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Builds — John’s 1951 CJ-3A named Brownie


brownie_1951_cj3aJohn has done me a great favor by creating a windshield vent bracket for me, which I will highlight in a subsequent post. THANKS JOHN!  Btw, check out the last picture;  John might just win the award for best use of an old Willys hood.

Here’s what John has to say about his CJ-3A:

“This Willys came from Tenn. where it was bought & used at a const. co. with a trencher on it. I found it at Crawford’s Bargain Barn just north of Springfield Oh. They had used it to pull a hayride wagon. The Odometer had 6854 mi. on it & it was still working.  It was never titled or run on the road. The Body is original, though I did put new hat channels & a rear floor pan in. This poor thing was beat at all 4 corners & everywhere inbetween.  I’m not a body man, but I straighted & painted it.

I did a complete tear down, cleaning & painting everything individually. Most of the fasteners are brass bolts, nuts, & washers, except for stress points. I added 11” brakes and a warn O/D; Everything else is original. The engine, which has SPECIAL casted on it, was bored .40 over, chrome ringed, rotate balanced asm., has ported & polished intake & exhaust ports, and matched manifolds that are ported & polished. This thing runs smooooooth. I built this to be a daily driver;  My wife & I have put over 6000 mi. on it since July 5th, 2008. It took me 9 months to do the complete restoration. We put about 2000 mi on it before i tore it down. It came with a GPW eng. in it.  The serial # put the block in a 42 GPW.  I sold it to a fellow in Pa. that is restoring his 42 GPW.  It’s been named Brownie. It’s Black,Brass,& Brown.”

See pics of the whole family here.  And, see some closeups of Brownie here.






2 Comments on “Builds — John’s 1951 CJ-3A named Brownie

  1. John Waddle

    The trailer in the pics is also our camper. The bows are 1&1/2” conduit, the vertical pipes & cover are under Brownie. I’ll get pics of the tent & forward them to you.

  2. Pingback: Builds: Some closeups of Brownie | eWillys

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