I, along with my Jeep truck have a 1963 Cj-3b, which I bought for the transmission only really to swap into the truck. But I have done that now, and have another project to think about.
I bought this Jeep roughly 2 years ago (January 2007) for $600. It had a warn overdrive on a rebuilt transmission, the only real reason I was attracted to it. Some history of this 3b goes like this. It was used as a run to town and back vehicle by a local farm back in the mid 60s till around '79 or so (farm still exists today) It was then sold to another local who "rebuilt' the Jeep in about '83. The rebuild was this: rebuild engine, transmission, transfer case, front, and rear axles, new brakes, wiring harness, extensive body work, new paint, and new suspension. After it was rebuilt, it was only driven about 8,000 miles, then PARKED. I have inspection receipts and they showed mileage starting in '83, when it was rebuilt, till '89, when it was parked. I was told it was parked, because of a death in his family, and no one was around to drive it anymore. It was used as a hunting vehicle, pleasure vehicle for the 6 years it was on the road. However, time and the weather took its toll on this Jeep, the bondo cracked, the paint pealed, the metal rusted, and it, like most Jeeps became the home of creatures.
When I got it home, the first thing I did was clean the filth that had accumulated over 18 Years of sitting. Then payed attention to the f-head engine, which I thought was stuck, but wasn't (a good sign) I dropped in a battery, and by-passed the fuel line and hoped for the best. It turned over, it sputtered, it backfired, and finialy, it started...but not for long, only a few seconds, but only a few seconds was all I wanted. The next day the engine came out, I took the transmission, and moved everything out to where it is now. That happened back in January 2007. Now, with my Truck project winding down, I am looking ahead a bit, and I see big plans for this Jeep.
My dad and I recently went to a Jeep show, and saw a '62 Cj-3b that had a dauntless 6 fit in, with a t-98 transmission, and front and rear dana 44s. My dad became inspired, and had recently been bugging my on beginning, *cough, cough* "his Jeep".
What I have planed for this Jeep is this. New tub, and sheet metal, better axles (and brakes), a small lift, 32s, a t-98, with a D20 transfer case (maybe something else), reinstall the f-head engine (for now), and make a bunch of custom bits for it also.
Heres some pics, because I know you want to see the pics...
Thanks for reading....this is the sneak peek of next build