Jeep FJ-3/FJ-3A
Manufacturer Willys Motors
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Production 1961-65
Class Compact van
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The Jeep FJ-3 Fleetvan was a compact delivery van manufactured by Willys Motors and Kaiser-Jeep from 1961 to 1965.[1] It was based on the DJ-3A Dispatcher, but equipped with the F-134 Hurricane engine. Two models were available, the FJ-3 and the longer FJ-3A. It came standard with the familiar Borg-Warner T-90 three-speed manual transmission. A Borg-Warner automatic was offered as an option.

Right-hand-drive FJ-3s were made for the U. S. Postal Service. Most of these had horizontal grille slats in contrast to the seven vertical slats found on standard models.

An FJ-6 model was introduced in 1965 for postal use, which was ultimately replaced by the FJ-9 introduced in 1975.

The FJ-3 Fleetvan was produced first as the FJ-3 right-hand-drive postal delivery vehicle. The FJ-3 was only 135 inches long and shorter than the 154 inch long FJ-3A, but was both the FJ-3 and FJ-3A were rated for 1000 pound payload. FJ-3 Fleetvans are identifiable by its horizontal grille slots and RHD.

The FJ-3A had an additional 19 inches of rear overhang, with an overall length of 154 inches on an 81-inch wheelbase. While the FJ-3 and FJ-3A may appear to be a large vehicle, it was actually quite compact as you can see in by the Jeep vehicle wheelbase comparison below (Willys brochure).

FJ-6 and FJ-6A FleetvanEdit

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An FJ-6 model was introduced in 1965 for postal use. The FJ-6 was built on a CJ-6 chassis and was equipped with the F-134 Hurricane engine. Two models of the FJ-6 were available, the FJ-6 and the longer FJ-6A. It came standard with the familiar Borg-Warner T-90 three-speed manual transmission. A Borg-Warner automatic was offered as an option. The FJ Fleetvans were 2 wheel drive and came equipped with a Dana 44 rear axle. The driver of the FJ-3 and FJ-6 Fleetvans could drive sitting or standing up.


FJ-8, FJ-8A, FJ-8C and FJ-9 FleetvanEdit

On April 1, 1971, AM General Corporation was incorporated as a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Motors Corporation and separate from the Jeep Corporation. This move was initiated to give independent status to AM General to fulfill the special transportation requirements of the U.S. Government and pursue further diversification.

In 1975 the FJ-8 3/4-ton series and FJ-9 1-ton series Postal Service vans ultimately replaced FJ-6. In all, 35,000 3/4-ton and 4,000 1-ton vans were delivered to the U.S. Postal Service and other commercial users.

These step vans have become a staple of independent ice cream companies. But there are still quite a few out there on mail routes.

Fleetvan ModelsEdit

  • FJ-3
  • FJ-3A
  • FJ-6
  • FJ-6A
  • FJ-8
  • FJ-8A
  • FJ-8C
  • FJ-9

See AlsoEdit

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