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1962: Kirby Silverton

This very original 3B has been owned, since it was new, by Kirby Silverton in Bucks County PA. The paint is Redwood Metallic (180). Trim: grey seats (164). See the VIN and paint tags (210K JPEG). Purchased from Mac Motors in Willow Grove PA in 1964. (They still exist as an AM General parts dealer.) Dealership tag is still on the rear quarter panel.
 


1962: Gavin Gleeson

"Regards from Perth, Western Australia (most isolated city in the world.) My father's jeep (90K JPEG) from about 1969 until 2010 was a CJ-3A -- it is how my Jeep enthusiasm started. It was given to me in 1984 and I proceeded to tear it down and restore it at age 14. Dad had only done about 2000 miles in 35 years, mostly if not all in the early 70's. It was on blocks in the shed for many years and we finished her in 2000 after a long wait for a good body builder, cousin Terry. Anyway, unfortunately he was forced to sell it a couple of years ago.

"That's when I built up my own Jeep that was sourced from a guy some 3000kms away in northern New South Wales. The PO got the Jeep from his grandfather who imported nine during the 60's or 70's as he had a contact in the USA. This Jeep had been sold to a close friend of the grandfather and upon illness it was again in his possesion, so he promised it to the PO who saw it pull a bogged tractor out of a dam and was sold on it. It was used to go from Orange to Hamilton Island. Similar to myself, being young and maybe lack of coin, he sold it to me. He helped me a lot to get it together to truck west, and I promised him it will be in good hands -- thanks, Ben.

"We still had some manuals and know how so I proceeded to strip and restore it for use up the coast as a beachcomber and sandhill rig. Well, I ended up going full on with a sweet licenced Willys, and my kids and wife love it. The Jeep runs right hand drive (40K JPEG) with a Ford 3.6 (221 cu.in.) 6 cylinder (90K JPEG) with an overdrive, which was a common conversion in Australia. Mainly stock other than steering upgrades, power boosted brakes, seatbelts and bucket seats, re-did the axle seals and slave cylinders and master cyl, 12-volt wiring and lighting. I built it up over 9 months and did all the work myself other than the PO doing the panel and paint, thank God. Being in the trimming trade, all canvas work (80K JPEG) was done at home. Thanks to CJ3B.info for a lot of help."

See also a nice front view (60K JPEG) on the beach, and an underside view (80K JPEG).
 


1962: Rennie Barchiesi

Rennie is in Rices Landing, Pennsylvania, and the Jeep is registered as a '63 with serial number 57348 91440. This would actually place the date of manufacture as late July 1962, at the end of the '62 model year. The first '63 in August was s/n 57348 91465. Engine number 4J327558 appears to be original.

See also a bigger front view (110K JPEG) of Rennie and the Jeep at a show.
 


1962: Tom Evans

"Just purchased a CJ-3B. Love CJ3B.info! Unbelievably helpful. One of the best sites I've ever found on the internet."

"Ownership has it titled as a 1961 Willys CJ-3B (VIN 57348 86199 actually indicates 1962.) I purchased this Jeep in Port Elgin ON Canada -- don't know much about the history except that for the last 20 years it hasn't been used much. Someone spent a lot fixing up the body, but the front fenders are wrong, they look like they are off a Mitsubishi CJ-3B -- will be looking to correct that."
 


1962: Donnie Bennett

"My name is Donnie Bennett and I live in Demorest GA. My 1962 CJ3B once belonged to a grading company when it was thrown in to sweeten a deal for a used bulldozer. The guy took the deal and brought the CJ to my uncle, his best friend and master mechanic, to fix. He wanted it reliable enough to haul his dogs around and go to the local post office. My uncle and I were already working on my '47 CJ-2A at the time and had so much fun getting into both Willys over a Christmas and a Spring Break. When my uncle passed away I hit the guy up for the Willys, if he ever wanted to sell it. Seven years later, I now own it and could not be more pleased with it.

"It is registered as a 1964. The VIN number plate is missing, but the numbers stamped in the frame behind the battery tray are 87876. Would I be close to assume a VIN of 57348 87876? If so, thenmy Willys would actually be a 1962. The engine numbers have been ground off."

See also an interior photo (130K JPEG) and a rear view (100K JPEG).
 


1962: Craig Pedemonti

Craig in Connecticut has a great-looking 3B with a drivetrain from a 2A and a tub that looks like it came from an M38. He says, "My brother and I found a completely disassembled CJ-3B body and frame at a garage sale in 1982. There was no drivetrain; only the radiator and boxes of miscellaneous parts. The guy that we bought it from said that it had been his grandfather's project. We brought it home and stripped many layers of paint off it, and to our surprise there was no rust! The body had some unique features like a large hole for the gas filler neck, an axe sheath on the body, and a hole on the rear upper left for a trailer wiring connection. A friend and local Jeep enthusiast thought it was some type of military style body so we painted it semi-gloss olive drab.

"The body and frame were assembled with the drivetrain from a donor CJ-2A that we also owned. The 2A was in running condition but the body was very rough. We used the 3B for fourwheelin' and as a hunting vehicle for a year or so and then put it in storage. I happened upon The CJ-3B Page one evening last winter and was inspired to see if I could get the ol'Jeep running. With lots of help from Brian at Brian's 4WD Jeep Parts in Branford, CT, I've got it running! I have been driving and enjoying it this summer; I can't believe I let it sit for 18 years!"

See also a front view photo (160K JPEG).
 


1962: Randy Merritt

"After two years the basket case I brought home from West Virginia is finally finished. Although venturing a little farther from stock than I had planned, everything worked out fine. My Jeep incorporates a more modern suspension system (see Wrangler Springs for a '62 3B). Other modifications include Saginaw steering, 4-wheel disc brakes, and the dual reservoir master cylinder conversion."

See also a front view photo (70K JPEG) and a left side photo (60K JPEG).
 


1962: Louie Larson

This unrestored 1962 Jeep with about 16,000 miles on it, belongs to Louie Larson who says, "The '62 has original Jeep Renegade aluminum wheels and radial tires on it for practical reasons, but I have the five original 700X15 Goodyear NDT's on the original wheels for show. The only other additions are a roll bar, Warn Overdrive and Warn 6K lb. winch. It has new Warn lockouts on it but I also have the original Warn free-wheeling hubs in the tin tool box."

In early 2004 the Jeep was featured in a cover photo (130K JPEG) on CJ3B.info.

See also a photo of the '62 with a '53 CJ-3B and a 1948 Jeepster (100K JPEG), all belonging to Louie, former owner of Willys Minneapolis. Two of Louie's trailers appear in a photo of the Jeeps from the rear (100K JPEG).
 


1962: Thorsten Koerner

This nicely restored Jeep in Germany appears to be an M606 military export. Engine number 4J306755 is probably original. The vent in the windshield is an unusual feature.
 


1962: Michael Hrischuk

"When I first looked at this Jeep it was in the back of a sandwich shop on Main St. in Doylestown, PA, which used to be a Willys/Crosley dealership. It was actually an estate sale as the previous owners (husband and wife) had passed away. You can say though, I bought this Jeep from a former Willys dealer!"

For more photos and details, see Found Behind the Sandwich Shop on CJ3B.info.
 


1962: William Mentz

This 3B is registered in Pennsylvania as a '57, but judging by the VIN is probably an early 1962 model. See a photo of the VIN tag (20K JPEG), which reveals the original Fountain Green under the red paint. See also a photo of the interior (70K JPEG), showing the fresh-air heater and defroster, first available in 1959.

Bill says, "I purchased this in March 2000. It had been sitting for 4 years. The first few days of ownership consisted of many lookovers and considerations for restoration, very little wrenching. After finding rust in the gas tank and cylinder head, we decided to tear it apart rather than try to get it started. It is just about ready for the body to be removed."

Bill is looking for information on the origin of the hardtop. For a better look at it, see a photo from the rear (40K JPEG). R.L. Cook has suggested it may be a Kelly hardtop. See also a photo with the top removed (70K JPEG), and a photo of the engine (80K JPEG) showing a horn with a star-pattern grille.
 


1962: JC Jenkins

"I traded a .22 cal. pistol to a friend for the Jeep. It was missing the gas tank and windshield frame. The axles had been swapped for an early set from a CJ-2A -- both were completely worn out, and the rear wheels fell off towing it home. Since then, we installed a Buick V6, Chevy SM420 granny 4 speed tranny, and found a disassembled CJ-5 and swapped the Dana 44 in the rear and the Dana 30 in the front. Everything in it has been by guess and by golly -- the radiator is a 1969 Toyota Land Cruiser 4 core, the swing pedals are from a Jeepster, we used the Land Cruiser slave cylinder, ND installed a 4 turn Saginaw power steering box.

"It has 11" brakes but we'll soon be installing the front disc setup we got from Mike Heimbigner. Along the way we have had several Black Widow spider bites, skinned knuckles, long cold nights on the garage floor working on the old girl, and we've gotten into a little sideline of getting a lot of Jeeps and finding homes for them. But the most important thing about this whole process has been the bonding experience I've had with my son, and the truly wonderful and interesting people we've met. This is a very nice community."

See also some photos from JC's trips over the Rubicon Trail.
 


1962: Rafael Sarante

Rafael Sarante's Jeep in the Dominican Republic has a complicated history: "This Jeep belonged to another person, who changed a lot of parts: windshield (Land Rover), engine (Toyota Corolla 2T), radiator (Jeep, maybe Land Rover), pedals (?), rear axle (?). I changed the brakes (Chevrolet 1964), steering gear (Chevrolet 1963, mounting in front, below the bumper), seats (Japanese), steering wheel (Chevrolet 1964), turn signals (Toyota Land Cruiser), and other things I don't remember, but I love my Jeep CJ-3B."
 


1962: George Steele

"I purchased this Jeep new from Kolars Jeep (dealer) in Seattle, Washington on May 29, 1962. The main reason we bought this Jeep was that it was cheaper than the CJ-5. We were in a hurry the day we bought it, so we took it the way it was that day at the Jeep dealer. It had an ugly Koenig hardtop, Braden PTO winch, Warn Overdrive, and 5.38 gears with power-lok on both ends. I pulled the original engine out in 1965. I did a lot of work on the Jeep that winter. I put in a Chev Nova 4cyl, T-98 4speed, power steering, and built a full floating rear-end with Warn hubs for towing. I believe we put a K-Line soft top on the following summer. We used two different Chev 4cyl's untill 1990 when we installed a 300 Buick that is still in use.

"The Washington state license plate on the Jeep is 62-CJ-3B. We have belonged to the Seattle Jeep Club since 1968. We have a Jeep Club trail run scheduled for August 29, 2042, for my 100th birthday. My 3B and I Will Make That Date."
 


1962: Rob Baens

"It took us over 2 years to restore it. It was so rotten, people thought we were crazy even to think about restoring it, but we made it. It had a long way to come here: it was used by the U.S. Army, and after that it went to Switzerland, where it served a farmer. After a while it was transported to the harbour of Rotterdam, where it we found it, situated on top of a junkyard."

See 1962 U.S. Army M606 for more off-road and restoration photos and details.
 


1962: William Castillo

"My name is William Castillo, from Cartago, Costa Rica. This is my Willys CJ-3B, serial number unknown. When I bought it, it was in really bad condition, in misuse about 10 years. I restored it so it can be used according to our Department of Transportation laws and Periodic Vehicle Inspection."
 


1962: Mike Heimbigner

Mike in Richland WA says, "I am attaching a couple photos of my latest find. This will make Jeep number 25 for me over the last 40 years. All of which have been 1971 or older.

"This is a Sea Foam Green 1962 CJ-3B that I bought from the second owner. The Jeep has only 30,823 original miles (80K JPEG) on it. Everything is stock right down to the taillights (80K JPEG). The serial no. is 57348 86096."
 


1962: Dave Lindgren

"Serial number 5734887814 is our second 3B, and we got it for our summer place up in the mountains of North Carolina. I originally made the yellow '63 to take up there, but the wife said we use it a lot down here and I should find another one for up there -- love that woman. I found a rust-free example out in Las Vegas and had it shipped down here. Must have been a desert vehicle all its life -- can you imagine working on something this old and having nuts and bolts that actually come apart? It is about rust free, with the only rust being two spots alongside the tail lights that were caused by a stiffening bracket inside the body that looks like it was designed to hold dirt.

"It already had a 289 Ford (130K JPEG) installed in it, so it was a matter of rebuilding about everything, installing a overdrive because of the 538's, disk brakes, power steering, a gasoline heater, paint job and it was ready to go.

"I built a swingaway spare bracket (120K JPEG) so I could still use the tailgate (120K JPEG). The trick was to find a bearing strong enough to support it, but it had to be cheap. I ended up using a stub axle and spindle off a trailer. Just cut off the bolt flange -- worked perfect for like 20 bucks."

See some more photos: the dash (130K JPEG), a at the beach (80K JPEG), and the '62 and '63 Jeeps together (150K JPEG).
 


1962: Chris Klebaum

"I purchased this Jeep from Lorne Spooner in the summer of '07 with the goal of restoring it. My plans are to buy a new body and repaint it President Red to match the color code, put 11-inch brakes on it, and install an overdrive. I would like to make it appear pretty much stock."

See more photos from Chris in Wapato, Washington: front, interior, rear, and engine (200K JPEGs).
 


1962: Mike Bowen

Mike in Texas says, "The Jeep only had a few non-original items on it. The first owner had put big bumpers on it, and a hand rail across the dash (90K JPEG). The bumpers may account for the taillights and body being undamaged. I completely removed the rear bumper and trimmed the curved ends off of the front one in order to make it look like a Jeep bumper."

See lots more photos and details of Mike's "E-Barn" Find.
 


1962: Jim Kehoe

Jim in South Burlington VT says, "I purchased this in Ticonderoga NY from Glenn Stefanic who had housed it in a dry barn and gave it a lot of TLC. It has a 3-speed with overdrive and I just purchased stock rims for it and narrow profile tires as well. The only addition was a defroster manifold for winter driving. My wife helped me purchase this on eBay while I was deployed in Iraq and it is my daily driver. I have drooled over CJ3B.info for years and am very happy to have an old Willys in the yard."
 


1962: Derek Schnorenberg

"My name is Derek Schnorenberg from La Porte City, Iowa. I recently purchased my first flatfender, a '62 CJ-3B. It is titled as a '63, but the serial number info on CJ3B.info tells me that it was manufactured late February 1962 (serial number 57348-89184.)

"My Jeep is in need of some body work, but the frame is in excellent condition. The drivetrain is all original, F-Head, Dana 18, T-90, with power-lok differentials, and the only thing that needs some attention is the tranny (needs new 2nd gear and synchronizer.) The original color was plantation white with black trim, but it received an amateur spray paint job before I acquired it. This 3B is actually in great running condition (only 27,000 miles.) Right now I am installing a Pertronix HEI electronic ignition and coil, and ordering new suspension components, and super swamper tires. I plan on a mostly stock restoration, but it will be used exclusively for trail driving and offroading."

See also a front view photo (110K JPEG).
 


1962: Mike Kehoe

Jim is in South Burlington VT, but says, "I purchased this in Ticonderoga NY from Glenn Stefanic who had housed it in a dry barn and gave it a lot of TLC. It has a 3-speed with overdrive and I am in the process of getting stock rims for it and narrow profile tires as well. My wife helped me purchase this on eBay while I was deployed in Iraq and it is my daily driver. I have drooled over your site for years and am very happy to have an old Willys in the yard."
 


1962: Rudrajit Bose

Rudrajit Bose in New Delhi, India has a Willys CJ-3B with serial number 57348-CJ3B-88776-P. This number helps to establish a general pattern of letters added to the end of Willys serial numbers indicating the country or area to which the Jeeps were exported. The only other serial number with a "P" suffix in our list of surviving Serial and Engine Numbers is 8105-122112-P which is now in the U.S. after having been brought back from India.

Rudrajit's Jeep was likely imported CKD (completely knocked down) and assembled by Mahindra & Mahindra. He says, "It comes with original plates with manufacturing information and the date 6/10/61, which are fixed near the dash, and the chassis no. can be read off the chassis. It was originally LHD, but later got converted to RHD (120K JPEG) by the earlier owner. It was sold to a farmer by a former military officer apparently from the Rajput Rifles (Indian infantry regiment). The story was told to me (so I can't verify its authenticity) by the son of the deceased owner, who was quite happy to get rid of what he called a moving junkyard.

"I got it in scrap (rust, corrosion, cowebs... you name it and it had it all) and rebuilt and restored it in 2001. It has an 1800 Isuzu petrol engine, as the original engine was a writeoff, power brakes as I drive a lot in the hills, and high-backed seats for back support and seatbelts. It has 'Willys' embossed on the tailgate (120K JPEG), hood and grille, and an ammunition box fixed between the seats that serves as the tool box. It is sapphire blue with red trim. I have travelled the length and breadth of India in it, including Ladakh, Kerela, Gujrat and Arunachal as I frequently go on treks and drives. "
 


1962: Jim and Linda Pigg

"We used CJ3B.info throughout our nearly 2-year project," says Jim, "as we pretty much started from scratch. But because it had all the extra equipment, we decided to rebuild this unit with no looking back, and go ahead and spend the sweat, time, and money."

See Six Sticks in Dixie for more on this Jeep in Tennessee with OD and front and rear PTO.
 


1962: Héctor Moreno

Hector's CJ-3B in Bogota, Colombia seems to have bits from several Jeeps; it's registered as a '59, but chassis number 57348 86618 indicates the frame at least is from a '62. A photo with the hood open (250K JPEG) reveals no serial number plate on the firewall, and a rear view (250K JPEG) shows an early-50's dash. And engine number MD137515 suggests a military donor. Thanks to Andy Gil for forwarding the photos.
 


1962: Stefan Spielmann

Stefan 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. The engine is a V6 from a Buick Skyhawk.

See more photos of this 1962 CJ-3B "Skyhawk".
 


1962: Glenn Byron

This CJ-3B joins Glenn's collection of Jeeps and Jeep-mounted heavy equipment, in Smithfield, Maine. He's counting on his new Jeep to plow the snow during the winter of 2005-06, and says, "The snowplow is an early Fisher unit from Camden Maine (before the Rockland, Maine plant). It has 16" wheels and the Jeep Hi-Lo hydraulic pump, belt driven on the engine. Originally the bright green color. The heater better work well since the homemade top has no doors."

See also a right rear photo (80K JPEG).
 


1962: Alexander Dube

Alec is in Etobicoke, a suburb of Toronto, and lists the work he has done on the Jeep: new steering bellcrank kit, speedometer cable, ignition switch, master cylinder, front pinion seal and clutch cable. All new tires, brake lines, and wheel cylinders front and rear. New shift lever and transfer case boots, Delco alternator, and crankshaft pulley. New fenders, restored grille, body work and new paint job.

The VIN plate (40K JPEG) has an unusual hand stamped "WC" (or "WO"?) following the serial number. We're trying to determine the significance of this.

See also a front view photo (50K JPEG).
 


1962: Dirk Thiermann

"No data plate. But it's in fairly good condition and almost completely stock (except for some additional dash gauges, mirrors and spare tire carrier). I'm just painting and fixing some minor things till I have the space to do a ground up restoration. I actually found the chassis number on the frame (50K JPEG) -- the number is 87408, so the VIN number would probably be 57348 87408 (see Stamped Numbers on CJ-3B Frames.)

"This photo was taken in Vina del Mar the day I bought it, before driving the Jeep back to Santiago, Chile (approx. 120 Km.) My wife drove behind me in the car in case there was any trouble, but there was none, it was a great drive back home!"
 


1962: Frank Maurer

"When I brought it home my wife shook her head and said what the heck is that thing. When it came time to restore it, the only real option was to buy a repro tub. The plans for the Jeep now are just to drive and enjoy. I did take it to the PA Jeeps All Breeds Jeep Show at the York Fair grounds, and it won the class."

See more details and photos of Frank's 1962 CJ-3B Project.
 


1962: John Belden

"My 1962 un-restored CJ-3B has a Kelly cab and Western plow. I have had this as a plow truck for a while and in 2002 I sent it off to 'summer camp' to get the minor body work done and new paint. Mileage presently stands at 16,010 miles."

See lots more details and photos of John's Jeep in New Paint for the 40th Birthday, and First Snow of the Year.
 


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