1962 CJ-3B "Skyhawk"

Stefan Spielmann's Buick-Powered Jeep in Switzerland


WaterStefan Spielmann bought this 1962 Willys CJ-3B from the Swiss Army in the late 1980's, and since then he has done a lot of work on it, and a lot of on- and off-road driving in central Europe. Click any of his action photos for some great large copies (180K JPEGs).

ArticulationThe 8x15-inch wheels were taken from a CJ-7. The tires Stefan is currently using are 33x10.5R15 BF Goodrich AT's. Chassis modifications include a strengthening tube added to the frame at the front, Rancho RS 9000 shocks, a Rancho 2-inch lift kit, 3/4-inch shackle lift, and 1-inch body lift.

JeepsStefan says, "I am an auto mechanic and did most of the work myself. I'm not a member of a club -- I do my touring with family and friends. I always take the Jeep on the road, not on a trailer. The destinations are in Italy, France, Spain and Germany. For offroading we have to go abroad -- in Switzerland offroading is mostly prohibited. "

EngineThe engine is a V6 from a Buick Skyhawk, with Holly intake, Holly Truck Avenger carburetor, Jacobs Offroad ignition, York air compressor, mild engine tuning, and second fuel tank.

InteriorThe interior, inside a custom-built rollcage, includes König Sportseats, CD/radio, CB, and VDO Heritage Gold instruments.

SpringsThis rear view shows the shackle lift and the skid plate around the auxiliary fuel tank.

SideThe transmission is the T90 with an Advance Adapters input shaft, and a Spicer 18 transfer case with Saturn overdrive. The rear axle is 3.98:1 with a full floater kit and ARB locker. The brakes are 11" drum brakes all around, with vacuum booster.

HillThis photo was taken at Val d'Isere, France in 2006. See also Stefan on the street there (120K JPEG), and on the rocks there in 2009 (140K JPEG).

WaterThanks to Stefan for the great photos. -- Derek Redmond

Check out more photos of the Skyhawk, and a nice 1989 Cherokee, on the Spielman family website at 4x4 Power Shop.

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