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Unread 02-03-2009, 06:20 PM   #31
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That's a great looking old Jeep, you couldn't have found one closer to mint to restore....that being said, anything less than an original restoration would really be detrimental to the value of such a rare find. It's pretty easy to find them in lesser condition, which would be much more appropriate for your initial intention...it would be a shame to lose such a nice piece of American history to the "basic flatfender" look. Cherries are rare these days....nine out of ten times you just get the beat up box it came in. lol

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Unread 02-04-2009, 12:19 PM   #32
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Wish I had time to come get the plow...that was a heck of a drive with that jeep coming back in the rain. Always cool to see the looks you get on 95 though towing an old Willys. Thanks again for all your help!
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Unread 02-04-2009, 12:47 PM   #33
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No worries I know its a heck of a drive away. Yea he had fun towing that thing around with all the looks, would have love to see the looks if we finally took it offroading like we planned. Do enjoy, I'll be checking to see how it changes. If you do change your mind let me know, I gotta find out I think there was one other small part we also forgot, something with the carb or engine I believe.

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Wish I had time to come get the plow...that was a heck of a drive with that jeep coming back in the rain. Always cool to see the looks you get on 95 though towing an old Willys. Thanks again for all your help!
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Unread 02-04-2009, 08:14 PM   #34
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I paid $500 for my 53 about 15 years ago. All the parts were much cheaper then and did a total restoration back to original issued condition. All the original military parts are still readily available. It just depends on what you want to do with it. I restored mine for about 5 grand. The gun and radio system were extra. It's a big hit at the shows. I then went out and bought a 97 TJ for running on the trails for $3000.
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Unread 02-06-2009, 08:42 AM   #35
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Rusty~ Where is the best place to get a 24 volt wiring harness for this thing? I understand they are rather pricey...
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Unread 02-06-2009, 02:31 PM   #36
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May want to try these guys. I'm not 100% sure if they have a 24V but in speaking with them it turns out their wiring harnesses tend to run a lot cheaper than other guys, and their customer service is great. Seems like an old mom and pop operation out in Cali with everything done over the phone. I really like them.
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Unread 03-22-2009, 09:08 PM   #37
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its been a month any updates?
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Unread 03-23-2009, 09:17 AM   #38
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Rusty~ Where is the best place to get a 24 volt wiring harness for this thing? I understand they are rather pricey...
http://www.midwestmil.com/m38a1.html
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Unread 03-23-2009, 06:48 PM   #39
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Hey great looking build. 2 things...I noticed you used the masterseries silver primer on the frame. I used the same on my rebuild, but I noticed in a later post that you were going to then use POR 15 primer as well?? You know that the PM silver is the only primer you need and can be topcoated with pretty much anything.

Also, I def vote for the grey/black color scheme
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Unread 03-23-2009, 08:18 PM   #40
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Sweet project. We have a 53. Dad started the resoration when I was in middle school, about 20 years ago, but stopped for some reason. He was about 80% done when he stopped. Now it will have to be redone again. I plan on doing it some time in the future.
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Unread 03-28-2009, 09:10 PM   #41
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Hey guys...sorry for the month long delay. I was in the process of switching jobs and that plus the weather (12" of snow) slowed progress down a little. My latest project has been the front and rear axles. The rear axle showed zero signs of wear (no metal on the magnet, gears in great shape, only surface rust on the housing) so it got sanded to the metal, primed, and painted gloss black. I'll attack the brakes and lines at a later time.

Sorry for the cell phone pictures...digital has gone missing at some point.

Rear Dana 44

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The front axle appears to be in slightly worse shape so I decided to do a complete rebuild. Since I'm fairly new at axle work I'll be using Moses Ludel's "Jeep CJ Rebuilder's Guide 1946-1971" as a reference. This book provides step by step instructions (with pictures) for rebuilding all of the major components of the CJ series Jeeps.

The exterior showed the normal rust and pitting that is to be expected. Upon pulling the diff. cover, I noticed that it contained a lot of water mixed with the gear oil and the carrier appeared to be rusted. Gears seem to be intact and show hardly any sign of wear. At least thats some good news. Looking for suggestions on the rust issue.

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Hopefully I'll be updating more often now that I have some time to dedicate to the project and the weather is cooperating.
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Unread 04-03-2009, 05:30 PM   #42
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Small update today...

Had a lead on a good F head motor with head and exhaust manifold still in place. Went and looked at it and it appears to be exactly what I need. Unfortunately, I had a miscommunication with the owner (who didn't think I was coming by today) and now she's up in arms for me not letting her know I was coming. I think in reality I scared her because she heard voices behind her barn and wasn't sure who was around. She is now unwilling to make any deals on the motor. Lesson learned...always make sure people know you are coming by to look at something. Should have tried harder to contact her first. Small set back but I'm hoping that she'll cool off and we'll be able to work something out. On the bright side, her farm is filled with old military vehicles. I counted three flat fenders, an M38A1 frame and running gear, two power wagons, a duece, and a five ton. Also, numerous military trailers scattered around in the bushes.

Spent today continuing the tear down of the front axle. I have most of the brake and steering knuckle parts sanded, cleaned, and painted. I'm finally starting to see the fruits of my labor. I ordered $105.00 worth of seals, miscellaneous bolts, and axle parts from Kaiserwillys.com this morning. I was very pleased with their selection and ease of shopping on the website. I'm counting on the parts being at the house by the middle of next week which will give me a reassembly date of next weekend hopefully.

BTW, does anyone know of the type of grease that goes back into the bearings etc.? I'm assuming that regular automotive grease will suffice...
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Unread 06-16-2009, 04:12 PM   #43
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So it's been a couple months since I updated my post. I've picked up the frame from the garage and gotten it back to the house. Frame has been painted gloss black. It still has some imperfections but hey, first time rebuilding. I've had to take some time off from working on it for lots of little projects around the house (finally got my patio in front of the shed concreted, roof on the overhang, yard cleaned up, etc.)

Right now I'm at the point where I am reassembling the drive train. I recieved my suspension overhaul kit from Kaiserwillys. I went ahead and got springs, shocks, u-bolts, shackles, bushings, and all the miscellaneous nuts and bolts. Axles are complete and ready to be re-installed.

Today I started test fitting all of the springs and got the rear axle underneath the frame.

Springs Ready to be Fitted

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Rear Axle situated under Frame

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A Little New Concrete to Work On

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Unread 06-16-2009, 05:29 PM   #44
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Yes updates, i like your build so far, im a little behind you in my cj2a build. But i am also getting close to reasembling the drivetrain.

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Unread 06-16-2009, 05:49 PM   #45
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It's been extremely painful until this week...I'm so tired of sanding and painting odds and ends. I'll be happy when I have all of my pieces together and ready to assemble. Right now, I'm just working on it as I have time. Your jeep looks good. Everybody needs a project right?
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