This is my 1954 willys CJ-3B with a ground up restoration and a lot of body repair. This jeep was a luggage conveyer for United Air lines so I didn't have much of a body to start with. It's all original except the spring over lift. I added a rear passenger fender and dash cowl and firewall from a 53 3b to put it back to original. It sporting one of the rare flip out windshields that every 3ber wants also. I've owned this jeep 13yrs. In the photo you can see the jeep was in the 4th of July parade here in my hometown and it's pulling a 1950 Bantam TC3 trailer.
Attached are pictures of my 54 CJ-3B. This was a frame off, ground up restoration/modification build that took me and my brother in law over two years of nights and weekends. It's seen some trail since the build. Couldn't have done it without access to Kaiserwillys.com. I'll be doing another Willys when my son gets a little older and can help, he's 2 1/2 right now but loves getting involved. Thanks for everything that you do!
This is Nellie Bell. A fully restored and slightly modified 1954 Willys CJ3B that is being used as a tour Jeep by Crystal River Jeep Tours in Marble, Colorado. The picture was taken in Lead King Basin November 19, 2010. The snow is 14"-18" deep. The restoration is by me, Smittys Willys located in Golden, TX.
Here are two pictures (one each) of my 2 1953 cj3b's. Both of these are ground up builds done by my brother in law and I. My '53 has a chevy 350 with holley projection and a th350 auto with a dana 20 transfer case. The frame has been lengthened 7 inches and it is spring over, reverse shackle on BDS 2.5" wrangler springs. It has a dana 44 rear with 4.88 gears and a spool. The front is a dana 44 with arb and 4.88 gears. In the picture it has the dana 30 but it has since been replaced with the 44. It sits on 37x14.50x15" Toyo Mts on 15x10 black steel wheels. We built this willys from 1995 to 1997. It is an everlasting project, of course, but it truly is my pride and joy of my toys. Thank you so much Scott for building me this beautiful creation.
The second jeep is my RC Crawler which was also built by my brother in law and I. It runs on a Novak brushless system on 3 cell lipo batteries. The custom 3/16 steel chassis is hand built and tig welded and the aluminum body was hand fabricated as well. It rides on HR air shocks and HR aluminum bead lock wheels (yes, they are truly real bead locks).
Northern California, USA
This is my 1954 WILLY'S CJ3B. I have owned this baby for about 15 years, since the day I bought it for $1500. I started from zero, rebuilding the 134 4-cylinder F engine and the three speed transmission. I personalize it as it looks now. I love it. It works great! I call it "THE YELLOW BEAST"
This is a 1953 CJ-3B that was my first car back in 1974. My Dad bought it in Kalispell Montana from a farmer for $750.00. It never ran on more than three cylinders or went faster than 35 mph the whole time I drove it through High School. I think he planned it that way. It was sold to a local golf course and used as a ball retriever then sat under a tarp for 20 years until my brother found it, bought it back for $100.00, and spent a couple of years restoring it. We then drove it from Kalispell, Montana to Fairbanks, Alaska, taking six days. When we arrived at my home in Fairbanks, he handed me the keys and said "she's all yours". It is a fantastic rig.
- John W.Gebhardt
Two Rivers, Alaska.
This is my CJ-3B, I'm from Paraguay, I found it with a nissan diesel engine 4x2 in very bad condition of the body and the mechanic parts. I painted, put a hurricane 4x4 engine in, military lights, canvas, all I can for a military look. I still need windshield wiper, mp.50 antenna, speedometer, oil presure, and back seat. This is my 3rd jeep and the CJ-3B is on its 4th year of restoration.
1960 CJ-3B - Originally from Iowa I found it in Knoxville, TN. It was not running when I purchased "Wilma." It didn't take much to get her back running. We had to replace the master, all wheel cylinders and all brake lines. It is a blast to drive and really turns alot of heads. Thanks Kaiser for the new carb it runs much better with the new one.
1953 Willys CJ-3B - Eric`s Willys was a project that he started 10 years ago, and eventually gave up on when he found the engine block / oil pan full of antifreeze and suspected that the block was cracked.
Soon after I met him, he mentioned the Willys to me after seeing a few of the old farm tractor restorations that I had done as a hobby at my home.
I love to "tinker" on old machines, and since the company I manage has a full engine machine shop, I offered to take on the project.
Over his 10 year failed effort, he had accumulated nearly all of the new components for the restoration from bumper to bumper, so all the little Jeep needed
was a little TLC.
Although it was a body off project, it was not meant to be show quality, as the end destination was to return the Willys to the ranch as a hunting, and recreation vehicle.
Another friend of mine who is also an "old car guy" helped with welding in patch panels for all of the rusted body parts. We completely rebuilt the 134 Hurricane engine, transmission, transfer case, and differentials. Replaced all of the leaf springs, and steering linkage. Except for new seat cushions the project was completed this past winter.
It may not be good for another 60 years, but it always makes me feel good to give an old vehicle another useful life.
As for Eric.....he couldn`t be happier, and has given the Willys to his son, who is now thinking about driving it while away at college.
Gotta love an Old Willys ! Truly a "Universal" vehicle.
Ellis County Texas
My first Willys. I own a barbershop in Ks. and always hearing of cool stuff for sale(trucks, guns, etc) you know "man toys" well this little jewel fell in my lap and I couldn't resist. Bought it Dec 28th and getting to meet and know the most amazing family of any other hobby. The Willys family. It just befuddles me that everyone who comes up to check this thing out, has a willys story of their own whether it be grandpa, dad, neighbor, brother, going to prom, wedding day, one guys dad was hauled to his grave in a restored willys ambulance, I can't to wait hear the next story. Being a barber is kinda like a bartender, i get to hear all kinds of tall tales. I'm on the fence now to either restore the thing or just keep driving it with all its character of being an original 1954 CJ-3B. Thank you for your awesome catalog. I cant get enough of the pics of all the sweet willys out there.
Ps. All I've done to it so far is put the tires n wheels on it!! Its a true survivor.
El Dorado, Ks.
I have loved Willys Jeeps since I was a kid and saw my 1st one at a 4th of july parade. From that day on my dream had been to own a Willys. I have owned Jeeps including a CJ7, YJ, and a TJ since the late 80’s, but the dream of owning a Willys was still strong! I’m not a rich man, so I sold a well built four wheeling TJ to by my dream Jeep. From doing research over the years I found that the 3B had more horsepower and was less desired than other flatties, partly due to the high hood, so that made it more appealing to me. I have always been different, so why not my Willys? So after looking for months I found a 3B for sale that was only a couple hundred miles away, that had been restored recently. It still needed a few things, so I found you guys and ordered some stuff and have been hooked on your blogs since. I took my Willys on a trail ride with my club and all I can say is people are impressed with what a stock Willys can do! I made hills and obstacles that others had issues with.
1953 CJ3B Serial number puts it at on of the last 60 built in 1953.
Koenig Hardtop, 32,000 miles, original drive train, sears lock out hubs, original seats and seat cushions (backs have no rips), has been at least 5 different colors but inside and engine compartment original green, paid $311.00 for it at a auction, body rough as it looks like it plowed snow, but not rusty. Hardtop on it since new so limited rust on floors or tool box, wheelhouses, riser etc. Ordered parts for brakes and oil lines from you guys and they are great. You guys are too far south to enjoy this, There was no snow on my 1953 CJ-3B last night, this is it this morning.
Rice Lake WI.
This 1966 Willys Jeep started it's life in the Westerly, Rhode Island- Ambulance Corp in 1969. Used for rescues on the beach. My Uncle bought the Jeep back in the early 70's, to use at his service station in RI, and eventually gave it to his sons to use when they got their licenses. I first rode in this Jeep when I was around 11 years old, and I told my Uncle that if he ever decided to get rid of it, I wanted to have it. So in 1996, he called ready to let it go, and I traveled from NC to RI to pick it up. I began restoring the Jeep that same year, and it was road worthy by 1997. So I took many rides with my 2 year old daughter until 2001 where it went into storage until I could put more time and effort into keeping it running.
In 2009 I finally got the time and energy to get it restored all the way, because of constant encouragement from my 6 year old son who kept asking, "When will I ever get to ride in the Jeep?" So now it is running and on the road and getting ready for the Spring season ahead for 2010. This Jeep will always remain in my family for years to come...
- Michael Grimord
Here are some photos of my 1954 Kaiser Willys CJ3B. I bought this jeep about a year ago, after passing by it everyday for several years; it was sitting in the backyard of an empty house slowly wasting away. I tracked down the owner and bought it for $100 plus a tow charge. The previous owner used it for parts, so it's missing the radiator, carburetor, windshield, both seats, and tailgate. The dashboard has been swapped with one from a CJ-2A or CJ-3A. It has three original 16-inch wheels and one oddball 15-inch wheel. But it has the original Koenig hard top, the engine and drive train are intact, and the body is in pretty decent shape considering its age. I hope to restore it eventually as well, but the M38A1 has to come first. Attached are a few of photos of my dad, Sgt. Charles Gifford, USMC. I neglected to mention earlier that my mom, Nancy Brakefield, was also a Marine. She joined right after graduating high school in 1951, and met Dad at Parris Island where she worked as an office clerk. They were married in August 1952. I'm including Mom's boot camp graduation photo from 1951 and a photo of their wedding in 1952. I was born in the Naval Hospital on the Camp LeJeune Marine Corps Base in October 1953. (I guess you could say I have the Marine Corps in my blood.) I'm also sending a photo of Dad as a newly minted staff sergeant, right after graduating NCO School at Camp LeJeune in November 1953, and another photo from Camp LeJeune in 1955 when he was with the 2nd Provisional Marine Aggressor Company, Force Troops, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic (arrow).The last one is Dad as a technical sergeant in Vermont in 1957; he became a gunnery sergeant in 1959 when the tech sergeant rank was changed to gunnery sergeant.
I bought in Colombia Sur America a Willys 1959 and in its Official identification is written CJ4. I have doubts because in anywhere, I have not seen any information or advertisement, even in your catalog, which I appreciated very much; I do not see this model.
However, my jeep in its shape or figure is very similar to a Willys CJ3B. My question is: do you believe that Kaiser built this CJ4?. As far as I know, this car was imported by my Government and sold to the coffee growers in our best region for coffee that it is called EJE CAFETERO. In that place at least still exist 2000 Willys all located in the countryside.
I've attached a couple of photos taken in Daytona last December of our fully restored Jeep on its inaugural run on the beaches of Daytona. One of the photos, of my wife and I, was taken using a high speed film in a 35 year old slr. I think the camera needs restoration also. The CJ-3B has been in my family since my father purchased it from the Toledo lot with 16 miles on the OD. The vehicle was built as a proto for the US Army who wanted a shorter wheel base vehicle for use in Vietnam. Essentially the vehicle was built from parts lying around the plant. In the end the Army didn't buy the vehicle. The VIN is 8105128184.
I started the restoration project in 1996 and 14 years later, love and money too, I can now drive the Jeep. Many parts were purchased from Kaiser Willys, help for which I thank you. I hope these pictures are of use to you.
This CJ-3B has been in the family since in was bought new in 1953. Never registered for the road, just used on the ranch. Now I own it and it still hunts every year in Florida. Body rusted off due to riding the beach looking for turtles and fishing. Dont have to worry about bending a fender this way. I plan on purchasing a restored willys soon and use this one as a parts jeep.
Hi guys my name is Russ Bettes, Most of my parts I bought from you were for my 60 pickup unfortunately it is gone now, however I do still have my 57 cj3b. I have had my 3b for about 17 years now, I will not be parting with it anytime soon. I do need to order some things for it though.I am giving it a face lift so to speak. I just recently put the Koeing cab on it, with the matching Kelsey hayes wheels. trying to keep it looking like a willys! Your company has helped me out in the past in getting me the parts I needed, and hope to continue in the future.
I have uploaded a picture of my 1954 CJ-3B, and my dad's 1950 CJ-3A (the two in the same picture). As you can see on the picture they are pretty much stock but there is always room for some improvements, and that is why kaiser willys is the place for all kind of parts. You can also see this and many other pictures on the Flat Fender Club of Butler site.
As far as I can tell, “Willy” as my sons call him has been painted from the chassis up. The motor, transmission, and rear-end are all original. As far as I can tell from looking at titles and knowing some history of the vehicle the 19,300 miles are also original. The only things that I know that are not original is the fuel pump that I replaced a month after owning it, the upholstery on the seats, the top, and probably the tires. Willy also comes equipped with a power takeoff and a lift in the rear. I can only hope that this Willys can pass on some memories of its own to my boys and the legend will live on in another family.
After a busy summer of wrenchin' I have finally finished the CJ-3B US Army M606 project. I'd love to see it added to the archive! It's a GREAT driving Jeep! I am shocked at how fast and responsive it is with the Buick V6!
Here's the details...
-231ci Buick V6 engine (rebuilt by me with new pistons, rings, lifters, pushrods, plugs, gaskets, etc.)
-Novak trans adapter with rebuilt T90 3 speed transmission
-new paint/US Army decals/M606 data plate
-the number on the hood is my baby boy's date of birth...I figured I make it something personal
-new tempered glass windshield
-new body mounts
-1960's CJ front seats and late 80's YJ back seat.
The pics of the "frame" are a 54-3B I am going to try to restore from the ground up. So I will be ordering a lot! The other jeep is a 56-3B that runs but needs a little work to make it street worthy a previous owner tried to "militarize" it. I got it (56) to have something to run around in to give me the motivation to fix the 54 also to have a visual reference to put the 54 back together again!
Mount Holly, NC