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Re: 50 CJ3A "Nuthin' Fancy"
Reply #135 - 03/17/19 at 12:15:01
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67galaxie     It's a universal color offered by my local NAPA paint jobber.
Cheap because it's not a custom mix. I chose it because of that and I got lucky it matches pretty well to the original (albiet aged) color I found on the wheels.
It is "Universal Colors/34045/Cream" And I used the single stage urethane.

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Reply #136 - 04/08/19 at 23:20:52
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As noted in earlier posts, I had rushed the paint job last fall because I was pretty busy; I had house projects, had a big trip and the winter was coming. I choked and rushed it and it ended up more work. Haste makes waste. I would love to just strip it and repaint, but that's nuts. I said that on my last project....never happened. Anyway, the last paint repair was to repaint the windshield frame. I took the opportunity to fix some flaws that I missed the first go around. It's much nicer and I'm very happy with it. And I finally found a good recipe (mix, gun settings) to paint with the Kirker Low VOC stuff. I called around for getting a windshield glass, and I believe they all were going to cut flat glass to fit, and pricing started in the mid 100 range and up. I felt that this was kind of too much, so I took a chance on a new seller on eBay from Montana. I was pleased to receive a nice windshield glass to my door for $115. Nicely smoothed edges too. I got a gasket from amazon along with the tool and fitted the glass in last week. It went fast and easy and looks great.
I've also started my seat upholstery. I got the upholstery from Walcks and they look really good. I am going to use foam since my springs are too grungy and broken, although I may use the springs for the seat backs. I bought long life foam from a place online called foambymail.com. Reasonable and nice stuff. I cut out "pans" from 1/2 inch plywood and I'm ready to cut foam. I'll post the results soon!
I took my first ride in the Jeep this past weekend. For the most part fun, except I have this very odd heating event the lasts for a minute and proceeds to burp coolant all over the engine compartment. This causes me to hose it all off, wipe it down, and then it happens again because I assure myself that that was the last air bubble. But it's happened three times. Some detective work is necessary. I'll report back on that too. But here she is sans seat upholstery (slippery and dodgy moving blankets not cool for upholstery while motoring)
  

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Re: 50 CJ3A "Nuthin' Fancy"
Reply #137 - 04/09/19 at 11:17:38
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Beautiful work!! Cool

One trick I've learned from the Willys world is to drill an 1/8" hole in disc face of the thermostat.  This eliminates the burps and doesn't affect the thermostat performance.  Although, generally the burp is over after the first air bubble is expelled.  Where does the antifreeze come out?
  

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Reply #138 - 04/09/19 at 12:22:13
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Looks nice and straight with a beautiful paint job.  Good work!
  

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Reply #139 - 04/10/19 at 12:43:50
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64CJ5, Thanks!

athawk11,

The coolant squirts out of the nipple at the radiator filler neck. I don't have a tube to direct it down to the ground (it's on the list!), so it makes a mess which I dutifully clean every time. I keep assuring myself it's the last "burp", and then it spits out coolant again! All in all, I'm wondering if I just need to let it find it's happy medium (and keep in mind these old coolant systems do that....keep air in the top tank and burp out excess coolant until the system stabilizes the ratio of coolant to air)

As for the Jeep, it's weird to finally take a few test drives after having it for over 12 years. My few rides so far were good....It tracks nice, has no vibrations at all (I didn't have the wheels balanced), has no transfer case noise, and the trans stays in gear at all times.
But, having never driven or ridden in an old universal Jeep, I notice it definitely doesn't like speeds much above the low 40's mph range! It bucks a bit on bumps (I'm thinking of lowering air pressure in the very HD Speedways tires) and the brakes are pretty decent. The solex carb is great so far I think...it starts up immediately, the idle enrichment (choke) works perfectly, it idles perfectly from startup to full hot, smooth power too. No complaints with it.
I've got more de-bugging, and more details to tend to so I'll post my progress soon.
  

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Re: 50 CJ3A "Nuthin' Fancy"
Reply #140 - 04/10/19 at 14:36:25
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Well at least it exits where it should.  Don't be afraid to drill that hole.  It does eliminate the burp.  May be helpful on the next radiator flush, etc.

Losing a little air in the tires will help the ride, but old straight axle suspensions are what they are.  Rough riders.  Until it's time to go off road, I'm generally happy with around 24psi.  On the trails, I get nervous with anything below 17psi.   

I'm glad you're able to finally enjoy the rides.
  

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Re: 50 CJ3A "Nuthin' Fancy"
Reply #141 - 04/10/19 at 21:42:42
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Hey Dave, there is no reason (that I can see) not to add a small coolant expansion tank to catch the coolant.  All it takes is a bottle with an inlet in the bottom and a top vent.  Attach a hose to the nipple and the bottom of the tank, fill the radiator and fill the bottle about 1/3.  When hot, the coolant will expand into the bottle, and be sucked back into the radiator when it cools.  No mess, or toxic stuff the dog can get into.  Will probably do that with mine.
  

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Re: 50 CJ3A "Nuthin' Fancy"
Reply #142 - 04/10/19 at 22:09:17
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Stony,
Yes I think I may do the expansion tank. There is a little room in front of the battery under the headlight bucket....My Jeep has some deviations from pure stock, so this wouldn't be much of a stretch.

There is a pretty cool short blurb article about different types of radiator caps (cooling systems) on Allpar. https://www.allpar.com/fix/engines/cooling-caps.html

They describe 4 main types:
Partial pressure open
Partial pressure recovery
Full pressure open
Full pressure recovery.

Chrysler used partial pressure for decades. It's described as easiest on the engine system (gaskets and seals of the cooling system). I wonder what Willys used. I think you can use just about any cap for a recovery type system but you must make a recovery tank that places the filler neck tube end always below the recovery tank coolant level. And like you said stony, the tank must be vented to atmoshpere. The engine coolant system will always remain full for that wee bit of extra cooling capacity too as a bonus.

It's supposed to hit 70F this coming Saturday...hopefully more testing!
  

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Re: 50 CJ3A "Nuthin' Fancy"
Reply #143 - 04/11/19 at 01:55:52
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Thanks Dave, I looked it up in the manual #3 full pressure open, so it looks like we would need a full pressure recovery cap to make the tank work, otherwise just tape a pop bottle to the end of the tube LOL!
  

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