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Building myself a 3B; "Stock" rebuild
Topic Started: Mar 31 2011, 08:08 PM (6,598 Views)
zambonimb
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Just testing to see if I can work Photobucket and post images of my 1957 buildPosted ImagePosted Image

The first two pictures are of what I started with in October 2010---a well rotted Ontario Canada 3B!

1957 CJ3B under construction!
1942 MB also under construction
1978 Jeep Cherokee 2 door future project

Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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zambonimb
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Hello guys! Thanks for the new rebuilder post section. I love this Page---I am inspired by the incredible work that many of you have done.

Here are some pictures of the 57 3B that I am building. This is the project that I bought from Tom in Tobermory, Ontario (Hello Tom!) and started working on this past Fall. As you can see, I am a bear for punishment!

The first two pictures show what I started with---a well seasoned (read-ROTTED) Ontario Canada tub. The third photo shows the rear floor including supports welded and the right quarter panel and wheelhouse clamped in place prior to welding.

The fourth picture shows the passenger floor tacked in place including the hat channels. I was finally able to walk around in my jeep for the first time---very exciting! I have since finished the drivers floor and hat channels but I haven't taken any pictures yet.

The final photo shows the rear of the tub complete, including the tailgate that I salvaged from two damaged ones. (The last two photos were mixed up--I still am learning how to post pictures)

I hope you enjoy seeing my progress. More postings will follow as the work gets done! GaryPosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
1957 CJ3B under construction!
1942 MB also under construction
1978 Jeep Cherokee 2 door future project

Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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a lot of work, but the reward is well worth it

3b'ers do it on all 4's
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Doug
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Ouch!!! The elements sure did a number on that!! Too many people would have given up on that and sent it to the scrap yard. I'm glad that you're taking the time and effort to save this one :)

I look forward to seeing your progress as you go!
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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Wow! You are a bear for punishment :) .

Only thing I want to add is if you are using your frame as jig to build your tub on be advised that it's probably twisted to some degree if just from sagging springs in one corner or the other or worse. a 3b frame is a noodle especially if the front cross member is cracked like most are in that condition. Once your tub is all welded up it may have a twist in it that will not come out short of buckling a panel.
just my 2c and hopefully I'm not telling you something you all ready know
64 CJ3b currently undergoing total rebuild.
78 CJ5 Body off restomod w/fuel injected 4.2, etc.
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hope you got it cheap lol good luck
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Welcome to our world!

We are magicians who convert rust into a thing of beauty!! It's just that some people just see it.
In the land of the blind... the one eyed man is king
Texan at heart, Georgian by paycheck

'53 CJ3B, F134, 12v alternator, lockrights, Hot-Spark electronic module,11"self energizing brakes, Belleview winch, Beachwood summertop, OD color, built to honor all Veterans of this great country


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Bob
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Wow, you are a glutton for punishment! Where did you get the body panels from?
Bob
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1965(?) CJ5
1949 Jeepster
1947 Cj2A
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Good Job! Looks like it is coming into it!!
Jerry Macy
Lebanon NH

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64 CJ3B basket case
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Don
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AMAZING WORK !!!!! Just goes to show that about any of "them" can be saved !!!

I'd like to see an outboard view of the tailgate. Where did you get the Willys logo? It almost looks like the one from Classic, but yours has the strenght bead.

Again,,, very nice work and a lot of it.
Don Norris
Southeast, NC

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1959 Jeep Pickup
195? M100 trailer
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Really nice work zambonimb,
I give you a lot of credit on the welding. I only had to replace the front floor pans and make up for the hat channel supports w/rectangular tubing. That was hard enough. Your work looks clean & solid. Keep up the good work.
Jax B)
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Hey Gary, I wondered if you were going to be able to do anything with that tub. Looks awesome so far. Sorry again I missed you the day you picked it up, but I was busy having my foot pinned together :)

Tom
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Thanks for all the kind words of encouragement, gentleman! I have wanted a 3B ever since I found The Page. Tom McCaffee made it possible by selling me(cheap!) the bare bones of one! (I'm sorry that I missed you,too, when I picked it up, Tom, but I'm sure that we will meet one day---it's a small world!)
My friend, Don Hull, who I met on this Page, has very kindly donated some old pieces from his 3B build and provides friendly support and inspiration which I always feel after seeing his bright blue 1960 beauty. A person meets the nicest people in this hobby.
Bob, I fabricated all the panels after taking measurements from the old tub, which was still whole enough to get some good measurements. It is made of 18 gauge cold rolled steel. I cheated a bit with the hat channels---I used 1x2 tubing. I think that it works well though and I already had some that I salvaged from castoff material. I was inspired by someone on the Page who did the same when he built his tub. It sure involved some serious welding, as you know, Jax.
Jeeper 50, I just enjoy making something out of "nothing" and everything boils down to making one piece at a time, making the next piece and welding the two together. It is not rocket science, but it is surely satisfying. With time and some basic tools, a MIG welder and some sheet metal, a person can make almost anything!
Don, I will post a picture of the outside of the tailgate soon. I used an old CJ5 tailgate that Don Hull gave me. It had a large JEEP on it as well as some heavy damage in the same area. I used the Willys lettering from another tailgate that was badly rusted along the lower edge. I left about a 16th of an inch space all around the piece and slowly tacked it in place. I then skip welded it solid, making sure to not weld more than a 1/2 inch at a time. It came out good with a minimum of distortion. Good point, Sasquach. I checked that the frame was level and straightened the rear crossmember before I started.
Well, that's all for now, guys. I will take some more pictures this week and post them. Thanks again for your support. The CJ3B Page rocks! Gary
1957 CJ3B under construction!
1942 MB also under construction
1978 Jeep Cherokee 2 door future project

Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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That is absolutely amazing metal work!! I'd be really happy if I were half that good!!
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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Thanks, Doug. Your 3B has been an inspiration since I saw your first photos. Fabricating jeep parts is a great way to get into metalwork because there are no compound curves! I make the flanges around the wheel openings with a pair of visegrips after carefully marking where the bend will be. I finish the flanges with a hammer and a dolly. Mostly it takes time and it is great exercise for the biceps!!

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

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