By the late 1950s the seats were fully upholstered -- the upper cushion was sewn to the lower cushion and enclosed the seat frame -- and had a slightly curved back, as on the early CJ-5 (130K JPEG). The grey-green color seems to have become the norm. The larger copy of this photo of Rolfe French's '61 reveals a cross-hatched pattern. A rear view of 1962 seats (100K JPEG) in John Belden's CJ-3B shows a similar pattern.
Ed Surjan took this photo of the original upholstery in his near-mint unrestored 1963 CJ-3B, plus closeups of the upper cushion front and rear (90K JPEGs).
The underside was open; see also a detail photo by Adam Charnok of the springs (60K JPEG) under the same 1963 passenger seat .
Fading with age, and photographic reproduction, can make it hard to compare the various shades of green, but a photo of the late Janet Wathen Clark driving a brand new 1961 3B (100K JPEG) appears to show a darker green vinyl.
When Luis Mariano Paz removed the dark green replacement upholstery in his 1966 M606 in 2011, he found the original light green vinyl with an imitation leather texture.
See also the springs (140K JPEG) under the rear seat.
Seat covers and cushions are something that almost always need replacement if you're restoring an older Jeep. Years ago on CJ3B.info we published an article on Re-Covering Jeep Seats, using foam cushions and canvas or vinyl covers from Beachwood Canvas Works, who also sell covered bucket-seat cushions. There are other repro sources, usually for the early-style cushions.
Many people go to local upholstery shops, but if you're looking for someone who specializes in seats for Willys Jeeps, you may also want to contact Jim Boswell at email@example.com in Durango, Colorado. He can supply well-made heavy duty cushions covered in just about anything you want. See also a photo of the underside, and a closeup showing the stitching (100K JPEGs).
Now if only we could find a source for that Willys vinyl with the tiny Jeeps on it....
Thanks to all the contributors. More information and photos are welcome. -- Derek Redmond
See a list of the significance of some 1961-65 Trim Codes for upholstery colors, in Willys Paint Samples 1959-65.
See also CJ-3B Seats on CJ3B.info.
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