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post #1 of 3 Old 05-25-2008, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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What to look for in a 1949 Willys CJ-3A???

I'm going to look at a 1949 Willys CJ-3A tomorrow and wanted a little advice on what to look for in terms of bad rust areas and what-not. The Jeep has sat for 14 yrs but the guy says it ran when he parked it but thought the clutch was going out.

Any help will be much appreciated.


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post #2 of 3 Old 05-25-2008, 10:55 PM
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You'll just have to go look at it and see. Most of the very early CJs I've looked at in my area that were for sale were either rusted out completely or were basically made out of fiberglass and bondo. As long as the frame is solid, you can always just buy an entire tub and front clip or whatever else you may need new aftermarket. The CJ-3A will have the L-head I4 (flathead) which is a great little motor that will run forever, but if it's sat for that long you'll have to make sure it's not seized up too bad. You may have to pull the head (be careful with those bolts if they're rusty!) and douse the cylinders with PB Blaster to try and get them free if it won't move. Chances are the transmission and transfer case are going to be pretty stiff too. It really depends what you're looking for and what you want to do with it.

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The seller told me the motor turns over and that "I'm certain it'll run". I got a quick look at it today and there did seem to be plenty of body filler and holes in the body and floor panels. The tub and body parts I'll most likely swap for steel or fiberglass but I'm just not sure how to see if the frame is still solid or not.
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