1965: Chet Couvillon
Chet, who lives in New Braunfels, Texas, completed a full restoration of this Jeep in 2010. See it in the 2010 Comal County Fair parade (100K JPEG). Chet now has a Facebook page called High Hood Hijinks, and a YouTube channel called Horse Face Films.
A few years before the restoration, Chet told us that "My grandfather bought this Jeep brand new in '64 or '65. We have been using it for hunting ever since. The body is in OK shape and the motor has a lot of original parts. I need a windshield, and need to make some small repairs. I have learned more from The CJ3B Page in one day than anybody in my family has known about this Jeep in the 30+ years we have owned it. I have decided to fix it up and try and get it street legal. I had no idea that you could still get parts for the old girl. Heck I didn't know it was a CJ-3B until I found the website. I just knew it was a Jeep like no other."
See some "before" photos of Chet's Jeep in Texas: Land of Late Model High Hoods. And see some 2010 photos of Texas High-Hood History Restored.
As of 2011, Fernando in Brazil has completed another build-up based on a former Brazilian army M606. He says, "The Jeep was purchased at auction from the army, and a pile of parts. After 2 years in reform, it is finally ready. The mechanics are basically the original, with minor modifications: GM 2.5L 4-cylinder motor (70K JPEG), disc brakes on all four wheels, and power steering (50K JPEG)."
See also a rear view photo (50K JPEG) and some action shots in the mud: front and side (50K JPEGs).
For numerous construction photos of his project, see Fernando's photo page called Cara de Cavalo. (Cara de cavalo or "horse face" is an affectionate term in Brazil for the CJ-3B.)
Fernando says, "Jeguinho is the name given to an animal like a donkey which is used for cargo in the northeast of Brazil. As it is a very strong animal I gave its name to my Jeep. In 1997, I was passing a junkyard when I saw a truck unloading several Brazilian Army surplus Jeeps. Immediately I saw the face of a CJ-3B with things piled on top of it. It seemed an ugly duckling but it winked at me and I had no doubt it was for me.
"It had no engine, and my initial idea was to use the engine and complete 4x2 drivetrain from an Opala. But when I disassembled the Jeep's axles I was surprised by the excellent condition of the parts. With the transmission it was the same thing. In collaboration with a mechanic I installed the engine of the Opala (GM 4-cylinder 2.5L -- see http://www.jeeptech.com/engine/gm151.html). The result was excellent."
See photos of Fernando's M606 in the mud (40K JPEG) and in the rocks (20K JPEG).
"M-606 bought in very good condition by my father in 1981 from Armada Argentina. Manufactured by Jeep Kaiser Corporation, painted olive-drab, with white letters; tires 7.50x16 military type, blackout lamp on left fender, reflectors and blackout covers at tail, pintle hook, soft top and hardware, seats, jerry can, plates on right side and Warranty stamped on left. It has been in my family from 1981, and I hope it will remain for many years with us. The photo at Mesada Las Colmenas (240K JPEG) in Calilegua National Park, is from a trip I made driving from my home in Buenos Aires to northern Argentina, crossing the border with Bolivia and then returning, safely and tired (very)."
More photos of Daniel on the road in Argentina, the Jeep packed with gear: right side and rear view (240K JPEGs).
"I have owned this M606 since 1987. It was originally sold by the Argentinean Army (like many others listed in your page) in August 1982. February 1967 is written on the dash plate (100K JPEG). I bought this Jeep when I was 17 years old (22 years ago); it was my first car and I learned to drive on it.
"Since then I've been working on its restoration. I rebuilt the engine (120K JPEG) and transmission, and painted it. That was about 10 years ago.
Every year in the summer I go to the dunes. When I was younger I made many long trips to the south of Argentina, and I also went to Chile -- that is about 1300 miles from home. Now it's too much for my back...."
Dave Jenkins sent in the photo of this Jeep in North Warren, Pennsylvania, owned by Jerry McCown. Dave says, "He has owned it since about 1967. He not only drives it on the road, but uses it to go up on a hill to service an antenna cable system." The paint tag on the firewall lists Paint 222 and Trim 200.
See also an interior photo (80K JPEG) including defroster.
Dean lives in Santa Clarita, CA and says, "I just purchased a 1965 3B which I think, according to The CJ3B Database, has the highest serial number located in the U.S. (see the Serial Number and Engine Number List.) The number is 8105 130085. The last six digits of the VIN tag (70K JPEG) on the firewall matches the 130085 which is stamped on the right side of the frame (80K JPEG) just above the front spring perch. The engine number is lightly stamped -- the number is either 4J302929 or 4J392929. It also has the usual late 3B features like the rubber pedal pads and large horn button, etc. It was the primary factor in purchasing this one. It is bone stock and I plan to keep it that way because of its rarity. It was amazing to see that late, six-digit number stamped on the right side of the frame!
"The original color was Empire Blue Metallic that was used from 1965-69. It was repainted a darker shade of blue metallic (closer to Nordic Blue used from '62-64). It has a bench seat and a Motorola alternator. I'm searching for a rear seat which is tuff to find."
See also photos from left front view (160K JPEG) and left rear view (160K JPEG). The Jeep was built in December 1964 (see Kaiser Jeep 1960-67 Serial Numbers) and has a Kaiser version of the dash instruction plate (110K JPEG).
More details and photos in Last CJ-3B Sold Stateside?
This former Brazilian Army Jeep was retired in 1996 and restored by Marcos in 2005 in Rio de Janeiro, with military accessories including radio set, rifle rack, siren and two jerry cans.
See lots more photos of this Kaiser M606: A Jeep with Undisputed Attributes.
Eugenio and his M606 are in the city of Tandil in eastern Argentina. Tandil is a word meaning "moving stone", commemorating the mysterious stone that apparently fell from the sky here on 29 February 1912.
The photo was taken at nearby Lago del Fuerte (Fort Lake). The statue in the large copy of the photo is the Danish pioneer John Fulg who was an important figure in the early development of the area. He lived in Tandil from 1850 to 1875, when he returned to Denmark with a small fortune.
Eugenio's tires are Firestone 7.00x16's. The Jeep still has the radio antenna but no longer has the RT68 communications equipment. See the military nomenclature plate (190K JPEG) which reads "Truck Utility 4x4 M606" and shows a delivery date of October 1966.
"Muchas gracias for The CJ3B Page," says Eugenio. "There are many CJ-3B fans living in different countries around the world, and in this website we can all learn more about these mechanical wonders."
One of the last CJ-3B's, this Jeep was built in February 1967 as production was winding down, and sent to the Argentinian military. Carlos has restored it as original, with a few minor changes including blackout parking lamps inspired by the Mitsubishi CJ3B-J4. See The End of the CJ-3B for detail photos.
Alberto is in Buenos Aires, and his Jeep is another of the many CJ-3B's exported to Argentina in the mid 1960's, most of them as militarized M606's. He has it registered as 1968 model, but VIN 8105130145 indicates it was built in December 1964 as a '65 model (see Kaiser Jeep 1960-67 Serial Numbers). Hurricane engine number 4J445804 is from the correct era but is enough out of sequence that we speculate it may have been switched with another Jeep while in military service (see the Serial Number and Engine Number List).
"After owning a couple of 4x4's, I finally decide to look for one of my favorites vehicles. The long wait was due to the fact that apart from the other hobby (Harleys), the Willys down here in Puerto Rico are expensive. I had to rid myself of one of my Harleys in order to fund the "Willys Project." After a long search (3 years, to be exact), I found my 1965 CJ-3B Mean Green Machine at a car dealer, about 2-1/2 hours from home.
"On the first ride, the engine and drivetrain felt solid, but the braking did not feel right. When I got home, the first project was a overhaul to the braking system. I replaced all cylinders, pads, repacked all wheel bearings, installed the front manual-locking hubs, emergency brake cable, and speedometer cable. Boy, what a change! The braking is now excellent, and the Jeep feels a lot looser regarding the new front hubs.
"Later on I also replaced the spark plug wires, sparks, distributor cap, front knuckle seals (which was done with a kit from Federal Mogul, great kit!) and some other miscellaneous stuff. Man, is it fun to drive around town! Future projects include PTO/winch assembly, overdrive, and halftop (it came with the full soft top, bows, and doors when bought), and refurbushing of the ventilating windshield (I have the frame, but have some parts missing, like channels and side brackets)."
See a rear view with the soft top on (90K JPEG) and a right side view (100K JPEG).
Jorge has also restored a canvas half top and installed it: see a rear view and a side view (50K JPEG's.)
Perhaps originally a foreign aid military Jeep, this '65 3B belongs to Barry Cotton in Vientiane, Lao PDR (Laos). He says, "The Hurricane engine has been replaced by a 1984 Toyota Hi-lux engine. For your information, parts are quite easy to obtain here in Vientiane and there are a large number of Jeeps; I have seen at least 20 CJ-3B's. It is running very well and I am slowly making it better. Beats a new BMW anyday!"
"I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I have a M606 which I restored recently. The serial number is 8105 130227 and the date of delivery is 1-65. In the dashboard data plate there are some other information including the Contract Number, which says: DA.20.113.AMC.03894T. Can you help me with that? What does it mean?"
See photos from the left rear and rear view (40K JPEG's). Also a couple of nice action shots -- left front and front view (100K JPEG's) -- without the military detailing but with a hot-weather radiator overflow bottle.
Luiz has more details and photos on his website in Brazil.
Jeff is in St. Louis, but says, "My grandfather purchased this 3B on 9/3/64 from Sparks-Payne Pontiac Jeep Inc. in Lakewood, Colorado. He traded-in a '60 3B (Serial No. 57348-59111) for this 3B. It was handed to me in '79 and currently has 67,505 miles. It is in orginal condition with slight cosmetic modifications (roll bar, hi-back bucket seats, wheels and new blinker assembly)."
See also a driver's side photo (100K JPEG.)
"This is a 1965 CJ-3B, serial number 8105 127602, that I towed to Washington from Montana. The two-year frame-off restoration began shortly after I got it home."
See more photos of Stan's No-Nonsense 1965 CJ-3B.
Luis lives in Buenos Aries, Argentina, and the Jeep is Argentinian military surplus. The Kaiser serial number is 8105137571, and the engine number is 4J449498. He says in Spanish, "In August of 1999 I found an M606 for sale and I liked the state that it was in. Thanks to The CJ3B Page I decided to buy the Jeep."
See M606 in Argentina for more photos of Luis' project.
The exact vintage of this late M606 is uncertain. Javier writes: "As far as I know this Jeep was sent to Spain around 1968 together with lots of used military material as "pay" for the establishment of USAF air bases in Madrid and Zaragoza. It was in active service in "El Escorial", towing a light anti-tank gun until 1983, then as a Driving School car for the soldiers. In 1987 it was de-commissioned and sold to me (still a good runner) in an army auction, for the incredible price of US$80 (that being a LOT of money for me, then a really-short-of-money student!). I stored the Jeep until I had the time and the money to restore her.
"After a year of hard work, over US$2500 spent, hundred of tools lost, a nearly lost girlfriend, some serious hammer blows on fingers, oxitorch burns, greasy black hands for the last 12 months, complaining neighbours, dozens of WD40 cans, and being fined for nearly everything fineable when the police caught me driving with the bare frame... I am proud to say that M606, SN 210564 is fully restored, registered, inspected, insured and back on the road (well, back on the off-road).
"It features a new F-Head Engine (50K JPEG). Yes, I said new. Here in Spain you can still buy a new F-head with all ancilliaries at 24 volts, for as little as $650. Brand new!
"It has the tranny rebuilt, rear axle reinforced, new transfer case, steering box, arm, joints, etc. etc. etc. Dual system 24V/12V (a nightmare to rewire!), and full combat rims/tires -- can run flat for 50 Kms. I am still restoring the fold-out windshield as it was broken and twisted probably due to a rollover. I have installed a temporary EBRO windshield. The rest of the bodywork was in average condition, so It was ready with some minor panel beating. I have painted her in the anti-reflectant Spanish Army Combat Green (which is the same as most western armies) and painted her SN on the hood with period stencils. See also a left rear view photo (60K JPEG).
"I drive her regularly to off-road events, where she outperforms nearly every Suzuki/Montero/Land Rover, to an extent that some new people have been infected by the Jeep bug. The funny thing is that civilian CJ3B Jeeps are really cheap over here, as the diesel version by EBRO was for sale up to 1990, and a running example with average mileage can be bought for as little as $1000 (not a restoration project, but a perfectly good vehicle only ten years old)."
For more on EBRO, see Jeeps in Spain on The CJ3B Page.
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