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1954 CJ-3B Santa Margarita, CA $5000


UPDATE: No one can remember seeing another grille like this and, so far, there’s no evidence of another grille like it. Per the comments, I’d agree this was likely home modded  (and pretty well done at that).

Has an overdrive.

“1954 Willis Jeep CJ3B. Period correct Chevy 283 conversion from the 60’s or 70’s. This is a great example of a Willis that was converted years ago and is a survivor. Runs good and only has a couple areas of rust to add to the patina. Stock 3 speed with the original overdrive (rare) and working 4×4. New upholstery. Needs some wiring but otherwise road worthy. Current non-op in hand. Asking $5000 or trade.”

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5 Comments on “1954 CJ-3B Santa Margarita, CA $5000

  1. Barney Goodwin

    Interesting grille, Dave. I just did an “around the world” 3b photo search and couldn’t find one.
    Perhaps this was the rare, heavy duty cooling option. lol
    The extra holes are stamped.
    Can’t wait to hear what it is.

  2. Brian

    I’m wondering if the side grill slots were cut and hammer formed by the person that did the engine swap. While they have a stamped appearance, the edges are not as deep as on the center slots, which have the normal factory stamped profile. The radiator looks wider and farther forward than stock, and the shroud area behind the slots appears to be changed to fit the radiator. Makes sense for the V-8. Kind of a nice idea, and well done!

  3. Brian

    I also like the two symmetrically placed dash lights, and what appears to be a low profile defroster vent between them.

  4. Barney Goodwin

    With the photo enlarged, I agree with Brian. It’s just very good body work to accommodate the radiator. A close examination reveals the edge differences as he says and imperfections can be spotted as well.

  5. David Eilers Post author

    Thanks guys. Useful insights. I also checked with Derek Redmond and he could find no other example of a production 3B grille being built this way.

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