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1954 CJ-3B Astoria, Or $8450


The pictures are a little pixelated, but the jeep looks great.

1954 Willy’s CJ-3B Jeep. original running gear, paint 2 yrs old, original color. No rust & has never had any rust, has also been converted to a 12 volt, GM style alt red top optima battery, pertonix electronic distributor, also features overdrive unit. NOS trico wiper motors, I have original boxes. Solex Carb. I have most receipts.  Also included original parts book,“NOT a reprint” and the Owner’s manual. I have saved old original parts, Carb, Gen, Dist, & Coil.  I have a soft top for the Jeep, although it is not in perfect shape, On the passenger side, there is a 3-4 inch tear near the front, this can easily be fixed, since we do not drive in the wintertime, it is not a big deal to me. Always topless.  This is a super clean, solid Jeep, no issues what so ever. I have just taken it as far as I want to and I am ready now to move on to another project. Possible trade for 1966-67 Pontiac Lamons…… $8450.00 OBO.  DENNIS 503-458-6014 mkadams@centurytel.net”



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1953 CJ-3B Eugene, OR **SOLD**


UPDATE II: **SOLD** Was $4995

UPDATE:  This jeep has been for sale for about a year.  It was on ebay recently and is now back on Craigslist at a lower price.  It was located in Eugene (hence the Oregon Ducks reference), but now is in Santa Clara (apparently).

“1953 CJ3B Willys. If your a hunter this jeep is for you. It will climb anything and go anywhere. If your a Duck fan the color is perfect. No rust and runs great. Black soft top with doors. 3 speed with high/low transfer case. Warren hubs. The jeep has been driven less than a hundred miles in the last 6 years and has always been garaged.”



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1965 CJ-3B Shelton, Wa $4500


UPDATE:  Still Available

(09/21/09) Looks great.

“1965 Willeys CJ3b, 302 Ford engine, new top, great running Jeep. $ 4,500. Call for additional information, Thanks for looking.  360-239-8428 Cell.  360-427-4117 Evenings (Home)”





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1953 CJ-3B Signal Butte, AZ **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $300

This looks good except for the chunk missing from the dashboard.

“1953 Willys CJ-3B Jeep Body with hood, windshield frame, and grille. Great body for rock crawler project. Thanks for taking a look I will Delete post when item is sold.”


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1953 CJ-3B New Jersey $8500


This looks in very good shape.  As you can see by the gauges, it’s not perfectly restored.




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CJ-3B Parts Grass Lake, Mi

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, CJ-3B

These look good for the price.  You might be them for less.  I’m not sure if these are still available or not as the ad was posted Aug 27.

“We bought a house and in the attic was a Willys jeep in parts. We have no idea what year. If interested let me know and we can figure out what else is there. MAKE AN OFFER!!! Hood 30.00 OBO, Tailgate sale pending 50.00, 2 Rims 5.00 each 2 lights 5.00 each speedometer 10.00, Grill 45.00 OBO”



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1954 CJ-3B Acampo, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6500.

No rear bars on the cage?  Otherwise looks good.

“1954 Jeep rebuilt 305 chevy,muncie 4 speed, warn overdrive, pwr steering and brks, soft top, winch, 33” tires and more.  $6500 or trade enclosed car trailer, camp trailer, hot rod”


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1953 CJ-3B Wanship, Ut **SOLD**


1953_cj3b_wanshipUPDATE: Steff notes in the comments below that the gas line has been fixed.  As I mentioned below, the gas line broke prior to my visit so I wasn’t able to hear the engine run.  Was listed at $3000.

See another example of the miner hood ornament here.

My son Karson and I drove to Wanship to check out this CJ-3B.  The jeep is located high up on a hill overlooking the rockport Reservoir — the view was worth the trip alone.

While checking out this jeep, I snapped some pics and talked with Darrel and Arne.  If you call on this jeep, you’ll be emailing Arne’s wife, then meeting up with one or more of the three to look it over. So, that’s just to clarify if you get confused about whom are are dealing with.  The actual owner of the jeep is Darrel.

On this day, I didn’t get to listen to the jeep start as one of the gas lines had sprung a leak at one of the places where the gas line is clamped.  This caused some gas to leak into the garage which stank up the garage pretty good.  At the time of our visit, the garage was nearly fume free, but we didn’t want to take  a chance so we rolled the jeep out of the garage.   You can see the end of the line sticking out from underneath the passenger side of the jeep.

While this CJ-3B does have some wear, you can easily see this was a classic 80s flattie, especially with the padded rollbar.  Darrel said that this jeep lived much of it’s life in the Tahoe area, and it looks like it was built for the trail.  I forgot to ask about the differential ratio and whether it had posi/lockers in either differential.

One of the more unusual features was the emergency brake (at least I have never seen this mod before).  The emergency brake is located very nearly where you’d install an overdrive shifter, and looks like one too, but instead has a button on the top of the shifter.  To engage the emergency brake (located on the back of the dana 18) you pull the lever towards you.  To release it, I believe (didn’t test it) you push the button on top and it releases.  I really liked this idea and think I’ll try to implement something simlar for my back emergency brakes.

Karson’s evaluation was “it was cool”, which was followed by ideas about where we could go jeeping once I got the roll cage put on the jeep.  Then he said, “Dad, just let me know if there is ANYTHING I can do to help you with your jeep museum project”.  I think he’s got the jeep sickness 🙂

The front of this jeep has a Miner hood ornament, though the miner’s pan has fallen off (Darrel sill has the pan though).  I did a quick search on Miner hood ornaments.  According to this thread, “from 72-86 there were specials built for different states and promos.  You can research online through books written by Jim Allen.”

“1953 WILLYS JEEP – HIGH HOOD, 350 Chevy Engine, 4 – Speed Transmission / 4 Wheel Drive.  4 Point Harness Seat Belts, Tilt Steering Wheel, Ragtop + Side Doors + back seat, Padded Leather Seat Covers, Chrome Wheels, Holley Headers, Mickey Thompson Baja Tires, MOAB READY-Come See for Yourself!, Legend has it this Jeep won some title in the Rubicon Run, and was featured in a Hot Rod Jeep Magazine, + it has a cool Miner dude for a hood ornament”




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Year? CJ-3B Lathrop, Ca Make Offer


year_cj3b_lathropIt looks in good shape.

“CJ-3B jeep.  Mostly stock has buick v6, and new seats, newer gas tank, roll cage, good tires, warn winch, little rust, still has warn overdrive. email for pics of what you want to see taking offers don’t waste my time with trades or lowball offers”


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1956 CJ-3B Cazenovia, NY $1400


1956_cj3b_cazenoviaThere’s some rough spots and it doesn’t run, but it still looks like it might be a good deal.

“Up for sale is a 1956 Willys CJ3B Jeep. This is “barn fresh” with a plow and some extra parts. This high hood Willys is all original and I am the third owner, to the best of my knowledge. It was driven to and parked in storage 2 years ago. It has not run since then. The original Hurricane, 4 cylinder motor is all there and the drive train is in tact and functional. The body is a bit rusty, but the frame is pretty solid. The black soft top on it is in pretty good shape. This Willys is being sold in “as is” condition. Someone with a bit of time and tinkering skills can be plowing this year or start a restoration project for Spring. Please e-mail or call with any questions.”


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1953 CJ-3B Racine, Wi $9,000


1953_cj3b_racineUPDATE:  Price dropped to $9,000

oh hold the phone .. the body is fiberglass?  CJ-3B?  That’s pretty rare!

“1953 Willys Jeep CJ3B, VIN: 4J15049, Engine: 4 cylinder, Trans: 3 speed with transfer case in and out 4×4, This vehicle has over 700 hours invested into it. The tub is fiberglass but the hood, fenders, frame, drivetrain are all original to the vehicle. Runs and drives great. Still has original 6 volt system, guages, shifters, shift pattern information plates, etc. A definate must see. We are accepting offers. We have turned down $7,500 so no low ball offers please. Any questions call us at 262-639-5278 or 664-3032 or 880-5278. Ask for Chris or Ron.


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1953 CJ-3B Xenia, Oh $4300


1953_cj3b_xeniaAs Brian noted when he sent this link to me, the decimal must be misplaced.  I think only habit it holding that body together.

“4cyl over head vavle engine. dis-engaging front hubs (lock-out). Change over 12 volt system. Org jeep seats. runs – needs tlc”


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1959 CJ-3B w/ Trailer San Antonio, TX **SOLD**


1959_cj3b_sanantonioUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

This looks like a very good deal considering the quality of trailer.

“1959 Model CJ-3B running hunting jeep with custom trailer and winch; new jeep tires and spare;  heavy roll bar with horizontal gun racks; body is in good condition and jeep runs; custom trailer is tandem axle with ramps, spare battery pocket and lights; original hurricane engine with electric fuel pump added”

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1954 CJ-3B Tuscon, Az **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $3000

This CJ-3B includes an overdrive. This might be a pretty good price given the work that has been done.

Rebuilt engine, transmission and transfer case along with new clutch and resurfaced flywheel ~1000 miles. Rebuilt Overdrive unit, less than 100 miles. The engine was sleeved back to standard and compression measures at high specification (125psi). It has an electronic ignition and a high torque starter. Three point harness on front seats and a rear seat (not mounted) to go with it. Full roll cage. Upgraded brakes, 11″ drums front and rear as well as dual reservoir master cylinder. Runs great and has a 12v electrical system.”


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1950 CJ-3B Broomfield, CO **SOLD**


1950_cj3b_broomfieldUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1200.

It’s got what appears to be a CJ-3A or 2A grille that has been modified into a CJ-3B grille.

It’s a running CJ-3B for only $1200.  It’s worth a look.

“Great hunting vehicle. Has 8000lb ramsey winch, runs good needs a little tuning.”

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1952? CJ-3B Peyton, CO **SOLD**


1952_cj3b_peytonUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

It appears this frankenstinien CJ-3B ran into an old style apartment radiator.

“I have a willys jeep for sale, I am guessing it’s about a ’52, it comes with a hard-top, it has been converted to a Ford 6 cylinder with 12 volt and HEI ignition”

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1964 CJ-3B Rogue River, OR **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $2300. 

“All original with F head motor and spare. Ran a few years ago. Engine smoked but ran good. Comes with top and doors. Jeep is very complete and clean, with little surface rust.”

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1953 CJ-3B Yakima, WA **SOLD**


1953_cj3b_yakima2UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6900.

This looks like a nice CJ-3B, but the pics aren’t too close up.

“1953 CJ3B High Hood in great shape. Has 302 Ford engine that runs good. Check out the photos and that pretty well shows the condition this rig is in. 3Bs in good condition are getting tough to find.”

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1963 CJ-3B Berkshire County, Ma **SOLD**


UPDATE: Was on eBay. **SOLD**

Ed sent me the link to his ebay listing and I’m glad he did.  “Woodchuck” is a rare beauty!

“Purchased by Dorothy Owens for her summer camp in Wardsboro, Vermont on June 26, 1963 from Willys Jeep dealer E.J. Roberts & Son, Inc. of Jacksonville, Vermont (see sale receipt image below), this historic 1963 CJ3B is as close to true showroom original stock condition as likely almost any vintage Jeep existing. “Woodchuck”, as the 3B is now affectionately known, has been extensively documented, photographed and published (more on that below). Woodchuck, with only 9400 miles (continuously garaged since new and never driven in winter), is in its original Treebark Brown Poly paint (paint code 231) and original green upholstery (trim code 208) on the seats and tailgate chains.”



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1954 CJ-3B Bayview, Id $2500


1954_cj3b_bayviewIt’s got a fullcage and newly built engine.  It looks like it might be a good price depending on the work that is needed.

“1954 Willy’s jeep,4×4,less then 1000 miles on new 302 ford engine,full roll cage,needs some work, run’s good. $2500 or best offer”


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1960 CJ-3B Richmond, Ky $3500


1960_cj3b_richmondIf it needs a couple body panels (due to rust), then I’m not sure I’d describe this as being in great shape, however it looks straight and appears in stock condition.

“1960 Willys Jeep C J 3-B, four cylinder engine. Runs and drives great, 4 X 4. GREAT SHAPE! New gas tank, new tires. The jeep has the original 1/2 hard top on it. It needs a rust panel or two, but still is in good shape. The frame is great, brakes are good, lights work, drives great. Call (859) 893-4346 anytime except on Wed. 7:00pm – 9:00pm.; Sun. 10:00am – 12:00pm”


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1953 CJ-3B Arvada, CO **SOLD**


1953_cj3b_arvadaUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3750

“Mid to late 70’s 302 Mustang motor, high-hood, new paint, new 12v electric wiring throughout, new tires, new exhaust, new shocks, reproduction tailgate, new steering box, Subaru seats, bikini top, automatic transmission, includes original white vinyl enclosed cab with zipper windows. Needs new radiator. Sold strictly AS-IS. Runs fine, drivable. “

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1954 CJ-3B Missoula, MT **SOLD**


1954_cj3b_missoulaUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4995.

This appears in good shape.

“The Universal Jeep CJ3B was introduced as a 1953 Model by Willys-Overland, the company which had produced some 360,000 Jeeps during World War 2, and almost as many civilian Jeeps (CJ”s) in the seven years since the war. This particular one is a 1954 Model in very good original condition with the original F-head “Hurricane” 4 cylinder engine. …. This Jeep in all original except for the roll bar and wheels. It has never been modified, still has 6 volt system, original seats etc. and is very solid, no rust holes of any size. Runs and drives great with new tune up, new battery, new rebuilt brake master cylinder and new windshield.. This is a very desirable collectors item that is an easy restoration or usable as it is in original condition. Jeep was dark green from factory but was painted white years ago. Jeep is being sold with clear Montana title. Other Jeeps and cars for sale alpinemotors.org ”


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1965 CJ-3B Uvalde, TX **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

The trailer and winch come with the jeep ….. I saw this ad and immediately knew this was from Texas.  Can you name the tell-tale sign it’s from Texas?  I’m just fascinated that I’ve only seen jeeps for sale with the back seat mod in Texas.  I guess I need to spend some time down there to see exactly what people are looking at from up there.

“I have owned this Jeep since 1994 and have taken good care of it, keeping the oil changed and keeping it greased and tuned up. Has good AT tires, fairly new paint and the Jeep comes with an 8 foot hunting high rack, rack can be easily removed. Comes with a cable remote control Warn Electric Winch. Manual lockout 4×4 wheels, the head lights and horn works. It is not street legal, was legal about 5 years ago. The seat covers needs to be replaced. I have had the Jeep up in the high hills of the Texas Hill Country, no rust and not used a lot over the last few years because of less demand for 4 wheel drive on the ranch we were on. We run a game hunting operation and need room for 4 or 5 hunters at a time to be put out for hunts. Not much wrong with the Jeep, just don’t need it that much anymore. Couple hundred bucks and a lot of work could make this one street legal again. This one is fun to drive and very dependable….”


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1953 CJ-3B Project Glens Falls, NY, $1500


1953_cj3b_southglensfallsThis might be a good find.

“$1500 OBO.  1953 CJ3B in the process of being restored. Everything is stock, but the stock axles are not under it (they’ll need new lock-out hubs). Currently it has a set of CJ5 axles under it for moving purposes (included). The springs are brand new Rancho 2.5″ lift springs and new shocks. New front and rear bumper and the frame has been stripped and painted. It’s been pretty well cleaned up and ran 2 years ago when I started the rebuild. Engine still turns by hand. The body is gone except for the firewall, but the data plates are here. Basically, I’m bored with it and have no money. As far as I know, to start it all ya need is a bolt for the block (one of the bolts for the carb is stripped. It’s out, but ya need a new one), fuel lines and electrical. Everything is there, with a spare windshield and windshield frame, early CJ roll bar, and an extra set of gauges for the dash.”