Colorful paint job! Fabio Furgeri and his son Alberto sent this photo of the Willys CJ-3B they rescued in 2011 from a mud-racing career in Venezuela: "We bought it in a very poor condition. It was used to mud race at Piques Fangueros in Acarigua, Venezuela. We don't have any further info about the Willys. Thanks for the website."
Del Francis found this "Topeka Hiway Mower" which looks like it might be a distant cousin of the Willys CJ-3B. As Del says, "This followed me home the other day. It is supposed to be a Willys tractor by Topeka Highway Equipment. It has a Continental engine but everything else seems to be Willys. I have no idea what year it is. It has a sickle mower and a blade."
See also a photo with that nice tall windshield (100K JPEG) in the up position.
Anybody have more information about the Topeka mower?
At the other end of the sports/utility spectrum is this Jeep, obviously intended more for fun than hard work. It was described in an online auction in 2003 as a 1960 2-wheel drive Jeep with 3-speed column shift and a rust-free replacement steel body added in an older restoration.
It clearly began life as a DJ-3A, but what makes it particularly interesting, and surprising that it was given a high-hood CJ-3B tub, is its connection with the Kaiser family, owners of Willys Motors and Kaiser Jeep from 1953 to 1969. It was claimed that the Jeep was "previously owned by Alyce Kaiser and was housed at her St. Croix, Virgin Islands compound until it was acquired by Edgar F. Kaiser Jr. on 1/11/88."
See also a photo of the flathead engine (30K JPEG) and a rear view photo (25K JPEG) showing the non-original taillights and surrey-style top.
Tiziano Pizzagalli in Italy sent this photo of his Spanish VIASA CJ-3B with Perkins 1740 cc. diesel engine, taken at Omaha Beach, Normandy.Tiiziano sold this Jeep in 1987, but apparently the image of a Jeep on the beach at Normandy stayed with him, because he says that "At this moment I am restoring a 1942 Ford GPW."
Frank D. Gough II in Tennessee found and bought this Jeep in the late 1990's, and it took a while to figure out how to get it out without hurting the fruit trees around it. See also a side view showing the steel hardtop (20K JPEG).
Frank braved the blackberry thorns to find the serial number 57348 108108, which indicates it's a 1963 model.
I did a double take when I first saw this photo. It looks like some kind of a Jeep alright, but more like an amphibious GPA than anything else. Turned out to be an upside-down CJ-3B, belonging to Jim Sammons.
Jim says, "That's my CJ-5A Tuxedo Park in the background, '66 model. It doesn't much look like a Tuxedo any more. It's been camoed and all the chrome painted over. Still has the shifter on the column though. I had the tub turned over on the 3B to do the seal welding on the bottom, as I built the tub myself."
See also the tub right side up (30K JPEG).
Thanks to all of the photographers. -- Derek Redmond
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