1949 Willys CJ-3A - Original survivor with fresh engine and trans rebuild. New best top and seat pads. Just brought it up to Kodiak Island to putt around during a temporary job here. Added lockrights to the original differentials to get around a little better. The winch is a small chain-driven unit from the 50's. After years of building and bogging jeeps it is refreshing how much fun an old un-molested Willys is to drive. Still goes places you wouldn't expect it to go. I will post more photos as they are taken.
Hi dear Mike, I am Henry Rivera and I live in Pereira, Colombia the land of the best coffee. This Willys was the unique car of my grandfather for all years. All parts are original, the paint is original, never was crash, and your upholsteryis original too, is 6 volts. I am the second owner and I don¥t have sons, maybe this jeep dead in one museum. I can to send more news photos.
1949 Willys CJ-3A - Bought this from a couple in central Idaho in October 2010. It had sat since 1977. I've been slowly putting it back together as originally as possible. Other than sandblasting the tub, Seat covers and the engine machining I've done all the work myself. I hope to have it running this summer.
Thanks for all you do to help Jeep owners. Here is a story about my husband and his 1949 Jeep. I hope you enjoy it. Jerry's wife Pat
Recently I saw my husband lose 53 years with just one signature. He signed papers to purchase a 1949 Jeep Willys. (He always adds CJ-3A.) It took a trip to a nondescript wide spot in the road near Yosemite National Park. The owners lived far away from civilization. Jerry became only the fourth owner of this near mint condition vehicle. The owner had babied this car—painted it white, put in new seat covers and top, and new tires that still have tread. We had to tow it home behind what used to be Jerry’s favorite means of transportation—his 2003 Chevy Silverado pickup—you know, the one with high torque. The three hour trip to our home, also far away from civilization, proved to be stress-producing. The short towbar did not allow the jeep much turning room and the tires did not want to cooperate with the pickup at times. Jerry would jump out of the pickup, readjust the steering wheel of the jeep, and jump back in the pickup and head on down the road, praying that the next turn would be more successful. Maybe the Willys Jeep was afraid of leaving his life in the foothills. He (Jerry says his Jeep is a boy) should not have worried. He was being moved to another remote location. Once nearer our ranch, we pulled into our familiar gas station to fill him up. Jerry wanted to drive the Jeep on home—about nine miles. Unfortunately, the towbar connection did not want to budge. I wanted to continue towing it on home to the ranch, but Jerry was insistent. “But I want to drive it!” Jerry whined in a little boy voice. By sheer will he raised the towbar and drove off in the jeep with me following him—just in case. As I saw my 70 year old husband of nearly 50 years drive off in front of me down familiar roads I no longer saw “Grandpa,” but instead I saw my 17 year old boyfriend flying down the road with his ball cap covering his gray hair. “How fast did I go?” he asked as he pulled over at an “S” curve, about half way home. “About 55,” I answered, having estimated his speed by my own. (The Jeep’s speedometer needs help.) So he stepped on the gas pedal a little harder and got it up to 60 mph before he pulled happily into the driveway at the ranch. He honked his tiny horn and our son-in-law came out to enjoy Jerry’s toy. He did the appropriate guy-noises over the lavish descriptions Jerry was happy to provide. One granddaughter came out of the house and gave her 14 year old opinion, “It’s cute!” Jerry spent the afternoon reading the old owner’s manual. (Yes, the former owner still had it!) After giving the 14 year old a ride down to the end of the dead end country road, he parked it in the small barn because rain was in the forecast. Then he ate dinner, crawled on the couch, and had a pre-bedtime nap. No doubt he had dreams of Jerry and Willys traveling down many country roads together.m Given my very practical nature, I was not immediately onboard when Jerry began searching online for a third vehicle for two people to own. Sensing my reticence, he began arguing his case: 1. I want a toy. 2. Maybe one of the granddaughters will need to drive one of our vehicles to school next year, and the ultimate plea 3. I don’t have too many years left, and (back to #1) I want an old Jeep! I told him the final decision was his, and that I would ride with him to look at it. I’ll have to admit that my first impression was positive. As I looked at the white paint job, the new seats, heard about the undercoating, and saw the gleaming engine, I was impressed. Knowing market prices of old Jeeps, Jerry was already convinced that he wanted this particular Jeep. In fact, Jerry was carrying the price of the car in hundred dollar bills in the pickup. Getting the money from the bank had been interesting. The bank was extremely busy, and I cautioned Jerry not to use his regular voice to tell the teller how much he needed. Jerry’s voice carries—even his “stage whisper” carries. I could see an evil man in the bank following us, beating us up, and stealing our money that was formerly set aside for a hearing aid purchase. Later he told me that he had momentarily thought of passing the teller a note with the amount of withdrawal on it. Thankfully, he abandoned that idea. We don’t want to be on the evening news. Our checking account is less, Jerry’s hearing aid savings are depleted, but I see one happy 70 year old teenager ready to play with his new toy, and that makes his 70 year old girlfriend happy, too.
1950 CJ-3A Willys Jeep - This old jeep was used as a tractor by my uncle Ben on his 85 acre farm near Gainesville Florida. He taught me how to drive stick in the florida back trails in 4 low...not too easy when your 12 and only driven go-karts and 4 wheelers. A few years later my uncle Ben and I made plans on restoring an old car or truck as a fun hobby, but we never got a chance to when he suddenly passed away. In remembrance of him I bought the Jeep from my widowed Aunt for 100 dollars and decided to live out the idea of restoring an old piece of history. It has the original 134L-head, axels, dana 18 transfer case, new T90 3 speed, new body and paint. I bought the jeep at the age of 17 and have been restoring it for four years. The body was unrestorable, in fact I fell through the back floor board when I brought it home. I'm currently in college earning a degree in Emergency medical services, which takes up most of my time, but I still continue to tinker with the project and keep it running. Im an EMT lifeguard for pinellas county beach patrol and drive the jeep to work as many times as I can. I hope you can put the pictures of my project on your list as willys of the week. I know it would mean a lot to me, and Im sure my aunt would love to see it up on your site.
This 1951 CJ3A Willys jeep belonged to my father, was initially bought for
farming purposes in the small town of Moca, PR. During the period 1996-1998 I restored the willys to maintain its original parts including a L-Head 134 engine, canvas top,wheels, original rims and the front and back original seat frames.
This is my 1952 CJ3A agra Jeep. We are a Jeep family with two Wranglers a Cherokee and the old 52 I told the Kids that I would get them each a Jeep so that we, as a family, could work on them so that when they got their license to drive they could drive a dependable safe vehicle. Now my 17 year old daughter has her Wrangler and she can tune it and fix whatever may need fixing. Now my 14 year old son and I are working on his Cherokee that we got from my brother. The old 52 is patiently waiting her turn. It is due for a new tub and a ground up total restoration. I am looking forward to my wife and I trail riding in the Ozarks.
I would love to see pics of customer Jeep projects. Great way to get ideas for mine. I am currently restoring a 1948 CJ-3A. It's kind of a Franken-Jeep because it has a 1947 CJ-2A frame and a CJ-3A body with a military windshield but I love it just the same. I purchased a full suspension kit for it last summer and have completed the install. I'm looking at breaks and electrical now as well as some body work I need to do. I will be ordering more parts this Spring. I've uploaded two pics of mine the day I received it and a painting my Dad painted of it for me.
Here some pictures of my 1950 Willys Jeep, it has been in my family since 1950! This is a very special Willys. My Grandfather bought this Willys when it was new in 1950. My Dad learned to drive stick-shift on it, he would pick up my Mom in it when they were dating. Years later it became a "grove" jeep, that's why it has "King Groves" on the side of it. My Dad used it to drive around our orange grove and check on the sprinklers, and do grove work. My Dad taught me how to use 4-wheel drive in the grove with this very jeep when I was 16. I am 46 now - my grandfather died before I could meet him. My Dad now has Parkinsons with dementia and is in a nursing home. This Willys is now mine, and I cherish it! My son is 23, and it will be his someday, and then he will pass it down to his son, who is 9 months old.
Thank you for letting me tell my story!
Here's a few pix of my brothers and my 1950 cj3a, which has been in the family for 32 years. All stock runnig gear and converted to 12v...building for hunting and the joy of a fireroad/logging road and a cold one! Thanks so much for the parts and tech assistance over the last year.
Here's my submission, my 1953 CJ3A. I bought her over the phone 2 months after I got to Afghanistan. Looking forward to wrenching on her when I get home. Already got 11" brakes and electronic ignition waiting to put on her as soon as I get back in April. A Solex Carb and some new tires and I'll be ready for some long drives in the mountains for some R&R.
MAJOR, U.S. ARMY
This is my 1952 CJ3A - has been our farm Jeep for a year. I call her the "wonder wagon", she's been more reliable than my daily driver. We bought her for 700 bucks and is worth to me more then anyone would wana pay for it. I've pulled out multiple stuck v8 duallies with her and everytime I pull they are very doubtful it would do the job, this little thing is unstoppable. Yeah she might be slow and small but it can stick with the big dogs on the block. Love my CJ and I will never let it go.
Here are some photos that you may like for your site. For the record , my jeep is serial # 29999 so if by any chance you come across # 30000 or 29998 i'd be thrilled to see my jeep's assembly line neighbors. I've been looking for on and off for a while so I ask everyone. Thanks and good luck with the site.
1953 CJ-3A Willys Jeep - About 5 years ago I was driving home for lunch. As I was making my way
through the neighborhood I spotted a pile that looked like a Willys in a driveway with a For Sale sign on it. I had to have it. When I got it home later that day my wife's responce was you paid money for that? It's taken 5 years, but we're getting closer everyday. Hoping to get
some paint on it soon & be driving it by this time next year.
"Old Yeller" has received a trophy all 4 years she has been shown at the PA Jeeps All Breeds Jeep show in York, PA, including two 1st place trophies in the stock Willys Class! J-rations Jeep Magazine did their cover shoot of my CJ3A by the stables at this Fairground 4 years ago, when I first started showing her.
I have uploaded pictures of my restored 1949 Willys CJ3A. It was a frame off rebuild. It has a Buick 230 V-6, rebuilt, original transmission and transfer case. I did add an overdrive to the transmission. I tried to keep it as original as possible while making it as usable. I primarily use it for a hunting rig and when camping I tow it behind our motorhome to use as our chase vehicle. It's just a fun vehicle and I really enjoy it. I am currently working on a trailer to match it.
I am still looking for a skid plate for it so if you have anything, please let me know.
Hi, I just sent in some pictures of my 1950 CJ-3A. I tried to submit them regularly but it didn't seem to work. I would LOVE to see some of these pictures on the website or catalog. This was a fun project for my dad and me. Our family has always been passionate about jeeps and we finally have a piece of jeep history in the family.
Thanks for your time!
My name is Rob and this is my 51 willys. This has been a long ongoing project. This is my first car. I bought this back in 1980 when I was 14. It has a 231 buick V6 with intake and 4 barrel carb. SM 420 tranny hooked to a T18. Backed by a saturn overdrive down to 5.38 gears. 3 1/2 inches of lift and 32 inch super swamper ssr on 15 X 10 rims. power steering and a tilt colunm. All new wiring. Autometer gauges. Summit racing seats and RJS 4 point belts. Full gauge. Has a custom made fuel tank and tire and fuel can carrier. Built as a driver and hope to get it out on some trails. Still need to install a few lockers and a aluminum radiator and the it might be close to being done.
- Rob Alkyer
I have a 1953 Navy Willys Jeep CJ3A. It is all re-done frame off. Motor has 14k and has not been touched as with the rest of the drivetrain. Did put a new tub on. Has the original brass Navy dash plaque all number match. Has a pto winch on the front. This picture is of it with the matching M100 trailer. I'm looking for a shot of the high-floation tires that were on this when I got it. They are Uniroyal 9"x13" tires with split rim... very cool!
My interest in Willys Jeeps began when I was very young, as my father owned one himself in the late 1940s. I have owned my 1949 CJ3A Willys since 1972, when the Jeep and I were both younger in years. During that time I have spent many hours repairing and maintaining it to keep it in its original condition. It still has its original motor, which of course has been rebuilt. I added a Warn overdrive unit to the transmission in 1980, and it makes the Jeep a pleasure to drive on the highway. In 1974 I started to take the Willys to the high mountains of Colorado to Jeep in the Silverton area of the San Jaun range. In those years it was truly a beautiful experience. The roads were steep and rough, and virtually untouched compared to what they are like today. The Jeep has been hauled many times to the area and has been over most of the mountain passes, including Black Bear above Telluride. Years ago you could explore old mines on the trails and find old steel wheel barrows and old button up leather shoes that the miners had cast away many decades before. My wife and I drove the Willys from my home in Nebraska to Cortez, CO. in 1981, a round trip of 1600 miles, and people on the way would ask "Did you drive that Jeep all the way here?" We did, and the Willys never let us down.
A couple of years ago I put together a Jeep using a body and lesser parts from Kaiser Willys. I used a retired Buick 231 V6 stock car engine with a performance intake manifold and 4 barrel carburetor. The dual exhaust is tucked up in the frame and comes out the back as straight pipes. The drive train is from a 1972 CJ-5 with a t-15 transmission and Dana 20 transfer case. The front axle is a Dana 30 and the rear is a Dana 44 with limited slip, both with 3:73. The leather bucket seats are from a a GM compact car. The roll bar came from a 70's CJ-5. 16" M/T wheels with 11" drum brakes. Saginaw manual steering. Spans about thirty years of Jeeps...... the lower windshield decal says " My Savior and Jeep were both Resurrected".
A lot of fun on a summers day.
Our Willys was purchased by Grandpa Dishman as soon as it was possible to get one in Montana--circa 1950/51. It packed many elk, deer, and antelope (probably a bear too) back to camp or to the homestead. It was a grouse hunting, fishing jeep for many years and Dishman generations. After Grandpa Dishman passed, daughter-in-law Granny Dishman inherited and the little jeep became a substitute tractor with a homemade wagon/trailer for homestead chores and "the Old Reliable" in the harsh winters. Soon to follow were the many youngsters of the family, and Roger (the youngest boy) and the jeep became a pair. The jeep spent many hours in the mountains being a safe conveyance and during high school even gained a set of over-sized tires for a time. The jeep stayed at Granny's house for many years until 1995 when the jeep moved to the Cokedale Ranch with Roger and his family. Rogers' daughters had spent many a winter being pulled behind the jeep in a sled and grew up with the jeep being one of the first vehicles they learned to drive. When the youngest Dishman daughter was planning her wedding, the jeep had to be her "Chariot" for the event. So many stories are held in this small jeep that is huge in the family heart. All the grandkids love to spend time in it - the jeep has the carport while our everyday vehicles sit out in the weather! The jeep has been featured in Christmas photos of the visiting grand babies ... they all are waiting their turn to spend their own quality time with her! This little Jeep is our family treasure and will continue to be shared by all - as all special jeeps should be!
Here are photos of my recently purchased Willys Jeep. As you can see it has a different steering system and a non-split windshield, but is registered as a 1946, but not mention if it is a CJ2A or 3A. I need to start the restoration process so any info you can provide from the attached would be helpful in my ordering. Thanks, I appreciate your help.
- Ron & Nancy Killian
1951 CJ-3A - I acquired a "family heirloom" 3A last month and have jumped head
first into a rehab project. This Willys was purchased brand new by my great grandfather and used on his farm/summer cottages in Maine. He sold the farm in the late '70's and the Willys stayed with it. The new owners used it around the property primarily to drag a gang-reel mower around the fields right up until October 2011 when it was replaced by a shiny new Kubota. I bought it from them, dragged it home, and
immediately stripped it right down to the frame. I have never tackled anything like this before. Each time I work on any component the first step is pouring through the forum archives to figure out what the hell I'm supposed to be doing. With the exception of the body, I am doing all the work myself. I am on a limited budget so I've had to pass over some things that I would liked to have done otherwise. My skill level is basic at best so mistakes have undoubtedly been made along the way...but I'm OK with that... at least for now. This is not a "restoration" but more like a
"refurbishment". The goal is to get it roadworthy again by spring and tinker with the details as time and money permit.
Here is a picture of my CJ3A. I purchased it in 1986 from friend of
mine, and registered it in the name of my then 1 month old son
Michael. As a result, it would be at least 18 years before he could sell it,
and it is still in the family. We have taken many a trip on the Rubicon Trail here in Northern California, and it has never failed to bring me home. All Stock. Keeping it pure. I added a Ramsey PTO winch to the front end for those winter trips
into the Sierras. California license 51CJ3A. It goes about 100 miles a year, but they are great miles.