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1953 CJ-3B Eastern Oregon $5000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/25/2015) It appears to be a pretty original jeep, but it could use some restoration.

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“1953 Willys Jeep CJ-3B, all original, flat-fender, first year of the “Hurricane Four” 4 cyl F-head motor. Original 6-volt electrical system, original oil-bath air cleaner, original vacuum motor windshield wiper. It has spent its whole life in the Oregon High Desert east of the mountains, so there is no significant rust, and was driven only locally for the last 50 yrs, so it has not been “put through the wringer.” Was driven occasionally and parked in back of the house for many years, and has been in a garage for the last several. It could probably be driven away, but has rarely been run for the last 15 years or so. Probably has gas varnished up in the fuel system, and should have a hi-detergent oil run a short while before an oil change, etc. It should probably be taken to its new home via a trailer for face-lift and/or restoration. Got a bunch more pics, email-able, if you’re interested —

Dad bought the Jeep new in 1953, and it’s been a family member every since. Several of us learned to drive in it. It was the family car for several years, then a hunting and fishing rig and pulled a trailer for firewood trips, then mostly just towed a small trailer on monthly dump runs for about 40 years. Dad died 10+ yrs ago and his Jeep just stayed there. When Mom passed away a couple months ago we had to decide what to do with Dad’s Jeep. Would make a great winter project — I just don’t have the time. It needs a good home where it will be cared for, and get some cosmetics —

Dad was not particularly mechanically inclined, so he had the Jeep serviced regularly at the dealer or at the local service station. The short block was replaced in 1957, and it got a new tie rod about 1960, but other than that there has never been any major work required. At one point he painted his firewood trailer and used the extra paint on the Jeep, with a paint brush. . .it would probably come off pretty easily. Due to some parallax error about 35 yrs ago, there is a 30 cal bullet hole in the front bumper (he failed to allow for the difference in elevation between the scope and the barrel. The buck looked at him nonchalantly and walked away.)

To come up with a fair price (and to close the probate) we looked at prices on CL, Ebay, Jeep Club newsletters, etc. We decided to offer Dad’s Jeep for sale for $5000. To a real Jeep aficionado, an original one-owner CJ-3B might be worth more, but we need to close the estate and get “Jeepy” to a new home soon.”



3 Comments on “1953 CJ-3B Eastern Oregon $5000

  1. bob in nc

    looks nice and original. but worn out some. I would think 3 grand to someone local might be a decent price. 2500 would be better.

  2. Minnesota Chris

    Looks like a pretty solid unit. The seller is correct about the paint being brushed on. You can definitely see that in additional pics. I’d like to see how solid the hat channels are.

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