1950 Willys CJV-35/U
USMC Radio Jeep
This is a 1950 Willys CJV-35/U. They were 1000 of them made during 1950 for the Department of the Navy. Of these, there are about 29 know to still exist. They were used as a radio jeep by the USMC.
My father-in-law bought it from the Georgia Forestry Commission back in the early 1970's. You'll see the GFC color on some of the closeup photos of the engine compartment & dash. At some point the rear main seal started to leak. He let a high school shop class rebuild the motor. It hasn't run since. It's been in storage since probably 1975 or so.
The current plan is to "preserve" the jeep, not "restore" it. We're going to leave the Civilian top, roll bar & paint job. As we need parts, we'll replace the civilian with the correct military part.
The projects will be to:
Updates as of Sept 17, 2006
The CJV-35 has been up & running for the last couple years.. After a new exhaust system, new brakes, and a new wiring harness form Vintage Wiring of Maine, we were able to start using the jeep again. The jeep has been in two Griffin 4th of July Parades so far.
Robin's CJV-35 is on the left in this photo from the 2005 4th of July parade.
You can see from the photo that we've replaced the Corvair seats with the correct CJ-3A seats. We've also gone from the 15" rims to 16" M38 rims with vintage style knobby tires from Coker Tire. The spare tire is still mounted on the side, like the CJ-3A. We don't intent to move it to the tailgate anytime soon. It's just too practical to use the tailgate & we haven't had any problems getting thru trails with the extra width.