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DJ3A #947
Topic Started: Aug 25 2017, 09:27 PM (277 Views)
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I am starting this thread for all information pertaining to and restoration progress of my 56 DJ3A #947.
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Charles Tate....North Mississippi

1956 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible
Doing ground up nuts and bolt restoration by almost entirely reconditioning original used or a few NOS DJ3A parts.

1962 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible. (For research and parts only)
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Ps. Thanks for moving the discussion back to the forum. That way everybody that's curious about these DJ3A's can learn too. MUCH more rewarding than keeping everything private or hidden!!!

Any pictures that you need help posting I'll be glad to help. Since photobucket double crossed us I've learned to use Imgur which is easy to use but really hard to tell anyone how to.
Charles Tate....North Mississippi

1956 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible
Doing ground up nuts and bolt restoration by almost entirely reconditioning original used or a few NOS DJ3A parts.

1962 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible. (For research and parts only)
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Thanks! You can add any/all photos from the emails.
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Here's a picture of Matts windshield.

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You can still see the holes where that the turn fasteners were for a convertible top.
Charles Tate....North Mississippi

1956 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible
Doing ground up nuts and bolt restoration by almost entirely reconditioning original used or a few NOS DJ3A parts.

1962 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible. (For research and parts only)
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Here's some pictures of casting numbers.

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Those I personally don't know anything about but Matt reports that his head has been replaced with an Willys industrial head at some point.

Also notice the reddish color. This is by far not the first Dj3a to have a reddish colored engine instead of black. As such this dispatcher lends even more evidence that some DJ3A's may have had engines come from the factory this way!
Charles Tate....North Mississippi

1956 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible
Doing ground up nuts and bolt restoration by almost entirely reconditioning original used or a few NOS DJ3A parts.

1962 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible. (For research and parts only)
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Here's a money shot for sure. These dry air filters were a option on dj3a Dispatcher's and are more rare than hens teeth. Matt when you get ready to put it back on we can go over your options for buying or making a filter for this.

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Charles Tate....North Mississippi

1956 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible
Doing ground up nuts and bolt restoration by almost entirely reconditioning original used or a few NOS DJ3A parts.

1962 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible. (For research and parts only)
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I'm kind of jealous that he's got dj3a Dispatcher seat frames this good hidden back. When you see the rotten ones I'm going to have to use for a pattern to get everything 100% correct on mine you'll truly understand what that I mean!

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Charles Tate....North Mississippi

1956 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible
Doing ground up nuts and bolt restoration by almost entirely reconditioning original used or a few NOS DJ3A parts.

1962 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible. (For research and parts only)
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Here's the classic 0 to 80mph King Seeley. 6 volt speedometer that belongs in 1956 dj3a Dispatchers

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Charles Tate....North Mississippi

1956 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible
Doing ground up nuts and bolt restoration by almost entirely reconditioning original used or a few NOS DJ3A parts.

1962 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible. (For research and parts only)
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And here's Matts grill.

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Head light bezels are pretty easily available but first we've got to confirm FOR SURE if that's a 1956 or a later model dj3a grill. Early DJ3A's had CJ2A type headlight buckets and later DJ's are just a little bit different. The bezels are different with the early ones having more of a flattened look and the later ones having more of a bug eyed look. That applies to both the headlights and the parking lights.

A little tired tonight keeping up lol but tomorrow I'll check and compare for sure. I'll even start another thread clearly comparing early and late ones and we'll figure this one out for sure.
Charles Tate....North Mississippi

1956 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible
Doing ground up nuts and bolt restoration by almost entirely reconditioning original used or a few NOS DJ3A parts.

1962 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible. (For research and parts only)
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The rear has 5 leafs and the front has 4. I don't think the tail lights are originals. And it does have a horn. I'll send those pics to you via email.
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This view of Matts headlight bucket indeed confirms that this is a early model dj3a Dispatcher 1956 grill. The grommet gives it away. Early 6volt DJ3A's had cloth wire and the headlight harness was in a asphalt covered wire loom that went through that hole.
Charles Tate....North Mississippi

1956 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible
Doing ground up nuts and bolt restoration by almost entirely reconditioning original used or a few NOS DJ3A parts.

1962 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible. (For research and parts only)
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Matt sent pictures of his springs.





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Certainly better shape than a lot of springs that I've seen on Dj3a Dispatchers! I'm still not sure and may never be exactly but I really like that spring count and that's what I'm going to eventually duplicate for my own restoration. I'll get into what's on mine and why I'm changing them in a more appropriate place soon but THANKS MATT for sharing.







Looking forward to you getting your seats, windshield and motor and for sure seeing the pictures. I'm dying to know if there's any original upholstery left on those seats or even underneath the seat

covers!!

Question. Do you have a really good head to replace the industrial head with??
Charles Tate....North Mississippi

1956 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible
Doing ground up nuts and bolt restoration by almost entirely reconditioning original used or a few NOS DJ3A parts.

1962 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible. (For research and parts only)
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I think there is a 3a head mixed in with the other CJ's in storage. Should know for sure in a week or so. My storage is 2 hours away and will be going to get/find parts as needed.
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have started tearing down the original motor.  When it was removed, it was spitting water out the exhaust.  I have not found any cracks and am starting to wonder if it was actually leaking around a manifold stud since they go into the water jacket.  Going to magma flux test it to make sure there are no cracks that I can't see.  I did find a old repair from a crack between the #4 cylinder and the intake valve.  Also appears to have been resleeved.  The machining of the deck to level out these repairs would explain why I can not find any serial numbers. 


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Thanks for keeping us updated Matt and keep us informed. I agree that the previous machine work is the cause the removal of the engine number.






Charles Tate....North Mississippi

1956 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible
Doing ground up nuts and bolt restoration by almost entirely reconditioning original used or a few NOS DJ3A parts.

1962 WILLYS DJ3A Convertible. (For research and parts only)
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