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Offline Bob W

CJ-3B
« on: February 14, 2014, 08:12:05 AM »
I picked up a very rusty 1953 CJ-3B a few weeks ago. It's really a "kit" because the previous owner completely disassembled the Jeep and tossed the rear half of the body. Now for the famous question - too rusty to save???� ;D

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Offline Birddog7

Re: CJ-3B
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2014, 10:10:59 AM »
They are never to rusty to save. Unless you only have rust particles to weld the replacement panels too. A new/used tub might be needed. Can you post pic's of the spotlight kinda neat. Saw one on a 3A in Ewillys couple days ago
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Offline 1955CJ-5

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Re: CJ-3B
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2014, 10:21:05 AM »
More pictures!

Is there anything left of the toe boards or transmission tunnel?

Is that the inner fender that I can see through the grill?? No radiator? Engine?
« Last Edit: February 14, 2014, 10:24:15 AM by 1955CJ-5 »
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Offline Bob W

Re: CJ-3B
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2014, 10:38:36 AM »
The spotlight was rusted away and falling apart. I removed it and tossed the rusty broken remains so I can't get any more photos.

The Jeep is totally disassembled, for this photo I placed the cowl assembly on the frame and bolted the front sheet metal in place. The engine is not installed so that's why it is see-through under the hood. The firewall is solid but things begin to fade away on the angled section of the floor. The front part of the transmission tunnel is still there.
« Last Edit: February 15, 2014, 07:20:52 AM by Bob_W »
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Offline garage gnome

Re: CJ-3B
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2014, 10:42:33 AM »
Bob, do you still have the spotlight mount? I'm thinking about putting one on my '49.
Nate in Western MA 1953 3A #3268, The Jalopy, '47 2A Wheelin' rig, '49 3A, #37071, unmolested, bone stock named Ted

Offline Bob W

Re: CJ-3B
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2014, 11:02:05 AM »
Unfortunately I don't have any parts of the spotlight. It was junk. Had to cut it off, the screws had become one with the mounts.
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Offline garage gnome

Re: CJ-3B
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2014, 11:13:19 AM »
Oh ok, thanks Bob.
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Offline F Bill

Re: CJ-3B
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2014, 11:55:47 AM »
Unity still sells spotlights to wrecker and utility truck operators, and I'd bet you could buy a whole spotlight off a junk telephone truck for cheap, and get a bracket from a Unity dealer.
Owner of the world famous?? Pintojeep 3A and one yet to be named stock project 3A.
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Re: CJ-3B
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2014, 04:02:47 PM »
Hmmm.
Looks just like my second '54 which eventually melded with a '59 and an MD Juan tub to become a real 3B again.
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Re: CJ-3B
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2014, 05:44:15 PM »
It all depends on what you want the finished jeep to be, and how badly you want it.....

If the parts from the dash forward are usable then I'd go with Classic Enterprises sheet metal parts.

If there is little or nothing usable then it's MD Juan, or the elusive donor tub.....or maybe it would make a nice Doodlebug/Jitterbug....?
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Offline Bob W

Re: CJ-3B
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2014, 08:43:42 PM »
I am planning to "save" this body. This thread is here under Modified Jeep Projects because the body will not be an accurate reproduction of the original. There may be some other mechanical deviations too� :o

Here is what some of it looked like when I picked it up. All the parts completely filled my 8' bed pickup and the trailer. A Jeep kit sure occupies way more space than an assembled Jeep!


The pile of scrap metal is building.



The rust extends higher than usual....



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Re: CJ-3B
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2014, 08:49:42 PM »
A couple days ago I received a box of Jeep goodies for this project from Nate. Funny how they came in a Walck's box!

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Re: CJ-3B
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2014, 08:57:45 PM »
Well, I hope you got the sand blaster cabinet along with the jeep...you might need it!

But, one piece at a time, and once you get a solid foundation to build from, you are on your way!

Can't wait for the progress reports!
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Offline Bob W

Re: CJ-3B
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2014, 09:01:59 PM »
Unfortunately the sand blaster cabinet did not come with the Jeep.  :(
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Offline garage gnome

Re: CJ-3B
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2014, 10:28:55 PM »
Thought you would enjoy that box Bob!� ;D If you want, I have a 3B cowl that is in better shape. I could meet up with you somewhere if you want it.

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« Last Edit: February 14, 2014, 10:29:55 PM by garage_gnome »
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