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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.

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!)

Does anybody make a correct steering wheel for the late CJ3B with the 2-1/4" horn button? I bought a Crown reproduction, but it does not have the snap ring groove for the horn button.

As I continue to clean and paint parts while I am waiting for my tub to return from the body shop for my 1964 CJ3B, I have run into an issue. The two bolts that hold each windshield pivot bracket to the body tub; I remember that the bolts went into the bracket from the outside, and the nuts and lock washers were on the inside. In fact, that's the way I put them back together before I put the brackets into a Ziploc bag for storage. Some photos that I took also appear to show the bolt heads on the outside.

I noticed that my 1952 M38 has the nuts and washers on the OUTSIDE of the pivot bracket, with the bolts going through from the inside of the tub.

None of my manuals, including the Jeep Universal Parts List, have an illustration of the bracket and the mounting bolts. To me, it would actually make more sense for the bolts to go from the inside out, as the inner bracket mounting holes are threaded and only the very outer bracket has slots for adjustment.

Does anybody have an illustration showing the correct way to install the pivot bracket mounting bolts? Which way is correct? Thanks!

"Original"-- Technical Questions, Answers, Observations / Pedal issues
« on: October 07, 2019, 06:39:51 PM »
I have my body tub off and at the media blaster, and I need a measurement. While the tub is off, I am repairing the loose brake pedal. I ordered a reproduction brake pedal arm and the cross shaft. After comparing the old and new pedal arm, I realize the bends are not correct. I am going to attempt to heat and bend the pedal arm, but I need to know the center-to-center distance of the clutch and brake holes in the body. It looks to me to be about 7", but that is using my old loose brake pedal arm. My clutch pedal arm is good and tight, so I can use that as a reference point. I thought there was a chart  somewhere on the old site that had all the measurements?

BODY and trim / Body Mounting Bolts
« on: October 02, 2019, 11:12:19 PM »
On my CJ3B, there are two body to frame mounting bolts in the floor of the bed. These look like carriage bolts but with larger heads than a normal carriage bolt. Does anyone know of a source for these bolts?  Thanks!

Your CJ-3B Project / CJ3B 57348 117993
« on: September 26, 2019, 06:02:20 PM »
This is to document CJ3B  57348 117993 is a 1964 Kaiser that I located a few years ago.  It had 57K miles and is very complete and original, including the upholstery on the seats and I think the top.  Somebody painted it an awful baby $hit green and they must have used a corn cob for a brush! Now that I have finished all the mechanical work, I plan to return it to the factory Spruce Tip Green. To that end, I have started removing the body tub for media blasting and paint.

More to follow

BODY and trim / Headlight Bucket color
« on: September 19, 2019, 08:43:40 PM »
I am almost to the point of starting the teardown on my 1964 Kaiser CJ3B. This jeep is in really great original zero rust condition except for the awful paint job! My goal is to return it to the original 225 Spruce Tip Green Poly. After a lot of soul searching, I have decided to remove the body tub so that it can be completely cleaned and properly painted inside and out, top and bottom.
One question I have been unable to answer is: what color were the headlight buckets? It appears that they may have been silver or even galvanized. Anyone know for sure? Thanks!

The "before" image!

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