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Unread 05-01-2012, 06:24 PM   #1
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Dan's Rusty Bucket O' Fun - 1955 Willys CJ5

This weekend I brought home a 1955 Jeep Willys CJ5. I believe it has what is called the F-Head 4 cyl.

I have been driving a Jeep Compass as a daily driver for a while now but recently got turned onto real Jeeps while riding around and working on my buddies "farm jeeps". Had so much fun with them that I decided to get one of my own.

The jeep was a farm jeep in VA and previously owned by a service station and used to plow snow and pull cars around the lot.

The jeep runs and runs great if push-started but the electrical system is shot. Wont start on its own and nothing electrical works while its running. Getting the electrical system fixed will be my #1 task followed by fixing things that will get me a ticket driving around town. Get all lights working, add seatbelts, fix windshield crack, etc.

This will certainly be a long running project that I will keep updated here.

Here is the first photo:


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Unread 05-01-2012, 06:28 PM   #2
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For my first post I am just going to throw up some photos of the engine. I believe its what is called the F-Head 4 cyl. As someone that knows nothing about these yet Id say it looks mostly original (correct me if I am wrong). It has 6V electrical still. Looks like maybe the heater was added or modified.





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WOW, this is gonna be good!!! That picture is great, it looks like a toy. What color are you going to paint it?
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Unread 05-01-2012, 06:35 PM   #4
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WOW, this is gonna be good!!! That picture is great, it looks like a toy. What color are you going to paint it?
Gotta think on that one. It'll be a long time before it happens but my first vision was a flat black.
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When I did the frame-up on my '62, I had great luck with the reproduction harness from Walck's. Wired it in just a few hours. They were a great resource for pretty much everything I needed for my early CJ-5 resto-mod.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 02:19 PM   #6
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Got to spend a little time on this today. Got the plow removed and did some cleanup. Got it running too, its still not charging tho.

Removed the old heater, broken horn, misc wiring, broken throttle cable and plow controls. Doesn't get much simpler than this!


Vacuumed the interior but still needs some TLC!


With the plow removed.
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Decided to go with a 12V conversion and have been working on that. Started with ripping everything out that came out easily and did some serious cleaning. No more mud color! Also put in a new carb, coil, wires, plugs, etc.

Waiting on the starter to come back from the shop having been re wired for 12v and fighting with this "universal" alternator bracket. Started wiring the headlights too as I ripped out every last piece of that old wire in the jeep.

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Such a nice classic Jeep.
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Unread 05-21-2012, 07:24 AM   #10
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A before and after some cleaning!

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12V conversion nearly complete! The engine side of things is done but still have to do all the lights. Rewiring everything.

Got the starter converted to 12v. New alt, coil, plugs, wires, carb, wiring, grounds...

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great start looks like a fun project.
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Had a little setback as the new alternator was not charging. Turned out it was bad from the factory. Got a new replacement installed today and was relieved when my meter read around 14 volts!

My factory air filter box had a hole rusted in the bottom so I threw on a standard air filter. This shouldn't cause any problems should it? I just plugged the vacuum line that attached to the old air box.



Got all new lights and switched installed and rewired everything. Working headlights, brake lights, turn signals, etc. Almost ready to drive this thing around town!

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What color is the outside now that it's cleaned? Under the hood it looks like an old green, but the outside looks blue/red with flakes of green chipped in. Those colors look great especially on an old Willy like that.
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What color is the outside now that it's cleaned? Under the hood it looks like an old green, but the outside looks blue/red with flakes of green chipped in. Those colors look great especially on an old Willy like that.
Looks like it was originally green than later painted red and than again blue. Now a mix of all three plus rust and primer.
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