MT Sees if the New Jeep Wrangler Can Compete with the Classic Willy CJ-3A on the Farm

Once the Second World War was over, the American vehicle manufacturing industry was still tooled up for production of military equipment, and while there were some factories that were able to quickly adapt to peace-time production, others were bigger and therefore their moves were cumbersome.

However, there was another category which is worth mentioning here – those companies whose products did find civilian uses with minimal modifications, like the iconic Willys Jeep, which got stripped out and sold to farmers who would plough the fields with it, or spread seeds.

Motor Trend wants to see if that purposefully-utilitarian philosophy to building off-roaders has been preserved until the modern day, or in other words, if a modern Jeep Wrangler can cut it on the farm. The chosen vehicle is a Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited, powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, coupled to a manual gearbox. It proves that it has more than enough power and traction to do some really hard work, and while it doesn’t have PTO (power take-off) at the back to provide drive to the more advanced farming equipment, it really isn’t bad.

But all of this text would be irrelevant without the video, which is a nice history lesson and generally quite informative, as well as also being posted below.

From Carscoops By Andrei Nedelea

Jesse’s Custom 1950 CJ-3A Jeeprod

This custom CJ-3A is a project that Jesse over at Fortec Atlanta had worked on for well over a year. Using a bunch of Omix-ADA, Rugged Ridge, and Alloy USA parts, as well as some custom fabrication – the build finally came to completion just before the 2012 SEMA Show! Be sure to check out the gallery at the bottom of the post.

1950 CJ-3A

Omix-ADA fenders stretched 8”
Omix grill
Omix “WILLYS” branded tailgate
Original windshield frame chopped 12” and 1” added to opening to accommodate bigger glass
All Omix lights
Original headlamp bucket assemblies
Aluminum tub
Omix stainless steel front OE style bumper shortened
Omix stainless steel OE style rear bumperettes
Omix side view mirror 

72-75 CJ-5 frame, boxed and fitted with custom cross members
Custom tubular trans mount
Custom motor mounts 

Suspension, Brakes, and Steering:
Independent front suspension with adjustable coilovers
Parallel 4 link rear with adjustable coilovers on custom mounts
Custom rear track bar and mounts
103” wheelbase
Manual rack and pinion steering
Under dash master cylinder and booster
4 piston front brake calipers
Disc brakes on rear
All hand bent stainless steel brake lines with braided stainless hoses 

5.7 Hemi form 2008 Dodge Ram
426 Hemi intake
6.1 Hemi fuel rail and injectors
6.4 Hemi front accessories and oil pan
– 224 / 228 @ .50” lift Cam
High Flow Electric Fuel Pump
15 Gallon Aluminum Fuel Cell
Custom Headers with Gibson Sand Rail Mufflers
Custom Aluminum Radiator
Omix Dipstick handles and oil filler cap 

Built 545RFE from 2008 Dodge truck
3000 Stall 

Rear End:
Dana 44 from 72-75 CJ-5
– Limited slip
Precision Gear 4.10 Ring and Pinion, and rebuild kit
Alloy USA replacement shafts
Alloy USA diff cover 

Wheel and Tires:
Front: 26 x 4.5 / 17 M&H Racemaster tires on 17 x 4 Aluminum Wheels
Rear: 28 x 12.50 / 15 M&H Racemaster tires on 15 x 12 American Racing Outlaws 

Omix OE style CJ-3A seats
Omix Leather wrapped steering wheel re-wrapped in brown leather
Omix glove box door and grab handle
Stainless steering column
Custom Aluminum Console