Project Pieces and Parts - Introduction
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by: Terry L. Howe
The heads were off and the cylinders were full of water
It just needs some fixen up.....
At a quick glance this almost looks like the
"after" picture of a project CJ, but the picture hides
a myriad of problems. The previous owner had done a build up of
sorts, but it had been sitting for 12 years.
The body has a severe rust problem despite lots
of body filler and metal work. The engine is full of rain water
since the manifolds and heads were pulled several years ago.
Clearance for the bald and rubber rotted 35s has been gained by a
wood block body lift. Just about nothing is right and this Jeep
is far from hitting the road, not to mention the trail.
Considering only the condition of
the Jeep, parting it out is the most reasonable thing to do. The
only thing that prevents me from doing just that is its heritage.
The title that came with it stated it was a 1950 CJ-3A, but the
serial number indicates that it really is a 1945 CJ-2A. 1945 was
the first production year for the CJ and due to a strike a Willys
Motor Company, only 1,824 CJs were produced that year. There are
unique features of the first year that make them a bit different
from later years.
many of these distinguishing features have been removed over the
years, but since this Jeep has already been "ruined" by
previous owners, it is ideal for a trail build up. The unusual
parts that remain on the Jeep will be saved for people doing
restoration work. The esoteric will be replaced with more
practical (and hopefully sturdier) parts.
A couple years were spent just collecting a garage full of parts
from a wide variety of sources that will be incorporated into the
final product, hence the name "Project Pieces and Parts".
The goal of the project is to build a unique Jeep, that can handle
the toughest trails, without spending buckets of money.
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