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My newly aquired 3A is running well except for 3rd gear. With my foot down it will pop out evry few seconds, no willingness to stay in there.

I read that popping out of 2nd gear is common.

Any ideas?

The sun gets awful hot here so my wife wants a summer top instead of driving with the windshield down and a big pair of shades.

The problem is the Willys is a bitsa so nothing is an automatic choice.

The windshield is a CJ3a, possibly on a Cj2a or 3a tub, and there are MB bows.

The look is military so it needs to be a military style (MB, M38) summer top rather than a Bestop. I could order a Bestop as it comes with its ow frame but the look would be wrong, it needs to be green canvas.

Now as far as I can make out the differences between a MB and CJ3a/M38 dimensionally would be:

The top of the windshield is 3" higher
The measurement from top of windshield to back of tub is 1" longer
The MB bows are mounted differently to the M38 bows, as well as being made a little differently.

The question is this, is it possible with the MB bows to order a top for an M38? Are there other off-the-shelf options? Are they even the same size when erected?

I had a quote of $650 to make a summer top from a reputable specialist in the US who knows his onions but this seems a little steep. I can go to $400 but beyond that and I am uncertain it is a wise buy.

Any thoughts?

Photos attached of the CJ.


I have had Little Willy for a few months now and one thing I found was that the shiny green oil bath Donaldson air cleaner was missing its oil bath. Hence it was not filtering anything.

I struggled to confirm it was an FAE07 and then struggled to find the oil bath and screen. I would have liked to have kept it.

Then I started looking for a replacement and here it is, a Donaldson G070020. Brand new it is a 7" diameter filter (same diameter as per one fitted in 1951). It has two stages, the first one uses inertia and changing airflow to dump dirt (much as an FAE07 did, but it is self cleaning through a hose) and then there is finer filtration through a paper filter suitable for a more modern or diesel engine.

The capacity is around 400cfm and it will filter finer than an oil bath (not that it needs to). It is oversize for the L134 but should give years of service.

The only drawback is that the outlet looks larger than the 60 year old one and it is clearly not period correct (but filters the air).

Cost was only $80 plus shipping. 

If I find an oil bath I will put the old one back on and use this for my J20.

Once You've Joined / Hello from Bali
« on: April 15, 2015, 10:01:42 PM »
I have a few Jeeps (CJ7s, a J20, an XJ Cherokee) but my wife has always hankered after another Willys to replace the 3B her stepmother sold when she was overseas.

We were in Java a few weeks back and a regular contact told of a "1947 CJ2a" for sale.

We had a look and it is a bitsa, done to a high standard but bits from different models.

It has the L head engine, the right transmisison etc and is rust free.

The windshield is 3a (hence on this forum, for windshield questions!!) and maybe other bits. There are M38 and MB bits on it as well as other military bits from unknown eras.

It is green and may well have been in the military, a lot of early Willys were including MBs and CJ2a seized from the Dutch on independence. 

As I work through I will try to identify which model each part came from but it is a nice period drive.

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