My Almost Military Jeep

by Robert Rahn
(Amarillo, Texas)

1952 CJ3A with Military Markings

1952 CJ3A with Military Markings

The first Willys Jeep I had experience with was my brother-in-laws' CJ3B, a 1953 model.

It had been in his wife's family since new. He had me restore it from a ranch knock-about, to be a 12 volt, red with new mechanicals, and reupholstered seats. Now he doesn't leave it outside overnight, but in the barn.

Then I purchased a 1947 CJ2A, and did the same for it. It is gone now, but I have a 1952 CJ3A with a CJ2A windshield frame and glass, 16 inch wheels, and leather seats.

It has military markings, a siren from a supplier in England, a .50 caliber ammo box for a console, and an authentic fire extinguisher. I have a 5 gallon jerry can mounted on the rear, and a canvas top with a plastic rear window.

The paint is O.D. (Olive Drab) with a gloss finish, which I believe the officers rode in.

Larry's Comment: The M38 military Willys Jeep was a beefed up version of your CJ3A, used extensively in the Korean War.

So, your Willys may be an "almost military Jeep", but its roots were definitely tied to the the military in its day.

Nice rig, Robert!

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You're military type top
by: Abe

I too have a CJ3B with a partial military paint job and USMC markings. It came with a best top soft top w/ doors but I'd rather put on a military top just like yours. Can you tell me where you got the top or the plans to make and mount the top?

If you'd like to send an email address, I can send a photo.


Jeep top
by: Robert Rahn

Abe, my e-mail address is
I can tell you everything about the top.

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