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Re: 50 CJ3A "Nuthin' Fancy"
Reply #90 - 10/10/17 at 10:25:16
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As Yoda would say, "Very clever, you are!"

Nice work.

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Reply #91 - 10/10/17 at 20:00:33
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Thanks fellows for the nice comments.
I'm still kind of at a loss on what direction to take this winter....I'm wondering if I can beat the cold weather and get this thing painted.....or at least prepped and primed. Not sure what to do yet.
I did dig out my Koenig 355 "Supertop" and put it on to see how it fit with the massive tub rebuild, and it fits alright. I'm going to leave most of the mounting holes in the body so I can easily put the top on at a later time. It's in pretty rough shape though, so I put it back away...I think I'll leave that on the back burner for now.
Bad news though: I got some white exhaust, and I can smell coolant "burning". I think I'm going to have to pull the head and see what's going on. I read up on the head gasket knowledge floating around on internet land, and it seems I might have goofed by not re-torquing the head nuts. Bleah. Just for giggles I checked out Rockauto and they seem to have some screaming deals on valves and guides...I may think about doing something there at the same time....a winter project.
  

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Re: 50 CJ3A "Nuthin' Fancy"
Reply #92 - 02/07/18 at 22:50:50
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January 24, 2018

Progress kind of slowed down due to the cold winter this year. But, in December I finally had a go at registering the Jeep in my name. I was quite nervous about it since I had no paperwork or previous owner registrations which is normally required. A VIN search by the DMV showed it indeed has been been "off grid" for decades...so it was then a matter of filling out an affidavit, getting a VIN inspection, and making a visit to the DMV where I got a registration in my name. No titles are issued in CT for vehicles older than 1981. It's a big relief to get it legal in my name.

I kept the Jeep in one piece during all the inspection shenanigans but now that it's all set I'm still reluctant to take the Jeep apart. To stave off that moment, I decided to spend some time with the engine: there was some "white fog" issues from the tailpipe, and a check of the oil indicated a pint of green coolant in the oil pan. I obtained a new Best Gasket copper/graphite head gasket, performed a couple "tweaks" to optimize fit, and got it all back together. So far it's back to running smooth with no signs of coolant leaks.

In fact, during testing, for the first time, I took the Jeep for a spin out of my neighborhood despite my better judgement. (The tires have something like half inch deep cracks that probably render them dangerously deadly.) Also I have no windshield glass. I got a few hairy eyeball looks, but it sure was fun. (It ran great by the way.)

During the head gasket job, I took the opportunity to blast, clean and paint some more stuff like the air tube and carb air horn, as well as finally paint the head black. I had hoped to finish up by procurring a proper CJ3a Donaldson oil bath air cleaner, but those do seem to be as rare as hens teeth. I've given up finding one for now and simply purchased a super cheapo 12 dollar 3 inch air cleaner. I wanted to keep the air tube over the top of the engine, so I fabricated a mount for the paper filter to attach it to the oil bath air cleaner brackets on the firewall. I can easily swap in a stock oil bath cleaner when I find one. The custom dry element mount was fun to make though. I used exhaust tubing to adapt the 3 inch filter to a 2-1/8" upturned pipe from which a factory style air duct hose will attach. I could not, after extensive searching, locally find 2.125" air hose, so I will just get a piece of hose from Walcks; hopefully their supply is 2.125".

During a particularly low point in the winter lull, I made a "tag topper" which I have only just realized existed (from the old days). I think they're cool so I set about making my own "Willys Jeep Go Devil 4" topper. I found an old Willys ad touting the Go-Devil 4 and tried to duplicate the font as much as possible. I made it from 6061 aluminum. I'm not sure what color to paint it, but I like it alot.

So that's about it. I'm fixin' to take the Jeep apart because it's just about paint time now. I ordered a gallon of Summit Racing "Merlot" single stage paint (it is re-branded Kirker paint, which I've had good results with on other projects.) The Merlot color matches very close to the original Luzon Red color patch on my cowl (see last picture).
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Re: 50 CJ3A "Nuthin' Fancy"
Reply #93 - 02/08/18 at 12:15:00
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Dig the tag topper!
  

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Reply #94 - 05/18/18 at 21:38:58
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Haven't worked on the ol' Jeep since early January. But a few weeks ago I started work back up by tearing the Jeep apart to prepare for paint. My son and I lifted the tub off and the chassis was rolled out back. Preparing a punch list revealed that there was more metal work to be done than I initially reckoned: Finish all plug welding, loads of grinding all the butt welds, a rather involved repair to the cowl top which was riddled with thin spots and pin-holes where the windshield gasket had been. There was also a crack along the whole edge of the hood hinge area that needed to be sliced open and welded.

Three long thin patch pieces were necessary to fix the top of the cowl. The cowl sheet metal is thinner than 18 gauge I think and of course it got distorted from this major surgery. But Iíve banged it all out and the cowl is stiff (no oil canning) and solid again.
  

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Reply #95 - 05/18/18 at 21:43:49
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The pedal hole positions were off a bit from the major tub reconstruction so I plugged them and re-positioned them. The steering column hole was moved slightly also. The whole toeboard was in rough shape and needed lots of TLC. Note the hole for the gas pedal rodÖfor some reason someone had welded a huge 1 pound gob of weldment near the edge. I cut it out and made a patch. So after much finicky cutting and welding and grinding, itís looking much better.
  

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Reply #96 - 05/18/18 at 21:46:25
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Looks really nice...!

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Reply #97 - 05/18/18 at 21:57:54
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Today I was able to carve out a wee bit of time to roll out the tub and take turns grinding with a right angle grinder, zip off the rest of the ancient colors with my 3 inch roloc discs, then attack with my electric 5" DA with 80 grit. When one tool got hot, I'd switch to another.
Tonight, I rolled it in and continued with some sandblasting. To minimize mess, I put a tarp over the work area, put on my hearing protection, a dust mask, a sandblast hood and climb underneath with a light and blast away. When the compressor gets hot I take a break. This is by far the worst part of the job....
But it's looking much better with the the rust and crusty old layers removal.
Note the firewall....I'm missing a couple of the nutserts, and it's been tough removing a gloppy layer of silver paint. But note the Luzon Red under the ID tag. I'm going to preserve this for future folks for original color reference.
  

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Reply #98 - 05/18/18 at 22:03:04
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Ha! Welders eraser! I love it! I make extensive use of that tool! It's a Makita for me....hard to kill those.
Well, I'm off to the garage for another round of sandblasting. I'll have to go get another bag of media from Tractor Supply tomorrow.
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Reply #99 - 06/26/18 at 22:30:21
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I'm still here but gosh it's going slow. Just regular summer life. After finally completing the paint stripping, I performed a few last minute welding tasks: I welded in my center bow pockets (along with the plates on the underside of the wheel wells,) as well as "weld-nuts" on the floors for the driver seat legs and gas tank clamp. I also (out of guilt) cut and flanged the overdrive/PTO hole next to the driver seat.
I've got the Jeep tub all primed with it's first coat of epoxy, and then skimmed the obvious hammer and dolly "tool" marks with filler. I'm making every attempt to leave the spot welds "un-skimmed". I still have to prime and do some bodywork to the hood and fender. I'm dreading those...they'll need lots of finesse!
I'm smoothing the filler now and hope to get this done in a couple of weeks. I'd love to have this painted by August.
  

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Reply #100 - 06/27/18 at 21:18:40
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You do real nice work Dave.  Good to see you plugging away.

  

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Reply #101 - 07/12/18 at 22:35:51
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Well, unfortunately for Willys restoration, this summer has been low on the productivity scale. I'm building a screened porch which includes some extensive deck rehab. This has completely taken over my free time. Sigh.
However, I have been able to grab snippets of an hour here and there, every other night or so, and I'm actually enjoying some filler smoothing. Yep, I actually enjoy doing this bodywork stuff. I never EVER thought I'd be ggoing to this level of detail on this ol' Jeep a few years ago when I started this project. But here I am smoothing filler. I'm using filler where welded patch areas had required hammer and dolly work. The driver fender and tub are pretty much set filler-wise, and 2K primer (not applied yet) will take care of the rest.
It's been slow on the 3A site, so I thought I'd throw out this small bone.
Hope you all are having a good summer!
  

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Reply #102 - 07/13/18 at 13:35:50
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It is a bit quiet at the 3A Page.  I peak in everyday, but don't have much going on in the 3A world at present. 

Sometimes things go in waves.

Even if rare, keep your updates coming as you have time.  I enjoy them.

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