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1955 CJ3B; "Stock" restoration
Topic Started: Mar 30 2011, 11:05 AM (25,703 Views)
Jax
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Thanks to Oldtime Doug & members for creating a place to post our rebuild projects.
Mine has taken awhile.......!!!
Before in 2006
I was only planning to do a valve job & fix the brakes. That was until I called my buddy "Super Dave" for some help.
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I think she was painted by hand w/ house paint!?!

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Original Green under the tool box lid

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??RED LEAD?? primer
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Frame off stripped down.

motor out
We ended up taking the whole Willys apart down to the frame!!!
Between having money for the project & having none, there were many starts & stops over the years.
Getting close now. Soon final paint... wiring & some mechanical checks tweaks & adjustments, a test flight. Can't wait!!!
Aloha, Jax :D
Aloha, Kealoha Jax
kealohajax@yahoo.com
Waihou, Kainaliu Mauka, Hawaii
Willys Trans-Vintage project 1955 CJ3B
My Build:
http://z4.invisionfree.com/CJ3B_Bulletin_B...?showtopic=2775

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Doug
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Thanks for posting up your rebuild, Jax!! It looks like you have a very solid tub from the pictures. I hadn't planned on tearing mine all apart at first either, but ended up doing just that!!

I look forward to seeing more updates!
1963 CJ3B - F134 Hurricane, T-90C, D-18, 5.38s, Overdrive, 938YF, 12V alternator
1969 CJ5 - Dauntless V6, T-14, D-18
2004 TW 200
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Jax
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Thanks Doug,
I saw your post. I can see you have done a lot. My tub was pretty solid except for the floor pans & hat channel, especially under the gas tank.
I did the frame & motor first. Complete rebuild bored .30 over. No hot rodding it. The goal was a clean tight new F head.

Before:
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Trans,Transfer & clutch were next. it's a T90-A. There's an old school WWII mechanic, who did the Trans & Transfer for me. He's worked on these since
forever!!

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I've learned a lot. It's all been possible because of all the good people on the CJ3B page & the old timers I've met who love these Willys jeeps
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Aloha, Kealoha Jax
kealohajax@yahoo.com
Waihou, Kainaliu Mauka, Hawaii
Willys Trans-Vintage project 1955 CJ3B
My Build:
http://z4.invisionfree.com/CJ3B_Bulletin_B...?showtopic=2775

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Jax
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Next I took the body off and sand blasted it & the frame clean down to bare metal. Hit it with Ospho & Metal Ready because here in Hawaii it's really humid & light surface rust can start to show quickly even overnight. The frame & under the tub is painted with Por 15. Top coated the frame with "Chassi Black" for a nice finish.

Tub
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Fenders, windshield, grill & Tail gate
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Aloha, Kealoha Jax
kealohajax@yahoo.com
Waihou, Kainaliu Mauka, Hawaii
Willys Trans-Vintage project 1955 CJ3B
My Build:
http://z4.invisionfree.com/CJ3B_Bulletin_B...?showtopic=2775

http://s767.photobucket.com/home/kealohajax
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Jax
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The next step was to use Vera Prime, a bare metal primer. It worked really well to seal it up the on all that exposed metal & kept "Rusty" away between project starts & stops....Time & Money...ie. funding $hortage$, a surgery or two, but the Willys, she was always there, waiting for some TLC & forgiving my mistakes!!

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Aloha, Kealoha Jax
kealohajax@yahoo.com
Waihou, Kainaliu Mauka, Hawaii
Willys Trans-Vintage project 1955 CJ3B
My Build:
http://z4.invisionfree.com/CJ3B_Bulletin_B...?showtopic=2775

http://s767.photobucket.com/home/kealohajax
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the-mace
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Does any of the over spray get on any of the neighbors cars? Looks like they are kind of close!
Jerry Macy
Lebanon NH

61 CJ3B (current Project)
64 CJ3B basket case
?? CJ5 not home yet for parts
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Jax
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Hey mace,
No problem so far....not even on the Ford or Dodge trucks, parked right in the driveway. The Dupont Vera Prime dries very quickly & the drift is negligible. The neighbor, the green Honda next door, belongs to my sister.....you can bet if there were over spray on her car I'd hear about it PDQ :blink:
Aloha, Kealoha Jax
kealohajax@yahoo.com
Waihou, Kainaliu Mauka, Hawaii
Willys Trans-Vintage project 1955 CJ3B
My Build:
http://z4.invisionfree.com/CJ3B_Bulletin_B...?showtopic=2775

http://s767.photobucket.com/home/kealohajax
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Jax
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Next was a little welding... :ph43r:
Filling in holes, fixing stress cracks where the spare tire carrier was mounted.

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Grinding/sanding/test fitting

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Aloha, Jax B)
Aloha, Kealoha Jax
kealohajax@yahoo.com
Waihou, Kainaliu Mauka, Hawaii
Willys Trans-Vintage project 1955 CJ3B
My Build:
http://z4.invisionfree.com/CJ3B_Bulletin_B...?showtopic=2775

http://s767.photobucket.com/home/kealohajax
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zambonimb
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Hello Jax,

Excellent job---I admire your work. It does take time but it is worth it. You mentioned Veraprime as a bare metal primer and sealer? Who makes it? And is there an issue with leaving it for a while before you start the body and paintwork? I've got a bit left to do before I prime but I am thinking ahead to storing a sealed tub when I begin the mechanical rebuild of my 3B.
Thanks, Gary
1957 CJ3B under construction!
1942 MB also under construction
1978 Jeep Cherokee 2 door future project

Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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Jax
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Hey zambonimb,
Thanks for the compliment.
Vera Prime is made by Dupont it has self etching properties as well for a good bond to the bare metal. It can be expensive but it's really good stuff.I shot the bare metal tub w/it soon after sand blasting and it held up well to protect & give me time. Because at one point I could only get to the Willys once a week at best. You can see from the pics. it was pretty easy to take down with a sanding wheel & disk when there was more welding to do or when I body worked the cowl or side panel. I left the interior tub quite awhile with no rust problems. If you use a 2 part
paint in the end then there is a base coat primer & it's no problem to bond to the Vera Prime with a light sanding.

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Keep up the good work. It's very much worth it!
Aoha, Jax
Aloha, Kealoha Jax
kealohajax@yahoo.com
Waihou, Kainaliu Mauka, Hawaii
Willys Trans-Vintage project 1955 CJ3B
My Build:
http://z4.invisionfree.com/CJ3B_Bulletin_B...?showtopic=2775

http://s767.photobucket.com/home/kealohajax
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zambonimb
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Hello Jax,

Thanks for the information. Vera Prime sounds like it is exactly the thing I'm looking for. By the way, your last photos of your tub look fantastic. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished project.

Best regards, Gary
1957 CJ3B under construction!
1942 MB also under construction
1978 Jeep Cherokee 2 door future project

Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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Doug
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Jax - I agree with Gary, your tub looks outstanding. You did one heck of a job!!
1963 CJ3B - F134 Hurricane, T-90C, D-18, 5.38s, Overdrive, 938YF, 12V alternator
1969 CJ5 - Dauntless V6, T-14, D-18
2004 TW 200
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Jax
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Test fitted the body. A few minor adjustments,squeaks & tweaks...a few more...
You know...."this lined up before" type of things. Nothing a huge screwdriver & a little gentle persuasion couldn't fix. ;)

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Aloha, Kealoha Jax
kealohajax@yahoo.com
Waihou, Kainaliu Mauka, Hawaii
Willys Trans-Vintage project 1955 CJ3B
My Build:
http://z4.invisionfree.com/CJ3B_Bulletin_B...?showtopic=2775

http://s767.photobucket.com/home/kealohajax
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Jax
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A little more body work on the driver side & I'll be getting pretty close to the painting the base coat for the final paint. Time to test fit some of the accessories & make last minute adjustments.....etc. before the big spray.
Spare tire/Jerry Can carrier
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So far the bolt holes & body mounts lining up O.K. :)
Aloha, Kealoha Jax
kealohajax@yahoo.com
Waihou, Kainaliu Mauka, Hawaii
Willys Trans-Vintage project 1955 CJ3B
My Build:
http://z4.invisionfree.com/CJ3B_Bulletin_B...?showtopic=2775

http://s767.photobucket.com/home/kealohajax
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Jax
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More parts mock up for fitting corrections:

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Tail Lights lit up above & below...
"Lucky" my theft prevention alarm :huh:
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Winter/Spring here is a little rainy in the afternoons, so I'm on hold a bit here for the next phase. Meanwhile I'm trying to figure how to reinforce the hood a bit. I've seen some good examples here on the CJ3B page. So I'm thinking it through.
Next.....base coat epoxy prime.
Aloha, Jax B)
Aloha, Kealoha Jax
kealohajax@yahoo.com
Waihou, Kainaliu Mauka, Hawaii
Willys Trans-Vintage project 1955 CJ3B
My Build:
http://z4.invisionfree.com/CJ3B_Bulletin_B...?showtopic=2775

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