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Your CJ-3B Project / Re: CJ3B 57348 117993
« on: March 25, 2020, 10:45:17 AM »
Well, looks like the body shop guy has let me down (again). It has been 7 months, with little progress since Christmas, and the fellow that I borrowed the rotisserie from now wants it back. I plan to go next Tuesday and pick up all my body parts and all the paint I bought and bring it home. With things the way they are right now, I'd like to get everything back to my shop so it will at least be in one place in case anything happens to me. Maybe later this year, if I survive the coronavirus pandemic, I may try to paint it myself. This will be the last post to my rebuild thread for some time. Good luck, everyone and stay safe.

BODY and trim / Re: CJ3B windshield
« on: March 20, 2020, 02:36:01 PM »
I have two, both need work. Where are you located?>

Chassis, brakes and suspension. / Re: Steering Box Lubracant
« on: March 10, 2020, 11:37:50 AM »
We'll see. Won't be able to put oil back in the box until the body tub goes back on, hope by the end of the month.

Chassis, brakes and suspension. / Re: Steering Box Lubracant
« on: March 08, 2020, 01:01:31 PM »
Thanks, I think I will order a bottle and try it, save the corn head grease for the steering knuckles!

Chassis, brakes and suspension. / Re: Steering Box Lubracant
« on: March 07, 2020, 01:33:01 PM »
I went ahead and pulled the cover this morning, and I am glad I did, pretty nasty inside.

Spent some time with some brake cleaner and a brush, I think I got all the old gunk out.

Now trying to decide on GL-4 or Corn Head Grease.

Chassis, brakes and suspension. / Steering Box Lubracant
« on: March 06, 2020, 09:14:26 PM »
Tonight, I decided to drain, flush and refill the steering box on my 1964 CJ3B before I put the body back on. According to my Service Manual, the box should have MIL-L-2105B SAE 80 oil. What I drained out was more like molasses, it would barely flow! I pulled the bottom front bolt from the cover and the pipe plug and left it to drain over night. I actually had to pour some parts cleaner solution into the fill hole before it would even start to flow. In my other two jeeps, a 1952 M38 and a 1954 CJ3B, I have had good luck using John Deere Corn Head Grease in the steering boxes. At this point, I think I will go ahead and remove the cover so I can properly clean the inside of the box.  Just wondering what the general thought is on steering box lubrication.

In Alabama, if you register the vehicle as a Vintage Vehicle and have the Vintage Vehicle plate, you are allowed to display an original year of manufacturer plate on the vehicle. The issued Vintage Vehicle plate must be with the vehicle, but you don't need to display it. I could not find an antique plate like I wanted, so I had one made:

I've never had a problem and, although I carry the Vintage Vehicle plate in the tool box, I have never been asked to show it.

Just as a follow-up, I just purchased a 2-1/4"reproduction steering wheel from Walck's and it DOES have the groove for the horn button! I will also say that it is much better quality than the first one I bought off of e-bay a few years ago, the rim is much smoother and there are no bubbles and flash. I guess it's true, you get what you pay for!

BODY and trim / Vintage Jeep Dealer Stickers
« on: February 12, 2020, 11:27:24 PM »
I am looking for photos of the dealer name stickers that were placed on the rear of Jeeps. I know it's a long shot, but specifically, I am looking for a photo for Rex Keeling who was the Jeep Dealer in Gadsden, Alabama up until the late 60's. The only thing I have found so far is a chrome emblem that they put on the Plymouth cars that they also sold, but I don't remember seeing these on any of the Jeeps on their lot when I was a kid (long time ago!)

Your CJ-3B Project / Re: CJ3B 57348 117993
« on: February 03, 2020, 12:08:15 PM »
I wanted to make sure everything was still OK with the engine since I did all the cleanup work on it, so I started it up for the first time since the tub was removed. Started quickly and ran fine, although I only ran it for a few seconds as there is no cooling system.
Still waiting for the body shop to finish the tub and parts.

Rambling, Malarky, Rants, Etc... / Re: American Bantam is Coming Back?
« on: February 02, 2020, 07:16:02 PM »
A few things struck me in their manufacturing comments:
.....American Bantam® will launch our line of off-road vehicles....
.....Off-road vehicles don’t require crash testing which will allow us to go to market sooner.....
.....Our strategy is to begin manufacturing off-road vehicles in the USA while we engineer compliance with USA automotive regulations for a completely new street-legal off-road vehicle.....
Sounds a lot like the Mahindra Roxor

Buy, Sell, Trade / Re: Classic Enterprises Repair Panels - SOLD
« on: January 26, 2020, 12:46:45 PM »

BODY and trim / Re: Floor Mats?
« on: January 23, 2020, 11:49:55 AM »
The rear floor mats from my 2018 Silverado 2500 fit pretty well in the front of my CJ3B.

You are correct, the same 2-1/4" button steering wheel is listed for 1963 - 1975 CJ3B, CJ5, CJ6 and FC models, but it is the same reproduction Crown wheel without the snap ring groove.  I bought one several years ago when I first got this jeep, and, although the horn button would fit, I was not happy with the gap between the button and the wheel. While I was removing the steering wheel prior to removing the body tub, I damaged the bottom of the wheel and will need to replace it again. I was hoping to find one with the groove this time. Thanks all!

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