It's mine. I wanted something for those 'Top Down' days and trips to the park kinds of things.
The little CJ-5 is my work pig, and it's all rust and wires, but it gets the job done...
The frame and axles are FINALLY done on the '48, it was a LOT of work, the PO's really screwed things up,
But it does have Scout II axles under it and some reasonable steering...
I don't care if the front drive shaft ever gets installed, this isn't going to be a trail pounder or work horse...
I considered not using a front diff, and leaving the transfer case out so I could use a reasonable transmission.
Just a weekend day tripper... Something to drive around and grin at the neighbors in...
Is it just me or does the soft top on it also look like its made of aluminum?
Its like the jeep equivalent of a delorean.
Isn't there a cheaper way of getting a new body, like refurbing an original thats in better condition than yours? 4000 bones is almost enought to go buy another decent condition cj-2a and take its body away. And then you have a parts car.
Also, i was wondering, if the body looks that bad....what is your frame going to look like after it comes back from the blaster?
1978 CJ7 I6, 2.5" dik cepek spring lift, 0.5" shackle lift, Cooper Discoverer S/T 33's, 1.25" Wheel Spacers. http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...g?t=1221918667
Whats Next: Wide track swap, winch, new seats, eventually a 4.0 mpi swap from a 90's cherokee or wrangler.
I REALLY like the looks of that surrey top on that body!
Comes off in about 30 seconds if you don't want it...
Frame was in REMARKABLY good shape, the body sat full of leaves and trash for years...
Even the scrap steel welding job the POs did to install Scout axles didn't screw up the frame for me, it was in that good of shape...
Axles are good to go, gear ratios are even reasonable (3.73:1), so some new gaskets, seals, and the axles came right up to snuff, or I would have trashed the front and went a different direction.
Found a steering box that fit in PERFECTLY, didn't even have to change the Pittman arm, so that's covered,
And it's going to be around $2,800 plus shipping for a replacement steel EVERYTHING, plus prep and painting, which I don't do worth a damn...
New stock springs with 3" lift are laying here, but I'm thinking about long arms and air bags instead of springs since I have the room with the wider axles...
Maybe some stainless link arms?
I dunno, don't know how much I want to wrap up in this thing yet...
So figure $3,000 minimum for steel, $1,000 or so for prep/paint, and I'm back at $4,000 again...
I just can't decide if I want to spend that much, or try to scab together parts/panels on something that is already rusty,
*IF* I can find something that is worth starting with in the first place...
Time Vs. Labor Vs. end results.
I'm sure NOT going to run into another one of THESE anytime soon around here!
Just a side note,
Can you imagine driving into the sun with that hood!
You would need a welding helmet to drive if you didn't cover the hood in something non reflective!
I'd wheel it with the rusty body before I spent that kind of coin for an aluminum body. I think a CJ-2A looks better with an original body, anyway. I like it a lot. Just get it running and call it done
As a guy who just spent 2 years and over 2g's rebuilding a stock body for my 47 (resto, my 51 is my wheelin rig) I would definitely buy a new repop body. I am not sure I would fork out the coin for stainless though.
These rigs made it 60 years with a steel body, and in the next 60, most of them will never see the kind of life they had in the first 60. The new tub if even in regular steel, should outlast most of us!
Originally Posted by RubiconRazorbac
Well, I've never eaten a turd sandwich, but I wouldn't have a problem recommending not to try it.:thumbsup:
But I'm sure someone out there will post that they regularly eat turd sandwiches with no problems...
98blacksahara is right. Your time is money! I have worked on a number of jeeps... WWII Willys, WWII Fords, CJ2as and Wranglers. The body work is always the most tedious to do and it is so much work for so little. If you don't have the money, then you don't have the choice. If you have the money, I would spend the $4,000. When I do another WWII Willys, I believe I will start with a brand new frame and body... if I have the money.
Check out "YJ V6 Conversion" if you want to see a frame up restoration of my 1992 YJ.
Check out "WWII Jeep Photos AND Restoration of..." if you want to see the original JEEP in action...
I dont like it personally. To much bling bling.. Lol. And to spend that much for it? Not me. I also am for the idea of wheeling it while rusty. I personally like a vehicle with character a little better than I like the shine. That tub looks like it would match some 22" spinners........
1979 CJ5 408 AMC dana 60/14b, T18, d300, PSC hydro assist
1948 Willys CJ2a LS 4.8/sm465 scout 44's
I like it JeepHammer, and I wonder if it is a body made by the MD Juan Company in the Philippines. They make the Repli-Tubs, like I have, and I know they offer a S.S. version for the CJ model body type but no one sells them here in the USA that I know of. Where did you happen to purchase that one?