1953 Owners Photos



Richard Meagley's unmolested 3A


Jack Shearer's CJ-3A

Jack writes:

"Here are three pics of my Jeep.  This is the day that it was purchased.  This particular Jeep has been in the yard pictured here for about 10 years, maybe more.  I had my eye on it for at least 10 years.  The owner had acquired it from his son.  His son had received it from a man who had owned it at least 20 years, and had mildly restored it previously during his ownership.  The pull-out lever I had a question about is on the dash to the left of the steering column, and to the right of the light switch.  The cable to this particular lever goes through the firewall, but is not attached to anything at this time.  It obviously is an original component, noting the shape of the dash where this piece is. 
The CJ ran the day I got it, I almost drove it home from this place.  But, after some time around the yard, it coughed and died.  The gas tank was nasty!  Also, after taking apart the transmission, the runny peanut butter I removed made me glad I didn't take this thing on any long excursions!"


3/5/05 Update:  Here's what Jack's 3A looks like after a little elbow grease (do you think he is an OSU fan???):



Glenn Byron's 3A Farm Jeep in Maine

Glenn writes: "Here are 2 pix of my CJ3A Farm Jeep SN# 453 GB1 14542. It is probably one of the last CJ3A model Farm Jeeps, as CJ3B production was starting. I bought it about 1986 from a Wisconsin Farmer and paperwork I have shows it spent it's life around Illinois and Wisconsin. Odometer shows 36855 miles and might very well be accurate. Original color was Luzon Red, shows no body work and a crude repaint in green. The steps are Willys equipment and it had a half cab. I took the cab off, but kept it. It also had a snow plow from Schnecker(SP?) Iron Works, Buffalo, NY which I sold as we had plenty of Jeeps with snowplows in Maine. The Jeep has essentially been in storage since I've had it, and needs a bunch of repairs to be usable. I have found the front counter weight that was used and also a Newgren single bottom land plow, like what was sold for the Jeeps when new. Someday maybe I'll get to fixing it. There are very few of these around and none other in Maine that I know of.  The Monroe 3 Point Hitch is SN#7840 and control handle is SN#7681.  It is complete, was working when I bought it.  The front crankshaft mounted pump leaks badly, but is the same as a Farmall Super C, with rebuild kits available at Case/IH Dealers.  The Farm Jeeps had several differences from regular CJ3A production, including Springs, Hangers, and Brackets.  Mine has an 8 volt tractor battery, which was needed to spin the engine and pump on a cold Wisconsin morning.  Other Monroe System owners have provided manuals for Parts, Installation, and Use.  This system could be Dealer installed , but required much more than what you see.  One of the hardest items to find is the special aluminum pump mount for the front of the oilpan which holds the pump.   

Thanks, Glenn Byron, Smithfield, Maine"



Chris Bader's Stretched 3A in Ohio

Chris sent me these photos of his recently purchased 3A he plans on restoring.  Under the hood is an F134 with the usual bump out in the hood.  But also take notice of the pushed out grill, extended hood, and extended frame.



Jeffrey Phillips 3A Project in Virginia

Jeffrey writes: "Here are some pics of it as I purchased it... obviously needs some serious restoration... almost down to the frame now, but no pics as of yet. Thanks! Jeff"


Asaf's 3A in Israel



Allen Fabre's Nordic Blue 3A

Allen writes:  "Here are some pictures of my jeep. It was made in 1953. I am the fourth owner and bought it from a guy in Kentucky. The jeep's new home is Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The person I bought it from did some work on the jeep, but most of it was cosmetic in nature. It runs really good and is mostly original. They painted it Nordic Blue which is not a correct color for CJ3A's, but was used on jeeps around 1955. In the future I plan to take it down to the frame and rebuild it. I don't know if I will go to the extent that you did, but you never know. (By the way your jeep turned out great.) I do need to do some work on the jeep, the main thing being the oil filter. Believe it or not they removed the canister and hooked the two hoses together and were running it like that. Do you know if Northstar Willys has a reproduction canister and bracket? If not them, than where can I get one? I also need to reposition the muffler. The muffler is mounted on the frame right behind the driver seat which is not the correct location. I will send the serial number for the jeep the next time I go to my shop to work on it. Thanks for the information and keep up the great work on the website. Allen Fabre" 


Jonathan Hamilton's Unrestored 3A in OR

Jonathan writes: "This 1953 CJ-3A Ser # 453 GB1 was originally owned by my wife's grandfather, Wayne Elshere of South Dakota. He is still alive and has given it us to restore. It was primarily used as a farm jeep. Wayne used it mostly to tow a crop sprayer. It was bought new, by Wayne, in 1953 to start his crop spraying business. It has 32,000 original miles, rear pto, passenger and rear (folding? - maybe from a 2A) seats, original hard top, original 15 in tubeless tires (that still hold air), and nothing has been modified except moving the starter button from the floor to the dash (I only believe this to not be the original setup since the owners manual says it should be on the floor). Jonathan & Rebecca Hamilton Klamath Falls, OR."

Charles Morgan's '53


I am the current steward to this little guy, as well as having a 'class 5' trail CJ7.  After many years of looking, I managed to find one local (Charlotte, NC) that just needed a little attention.  To be honest, I was looking for a Willys that would require little maintenance and that my parents could drive.  This property shown is a family heirloom, and not a permanent residence- and we use it to "get away".  As such, anything there must crank and run on demand.  So when a v8 swap Willys popped up, it was a viable option.  The little town where this farm is located has no idea what a Willys is, much less has parts for it.  The Chevy 307 just made sense- and I can troubleshoot a Chevy on the phone if there is any trouble.  Can't have Mom wanting to go for a ride and need a '53 widget, can we?    Anyway, I brought it home Jan 2008 and proceeded to tear it down for a full mechanical rebuild.  I even replaced most of the body with heavy gage sheet.  This is the result of a 2 1/2 month whirlwind rebuild.  A Frankenstein CJ3A she is, but she is being used, and loved.  I guess thats all that matters.
   Thanks to my family for sticking with me through the long nights and total fascination of all that is CJ. 
Charles Morgan
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