The Jeep M606 was a military version of the Jeep CJ-3B. Rob Baens has restored an example rescued from a junkyard in the Netherlands, and seen pulling a 1943 Bantam trailer in the photo above. Its serial number indicates it's a 1962 model. Click on any of the photos below to see larger copies.
Rob believes it was used by the U.S. Army before being sold to a farmer in Switzerland. It also has similarities to other CJ-3B's used by the Swiss Army. Rob says, "After a while, it was transported to the harbour of Rotterdam, where it we found it, situated on top of a junkyard. It took us over 2 years to restore it."
"This picture was taken on a 4WD-weekend last December. The trail was very rough, but we didn't have any difficulties with it. In fact, the Jeep was the only vehicle which didn't get stuck in the mud."
Rob Baens and Urban Luijkx of the Netherlands found an M606 from Switzerland in a junkyard in Rotterdam, and rebuilt it over the course of two years.
"We found it without front fenders, engine, gearbox, seats and windshield. They were with it, but all not attached to the rest of the Jeep."
"The engine and gearbox were not in the Jeep, but on a pallet. We completely restored them as original."
"The chassis was also a mess, you can see this yourself."
"After we had sandblasted the chassis, we discovered such holes as this one. So it was necessary to make new components and parts of the chassis."
"This was when we were putting it back together, but it wasn't finished yet. There still weren't headlights, radiator, glass, etc."
"In this stage, we were rebuilding it after it was completely taken apart. The interior wasn't placed yet into the body. The paint is very shiny: there was still a wax layer on it, but this layer vanished after a few weeks of using it. The body is a story of its own, because there was little of it left. We made a lot of the parts ourselves, and also parts of the chassis had to be replaced by new pieces."
"Here, the Jeep is almost finished. We were replacing the tires from 6.00x16 to 7.00x16 because this is original for an M606. You can still see the 6.00x16 tires on the front axle. Also the blackout light is shown on the left front fender. On the windshield the vacuum-operated windshield-wiper on the driver side and the hand-operated wiper on the passenger side are shown."
"We installed a receiver/transmitter in it, from the same year as the Jeep."
The rear of the Jeep carries the radio antenna as well as a jerrycan and rear-mounted spare, and a shovel and axe are mounted on the passenger side. The tools may have been a Swiss addition, as they weren't standard equipment on U.S. Army M606's. A passenger side photo (45K JPEG) shows the tools, as well as Rob and the interior.
Thanks to Rob Baens and Urban Luijkx. -- Derek Redmond
See more M606 Military Jeeps on The CJ3B Page.
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