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CJ3B: Intro & General Specs

Tech Specs CJ-3B 1953-1964: An Introductory Overview

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The Willys CJ-3B, spanning from 1953 to 1964, stands as a testament to the evolution of rugged utility vehicles, tracing its roots back to the iconic Willys Jeep lineage. Emerging in the post-World War II era, Willys Motors recognized the need for a versatile, off-road workhorse that could seamlessly transition from military to civilian life.

Post-War Transformation:

In the early 1950s, the CJ-3B emerged as an evolutionary response to its predecessor, the CJ-3A. The notable shift in design was marked by the introduction of a taller hood, a necessary modification to accommodate the powerful F-head Hurricane engine. This design alteration not only distinguished the CJ-3B but also symbolized a forward leap in performance and capability.

Design Innovations:

The CJ-3B's design innovations were not merely functional but also marked a departure from its wartime predecessors. The inclusion of a single-pane windshield and a distinct hood design reflected a commitment to enhancing both aesthetics and functionality. These modifications weren't just cosmetic; they were a testament to the ongoing commitment to excellence in the realm of off-road vehicles.

Adaptable Applications:

As the CJ-3B hit the production lines, its adaptable nature found application in diverse fields. From agricultural tasks to utility functions, the CJ-3B became a reliable companion for those navigating challenging terrains. Its robust construction and off-road prowess even made it a canvas for customization, birthing specialized variants for various industries.

Year by Year Evolution:


The initial years of the CJ-3B witnessed a significant departure from its predecessors. The integration of a 12-volt electrical system and the "Willys" script on the hood set the tone for a new era in Jeep history.


Aesthetic refinements characterized this phase, with a redesigned hood featuring a prominent "Willys" emblem and updated fenders. The CJ-3B embraced external changes while refining its 4WD system and suspension.


Entering the early 1960s, the CJ-3B underwent subtle cosmetic tweaks, including alterations to the grille and hood design. The repositioning of hood latches and modifications to the windshield frame signaled a commitment to streamlining its appearance.

Legacy and Impact:

The CJ-3B's legacy is not merely confined to its production years. It became a symbol of adventure, resilience, and the indomitable spirit of exploration. Its enduring popularity among off-road enthusiasts speaks to its timeless design and the pioneering spirit it encapsulated.

General Specifications:

  • Length: 129 29/32” (3.30 m)
  • Width: 59“ (149.8 cm)
  • Height (Overall): 72” to 75” (183 to 190.5 cm)
  • Mass (curb weight): To be added
  • Mass (dry weight): To be added
  • Tire Size: 6.00-16, Front 26, Rear 28 psi
  • Electrical System: 6 Volt, post-1957 12 Volt
  • Transmission Type: 3-speed manual, T-90
  • Transfer Case Type: 2-speed, Dana 18, manual
  • Front Suspension Type: 2 semi-elliptical leaf springs under the front axle
  • Rear Suspension Type: Multiple leaf springs mounted longitudinally and parallel to the frame
  • Front Axle Type: Dana 25, solid axle
  • Rear Axle Type: Dana 44, full-floating
  • Wheelbase: 81” (205.7 cm)
  • Engine Type: 4-134 “Hurricane” F-Head Motor (Inline 4)
  • Displacement: 134.2 cubic inches (2.2 liters)
  • Horsepower: 72-75 hp
  • Torque: 114 to 135 lb-ft
  • Payload Capacity (on road): 800 to 1,000 lb
  • Payload Capacity (cross country): 700 to 800 lb
  • Fuel Capacity: 10 U.S. gallons (37.9 liters)
  • Operational Range: 150-200 miles on a full tank of fuel
  • Maximum Speed: 55-60 mph
  • Ground Clearance: 8.375 inches (21.27 cm)

Engine Number Location(s):

  • Stamped on the passenger side of the engine block, near the distributor.

Serial Number Location(s):

  • Driver's side of the firewall, near the master cylinder.
  • Left front frame side rail, just below the grille, near the front leaf spring hangar.
 Year  Beginning Serial Number Ending Serial Number
1953 453-GB2-10001 453-GB2-18810
1954 454-GB2-18811 454-GB2-42025
1955 455-GB2-42026 455-GB2-73266
1956 456-GB2-73267 456-GB2-118738
1957 457-GB2-118739 457-GB2-183063
1958 458-GB2-183064 458-GB2-243240
1959 459-GB2-243241 459-GB2-33424
1960 460-GB2-33425 460-GB2-45809
1961 461-GB2-45810 461-GB2-54548
1962 462-GB2-54549 462-GB2-61061
1963 463-GB2-61062 463-GB2-68602
1964 464-GB2-68603 464-GB2-73295


As we conclude our introductory exploration of the iconic Willys CJ-3B, we hope this journey into its history and specifications has been both informative and engaging. JeepsterMan, your trusted source for vintage Jeep parts and knowledge, is committed to delivering accurate and comprehensive insights into these remarkable vehicles. Stay tuned for the next segment, where we delve into the CJ3A's engine, exhaust, and fuel systems, providing enthusiasts and Jeep aficionados with valuable details. If you have any inquiries or are in need of top-quality parts, visit TheJeepsterMan.com or contact us at sales@thejeepsterman.com. Join us as we continue to unravel the rich history of these vintage Jeeps.

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