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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.





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Re: CJ3B 57348 117993
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2019, 07:15:05 PM »
Very nice, looks like a Keeper !

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Re: CJ3B 57348 117993
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2019, 09:14:48 AM »
Good looking 3B!

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Re: CJ3B 57348 117993
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2019, 12:03:33 PM »
Holy crap! I like that lift!!
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Re: CJ3B 57348 117993
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2019, 02:41:10 PM »
This morning, we removed the tub. I built this wooden gantry and used a chain hoist at each end and lifted the tub right off. (After the body goes back on, we'll dissemble the gantry and use the 2x6's to build a shed roof at my son's house!)



Will mount the tub on a rotisserie for sand blasting and painting.

I have found zero rust on this tub.

Lot of cleaning to do now! Pressure washing and de-greasing, followed with a wire wheel.

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Best money I ever spent! Bought it when I was doing a lot of work on M274 mules, but now I use it for everything, including the lawn mower. I can sit in my roller chair and work comfortably.

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Re: CJ3B 57348 117993
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2019, 07:26:30 PM »
Got the tub mounted to the rotisserie today. Finished stripping the remaining few items and it's almost ready to go to the blaster.


Found some unexpected body damage to the RR corner, will have to address after the tub is blasted and I can see how bad it really is.


Hope to start pressure washing and wire brushing the frame next week. I need to change the transmission and transfer case mounts. I am really thinking about doing the dual master cylinder conversion, any thoughts on this? Looks like Herm The Overdrive Guy has a really nice kit.

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Re: CJ3B 57348 117993
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2019, 10:31:05 PM »
Today I placed an order to Classic Enterprises for a right rear taillight panel and lower rear wheel well. I decided it would be easier to use these to make repair panels.



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Re: CJ3B 57348 117993
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2019, 12:29:18 PM »
I really like the idea of the "wooden gantry". I'm going to build one when I take the body off of mine next year.

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Re: CJ3B 57348 117993
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2019, 01:55:20 PM »
I think it was a bit of overkill, when the tub goes back on, I'll probably get 4-5 friends and just set it on by hand!

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Re: CJ3B 57348 117993
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2019, 10:08:42 PM »
The tub and all the associated body parts went to the blaster yesterday. Also spent some time at the automotive paint supply store. I got a lesson on paints and economic$! Final decision is to go with a two part epoxy primer and a base coat/clear coat paint.  This is going to be much different from the enamel OD that I am use to spraying!

Today, I finally got to start putting some things back together! Replaced transfer case snubber and transmission mount. Also got the gauge cluster back together with replacement fuel and temp gauges.

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Re: CJ3B 57348 117993
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2019, 10:58:39 AM »
Both times for me I used a couple/three friends to remove and set the tub on the frame.  Easy to do.  I chose to have the steering shaft already installed so we had to guide the tub down onto that shaft (no outer tube). 

I also chose the base/clear type paint and hope it wears nicely over the years.  So Chuck, are you planning to do the painting?
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Re: CJ3B 57348 117993
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2019, 03:30:53 PM »
Probably. My son works in a local dealer body shop, so I am hoping he will spray it for me

Cleaning the frame.

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Re: CJ3B 57348 117993
« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2019, 07:29:46 PM »
Finally nice to be putting some things back together for a change! Except for reinstalling the exhaust system, I am done with the chassis.


My replacement right fender arrived, so now the media blaster can get started.  I also picked up the paint and primer today, I think I need to rent a safe deposit box at the bank to keep in in until I am ready to use it!

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Re: CJ3B 57348 117993
« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2019, 08:12:03 PM »
I was surprised how expensive automotive paint and primer could be as well. Priming and painting was by far the most difficult and frustrating part of my refurb. But I didn't want to pay somone else to do it and I didn't have the time to wait for them so I did it myself. I will never do it again. I wish you the best of luck!
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Re: CJ3B 57348 117993
« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2019, 10:41:16 AM »
At this point, it looks like I may have to paint it myself, too. So far, the best price I have found is $2500, and that's me supplying all the paint and materials and bringing all the parts primered and ready to spray, with the tub mounted on the rotisserie. If I do all that, I might as well spray the paint, too!
There is a county trade school not too far away that teaches a collision repair course and I am going to talk to them, I know they have a paint booth.
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