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Messages - BillT

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A couple of things bugging me -

1- on rebuilding an Auto-lite distributor IAD-4008 - what works to reinstall the spring that locks the cam to the shaft?

2 - torqueing the head for a L-134 engine - when to do, engine warm or cold, or does it even matter?

Thanks - Bill

Electrical Systems / Re: Grounding straps
« on: March 08, 2020, 02:07:37 PM »
Rus and Steve thanks for the comments and links. I think the same old mechanics who grounded those jeeps did mine also. lol The grill, distributor, air filter (yep), starter, generator, motor support, voltage regulator, and battery are all grounded to the frame. whew

Electrical Systems / Grounding straps
« on: March 08, 2020, 10:39:19 AM »
I will soon be rewiring my '52 CJ3A jeep. Plenty of diagrams for the power wiring but haven't found anything for the engine/chassis grounds and the po has added grounding wires and straps. Could someone point me toward some info for the original locations/specs. of the grounds? Thanks

Electrical Systems / Re: Positive or Negative Ground?
« on: November 22, 2019, 08:33:19 AM »
Thank you for the great info. It's added to my library.

Electrical Systems / Re: Positive or Negative Ground?
« on: November 21, 2019, 04:28:50 PM »
Battery (-) post, does the cable connected to it attach to the frame? Yes, then it's a negative ground.

BODY and trim / Re: '58 CJ3B Body Question
« on: November 21, 2019, 08:04:58 AM »
From what I've read the 3A's started life with the windshield painted the same color as the body. Later on the all the 3A windshield's were painted black. Willys probably followed suit with the 3B's.

Personally I like the look of your black windshield, good contrast with the red jeep. Nice looking rig.

Engine compartment / Vacuum line - carb to distributor - IAT 4405 10K
« on: November 08, 2019, 06:13:30 PM »
My L134 came with a vacuum advance distributor that had never been connected. Although I do not intend to keep it I would like to hook it up to see what difference it makes and could tell the new owner if it works or not.
Maybe someone can tell me the what type of fittings are required for the distributor and the throttle body. The distributor has a female 3/8- 24 fitting. Not sure what the throttle body pipe size is, maybe 1/8. The pipe size should be 1/16, is this od or id? Are the fittings inverted flare? Anyone have a picture? Lol

The CJ3A uses 1" wheel cylinders in the front and 3/4" in the rear.

Buy, Sell, Trade / crankshaft pulley and timing gear cover
« on: October 27, 2019, 09:16:58 AM »
Looking for a good crankshaft pulley with the timing V notch, also the timing gear cover with the two timing indentations 5 and T.  This would be for a '52 CJ3A. Thanks

This was my first jeep meet and I really got a kick seeing all the old jeeps. Thanks Zach for posting the pics.

Rambling, Malarky, Rants, Etc... / Re: Trail Closures
« on: October 01, 2019, 09:45:38 AM »
John you are 100% correct. In the southeast area where I grew up, north Georgia, and do my jeeping about all the old logging roads have berms pushed up on them with road closure signs or gates have been installed. Unfortunately one or two of the road closures I can understand because of four wheeler activity where they would get off the roads and tear up the forest floors and banks, but the Forest Service does have law enforcement officers, they should get out of their trucks and do their jobs.
I watched the video of Mikes Fall Color Tour and the scenery was great, loved all the old flat fenders..... and their jeeps. lol
You boys have some great jeeping country out there, I have watched some of jpets videos also. Maybe one day I can get my '3a out there for a few weeks of riding.
I have no idea what can be done to keep OUR old roads open. Like all government agency's they take care of their own and to hell with the rest of us.

BODY and trim / repair panels
« on: September 10, 2019, 09:35:18 AM »
I visit Classic Enterprises site occasionally and recently found a new item for our jeeps. They now offer rear corner repair panels, left and right side. Looks like a good solution for those of us with ripped off spare tire carriers and without great body repair skills.

There's a m-38 on todays ewillys page for 3500.

If you decide to go with a new kit don't go into it blindly. There is a lot of info on these sites on the installation process, study up on it. I helped sit a new body on a 67 year old '3a, things are not as square as they once were. There was a bit of cutting, hole enlarging, hole relocating, etc. My point is that the new bodies are not an easy drop-in. Good luck with your decision. I know where you're coming from.

Just for kicks try clipping a couple of clothes pins on the fuel line at the carb inlet. They are suppose to act as a heat sink. I have seen it done but never knew if it actually worked.

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