THE WILLYS CJ-3B

OVERVIEW & SPECS

The Willys CJ-3B replaced the CJ-3A in 1953, the same year Willys-Overland was bought by Kaiser Motors. The Kaiser parent company removed "Overland" from the Willys Motors subcompany name. The CJ-3B introduced a higher grille and hood to clear the new Willys Hurricane engine. A four-speed manual transmission became optional in 1963, at an extra cost of $194. The turning radius was 17 ft 6 in (5.3 m). Until 1968, about 196,000 CJ-3Bs were produced, of which 155,494 were assembled in the U.S. 


  • A production run of: 163,679 built
  • Engine Options:  Hurricane F-Head engine, 75 hp & 114 ft./lbs. torque
  • Transmission Options: T90, 3 Speed manual
  • Front Axle: Dana Spicer 25, 27, or 27A
  • Rear Axle: Dana Spicer 44
  • Wheelbase: 80 inches
  • Length: 130 inches
  • Width: 69 inches
  • Height: 66.25 inches
  • Curb Weight: 2,243 lbs. 

Additional History

The CJ-3B was turned into the M606 military jeep (mostly used for export, through 1968) by equipping it with commercially available heavy-duty options, such as larger tires and springs, and by adding black-out lighting, olive drab paint, and a trailer hitch.


Shipments of the M606 militarized version of the Jeep CJ-3B, exported for military aid under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program, accounted for a substantial percentage of the limited CJ-3B production in the 1960s.