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1966 DJ-3A? Manteca, Ca $4500


UPDATE:  Still Available

(07/26/2010) This looks in good shape.

“I have a Flat Fender Willys Jeep but registered as a 1966. It has a rebuilt Buick V6 with only about 500-600 miles on the engine. The transmission is a Chevy truck 4-speed with a granny-low and Jeep transfer case. The tires are fairly new with about 250 miles on them…all in the sand at Pismo. The top is in like new condition with no hazing on the plastic “windows” or any tears in the canvas. The front seats are in like new condition, as well. It has been kept in the garage as long as I have had it, about 4 years. The carb. has been rebuilt and the battery is new. Tags are up-to-date and good until June of 2011. I have about $5500 in it, it can be yours for only $4500 or best offer. You will turly love this off-road vehicle. If interested, call 209.823.6063.”

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1961 DJ-3A? Mahopac, Ny $4000


This looks like a solid back consistent with some DJ-3As.  I’m assuming this has been modified with 4wd?

“1961 jeep willys in good shape and runs excellent the jeeps got a Buick 225 v6 with rebuilt heads and carb, new breaks and lines, and a new clutch, its a blast around town or in the woods the jeep comes with a rag top and doors and other motor parts such as 2 blocks heads etc… email me with questions or for more picks thanks”

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1961 DJ-3A Dispatcher Skiatook, Ok **SOLD**


UPDATE: Bill reports that this sold.  He believes the top may still available.

(04/29/2009) This is a very nice Dj-3A and one of only a handful made in 1961 as noted by the seller.

“1961 WILLYS DJ3A DISPATCHER JEEP, Serial Number 56337 20287, I removed the hard top with plans to paint it black and get a black vinyl bikini top made, but as you can see in some of the photos, it had original military OD paint. So I thought I would offer it just as it is in case someone wanted to go back to original OD military style with stars and numbers. ….”

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1962 DJ-3A? Rossville, IN **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

I’m assuming this is a DJ-3A based on the year.


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1946 CJ-2A King George, VA **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $7500

“garage kept, restored, runs good. No need to do any work this this vintage classic, just turn the key and drive! ”

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1959 DJ-3A Berkeley Springs, WV **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

I don’t see too many DJ-3As that still have their tops.  Someone converted this to 4wd.

“Unique Willys Jeep with a fiberglass roof and steel doors and sides.  This jeep is in good shape for the age. Willys flathead 4 cylinder runs fine, transmission and 4 wheel drive work fine. Cooper military type lug tires.  Has new front springs, new brake shoes on all 4 wheels.Fun jeep to drive.  This jeep needs a new master cylinder or rebuild.  Gas tank has seap leak if filled full.  Has some rust in the bottom of the doors. Floor pan appears pretty solid.  As you can see in the pictures there are some surface rust spots on the body.  Drivers door window is cracked. Other glass is good.  Seats from a new jeep are installed. The jeep comes with the original split bench front seat, original locking hubs, has Warne hubs installed, extra transmission and transfer case parts.  It has a tow bar installed with a 2″ hitch so you can tow it home.”

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1956 DJ-3A? Arroyo Grande, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3950.

I believe this is a DJ-3A has been changed to four wheel drive, though it’s listed as a ’56 on the Ad title and a ’65 within the text of the Ad.

“1965 WILLY’S JEEP with a Chevy engine in excellent condition.”

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1957 DJ-3A Lubbock, TX **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1200.

Here’s a cheaply price DJ-3A, though it’s got a 22r Toyota Motor in it. This was listed for $1000 in February 2010.  I suspect this was bought and is now being resold.

“1957 jeep willys overland has 4cyl 20r toyota motor and automatic transmission starts and runs will need some work to be a solid driver also needs new windsheild glass brakes work may need to be bled selling for dad asking $1200.00.”

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1956 DJ-3A Charlestown, IN **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1200.

(11/26/2009) The seller would like to trade this jeep as part of a trade for a Cargo Trailer.  This is a no tailgate DJ-3A.  This appears to be a great price.

“JEEP: 1956 WILLY’S DJ3-A. Needs the bodywork finished and painted. Body is in good shape. Not wrecked or rusted out. Floorpan is great. Engine is a 4-cyl 1971 Ford, but runs like a top! Short exhaust w/cherry bomb. Roll bar and hardtop included. Aluminum mag wheels. Needs tires. Windshield is cracked, but would be easy to replace. Clear title in my name. Very unusual model. Same body style as Willy’s MB/Ford GPW. Would trade for approx $1200 +/- toward a trailer.”





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1955? DJ-3A Des Moines, IA **Status Unknown**


UPDATE: Was $2500. **Status Unknown**

It’s not totally stock, but it sure looks nice for the price.

“Titled as a 1947 CJ. Ford 4cyl motor and 4 speed manual transmission. Full aluminum Meyers top and doors. Bucket seats in front, rear jumpseat, rollbar, heater. Runs great, crack in windshield glass. Fuel pump is a little weak as it loses prime if not started for a few weeks. Fun vehicle. Take the top off and flip the windshield down in the summer.”

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1962 DJ-3A Fallon, Nv $3500


This has been available for a few weeks, but I somehow missed it.

“1962 Willys Jeep DJ-3A. This is a Dispatcher Jeep which was the same as the CJ-3A except for being two-wheel drive. Currently registered and operating. Has a Willys flathead four cylinder engine and three speed transmission. This is a good restoration project, or an excellent candidate for a Buick or Chevy V-6. Comes with a later model Dana postal Jeep rear axle (new 4.56:1 gears / center pumpkin), and postal Jeep front axle if you want to use with modern wheels and brakes. Clear Nevada title. Call Don at 775-742-5089.”

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1956 DJ-3A? Albany, Ga $3500


I’m not sure what model this is.  The windshield appears unusual.

“this is a hard to find 1956 willis jeep 4×4 with a V6 Motor 3-speed trans $3,500.00 FIRM PLEASE CALL 229-291-7664 FOR MORE INFO ( NO CALLS AFTER 9 PM )”

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1960 DJ-3A Irvine, Ca **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** was $2900

(02/17/10) This was converted to 4w and it appears it’s sprung over as well.

“1960 Willys Jeep DJ3A converted to 4 wheel drive with late ’60’s CJ parts. It’s got a Buick “odd fire” V6. Engine, front and rear ends work but there is no radiator or steering. One piece of metal was cut out to make everything fit but parts were kept along with the stock steering wheel and colum if wanted to make it stock again. A little TLC and you got a runner. $3200 obo, call to discuss and make offer.”


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1957 DJ-3A? Wichita, KS **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500

I can’t tell if this is a DJ-3A or a mis-marked 1947 CJ-2A.

“I have a 1957 Willys jeep for sale. It has a chevy 350ci engine, the rest of the drive train is original jeep. 3 speed tranny with 31 inch tires. Newer jeep seats and fuel tank. brand new bikini top. Has a 9000lb winch mounted on front with receiver hitch out back. Goes just about any where you would want to go. ”

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Two ‘new’ DJ-3A Surrey Images

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Bruce forwarded me links to two images of Surreys he has posted.

The first one is from the Virgin Islands in 1958 and shows a DJ-3A in the center of the picture and a DJ-3A Surrey at the lower left.  The second image shows 5 or more Surreys sitting at rental lot Hawaii, the surrey in center front
is a 1963 with 13″ tires and babymoon hubcaps.

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Hot Dog Vendor Setup for a DJ-3A Surrey Howell, NJ **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

Bruce spotted this unusual jeep utility addition.  The seller notes they scrapped the jeep, but then says he was just kidding and is keeping the jeep (in other words, jeep is not for sale). Anyway, the hotdog vendor unit is certainly an unusual feature!

“Up for sale is a hot dog cooking insert for a willys jeep. Scrapped the jeep(was a little rusty) but thought the hot dog unit was worth saving. Has lots of places to cook stuff and it fits like a glove. Check out the pics. some modification to the wheel well on the drivers side to accomodate what looks to be a sink.probably could remove this piece so no cutting wheel well.Has all the valves and burners I think never tried it out. could use some nobs for the temp control. from the front of the jeep you can not tell this is in the back, and from the back you can not tell its  a jeep. from the side it looks like it should be there. happy bidding ! Only kidding about scraping the jeep, the jeep does not go with it. pickup in howell nj only. Pay in full and will hold inside as long as needed. this thing would be the hot diggity dog of the trail rides. good luck! Bill”

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Year? DJ-3A Sahuarita, AZ **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $2000

No year mentioned, but this is definitely a DJ-3A based on the speedometer.  However it has been modified into a 4×4.  It looks like a good price.

“Fun for hunting off roading or every day use…Willys Jeep Dispatcher Flat Fender 4×4 , four speed, four barrel V-6 , Headers ,Great tires runs good even has leather electric seats.”

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1957 DJ-3A Bangor, Pa **SOLD**


UPDATE:  Rich reports that this sold today for $1400 on 4/1/2010.

“Selling a stock 1957 Willys Dispatcher Jeep. Flat head L 4cyl. motor with 3 speed transmission. If you are familiar with the DJ3A you know that it would have been a 2 wheel drive, column shift jeep. This one was converted to four wheel drive with a T-90 transmission and transfer case. The Jeep starts instantly, moves and shifts perfectly through all 3 gears plus the 4 wheel drive high and low operates with no problems. The brakes work 100% however the brake lights and turn signals do not. It will need a windshield, tires, rocker panel repair, and floor repair. The L head motor has the original 6 volt system with a generator that charges as it should. There is a cabin heater under that dash with a variable speed electric fan that works perfectly. The seats are in pristine condition and may actually be original. The original Data plate is on the firewall and the frame numbers match. The odometer reads just over 28,000 miles. I have a clear PA title in hand and have driven the jeep down the road at 45 miles per hour. It does need work but is a great foundation for restoration.

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1963 DJ-3A Navy? Mount Pleasant, Il **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $12,000

“1963 Willys US Navy jeep, DJ3A, 25,000 original miles, completely restored, rebuilt engine, drivetrain, brakes, new tires, new canvas top/seats, hitch on back, new grey/black paint with US Navy markings on hood, jeep originally came from military base in Virginia, with original Navy Dept. plaque on dash, 3 speed column shift, NO rust, drives great, would be great for driving around, for showing, or for re-enactments. $12000 “


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1963? Flattie Texas Hunter Austin, TX **SOLD**


1963_flattie_austinUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2600

(10/16/09) Here’s another hunting jeep.

“1963 Willys jeep, 4 cyl GO-DEVIL engine, 4WD, Standard, Brush guard with light rack, winch mounted on removable boom ( to raise deer for field dressing) with lights for after dark cleaning, removable front basket to hold deer, seats moved back and lowered, removable roll bar, removable high seat, 3 receiver hitches at rear 1 up front removable air drive feeder, 6 gun racks, 1 bow rack, extra springs in rear suspension, tires slimmed, gas tank relocated to frame, have Title, runs good $2800 or cash and guns?”



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1957? CJ-3A? Fruitport, Mi No Price


I’m not sure what this was (cj3a/dj3a/cj3b/cj5), but it’s a flattie now.

“nice running chevy 283 motor,lucky if there is 100 miles on it fiberglass body,all lights work,geared very low,4 wheel drive ,have all receipts for everything from motor to body axels,would be fun to run dunes,very light,may trade for newer 4×4 quad with plow, or cash send me an e-mail”

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The DJ-3A vs the DJ-3A Gala vs the DJ-3A Surrey

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UPDATE:  Bruce let me know that there were three different windshields sported by the DJ-3A:

1. The typical 3A type with the vent that opens up;

2. It also came with what is referred to as the 3B WS frame. That green jeep (see below) probably has it’s original WS frame;

3. The 3rd style is the ventilating WS frame that is similar to the 2a frame in
that the glass tilts outward. This 3rd type is very rare and I have only
seen one DJ with the 3rd style


I’ve been meaning to write this history of sorts about the DJ-3A ever since I received this information from Bruce last October.  Many thanks to Bruce for his tireless effort to understand the DJ-3A and his desire to share this information with the world-at-large.

I would still not consider this post finished, as I’m sure a few of you have some interesting details to add or correct.


My goal here is to take Bruce’s information and organize it in a way to make sense of this strange thing called the DJ-3A Dispatcher Gala Surrey Not-quite-a-CJ-3A colorful Jeep.   I want to differentiate between these three models — DJ-3A/DJ-3A dispatcher, DJ-3A Gala, and the DJ-3A Surrey — so that I can better evaluate these vehicles when I run across them for sale.

So, let’s begin:

One of the more confusing series of jeeps I’ve encountered are the DJ-3A, the DJ-3A Gala and the DJ-3A Surrey. However, thanks to both information from Bruce (who also supplied Derek Redmond with much of the DJ-3A Gala Surrey information and pics on the CJ-3B Page) and an article in the December 2009 issue of Vintage Truck Magazine, I *think* I have a much better feel for this topic.

Importantly, and for clarification, based on all the research I have reviewed, there appears to be no such thing as a DJ-3A Gala Surrey (and I’m as responsible as anyone for describing them that way).  The literature I have received from Bruce refers to either a DJ-3A Gala or a DJ-3A Surrey.  The Gala’s were promoted as Gala’s at the international resorts and Hawaii (which became a state in 1959, which might explain why this was being handled like an international sale).

The DJ-3A was introduced in 1955. It used the body style of the older CJ-3A, along with the L-134 engine. Unlike the CJ-3A, it came with either a column shift or top loader three-speed T-96 manual transmission. It was offered with many different body options including a soft top, hard top, or even a full van body.  Some of these body options made changes to the body necessary, including some that had no tailgates so the spare tire could mount in the rear.

Others, like the DJ-3A Dispatchers, had differently shaped passenger and driver sides to allow easy entry & exit of the vehicle (I assume those were the reasons).  With all these different body options, it is no wonder many of us, and yours truly as well, were confused about what constitutes a DJ-3A.

Thus far, everything I’ve learned suggests that there were no 4wd DJ-3A’s produced.  So, if you encounter a 4wd DJ-3A, it’s been modified.

Probably, the most distinctive, unique, and consistent body attribute of a DJ-3A is the large speedometer, similar to the CJ-5 and the post-1955 CJ-3B speedometers.  It was the only ‘low hood’ flat fender produced with the large speedometer.


Below is a Convertible DJ-3A.  You can see the lack of 4wd in the front.  Click on the picture to see more pictures.  Though I thought the below windshield was from a CJ-3B, Bruce provided a correction to that statement.  He says some DJ-3As came with a 3B SW Frame, and he believes that’s what we are looking at in this pic.

Here’s an example from Chris of a DJ-3A without a tailgate.

Here’s a DJ-3A Dispatcher example (note cutout sides) with a tail gate:

And here’s another nice dispatcher with a top:


In early 1959, the DJ-3A Gala was introduced and marketed to vacation locations in an attempt to offer rentable transportation solutions for vacationers visiting resorts.  According to the article below, the idea was the brain child of the Las Brisas Resort in Acapulco, Mexico, which painted a few jeeps pink and offered them to consumers.  Louis Yocich, a Willys dealer, spotted them and brought the idea back to the factory.  To this day, the Las Brisas resort and hotel still refers to itself as a ‘Pink and White Paradise” (see quality control comment).

MUCH MUCH More information.  This post was simply too big to put on the front page:

Continue reading

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1960 DJ-3A Surrey St. Louis, MO **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $42,500

“This example in the rare colors of Cerulean Blue and Glacier White is probably the best completely restored example in the world. Everything has been done to the highest standards from the paint and chrome to the bright waterproof fabric upholstery and surrey top. The underhood presentation is exceptional and no detail has been ignored. Much more practical than a Moke or Jolly with legendary Jeep reliability this is a superb and entirely practical vehicle for bright summer days at the shore lake or ranch and will vie with Bentleys and Ferraris for pride of place in valet parking lots in Hollywood the Hamptons or South Beach. $42,500”

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1957 DJ-3A Lansdale, PA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1850.

This is a non-running jeep and has been converted to 4wd.

“1957 WILLYS JEEP DJ-3A 4X4 – RARE AND NEAT OLD JEEP WITH CLEAN & CLEAR PA TITLE!!!   I purchased this Willys Jeep just as it is, never did anything with it, and have too many other projects going, so I’ve decided to part with it. It is a very nice project for someone with more time and less projects then me. I can tell you what I know about it. This is a model DJ-3A V.I.N. #5633711806 Willys Jeep Dispatcher which makes it very rare and the fact thats its 4X4 a nice restoration project compared to a 2wd Dispatcher. Originally this particular truck was equiped with a complete steel enclosed cab/panel body (no side windows) and steel sliding doors (notice the original small running board area and full to floor foot opening that was on DJ-3A models with full cabs). The DJ-3A was based on the earlier (1949-1953) model CJ-3A Willys Jeep bodies not the later CJ-3B bodies normally used on other models after 1953. The complete and correct for DJ-3A models fold down windshield frame with glass is in the back (which appears to have been brand new and still in black primer) and has not been mounted though I do have the side mounting hardware to do so. The previous owner last ran and drove it, and had it PA inspected through 2006 though it has been sitting ever since. I tried to get it running but the engine appears to be seized from sitting. I suspect most likely the valves are stuck from the time it spent sitting which is common with these flathead engines. The carburetor appears to be a rebuilt unit and there is also an original used carburetor with it. The body is in decent shape for its age appearing to having work done to it here and there over the years. Someone over the years has cut out the vertical bars of the original grille and welded in steel mesh, personally I would prefer the original grille bars. The frame appears to be in pretty good shape being much better then most other early model Willys Jeeps I’ve seen over the years. It has the original (DJ-3A) rear mounted fuel tank with filler neck exiting out the right rear next to the tailgate”

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1963 DJ-3A Bedford, MA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Rare convertible DJ.

“Up for auction is one of the rarest of all Jeeps.  The DJ-3A Dispatcher was made from 1955 to 1964.    Willys marketed the Dispatcher as a “Sport” vehicle and an inexpensive commercial delivery car.  They used existing tooling and in-stock CJ parts to keep the cost low.  That meant that they were trying to market a car with technology fresh from 1940!  Keep in mind this car was built just months before Ford introduced the Mustang. No wonder this is a rare Jeep!

The example being auctioned is a 1963.  The paint is original and shows only a few scratches and a few discolored spots.  There are two small rust-through spots on the rear of the body at the rear body mounting brackets. The upholstery is original and is in excellent condition.  The odometer reads a very believable 27,990 miles.  DJ-3As are two-wheel-drive with three speed transmissions and column shift.  This car has a limited slip differential!   Comfortable cruising speed is around 40 mph….”