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1951 Ground Zero Project
11/20/17 at 11:16:03
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These are the first photos and what I plan on turning back into a useable road-worthy CJ3A.  I pick it up in about a month.  I am looking forward to the challenge.
  

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Re: 1951 Ground Zero Project
Reply #1 - 11/20/17 at 13:33:35
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Wow.  The sheet metal looks to be in very nice condition.
  

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Re: 1951 Ground Zero Project
Reply #2 - 11/20/17 at 21:30:10
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I don't know.  To be honest, I think it looks daunting.  But, I told my grandfather I was going to resurrect it and paint it Grabber Green.  He always had his vehicles painted green.

I don't think it has any bad rust since it has been in the San Joaquin valley for most of it's life span.  Spent the last few years with my dad in Arizona.  So, I think the rust will be mostly surface.

I just bought an engine to at least get it running.  A Chevy 283 small block.  That was what was in it.  My dad and uncle did some modifications on it back in the early 60s.  My dad put on the bumpers and the roll bar.  He says my uncle changed out the engine and transmission.  I think he is reminiscing as I take on this project.
  
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Re: 1951 Ground Zero Project
Reply #3 - 11/25/17 at 00:07:03
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Looks like a good place to start. Take lots of pictures of the project.  Label the parts and nuts & bolts that go to gather.
Show us us progress.
  

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Re: 1951 Ground Zero Project
Reply #4 - 12/08/17 at 12:52:33
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Is Kaiser Willys the best place to order parts from?  I get my CJ3a in about 10 days but it needs a gas tank.  Thanks!
  
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Re: 1951 Ground Zero Project
Reply #5 - 12/08/17 at 20:53:22
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I have had good luck with Ron Fitzpatrick Jeep Parts.
Best, sure covers lots of areas.  They have the parts and shipping from Oregon to Wyoming was quick.
  

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Re: 1951 Ground Zero Project
Reply #6 - 12/09/17 at 10:57:50
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Great, I'll take a look.  Thanks!
  
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Re: 1951 Ground Zero Project
Reply #7 - 12/09/17 at 18:25:33
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Walcks is a usual go-to source for a lot of the guys here but shipping from Pa can sometimes take a while to the western guys.   Same with KW shipping from SC.  For certain things, sometimes you'll find a closer vendor (and maybe cheaper) by searching ebay and even Amazon.  Worth a shot.  For a lot of wear parts, Rock Auto can't be beat on price and they warehouse around the country.
  

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