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Thank you for your help, gentlemen. I will plan a rebuild for the winter. Incidentally, the new PCV routing seems to work much better--I was able to seal the oil filler cap and the engine still runs. There is a lot less smoke than there used to be. I got back from a drive tonight after dark so I didn't check the oil level yet, will do that tomorrow as well as check the air cleaner for oil build up. Hopefully, the check will show less oil consumption and less oil accumulating in the air cleaner. I realize that any improvement will be limited by the condition of my engine but I would be happy to be moving in the right direction.

Good job! Is it common to have that much trouble taking that nut off? Was that a 1-3/8 in. socket?

Steve, the air cleaner was filling up with oil. I don't know yet whether the new PCV routing makes a difference. Russ, once warm the engine idles pretty nicely, All plugs are firing strongly. Oldtime, thanks for the clear instructions on adjusting valves. They will come in handy. The photos are identical to my PCV system with one exception--there is no line from the PCV valve to the fuel pump. I have a single action pump and an electric wiper motor.

Once You've Joined / Re: Derek Redmond from
« on: September 05, 2019, 12:08:55 AM »
Welcome Derek! I think this CJ-DJ-3A-3B community is going to be great. I posted a problem yesterday and I'm getting excellent response already, reminiscent of our old 3B Page. Thank you for all of your hard work!

Hello Oldtime, many thanks for your help as well. I will take/post some photos soon.

Hello Russ, Thanks for help. I will check if there is oil in the rad. I do have leaks from the oil pan and I have blue smoke on start up and acceleration. I definitely have blow by happening. I'm hoping that connecting the PCV system as you and Steve suggested will cut down the amount of oil being sucked out of the engine.  Gary

SteveKfl, it seems you and my friend had the same idea. I will see tomorrow if the routing you suggest cuts the amount of oil being sucked into the air cleaner. Thanks for the help! Gary

Thanks for the quick response, gentlemen. First, there is no ventilation port on the valve cover. Today, a friend came over with an idea or two about my PCV set up. We ended up plugging the intake manifold near the carb and running a straight hose from the air cleaner to the side of the oil filler tube. We also dismantled, cleaned and reassembled the PCV valve and blew out the hard line up to the intake manifold. There was some crud that was dislodged. Then I pulled the plugs and cleaned them. They were quite blackened with carbon and two were wet with oil. We also determined that timing is approximately 6-7 degrees BTDC, dwell is 39 degrees and idle is 650 rpm. Finally, we checked compression which was 1-125, 2-75, 3-125, and 4-50. Number 2 went up to 100 wet but Number 4 did not improve when tested wet. Looks like I have some engine work to do this winter! When everything was buttoned up, the engine started easily. There was still some outward pressure at the oil filler tube but it didn't seem as strong as before. I ran out of time and was unable to take the Willys for a spin. I will do that tomorrow and will let you know how things turn out.    Gary

I had a similar noise when I first put everything together on my 3B and was driving it around without the body tub. My noise also happened in no load situations--the minute I touched the clutch pedal it would stop. It turned out that the pilot bushing was turning in the back of the engine. Pushing the clutch pedal put a load on it and stopped it turning. I installed a new bushing, which had to be hammered in, and the noise was gone. I hope this helps.

Thanks for the great idea! I too was having problems catching my foot under the brake pedal of my 3B. I ended up cutting about 3/4 inch of one side, angling it at the bottom and then welding the flange back on. It works a lot better.  Gary

Once You've Joined / Re: New from western Massachusetts
« on: July 17, 2019, 11:28:38 PM »
What a great old workhorse! Have fun with it!

Once You've Joined / Re: Coastal Georgia
« on: July 01, 2019, 10:04:33 PM »
I matched my paint to a patch of original paint I found under the transmission tunnel that was covered in 60 year old oil and dirt! It sounds like a great project and one that you can drive while you work on it. Welcome, also.

Once You've Joined / Re: Hello from Brantford, Ontario, Canada
« on: July 01, 2019, 09:54:13 PM »
Here is a photo of my dashboard. The instrument cluster was purchased from Vietnam and is a NOS piece. The Fender bottle opener was given to me by my friends at The Brantford Music Center and covers a couple of holes that I forgot to fill! It is also a real conversation piece--along with my studded spare tire!

Once You've Joined / Re: Hello from Brantford, Ontario, Canada
« on: July 01, 2019, 09:47:45 PM »
Thanks, Russ! Here is a photo of my engine. This was taken before I installed the air cleaner, which I converted to a dry medium instead of oil bath. The engine is a 38,000 mile good runner that I bought from Terry's Jeep Farm in upstate New York before Terry passed away.

Once You've Joined / Re: Hello from Brantford, Ontario, Canada
« on: June 30, 2019, 12:45:28 AM »
This photo shows what I have finished with. Of course, there are a number of things I will be adjusting/changing because they are never really finished!

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