In 1953 the CJ-3B was first introduced by Willys-Overland into the “Universal” jeep line promoting it as an agricultural, industrial, and personal “all-purpose vehicle, while still very similar to the CJ-2A and CJ-3A’s its predecessors, it had one main difference; the engine. The CJ-2A’s and CJ-3A’s had the “go devil” 4-134 L head motor while the CJ-3B was upgraded to the F4-134 “Hurricane” motor.
The engine delivered more horsepower but required a higher hood, a distinguishing factor from earlier models. Increased fuel economy, a noticeable improvement in performance, and larger intake valves in the head. In the same year the CJ-3B was produced by Willys-Overland the company was sold to the Kaiser-Frazer Corporation, which kept the Willys Motors name until 1964.
The CJ-3B was the transitional model between the CJs and the M38-A1. The production total hit 196,000 where public sales ended in 1964 and the CJ-3Bs were still available for commercial/military markets until 1968. The CJ-3Bs are still produced in some variation under license from Willys by India’s Mahindra and Mahindra.
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