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Builds — Jim’s 1960 CJ-5

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: .

This is a 1960 CJ-5 that got a new lease on life thanks to efforts by Jim.

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1953 CJ-5 Spokane, Wa $1200 or trade

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1

1953_cj5_spokaneIf this truly is a 1953, then I suspect this is a M-38a1, as I don’t *think* CJ-5s were manufactured prior to 1955.  I like it because it sports what look like nice, old school slot aluminum rims which are hard to find.   The body parts appear in good condition too.  There might be some other good points also.

“I have a 1953 cj 5 project and need to make more room for race car stuff…lol….. I want 1200 cash or trade for the following (see craigslist ad) ….  Arin.  509 863 8953… Best offer by sunday and it goes!!!!”

http://spokane.craigslist.org/bar/1040827117.html

 
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My Build — Disc Brake Anchor Plate issue?

• CATEGORIES: Biscuit

caliper2Winter has a funny way of blowing all kind of things into and around the garage. Last November I took a break from projects in the garage, but when I went out there a couple of weeks ago, it was a bigger mess than I remembered it.  So, I spent last weekend cleaning (including cleaning out the parts washer — uggh), organizing and getting ready to attack my first project of the year, getting the disc brake parts cleaned up and painted.

caliper_correct1So, when I went out today to start with the brake parts, naturally I ran into problems.

PROBLEM 1: My parts washer repaid my efforts at cleaning by developing a leak at the base of the pump.  Not cool.  Since this parts washer is older than some of the wagon wheel trails around here, I’m not entirely sure if I can find parts for it.  It’s entirely possible it’s a custom tank.  So, I get to spend this upcoming weekend removing the washing liquid and attempting to patch the leak.

caliper_problemholePROBLEM 2: Since the parts washer wasn’t going to work, I decided to use a wire brush and a sander to clean up the parts.  So, I cleaned up one of the anchor plates, no problem.  I got to the second anchor plate and noticed that what’s supposed to look like a hole with threads had chunks missing and the threads are gone.  Having not worked with these brakes before, I decided it was time to close up the garage for the day and hop on the internet to see if I could learn more about the problem.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything about the problem.

So dear readers, what’s the bolt for?  Is it important?  I’ve got two images to the right.  The image at the top shows the entire anchor plate.  The second pic highlights a correct hole and the bottom image highlights the problem and shows the bolt that should go there?  Do I need the bolt (of course, I’m sure I do)?

 
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1946 CJ-2A Lubbock, TX **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

1946_cj2a_lubbockUPDATE: Was $5500. **SOLD**

This is a nice looking CJ-2A with a slightly different type of paint job.  Looks good.

“1946 Willys Flat Fender Jeep; mechanically restored; new top and new tires; good paint tagged and inspected, needs nothing…ready to drive for hunting or summer fun; $5500.00”

 
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Builds — Jim’s Mighty Mites

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Mighty Mites • TAGS: .

Here’s some pictures of Jim’s two Mighty Mites.  He notes that they are a horror to work on.  In two years, I’ve only seen two or three of these for sale on craigslist.  They appear very hard to find.

Here’s the first one:

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1946 CJ-2A Aumsville, Or $1500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

1946_cj2a_aumsvilleIt ran when they last parked it.  I don’t know if that means it still runs or they haven’t tried starting it or?

“This is a pretty original 1946 CJ2A. I don’t know a whole lot about it – only that it ran when parked. My dad and I received this jeep from a cousin in trade for something else. I think the pictures tell the story and I have more so email me if you’d like for me to send you additional pictures. I don’t have the wherewithal (mainly a lack of time) to do anything with the jeep at this time. If you see this ad, the jeep is still available. The only trade I would consider is a partial trade towards an uncut first generation Bronco with minimal rust and a straight body.”

http://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/cto/1036433317.html

 
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1942 MB Sublimity, OR **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB), MB

1942_mb_sublimityUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1000.

“1941 Jeep needs some motor parts to run like fuel line and radiator hose. It was in World War 2. Body is in good condition. 3 speed.”

 
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1942 GPW & 1946 CJ-2A Cherokee, NC eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, GPW (Ford MB)

1942_gpw_cherokeeHere’s an interesting pile of parts out of Cherokee, NC.

“A great project for you flat fender Jeep fans.  This is a 1942 Ford built GPW Jeep basket case with many many parts.  There are basically two Jeeps here, the ’42 is a genuine WWII era model complete with the built in ammo storage cans in the back, the flip up headlights and the Browning machine gun mounting plate built into the frame.  The other is a 1946 civilian jeep.  These represent 10+ years of accumulating the parts and pieces to build a WWII jeep that I never got around to doing. ”

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1942 GPW Reedsport, Or **STATUS UNKNOWN**

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB) • TAGS: .

1942_gpw_reedsportUPDATE: Was listed at $4000.

I’m not sure if there are any ’42 parts left on this jeep.

“1942 ford , very strong 327 chevy , th400 transmission with 2800 stall converter and shift kit , pro stick shifter , dana 20 transfer case , dana 44 rear end with track lock posi , dana 30 front end welded , 35 inch tires , power steering with tilt wheel , power drum brakes , full roll cage , nice seats , no rust but there is bondo in the hood and front fenders , aluminum hard top , also have a good windshield frame for a soft top , not a real pretty jeep but it has alot of character and is alot of fun, runs and drives great and will go just about anywhere you have the guts to point it. $4000.00”

 
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2 1952 CJ-3As Spencer, NY $900 for both

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

1952_cj3as_spencerPurchase both CJ-3As for $900 or buy 1 for $500.  Both run and go forward.

“I am selling 2 1952 jeep willys both run and drive. Great restoration projects.  $500 each or $900 for both. Will consider trades. 607-342-2220”

http://binghamton.en.craigslist.org/cto/1034383281.html

 
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1943 MB Phoenix, Az $4000

• CATEGORIES: MB

1943_mb_phoenixIt appears there have been several customizations, so check it out thoroughly.

“original rebuilt motor, new carb., sandblasted and painted, new wiring, and runs great. contact kevin at 623-266-2302”

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/cto/1034900115.html

 
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Race Jeep Centralia, Wa **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , .

race_jeep_centraliaThis is a very good price on a race jeep that looks ready to go.  Get ready for summer!  I think this has reversed springs in the front.  I can’t tell if the back springs are outboarded or not.  I’m gonna guess the body is a fiberglass one piece bobcat body, judging by the thickness of the rim around the back side of the body that either tilts up or you lift off.  The desert dogs look in very good shape as do the rims. The paint job is unique as well.

“Race Jeep, Chev. 350, 4 speed trans. disc brake 44 front end, 44 rear end. Runs and drives. Mount body and its ready to go racing.”

**SOLD**

 
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Reader Builds — Jim’s 1952 M-38A1

• CATEGORIES: Builds • TAGS: .

Here’s an example of how an M-38A1 can be improved with some paint, some parts, and creativity.  As Jim notes, “from ugly yellow hunting jeep back to what it should be…”

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Readers Builds — Another M-38A1 from Jim

• CATEGORIES: Builds • TAGS: .

Here’s another M-38A1.  By painting it green, installing some parts, and adding some touches,  it adds a great deal to the military feel.

Before:

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Reader Builds — CJ-3B Ugly Duckling Transformed by Jim

• CATEGORIES: Builds • TAGS: .

Jim writes that this one was “One of my favorites, had a lot of character. This CJ3B was a really ugly ranch jeep I found in Montrose Colorado. Ran and drove well and after I got it home, figured out a way to make use of that ugly bed extension. Every tourist and kid in downtown Durango loved this thing!”

When I saw this thing for sale, I bluntly said I didn’t understand it.  But, after looking at the ‘before’ pictures, I can see Jim took the hand he was dealt and played it creatively.  Make sure to see the pics of the backend.

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1957 FC-150 Bowie, MD $1500

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

1957_fc150_bowieIt’s rough, but runs.

“1957 Jeep FC-150. Runs and drives, but needs total restoration. Stock drive train and axles (F134, T-90 trans, dana 18 tcase, 25 front, 44 rear). Cab is rusty – bed is solid. Missing heater and wipers. Needs new glass all around. Recent work perfromed: Rebuilt carb.  New master cylinder. Installed 11″ drum brakes on front axle. New rear cross member. Rebuilt steering components (drag link and bell crank)”

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/cto/1031571397.html

 
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1949 CJ-2A Grand Island, Ne $2600

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

1949_cj2a_nebraskaThe body looks a bit rough, but it looks like it’s been updated a little.  I suspect the palette is sold separately.

“Nice running cj2a, new brakes, fuel tank, fuel pump, water pump.$2600.00 firm, no dealing. 308-350-0961”

http://grandisland.craigslist.org/cto/1032367680.html

 
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1951 CJ-3A Campverde, Az $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

1951_cj3a_campverde2UPDATE:  Price dropped to $2500.

I suspect that the suspension has been modified to accomodate those tires.  I’m not positive this is a CJ-3A.

“1949 willys jeep $2500 firm it is worth every penny, runs and drives geart, original flrt head 4 banger, new exhaust, seats in brand new condition, 4×4 works great, 36″ goodyear military tires, 12 volt very relieable. call dave at 602 740 8080”

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/cto/1030484886.html

 
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1951 CJ-3A w/ trailer Sedalia, Mo $1200

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, trailer

No pictures provided.  Sounds like the jeep might be rough.

“1951 willys flat fender jeep,no motor last was set up for small block chevy,stock transmision transfer case,back yoke broken off trans,suspet it was small block chevy that twisted it off, has a newer top but some but cut slashes in the back side windows of it, doors and back window still good, comes with a 1952 army trailer w/military tires, clear titles for both, also have extra pair of milatary wheels and tires, $1200.00 can see at 416 w main street in sedalia and please call 660-221-8813”

http://columbiamo.craigslist.org/cto/1032093810.html

 
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1948 CJ-2A **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Builds, CJ-2A • TAGS: .

**SOLD**

“The good stuff and everything I’ve added, replaced, rebuilt, etc: Clear Colorado title, Jeep is turn key, start it and go, needs nothing major right now.  Original flathead 4 cylinder, Solex carb, 12 volt, rebuilt a few years ago, runs great, excellent oil pressure, no smoke etc. Original transmission/transfer case, also rebuilt, shifts tight, quiet, never does the “2nd gear pop” like so many Willys. Body’s in great shape, CJ3A windshield frame, The usual minor rust in the tool box (see picture) and at the ends of the hat channels. The rest of the Jeep’s in great shape, perfect floor boards front/back, some dents in the rear corners that someone repaired with bondo in the last 60 years….”

Below are some exclusive before pictures of this jeep:

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Upgrading / Changing brakes on older jeeps

• CATEGORIES: How To

Consider this a draft post that I’ll be expanding.

Jim mentioned in one of his emails to me that he once test drove (and purchased) a CJ-2A with stock brakes that stopped so fast, it surprised him.

cj2a-187Jim wrote, “The old guy I bought this sweet (seen to the right) all original 2A from laughed at me when I test drove it. I hit the brakes and about put my face through the glass, not normal for a Willys right? I asked what he had done, I had already looked underneath and knew it had stock drums. He laughed and said youll figure it out young man. Master cylinder was stock, brakes were stock but this thing would stop on a dime like no willys I had ever seen. Under the passenger side, I found a 1950s era huge vacumn powered brake booster, done so well it looked like a factory item, just brilliant!”

vacuum_brake_boosterThat got me looking around the internet and found a great page on the CJ-3B site about some power boosters that were offered as early accessories on CJ-3Bs. To the right is an image of a brake booster from the CJ-3B site.  These boosters were used along with the stock 9″ brakes.  There’s debate on the CJ-3B site about the wisdom of using the boosters with the 9″ brakes due to heat build up issues.   It’s an interesting solution if you only use your jeep occasionally, but probably not the best solution if you are going to use it often.

The JP website has a nice historical look at jeeps and brakes.  As 4x4wire.com puts it, “The stock brakes on a CJ-2A are frightening by modern day standards. They use a single cylinder master cylinder that has no redundancy and small drums all around. ”  So, there’s good reason to update those older brakes if you plan on seriously driving your older jeep.  There’s a variety of web page “how to’s” on upgrading brakes on older jeeps.   I’ll have to do some web searching to find the good ones, but here’s a draft list of options (and the options could vary depending on the front and back housing you run):

  1. STOCK BRAKES: Stick with your stock brakes, stock pedals and stock master cylinder.
  2. BOSTER PUMP: Add the booster pump.  Here’s info about the booster pump.
  3. SINGLE TO DUAL MASTER CYLINDER: Change your single master cylinder to a dual master cylinder
  4. 10″ BRAKES: Upgrade to 10″ brakes.  I had 10″ brakes on my Dana 44 that I pulled off a mail jeep.  I’m not sure where you find 10″ backing plates from the front.
  5. 11″  BRAKES: Put on 11″ brakes.  You have a couple options, you can use 11″ backing plates from a 60’s J-10 or redrill later-model backing plates (such at CJ-5 or CJ-7 backing plates from mid 70s).  Here’s a discussion of both options from the CJ-2A site.
  6. HYDRO-VAC: Install a Hydro-vac unit.  I ran across this as part of the sale of a jeep.  Apparently, these little devices were used on Trucks and Buses to improve hydraulic pressure. Here’s an image of one and more info.
  7. EARLY DISC BRAKES: Put on disc brakes from a mid 70’s chev truck. Here’s more information on it.  & Here’s a great overview from a Pirate 4×4 installation of disc brakes on a ’47 CJ-2A.
  8. LATER DISC BRAKES: Put disc brakes on the front from a late 70’s early 80’s CJ-5 or 7 (if you are running a dana 30).  Though the knuckles for a Dana 30 from a drum and a disc might look similar, they have slightly different outside bearings and slightly different knuckle shapes.  So, if you use a disc brake setup on a knuckle designed for drums, you’ll need to grind a little off the back of the knuckle.  Here’s one link on the subjectHere’s another Dana 30 drum to disc swap discussion.

Here’s some additional links

(Willys Brakes — Jeep Brakes — Upgrading Brakes)

 
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Reader’s Builds — Jim’s Barn

• CATEGORIES: Builds, News • TAGS: .

A reader named Jim has been working with jeeps for quite a while, rebuilding roughly 70 jeeps over the years. He started rebuilding jeeps by adding v8s, lifting them, and hot rodding them a bit.  Over the years, he did something unusual, he paid attention to what customers seemed to want.  The result, as you will see, is that he has taken a variety of jeeps, provided a military theme, and accessorized them well without investing large amounts of time or money.  He said he found that people seem to really respond to the military theme.  In addition, he wrote to me, “I cant stand to see an old ranch jeep neglected in some field or some backyard; I have to make it run, make it fun, and bring it back to life again.”  He’s found a great niche, has fun, and gets to collect some jeeps.  We should all be as fortunate 🙂

Here’s got 9 willys, an m-38, m-38a1, aussie land cruiser troop carrier and plenty of extra parts.  Here’s a shot of his barn.  I’ll be provided some glimpses of his projects over the next few days (I’ve run out of time tonight).  Thanks Jim!

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1948 CJ-2A West Seattle, Wa $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

1948_cj2a_westseattleHere’s a CJ-2A that needs some work, though the nature of the work isn’t clear.  Looks good.

“This is a little too much project for me.  1948 Willys CJ2A with the following, 64 ford 260v8, new Chevy alternator, rebuilt t90 trans 3speed, resealed transfer case twin stick, stock Dana axles 5:38 open gears, 2 to 4″ shackle lift, 35″ Tires Wild Country (75% tread), new master and slave cylinder for clutch, new clutch, throw out bearing, pilot bearing, pressure plate, resurfaced flywheel, rebuilt motorcraft 2100 carb ….. ”

http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/1032379270.html

 
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White Rims Portland, Or $100

• CATEGORIES: Tires and Rims

white_rims_portlandHere’s some great looking white rims in Portland.

“5 on 5 1/2″ bolt pattern. 15×10″. Fits ’86 and older Jeep CJ’s, Willys, 1/2 ton Fords, Bronco, Scout, Samurai, some Dodge, and others. $100 for all 4. Excellent shape. Much better quality than most of what you buy now …. ”

http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/pts/1032008242.html

 
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1947 CJ-2A Ellsworth, KS **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

1947_cj2a_ellsworthUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000

“my step dad passed away and now im helping my mother sell his jeep willys. not sure how long he has owned it but can tell you it was longer than 12 years. it has always been stored inside while he owned it. since him and my mother have been together in 96 it has been driven only bout a dozen times. maybe once a year. was always taken good care of. i do not know the extent of what kind of resto was done. the frame appears to have been painted at one time…..”