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Attaching The Front of the Roll Cage

• CATEGORIES: Biscuit

Last week, Siva asked about my strategy for attaching the roll cage to the front area of the jeep. So, I put my mockup cage back into the jeep to demonstrate this.  The two pics below show the PVC tube landing squarely on the 1/4″ thick plate of steel.  There will be four bolts that go through the plate connected to the cage to a plate underneath the body connected to the frame (see drawing at the bottom).  This sandwiches the body between the roll cage plate and the frame plate, keeping everything together.  There will also be one or two triangle plates from the tube to the plate (as demonstrated by the piece show in the pic).  This will help provide some additional lateral strength.

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1953 CJ-3A Vicksburg, MS **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

**SOLD** Was $750.

“running out of room at my shop and it needs to go. has all original drivetrain. has the overhead 4cyl. needs a hood, seats, and windshield frame. has good p78 buckshots on it.”

 
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5 x 5.5 10×15 Chrome Rims, Tacoma, Wa $50

• CATEGORIES: Tires and Rims

This is a nice price on rims.

“Set of 4 chrome wheels that came from Jeep CJ. They are used but still very usable. As is $50.00 (253)380-6760 ask for Ken”

http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/pts/919543798.html

 
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1951 CJ-3A Port Angeles $2250

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

It looks like there’s been a few mods on this CJ-3A, so some type of posi or locker seems possible.

“1951 willy 4cj5jp reg-10/31/2009 has a v6 with 1000 miles, new wheel cyl and rebuilt master. needs tires and wheels but runs with the ones on it. lights are new but need to be wired. I think it has a posi rear because 1st and second leaves great dual tire marks. thanks Jeff sell_barter@yahoo.com”

http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/921534079.html

 
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1976 CJ-5 Eastern Oregon $2495 ** SPAM **

• CATEGORIES: CJ5

UPDATE:  It turns out this ad is spam.  Thanks to Allen for discovering this.

“The exterior of this vehicle is VERY GLOSSY, dent free and Very nice all around! The interior is also Very nice and Clean! The condition of the body is Excellent.These are great cars and this one will give many years of reliable service. And super gas mileage !! Tires and brakes are excellent. It has just been inspected..all is fine.Im selling this car cheap anticipating a quick sale.Please email me anytime with any further questions at  MatthewBaker@vanmail.us.”

http://eastoregon.craigslist.org/cto/920454612.html

 
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1946 CJ-2A (ex race jeep) Wallowa, OR **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Racing • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  Since I was heading to Seattle, I decided to stop by and check out this old racer (Also, it was a great excuse to head east out of La Grande, Oregon; Great drive!).

This is a total old school racing jeep.  The builder took a stock jeep, threw on some desert dogs, upgraded the engine with a buick v6 (leaving the stock exhaust manifolds), threw in a roll cage, vented the carb into the cowl, and that’s about it.  The builder’s son felt that there was a dana 44 in the rear that had posi, and maybe the front too, but he didn’t know for sure. Unfortunately, the weeds kept me from being able to get a jack under the jeep to test whether it had posi or not.

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“46 willys,231 buick v6,full cage roll bar,ex race jeep,needing alot or a wealth of parts $400”

 
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My Build — Frame Cage Mockup

• CATEGORIES: Biscuit

I spent some time this evening cleaning up some older posts that didn’t have working links. While doing this, I’ve discovered that I didn’t have any posts regarding my ‘rough draft’ of the roll cage. I put this together early this year using some PVC. Here are some images from different angles.

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1950 CJ-3A + 2 parts jeeps McAlester, Ok $1800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

Is that a split windshield?  Something’s running down the middle of the windshield.  If you’ve got a large trailer, I think this would be a deal that’s worth looking into.

“1950 Willys Jeep, runs great, original motor has been rebuilt, stout drivetrain. Excellent project jeep. Body is solid. Two parts Jeeps are and 1947 and a 1951 with drivetrains intact. They are parts only Jeeps.”

 
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1948 CJ-2A Isle, Mn $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

It runs, it plows, and it appears pretty darn stock.  Can’t tell much about the condition from the one distant image.

“1948 Willys Jeep with 6 1/2 ft meyers snow plow. Have title and also comes with soft top and tow bar. Original 4 cyl engine with new tires and custom dual exhaust. Selling for $2500.00 , call 320-248-1315.”

http://stcloud.craigslist.org/cto/917233197.html

 
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1949 CJ-3A Gatwsville, Tx $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

It’s not worth $2500, as it doesn’t run.  Might be worth a closer look if the price drops substantially.

“1949, dont know much about it bought at estate sale have orginal title dosent run, bodys in good shape. email or call 254-223-2737”

http://austin.craigslist.org/cto/917492951.html

 
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Jeep Thrills visits the Jawadhu Hills

• CATEGORIES: Features, News

Siva has updated his blog with a recent trip to the Jawadhu Hills by a few members of the Jeep Thrills jeep club.  One of the more interesting differences between jeeping in the U.S. and jeeping in India may be summed up by Siva,  “Jawadhu hills has around 270 mountain villages, people in these villages needs to walk for 4kms to 20kms to reach the main road.”  So, the terrain may be remote, yet you may still find yourself passing the occasional pedestrian or stopping for lunch at a local village after traveling over difficult terrain.  Thanks for the update Siva!

I tried to locate the Jawadhu Hills, but instead found the Javadhu Hills near Vellore that lie between two rivers, Ponnaiyar and Palar.  Is that the correct location?  Vandavasi, where you had breakfast, is near there.

 
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1944 MB Grass Valley, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

“Runs good has new master cyl. new brakes, roll bar, tire mount, hitch, tow bar, has snow plow, original 4 cyl. 3,500 or obo”

 
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Wrangler Race Jeep Seattle, Wa $9000

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , .

I haven’t seen any race jeeps with later model bodies on them.  I wouldn’t’ mind checking out a few more pics of this to see what kind of mods have been done.

“This is the ALLEY RAT pro arena truck/ short course race Jeep. Engine: Flat top 350, Edelbrock Performer RPM heads, Performer RPM AIR GAP Intake, Holly 750CFM carb. Trans: Turbo 350, B&M Shift kit, Transfer case: Dana 20 DIFFS: Front Dana 44, open diff, 373 gears, Rear Dana 44, Welded rear, 373 gears. Set of 4 desert Dogs $8200.00.  With the Paddle tires $9000.00”

http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/914072074.html

 
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1964 FC-170 Vassalboro, Me **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

Adam dropped me a note asking me to highlight his FC-170 that he’s having to re-auction.  Unfortunately, his last winning bidder failed to follow through with the necessary funds.  He’s got some great pictures, including one that shows how the levers connect from the transfercase and extend under the cab.  Having never seen one up-close, it’s necessary functionality that never occurred to me.

“This is a 1964 Jeep FC 170 in great condition.  It has a flathead six with a 3 speed standard transmission 4×4.  The exterior and interior are red and the seats are black and in excellent condition. The seats were re-finished and have no tears or rips . The Jeep runs good and smokes a little due to sitting too long (carburator may need to be rebuilt).  It has a new fuel pump, brand new battery and an ignition coil with a current tune up. The rear-end oil and engine oil have both been recently changed with new oil. Before I bought the Jeep, it had been stored inside a Maine barn since 1989. The only thing left to finish on the Jeep is to add a rear body.”

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1946 CJ-2A Austin, Co eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

The auction on this CJ-2A is almost up (or may be done by the time you read this).  This CJ-2A has a most interesting feature, a CJ-5 body has been grafted onto the back of a CJ-2A body.  I will admit, from the pics it could have ended up looking worse.  The seller neglects to mention this, whether purposefully or not is unknown.

“1946 Willys CJ2A, New brake shoes,hoses, master cylinder and wheel cylinders, new fuel tank,line and carburetor, new tires,  This is a clean Willys. the only thing that does not work as far as I can tell is the emergency brake. This comes with bill of sale only.”

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1949 CJ-3A Belfair, Wa $4000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

I know the Ad says 2A, but the year suggests it’s a 3A.  Nice top, tilt wheel, and other upgrades.

“1949 WILLYS CJ2A NICE! nice top, paint, interior, and good running gear 231 v6 3 spd 18 transfer warn overdrive, well built, 35″ mickeys fun rig great for mudding daily driving or whatever! 4000 cash no trade”

http://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/cto/915565592.html

 
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1954 M-38 Dayton, VA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-38

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

This M-38(?) was just auctioned for $5500 on Monday on ebay, so it’s no longer for sale.  The strange thing to me is that it appears to be a M-38, with the glove box and the passenger side cutouts, but it doesn’t have a tail gate or the battery box on the passenger side.  Anyone have thoughts on why that might be?

“This is a 1954 Willy Jeep 4×4.  It’s considered a 1954 because of its chassis, however, it was restored as a 1947.  It has approximately 8,000 miles on the engine and a brand new battery.  This Jeep has been garaged since restoration and has a beautiful, red color.  It has a 3 speed, manual transmission and again, is 4×4.  It does not have a top, however, they can be purchased. A family member restored the vehicle approximately 18 years ago and recently, signed the title over to me. “

 
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My Build — The Seats

• CATEGORIES: Biscuit, Features

A reader just received a 1951 CJ-3A. Since the seats in it weren’t something he wanted, he asked what I had done for seats. I realized I hadn’t really covered the topic, so here’s what I did and why I did it.

As you probably know, my first jeep was built from an ex fiberglass racing jeep (oh where oh where did those pictures go). From that jeep I used the body, frame, roll cage and seats as the foundation for what became my first jeep (which I called the ‘great escape’). The fiberglass seats were mounted on a 2 1/2″ pipe that was welded to the frame. A hole was cut through the bottom of the body and the pipe stuck through the body (not only did the thickness of the body help keep the pipes from moving, but the pipes held the body in place — a nice synergistic effect). On the upper end of the pipe were threads. Onto those threads a square platform was screwed onto the pipe. The seats were screwed onto the platform. It’s a one size fit’s me approach that works for me and people of similar size. The back of the seats were then bolted to a plate that connected to a bar that was part of the rollcage. So, those seats did not move. They were solid, despite their thin profile.

Because the seats were already there and they seemed to fit me fine, I went ahead and used them as is. As I raced, drove it every day, and used it in the trails, the positioning of the seats was perfect. I felt secure and tight when I raced, I never got uncomfortable during long drives, my back never got sore, and there was enough padding for enduring the trails. For me, those were some of the most perfect driving seats I have ever used.

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Shortened Dana 44 with Disc Brakes Buckley, Wa $200

• CATEGORIES: News

I like the gearing (4:10s) and disc brakes on this setup.  Make sure to double check the width measurements.  A Dana 30 is about 53″ wide, while the Dana 27 & 25 are 51″ wide.  Here’s a site with a bunch of similar statsHere’s more on shortening a Dana 44.

If I were to make a gearing change, I’d likely shift to 4:10s.  Dad’s was 4:10s and it still rumbled down the freeway with no problems.  The one nice thing about the 3:73s, which I’m running at the moment, is that they are readily available, which proved to be an asset when I discovered my R&P was broken.  I picked up a used set for $15.

“i have here a 50″ or so inch wide backing plate to backing plate disk brake 44 it woill work great for a cj, willys, or a fj land cruiser or anything that is more narrow than a full size truck, im going in a diffrent direction with my project so its up for grabs thanks for looking”

http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/pts/912709647.html

 
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1946 CJ-2A Hood River, Or $5000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

Note the driver’s side cutouts.  This is likely an early ’46.

“46 Willys Jeep original drive tran – up grade to motor chev V6 – floor pan repaired during recent rebuild with my Dad in 05 He is no longer able to drive jeep Call 541 490 5784 $5000 obo”

http://portland.craigslist.org/grg/cto/912677984.html

 
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1960 FC-150 Saugerties, NY eBay

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

It’s got a low starting bid.  Check out the video, but be patient as it took a while to load.

“1960 WILLY’S JEEP F150 FORWARD CONTROL 4WD. Perfect for restoration this jeep was in use until 1996. Odometer reads 24,766. When I acquired this truck a few months ago it ran great for a few days, would start right up, plenty of power and very little smoke. Then it died and before I realized the fuel pump diaphragm went I messed around with the carb. Here is a link to a 11 mg video of the Jeep in great running condition that you can download with my 12 year old son running it through our back field. http://coppermagic.com/Ebay/Jeep/SANY0969.AVI

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1956 DJ-3A Portola, Ca **Sold for $2000**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

This is an ebay buy-it-now sale.  At first I thought the model year was wrong, but then I realized the body has a solid back (no tailgate). So, I believe this is a DJ-3A that has been converted to 4wd, hence the reason it sports a dana 27 front housing.  The brand new fiberglass parts alone would cost at least $600.  The tires and rims look fine.  The body appears in good shape.  It doesn’t actually say it runs, but if it does, I think this is a good price.

“This is a RUST FREE 56 willys cj 3a flat fender. It comes with a stock 283 chevy engine, t90 3 speed, model 18 t case, dana 27 front 5.38, dana 44 rear power lock 5.38 gears, roll bar, headers, NEW fiberglass front clip, tow bar, 2.5 inch lift, 10.50 31 tires, enki rims. The buyer pays all shipping or picks up in person. Thanks for looking and good luck bidding. If you have any questions please call me at 1 530 927 9827”

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My Build — The Body is on the Frame

• CATEGORIES: Biscuit

I dropped the body on the frame last night.  Today, I spent the day building plugs to join the wiring together between the engine/frame and the body.  I also installed the light switch and turn signals (made out of m-38 dash lights), which means the lighting is completed except for getting the bezels for the front turn signals.

Though not shown in the above images, all the gauges are now connected, as are the alternator, distributor, and starter wiring.  The flex-plastic has been run around nearly all the wires (I have to pic up a little more at the junk yard).

My next step is to build the center consol that will have the ingition switch, acc switch, button starter, cigarette outlet (aka cell phone charger) a storage compartment, and 2 drink holders.  I still don’t have a final design for this, but am working through it.  I went back and forth about whether to install this, but I remember that not having a secure place to throw a wallet or other minor items was an issue.  Also, with the advent of cell phones, I’ll need to have a place that can hold it and where it can be charged.

 
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My Rebuild — The turn signals

• CATEGORIES: Biscuit

As I mentioned in another post, I chose to use some left over M-38 lights as my turn signals indicators.  I primarily used these lights because I had them. Also, I didn’t the choice in turn signal indicators I used last time, cheap plastic circular lights from Schucks.

To install them, I ground down the ridges on the lights, drilled holes into the dash, and slid them into it.  I also had to ground the lights, so I took the light holders normall used to hold the lights in place and turned them into grounding washers.

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1953 CJ-3B Ventura, Ca $3500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

UPDATE:  The price dropped to $3500.  More pictures.

Not many details listed, but looks like lots of attention to detail.  The paint job looks great, nice rims and tires.  Full painted cage.

“1953 willy’s Jeep new tires 4 cylinder chevy engine 4 speed t18 trans”

http://santabarbara.craigslist.org/cto/911040316.html