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Beautifully Restored Willys 1953 CJ-3B With Teardrop Trailer in Tow - Video

Posted in News on March 8, 2016
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Photographers: Erik PetersenThe Shank Family

The crew at Petrolicious just released a short film on YouTube about a man, Larry Shank, and a 1953 Willys CJ-3B with teardrop trailer in tow that has been in his family since his father bought it new.

After the passing of his father, Larry felt it was time to restore the beloved Jeep and trailer back to its former glory, and it sure turned out perfectly. Larry Spent years replacing completely worn-out part and replacing upgrades his late father installed.

This Willys features a 1955 Chevy 265ci V-8 crate motor that was installed in 1956 and was rebuilt in 1980 to stock specs, giving the Jeep the power it needed to explore the Southwest. A T-90 transmission manual with a PTO and a Spicer 18 with a Warn overdrive provide power to all four-wheels. The suspension is stock with the addition of coil helper springs on the front leafs.

The coolest upgrade his dad added was the dash-mounted swamp cooler, giving this off-road machine a touch of luxury for those hot summer days. A compass, altimeter, inclinometer, voltmeter, and stock gauges fill out the rest of the classic metal dash. This no-frills Jeep was built for taking the family exploring throughout the Southwest, and thanks to its Teardrop trailer behind it, you could explore for several days at a time comfortably.

Just like the Willys, the Kenskill Teardrop trailer needed a refresh, though not as extensively as the Jeep. With a little bit of elbow grease and Comet cleaner, the aluminum ski was cleaned, the exterior paint was redone, and a modern electric axle was added. The trailer runs on a 12V electrical system that is charged by the Jeep and carries 20 extra gallons of fuel for the Jeep and the boat with outboard motor that lives on top of the trailer.

Thanks to a love and appreciation for vehicles that his father taught him when he was a boy, Larry did an excellent Job bringing back this CJ-3B. Check out the video from Petrolicious below as Larry drives this Jeep down the road and the trail again. For more information on this Willys, check out the feature Jp magazine did on it at

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