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Reader’s Builds — Don Giovanini’s CJ-3B

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Don’s got a beautiful CJ-3B that he’s clearly spent a great deal of time building.  Only a labor of love would produce details as unique as ‘a 4 barrel with a holley from a scout’.  If you don’t see this weekly driver around town, then he’s likely in the the hills of Colorado.

Some stats:

  • A 1954 CJ-3B that has the nomenclature plate for government service.
  • 231 buick bored .030 balanced
  • Eldebrock performer 4 barrel with a holley from a scout with a small venturi
  • 32″ tires with old chrome wheels
  • t98 4 speed from 61 cj5
  • warn overdrive
  • dana 44 rear 5.38
  • dana 25 front with spicer axles and commando spindles — the commando spindles provide an extra hole to attach steering tie rod.
  • ABC seat conversion that was recovered
  • Rear seats are a set of astro van I cut down, welded together and
    recovered.  They can be removed with a pull of a lever.
  • Front rear and transfer case aluminum finned covers
  • Full cage with wrap.  There’s something about hitting your head on your roll bar sans
    wrap that you never forget (editors note:  agreed — I’m wrapping my bars).
  • Advanced headers from cj5 that were cut and formed to fit inside the fenderwheel
  • Big Brakes from 70 cj5
  • Bronco swing pedals with a Cherokee slave cyl for hyd clutch (clutch is silk-like)
  • Using 2 brake pedals bending 1 the opposite direction
  • 67 mustang dual master brake cylinder
  • 68 camero tilt steering with Saginaw box from 73 jeep
  • Cherokee emergency brake handle
  • Commando radiator ( need to replace with aluminum gets hot)
  • Dual can spare tire carrier

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