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Unread 07-23-2007, 10:46 AM   #1
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Project Red -- My '51 CJ-3A

As promised here are some pics of my 1951 CJ-3A. I will eventually turn this thread into a build thread, but for the time being it sits as pictured...uncovered in a field, just as it's been for the last 30 years.













The good news is that all of the rust is surface rust with the exception of the front fenders, where the cancer is minimal. The tub and floorboards are still in tact and in good condition, and the body mounts seem to be solid. The motor was running when it was last parked, so it should take minimal rebuilding to get it back to running condition. My fingers are crossed anyway.

My plans: Complete frame-off restoration; only changing the electrical system to 12v

I'm calling this project Red because of it's original color...Luzon Red, which will also be it's color again when it's all said and done (original color can be found on the lid of the toolbox under the passenger seat).

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Unread 07-23-2007, 10:50 AM   #2
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Sweet Ryan! Any timeline or goal date to get it finished? A year? Two years?
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Unread 07-23-2007, 10:59 AM   #3
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Tough to say. I'm headed back over in October to either move it to the farm's shop, or, hopefully, to load it on a trailer and bring it back over to the East side of the divide. That all hinges on whether or not I have a garage to put it in at my new place. My old man isn't sold on the idea of me kicking one of his rides out of his garage to store it for some reason.

If I have to store it over there it could be a couple years before I even get around to working on it. If I bring it over here I could start working on it soon!
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Unread 07-23-2007, 11:15 AM   #4
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So it's not a myth!!! That'll be an awesome project! Good luck w/that!
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Unread 07-23-2007, 11:15 AM   #5
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Pretty clean condition actually! With the exception of cleaning the leaves and junk out of it, it looks really good for the age of it. Reminds me of my uncle's Jeep he restored not too long ago:




As you get into it more, I can get with him and find out where he got the parts if you are struggling to find something.
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Unread 07-23-2007, 11:29 AM   #6
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Josh, that's an early CJ-5...not a 3B. A 3B is just like mine, only the hood is about twice as high. That's a REAL clean Jeep though. I'd like mine to look like it just rolled off the showroom floor eventually.
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Unread 07-23-2007, 12:29 PM   #7
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Yeah, I changed it after I looked at it more. He wasn't super sure, and then I looked around a bit and changed it (I must not have changed it before you saw it though). I forgot that the CJ5 and the CJ3b years overlapped, and just assumed the 5 was after the 3b run. Oh well, fixed now.

But I'm sure that's going to be an awesome project. You've got a killer platform to start with...it's hard to find one that clean with so little rust. When you get ready for paint/body work, I can talk to a guy here at work and see what he might charge for a side job.
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Unread 07-23-2007, 01:49 PM   #8
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When the time comes for bodywork I'll let you know. For now I just want it closer than 5 hours away!!
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It does exist!!!



Take a close look at the rear quarter panels Ryan - my '67 CJ5 had bondo where the original wood (WOOD!) stuffing for the reinforcement channel expanded and blew out part of the side of the tub.

That's gonna be a thing of beauty when you get it running
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Nothing like that, Jim. This tub is SOLID! I know for a fact there isn't any bondo on it. That wasn't my grandfather's style.
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Nooooo...don't get me wrong there. Wasn't saying there would be bondo...sorry about that confusion. Just commenting on early tub construction. There might be an angled piece of like 1x2" channel reinforcing the tub near the back with wood filler. That can get wet, then rust the tub and eventually blow out the side when it expands.

Bondo is the devil!

Looking closer at the pics, you won't have that problem at all. Square back. Awesome.
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Yep, I'm familiar with the wood that you're talking about. I was commenting on how bondo isn't my gramp's style because if he had bashed any of the metal on the Jeep in, it would still be bashed in.

Really, you'd have to see this thing to believe it's condition. With the exception of the rust on the front rockers/fenders, there's nothing else. Unbelievable for a Jeep that's been outside for it's eternity.
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Pretty clean condition actually! With the exception of cleaning the leaves and junk out of it, it looks really good for the age of it. Reminds me of my uncle's Jeep he restored not too long ago:




As you get into it more, I can get with him and find out where he got the parts if you are struggling to find something.
It looks like the tie rod and the diff are takin a beating in that first pic there...might jsut be a wierd angle though
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No, it's not a wierd angle. He smacked it pretty good, but no damage/bending somehow.
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