jeep-project/6853427281.html

“Complete jeep with title. As is, hasn’t run in a few years .
2500$ OBO
It is located at the Latham Market.”

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1948 Popular Homecraft’s Wander Wagon Junior

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Willys Wagons, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: The complete set of plans for the Wander Wagon is shown below. Previously, I’d only had the first part of the build scanned.

In 1948 Popular Homecraft Magazine did a two article series on the construction of a home built Jeep Station Wagon. The name for the custom wagon was the Wander Wagon Junior. The project was shared with readers over two issues, the 1948 Jan-Feb issue and the 1948 Mar-Apr issue. I was finally able to locate a copy of the Mar-Apr issue, so now the full build is shown below.

PART I: January-February 1948 issue:

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