1954 CJ-3B Owners and Photos


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1954: Stuart Snow

In early 2012, Stuart in Phoenix sent this nice photo and several more, of Jeep life in Arizona before and after some recent restoration work on his '54:

"Sadly, on its maiden voyage last fall the freshly rebuilt engine was ruined due to oil pressure issues. I have rebuilt it again and it runs great but still has severe oil pressure fade after warm up. It needs a new cam and the 302 Ford bearing treatment I think.

"Luckily I met Eric Lawson here purely by accident while working one day. Turns out we live 15 minutes apart and his engine from the rebuild guide will be going in my Jeep. It still looks great inside after sitting for over a decade.

"One day this spring these YIPAO license plates (120K JPEG) showed up in the mail. I have a theory that I must have gotten some Colombian parts during the rebuild, or I've spilled one too many cups of Colombian Cafe between the seats. Either way my Jeep must have gotten some Latin blood because it now makes a sound like a Cumbia when it idles. Even though my Jeep only hunts and explores in its retirement here in Arizona, it now pays homage to the working jeeps of Colombia and their folklore status in the Yipao festivals."

In 2005 this beautiful photo (100K JPEG) was on our cover. Stuart wrote, "Took it up to Taylor Park, Colorado thisfall. Runs great even at 11,500 feet thanks to carb rebuild kit from the carb shop in Missouri. We took the Jeep on a run up an old railroad bed to an alpine tunnel at 11,500 feet on that trip. It was a nice change of scenery for the old Jeep which has seen action in Montana, Nevada and Arizona."

1954: Ed Wilson

"I grew up with this Jeep. The neighbors bought it new and it has been in my family since 1968. It spent most of its life on a dairy farm here in western North Carolina, suffering from the effects of fertilizer, manure, and winter road salt. My original camo paint job (80K JPEG) camouflaged the rust, not the Jeep. The paint scheme was the US four-color woodland pattern from the early 70's, copied from the trailer.

"The Jeep retains the 6-volt system (I'm stubborn). Modifications include the addition of locking hubs, electric wiper, heater, fog lights, rear utility light, and block heater. I removed the factory PTO unit to install the pintle hitch and added the eleven-inch brake kit for trailering. It is still used regularly for farm maintenance and getting firewood, as well as some top-down cruising. For the trailer buffs, the ID tag lists it as a Model 416M-65 accepted for service in November, 1966.

"I have rebuilt about everything on her myself including a total drivetrain overhaul, engine, transmission, transfer case and both differentials. The F-head is bored .030 over and the head is decked .020. All gear boxes now have synthetic oil. I ordered a Crane electronic ignition conversion and a K&N air filter."

See more photos of Ed's Jeep in No Spring Chicken.

1954: Ed Meiners

This Jeep belonged to an Esso station in Charlottesville VA until Bob Smith bought it in the early 1990's.

Current owner Ed Meiners says, "The Jeep followed me home from Bob's place to my home in Mason, Ohio. After some tinkering she is roadworthy, although her abilities are well camouflaged under replacement panels and rust. The most exciting accomplishment is the winch. It is the Koenig model that drives off the crankshaft pulley. There were a few parts missing so some fabrication was necessary. With the use of the manuals that are posted on the web and a brother-in-law who is a very patient machinist the unit is now functioning. I have finished a frame-off resto and I figure I will get another 50 years out of this Jeep."

As of 2009, the Jeep is now painted red, and Ed sent photos from on the trail (50K JPEG) and at a local Flat Fender Frenzy show (80K JPEG).

Bob Smith took some more photos, including the Koenig winch, when he first bought the Jeep.

1954: Erik v/d Peppel

"My Jeep was bought in 1954 by the police department in Rotterdam, Holland. They used it to push cars that broke down on the highway. In order to do this the Jeep is slightly modified to ensure there is no damage done to the car that is pushed. After the police sold the Jeep to the national forest service, it was used to tow trees out of the forest and for inspection of the woods. This organisation didn't look after the Jeep, so it became in a very bad condition. I bought the car at an auction of government property and began the restoration.

"Some of the parts (seat covers and electric wiring) were in such bad shape that I had to replace them. We restored the car to almost the same condition as it was at the time the police used it. This is the first car we restored. We did everything ourselves including welding, wiring and painting. After we restored the Jeep we have already driven 5000 km with it (and it never failed!)"

See Rotterdam Police Jeep Restoration for more photos and details.

1954: Jon Rogers

Jon says: "I found this block of rust with 3 wheels attached (complete with its own inbuilt tree) in 1990, in the bush in South East Queensland, Australia. The property owner had owned it for 30 years and had used it for general farm duties. I purchased it for the price of a 6-pack, brought it home, and freaked out the "Love of my Life", poor girl. Six years and about AU$7000.00 later there are now two loves in my life. I use it to run the 3 kids to school (I must have found at least three spare minutes during the restoration). The kids prefer the Willys to the brand new Toyota (who said kids were dumb), and it takes me shooting three week-ends out of four. The Jeep is restored to original, with the exception of the right-hand steering, and conversion from 6 to 12 volts. The canvas soft top was made locally by a bloke who used to make replacements back in the fifties. So far this is the only '54 model I've seen in Australia still being used, but I'm sure there must be a few more somewhere."

The serial number of Jon's Jeep is 57348 24438R. The "R" suffix is unusual -- I thought it might mean right-hand drive, but Jon says the Jeep is an American Willys, converted to right-hand drive in Australia.

See more photos and details on Jon's web page The Passion -- Old Jeeps.

1954: Doug Wilson

The drivetrain in this Jeep includes the original Hurricane engine, a T98 4-speed from a 1964 CJ-5, a Warn overdrive, the original front axle with a Lock Right, and a full-floating Dana 44 in the rear with limited slip and 5.38 gearing.

For more great photos of Doug's Jeep in action, see Hurricane on the Trails.

1954: Clint Spaar

"The previous owner had only had it for about 2 months, but had put a 2-inch Superlift on it, and another prior owner had replaced the tire rims and the seats. Other than that it was mostly stock. Engine, drive train, frame all seem fine."

For more photos, see 1954 CJ-3B Restoration Project Begins.

1954: Chuck Wootton

"I found this jeep in a junkyard -- the firewall and dash board was all that was left of the body. The engine was missing the head and was left open to the weather. Bought it for $100.00 and built it up from there. Buick 225 V6, Ford T-18 trans, Spicer 18 t-case, Warn OD, 2.5" lift, roll bar, bucket seats, five point harness and 34" Swampers."

For photos of Chuck's Jeep with several other CJ-3Bs at the annual Willys Run in Massachusetts, see CJ-3Bs Lined Up For Action.

1954: Scott Blystone

"My 1954 CJ-3B has been rebuilt twice that I can detect. About an equal mix of new and old -- old gauges, but new seats and so on. I will work towards a roadworthy restoration, but right now it will function as a plow/tractor around the house. Original paint was the pseudogreen, covered once with red and now with brown. A fair amount of rot to the drivers side body, but not unrepairable. It has an incredibly well preserved frame, original T-90 with long input shaft, and 15" wheels.

"It has a Dauntless V6 engine, installed in the late1960s. I hope to reinstall an original F4 (I have a spare from a late 60's station wagon). I'd be willing to trade the engine and drivetrain (or the whole vehicle) for an F4 with bellhousing and tranny or a complete 3B with the original engine in equal condition. Mine has a nice power angle hydraulic plow run off a Jeep hydraulic pump. I have the original oil bath air cleaner for the carb as well. The V6 appears to be a 1967 model, odd fire 225. My bellhousing has the original Jeep adaptor manufactured for a short time to mate the T90 with the V6 (before they modified the bellhousing), and the heavy flywheel."

1954: John Hubbard

John found this 1954 Jeep in excellent condition (green, with Koenig half-cab hardtop), and has restored it meticulously, including an authentic reproduction of a half-cab soft top, by Beachwood Canvas. He is also putting a 1953 frame under a 1961 body.

See more photos and details in Hubbard's Halfcabs 1954 CJ-3B, Part 1: Finding the Pieces, and Part 2: Phases of the Project.

See also John's Hubbard's Halfcabs FAQ covering the differences between a 1953 CJ3B, a 1954 CJ3B and a 1961 CJ3B.

1954: Joel Kamunen

"I have now sold my CJ-3B to a fellow in Wisconsin, because it was getting difficult to get into and drive for me. He was very happy with the purchase. It had been restored by a ranch mechanic about fifteen years ago and has been well maintained since. New Bestop, tires and shocks, and 12-volt electrics."

Joel reupholstered the front seats himself, with covers and foam from Beachwood Canvas, and did an F-head build-up with a Weber carb and Clifford headers.

See also Joel's new ride, a 4WD AMC Eagle SX/4. Joel says, "It's got 40,000 original miles on it and I have a fuel injection setup to install. It's from Texas and it's just like new."

1954: Keith Hepper

Keith is in Spearfish, South Dakota, and also has a '59 3B with a Chevy V6 and power steering. He says this '54 was "purchased for $300. Body is in good condition, all original except for heater. Has a Koenig/Sears metal half cab, rear seat frame. I currently have the engine, trans, and TC out of it and doing repairs." See the right side (150K JPEG) and left side (180K JPEG) of the rebuilt engine. Also the transfer case (100K JPEG) on Keith's workbench.

See a rear view photo (70K JPEG) showing the roll bar and aftermarket flush-mount taillights.

The Jeep's VIN is OB5410027, making it #27 of the approximately 2,500 early 1954 models with the unique OB serial numbers.

1954: Rick Streiff

"Here's a 1954 CJ-3B that's just been fixed up for driving. It was originally Bristol Red (maroon) in color and had been repainted various colors before being stripped down for this paint job. Don't know the history of this Willys. It came from Wells, Nevada where it was used as a hunting rig for the last 20 years or so. It came with a spare F-head engine although the engine in it has never been rebuilt and still has good compression."

See also a rear view photo (90K JPEG) showing the rack for gas can and spare tire. "It swings open hinged on the right side. Obviously a homemade rack... came with the Willys when I bought it."

1954: Mike Newman

"I drove my stepdad's '53 3B for the first time when I was 13 years old. I learned to drive in that Willys and drove it during high school. Now, 20+ years later, I'm back behind the wheel of a 3B. It took me six months of searching the western U.S. and I finally found one in my back yard (Las Vegas). The body is very rough. Mechanically it's really sound. It has new brakes, master cylinder, generator, Solex carburetor, fuel pump, and gas tank. The transmission is leaking and I'm going to pull the radiator and have it looked at. Now the fun begins as I return it to stock. Thanks in advance for everyone's help."

See also a side view photo (40K JPEG) and the engine (40K JPEG).

1954: Philippe Levesque

"In the picture, the little guy you see is me when I bought the beast -- I was 17 years old at the time and I got it a good deal on it. The story goes like this: the wife of my neighbor left him, so he got depressed and sold everything including the Willys which was sold for $1500, then the guy who bought it had too many cars and he sold it to me for $2500, which was still a good price in Costa Rica. I had it for 2 years before beginning to restore it. Now it's been a year since I drove it and hope to have it back on the road soon!

"Some of the things I've done on the Willys are the following: 2.5 inch tube roll bar, removed the original seats and put in sport buckets instead, complete overhaul on the original engine, put on a brand new YF carter carburetor that I found in California on the web (paid 320 bucks plus shipping to Costa Rica). Now I am doing a complete restoration on the body and will have it finished with a professional oven-cooked Sikkens polyurethane coating."

1954: Charlie Cherry

Charlie in New Jersey, says: "My 3 year old son named the Jeep "Old Rusty". I don't know the vehicle's history, other than the fact it was last registered in '91 in upstate Pennsylvania. The odometer says 34,000 miles. The tub is shot (hacked up and a ton of metal welded to it), but it's complete, runs pretty well and all parts are restorable. Grill, tailgate, hood all are in excellent condition under all that paint. Notice on the rear photo (20K JPEG) that side panels have been welded on and the corners are square matching the Koenig hard top. I plan on doing a frame up restoration, with the only modifications from original being safety upgrades (roll bar, seat belts, etc.)

1954: Mike Krueger

Mike, who lives in Bowling Green, Ohio, says: "Fiberglass body with a little fender trimming, Dauntless 225 V6 with fresh rebuild. Original suspension with 33/9.50R15 tires, Saginaw power steering, and rewired for 12-volt electrical. A very unassuming Jeep until she is on the trail and then she just embarrasses most of the well-built trail vehicles. She's also my daily driver."

See also a photo of Mike's Jeep stuck in a monster truck rut, on Do CJ-3Bs Get Stuck?

1954: John McClenathen

"My grandfather Paul Wallace bought this Jeep new in July of 1954 and used it until he passed away. He used to drive it in the summer from Los Angeles to Mariposa (outside of Yosemite) to use at his gold mine. Over the years he added a 1957 Chevy 283 V8, 11" drum brakes, extra 10-gallon gas tank (where the original muffler went), Warn Overdrive, turn signals, custom exhaust, and hardtop that he made."

See more details and photos on this Gold Mine Jeep.

1954: Jeff Stearns

Jeff in Hillsboro, Oregon, lists the modifications he's done: "Dana 44 5.13 Detroit locker, Hi-Pinion 60 5.13 Detroit locker, TURBO 400, Spicer 18 with Warn OD, Buick 225 V-6. And the all-factory WILLYS steel body. JUST DON'T GET ANY BETTER!

"This the most current photo that I have. It still has the old Dana 25,offset 44 and toploader 3 speed in it in this picture. The only number thatI can see is on driver's side cowl -- the number is 778778. My dad bought theJeep off a car lot about 20 years ago. It's a great thing for me toshare with my 3 kids!"

1954: Guilherme Weigert

"The photos were token in southern Brazil, where I live. My father took care of the Jeep very well while he was alive. I inherited it, and I never intend to get rid of it, as well as never modifying it or adding accessories that deprive it of originality. The engine is still the original F-head Hurricane. The electrical system is now 12V and has electric start with key."

See also a side view photo (70K JPEG).

1954: Evan Palmer

"Has been in the family since 1964. All original. Runs, but needs restoration work. I ran into some tires at Pepboys that worked out great. I was able to keep my original rims and put on some 245/75R16 tires with a nice offroad tread (50K JPEG). I'm still running on them and I am very satisfied with them. I put in an overdrive recently and the Jeep runs smooth (as smooth as it will get!) going at faster than normal speeds (55-60mph) with good handling. The new Saginaw steering helps a bit too."

1954: Richard and Harold Kammeraad

"We bought this '54 from my grandpa about 4 years ago. It had been sitting in his back yard and hadn't moved for 19 years. We have done a lot of work on it since we bought it. It's running great and it never fails to amaze us with what it will do!"

See also some New Mexico trail photos:


1954: Jean-Maurice Mongrain

"I live in Quebec (Ile Perrot near Montreal) and I own a CJ-3B 1954. The engine is a 4.3 gm tbi, transmission t-90 stock, front differential Dana 30 with Detroit true trac locker, rear differential Dana 44 with easy locker and power disc brakes with power steering. The tires are Super Swamper tsl 33x12.50-15 and the suspension is a Rancho 2 1/2" lift kit."

See the larger photo (140K JPEG) showing the 3B lined up at a show with all the configurations of Jeeps that have followed the CJ-3B.

1954: Andy Gilchriest

As of September 2004, this Jeep was the earliest example we've found of a 1954 OB serial number. It was the 22nd 1954 CJ-3B to come off the Toledo assembly line in the late summer of 1953.

Andy said, "I bought the Jeep from my great uncle who had owned it since at least the early 80's. He used it as a hunting vehicle on his lease for a number of years until he stopped hunting. It sat in his driveway and later garage for roughly 10 years unused before I bought it in July of '03. I have now converted it to 12-volt entirely, and will shortly be getting insurance and registering it to be able to drive it in Texas. It currently has 32,000 miles on it." See also a front view photo (100K JPEG.)

Note: the Jeep was sold to Chuck Rossetti in Massachusetts in 2005, and Dave Strickler in 2009.

1954: Donald Laskey

"I have recently purchased a 1954 Willys CJ3B. It appears to be in very good to mint condition. Every little thing works. Speedometer reads 12000 miles. I note that it came from the Indio, CA area. I was told by the former owner, that it was a military unit. If so, someone has mounted the spare tire on the side, as with the jerry can (see a rear view photo, 50K JPEG.) I put the stencil on the tailgate, by downloading the pattern on CJ3B.info. I am also responsible for mounting the handyman jack on the front bumper. I am planning on doing a restoration."

1954: Gert Christian

"I live in Cotia, state of São Paulo, Brasil.Recently I was looking for a used Jeep in good condition from the 1980's.Well, it just happened that I bumped into this beautiful, in good shape, only needing an engine rebuild, CJ-3B 1954. I couldn't resist.

"My objective is making the engine with the highest performance possible without losing originality. Also I intend to change the three shift gearbox for a 4-speed, to get some more speed. I started my engine rebuild by introducing light modifications:

"So far everything is going as expected but for gas consumption, and maybe Iwill put the old carburetor back."

See also a photo with the windshield folded down (120K JPEG).

1954: Khyl Powell

Khyl has this 3B for sale in Phoenix, Arizona, and says, "The engine is a 283 Chevy. When I was in high school '67-71 my friendowned this Jeep. I have no knowledge of its history before that. However,he kept the Jeep all these years and gave it to my son about three yearsago. We hired a restoration shop to restore it and modernize it. I don't want it to go to waste. I have no way to store it but outside."

See more photos and details of this Road Warrior.

1954: Marcelo Fleury

Marcelo in Brazil says, "I have possessed this Jeep CJ-3B 1954 for three years. Until January 2003 it was original, but after an accident it was remodelled and modified." (See also a rear view photo (70K JPEG.)

For lots of offroad action photos, see High Hood on the High Plains.

1954: Scott Goranson

"Just rolled my Jeep down off the trailer from the body shop and spent the day bolting things back on. Still need to paint the windshield and a few things. Read a little about the 2.3 Ford 4 cyl. swaps, and have a finished one with power steering and vac. brakes and juice clutch. This Jeep was not at all stock when I purchased it. Had been wrapped with steel diamond plating and tin, and probably 6 gallons of bondo. Had a blown 260 V8 in it and had been rolled. But it had new tires/rims and a Bestop in the box. Salvaged the grill from the old body, and the bad hood yielded one intact WILLYS for the aftermarket tailgate. Tub is an original with probably 60% patch panels.

"See also a rear view photo (100K JPEG). Haven't taken pictures since I put the 4-wheel-drive logo on the back. By the way, had a shop here in town (Washington state) make it out of white vinyl -- exact copy of the stencil. He'll make them for anyone who wants them for $10.00."

1954: Hollis Wooldridge

"The serial number indicates this is a '54 but the title says '55 (see CJ-3B Serial Numbers for some likely reasons). Has the original 6-volt system, vacuum wiper and F134. I completely rebuilt the engine with an .030 overbore and it runs quite well now. The body is solid and does not have any of the usual rust, having been kept in a barn for many years.

"The previous owner added a roll bar, top, and tow bar, but everything else appears to be unmodified. I re-covered the seats with khaki canvas and they contrast nicely with the paint colors. It has a bikini top but I plan to add an original style, multi-piece unit once I obtain the bows. The wheels, interior and front fenders are black, and the rest of the exterior is painted with an original green shade. It has new 7.50-15 Xtra Grip-style tires from Cordovan. I live in a rural area on a small piece of property so use it daily for chores and running around the neighborhood, plus haul it to the deer lease every year where it gets a good workout in rocky country in the mountains of west Texas."

1954: Roberto Rodetti

"I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. CJ-3Bs are rareJeeps here; mostly we have CJ-5s made in our country. I bought mine last yearat 5000 pesos, something like 1600 dollars. All 4WD vehicles are expensivehere. It is a '54 3B, far from being original; I think it wasborn green, now white. The engine was replaced by a Ford inline 6, the gearbox by a 4-speed ZF, and the steering box and column by a Torinopart (an Argentine car based on the Rambler; see IKA Jeeps in Argentina on CJ3B.info). The shackles were replaced by larger home-made ones.

"An interesting mod is the addition of an extra 13-gallon fuel tank at theback where the rear passenger seat should be. A valve connects it to theother tank which has no more refuelling hose, thus, no more leaks or smelt.At the back, it has Wrangler lights and the spare tire (originally at theright). Tires are Dunlop AT2 31-10.5-15. They give me great performance on tarmac and sand, but while mudding I prefer to use them with chains; they make the Jeep unstoppable.

"Diffs are 5.38:1. Lots of power but very slow highway speed, only47MPH at 3000RPM; fortunately I tow it for long trips. I'm very happy with my Jeep (actually it's my wife's Jeep). The excuse tobuy it was that we needed another car. It makes me happy when driving withthe windshield down in the streets, when fourwheeling, and also whenrepairing it. Working on it is great to free my mind, and as someone saidin the CJ-3B Bulletin Board, it makes me feel like a child."

See an underside view (70K JPEG) as Roberto crests a hill, and a view from behind of the Jeep attacking the hill (60K JPEG).

1954: Thovar Lemos

Thovar's 3B in Brazil has a number of eye-grabbing elements, including a deluxe folding soft top, aggressive mud tires, and some unusual features in the engine compartment.

See more photos and details of this Hurricane With a Silver Lining.

1954: Henry Tejchma

Henry in Round Rock, Texas has restored this '54 (see a before photo, 40K JPEG) and estimates it's 90% original. He says, "I addedthe roll bar, winch and larger tires, other than that its pretty muchoriginal. I have the service manual, parts list etc. for the vehicle. I purchased the vehicle in 1999, restored it and still own it. Only a couple of hundred miles since it was restored. Would now like to sell it to a collector."

See a left side photo and a photo of the engine (40K JPEGs).

1954: Marco Icaro

Marco lives in Tietê, a small town near São Paulo, Brazil. He says, "I bought my 1954 Willys CJ-3B last April. Its chassis number is 454GB236178B. A friend owned it during 32 years. The CJ was in relatively good shape and 90% original (50K JPEG), but I decided to rebuild it and now I'll start driving it!"

Marco sent some photos of the work he did over the summer and fall of 2005 (80K JPEGs):


1954: Aurélio Mariano

Another '54 from Brazil; Aurélio Mariano's red 3B has an Opal 4-cylinder motor, one of many popular engine swaps in South America.

1954: Adilson Silva

"The owner is Adilson Silva, but people usually call him 'Sabiá' (the name of a bird in Brazil)," writes his friend Denis who takes his CJ-5 with Adilson on the trail (40K JPEG). "Once while we were 4-wheeling, Adilson rolled but the roll bar saved him, except for a windshield and a few jokes from his friends.

"Here in Brazil we change almost all the parts, and Adilson's Jeep received a few modifications. The engine is a Chevy 4 cylinder, 151 cu. in. People don't like the F4 hurricanes so much here --- they are 'weak' and have serious problems with the Brazilian climate, it overheats so easily here. The gearbox is a 4-speed from the Brazilian CJ-5, and it has disc brakes (front) and CJ-5 drums (rear)."

1954: Larry Sayre

"I am attaching two photos of the CJ3B taken the day I received it just alittle over one year ago. Since that time I have adjusted the soft top soit fits properly in the rear (100K JPEG) and updated the tires to ones that are a lotmore roadworthy. I also removed the "Jerry can" carrier and the sparetire carrier from the tailgate; both had cracked the metal. I had thetailgate welded to fill-in 23 holes that had been drilled in it over theyears and seal numerous cracks that developed from faulty mountings. Ithought it was important to preserve the original tailgate with its"Willys" embossing and I wanted to move the spare tire carrier back to itsoriginal position on the right rear fender. Both restorations will becompleted sometime this winter. It already looks much better than thesepictures show."

Larry has found what appears to be his engine number stamped into the left side of the frame near the fuel pump (see Numbers on CJ-3B Frames for photos). He comments: "I live in Carson City, Nevada. This Jeep came from Plumas County in northern California where I think it might have been in the Forest Service once upon a time, judging by one of the colors it was painted in the past. Plumas County is quite high in the Sierra Nevada mountains and it is rather common for older vehicles to have the head and sometimes the top of the block milled to increase compression. My guess would be this has been done to my Jeep and the engine number was "moved" to the frame member to preserve it for future reference? Glad they did that since it is also the number that appears on my title."

1954: Dave Williams

"I have a 1954 CJ3-B that has been in the family since 1963. The original F-head was replaced with an L-head from a stationary generator application in the mid 1960s. The Jeep originally belonged to the Port Authority of NY and was used to push or tow disabled vehicles out of the Tunnels. It was sold to a second owner who repainted it, and sold it to my dad who used it to plow snow and pull tree stumps. I welded in a new floor and it is a very sentimental vehicle to me and I would never sell it. There are some old photos I believe, that my mother has. I live in NY, not too far from where Sarafan used to be, in Spring Valley."

See also a right side photo (50K JPEG).

1954: Gary Gabriel

Gary in Pennsylvania recently purchased this Jeep: "It was used in a coal mining operation for boring core samples (I think). It had a drilling/auger setup attached to the rear. The tubes attached to the front bumper may have held flags or they may have held a support to carry drilling equipment over the roof. The top is a steel halfcab made by Kelly. The motor was rebuilt at some time since it has .060 over pistons and the serial number is missing off of the block indicating that the block may have been decked during the rebuild. It also has the rear PTO still attached to the rear of the transfer case, and an engine-driven Koenig winch (not shown in the picture as it was removed prior to me picking it up, but it is complete and I do have it) that was mounted up front. The rear of the body was modified with recessed tail lights. Also, the rear crossmember was replaced with a steel channel and the "V" brace underneath the bed has been removed, possibly to accommodate the drilling rig. There are remnants of extra coil springs that were welded to the frame over the rear axle to accommodate additional weight, no doubt.

"The previous owner had some problem with the engine making a terrible noise the last time he parked it and he never ran it again. When I got it home I tore into the engine and found all of the teeth ground off of the starter gear. It sounds like the starter engaged inadvertently while the engine was running but the young man who owned it didn't recognize the sounds. The motor was locked-up when I got it and we found the rear cylinder had some water leaked into it while it sat and rusted the piston to the cylinder. We freed it up and are in the process of reassembling to motor to try to get it running. Plans are to restore the Jeep over the next couple of years."

1954: Nelson Proença Jr.

"I live in Registro (São Paulo, Brasil) and bought my Jeep CJ-3B '54 in 1998 in the city of Sorocaba. I have made the following modifications: Volkswagen AP 1.800 cc engine (70K JPEG) and 4-speed gearbox from a Ford F-75 pickup, Volkswagen Santana steering box, SBD disc brakes and Ensimec full locker on the rear differential.

"The wheels are from a Ford F-1000 pickup, with Firestone AT 750x16 tires, AVM locking hubs and a 2-inch body lift. I have also installed a gas tank under the box, electric winch, Gaucha convertible top, Volkswagen Gol seats and Maxion CB."

See also a nice photo of Nelson crossing a log bridge (140K JPEG), featured on our cover in January 2005.

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