Things You Can Do With a CJ-3B


Use the Winch


"Tyrolienne" is what they call this in France, and I guess it comes from the area of the Austrian alps called Tyrol. I'm happy to learn the word, because when I had a cable and pulley for the kids in my backyard (no Jeeps involved) I never knew what to call it. Jean-Francois Lavie says, "It's the French word for this kind of personal cable transport. When we were in Madrid there was one set up for kids in a park. Did not take me long to figure out I could set up one with the CJ-3B and its winch. Using my Bantam trailer was a plus, Jeepwise. Here is the result of Philippe enjoying hours of play (100K JPEG) with the tyrolienne, and me hours of calm."

Davey's JeepsIf you have a couple of winches.... This looks pretty scary, but maybe whoever put all the work into building this thing knew what they were doing. It used to be for sale for $750 at Davey's Jeeps in Salem, Ohio. Had no engine, but has two winches -- the one in the front raises the boom, and the one in the rear would do the lifting via the pulley. See a rear view photo (50K JPEG).

Use the High Hood

J-F LavieDid you realize every CJ-3B comes with a built-in cherry picker? Jean-Francois Lavie also sent a photo taken by his wife; it shows him picking cherries on the family farm in France. (Note: be cautious about standing on the hood itself or you'll end up with a huge dent; see Weak Points in the CJ-3B Hood.)

See also more details on J-F's Rover V8-powered CJ-3B on CJ3B.info.

Use the Hardtop

K GridleyKevin Gridley is a guy who knows a lot about all the kinds of chores you can do with a Willys. The 1953 CJ-3B seen here hauling firewood, belonged to a friend of his Dad's when he was a boy. He says, "At 16 I purchased that Jeep and began restoring it. Three years later it made it on the road. It took me back and forth to work for several years until it was finally retired to Work Jeep status." The 3B is one of several old Jeeps featured on Kevin's Workin Willys web page.

Use the Roof Rack

K GridleyThis was our Fall 2007 cover photo, showing Ken Bushdiecker's '53 with a load of tipi poles (100K JPEG). Note features installed by Ken to equip the Jeep for hard work in the woods; headlight guards, radiator chaff screen, CB antenna, and rear-mounted spotlight.

Use the Hitch

1953When all the chores are done, you can have fun in your Jeep. This was something that Willys Overland also knew; their advertising emphasized that a farmer could pull a plow behind a Universal Jeep all week, and then unhitch it and drive into town on Saturday night (or to church on Sunday morning.)

Or how about doing some camping? This old photo shows Harry Shank and family leaving for a trip from their Glendale CA home in the early 1950s, with a KenSkill teardrop trailer behind a brand new CJ-3B. The trailer would match nicely with one of those deluxe aluminum hardtops as seen on Kevin's Jeep above.

Use a Mower

Bush HogThere used to be lots of auxiliary equipment for farming and industry, designed to be operated from a Jeep's power take-off points. You can still find implements old and new which will work just as well with a Jeep as a tractor. Bob cuts his grass, and has some tips in Running a Bush Hog From a Jeep PTO on CJ3B.info.

Use a Telephone Pole

Pole climbTalk about parallel parking. Somebody posted a video on YouTube showing this Jeeper slowly backing his modified CJ-3B up a telephone pole. See also a rear view (40K JPEG) of the stunt.

Thanks to the Teardrop Trailer Fix-It Shop and the photographers. -- Derek Redmond

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