1953 Willys Jeep CJ-3A - Restored

1953 Willys

Technical specifications of Willys 1953

Price: US $15,500.00
Item location: Andover, New Hampshire, United States
Make: Willys
Year: 1953
Mileage: 78
VIN: 61162
Color: Brown
Number of cylinders: 4
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: 4WD
Options: 4-Wheel Drive
Vehicle Title: Clean
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Car description

You are bidding on a used 1953 Willys Jeep CJ-3A. I purchased this out of Texas, but never seem to have the time to use it any more. Too many projects, not enough time so it's time to let it go (selling all my CJ items). This is a very nice CJ-3A, which was mechanically gone thru as well as new paint. It is not perfect and the original tub was re-used without any work done to it that I can tell (i.e. dents, holes, etc still there); previous owner liked the proverbial "patina" of it. Starts, runs, drives, and stops; I haven't used it in over a year, so brought it out of storage. It could probably use a carb adjustment: I did have stabilizer in the gas, but fresh gas always seems to help these things too. Tough to find solid older jeeps like this in New England; if you are local, then I took care of the expensive part for you and had it shipped to New England! Also paid for a professional inspection before I acquired the jeep and I'll give a copy of it to the buyer if he/she wants it.
Highlights of work performed:
Converted to 12V system with new alternator, battery, and wiring
All new lighting with turn signals and hazard lights added for street driving
New Naco style tail lights
All new brake system - hard & soft lines, all axle parts, etc
All new steering system - rebuilt column, new steering wheel, all tie rods, etc (steering is nice and tight)
All new fuel system - tank, lines, carb, fuel pump, hoses, etc
(4) New OEM type reproduction 16" X 4.5" wheels
(4) New BFG 235/85R16 mud terrain tires (the stance and look is perfect IMO)
New upholstery - new pans, new foam, & vintage style olive drab canvas on original seat frames
T90 transmission and D18 transfer case completely rebuilt
Steering knuckles rebuilt
All gauges working
12V power outlet added under dash
All new gaskets, seals, axle yokes, u-joints, hoses, oil, fluids, etc
Converted to electronic distributor, new plugs, wires, etc
All new suspension - new leaf springs, nitrogen charged shocks, original style shackles, u-bolts, u-bolt plates, etc
High quality original style New Life Canvas reproduction soft top and bows; it's the correct multi-panel and can be converted to half cab if desired. There are no doors, not needed in Texas I guess!
New headlight trim rings, parking light lenses & trim rings, hood latches, etc
While not new, it does have Warn free locking hubs
I am probably forgetting some things that are new or replaced but this should give the prospective buyer a good idea of how nice a jeep this is.
The body as noted is in original condition and no body work was performed. All that was done was the repaint, so there are dents, holes drilled, etc. It was considered character and history so left as is. The hat channel areas have the typical rust issues.
Overall this is a very solid and nicely rebuilt CJ-3A which I hope finds a good home. About the only thing I can think to mention is the parking brake needs adjusting. The speedometer/odometer is new hence the super low mileage it displays, I have no way of knowing how many miles the jeep actually has on it, so keep in mind the mileage listed is not actual. Please know what you are buying, it is not perfect as noted, but it's a solid vehicle, and remember that you are buying a 70 year old vehicle; and like all old vehicles, it does need occasional tinkering, etc. Vehicle is located in Andover, NH, however I have a clear MA title in my name. I reserve the right to end the auction early as the vehicle is listed locally for sale. Thanks for looking.

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