This is my 1962 Willys CJ-3B. It was bought by my father as a plow vehicle new in 1962. I learned to drive on it and taught my sister to drive standard shift with the Jeep. My dad sold the Jeep to a friend who also used it as a plow vehicle for many years. The Jeep was sold to a neighbor and I purchased it from his widow and began the restoration in 1996. A new steel tub was bought and the frame was repaired all by me. I enjoyed the Jeep until 2015 when while going for a short ride a strange vibration turned out to be a broken crankshaft. This gave me the excuse to do a refresh restoration.
This included a total rebuild of the original engine, power steering from a YJ, smaller steering wheel, rebuilt transmission and transfer case, front disc brakes and dual master cylinder, repaint of the front clip, steering damper, and overdrive. The Jeep now drives great and stops on a dime. All the work except for machine work and some engine assembly was done by me.
Willys Jeep Life Story – Daniel Polillio
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