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Unread 12-08-2014, 06:57 PM   #1
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1952 Willys cj3a "Rustoration"

For many years I have wanted to build a Willys Jeep. Not a pristine restoration but a resto-mod rig built for serious fun off-road.
A few years back I bought an M38 but ended up selling it to the guy who originally built it in the early 80s in order to fund my Rubicon rebuild. I have regretted getting rid of it ever since.

I found a project willys on craigslist. It hasn't run in 2 years and the ad said it needed body work! I talked to the owner and we worked out a price I liked. Like a fool I jumped all over it. We went to pick it up after a significant snow fall and the thing was buried in and full of snow. Lesson learned, don't buy a jeep you can't really look at!

The jeep is a 1952 Willys cj3a. It has a 4" suspension lift and 2" body lift. It is "powered" by a 1981 Buick 231 V6.

Enough talk here are some photos...
This was getting it pulled out of the woods and ready to load on my trailer.



Later in the day on the trip home after the snow melted!






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Unread 12-08-2014, 07:00 PM   #2
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After getting it home and cleaned out I finally get a good look at the mess I have gotten myself into! This thing is beyond rusty!
This corner is shot!



This has been patched before! Second generation rust!


This corner looks better than it is


This side is no better



Floors have been patched, not very well!




Fenders are toast

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Unread 12-08-2014, 07:01 PM   #3
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On a plus side the wiring is mint and needs no attention at all!
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Unread 12-08-2014, 07:03 PM   #4
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Spent some time the other night cleaning up the shop a little bit. I have a tendency to let things get out of hand and the mess was so bad I couldn't get to my tool box!





I also took a measurement from the floor to the bottom if the rocker under the door. My friend skip was wondering.



I had a chunk cut from the corner blanks I had made up for my yj build, thought I would see how the corner radius compared. Appears to be about the same. This makes me happy as I know my steel guy can get it right!



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Unread 12-08-2014, 07:03 PM   #5
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How's the frame and the rest of the drive train, I think it can still be an awesome project, maybe keep an eye out for a cleaner body or even another parts jeep
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Unread 12-08-2014, 07:03 PM   #6
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Started the repair work on the tub today. I removed the hood and drivers fender along with the windshield frame.



The first patch ready to be welded into place.


And here it is welded.




The cowl side patch was a little more complicated to get the proper bends done. It needs to be cut down a little to achieve the fit I want. Then I still need to cut out the metal on the tub.





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Unread 12-08-2014, 07:04 PM   #7
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And I set the mb grill in place, my favorite part of the jeep!
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Unread 12-08-2014, 07:09 PM   #8
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How's the frame and the rest of the drive train, I think it can still be an awesome project, maybe keep an eye out for a cleaner body or even another parts jeep
The frame is in decent shape.

I don't have a clue on the drive train really at this point. I have only had it running for a few moments by pouring fuel into the carb. I had to order a new carburetor. It should be here this week, then I can get it running and check things over some more. It needs brake work so I won't be driving it quite yet.

I will be rebuilding this body to suit my needs. The beauty of these things is they are mostly flat panels. Very easy to patch up. I will be building most of the body from 16 gauge.

I won't be buying a parts rig!
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Unread 12-08-2014, 07:13 PM   #9
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I dragged a 1955 Willys Cj5 home a couple years ago. I just started digging into it. Fun so far.

Good luck with this one, I'll be watching!

Mine needs brake work too, crappy brakes with a single stage master cylinder! Yikes.
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Unread 12-08-2014, 07:27 PM   #10
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I like the early 5s!

I'm thinking of installing some xj hanging pedals and running a hydraulic clutch and modern brake master
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Unread 12-08-2014, 07:30 PM   #11
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That sounds cool
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Unread 12-08-2014, 07:51 PM   #12
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Watching. My uncle has one of these and a mail jeep he has been trying to get me to haul off.
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Unread 12-08-2014, 08:08 PM   #13
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Unread 12-10-2014, 07:31 AM   #14
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Love the ol flat fender Jeeps. Can't wait to see where you go with this one.
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Unread 12-10-2014, 10:23 AM   #15
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I'll be watching this one.
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