2018 Jp Dirt ’N Drive Draws an East Coast Willys CJ-3B

    Long-Haul Willys

    Traci ClarkPhotographer, Writer

    We all know that a Willys was built to survive pretty much anything you can throw at it, and the owner of this awesome 1953 CJ-3B is a pretty hardy soul as well. Joe Beadenkopf drove this Jeep all the way from Westminster, Maryland, to Phoenix, Arizona, for the 2018 Jp Dirt ’N Drive presented by Jeep—roughly 2,300 miles one way to the starting point, then another 600-plus miles (about half on dirt) to Moab, Utah. You might think that Joe would have had enough seat time upon arriving for the start of Easter Jeep Safari week, but this trip was a small fraction of the miles he has happily driven in his flattie, having racked up a whopping 32,000 miles on it in just over two years.

    Joe purchased the 3B as a stock, running Jeep complete with the F134 Hurricane engine four years ago. While he did enjoy its vintage (albeit underpowered) original condition, he knew it could do so much more, and so a process of rebuild and upgrades began. Today, the new and improved cross-continent daily driver is everything Joe wanted in an old flatfender Jeep. We want to thank Joe for being a part of Jp Dirt ’N Drive, and we congratulate him on winning our “Iron Backside” award for traveling the farthest distance to attend.

    Hard Facts

    Vehicle: 1953 Willys CJ-3B
    Engine: 2001 Chevrolet 4.3 Vortec V-6 with throttle-body fuel injection
    Transmission: NV3500 5-speed manual
    Transfer Case: Dana 300
    Suspension: Stock Jeep YJ Wrangler leaf springs, spring-over conversion
    Axles: Scout Dana 44 (front and rear); 4.10 gears, Detroit Locker (front); LSD (rear)
    Wheels: Jeep CJ-5 aluminum slot
    Tires: 33x10.5R15 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain
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