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Year? Truck Marquette, MI **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $2800.

It’s a project, but appears to have potential.

“Willy’s wrecker. 6 cyl. PTO winch set up. Push bumper. Plow. Was a wrecker at a Willy’s dealer brand new. Body and frame have been patched over the years. It’s complete. Nothing missing or parts robbed. Hasn’t run in many years. In storage. In Marquette Michigan. DJ 906 360 7452. Comes with title”

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1963? FC-150 Tow Package Mission Viejo, CA $6500

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

UPDATE: Price dropped to $6500.

This was auctioned in April. Oddly, it’s listed as a 1963.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/554468865230484/

“1963 Jeep Fc 150 tow truck all Original, Engine runs and transmission shifts.”

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1961 FC-170 Springerville, AZ $7500

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/30/2020) It’s a dually, too, but doesn’t have the outer rears mounted.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/649536632584214/

“1961 JEEP WRECKER. VEHICLE IS COMPLETE, RUNNING AND OPERATIONAL. ”

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November 1952 Canfield Wrecker Catalog on eBay

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

This is priced at $39 with free shipping. It’s a neat piece, especially the first page with the Willys Overland Motors Canfield custom book wrecker model XH-205.

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“great old catalog from 1952 . canfield wreckers for willys jeeps and trucks detroit michigan , illustrated , 5 pages , cover shows age but good overall . free shipping in usa and canada”

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Year? FC-150 Tow Truck High Desert Auction **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** for $4700 plus auction fees.

Thanks to Danno for sharing this and the following FCs. There are other non-CJ jeeps for sale, too.

“HUGE car auction.
Virtual live, online only, auction begins at 9am on May 3rd.
Preview will be May 2nd from 10am-4pm.

Jeep Tow Truck, V.U., Mileage: 19,163”

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1951 Truck Roseville, MN $8900

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available. See email addy in the comments if interested.

This is a former railroad truck. Looks like the door reads “Loch’s Service Station, Watkins, MN”.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ram/cto/d/saint-paul-1951-willys-truck/6926341516.html

“1951 Willys Truck Wrecker All original 54k miles Runs and drives good 4×4 winch plow boom little rust. Original patina former railroad car when new. Check out this cool truck”

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1955 Service Station “Mr. Service” Mailer

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

This was mailed to the Anderson Willys Company in Portland, Oregon, at some point. This is one of the 1955 mailing pieces as part of the Kaiser Willys advertising push. It was one of several targets mailers produced for dealers.

Service Station (Mr. Service) 1955 mailer:

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MB Wrecker Garage Sully in Paris

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: , .

French site credits Serge Hiltenfinck with owning (and probably restoring) this 1943 MB “Garage Sully”-branded tow jeep. This photo was taken as part of vintage car meet in Ostheim, Germany.

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” Serge Hiltenfinck had released this amazing Jeep wrecker from 1943, alongside the Daimler truck firefighters Jebsheim, which also dates from 1943.”

These two photos were posted to Flickr by Tobias Hartmann.

 
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1963? Truck Bayside, NY **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD* Was $9500. It now lives in MN.

This service truck doesn’t run, but sure looks in pretty good shape.

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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.

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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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Braden Winch and Boom Ham Lake, MN $1375

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was listed on eBay. Only the Boom and Winch are for sale. NOT THE JEEP!

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ank/pts/d/minneapolis-braden-winch-boom/6855947958.html

“Very good condition, will separate boom and winch if necessary. Sorry, price does not include Jeep. Will ship winch via Fastenal at buyers expense”

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1954 CJ-3B w/Tow Assembly Chico, CA $1500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: .

Lots of parts go with it.

https://chico.craigslist.org/cto/d/chico-1954-willis-cj3b-tow-truck/6804550319.html

“1954 willy’s cj3b tow truck and extra parts and bodies, DOES NOT RUN, HAS CLEAN PINK SLIP, sold as is with all extra parts. $1500.00 cash”

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1962 Truck Wrecker New Bedford, MA $10,500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

Looks in good shape.

https://southcoast.craigslist.org/cto/d/1962-willys-wrecker/6689436890.html

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“1962 willys wrecker
rebuilt
still have few bugs to work out
runs and drives
have receipts for every part i put into it
also has;
-226 super hurricane
-t90 trans
-dana 25 front
-dana 50 rear”

 

 
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Nice Looking Truck

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Scott shared these pics of this nice looking truck with a plow and wrecker. The owner’s family was a Willys dealer and apparently has a variety of vintage jeeps.
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Canfield Folding Wrecker Calgary, Canada **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD**

Glenn’s selling this hard-to-find folding wrecker made by Canfield.

“Want to stand out at the car show this year guys? Here’s your chance, The second image will give you an idea of what this thing looks like once it’s put together I’ve only ever seen pictures of one of these before and this particular one I brought in from North Carolina of all places

This is an extremely rare Canfield folding, PTO winch included and correct for the time. But not necessarily the right one for the Wrecker but no one will ever tell the difference as it is the same brand that Canfield used and the same capacity. Also included is the extension boom”

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1947 CJ-2A w/Tow Boom Ham Lake, MN **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6950.

(10/12/2017) This one is cool!

“1947 CJ2A Jeep, Original L4 engine runs great. Brakes, transmission, transfer case all gone thru. Floor pans and fender replaced, Many other items replaced or repaired. Includes a MU2A Braden winch rebuilt w/towing boom driven by pto on rear of Jeep. Jeep
also has rare heater. This would be great for lake cabins to aid in boat dock removal, farm use, great fun to drive. Ready to sell. $6950”

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1950ish Canfield Wrecker Brochure

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

I really like this brochure. Includes some nice visuals of the Canfield Wrecker stowed in the back of the truck and jeep.

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1957 FC-170 Janesville, CA **Still Available**

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

UPDATE II: Still Available. This has rust in the cab corners and a sprung drivers door. There also no mechanicals for the boom.

UPDATE: Dan found a photo of this FC from years ago:

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Original post: I like the price! Thanks to Bill for sharing it.

“1957 Jeep Willys FC170 truck. Classic local patina is original!
6 cly flathead engine, 3spd transmission. Most parts are there but missing transfer case, PTO, and front hubs.
Truck has original vin plate.”

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1951 & 1953 Trucks Firestone, CO $1800/each

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Only one truck pictures, but it has a tow setup in the back.

“I have 2 willys pickups for sale, great ratrod projects or whatever your heart desires. 1800 each or 3000 for both”

https://denver.craigslist.org/cto/6146559050.html

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1962 Truck/Wrecker South Coast, MA $9000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Looks like a restoration process stalled.

“1962 willys wrecker want it gone call for info”

http://southcoast.craigslist.org/atq/5852143396.html

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1957 Truck Kingston, NY $2800

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2800.

Runs.

“1957 willys jeep pickup/tow truck
Runs and moves good solid truck with working pto winch and plow with left and right many extra parts floor pans solid great for restore or rat rod”

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Tow-Loader Tractor Corp #1002

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

Maury spotted this one-off CJ-5 backhoe tractor combo. He wrote, “I was helping my brother in law pick up some car parts this past weekend, and ran across this interesting CJ5-based vehicle.  It was made by the guy who owned the business that was selling the car parts, and he told me it was a one-off he created years ago in Michigan in the hope of successfully marketing it. 

The CJ5 body was bought new from AMC separately, and installed on the heavy steel  frame he created for it.  He said the resulting vehicle was the only loader-backhoe he knew of that could go 80 m.p.h.!”

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1962 Wagon Fillmore, MN $4000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

And it runs, too.

“Ford 289/ Willys, Ford running gear. Has placed in local car shows and mud bogs, street legal, runs badass, 4×4 w/pos. Collector plates, Totally custom. No Pics.. must hear and see to appreciate. Clean title.”

http://rmn.craigslist.org/cto/5366109967.html

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1958 FC-150 Birmingham, AL eBay

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

It runs and drives, but doesn’t stop. No title.

“as far as I can tell this is a 1958 Jeep Fc 150 forward control truck that someone has taken the bed off and put a boom on it runs and drives, the 4wd drive works good also, it is rusty but would make a great woods toy, has Dana 44s it has plenty of torque, in four low it will about snap your neck! Great for a hunting club. Selling as is no warranties, with Bill Of Sale only! Thanks for looking make me an offer.
Runs and drives but brakes don’t work!”

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1963 FC-170 Wrecker Cannon Falls, MN **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This looks like a nice rig.

” Up for Auction is a 1963 FC-170 wrecker. I’ve decided it was time to let someone else have some fun with this very unique piece of Jeep history. Everything works on the truck. It’s been in the shed for the last 6 years only taken out one or twice during the summer to cruise around a little It runs and drives. This last winter was not good when I opened the shed in the spring I found that the two side windows cracked and something dinged the cab, it will need a tune up as it runs a little rough.”

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