1960: Maman Surachman
Maman writes from Jakarta, Indonesia, "I was born in a country village and it was around sugar plantations. The first vehicle I have seen was Jeep Willys. That why when I have grown up I have an obsession to have a Jeep Willys. But because of many other reasons, I just bought the Jeep in 2001. After I rebuilt it for almost a year, my Jeep is running well."
1960: Bob Reeder
Hard to believe from this photo, but Bob lives in Texas. He says, "The Jeep was probably bought new around Conroe or Houston area. I bought it used in 1980 for $1500. The engine smokes and the clutch is oily but we get along fine. I rebuilt the brakes and changed some seals and also added a Sears top. It has a Koenig PTO winch which is real handy. I don't drive it on public roads, just on my own land so I don't register or insure it. It is a workhorse for fixing fence or gathering firewood, and a great relaxer just puttering along looking at the deer."
1960: Philippe Gauthier
Philippe Gauthier of Quebec, Canada has added big tires and a suspension (70K JPEG) to match, to his 1960 Jeep.
See also photos Philippe sent from a day out enjoying the scenery and the mud with a group of Jeepin' friends (70K JPEGs).
1960: Doug Anderson
"Just picked up the proverbial barn find. Original owner bought it to plow his driveway. I picked it up for $3,000. It is 100% original except for the top, plow, and winch. The serial number is 57348 57547 which according to the data base was the last one off the line in 1959. The engine number is 4J236702. I am in Peninsula, Ohio which is about halfway between Cleveland and Akron."
See "Barn Finds" Are Out There: Mrs. Dettmer's Original 1960 3B for more photos and a letter from Willys Motors.
1960: Guy Baker
Guy in El Cajon, CA says, "This project started with a trip from San Diego to Chicago to purchase the Jeep. I flat towed it home (drive shafts removed) and slowly started to completely restore my second 3B. Body off (110K JPEG), sandblasted everything, was able to save the tub and windshield. Had the engine rebuilt. I tried to keep as many original parts as I could, as well as buy N.O.S. parts when avaiable. I repainted it the original color (Foam Green). I did all the work myself except engine rebuild and exhaust (see the frame, 100K JPEG). Many thanks to everyone on The CJ3B Page -- it really was a lifesaver on this project."
See also a rear view photo (80K JPEG).
1960: Fernando Henriques
"My father bought it in 1968 with very low mileage and I started driving it in 1970 (before I got my driver's license). In fact the Willys was my 'driving instructor.' The car was used only on week ends and holidays and it was kept in a country house we have in Tomar, Portugal, some 100 miles from Lisbon. Since my father passed away in 1993 the car has been in the garage. Last week I went there to take a look.
"The car was (slightly) repainted and got a new top and new seat covers some 17 years ago. It is full of dust and needing some attention, but everything looks good. The car has 22,423 km (14,000 miles) -- real, I can assure. What struck me more was the condition of the windshield glass, full of air bubbles inside (has to be replaced). See a photo of the glass and the sun visors (100K JPEG).
"I am planning to bring it to Lisbon so that it may have the attention it needs (and to keep company to the 1970 Porsche 911T I bought last year in the US, currently being totally dismantled).
"See also a photo of me from back in 1971 (100K JPEG), doing what one should not do in a Jeep without a roll bar.) And the car in absolutely original condition in 1970 (110K JPEG), except for the STP decal...."
1960: Gary Cline
"The Jeep was purchased in 1971 from Sport Haven Marine (original owner) on Lake Simcoe, north of Barrie, Ontario by a friend of mine. At the time we drove it into Barrie and it has been parked in his garage. Two years ago he called and asked if I was interested and I purchased it. The only thing that has been done are new brake pads and carburetor rebuilt, and I sandblasted the top. The mileage 07490 seen on the speedo (60K JPEG) is original. The bumpers added will be removed and put back to original."
See also a front view with the snowplow (50K JPEG) and a rear view (50K JPEG).
1960: Joe Zindle
Joe and Tina in Crest Hill, Illinois have a CJ, ZJ, KJ and YJ (100K JPEG). Joe says, "My friend Eddie and I just got it running and this is the first time it's been driven in over 5 years. I filed and set the gap on the points, and set the timing. It's running better now, but I'm still going to have to adjust the valves a little bit. And check the dwell.
"This Jeep has a lot of parts that aren't original, such as CJ-5 gas tank, parking brake handle. The body steps are homemade (wood), and I have no idea what the heater is from. The firewall is all hacked up to accomodate it.
"It's titled as a 1966 Willys, and I suspect that's because the (correct type) F-head motor is out of a CJ-5. With all the wonderful pictures and information available on your website, I'm almost 100% positive that this is a 1960 model:
"Eddie and I were searching a junkyard, not knowing what we'd find, when we ran across an old Willys CJ-5 that had a little buried treasure hanging off the back end of the transfer case (80K JPEG). A trip back to Eddie's house for more tools, $60, and five minutes of wrenching later, I was the proud owner of a Koenig Iron Works front power takeoff for my Willys. Just need to find seals and bearings -- this might be hard."
See also a front view (80K JPEG) and rear view (80K JPEG) of the PTO, cleaned up on Joe's workbench. And a summer photo of the 3B loaded up with family and friends (80K JPEG).
1960: Dave Proulx
Dave in Quebec says, "I am 17 years old. This winter, I bought my first jeep, a CJ-3B. It was not in good condition, but my father and I on it up to this summer. We restored the Jeep. We cleaned and repainted the parts and remade some pieces of the body from metal sheets. Some parts are new but originals, for example the turn signals, the boots of the shifters, etc. We put some aluminium wheels, Mickey Thompson 16"x12", and the tires are Goodyear Wrangler 33"x12.5". We also put some fenders on because the tires are outside the fenders, but they aren't in this picture. For next summer we want to lift the suspension."
1960: Patrick Watters
"Originally this was a U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Jeep that my dad acquired 20 years ago for use as a 'wheelbarrow.' The previous owner used it as a beach buggy and apparently never rinsed it off, so the body is in sad shape and the suspension system is trashed. The frame and most of the mechanical features are not too bad considering the abuse it has endured. The photo shows the starting point where I am just beginning to remove parts and start the rebuild process. To date I have removed the back half of the body (it was rusted in two), rebuilt the t-case, and removed the transmission. Lots of work to do but it has been fun. The modified kid's swing set in the photo is my universal hoist that has worked wonderfully to help me remove the front ballast weight, t-case, and transmission. I expect to use it for the other heavy lifting I know I will encounter."
1960: Piere Joubert
This right hand drive Jeep may have been purchased for the Defence Force of the Union of South Africa. Pierre used it off-road extensively -- see also a photo of the Jeep in the water (120K JPEG) from Simon Bruton. It has a Chev 2.5 engine as the only major non-original feature. Pierre has since sold the Jeep.
Pierre also forwarded the following information from the South African War Museum, dated 6 October 2003:
"The first Jeep, a Willys MB, seems to have arrived in South Africa in about October 1943. This Jeep was allocated the Union Defence Force (UDF) number U 47505 and was used by Capt. A A van Niekerk MC, the officer commanding the paratrooper company of the newly formed SAAF Regiment undergoing training at Premier Mine, Pretoria.
"During November 1943 a Willys MB Jeep -- U 46-04 -- was used as the command vehicle during the training in the Barberton district by the Officer Commanding, S A Armoured Brigade, Brigadier C L de W du Toit.
"In 1948, the UDF apparently ordered two hundred and eighty nine Willys Jeeps, the model is unknown. These were allocated the U nos. U 75800 - U 76088. Forty three 1951 Willys 7 seater station wagons were also ordered by the UDF and allocated the U nos. 76177 - U 76219.
"In 1960, twenty five CJ-3B Jeeps were ordered as well as sixty one of the more modern CJ-5. Of the total eighty eight ordered, only eighty five were delivered at first, the rest arriving at a later date.
"In about 1963/64 the SADF purchased one hundred and nine CJ-6 Jeeps." -- R Henry, for Chief Curator J L Keene.
Elsewhere on the web, see CJ-6's in South Africa.
1960: Luis Miguel
"My Willys is not 100% original. I modified the steering because the original steering was too hard, with Chevy hydraulic steering. Also I replaced the brake master cylinder with one from a Nissan Patrol, because it has two outputs -- if you lose one brake, you lose all with the original."
Luis lives in Venezuela -- see more details and photos of his Jeep for the Avila Mountains.
1960: Robert Monk Sr.
"I am the third owner of this Jeep. It has 60,000 miles on it and is mostly stock, with the exception of tires & wheels, electric wipers, top, and a temp. gauge. Currently I am in the process of cleaning it up and placing back into stock condition. Jeeps have been in my family all of my 38 years and this one will hopefully stay. It is primarily a conversation piece, but has been used to train a teenage driver (son) and is driven often, mostly on backroads for pleasure."
1960: Rankine Roth
"I bought the Jeep in Paducah, KY, from a gentleman whose grandfather-in-law (if that is the correct term) bought it new (see the original title, 50K GIF) and used it on a farm in Texas, until it was given to him in the early 1990's. I bought it and brought it back to Murfreesboro, Tennessee (30 minutes southeast of Nashville). I completely stripped it down to the frame and am finishing a full frame off restoration. Everything on the Jeep is in excellent condition to restore except the tub."
See Blue Raider 1960 CJ-3B for more details and photos.
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