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post #1 of 43 Old 08-19-2010, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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My CJ2A truck build. (Lots of pictures)

This will be my slow build of my CJ2A into a truck.

It has been done before, Chad over at everything about the Willys CJ2A Jeep built a very nice one.'Frankie' disrobed - The CJ2A Page Forums - Page 1

Jeff (jscherb) on JeepForum built this one.

Anywho I am working with a limited budget ( as in none ) and working with all the junk I have acquired in the last few years.

This is what I am starting with.

The frame :

I have come to the conclusion that it is a late 50's/early 60's CJ5 frame that was extended 2 feet in the middle and 3 feet added to the end. For what purpose I have no idea and neither does the previous owner. He bought it from his neighbor and she cannot recall what her late husbands plans were for it. It was parked outside for 20 plus years under a tarp.

There is a lot of interesting items on this frame.

The block: The Kaiser-Jeep CJ2A industrial block.

with the Ford GPW cylinder head:

The Willys-Overland CJ2A axles, build date 1946 : No photo yet.

The man who built this had a bunch of stuff just lying around. :lol:

Some more photo's


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post #2 of 43 Old 08-19-2010, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Back to the build.

I had a CJ2A that was beyond rebuilding as the rust claimed a lot of it.

It was cut up and the pieces I saved went on the frame creating:

Note: The CJ2A in the back ground will be used for the body.

I started work on the frame, cutting the 3 feet overhang of the rear:

Then this tub:

was placed on the cut frame:

And Mister Sawzall and Miss Grinder had their way:

And with a little help from paint:

Note: The motor that is in this frame is sitting to far back. When I remove it and put in the "F" head I will move it forward.

This is where I am at right now. No finish date has been set and I will work on it as time and money allow.

Today ( June 22 2010) removed engine,transmission,transfer case and drive shafts.

When I removed the front drive shaft it had this little tab welded on the u-joint.

I have never seen that before.

Other then that I removed little pieces off the motor and rusty bolts from the frame.

( June 23 ) Removed front axle, steering box and all misc. bolts. The only thing that is still bolted on from the middle of the frame forward is the trans mount and the tow bar brackets.

Found some number stampings on the frame. When I find out what they are I will post them up.

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Frame cleaned up and painted. ( August 3 2010)

Frame is a 1960 CJ5.

placed axles under it temporarily, easier to move around. Put on the 33's and hooked up the steering.

The wood was placed there for my wife to stand on and steer while I pushed. :lol:

( August 5 )

Well just a slight change of plans.

I will no longer be using this body.

Besides being very rusty, it is filled with bondo and sheet metal fixes that are rotting out.

I will be using the this body that came with my '47

It still needs work but it is a better starting off point,It will be sacrificed! Plus I can use the rear section of floor for my newer tub for the CJ2A build, since it does not have a rear floor in it.

This is what I started with....

The day ended like this...

This will now go to another build I will be doing, A '47 CJ2A.

Many many spot welds were drilled out and I had to cut out some previous owner welds. Tomorrow I will cut the body in half...

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Today ( August 6 ) I cut more out of the tub that will become a cab.

I removed the inner rear fenders.

Then I took some measurements from many a different angles to get my cut line...

( The 2A in back will be built at the same time and will stay relatively stock )

Then the Sawzall came out....

This is what I cut off. The tailgate area will need to be filled in and strengthened...

I then set it up on the frame.

Then I took 5 minutes to see what it looks like semi-complete.

This is where I am at now for the most part. Did minor little things but nothing worth noting. Unfortunately our camera is broken Work on this is going to slow more, I have a new job and working many hours. ( Which is good cause I need a new camera. )

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post #5 of 43 Old 08-19-2010, 07:11 PM
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this is going to be one awesome build!!

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This is sweet! I'll be following it for sure!
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This looks like it will be great Good work so far

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post #10 of 43 Old 08-21-2010, 01:11 PM
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Holy crap. Even though you said you are on a limited budget, I wish I had the money, time, talent, and space to do a resto like this. Ill be watching closely. Best of luck.
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looking good so far, keep it up!

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great build man, looks like you are going to do it the right way and do that lil trooper justice

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This is going to be a sweet build! Good luck and nice work so far
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Lol, how many CJ' do you have sitting around? Hahaha.


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