Sixty years ago, Willys sold a version of the CJ-3A as a farm jeep for use on small farms. In the latest episode of Dirt Every Day, host Fred Williams compares the modern 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to a 1951 WIllys CJ-3A to see if it can farm just as well as the classic off-roader.
With the windshield, passenger seat, rear bench, and spare tire as options, the Willys farm jeep was a bare-bones model marketed at farmers. An available power take-off could run farm equipment such as a hay fluffer, plows, and a belt drive as well as a snow plow. While the WIllys CJ has just 60 hp, its nimble size worked well as a multi-purpose vehicle on a small farm.
Equipped with air conditioning and leather seats plus locking Dana 44 differentials, the 285-hp 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited gets a plow attached below its rear bumper so Williams can see if it works as hard as the old Willys. View the video below to see how the modern Wrangler Unlimited compares to the 1951 Willys CJ-3A. And don’t forget to check out the new Four Wheeler network site, featuring regularly updated content from JP, 4 Wheel Drive, Off-Road, Mud Life, 4-Wheel & Off-Road, and Four Wheeler magazines!