CJ-V35U Research Archives

The CJ-V35/U is one of the rarest military Jeeps ever built by Willys. Ironically, it isn’t a mutated M-38, but rather a mutated CJ-3A, hence that likely explains the model derivation. They were built in 1950 for the Navy and Marines as radio trucks. Essentially, they were modified CJ-3As design to be capable of underwater travel (hence the U at the end of the name). They came with snorkels, extended exhaust pipes, unusual headlight bezels, and 6- or 12-volt generators to power radios; Only 1,000 were built (serial numbers are prefixed with CJ-V3 and numbered 10001 – 11000). The engine serial numbers are prefixed with the letter ‘V’ and start with number 10001.
The G503 forum has a very educational analysis of a CJ-V35/U that wasn’t perfectly
Visit the CJ-3A Page for a detailed article about the CJ-V35/U.

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Jeeps @ Auction in Sacramento, including CJ-V35

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: It seems this jeep is still available . ..  or they are just reusing the photos. One of these vehicles (I think the gray one) has a CJ-V35 VIN: CJV3510218.

1950 JEEP WILLY CJ 3A Drives great To be sold at Estate Auction Sunday June 1st to highest bidder. Open to public. Preview Sat 9-5, Sunday 8am till end of auction. Jeeps sold approximately around noon. For more information and pictures visit website at www.tahsac.com and click on June 1st catalog. (916)361-8491 There are 4 more jeep willy’s, from rough shape to good
You can bid live in person or online go to website for catalog and more pictures under june 1st catalog”

http://sacramento.craigslist.org/ctd/4519247006.html

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1950 CJ-V35U Northern MS **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

Here’s a rare CJV-35U for sale. Thanks to Charles for spotting it. The jeep is also documented at the CJ-V35U page.

This pains me to have to sell this Jeep. I searched several years for one of these. I’ll go into details about the history of the CJV-35U, simply Google it and you’ll get all the info you need. This particular unit is in overall good shape. It was running and driving when I got it off a tree farm in Montana. It had a Buick V6 in it when I got it and was really a poor cobbled together job. It also had 3 heaters in it. The V6 is long since gone and two of the heaters removed. Why do I bring this up? The firewall has several extra holes in it and the floor has been beat out in places to clear the engine. I’ve spent the last couple of years gathering up parts to restore it back to a 4 cyl driver. I have a rebuilt engine, it was to be used as a welding machine engine and has a industrial head on it. It ran great with less than 2 hours on it. I have two extra auto heads to replace the industrial one. I have a new clutch, new gas tank, and on and on. There are way too many parts to list. Windshield and gasket is new. Other than one tailgate I’m keeping all Willys parts go with it. New exhaust system, new brake lines. It has been converted to 12v with a 1-wire alternator. I have the floor sheet metal to repair the damaged area. I’m moving back to Florida in a few weeks and simply have no energy left to do the project. Please understand, the price listed is a fair price and I have no motivation to go any lower or give it away. The input shaft for the tranny had been changed out for one to accommodate the Buick engine. I’ve ordered a new one and expect it today.”

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1950 CJ-V35U? +Parts Jeep Ranchito, NM $2700

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

This jeep deserves closer inspection. Note the CJ-V35U headlight bezels.

“I have two 1949 cj5 Jeep Willys for sale one in great condition.and one in good condition but needs motor work need to sell 2700 for both or best offer”

http://albuquerque.craigslist.org/cto/4442657561.html

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Year? Flattie Cleveland, GA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  **SOLD** 

(05/07/2013) What’s up with the windshield bars?

“1948 Willys Jeep CJ-U USMC KOREAN WAR SURVIVOR
Professionally Rebuilt Engine and Brake System
Custom Roll Cage
Fuel Cell
Bull Bar
Backseat (not pictured)
New Floor Pans
Runs!”

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1950 CJ-V35U Pike Road, AL $8000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available

(11/03/2013) Sean saw this one in person. I agree that there isn’t much CJ-V35U left. He wrote, “It is in good shape overall except the fuel tank had rusted out. Not much makes it a v35/u in terms of specialized parts. The seller is selling it for the widow of friend and her kids have ridiculous expectations on the price. So right now he cant talk her down below 8k.”

“PARTLY RESTORED V-35/U WILLYS JEEP SERIAL #10966
CALL JAMES @ 3 3 FOUR – 2 7 ONE – FOUR 7 5 6”

http://montgomery.craigslist.org/cto/4298711513.html

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1950 CJ-3A Covington, VA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3000

This has been modified a bunch, but those headlight trim bezels and the year made me wonder if there is a CJ-V35 in there somewhere.

“For Sale or Trade: 1950 Jeep Willy’s CJ3. Runs well, good tires, have title. Want to trade for older Harley Davidson Motorcycle. If interested please call or text after 5pm EST.”

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A CJ-V35U? and parts jeep Albuquerque, NM $2000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

Josh forwarded this ad. At least part of this looks like a V35.

“I have one Willys Jeep that has a tooth missing on the flywheel and needs a carb rebuild. It is sound other than that. The other Willys is strictly a parts vehicle. Has a short hardtop with metal doors and roof. Complete engine and transmission. Will sell both for $2,000. I am negotiable on price.”

http://albuquerque.craigslist.org/cto/3980598449.html

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1950 CJ-V35/U Coarsegold, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1750

(03/14/2013) This rare CJ-V35/U runs and drives.

“One of 1,000 EVER made, all in 1950 for the US Navy. As far as I can tell, only 70 or so have survived.
This one runs and drives, but will need work, most importantly, it has no windshield, but it, along with most other parts interchange with the CJ3A.”

 

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1950 CJV-35/U Montgomery, AL $10,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , , .

Mark listed this at warjeep.com

“SELLING A 1950 NAVY JEEP FOR THE WIDOW OF MY FRIEND. THIS JEEP WAS FOUND IN A BARN YEARS AGO AND IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION; IT HAS BEEN IN HIS SHOP FOR 5 OR 10 YEARS AND IT RUNS OUT VERY WELL. ONLY SURFACE RUST. COULD BE MADE INTO A SHOW PIECE.

I have ridden in the jeep; it purrs like a kitten; starts right up although it has been 2 years since it has been driven.

The paint job is not that great and has been touched up over the years and has surface rust on several places; but no pits or deep rust.

Price: $10,000
City: Montgomery
State: AL
Please contact John Gober at:
email: JWREBOG@aol.com”

http://www.warjeeps.com/mjs/sale/adsm486/adsm486.html

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Three Jeep Photoshoot

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Joe wrote me the other day and offered to share some photos from a photoshoot of a CJV-35, a M-38 and a M-151A2. I’ve included a few pictures. All the vehicles look great!

You can view many more photos at the link below.

https://picasaweb.google.com/104505857821632570507/ThreeVintageMilitaryJeepsAPictorialComparison

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1950 CJV-35U Fayetteville, NC **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This might make a good restoration. It looks like the body has been patched a bit.

“n 1950 the USMC ordered only 1000 of these jeeps. This jeep was designed to run submerged for 15 minutes. The serial # ran from 10,000 to 11,000 and this jeep is # 410. My research has this jeep being one of only 29 ever found. The motor is original to the jeep and runs by feeding it fuel. This CJV35/U has one of only 3 original distributors left. The distributor alone has been valued at $3000.00. This jeep still has the original 6 volt generator, starter and voltage regulator. It also still has the positive ventilation valves, waterproof headlights, and the 6 volt ignition switch.  The radios are gone! The 12volt generator for the radios is gone! The hold down loops for the front and rear are still there. The hood is original and still has the 4 hood hold downs and the original USMC bumper #.”

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Photograph of CJV-35U from Florida Memories

• CATEGORIES: News • TAGS: .

I was looking for an interesting jeep photo when I ran across the rarely photographed CJV-35U at Florida Memories.  The photo’s caption reads, “Oklahoma Seminole Indian Webster Talmsey Wise sitting in a Jeep”

http://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/164413

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Jeep Parts including CJV-35U Block PIttsburgh, PA

• CATEGORIES: Parts • TAGS: .

No pics.

“All prices are “or best offer”, trades welcome. Firearms/ammo/anything of value.
Please refer to the item number if you want pictures or more information.

Steve 412-874-5985.

Located in Pittsburgh, Pa. Can make arrangements for pick up/delivery

1. 1950 CJV35/U (CJ3A) Engine $600. This is the block and head from a CJV35/U Jeep. The number on the water pump boss is V11030 and it was bored .030 over. The casting number on the head is 640161 and the block is 640187-L-**-**-**. There are no noticeable cracks or damage and the engine turns freely and has compression. The engine comes with all accessories (starter, generator, distributor, intake/exhaust, carburetor, bell housing, and water pump).
2. 1946 Sheller Steering Wheel $75. One spoke has a crack but is repairable. No chunks missing.
3. (3) T90 Transmissions $100 each.
4. 1946 CJ2A Skid Plate $20.
5. (2) MB Rear Springs $100. 9 leaf rear springs from a 1943 MB.
6. (1) GPW Front Spring $50. 8 leaf front spring from a 1942 GPW.
7. (1) CJ Front Spring $50. 10 leaf aftermarket CJ spring.
8. (1) GPW Spring $50. 9 leaf GPW spring.
9. (1) MB Spring $50. 8 leaf MB spring.
10. (2) Slotted Early CJ wheels $50 each. Size is 15X4.5.
11. (2) Kelsey CJ wheels $100/pair. These are from a Jeepster Commando. One wheel was sandblasted and painted white, the other is currently black.
12. (3) T90 Transmission Covers $20 Each.
13. (1) take off 2A Gas Filler Neck Housing $20.
14. (1) 2A Emergency Brake Dash Bracket (no handle) $20.
15. (1) 2A Spare Tire Body Support Bracket $20.
16. Spicer model 18 H power take off unit rear drive $100
17. Jeepster Commando Floor Pan $20. Cover for transmission and transfer case.
18. Steering box for Jeepster Commando $100.
19. Ramsey Winch Plate $75.
20. YJ Drivers Side Upper Door Half, New In Box $75
21. 4.0 Engine Fuel Rail $50
22. 1920’s GE sunlamp $100″

http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/pts/3622374151.html

 
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1946? CJV-35U Napa County, CA **status unknown**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Status unknown. Was priced at $3250. Disassembled!

(01/19/2013) Wow, this is a great price.

“1946 Willy’s Jeep V-35/U 23,000 original miles. Disasembled, sand blasted and primed ready to assemble. Minimum surface rust, no structural frame or body rust. Includes all orignal dash placks. Includes tow and roll bar. New seat covers, full cab enclosure, doors and plastic windows. After market wheels. New gas tank and radiator. Great jeep!”

 

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1950 CJV-35/U Lebanon, TN **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was $8500. **SOLD**

The pics are very tiny.

“1950 Willy’s Jeep. This Jeep, a CJV-35/U, is the prototype for the M-38 later produced from 1950- 1952 and used by the U.S. military in both Korea and Vietnam. It’s purpose was to have recon marines and U.S. Navy frogmen/ SEALS to have a waterproof jeep to call in naval bombardments, air to ground attacks, and coordinate amphibious assaults. Considered to be the rarest of all jeep models. This one has matching frame and engine serials documentation.
It has it’s original “Go Devil” 4 cylinder engine, and has had a fresh military overhaul with new rings, pistons, valves, crankshaft, camshaft, etc. (Okay to use unleaded gas.) All new or rebuilt fuel pump, oil pump,hoses, new plugs and wires, battery, new brakes , shocks,clutch. Jeep runs great and is driven regularly.
Needs cosmetic restoration finished or drive as a “rat rod.” Have 8 military rims, 10 military tires, spare tire holder, gas can and holder, whip antenna, decals, spare fenders, original oil bath air cleaner, an original “controller box” for its radios, radio mounts, seat cushions, complete set of manuals,bumpers, carbs, more boxes and boxes of stuff.
Have original data plates from U.S Navy Bureau of Ships.”

 
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1950? CJV-35U? Fayetteville, NC **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

Walter spotted this jeep.  Seeing the pintle hitch on the back and the hooks on the left got me wondering what this was.  Then it has small cutout on the hood.  Finally, I spotted the CJV-35U-like bezels.  This is worth checking out.

“Project Willis Jeep, motor and drive train components are all there. Body is in really good shape. Floor pans and frame have no salt water or up north rust.”

 
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1949 CJ-2A & 1950 M-38 Red Wing, Mn $1500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, M-38 • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  Still Available

(07/19/2012) This is a package deal that includes a rear PTO.  Could that M-38 be a CJV-35?

“Package deal 1949 CJ2A yellow one in picture with rare PTO with title owned for 50 years!
1950 no title, owned for 35 yrs, snorkel cutout on hood.
Call Dan for more info 651-380-4828 ……….I’m only posting for him!”

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/cto/3357658371.html

 
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1953 M-38 Clovis, Ca $2550

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  Price dropped to $2550

(01/11/2010) “PROJECT JEEP !!!!! 5 NEW PRO COMP MUDDERS 33/12.5/15 TIRES.  5 NEW STEEL BLACK WHEELS. 4 NEW RANCHO 5000 SHOCKS. NEW RANCHO SPRINGS AND SHACKLES.  NEW BEST TOP SOFT TOP (still in box).  SM465 TRANNY MATCHED TO A DANA 20 TRANFER CASE (both rebuilt).  A LITTLE MORE WORK TO BE DONE JUST DON’T HAVE TIME OR THE DESIRE TO DO ANYMORE.  SORRY FOR DIRTY PICS BUT JEEP HAS BEEN SITTING IN GARAGE FOR SOME TIME.  ASKING $2650.00 OR BEST OFFER. TITLE IN HAND”

http://fresno.craigslist.org/cto/2895335085.html

 
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Year? DJ-3Aish Garnett, Mo $2000

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

What we have here is a frankenjeep.  This has a DJ-3A body with tailgate, a CJ-2A windshield, a drivetrain with what appears to be a rear PTO, and what appears to be some CJV-35U Bezels.

“Willys Jeep, ready to go, why by a UTV when you could have a JEEP! come take a look $2000 or best offer 785 448 5381”

http://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/2780414347.html

 
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1950 CJV-35U Bozeman, Mt **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

The seller notes that there is also a hard top the winner can purchase for an additional $200.

“This is a dry Montana vehicle that was clearly kept out of the weather for most of its life, and the body is in remarkably good shape (we don’t salt our roads in Montana, so rust is not an issue as it is many other places). Many of the parts that make the CJV-35 unique are still on the Jeep, including dash plates, rear lift rings, front hooks,  hood snorkel cutout, headlight rings, and the specially-notched gas tank. The jeep appears to have had one repaint in a civilian green, and US government markings can be seen poking out from below (see photos). It looks like it was in use as an US Interior Department vehicle after its time in the Marines, but no other history is known. The motor has been replaced with a good-runing 1960’s era Buick (?) V6, but the rest of the driveline appears stock. The jeep runs and drives well, has good civilian tire on it, and good seats (are these even original, perhaps in black vinyl for the underwater driving?). Brakes, steering, suspension, tranny, 4 wheel drive all work well.

Any interested parties are encouraged to look at the jeep in person and drive it. All questions via email will be answered promptly. We have attempted to take as many high-res photos as possible so that the condition of the jeep can be assessed. This is sold “AS-IS” and “WHERE-IS”, and absolutely no warantees are made concerning the vehicle or its condition, either expressed or implied.

Again: restoring a military jeep is a wonderful but time and money-consuming task. If you’re going to make the investment, WHY NOT RESTORE THE BEST AND RAREST? One thing’s for sure – you will be the only one in your club with a CJV-35. Thanks for bidding and good luck!”

 
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1950 CJV-35 Forsyth, Ga $1900

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

I’m not so sure this is a jeep collector’s dream, as this will take a great deal of work to make nice.

“Great Jeep. This is a CJV-35 VERY RARE!! Originally built for the Navy. Only 1000 were made! There were only 29 of these known to be to exsist! This IS NUMBER30!! A Jeep Collectors Dream!! Not Currently Running**Wouldn’t take Much To Be Back On The Road** Lots Of Parts**Definetly Needs restored To It’s Original Beauty. $1900 Or Best Offer”

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/2577108028.html

 
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1951 CJV-35/U Moses Lake, Wa **SOLD**

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UPDATE:  Eagle Eyed Bob recognized this as a CJV-35/U rather than a CJ-3A.  **SOLD**

This is supposed to have no rust.

“I had this listed as a 1951 cj 3a. A guy from New York called me and informed me of what I really have. It’s a 1950 Willys CJV-35, and it is for sale. Since it is so rare, I have increased the price to $5500. There were only 1000 of these made in 1950. Check it out on the internet. I am not kidding All original. Flat head 4 cyl, 3 speed tranny, 2 speed transfer case. At one time this vehicle was green. Then some one painted it an ugly salmon color. I have removed a bit of the paint (a mistake), and in places it comes off easily. In other places it is on there pretty good. It runs great and has no rust, no kidding. The tool box under the pasenger seat is solid, as are the floor boards and the floor under the rubber mat in the back. It comes with a roll bar and high back bucket seats and a tow bar. I took these three items off the vehicle, for they are not stock equipment. It has a heater that works. Unfortunately, someone put an AM radio in the dash ( a really dumb move in my opinion), but they did an ok job of it and it works. ‘.”

Also, it is still 6 volt, and it has the plates on the dash from the Willys Overland Corporation. They’re pretty cool. Come check it out.

 
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1950 CJV-35 (Not U) Ball Ground, Ga **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000

(07/24/2011) Here are some other VJV-35s for comparison.

If you know anything about Willys Jeeps then you know that this is a true find! This was a LIMITED EDITION Jeep Built for the Navy. Only 29 of these are known to exist! This one is Number 30!! Not currently running. It’s Either A “Go Devil” or “Hurricane”? I Do Know That It’s Tough! Lots of parts. Has Surface rust with a couple of bad areas, But nothing that can’t be repaired easily. Don’t let the appearance fool you. This is a tough little Ride! For the skeptics out there, and I know there are a few. I have photos of the ID Plate from Willys Overland Co. Serial Number: CJV-35 107** ORIGNAL** NOTE: THIS IS NOT A CJV-35/U”

 
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1950 CJV-35U Houston, Tx $1850

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

It runs and drives, but definitely needs work. http://www.cj3a.info/sibling/cjv35u/photos/picsv35.html

“For sale is a 1950 Willys Military Jeep. It is a CJV35/U which is a specialty jeep made for under water use for radio equipment. It is known as the rarest military jeep in the world with just 1000 manufactured. Only about 50 are still in existence. This is a project jeep for sure. It runs and drives but is in rough condition. Again this is a project jeep for a military jeep enthusiast. It has all of the original drive train including the Flathead 4 cylinder engine. I have not started the jeep in a year but I can get it started. To learn more about these jeeps please visit this link where you will also see this jeep. Thank you for looking. 713-882-1012”

http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/2307684986.html

 
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1950 CJV-35/U Glendale, AZ **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4200.

A reader named Rich spotted this ad and checked it out.  He reports that he went to look at it and learned that the floor is pretty badly rusted, but drive train, engine, dash plaque, verify a V-35/U that might be rescued.  This is a very rare find. Thanks Rich!

“1949 or 1950 not exactly sure it is titled as a 1949 but believe it may be a 1950 it is a miilitary issue jeep issued to the usmc and navy it’s a v-35/u the motor is original i know that and the frame is in good condition as well it was used for hunting. e-mail if you have any questions thanks.”