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Reply #30 - 08/10/18 at 14:13:21
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How do you like that Solex Carb? I'm thinking about buying one for my CJ3A
  

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Reply #31 - 08/10/18 at 17:24:41
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That is a good question, would be good to know.  I myself am kinda torn, I have a 48 parts Jeepster with a YF carb and manifold on a L134.  Been thinking about using that setup.  Reason being this article  http://www.willys-overland.com/Hickey/hotrodL134.pdf Where they mentioned using a YF in a “hopped up” L134.
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Re: My 49 CJ3A
Reply #32 - 08/10/18 at 18:17:24
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mtnman37879 wrote on 08/10/18 at 14:13:21:
How do you like that Solex Carb? I'm thinking about buying one for my CJ3A


Patrick, I don't know if you are pulling my leg or really want to know. Shocked

I've not heard of many who have a good word for the Solex.  I am not one of them.  I have had it on for 10 years and have not had any carb issues at all in that time.  I had a WO (actually 2) and could never get them work right.  Gave up and got the Solex. 

All of the jets are easily accessed from the outside of the carb. for maintenance.  But the only messing around I've ever had to do is when I was experimenting with different main jets.  You can buy main jets from a bunch of suppliers (Google Solex main jets).  It comes with a 127.5 but for my altitude, I landed on a 115 for the best performance from 5,000 ft on up to over 12,000 ft.  Every couple of years I remove all of the access seats (not really sure what they are called) and blow them all out.  It takes 10 minutes.  Never seen one with dirt, but it makes me feel like I'm doing something. 

The Solex will work well on severe inclines as there isn't a conventional bowl and float set up and when it isn't running very little gas stays in the carb so gumming is little if any over time.   They are a modern carb and ethanol seems to have no effect on them.  All the gas here has Ethanol.

I get 20-23 mpg cruising.  A lot less in 4wd of course.  As I recall, when I first put it on I did have some air infiltration near the throttle shaft bushings.  I put on better nuts from the hardware store and tightened them better and never an issue since.  I think I used those nuts that have the star washer attached.  And yes, they are all metric parts. 

Like I said, I seem to be alone on this, but given my experience (good luck?), I would stick with my Solex unless I come across a well set up Carter that I don't have to fuss with all the time.  I see a lot of guys on these trail rides messing with their Carters.
  

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Reply #33 - 08/10/18 at 20:39:30
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Great reply, now I am really confused LOL!  Guess I should order a kit for my YF too, and see which I like better.
  

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Reply #34 - 08/10/18 at 22:08:43
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Oh I am serious. I'm not a purist! I have found there are several makers of the Solex style carb. Some better than others and you can't tell by the price which is better. One Jeep seller on ebay sells one for less than a hundred and he claims he's been running the same carb for 10 years and loves it. I see Omix brand carbs, I'd not trust those as I have experience with other parts they made. The other may be made in India? Everything else on this Willys is newly rebuilt or new so why not? I like the idea of a modern made carb.
  

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Reply #35 - 08/11/18 at 20:02:18
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Wow!  That is almost too nice😳!
  

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Reply #36 - 08/14/18 at 10:57:03
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Speaking of carburetors...  I have a junk parts only 48 Jeepster out in the back field with a L134 that according to “Jeepster Jim” has the same bellhousingas my 3A, so he needed a few pieces of trim off of it for a restoration he is doing I decided it would be a good time to grab those and pull the engine for the bellhousing.  I also knew that the Jeepster carb was different than my WO.  So got the engine out, and the bellhousing was correct.  The carb is I believe a YF, the manifold is different with the carb mounting studs perpendicular to the block (WO’s are parralell) and a really strange linkage.  I had considered using that setup on my Jeep, but unfortunately the manifold mounting flange is broken.  Also I am not sure how the linkage would go, but it looks like I might be able to mount it on my current intake.  Anyway just something to think about.  Here is what it looks like:
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Reply #37 - 08/17/18 at 15:37:52
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Kinda like dueling 49’s here LOL!  Going a slightly different direction, sticking with the stock brakes.  Just got my original master cylinder back from Apple Hydraulics.  Put in a brass sleeve.  It looks great!  Glad I went that route, even though no one will see it.  I’ll know it’s there.
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Reply #38 - 08/17/18 at 16:00:14
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On the drivetrain front, got the crank and valves in.  One minor problem, the crank end play was a little short, 0.0015”, needed to be a minimum of .004”.  Talked to the machinist and he said that the front bearing was a little wide.  Took it out and used some 600 grit on a flat block to take a couple of thousandths off of the bearing thrust surface.  Yanked the L134 out of the Jeepster, sure enough the bellhousing is the same as my 3A.  Interesting that the clutch fork is on the opposite side, but it is OK because there are openings on both sides of the housing.  The starter lever is bolted to the top of the housing, on mine  there is just a tab for the starter return spring to hook into.  Fun stuff!
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Reply #39 - 08/21/18 at 14:04:23
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OK what color do you think this is?  Supposed to be Potomac gray, or Picket gray but I don’t think it is either.
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Reply #40 - 08/22/18 at 11:37:04
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From the things never go the way you plan department.  So went up to the farm to work on my combine and had big plans to work on the Jeep too.  Figured I could get the front fender off, master cylinder in, the back brakes off.... Well all the bolts except one came out of the fender, had to grind that off, and the screws for the wire clips were frozen, there was a 10 minute job that took an hour.  OK on to the master cyl...... hmm the brake peddle seems to be frozen on the shaft and the grease zirk plugged.  There went two hours, but she is free now.  On to the rear hubs, forget it, three jaw puller, no way.  So I got nothing done LOL!  At least the combine is working OK.
  

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Reply #41 - 08/22/18 at 17:32:09
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The only colors listed for the '49 3A are Potomac Grey, Emerald Green and Luzon Red.  I have two 49s of which one was originally Emerald Green and the other was Luzon Red.

The data sheet on our site seems to back this up too, but there always seems to be some confusion between Picket Grey and Potomac Grey.  And rightfully so.  They are both grey colors.  Also, who can say for certain that Willys paint suppliers were dead on accurate when mixing colors.  The original suppliers are listed in the appendix in Bob Westerman's book if you're curious.

I have only seen a few original Potomac Grey 3As in person.  I remember it to have an almost greenish tint to it, but it's been a while.  Computer renditions aren't very reliable, so I can't tell if your grey is the grey I've seen before.

Here is an interesting thread that included a couple of our more prominent Potomac Grey guys.  You might find it interesting.

http://www.cj3apage.com/cgi-bin/3Ayabb26/YaBB.pl?num=1381179610/15
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Reply #42 - 08/22/18 at 18:55:52
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I have read a bunch on the colors, and they do not match mine.  The color in the photo is pretty darn close to what I see.  It is kind of a blue-gray.  I suspect that they squirted on whatever they got I from the suppliers.  Their coustomer base probably wasn’t too fussy LOL!  In any case I really like it and if I ever do paint I will try to match it as closely as possible.
  

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Reply #43 - 08/24/18 at 19:17:40
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So, finishing the internals on my engine.  Wanted to use new pal nuts, but  saw that they wanted $2 each for them.  WAY too much!  They use them in aircraft engines, so wound up on aircraftspruce.com, 20 cents each, LOL!  Got 10 for $2 + $2.60 shipping, pretty good deal!
  

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Reply #44 - 08/28/18 at 15:52:01
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After looking at the squid’s posts I almost feel guilty...almost.  So I got tired of running up to the farm to work on her, so decided to bring her home.  Got her unloaded and time to do a survey.  Not too bad, and believe it or not the e-brake works just fine.
  

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