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Joe Loehle
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Coastal Georgia
07/01/19 at 10:43:41
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I am excited about the 1949 CJ3a I am getting from my Father-in-law. He currently has it in Minnesota. I'll be shipping it down to me soon.

It is all in driving condition, but may need some work on the brakes.

I would like to restore it to original look as much as possible. It currently is a dark brown color which I do not believe is original, but have not been around it enough yet to look for old paint.

I am looking forward to learning as much as I can here. I am not a mechanic by any means.

Thanks in advance.

Joe
  

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Re: Coastal Georgia
Reply #1 - 07/01/19 at 10:51:15
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Welcome Jeeper !
The inner grill and under the main tub tunnel areas are often good to determine the original color.
  
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Re: Coastal Georgia
Reply #2 - 07/01/19 at 20:07:54
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I would add up under the dash and inside the tool box.  Over the years many of these Jeeps have had color changes. 
Get a shop manual, ask questions and post pictures.   
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Re: Coastal Georgia
Reply #3 - 07/01/19 at 22:04:33
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I matched my paint to a patch of original paint I found under the transmission tunnel that was covered in 60 year old oil and dirt! It sounds like a great project and one that you can drive while you work on it. Welcome, also.
  

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Re: Coastal Georgia
Reply #4 - 07/02/19 at 21:19:02
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I'll add one more location for original paint: behind the Identification "Patent" plate on the firewall.
Good luck on your Jeep!
  

Dave Miles
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87 XJ Cherokee,
85 XJ Cherokee,
83 CJ8,
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