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Builds — Vivek’s CJ-3B

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Features

Vivek purchased a 1967 CJ-3B right hand drive Mahindra at the end of 2004.  According to his early blog notes, the jeep barely started, was missing the front drive line, and generally needed a lot of work.  When he finally did pick it up, on the way back it stalled, requiring the help of some local builders to move it out of the way of a bus.  Fast forward several years later and you can see Vivek and his CJ-3B pictured on the right.

Among Vivek’s challenges was his effort to get the papers.  Not only were the papers absent, but apparently the owner wanted to sell the jeep, but the owner’s son did not.  It took a few weeks before Vivek could get the original papers, insisting the owner drop the price slightly further for all the trouble the owner caused him.  You can read about the purchase here.

Learn more about Vivek’s recent engine rebuild, the jeep club he belongs to, and some recent jeeping pictures. Also, check out Vivek’s friend UBS and his one-of-a-kind jeep collection.

Vivek’s working for the next few months in Milipitas, California.  When he heads back in December, he hopes to take back a lift kit with him.  If anyone has any suggestions, comment below.

 
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1957 CJ-3B Mount Vernon, Wa $4300 obo

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This CJ-3B’s body looks nice and straight.

“1957 Willys CJ3B Buick V-6 T-90 3 speed, F18 transfer case, rebuilt front axle, saginaw steering with tilt wheel, new 33 12.5 radial swampers, bumper mount swing tire carrier with reciever hitch, tow bar, new paint, needs some wiring dont have time to finish. $4,300.00 OBO call Joe at 360-422-7736 or 509-485-2238.”

http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/cto/834832528.html

 
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1953 CJ-3B Tustin, Ca $3500

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This jeep comes with an original military top.  The body looks a bit rough on the passenger side.

“1953 CJ3B Navy jeep. runs great everything works! Has front tow bar, original military soft top That I never put on. Jeep is very functional and a conversation piece! For more info call 714-633-8324”

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/826375454.html

 
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1953 CJ-3B Arvada, CO **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500

“4WD, 302 Mustang motor, new tires, new paint, all new electrical, new steering box, new glass, new tailgate, new bikini top, auto trans, needs new radiator.”

 
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1953 CJ-3B Durango, Co **SOLD**

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UPDATE: SOLD, but not picked up yet …

I think there is lots of life left in this CJ-3B, as much of it looks straight and in good condition. However, I would like a closer look at the front bumper area, as that bumper angles a little bit too much.

“I’m selling this 1953 Willys Jeep CJ3B for a friend and neighbor of mine. He’s drove it for as is for a long time. In December last year he pulled the stock T90 transmission to rebuild it as it sometimes popped out of third gear when accelerating. A huge storm hit, dumping so much snow it crushed his garage barely missing the Jeep. Would be a very good, inexpensive project for the right person. I will try to be as detailed and candid as possible but feel free to ask questions and I will answer as quickly as I can. Has a 289 Ford small block under the hood, add a battery, antifreeze and its a runner again. Has been converted to Saginaw steering, with column, box etc. steers easy. Stock running gear behind the engine, T90, spicer 18, stock axles etc. Still has good brakes, has only been sitting since Christmas rather than years in a back field like so many out there…”

**SOLD**

 
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1953 CJ-3A Chico, Ca $1750 OBO

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

There are three pictures of this jeep.  Two I *think* are before it was torn down and the third looks like it is an in-progress rebuild.  In the third picture, shown to the right, you'll note newer rims and how the body is sitting higher than before (could be a new SOA mod or different springs).

"1953 Willys Jeep CJ3B Project 231 buick V6 stock axles trany been gone thru tube frame vary clean 1 1/2 Body left missing some parts great potential. fairly clean body. call 530-228-1763 Mark / 530-877-1663 1750– OBO e-mail mdwight@c21selectgroup.com"

http://chico.craigslist.org/pts/812373250.html 

 
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1953 CJ-3B Melba, Id $3500

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UPDATE:  The price is now $3500

I'm not sure I have seen a jeep with a stainless steel roll cage.

"1953 Willys high hood jeep. Dana 60 rear end, detroit locker. 360 AMC motor, T18 transmission. Custom made stainless steel roll cage. This is a diamond in the rough. $4,000.00 (208) 495-1221"

http://boise.craigslist.org/cto/815863719.html 

 
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1962 CJ-3B Portland, Or $6000

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There's been some mods to this one, more than described by the seller.  Looks like a great trail jeep.

"RARE FIND! Relocation forces sale of Jeep! Original body, new rolling chaise, tires, custom roll cage, 5pt harness seats, 20 gal fuel cell. Custom made cover for outstide storage (has been garaged). Runs great and ready for off roading! More photos available upon request. Seller will entertain all offers and call with any questions. More pictures can be emailed. 503-314-6806"

http://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/cto/809910627.html 

 
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1964 CJ-3B Scotts Valley, Ca $3000

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I love Scotts Valley .. I worked out of the old Borland Building for 3 years.  There are few better places in the US to work than the old Borland Building (now the Enterprise Technology Center).  As for the jeep, it's priced a bit high for a non-running CJ with significant rust.

"All original 1964 Willys CJ-3B (original matching serial number engine and chassis with number plate. Original body color was Spruce Green, now is painted a light blue color. Runs fine, but smokes a little (engine should be rebuilt eventually). Needs some minor work to get running again (battery recharged, gas lines and gas tank drained). Hood looks like it has been replaced at some point. Aftermarket heater installed in front passenger side. Rear bench seat is missing. CD ignition system installed."

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/scz/cto/806864236.html 

 
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1963 CJ-3B Woodland Park, Co $2200

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I think this is a good price.  It looks like it has a warn winch, good tires and a good top.  With the overdrive, you've got $1000 worth of value right there.

"1963 Willys CJ3B jeep V8 with overdrive 31 inch mud tires. Lots of extras. Call Andy 432-7869."

http://cosprings.craigslist.org/cto/802006118.html 

 
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1954 CJ-3B Tacoma, Wa $6500

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UPDATE: This was for sale for the same price in July, but the jeep was brown (as you can see in the pic on the right). Now the jeep is gray as seen in the left.

Given that the body is a fiberglass, which is very hard to find for CJ-3Bs (actually impossible is a better word), I'm positive this was produced in the 80s or early 90s.  Looks to be in great shape.

"This 1954 3-B Highhood powered by a Chev 383 stroker V-8 and 4-Speed transmission.  warn 12,000 lb winch.  36×14.50×16.5 swampers. dana 44 front axle. dana 18 transfercase.  Fiberglass Body …."

http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/cto/802615382.html 

 
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1953 CJ-3B **SOLD**

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(SEE COMMENTS)  It appears a great deal of meticulous work has gone into this ‘restoration’ and it looks nice.  However, this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.  If you are trying to make jeep that’s just come off the battlefield of WWII and you are going to invest the time and energy, why not do this with an earlier model such as an MB (that really did come off the battlefield) or it’s closest cousin the CJ-2A?

“98K original miles, 6 volt, all stock and original, new engine (it purrs) with maybe 5K on it, rebuilt transmission, rebuilt brakes, fresh upholstery on the original seats, a few dents and dings. Its turn key, needs nothing, starts, runs and drives excellent for a near 60 year old Jeep. Built to look like it just rolled off the battlefield in WWII, extended bed, Flat military green paint,loaded with ammo boxes, vintage tools, military surplus stuff, canvas etc.”

**SOLD*

 
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1953 CJ-3B Newport, Wa **SOLD**

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UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $1750.   I think this is a good deal.

This ad caught my interest because I’d never heard of Newport, Washington.  Newport is located north of Spokane and west of Sand Point, Idaho.  Looks like a beautiful place.

The jeep is interesting too.  The drive train has been modernized and the jeep outfitted with a modern cage. The engine probably has some extra spunk for a v-6, but bored 60 over suggests that it might not have a ton of life left.

“1953, Complete running gear out of 1968 Jeepster Commando, 3:73 gears, model 27 up front has a 44 in the back, model 18 transfer case,turbo 400 with shift kit, 225 V6 punched over 40 headers and turbo mufflers, aluminum high rise with 4 barrel carb, saginaw power steering, 2 inch lift kit, we have a few spare parts that go with it. Hasn’t been started in three or for years. missing coil and ballast resister. Has a nice full cage. Front and rear seats out of CJ-7”

 
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1953 CJ-3B Oakley, CA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** wAs $3500.

“I am selling a 1953 Willys CJ3B. This is a rare hi hood flatfender. This jeep is curently regestered and driven all the time.It runs great. It has F head engine and 3 speed tranny,everything works good.I am asking $3500.00 obo.I do not need to sale this jeep so no low ballers.”

 
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1954 CJ-3B Denver , CO **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

“1954 Jeep Willys 3b project. This Jeep would make a perfect project or with a little work make the pefect Hunters Jeep. It has the High hood, Buick V6 motor and a PTO winch. It has been sitting for a few years and at this time does not run. If you have any questions give me a call and I will answer them the best I can.”

 
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1953 CJ-3B Kimberly, Idaho eBay

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This CJ-3B has about 23,000 miles on it.  The body looks in good shape, though the new paint job could possibly be hiding dings and rust. The rims are interesting — I'm not sure if those are newer or old rims.  Kimberly is 2 hours southeast of Boise.

"This is willy. a 1953 Willys CJ 3B 4cyl Jeep 4×4 in nice condition. This is a very fun Jeep to drive in the summer! It has been recently re-painted in a blue to purple coat/clear coat. New Bikini top & doors, new (USED) seats. All new Diamond plate was installed.  A very solid Jeep overall. Runs great with no mechanical issues. Has a very nice set of tires wrapped around a new set of rims. The tires have lots of tread life left. Pardon the mud! See the pictures!"

View all the pics on eBay 

 
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1954 CJ-3B Encinitas, CA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

“This is a 1954 Willy’s Jeep model CJ3B. It has a 283 small block Chevy V8 engine.  GM SM420 4-speed transmission (granny low), Dana model 18 transfer case, Warn overdrive, Dana model 44 front and rear axles with Detroit lockers in both, 5.38 gear ratio, AVM lockout hubs, BF Goodrich radial all-terrain T/A tires – size 32 X 11.50 R15, power steering, AM/FM/Cassette radio, CB radio, Confer top carrier, rear carrier with 2 5-gal can carriers, hi-lift jack, 2 under-seat gas tanks, rear seat with under-seat locking storage box, receiver hitch, all VDO gauges, 2 new brake master cylinders and 1 new clutch master cylinder. Runs excellent.  The body was mounted on a new NOS frame in 2006 …”

 
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1953 CJ-3B Belton, TX **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3700. 

“All original, F-Head engine. Has Roll bar with gun rack, rear seat with additional base to raise for hunting. Street legal, Registered and inspected. Cash sale only”

 
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Builds — Brian’s working furiously on his CJ-3B

• CATEGORIES: Builds, CJ-3B, Features

Brian sent me some updated pictures of his CJ-3B project.  He just finished reversing the springs in the front.  As a part of that reversal, he had to replace the front of the frame.  After conquering this task, he turned his attention to the rear differential, only to discover a big problem (which he'll update all of us about as he progresses through the issue).  

Brian explains more below about his spring reversal experience below …. 

"I wanted to do a spring reversal so I started by getting some universal after market parts to make things a little easier. Then I bought a early Cj5 frame for the front 8 inches then sold off a chrome bumper and ring and pinion at a small profit.

Here's what I did to lengthen the frame.

I cut a block to use as an template to cut off the front of the 3b frame. (Stan H. — from the Wandering Willys Jeep Club — always said to cut at a 45 degree angle though the frame.) I did the same with the pieces to be added. They lined up really nice.  

Continue reading

 
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1953 CJ-3B Fort Collins, CO **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3600.

“I bought this cj3b last fall with the intent to make a rock crawler but lost interest. This is a rare high hood model that was only avaible for a few years. Here is what I know or have been told about it. The engine is a Buick 225 v6, T14 3spd tranny, Warn overdrive with a stacked PTO, Dana 44 rear, Dana 27 front and 4:88 gears, all from a 1970s Cj5. There is a pto winch on it that does work! The Jeep runs and drives great, but it does need some work on the brakes, (pulls to the right while braking).”

 
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1953 CJ-3B Massachusetts eBay

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This CJ-3B appears meticulously restored.

"Willys 1953 CJ3B restored, all new metal and paint, everything else mechanical new or rebuilt, transferred to 12 volt, new soft top, new looking original stickers and markings, engine & dashboard are new, orig seats reupholstered 599 miles since rebuild"

View all the pics on eBay 

 
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1961 CJ-3B (fire engine) Ohio ebay

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

Obviously, these aren't available every day, especially with less than 5k miles.  A great collector piece!

"1961 Willys jeep, 4270 original mileage ( no misprint) original 4cylinder engine, 4 wheel drive; 3 speed manual transmission; 5 ton front -pto driven winch ( original equipment) very good tires; 160 gallon water tank that is easily removable; siren and lights.Maintainance records will be provided. This Willys can be put back into original state easiliy. Always garaged; This vehicle was used as a brush fire vehicle by fire department. Buyer will receive extra rear axle and original tire and rim. must sell as per Federal Grant requirements."

View more pics on eBay 

 
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1955 CJ-3B Sacramento, Ca eBay

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Even though the picture isn't great, it's easy to tell this CJ-3B is likely in great shape. 

"There no room to list all that this has on it.  You really should see it to beleive what it has.  I can send photo to the person who has placed a bid.  I also have a matching off road cargo trailer that looks great with the 3B.  The motor is a 350ci Chevy with only 1000 miles on it.  Lots and lots of chrome, just to much to list here. "

View ad on eBay (only one pic to view) 

 
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1954 CJ-3B Westfall, Or eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, M-38A1

UPDATE:  This CJ-3B is back on ebay (last time was mid may).  Starting bid is now $2200.

The beginning bid price is $2500, which is a bit high for a non running jeep. The rims and tires look new and in good shape.  Westfall Oregon is in the middle of eastern Oregon, a ways off either highway 20 or 26.

"For sale is a 1954 Willys CJ-3B, "High Hood". This is the jeep Willys replaced the CJ-3A with, by adding the new overhead engine. Being a taller engine, it needed more room, so, Willys raised the hood. I bought this Willys from a man who was driving it back and forth to work. He had started to restore the jeep, (pulled the radiator, front clip, started some body work…) then he ran out of time, and sold it to me. It is not running at this time….."

View more pics of this on eBay 

 
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1953 CJ-3B Spokane, Wa $500

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Could be a good foundation for a jeep or spare parts.

" 1953 high hood, solid frame and body with metal hard top, no engine or tranny
have title 500 obo"

http://spokane.craigslist.org/car/725350481.html