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1956 DJ-3A Bolton, MA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A

UPDATE: **SOLD** for $1300.

As Greg notes in the text, this very early Convertible DJ-3A (220th made) has been converted into a four-wheel-drive jeep. What’s curious to me is that this jeep is earlier than mine, but as the KS 0-8 speedometer (with an intact needle no less) rather than the KS 0-10 like mine. So, is my speedo original or not? Hmm. 

This particular DJ-3A has a number of stock parts, such as the windshield, which appears in good shape, and the Gauze wire filter, which is a hard to find item. The gas linkage and carb are unique to the DJ-3A and are hard items to find. Unfortunately, the underside of the body is rough (perhaps the floor is replaceable).

The frame of this DJ-3A looks original, as it has two plates on both sides which were used to attach the parking brake brackets (you can see one of the four hole plates near the top-middle of the very last photo below).

“1956 WILLYS DJ-3A (Dispatcher) Jeep
Model 56337
Serial # 10221
Block # 3J154786
Block casting # 641087-L-W10 ANI-CR-N2
No Title.
Engine turns over when key is turned.
Oil and coolant look good and where at correct levels when removed from barn (inside for past 10+ years).
The four wheel drive and floor shift are not this jeeps original equipment.
Both floor pans have patch plates.
Rear cross member has been replaced.
Transmission is stuck in gear.
Rolls freely and is in a location to easily load.
Please respond with your name and phone number and I will call you.
If the add is up its still for sale.
No shipping or trades.”

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1962 DJ-3A Hemet, CA $3500

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/03/2020) This might be a DJ-3A convertible, given the column shift. The serial number indicates it is a 1962 DJ-3A (listed as a 1949). It includes a 4.3gm engine.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2302920480007411/

“Willys 2wd with a 4.3 gm vortec v6 and 5 speed trans”

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1956? DJ-3A? Selma, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, DJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** was $5000.

(06/30/2019) This may have been a DJ-3A. Now has lots of mods.

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“I will be in Selma (where the jeep is located) from the 5th of July- 14th of July if you want to look at it I would like to sell it while I’m in town. I have moved to Las Vegas and with a 3 year old the jeep just isn’t practical. The jeep is In Selma ca Its registered as a 56 “Willy” so there is none of that bs smog stuff to deal with. But it’s actually a 40 something Willy’s chassis with an aftermarket tub. It has a small block Chevy 350 with a Muncie. Coil over Fox shocks in the front with 14” of travel and I think 10” Bilstien shocks on the rear. Pm any questions you want to Ask Open to trades that may be more family friendly”

 
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DJ-3A Front Seat Installation Instructions from 1956

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Documents, Features

Somehow, I never posted these Instructions for installing DJ-3A seats that Terry sent me. So, here they are in a post of there own. These are the official instructions dated June 15, 1956, for the front passenger seat installation on a DJ-3A using Field Kit Attaching Parts No. 696529:

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Year? DJ-3A Caliente, CA $1200

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, DJ-3A

I would not advise a buyer to buy this thinking he or she can make “big money” on it, which is what the seller states. This is listed as a 1950 and appears to be a DJ-3A Body (1956 or 1957 based on the speedo) that’s likely on a CJ-3A chassis.

https://bakersfield.craigslist.org/cto/d/caliente-1950-dj-willys/7175756384.html

“1950 DJ MILITARY KOREAN 4X4 CHASIS. FLAT FENDER WILLYS COMES WITH AND EXTRA FRONT DIFFERENTIAL. 235 V6 ENGINE WITH BELL HOUSING ADAPTER TO FIT ORIGINAL TRANNY. DOES NOT RUN BUT THIS IS THE PROJECT TO MAKE SOME BIG MONEY”

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Year? DJ-3A Durango, CO $9000

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE II: Still Available. 

(06/25/2019) This seems to me to be a later model DJ-3A (has the passenger side vent), but not a Surrey. Overall, it does seem to be in good shape.

Or https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/322763022058563

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1947-cj2a-durango-co1“Red, White & Blue All American Willy’s Jeep

Titled as a 1952 M38 but outfitted as one of the Galas, two-wheel drive, all new undercarriage, including rear differential, 3-speed manual transmission with overdrive. All new clutch, front axle, shocks, springs, tires and wheels. Original engine, runs great. New radiator, hoses, etc. Newer upholstery on seats.

$17,000 invested and appraised between $15,000 and $25,000
Fun! Very unique, great for parades/special events or just delighting the neighborhood.
$10,000 and can be delivered anywhere for the cost of travel

 
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1957 Flattie Lake Geneva, WI $15,000

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Jeep Rods

UPDATE: This was listed back in 2018 when it was painted blue (see pics at bottom of post). It’s been updated since then.

(10/13/2018) This is different. Might be built on a DJ-3A chassis.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2533951000250076/

“1WANT TO SELL OR TRADE OFF SOME CARS I RARELY DRIVE *** 57 Willys jeep Gasser. Custom Body. Custom Chassis. Stretched 9 inches. 331 sbc. Gary Dyer polished 671 Super charger. Turbo 400. 2800 stahl. 8 3/4 rear w 355. Polished wing. New seats. Gauges. Painless wiring. Everything custom. Fuel cell. Battery. Quick disconnect. Starts. Driver anywhere. Ran 12s before the blower. Dm axle. 15k. “

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Several Jeeps Bemidji, MN **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, DJ-3A, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD**

(07/12/2020) air At least one of these (Foreground 1st pic and 3rd pic) is a DJ-3A ex-Baggage jeep.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/283032729435589/

“WWillys jeeps green cj 750, green pickup 1500, red and white pickup 650 cash. ”

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1956? DJ-3A Portland, ME $3900

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A

Given the 0-8 KS speedometer, this is likely a 1956 DJ-3A Convertible.

https://maine.craigslist.org/cto/d/portland-1949-willys-dj/7151315153.html

“Very light surface rust, no running gear. 2 wheel drive with wide whitewalls. I just don’t have the time and have many other Willys that I am working on. Tires have new tubes, frame and body are in excellent condition. Cash only, will delete when sold. Not positive what year it is”

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Year? DJ-3A/CJ Hibbing, MN $1000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, DJ-3A

This might have a DJ-3A Convertible body on a CJ chassis. While the dash is missing the large speedo, a gauge plate has been installed over that area of the dash. There’s no fuel inlet on the side, but Steve spotted the one in the rear (I missed it). It’s got the correct style of VIN tag to be a DJ-3A.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/pts/d/hibbing-s-cj3-jeep/7144596318.html

“Jeep tub has motor tranny axles wheels as in pic
have to be honest not sure if cj1-cj3 which?”

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Year? DJ-3A Body on S-10 Frame Sevierville, TN $3000

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Other 4x4s • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $2500.

(06/11/2020) This is a project. The body has been lengthened.

https://knoxville.craigslist.org/bar/d/sevierville-willys-jeep/7152847852.html

“Willy’s Jeep sitting on an S10 4 x 4 frame, 4.3 motor 700 trans. This is a project that needs to be finished for sale or trade”

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Photo of DJ-3A Dispatcher in Indonesia(?) on eBay

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Old Images

UPDATE: This is back up for sale. Note that this is a column shift. As Carl noted, this is the correct orientation for the image, because if reversed the “WILLYS” would be backwards.

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1956 DJ-3A Press Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Old Images

Great DJ-3A press photo.

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“This is an original press photo. Autos-Willy’s. Willys Jeep Dispatcher, above, designed for light delivery work particularly in congested traffic areas, is now being introduced by Willy’s Motors, Incorporated. Highly maneuverable and economical to operate, the Dispatcher is offered in a hardtop model (illustrated) a convertible canvas soft-top, and a basic open model. All models are powered by the Jeep four-cylinder 60 horsepower engine.Photo measures 10 x 8.25inches. Photo is dated 6-3-1956.”

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1961 DJ-3A Roseburg, OR $15,000

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A

Looks like some nice work on what could be a former DJ-3A Convertible.

https://roseburg.craigslist.org/cto/d/roseburg-1961-willys-jeep-cj3a/7150909240.html

“Completely rebuilt, very clean and neat work, power steering, 4 wheel disc brakes, Chevy 327 with Angle milled vortec heads, steel roller rockers, Holley 650 Dual feed double pumper carb, Fuel regulator with gauge, Swing pedals, hydraulic clutch, center force clutch, Ford top loader 4 speed transmission, 2 stick Dana 20 transfer case, 44 rear differential with power lock, 30 front differential, 4.56 gears, aluminum radiator, electric fan, all new wiring, Autometer gauges, 6 point roll cage, RJS seatbelts, full top and Bimini top, C.B. Radio, tilt steering column, aluminum battery box, heater, less than 1000 miles on engine, runs strong. $15,000.00”

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Year? DJ-3A Killeen, TX $2000

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A

Not sure it’s worth the price, but there could be some useful DJ-3A parts on this rig.

https://killeen.craigslist.org/cto/d/harker-heights-antique-cars/7148508039.html

“Willys Jeep – $2,000”

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1962 DJ-3A Surrey **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD**

This was listed as a 1959 and a 1962. Thanks to TJ for the heads up on this one.

“1962. Willy Jeep. Made for Kaiser cement company in Hawaii. Not many made. Only 9300 made.”

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1959 DJ-3A? Miami, FL $16,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, DJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/02/2018) This 2WD CJ-3B looks suspiciously like a DJ-3A with a CJ-3B replacement body.

https://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/cto/d/miami-jeep-willys-1959/7127728683.html

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“THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL JEEP
4 CYLINDER
3 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION ON WHEEL
NEW BODY AND PAINT
NEW SEATS
NEW CARPET
NEW WINDSHIELD
NEW SOFT TOP
NEW ELECTRIC SYSTEM
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October 1956 Article Introducing the Jeep Dispatcher

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This article appeared in the Miami News on October 09, 1956. That seemed a late date for an “introductory” announcement. The article highlighted the low operating cost, the 30,000 mile maintenance guarantee, the four body styles, and the wide range of duties the new jeep could perform.

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1949 CJ-3A/DJ Baltimore, MD $10,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, DJ-3A, DJ-5 & DJ-6

Listed as a 1949, this 2WD jeep is probably a DJ-5 with a CJ-3A body on it.

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/d/baltimore-1949-willys-jeep-must-see/7141306361.html

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“1949 Willys Jeep – must see, garaged. Runs and looks great for 71 year old vehicle! Titled as a 1965 for this is when it was released to the public. Has mount for machine gun. Also have soft top. Military plates on dash. Have to see to appreciate. New battery. Also comes with soft top. Windshield also folds down. Come with new exhaust system, which was just installed! $10,500 or best offer. Prefer cash deal but also may entertain trades. What do you have? Please come and inspect, you can drive it home! Looks and runs great.
Also, includes a tow bar that mounts to the front bumper…so drive it home or tow it home!!”

 
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January 1956 DJ-3A Jeep Dispatcher Introduction

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

The article suggests that the Jeep Dispatcher only came in three models, with one listed as a “basic model with or without a top”. The marketing department must have decided that the single model with or without a top was better off as two models distinct models.

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January 20, 1956, Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph

On the same page as the Dispatcher article was an ad for multiple jeep dealers in the Pittsburgh area. The new ad included the DJ-3A with the fiberglass-reinforced hardtop.

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January 20, 1956, Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph

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1962 DJ-3A Juliustown, NJ **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $999.

This parts DJ-3A has quite a bit of rust. But those hubcaps look in great shape. It amazes me that all four are still on the jeep!

“this rare barn find has all the rare parts a dj3a jeep should have correct 3 speed on column/60/40 bench seat/defroster on windshield/correct hard top w/doors/front straight axle w/correct rims w/hub caps/vin tag,comes w/bill of sale,pick up in Pemberton NJ”

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1962 DJ-3A Surrey & Parts 2A Kailua, Oahu, HI $3500

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This DJ-3A has had a little body work, but looks to formerly be a DJ-3A Surrey given the footman loops on the front fenders.

https://honolulu.craigslist.org/oah/pts/d/kailua-1962-willys-jeep-willys/7138331536.html

“1962 Willys 2 wheel drive with rebuilt original 4 cylinder motor

1948 Willys Jeep chassis 4 wheel drive rebuilt v6 Buik motor
$3500 firm for both
Parts only”

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1956 Koenig Brochure for the DJ-3A Dispatcher

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

This was a surprising find. Bulletin 256 by Koenig touted add-ons for the DJ-3A. I can’t imagine many DJ-3A owners purchased a winch. I can’t think of any DJ-3As that I’ve seen with a body extension either.

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Year? DJ-3A Bremen, GA $1500

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Not sure how much value is here.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2680099778939849/

“1940s Willy DJ3A 2wd dispatcher Jeep. Has engine and transmission. Has column shifter but not hooked up. Body has obvious rust and not currently running.”

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1958 DJ-3A Roosevelt, MN $3400

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A

This has a few DJ-3A parts on it. Given the column shift, this could have been a convertible. It’s still 2WD.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/544927796452107/

“1958 Willy’s jeep with a 283 bored 40 over with small cam aluminum intake Holley 600 Vac carb 350 turbo transmission 8inch ford with mini spool 50miles on new motor 2 wheel drive title in hand”

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