131: Gurhan Huroglu’s 1951 Willys CJ-3A
I bought the Willys with my father. He mainly made the restoration and I made the logistics and project management. My father is now half retired, he is 72 years old and he restored a 1942 MB in 1962 when he was 20 years old. He sold it after using it daily for 10 years but I know he always loved the Willys. I was feeling that he was just waiting for support to buy one and start a restoration.
Than suddenly, one day in January 2013 we decided to buy a Willys and restore it. We looked for an MB but it is almost impossible to find one for restoration. There are quite a lot of CJ-3Bs in Turkey, but we could find this CJ-3A which are getting rare also. It was quite in good shape and with many original parts. But it was quite rusty and I think, it did not see some good maintenance in its entire life. Anyway, my father who is a very good mechanic, dismantled the Willys down to the very smallest part and we did a complete restoration.
It was possible to find many spare parts in Turkey and we ordered some from the USA also. I have to confess that our family business is designing and manufacturing various types of machines for marine industry. Therefore, with the capabilities of our workshop it was not very difficult to make the restoration. We wanted to keep our CJ-3A as stock as possible. Beside keeping its civilian look we wanted to add some military features such as Air Force Blue body color, olive drab canvas seats, olive drab jerry can, olive drab safety straps, rear bumpers, pintle hook and the M38 used speedometer.
We finished the restoration in 6 months and enjoyed it a lot. I hope you will like our Willys also.
Greetings from Istanbul
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