“This isn’t the Old West, because the New West has never arrived. It’s just the West, like Wyatt Earp died yesterday.” ─ Michael Martin Murphey talking about the Eastern Sierra during an interview in 1996.
Probably a dumb question to you guys, but if I read correctly, didnt they make the CJ2A and the CJ3A in 1949? How can you tell the different between the two?
I have a good friend that is going to start restoring a 1949, but they arent positive what model it is and where to even start looking for parts. I have found some sites and passed them along. I would love to see this thing get restored since my friend's grandfather owned that jeep and actually brought his new son (my friend's dad) home from the hospital when he was born in that Jeep in a hellacious snowstorm. Said he was the only vehicle on the road that day and made it home without a problem.....nice!
CJ3A vs. CJ-2A
3A one-piece windshield with cowl vent, 2A two-piece windshield no vent.
3A wipers on windshield cowl, 2A on the top of the windshield.
3A bumper bolted directly to front frame horns. 2A used gussets between the front frame horns and the bumper.
Length of the top of the rear wheel well: 3A 32", 2A 35-5/8"
Distance between driver's seat and steering wheel: 3A 15.125", 2A 14"
Dana 41 rear axle - round cover ('48 - early '51)
Dana 44 rear axle - cover has straight sides (early '51 - '53)
Improved top setup (more head room). Overall vehicle height: 3A 66.375", 2A 64"
Improved carburetor: 3A Carter WO-636-S, 2A Carter WO-596-S
Improved fuel pump: 3A adds vacuum booster (for windshield wipers)
Improved camshaft: 3A gear driven, 2A chain driven
Improved front axle shaft design (chassis #37549 and up):
3A drive pinion spacer eliminated, 2A spacer
3A shaft outer end floats (not retained by nut and lockwasher), 2A nut and lockwasher
3A eliminated lower king pin bearing shims, 2A shims
Improved clutch: 3A 165 foot-pounds, 2A 144 foot-pounds
CJ3A Vin # for 1949 = 10001 - 37749
[COLOR="Blue"]America could not have won World War II without the Jeep."General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1946
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