At the beginning of their lifecycle, classic Jeeps like the Ford GPW and the Willys MB aided Allied soldiers on the frontlines of WWII. After many years of service in WWII, Jeeps didn’t suddenly disappear overnight. Instead, the Willys Jeep eventually became a civilian vehicle, or “CJ.” When the CJ3A hit the streets in 1949, it improved on previous models in a number of ways, but at some point, the market called for further adjustments.
That’s why, in 1953, the CJ3B officially hit the market. If you’re restoring a CJ3B Willys that was made between 1953 and 1964, you need to know how it works inside and out. Without that knowledge, you might find yourself buying the wrong parts for your restoration. This guide will break down the technical specifications for a 53-64 Willys CJ3B so you can avoid making simple, frustrating mistakes during your restoration project.
Restoring a classic vehicle like the Willys CJ3B gives you the opportunity to get hands-on with a piece of automotive history. Taking these Jeeps apart and fixing them up will provide you with an invigorating learning experience and the opportunity to truly become an expert on that vehicle.
To start things off, we’ll break down the specific dimensions of the 53-64 Willys CJ3B, beginning with the weight. The CJ3B clocks in at 3,500 pounds, or 1,587 kilograms overall. It has a curb weight of 2,243 pounds, or 1,017 kilograms.
Between 1953 and 1964, the Willys CJ3B measured at about 129 inches in length. This is about 3 inches shorter in length than the original classic Jeep, the Willys MB.
The width of your 53-64 CJ3B will be 59 inches, or 149 centimeters. This is slightly wider than the previous CJ3A model, which measured at about 57 inches.
The height of the 53-64 CJ3B is 66 ¼ inches, or 169 centimeters, just like the CJ3A.
Now that we have all of the basic dimensions out of the way, let’s address the heart of the CJ3B—the engine. From the first day they hit the streets in 1953 up until 1964, the Willys CJ3B came with a 4-134 F engine. You may also see it referred to as the “Willys Hurricane” engine. This engine was the replacement for the famous “Willys Go Devil” engine, which was used in previous Jeep models.
When you’re looking for the engine number, inspect the front of your engine block. If you look behind the water pump, the engine number will be clearly displayed for you to read.
Now that you’re familiar with the engine, we’ll get into the tire specifications. When looking at the tires of your 53-64 CJ3B Willys, they should be 6.00 x 16 inches. Furthermore, the front tires should clock in at 26 psi, and the rear tires clock in at a slightly higher 28 psi. Both the front and rear tires have a tread size of 48 7/16 inches, or 123 centimeters.
These vehicles also come with a spare tire on the passenger side, which certainly isn’t unusual among classic Jeeps. Specifically, you’ll find the spare tire on 52-64 CJ3Bs located on the rear passenger side of the vehicle.
When measuring your Jeep’s wheelbase, it should be 80 inches, or 203 centimeters in size. This is the exact same wheelbase size found in the previous CJ3A model. In fact, the classic Ford GPW earned the “P” in its name because of its 80-inch wheelbase. Suffice it to say, this isn’t an abnormal wheelbase size for an old school Jeep.
Front and Rear Axles
The 53-64 Willys CJ3Bs have a Dana 25 front axle setup. The rear axle, on the other hand, is a Dana 44.
Speaking of Dana—your 53-64 CJ3B’s transfer case should be a Dana 18. This transfer case, as well as the previously mentioned Dana 25 and 44 axles, are carryovers from the CJ3A model.
These classic Jeeps are fully equipped with a T-90 three-speed transmission. However, in 1963, customers were kindly given the option of buying a CJ3B model featuring a four-speed manual transmission if they so desired, for an extra price, of course.
This specification will differ depending on the year of your CJ3B. Models from 1953-1956 had 6-volt systems. From 1957 onward, the CJ3B came with a 12-volt system instead.
Jeeps have featured a variety of windshield designs over the years. The 53-64 CJ3Bs have a one-piece windshield on the front.
Last but not least, we’ll dive into some additional features you’ll need to know about for your restoration or simply to expand your knowledge of these classic Jeep models. In order to fit in the new Hurricane engine, the 53-64 CJ3B was newly outfitted with a higher grille and hood, so you’ll notice just by looking at these components that size differs slightly from previous models. The front fender is a flat design with a 1-inch front lip.
As far as fuel capacity goes, the 53-64 CJ3B can hold up to 10 ½ gallons at a time. The lever for the parking brake is clearly located in the center of the dashboard, so it’s pretty hard to miss. One interesting thing that you’ll notice when looking inside the 53-64 CJ3B is that the glove compartment is gone.
This comprehensive guide to the technical specifications for a 53-64 Willys CJ3B will be very beneficial when it comes to buying replacement parts for your restoration project. Since these are old vehicles with very specific designs, you have to careful when buying these parts. As you can see, these CJ3B models have some components that were also featured in previous models, while other components have been slightly altered.
At Army Jeep Parts, we can provide you with the right parts for completing a Willys CJ3B restoration. In fact, we can provide you with Jeep CJ2A parts and a bevy of other classic Jeep components as well. That way, you won’t have to search the internet far and wide for high-quality classic Jeep parts.