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Top Bow Sockets.
08/28/17 at 05:55:38
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Just thinking about what my options are for a top, Id like to go with an original style of top. But my 3a seems to have 2 bow mounts on the wheel house is this common. The front mounts are spot welded in and the rears are stick welded. but the rears have a reinforcement plate on the under side that is spot welded in. Which is in the correct position for a 3a. They both appear to have the same amount of paint layers.
  

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Re: Top Bow Sockets.
Reply #1 - 08/28/17 at 07:34:03
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My stock unmolested CJ3A has one mounting bracket. It measures 4" from the beginning of the fender slope to the center of the mount. More like your rear mount.
  

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Re: Top Bow Sockets.
Reply #2 - 08/28/17 at 11:46:48
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The rear set is the correct CJ3A position.  Stick welding was used to set these brackets.
 
The extra spot welded set is roughly in the position that would be needed if a prior owner had a top and a set of top bows for a CJ2A. 

Although, the windshield connection for the top is completely different when comparing a CJ2A and a 3A.  Not sure how he would have made a 2A top work with a 3A windshield.

Kiffer, what year is your CJ3A? 
  

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Re: Top Bow Sockets.
Reply #3 - 08/29/17 at 06:46:51
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Hi athawk11 I'm thinking my 3a is a late 49 early 50 it doesn't have a tag, Looking at the tell tail signs. These things are really rare in Australia, it does have the importer tag.  The paint is scorched off and the floors are gone but the rest is in surprisingly good order.
  

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Re: Top Bow Sockets.
Reply #4 - 08/29/17 at 10:31:34
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I have heard the civilian Jeeps are rare in foreign lands. Probably because there was a surplus of the WWII versions when the war ended.  My guess is Willys had a hard time exporting the CJs.

Looks like a nice start.
  

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Re: Top Bow Sockets.
Reply #5 - 08/30/17 at 05:39:09
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Yeah spot on athawk11 there are plenty of WW2 jeeps around in Australia but early cj's are rare. I'm enjoying this build the steel is really nice to weld. I have my floors ordered, and have sauced the essentials to get it going, but it looks like it was decked out with all the extras, like side steps and PTO. But both have been removed. Cheers
  
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