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Year? DJ-3A Valley View, TX Estate Sale


Charles spotted this Surrey-like jeep. It looks to me like an early, basic DJ-3A to which someone added some surrey trimmings. No price or description provided, other than the seller describes it as a “1953”, which would be three years before the first DJ was introduced. Still, it looks like a fun rig to drive around town. It’s for sale the weekend of May 12-14.

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2 DJ-3As Amelia, OH $1800


There are quite a few good parts here and the blue one runs.

“I have two Willys Jeeps for sale. Both for one price, will not separate. A 1962 DJ-3A & a 1965 DJ-3A. They are both restorable, but in rough condition. The 1965 (mostly blue) runs good an drives but is not complete. The 1962 (mostly green) has been sitting for
a long time and does not run but, it is complete except for the radiator, battery & tailgate. everything else is there and it rolls. These are Dispatcher Jeeps and are rear wheel drive. One is floor shift & the other is column shift. They are the old style flathead engines, flat hood & flat fenders.
If you want to build a Gala, or one of the other DJ models, This is all you need to start. I have clear titles for both.
Sadly, all glass has been broken out & there is a lot of rust. Check photos carefully. $1,800.00 cash, no trades, will not separate.”

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1956 DJ-3A Brochure **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, DJ-3A, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay


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1950? CJ-3A/DJ-3A Anderson, SC $2000


No title. Looks like a DJ-3A Convertible windshield. No gas inlet along the side either.

“Willys CJ3A for sale. Bill of sale. Original drivetrain. 2000obo”


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1964 CJ/DJ Esparto, CA $4000


Price may be good. this might be a DJ body on a CJ chassis.

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“1964 Willys for sale. It has a chevy 350 engine in it. Here is the rundown. I have owned it as a project jeep for about 6 months. I overpaid for it (my fault), and paid $4,200 for it, I have put roughly $2,500 into it from parts and paying a buddy (mechanic) to help (not including my own time). I am selling it because I am trying to buy a plane ticket for my girlfriend to go to the East Coast to see her grandma one last time. So, basically I need the money. I am up front and honest about the condition of the Jeep. The good and the bad about it. Ill start with what I have done to it/what is good about the jeep. The jeep does run, and I would say it runs well, but obviously it is not a finished project.
-New radiator
-New alternator
-New battery and battery box
-New fuel tank
-New starter and solenoid
-New battery shutoff
-Rewired most of the wiring
-Updated registration
– Has a soft top, but I have never used it
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1964 DJ-3A Fairfield, CA $4500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/11/2017) This DJ-3A is actually a 1962 that sold in 1964. The trim ID indicates that it may have been a Surrey. Though it has an L-134, it’s a former industrial engine. The jeep has a few other modifications, including four wheel drive. Still, looks like a good price.

Re-posting as I was away for 2 weeks , 1964 3A flat-fender 4×4 Jeep last year of production, was used as a hunting Jeep, no rust in the body and well cared for. 134 stock motor , has new water pump, radiator, valve job. 60 amp alternator, 12 volt, starts on the first click ( started on first turn after just sitting two weeks) and runs very well. Has a rebuilt transmission and transfer case. Vintage 5 leaf Rancho 2 inch lift springs , 11″ bendix brake conversion ( stops on a dime) with rear axle parking brakes that work. has factory 3/4 -1/4 front seats, (was originally a column shift) vintage Ramsey PTO winch with front and rear pto output . all electrical and gauges work perfectly, including “gas gauges”, turn signals back up lights spedo and digital tac also , two gas tanks ( came with factory rear tank) is set up to tow and tows perfectly , has a rear tow receiver. Floating rear axle and has 4:88 gears. Roll bar, hubs and bikini top, has factory rear seat. All mechanical parts in great shape. Current registration so “Wild Willy” can be driven away… at 50 mph…ha.. $4,500 B/O Just a real rare stock great running Jeep. In person pickup and cash only.”

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1956 DJ-3A Dispatcher Brochure **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, DJ-3A, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This is an unusual Dispatcher brochure. Looks more like a case-based look at the DJ. It’s located in Russia. Seems pretty pricey given its location.

“Original brochure, 4 pages, A4
Payment through Paypal. Condition in the image. Mail service with the number for tracking. All very well packaged.
When purchasing multiple items, the postage will be combined.
If you are interested in a combined payment, please do not pay immediately, buy a few items and ask for the bill
Up to 500 grams (one pound) – $ 9
Up to 1 kg (2.5 lbs) – $ 14
Up to 2 kg (5 lbs) – $ 22 is the maximum cost of delivery. The greater the weight, the seller compensates for its own account.
Postal delivery in Russia is free!”

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Photo of Sylvia Porter in a Gala (?)

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features • TAGS: , .

Sylvia Porter was a financial guru of some renown in the 1960s. We think this might be an actual Gala from Las Brisas.

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Year? DJ-3A Toccoa, GA $1500


This ex-DJ-3A convertible was changed to 4×4. It looks to be a 1958ish or later model. Still, There’s at least some value in the parts (There are some DJ-specific parts I could use — bumper, windshield, side mirror, shifting assembly). The hood looks tight, though has a few dings. The tranny cover plates look good. There are some top pieces left.

“Little willys jeep. Motor is free, think it will run. Came factor as a 2 wheel drive an collum shift. Has been converted to a 4×4 front axel an has a 4×4 transmission an transfer case to go with it.”

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1956 DJ-3A Lake City, TN $9500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(07/24/2017) Underneath the green there appears to be a solid DJ-3A.

“2 wheel dr, 3 speed on colum good condition new motor painted like army jeep ”


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1960 Pepsi Surrey Hatfield, MA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $15,000.

You can learn more about them on the CJ-3B Page:

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2 DJ-3A Axles Riverside, CA $100


No pics provided.

“I have 2 front axles for DJ3A/Surrey models.
One complete with brakes, one without brakes.
For your restoration, sand Jeep, rat rod. etc.”

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1956 DJ-3A Phoenix, AZ $3000


Looks to be a DJ. It lacks the driver’s side fuel inlet, but has one int he rear.

“I have a 1956 Jeep Willys for sale. This is a project vehicle. I have a clean and clear title. The pictures should be self explanatory, ”

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1956 DJ-3A Project Reading, PA $4500


UPDATE: Still Available. I didn’t appreciate the originality of this when I first posted it. Now that I own one, I can see just how much is there.

“1956 DJ-3A
2-wheel drive
Column shift
Motor has been overhauled
Brakes have been done
Starter has been rebuilt
Includes 5 wheels with original trim rings and hubcaps (4 lug wheels, 15″)
Needs steering wheel and wiring harness (have the originals).
No seats, no top, no top bows.
Has the original Auto-Line Bulls-Eye headlight bulbs.
Radiator was done with a high-flow core, sufficient for a V-8.
This is the convertible model with non-ventilating windshield (original glass included)
Not the original color (original color unknown)
Will not respond to texts.
If the ad is posted, the vehicle is still available.”

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1959 DJ-3A Surrey St. Petersburg, FL **Status Unknown**


UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $24,500.

This refurbished surrey doesn’t have all the original surrey-like trimmings, but it does have several Surrey indicators, such as the dry type air filter and the footman loops on the fenders.


“1959 Willy’s DJ3A Surrey/Gala, VIN# – 5633716515, Mileage – 14,680. My guess is that this is the lowest mileage Surrey/Gala in existence. The original owner ordered this Willy’s new directly from the factory. After a long ownership, he passed away and his widow sold the Surrey to her dear friend. It appears that this sale occurred in 1997.


Soon after, The 2nd owner had a cosmetic restoration done to the vehicle including new blue paint and what I believe was an aftermarket seat and top kit sold back then by JC Witney. I still have this top. I first saw this auto online and became very interested after confirming that it was a Surrey/Gala. I purchased it sight unseen, had it shipped to me, and started on its mechanical restoration. I have now owned it for almost 4 years, driving her a couple times a week and,of course, keeping it garaged.

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1947 CJ-2A/DJ-3A Beaumont, AZ $1400


This is a DJ-3A body on a (most likely) CJ-2A chassis. Given the PTO winch, there sure looks like some value here.

“1947 Willy’s jeep CJ2A. Will crank up, but needs work to be drivable. Has a Ramsey pto drive winch. I found another project, so I need to sell this one.”


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1955 Photo of Mail Jeep Dispatcher

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, DJ-3A, Features, Old Images

According to the CJ-3B Page, the Post Office experimented with several different types of jeeps for mail delivery. However, finding photos or history of these jeeps has proven difficult. Last week I acquired this awesome photo stamped December 18, 1955, showing a DJ-3A with a hardtop, no tailgate, and no sides to make entry easier.

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Then, on eBay, this brochure has been available for a couple months. There’s no date on the brochure itself, but the seller claims it is from 1955:


Both documents show what appear to be the same hard top and same side cut body, but the jeeps in the photos aren’t quite the same. Unlike the top jeep, the bottom jeep has the same hubcaps as the early DJ-3As, but has custom parking lights. The top photo has the side mirror on the right side, while the bottom jeep has the rear view mirror on what would normally be the driver’s side. The seats are colored slightly differently. So, are these two jeeps both experimental models?

What surprises the DJ guys the most is that we weren’t aware the low cut body was available as of late 1955. None of the marketing materials show that body as an option in 1956, as this early brochure demonstrates:


So, the search for information about early dispatcher mail jeeps continues. Anyone have more photos or information about these early post office jeeps?



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1956 DJ-3A Dispatcher Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, DJ-3A

Here is the introductory DJ-3A brochure Form W241-6.

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Year? DJ-3A Lewward, HI No price


Has a DJ hardtop body for sure. Might be on the original chassis as it doesn’t look like this has front hubs.

“Old Willy’s Jeep 4cly flat head with 3spd manual trans run great on propane***NO TITLE****. Also have a 75 Jeep CJ5 6Cly with 4spd 4×4 very rusty ran good before I parked it’


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1956 DJ-3A Buffalo, NY **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8000.

PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY:: It’s not clear to me why this DJ-3A is listed on a UK site or whether this is a real ad, but it’s an interesting DJ-3A none-the-less. What I think has happened is that the description and photos may have been scraped from eBay. I looked for this jeep on eBay, but could not find it.

“First of all. must start by saying that this NOT a post office jeep. In 1955 &1956 Willys put  out this vehicle & called  it a Jeep Dispatcher / Delivery vehicle . deal for use in congested metropolitan areas. To me it’s just a cool little jeep. This jeep had a frame off restoration a couple years back. t that time the original owner changed the transmission from a manual 3 speed synchromesh to a turbo 350 automatic with a 6 volt system. The original transmission is included. very nut &bolt was saved just incase to switch it back. The jeep is in great shape & runs good. Just had it inspected in may 2013. can’t think of anything it needs. esides maybe a tune up.   $500. Paypal deposit is required at end of auction. Balance to be paid within 7 days with postal mo. ank check or cash. Buyer is responsible for arranging shipping. I’ll be glad to assist in loading or working with you. Contact me with any questions .”

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Year? DJ-3A/M-38A1? Guerneville, CA $7900


UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/18/2016) The is a DJ-3A body on a 4WD Chassis. It’s listed as a 1953 CJ-5, so possibly has an M-38A1 chassis.

“Selling a nice 1953 Jeep willys this car was rebuilt in and out. Runs grate 4cl gas engine stick shift. This is a fun car to drive in your day off. Please don’t call if you are not interested.”

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1962 DJ-3A Long Beach, CA $6500


UPDATE: The seller is selling the rest of the DJ collection as well.

This convertible DJ-3A looks pretty stock. Note the flatly in the back ground of the first pic. Looks like it might be a DJ-3A or Surrey that someone modified. Also of note, the rear top bow has an extra piece across that top of it.

“Selling a nice Willys dispatch jeep. 2wd have paper work reflecting over 4 k worth of work. Runs/ drives. Sweet little runner”

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1964 DJ-3A Pleasanton, CA $8900


UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/11/2016) While it looks in great shape, it isn’t quite as stock as the seller would like to claim. There are lots of little things (seats, top, parking lights. and hubcaps for starters. It also appears to have a Corvette air cleaner (chrome — these aren’t cheap) rather than a black painted air cleaner. The shape of the air cleaner looks correct.

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“Restored California Jeep with Minor Upgrades
No Major Body or Driveline Modifications

Perfect for the Cabin, Beach House, or Just a Local Weekend Jeep!
Simply stated, this is a, extremely nice example of the increasingly rare Jeep convertible. We often see Jeeps listed for sale but typically they are, to put it mildly, in less than good condition. Rarely do we see an example of a nice California restored Jeep DJ-3A. This is one such example.

This particular Jeep retains the proper L-134 4 cylinder engine and the floor shift 3-speed transmission.

While the engine and transmission have not been replaced with large, inappropriate units, a benefit to true enthusiasts and collectors, it is the car’s overall condition that make it especially appealing. When the Jeep was restored, it was brought back to its former glory with only minor cosmetic modifications or changes from stock. No large, over-sized mud tires, added gauges, sound system or other modifications were added to the car and it remains basically in the same basic configuration as it would have been seen in 1964.

The Jeep has been very well cared for in the months since its restoration, and it shows. The car has been adult owned and has no signs of ever been abused or mistreated. When restored, the Jeep received a complete re-paint in a striking metallic blue and a quality canvas blue and white striped top was fitted along with rear, matching cushions. New seats were added along with new seat belts, the dash was painted to match and, while the Jeep was disassembled, the entire inside was treated with bed liner to protect it from rust and give it a lovely appearance.

Overall, this is one of the strongest running and driving examples that we have seen in many years. The photos accurately depict the high quality of the body and paint, interior and engine / trunk areas. The car is free from the typical Jeep rust and even California buyers will be amazed at the lack of rust on the underside, rocker panels, trunk, engine bay, doors and other typically rust affected areas on the Jeep.

Chrome bumpers were added and they fit well and are perfectly straight and free from damage or rust. They do not show the light pitting or discoloration often seen on cars from other parts of the country where exposure to moisture and the elements have discolored all of the exterior chrome and other trim. The car’s body is truly in great shape and we continue to get remarks that the car has the appearance of being freshly refurbished / restored.

The Jeep received a new, high quality complete re-paint and is really striking. The metallic paint is high gloss and free from accident damage. The paint is free from cracking, peeling or any damage that detracts from the appearance and charm of the Jeep. The sides, rear cargo area and inner portions of the Jeep are straight and free from signs of rust, or damage. Perhaps most important, the Jeep’s body is free from modifications. The top has been recently replaced in high quality fabric similar to that found on the original Jeeps used as resort or beach vehicles and the top structure was restored and painted to match the body color. Rear cushions on either side add a nice touch and are upholstered in the same, color coordinated material.

The front windshield is free from any cracks, and in very good condition. The front windshield folds down when the top is removed for complete “open air” motoring. The chrome latches hold the hood down.

The interior is very simple and is fitted with two new matching seats that while not original are more comfortable and very attractive. The Jeep is also fitted with new seat belts. The dash is not cut-up like so many we see and includes some of the original gauges, switches and other items, including an opening on the left side of the dash for a radio (one is not fitted at this time but could easily be added). The interior is finished with bed liner for durability and front rubber mats accent the front drivers and passenger’s sides of the DJ-3A.

The windshield wipers are vacuum operated, turn signals and brake lights work and the speedometer is functional as well.

Jeep fans will tell you that rust is a major culprit with older examples but, as a result of this car’s long life in California, there are no signs of rust / rust through.

The wheels are chrome with body color center hubcaps that provide a nice touch. The wheels / tires are 14″ fitted with new matching steel belted radial in 205/75R14.”

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1960 DJ-3A Surrey Auctioned for $46,750

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Sold for $46,750.

This 1960 DJ-3A Surrey will be auctioned in January of 2017 by Sotheby’s. The jeep is described as a “beautifully presented flawless restoration”. That statement is followed by a series of inaccurate statements regarding the history of DJ-3A, such as the DJ-3A was introduced in 1955 (nope 1956). You can see all the pics and information here:


As Colin pointed out to Sotheby’s, despite some great work on this, there are actually numerous flaws with this restoration:

  1. Front bumper is from a 1948-49 Willys Jeepster, way too wide for a DJ3A Surrey.
  2. Valance panel behind the front bumper is too long, as it has to cover the Willys Jeepster front bumper brackets.
  3. Air filter is from a 1945-1949 Willys CJ2A 4WD Jeep and is made by Oakes.  The correct air filter should be either a small 7 inch dry air filter attached to the carburetor alone or a Donaldson oil bath air filter that attaches in the same position as the Oakes filter on this Jeep.
  4. The Fram oil filter is of the larger heavy duty unit, not the smaller one used by the civilian 4 cylinder Jeeps from 1946-1964.
  5. The windshield straps are incorrect, using webbed belts instead of vinyl with center buckle and three grommets, no additional adjusters on the straps at all.
  6. Windshield grab handles were chrome on Surreys, as were the side mirrors.
  7. The rear bumper is 1948-49 Willys Jeepster, has Willys Overland stamped into the center of the bumper and is too wide for a Surrey.  Surrey chrome bumpers were plain, without  the Willys Overland script.  Willys dropped the Overland part of the scripting for the 1950 models, but kept the Willys script on the 1950-51 Jeepsters and station wagon rear bumpers from 1950 through 1963 when the last of the old square bodies were used and the new Wagoneer station wagon debuted.
  8. The speedometer reads in kilometers, rather than miles per hour.  Surreys and all DJ3A Jeep speedometers read in miles per hour and calibrated from 0 through 9 after 1958.  0-8 for 1956- early 1958.  Kilometers were used on export Jeeps.
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Year? DJ-3A Albuquerque, NM **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1200.

Colin did some due diligence and determined that this is likely a former airport baggage conveyor DJ. Here’s a very similar conveyor DJ from the 3B page.

Here’s what Colin deduced: The mounts on the front frame rails are in a position where the front conveyor supports can be mounted.

The rear platform for the conveyor is attached to the rear corner of the tub on those DJ3As and on the sides of the CJ3B as well (see the CJ-3B page).  It would preclude the rear taillights, and  rear fuel filler that is standard on the DJ3A, but one photo of the DJ3A with the North Central Convair 500 shows the fuel fill tube low on the right rear corner, and the rear wheel opening is modified just like the one on 20796 (See the CJ-3B page for pics side and rearish

Also, the right rear corner of the tub is modified to clear the conveyor.I suspect the large holes in the rear panels helped support the bracing for the rear platform and also carried the hydraulic lines and controls for on the ground operation.  The Line lock was for the brakes and the chrome handle on the left side of the dash were no doubt for the governor.  The emergency brake T- handle was moved to a location where the driver could set it, otherwise it would have been under the conveyor apparatus.

“1950’s model DJ3A Military Willys Jeep DJ3A. Body in great shape, nearly rust free, have engine and transmission, 2 windshields, most of the major parts are there. Needs restoration or used for parts. Too many projects already so decided to move on.”

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