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No Updates on Tuesday

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We had a long but enjoyable day yesterday. We picked up the DJ-3A, #56337 10538. Naturally, it will needed more work than it showed, partly because whomever owned it before Lloyd beat the thing up. But, the engine spins, the column-shift transmission shifts. and it’s got plenty of original parts to make it work the trip.

We also had a great time viewing Lloyd’s creations, which I’ll feature on Wednesday, and had a great evening with Robin, who shared his collection of jeeps with us.

1956-dj3a2

Yes, that front grille was pushed inward, I have some ideas for pulling it back out again.

dj3a-postcard

The color isn’t quite right on this, but this is pretty close to what it should look like. I don’t believe mine came with the chrome front bumper.

 

12 Comments on “No Updates on Tuesday

  1. Craig/Vermont

    lay the grill, front side down, on a rug on cement (remove lights first)…place a piece of wood 4″x 4″ cut the width of the grill on the back side…gently ‘massage’ with a maul…don’t ask me how i know this…good luck !

  2. Glennstin

    Well Dave and Ann, You have captured the 538th DJ3A built in late 1955, a first edition 1956 which likely has a speedometer ending in 8. My wrecked Miss Willy is just 40 units before yours, 56337-10488. It’s going to be fun as you sort out your new project. Who knows, maybe Miss Willy’s parts can help. Just down the road from me is stored DJ3A 56337-10679 owned by a CT. guy, and right in my basement is 56337-10715, a parts DJ3A I bought in CT. to help Miss Willy. We have plenty of examples to get you straight. The greatest thing I see here is you have it chained on your trailer. Now the sorting out can commence.

  3. bob

    How fun. Looks fairly complete. Chain one end of the jeep to a tree, use a com along strapped to another tree and maybe a 4×4 inside and ease that grille back into place.

  4. David Eilers Post author

    Bill: Yes, the windshield is with it. However, one of the arms is severely cracked, so repairs will be necessary. It also has the vacuum windshield wiper.

    Allan: That color is called Pine Tint (based on what I can tell from the color charts http://www.kaiserwillys.com/willys_overland_paint_colors). Yes, any repaints will adhere to that color, but initially, due to areas with surface rust, dings, cracks, dents, and sloppy weld repairs, I’ll have to figure out a short term paint strategy. I’ve added a photo of how this should look with the top (no top at the moment).

  5. David Eilers Post author

    Glenn,

    It does have a speedometer ending in “8”. The rest of the speedometer looks good, but the needle is gone. So, some rebuilding of that will be necessary.

    I figured out what the strange metal structure under neath the frame was. One look at it and I realized it was the transmission cross member. The old owners must have trashed/bent the old one. Have a tranny cross member any where? Good news. I do have the original parking brake, but the cable snapped in half. I have a bunch of photos I’m readying for tomorrow.

    – Dave

  6. Doug in Ohio

    Looks like a nice project Dave and Ann! And Dave you did an awesome job cleaning and organizing your parents garage.Biscuit should be happy with his new pal! 🙂

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