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1948 CJ-2A Alberton, Mt **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1200.

It runs! The wood paneling is … different.

“1948 Willys Jeep for sale. Runs and drives good, but it does need some work. Comes with 4 new leaf springs and spare windsheild that does not have a wiper. Sold with bill of sale only, no title. $1200.00 OBO.”

 
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Flattie Project Clinton, UT **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

It appears the builder lengthened the body but forgot (or not) that the top would be too short to fit.  So, naturally, the solution was to bend the windshield back.

“Built CJ2! The body has been lengthened and the fenders widened.  It sits on two Dana 44 front axles giving it front and rear wheel steering, warn hubs, turbo 400 trans, 13in wide rims, link and spring suspension, equipped with drum brakes front and rear.  There is a hole in the hood where the air cleaners from the previous motor poked through.  This rig has been garage kept for the last 30 yrs and properly coated to protect it from rust.  The gas tank has been relocated to the inside rear of the vehicle. NOTE: This is a non running vehicle there is an engine included.  The vehicle is located in Clinton Utah buyer arranges transport, vehicle does come with a tow bar.  !!Engine included but not installed!! The engine is a Chevrolet 327 from a 1966 corvette that was rebuilt 10200 miles ago.”

 
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1950 CJ-3A Air Force? Troy, NY $**SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3000.

Norm spotted this ad.  The jeep has an interesting hardtop and unusual back.  It appears well done.  Does anyone know if the airforce owned or had other CJ-3As like this?

“airforce, toolbox, on wheels, very rare, many new parts, $3000 Troy, NY”

 
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1977 CJ-7 + 1984 Corvette **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was on ebay.

From the “I had this corvette and jeep sitting around see … and it suddenly ocurred to me to combine them” department comes this unusual combo.  There is work left to do.

“This vehicle was built by taking a 1984 corvette, removing the body, moving the radiator back and the gas tank forward.  Then I wrapped the jeep body around it. The jeep body is welded to the steel corvette chassis. I took the jeep body panels down to bare metal. I painted the car myself. It was the first time I ever painted a car (although I have built several other major conversions). The paint looks good from a few feet away but it does have some major runs in places. It was painted approximately 1 year ago but I think the runs can still be sanded out. Although there is very little body filler there are some dents I didn’t fix before painting. Most notably a couple dents on the hood and around the rear corners.
The car runs, drives, stops, steers, shifts, etc. I have driven it but never more than a couple of miles. The motor runs and sounds really nice.
I installed a gage cluster from a 2001 Silverado. The speedo, tach, oil pressure and voltage gage all work.
The chassis is all corvette so it has the legendary C4 aluminum wishbone suspension, aluminum independent rear suspension, aluminum driveshafts, four wheel vented disc brakes, etc.
The car is titled as a 1969 Specially Constructed vehicle, body type: CV for convertible. The title is clear and in my name. It is on planned non operational status right now. The car is smog exempt in California because of the year. The VIN has been welded onto the frame in the front but it should probably be stamped in a couple more locations. The old Corvette VIN is still on the dash and needs to be removed. …. See more on ebay”

 
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Year? CJ-2Aish Republic, MO **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $400.

This is unusual.  I’ve never seen a mod quite like this.  I’s really like a closer look to see exactly how this was done.

“i have a willys jeep. im not sure the excact year. 6cly engine, 3 speed manual trans. needs alittle cosmetic work but for the most part its pretty solid. no title. no emails please.”

 

 
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Unusual MB found on Flickr

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

Here’s an unusual MB that I spotted on Flickr. I don’t remember seeing it anywhere else (but sometimes my memory isn’t all that good!).

 
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More on this unusual CJ-?A/MB Wagon in Bali

UPDATE:  Rudolf sent some additional pics of this rig. Steve gives a good analysis within the comments section.

Rudolf forwarded me this unusual CJ-?A/MB wagon.  Rudolf reports that this is titled a 1944 and was used for public transit in Bali.  Given the full floating rear end, the rearend might have been from a MB.  It reminded me of another vehicle with a similar wood rear end that is located in France  (see the red image below).

From France (CJ-3B Page, Offroadaction.ca)

 
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1969 CJ-5 w/ Camper Harpers Ferry, WV **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Camping, CJ5, Features • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

“We have a 1969 Jeep CJ Camper They only made 336 of these  I have found on the  internet there only a hand ful of them left. they are rare as hens teeth. this a V6 engine with a three speed trans. It needs a complete restoration as you can see from the pics. it is being sold on a Bill of sale only it looks to be about 95% complete we do see it is missing some hub caps/ gear shifter knob/ some camper parts/  It did run when parked any questions please call me my name is Dannon”

 
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1946 Flattie Halls, Tn **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was Best Offer.

Someone’s customized this CJ-2A.

“its a cj2a 1946 jeep willy’s custom on a 1971 comando frame the tranny is a turbo 400, transfercase is a model 120,rear axel is a 44 with true track 488 gears front and rear , model 27 front axel with 4 joints in axels ,2x 11 breaks , 6,000 lb. wench , 225 cubic inch buik odd fire engine , 600 cf carb (4barrel ) ,, manifold is a ofenhouser duel plain , new air conditioner but needs dryer for it never even had freon in it, marian altenater shielded by wire mesh , electric fuel pump at fuel tank and filter, rear mai leaf is 5′ long and front is 4′ long , tires are 35 x 12.50 x 10 good condition 5 lug.

i bought this off my dad who buld it and it does need the tranny put in he was in the middle of building it when he had a heart attack and couldnt finish it.
it is a monster for off roading .”

 

 
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1957 CJ-5 Chetek, WI **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Unusual • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000

This cj-5 is a little different.

“1957 willys jeep with plow new tires new paint looks and runs great”

 
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Really Cool Wooden Top from Iceland

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

Here’s a great shot of an unusual wooden hardtop for a CJ-2A.  The wood appears knotless, too.

And here is a link to the CJ-3B that sits right new to it.

 
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1944 MB With Custom Body

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

I stumbled upon this unusual Willys creature at this prewarcar website.  I guess Wally Cohn wasn’t the only person trying to create a unique body on top of the Willys platform.

“2 of these willys mb were bodied in germany in 1945. one was destroyed, ended in hamburg probably beeing rebodied to an original jeep, so when i got that survivor i did not do the same mistake and put it on the road again. now it is one of a kind with all the original chassis, drivetrain, axles etc. even with the original data plate date of delivery nov.11, 1944 (author Bussinger Kfz)”

 
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1948? CJ-2A/3B San Fernando Valley, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: , , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6900

Has an unusual body.  My first thought was unibody, maybe fiberglass(?), as I can’t see seams between the front clip and the body.  In fact, the hood appears to be a normal sized low hood that sits a top a solid CJ-3B clip (fenders/body/grille all molded/welded together).

“1948 Jeep Willys, 289l V-8, auto trans, B&M shifter, low miles, new interior and upholstery, soft top included, all terrain tires, aux. fuel tank rack, alloy wheels, tow bar, clean paint, runs excellent.”

 

 
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1942 MB Ramona, Ca **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

This body was widened 6″ … was it done because they could?  Also, the rear appears to have been cut and a custom extension added (I don’t think that’s the bolt on extender I’ve seen other some other jeeps).

“The body was widened about 6 inches by Southwestern College years ago. It really is a nice configuration. I have the original military air cleaner setup. It has been converted to 12-volt alternator electrical. The rest of the drive train is stock with the flathead four and works great. The tow bar works great and uses a 1 7/8″ ball. I am selling because I need the covered parking space and my son, who loved and cared for it, will be out of the country for years. Driven regularly. Clean title. 4-wheel drive works fine. Lots of fun! $3500 firm.”

 
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1948 CJ-2A Yakima, WA **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4200.

Can’t say I’ve seen anything quite like this mod.

“Classic 1948 Jeep CJ3A. Mostly original, including motor. 12V conversion, saginaw steering. Always garaged. 42,000 original miles. 3rd owner. No rust, never wrecked. You won’t find a cleaner original 1948 jeep.”

 
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An old Wally Cohnish sort of Jeep

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

Many readers will remember last May’s explosive expose on the Wally Cohn custom ‘jeep’ built in Germany.  Ok, so maybe it wasn’t an explosion heard round the world, but there were a few of us who were interested.

Well, along those lines I found a MB/GPW at Hemmings which had been modified with fenders that brought the Wally Jeep to mind.  Here are some pics from the Hemmings Post.

See all the images at Hemmings:

Here’s Wally’s Jeep for comparison:

 
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Wooden Car

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

Tommy emailed me this unusual build (note it is a car and not a jeep or 4×4).  After a little searching, I found this on ebay as well. If you haven’t seen some of the wooden jeeps featured over the years on ewillys, check them out.  For a really fast wooden car, check out this supercar.

According to the email, it is a wooden body built in 2009.  “This custom wooden car rides on a 1986 Toyota truck frame and gets power from a Chrysler 318 engine.  It is driven by an automatic transmission and has merely 1,800 miles on its speedometer. The whole body is made of cedar and its interior is just as over-the-top as the exterior.”
You can see many more pics of this on ebay

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1946? CJ-2A Millsboro, De eBay

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

UPDATE: This is back on eBay.

(06/29/2010) The serial number of 130476 suggests this is a 1947 rather than a 1946.

“This is a ONE OF A KIND Vehicle.  Its a 1946 CJ-2A Willy Jeep.  It is tagged In Delaware as an antique vehicle.  The body is handmade wood.  It is the perfect vehicle for the beach.  V-6 with extra transfer case and extra transmission.  Tow bar so it can be towed behind your RV.  In and out Locking Hubs.  Sucicde Doors .  Clear Title.  Also log book of all work done and dates from original owner.  Selling for a friend.  Seller has the right to refuse sale and end auction at any time sitting for sale out side of residence.  This is One of a Kind vehicle.”

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Usual Car/Jeep Custom Project

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

I ran across this today at the Jeep Forum.  Posted last year, someone was trying to identify it.  This is the closest thing I have seen to a Wally Cohn Jeep.

 
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1942 GPW Seabeck, Wa **Status Unknown**

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

UPDATE:  Status unknown. Was priced at $1995

It’s rough and rusted, but unusual.  Note the extended back. Hopefully, the right person will buy and carefully restore this one.

“1942 FORD GPW USN. SPECIAL BODY BUILT BY THE NAVY. It was a runner about six years ago.”

 
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Wooden Bodies at Cherrybronco.com

• CATEGORIES: Features, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

These wooden Jeeps and Broncos were built by a craftsman named Jack who posted these photos to a website called Cherry Bronco.com (site was live in 2010, but has been down for years). He made wooden vehicles and furniture as a hobby in his spare time.

In the case of the 1977 Cherry Ford Bronco below, as you can see in the before and after pics, the body was pretty trashed and in need of something new.  The pieces are all 7/8″ to 1″ pieces glued and screwed together.  The bumpers and trim are done in Oak and Ash.  A single coat of linseed Oil and three coats of Marine Varnish protect the finish and the owners clean it with furniture polish.  Surprisingly, the new  wooden body is actually 300lbs lighter than the original metal.

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Here’s a 1956 CJ-5

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Here’s a 1966 CJ-5

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Here’s a 1969 CJ-5

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And a 1977 CJ-5

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1952 Wagon Red Bluff, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: , .

1952_wagon_redbluffUPDATE:  **SOLD** Was  $2400

“Parade special, 1952 willys wagon, current registration, recent upholstery, new paint, tires, stock running gear, locking front hubs, all in good running condition. ( 2400- O B O )”

 
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One of a Kind Missoula, MT **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4500.

I can’t say I’ve ever seen modded 4×4 quite like this.

“my father built this jeep in the 70s it started out as a 67 wagoneer shortened the frame by 21 inches put a 351 clevland in it frome a 70 torino with a ten bolt top loader 4spd the motor is hopped up cam/carb/the moudual went out in the electronic dist so i put the points dist back in and it is running but needs timed”

 

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Oddball Jeep Hemet, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual • TAGS: .

year_model_hemetUPDATE: Was $1100. **SOLD**

“1941 Willys Jeep, 4 cyl. flathead engine, tow bar attached, original gas tank w/cap under seat. Restoration project that never materialized.”

 
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1948 CJ-2A Ambulance Lancaster, CA **SOLD**

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

1948_cj2a_ambulance_lancasterUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $675

” This is an incredible find! 1948 Jeep Willy “hard-shell” ambulance. Includes siren and light.  This is the perfect restoration project for the Willy/Jeep collector or the person who must have that incredibly “head-turning” must-have collector vehicle.”