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1964 CJ-3B Evergreen, CO $5900


I doubt this lasts long.


“1964 willys cj3b Non directional tires Factory pto winch Almost all rust free Factory heater Needs fuel pump”

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Year? CJ-2A Longmont, CO $2000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/21/2021) I’m not sure how much value there is in the CJ-2A. The seller also has a CJ-3B body for sale.


“Old Willy’s jeep project. Complete and appears to have some extra parts. Has the overhead valve 4 cylinder engine. Hasn’t ran in many years. Has been sitting. Owner is looking to get $2000. I think it has a title. The blue Jeep body is also for sale.”

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1953 CJ-3B Cedaredge, CO $2750


No title. This might have a Hudson conversion, but can’t tell for sure.


“Will run, no title, sold as is. Located in delta Colorado.”

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1959 CJ-3B Atlanta, GA $19,995


Dave is selling this unique built-from-scratch CJ-3B with some Northwest history. You can reach him at davelogan @ bellsouth.net for more info (remove spaces around the @).

The Warn ad below shows the jeep next to Tom Telford, the builder of it.

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“This Jeep has some interesting history. It was originally built from scratch in 1990 by Tom Telford who was the Chief Engineer at Warn Industries for 26 years. Tom built this CJ-3B to use a test bed for new engineering ideas, running trails, and as a magazine model.

It has done all of that quite well. This is the Jeep that Warn showcased in their 1990s magazine ads. I have a copy of this ad that will go with the sale. Tom is shown beside the Jeep.

Some articles were also written about it. Over the years the Jeep’s configuration has changed. And, further upgrades have been done while I’ve owned it.

You can read an article by Jim Allen on the CJ3B web site: https://cj3b.info/Finds/FindsRadical.html
I also have a 1995 article published by 4Wheel and Offroad.

I bought the Jeep directly from Tom in 2018, so I’m the second owner. It is currently registered, tagged, and insured in Georgia. Georgia does not issue titles for vehicles over 25 years old.

While in my ownership I have performed some deferred maintenance, made some upgrades, and have fixed a few things that didn’t work.

I am an International 4WD Trainer and have used this Jeep exclusively for my training classes.
I am also a Jeep Jamboree Event Coordinator and have used it for Jeep Jamborees too.

I bought this Jeep because I remember seeing it in the 1990s and always thought it was “cool”. And, I needed a vintage flat fender Jeep to attend a favorite Jeep event in Colorado.

My needs have changed and I have relocated to Florida for work.
I don’t want to see this great Jeep just sit in my garage.
It deserves to be exploring new trails with an eager owner.

Please prepare to be overwhelmed with details on this build. It’s got all of the good stuff. I spent a lot of time on the phone with Tom to learn everything I could about what he built. I have an amazing amount of detail for it. Too much for here, but it’s all recorded and comes with the Jeep.

Tom started with a 1959 DJ-5 frame that he stretched about 6-inches. He added a reproduction CJ-3B body to it. It has a full “roll cage” bolted to the frame.

He used a Chevrolet 350 small block engine with Howell fuel injection. There is a T-18 transmission and Dana 20 transfer case behind that. It has a hydraulic clutch system.

One of the best features is that it has the Warn XCL coil suspension with Fox coil-over shocks. I even have extra coil-overs and a shop that can rebuild them, if that’s ever needed. The polyurethane bushings used in the suspension are all “off the shelf” items.

The axles are great. They are both narrowed high pinion Dana 44s with 4.88 ratios. There is a Detroit locker in the front axle and ARB air locker in the rear. Naturally there are Warm premium hubs up front and drive flanges in the rear. Manually locking hubs can be added for flat towing.

The rear axle has had a Holbrook full float conversion and both axles have disc brakes. The axle shafts are all 30-spline. Moser Engineering can still make replacement axle shafts, if needed.

It has a 75.8:1 crawl ratio. If you use Low range and 1st gear you will need a calendar to see when you’ll arrive at your destination.

In High range and 4th gear it will run down the interstate at 70 mph, but you’ll need to get used to driving it with a flexible suspension and no swaybar. Wheee…

It has Saginaw power steering and I’ve recently replaced the steering box, pump, and hoses.

The Jeep currently has steel wheels and 33” BF Goodrich KM3 tires. There is plenty of ground clearance with this set-up.

I have easily spent over $20,000 while I’ve owned it.

Some of the things I’ve done include replacing the engine with a new Chevrolet Performance crate engine. The original engine was tired and showing bearing material. The replacement is a stock SBC 350 putting out a peak 210 Hp and 300 ft.-lbs. of torque. Plenty of power for a small lightweight Jeep.
I have added a new Bestop Tigertop, Procar bucket seats, and a Tuffy Security console. A Cobra 29 CB radio and Midland MXT400 GMRS radio are included. These radios are usually required on group trail rides.
I’ve also added an ARB twin air compressor.
I have gone through the wiring and removed excess wires and switches from the past and added a cut-off switch. It has a fuse block now. And, the windshield wipers and turn signals are working.
The windshield glass and gasket have been replaced. Sun visors have been added. It has side mirrors now.
The fuel injection chip has been reprogrammed for better high altitude performance. And, I’ve added a hydraulic parking brake.
I replaced an old Warn winch with an even older 8274 winch. I added Warn’s synthetic winch rope and a roller fairlead. I replaced the battery with an Optima yellow top AGM battery.

So you may be asking what still needs to be done to it. The answer is “Nothing”. This is a fully sorted highly capable Jeep ready to go.
But, it is not anything like a new Jeep. It doesn’t have heat, although I have a new heater system for it that’s included. It doesn’t have air conditioning. No Bluetooth, satellite, or display screens. No AM/FM radio. You’ll only hear the growl of the V8 exhaust.
It is Old School. No air bags, ABS brakes, or back-up camera. The manual transmission is “truck-like”. The transfer case is gear driven.
Knowing that the Jeep would appear in magazines, the body shop applied a thick layer of body filler and sanded it very smooth. Then they painted it and it looked awesome… 30 years ago.
The trails have added some “patina”. There are some chunks of filler that are gone and there are some minor dents. There is NO rust. To me, it was just evidence that the Jeep was used and enjoyed.
I have driven this Jeep on trails in Georgia, Tennessee, Colorado, and Utah. Where do you want to go?

I have “invested” roughly $40,000 in the Jeep in total. I’m asking $19,995 or a reasonably close offer.
I will cooperate with a transport company if you’d like it shipped. The Jeep is in an Atlanta, Georgia suburb.

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1956 CJ-3B Jackson, CA $10,000


Pete shared this nice looking, stock CJ-3B.


“This 1956 Willys, CJ 3B jeep is 100% original, low mileage survivor. It has been in storage for 20+ years and was running prior to that. It is a perfect project that would be perfect short trips around town. It comes with a clear title on a current non-op. For more information call David at 209-304-04ninenine”

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1962 CJ-3B Yutan, NE $7500


UPDATE: Still Available. Was last listed in 2020.

(03/29/2020) Seems like a good price.


“1963 willys cj3b new trans,clutch,pressure plate and trough out bearing,new top,tires and radiator. 7,500.00 OBO ”

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1953? CJ-3B/DJ-3A? Gila Bend, AZ $3000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(02/15/2023) To me, this looks to be a DJ-3A body. It’s possible between the year listed (1953) and the CJ-3B windshield that someone put a DJ body on a CJ-3B. I think the dash may have been skimmed with a thin piece of metal.


“1953 Willys Jeep. Title in hand. Has motor does not run been sitting a while. We do have the back seat too. Motor is a 327 V8. Asking $4,000 obo. Located in Gila Bend Az.”

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1954 CJ-3B Roseburg, OR $9999


It appears this sold in December and is now being resold for more.


“RARE 1954 Willys Jeep CJ3B High Hood. USA … This Classic car is a must see…. With an electric heater, new windshield, new wind shield wipers, RINO bed liner, new front seats, new bikini top, fuel injected, running horns, lights, blinkers, Runs great, clean title!! Ford Pinto motor, manual, 4 speed, with rare over drive. ”

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2 CJ-3Bs Centerburg, OH $12,000


One runs and drives. The other is a project or parts. The running one has a replacement body.


“Willys CJ3B, have 2 selling together buyer can unload one if they wish. Black one is a 57 clean Ohio title, solid shape not perfect, 12 volt system aftermarket card (have original). Lift springs and off-road tires like new. Runs and stops drove it around last year. Has back seat and full soft top in good shape. Unfinished one has no title mechanically pretty sound. Moves and stops. Previous owner put a 1.6 Diesel and tracker 5 speed and t-case in it. Solid body and some new panels most of the parts to finish except seats. Has new tires, axles are SOA right now with a rack and pinion steering system works but buyer can decide they want to change. Have other parts and spare set of axles and stock leaf springs. No trades and again not looking to separate at this time.”

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CJ-3B and CJ-5 Wellsboro, PA $4000 or $3000?


There are two prices listed. $4000 is in the text, while $3000 is the price listed (it may have been dropped to $3000 from $4000).


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“Not a wrangler but I had to pick something Two(2) Willys 1st is a 1956 with title. Runs and drives 4×4 works. I bought it with a 1952 motor in it. Put a new clutch in it and have drove it around the farm. Have the motor that came out of it on an engine stand just the way I bought it. He said it ran but was making noise so he swapped it for the 52. 2nd Willys I believe is a 1953. Motor was set up . I tore it apart to rebuild but the block had been cracked so I did not bother. Body is poor. No title. $4000 Take it all. I lost interest .”

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1953 CJ-3B Jamestown, KY $8500


Looks solid.


“Great running 53 Willy’s cj3b high good. Has title and ready to hit the road or trail. This little jeep drives and runs great!”


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1954 CJ-3B Leon, WV $2500


It is supposed to run.


“Runs has title. No brakes needs master cylinder”

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1965? CJ-3B Wildomar, CA $10,500


Listed as a 1965, this has the WILLYS stamps, which suggest it may have been produced in 1962 or earlier. That said, this has a bunch of mods, so maybe the tailgate and hood are from a different jeep.


“1965 CJ3B Willys jeep, 350 chevy, 350 trans. Pwr disc brakes, Pwr steering, tilt steering wheel, headers, dual exhaust, dual gas tanks, rebuilt front end”

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1955 CJ-3B Kingsburg, CA $1500


The body doesn’t look too bad. Maybe some value here.




“Here is a CJ3B jeep for sale. I don’t have much info on it. I bought a few years back and I was going to restore it. The tub and parts have some surface rust but still able to be used.

Please look at the pictures and see what parts are available. Selling as a whole. Call me to chat but like a said I don’t have much info”

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1953 CJ-3B Salem, OR $6100


It’s a project.


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“1953 Willys cj3b high Hood project 4.3l Chevy with Edelbrock intake, brand new HEI and brand new quick fuel carburetor, 150 psi compression in all cylinders and turns over freely on the starter. It will run it just needs the distributor hooked up in the carburetor put on. Adapted to 3-speed with Warn Overdrive. 5 32×11.50×15 super swamper radials in great shape, 4-in lift (still spring under axle), power front disc brake conversion, steering conversion, swinging pedals conversion with hydraulic clutch, flaming river steering column, PRP suspension seats, full cage, canvas safari top, new/uncut dash panel, dual poly gas tanks, there is a battery tray and some other miscellaneous parts. I also have rear paddles on Wheels and front sand tires with no wheels but I can throw in with the right deal. Just needs to be put back together and a few things finished up. There is no wiring. This will be a super solid neat old Jeep with just a little bit of work finishing it however you like”

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CJ-3Bs and CJ-5s Reading, PA


I suspect none of these run.


“Couple jeeps left and a ton of parts”

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1961 CJ-3B Marysville, WA $1500


Looks like some value here.


“Had leather full soft top additional full top. Transmission additional rims and tires.”

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1954 CJ-3B Maple Grove, MN $10,000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/28/2022) Has a rear PTO gear box and a government plate.


“DM me if interested. $10k. Mileage unknown. Runs well and achieves 45 mph. Fun but I don’t have the space anymore”

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1960 CJ-3B Shipshewana, IN $2500


Nick’s got this late model 3B for sale.



“*Clear title*

I have a forklift to help load. 1960 Willys CJ3B that was last plated in 2011. Frame is solid. Body is rough as shown in pics.

T90 Transmission and D18 tcase shifters all move nicely. F134 engine. The fuel pump and starter works. Engine compression is 100-75-0-60. The valves seem to be moving, and I haven’t looked into it any further. Probably needs soaked and cleaned up after sitting for so long.”






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


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8500.

(01/05/2023) This has a large 27 gallon tank in the back.

“350 chev T-18 transmission Model 18 transfer case, warn OD Dana 44 rear, ARB air locker Dana 30 front out of 83 cj, lock rite New frame fully boxed front to rear Brand New 33” cooper STT on aluminum wheels Had rewired, heater added 17 gallon fuel cell, so it holds 27 gallons total Warn 8274 winch Full cage”

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2 CJ-3Bs Centralia, WA $8500


One of the 3Bs is a parts jeep. One of the jeeps has a Warn overdrive and winch.


“1953 Blue CJ3B currently has sbc under the hood. I believe it to a 327. I can’t confirm that because I’ve never run the numbers. I drove the cj onto my trailer when I originally bought it. I have a complete Hurricane 🌀 for it. As you can see it is pretty much complete. I have clear Washington title in my name. In addition I have another nearly complete White Cj3b. It is what you see from the pictures. It comes with Bill of Sale only. I am willing to consider part or possibly straight across trade for Air-cooled VW Bug,Bus, Ghia project or parts. I am now willing to separate. I’m not willing to sell any parts. $8,500 for both or?”

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1944 Chassis/ CJ-3B Body Tualatin, OR $12,995


UPDATE: Still Available.

(10/02/2022) Lots of updates atop a 1944 chassis.


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“1944 Frame and Running Gear
GM V6 Motor with a 4 Barrel Carb and Headers with Dual Exhaust
Full Roll Bar
Spare Tire Rack with Built in Tow Hitch
New Master Cylinder
New Battery
Like New Bucket Seats
Dual Gas Tanks
Super Swamper Tires. (33X1400-15)
Eagle Alloy Wheels”

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Year? CJ-3B Ionia, MO $1750


Unclear how much value is here.


“Jeep cj 1940s model has new gaskets, radiator, carburetor, fuel pump, temp gauge, ran good was parked for over an year. Was fun to ride. Just don’t need it anymore.”


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1952? CJ-3B Bonney Lake, WA $15,500


This looks like a good build.



“Got a 1952 CJ3B Willy’s high hood with a tbi injection 4.3 V6 turbo 350 automatic overdrive 44s front and rear Detroit rear air locker front 538 gears new tires blazer front springs over the top Dodge Rear Springs over the top full cage new aluminum radiator warn winch tow bar stainless grill, stainless tailgate, Ricardo black buckets, all the lights work heater clear title

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1964 CJ-3B Sandy Springs, GA $14,500


Nice half soft-top on this 3B.


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“1964 Willys CJ-3B. The last year of the flat fender.

It had a frame-off restoration in 2006, to include a brand new tub. Overall, it runs great, is cranked once weekly and is a great driver. It has NO rust anywhere, which is a very rare find.

It’s not perfect – for most of us Jeep (and Willys) enthusiast, it’s as nice as you or I have seen, but the paint is not show quality. If you’ve been around them, you know it drips some fluids.

It does have a heater and newer canvas, and the interior is in incredible shape (will post more pictures).

What does it need? It currently has a Solex carb with a flat spot (still very manageable to drive). I have the correct Carter carburetor, but it needs rebuilt, which is a $250 or do dollar investment to have done right. It also comes with the PTO winch but does need a shaft.

Come take a look – you’ll be impressed. It comes with a clean title and bill of sale.”