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Your CJ-3A Project / Hawk...CJ3A 36662
« on: January 08, 2020, 10:05:14 AM »
This is generally a quiet time for the 3A/3B/DJ Page.  No trail runs, gatherings or Willys Picnics this time of year.  There are also less 'winter' Willys projects.  Speaking for myself, I've grown far less tolerant of cold weather and cold garages.

Since it's quiet, I thought I would share the story of my first Willys Refurbishment.  We didn't have a "Projects" page years ago, so I never really got a chance to tell the story.

It all started for me in 1991.  My neighbor had an old jeep sitting in his yard when I moved into the neighborhood.  He used it for hunting mostly, but as the years passed, I noticed that it never moved.  He wasn't hunting anymore.  He was getting older.  I asked him a half dozen times to sell it to me.  I really wanted that Jeep, but he couldn't let it go.

The years moved on.  I eventually moved away.  He passed away a few years ago.  I don't know what happened to this Jeep, but since then, I've wanted one.

In 2010, my wife Rachel started getting a hankering for some kind of convertible. She was fixated on a Karmann Ghia.   I threw up a ton of "red flags".  The most common concerns were "We aren't rolling in cash." "I don't know how to fix/maintain a vehicle like that."   Honestly, I had no idea how to fix or maintain any kind of vehicle.  I could do the regular stuff like oil changes, filters, new batteries, etc., but that was it.

I needed to find a compromise with Rachel.  Perhaps I could talk her into a Jeep?  It's the ultimate convertible.  It's 4 wheel drive, and I've wanted one since 1991.  I suggested it, and to my surprise, she didn't scoff at the idea.  In fact, she (not me) started to scan Craigslist for a Jeep.  I didn't know she was looking for one.  A few months had passed and I figured she had gotten beyond the desire for a convertible, but she hadn't.  She showed me this...

So, the story begins...

Website Feedback / Poll !!! Streamline...Adjust...or leave it be.
« on: September 06, 2019, 11:41:16 AM »
The area I am working on now is to try and reduce the redundancy created by multiple places for FAQs, technical questions and advice.  I have already redistributed topics under one FAQ area, then eliminated that board.  Now we come to the bigger chore.

I did some minor re-labeling to the original categories "Tech Talk" and "Modifications".
I personally prefer we keep the "modifications from original" separated from the "stock/original" conversations.  I think this helps the newer members and participants find what they want a bit easier. 

Explanation/Clarification on the new Pole: 

Option 1 in the poll would redistribute all the specific FAQ topics currently listed under Body Trim Chassis Brakes, etc  to either the Stock Tech or Modifications Tech.  We would then eliminate the individual FAQ categories.

Option 2 would move all the topics currently under the Stock Tech and Mod Tech sections, to the appropriate individual Body Trim, Chassis Brakes Engine Compartment, etc. categories.  We would then eliminate the Stock and Mod categories.

Option 3 is self explanatory.

Option 4 per the request from aboyandhisdog.  This option would offer both the "Original Standard/Stock" and "Modified Tech" sections a group of split options to include Body Trim, Chassis Brakes, Engine Compartment, etc.. 

This poll is set up to show you the results after you have voted.  You can change your vote.  It will stay active for 7 days.  If you have any questions, or want me to add some additional poll options, let me know.   


Your CJ-3A Project / MOVED: What keeps you going?
« on: August 23, 2019, 12:14:06 PM »

Your CJ-3A Project / MOVED: Got a jeep? Tell its story here!
« on: August 23, 2019, 12:13:03 PM »

Project Page for all other Jeeps / MOVED: CJ-3B
« on: August 21, 2019, 08:01:01 PM »

PAST EVENTS: / Fall Colors Tour (FCT) 2018
« on: September 29, 2018, 10:30:31 PM »
For those of you that don't hang out at the 2A Page, I wanted to share some photos of the most recent FCT event held in Nathrop Colorado.  It was a great year.  Good weather.  Good new trails. Record breaking attendance.  68 Flat Fenders bouncing all over the Rocky Mountains for a week straight. 

Marble mine


Red Willy...





Cleaning day after the event...

PAST EVENTS: / Fall Colors Tour 2013
« on: September 24, 2013, 05:32:03 PM »
Just a little teaser.� The climp up Mt Princeton.� The valley to the left in the first photo is where you find our home base, The Thirsty Dirt Ranch.

We haven't left timberline in this photo, so we are probably around 11,000 feet.� For those of you flat landers that don't know what timberline is...

It is the point where conditions and elevations make it impossible for trees to grow.� You can see this line in the second picture.

Photos and words can't describe what you get to see and be a part of when here at this event. Bucket list item.� Everyone should try to make it to the Fall Colors Tour at least once in your life time.


PAST EVENTS: / Golden, Colorado Super Cruise !!!
« on: March 30, 2012, 01:54:22 PM »
Details are emerging for a May 5th Super Cruise Gathering in Golden, Colorado.  The event is sponsored by the CFFC.  (Colorado Flat Fender Club).  The time and meeting area is in the planning stage and will be announced as the specifics are determined.

Here is a link to the 2A page where the discussion and planning are starting.

All Flat fenders are welcome.  As Lew mentions in the 2A post, the Super Cruise is something you have to see to believe.  Thousands of the most amazing cars and trucks are on display, and cruising the streets of Golden.  It is a loosely organized parade/party atmosphere where thousands and thousands of people just seem to spontaneously gather.  No entry fees, no rules. The police let this happen from around 4:00 to 8:00 pm.

We will probably gather earlier in the day and put together a convoy of Flatties.

Again, if anyone is interested in joining in the fun, Let Lew Ladwig at the 2a page know....or let me know and I pass along your information.



Thought I would run this by the 3A team to see what you think.

I love my green Willys, but it had two flaws. The TC whined like a 5 year old at bedtime.  And number two, I�ve never been able to solve my rear main seal leak.

 I rebuilt a replacement TC this past spring.  I upgraded to a TC with a 1-1/4� intermediate shaft.  This case runs much quieter at high speeds, so now I�m down to the rear main seal leak. This drives me nuts.  Those of you that know me personally understand why I don�t like this.  For those of you who don�t know me, I�m the guy that scrubs my undercarriage after a week of Willys trail adventures.
This is a MB is better engine.  Tolerances in that era were not as precise as they were during later 3A production, so I�m already fighting an uphill battle.   Short of pulling the crankshaft and having this race repaired, I have tried every conceivable approach to eliminate this flaw.  I have installed 5 different seals and used just as many different techniques. Nothing stops the leak.

What I have noticed over the years is the rear main won�t leak unless I push the engine to its extremes.  The oil pressure on this engine is around 23psi at warm idle and mid 50s during warm acceleration.  It's much higher during warmup. (40psi at cold idle)  This is pretty high for an engine like this.  I believe this high pressure pushes the oil out of the weakest point.  In my case, the rear main seal.
I am considering putting a weaker relief spring in the oil pump so to reduce the overall engine oil pressure. I know�crazy�right?  We are always trying for higher oil pressure.  My thinking is this would possibly reduce the pressure on the rear main seal and thus reduce my oil loss.  Or am I thinking about that relief spring in the wrong way?  What do you think?
This is a photo of one attempt to stop the leak.  In this case, I compressed the filler dowels  and let them set up in a bath of RTV sealant for a few days.  The blue you see is what squished out when I compressed the dowels.

Hi all,
On a prior project, I used a 3-prong blinker module for the turn signals. My new turn signal switch says I can use a 2-prong or 3-prong blinker module.   At the auto parts store I found a 2-prong marked "LOUD" and wanted to give it a shot.  (I sometimes forget to turn the signal off)

-Has anyone tried the "LOUD" version? 
-Is it "LOUD" enough to hear it over a running L-134 and the windshield down?
-Is it true that I can use a 2-prong module?

Note:  This is that generic turn signal switch that everyone sells.


Hi all,
A friend in Germany is restoring a 3A.   He sent me this photo...

It's mounted to his firewall.  I'm not sure what it is.  Maybe a resistor?  What do you all think?



Take a look at this flywheel...

It appears to me that it has been drilled and tapped to accept the larger pressure plate found on a CJ5, and the smaller pressure plate found on a CJ3A.� Can someone confirm this?� �

I have the larger pressure plate and clutch installed now.


Hi fellas,

I'm looking for a consensus and any other input you might like to share...�

A dollar value on an [size=14]NOS L-134 engine-- block only[/size] a crate.� The pictures look legit.

I don't have the casting or serial numbers yet.


This is the small spring that attaches the bearing retainer to the throw out bearing on the front of the T-90.� �It helps pull the bearing off the clutch fingers when releasing the clutch pedal.

This is a really small and insubstantial spring.

Has anyone ever had one break?� I haven't, but I feel it's only a matter of time.� Should this be a 'Must Have' in a Willys roadside repair parts kit?


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