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M-606 or Military CJ3B Jeep
The M606 was pretty much just the CJ-3B straight off the assembly line, with the same serial numbers as the civilian version. The military version took the heavy-duty options like larger tires and springs, a special rear bumper to hold the Pintle Hook and bumperettes, and a black-out lamp on the front left fender. The military CJ-3B also had a specific windshield not used on civilian models.
One of the most unique differences between the M606 and the M-38 (which look similar) is the M606 has a 6-volt electrical system rather than the standard military 24-volt. The M606 also has a longer wheelbase, and has an F-Head hurricane engine rather than the Flat Head – this explains the “High Hood” look of the M606.
Some CJ-3B’s purchased by the Military Police and Navy did not have the military blackout and marker lamps.
Thanks to Wolf Starchild for the above description.
The CJ-3B was introduced in January 1953 and the M606 followed, produced at least into the mid-1960s. Relatively few of the M606s went to the U.S. military, but were exported. In addition, Mahindra (India), Mitsubishi (Japan) and others produced the M606 outside the U.S. under license from Kaiser (who purchased Willys Overland in April 1953).
M606 or Military CJ-3B
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