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Offline zhandyside

Re: 1951 CJ3A Restomod - A Father/Son Project
« Reply #15 on: June 06, 2020, 11:11:44 PM »
Well today was the big day! We started to fit the body to the frame. We expected some fitment issues, but had a few more that I was expecting.

Here's what we found today fitment wise:

-The hat channels don't even come close to lining up with the 2nd and 3rd body outriggers.
-The accelerator pedal linkage bracket on the rear of the engine hits the firewall
-The fitment of the cowl and the hood is pretty bad. The hood rubs on the cowl when it's opened and closed.
-Fender alignment is ok, but it seems the gap at the back of the hood it too small, not sure how to correct this?
-The hood seems to hit the rubber hose between the air horn and intake crossover tube
-Transmission cover hole will need to be adjusted


Some positives so far:

-Pedal holes line up pretty good
-Transmission hole seems to be in the right place

Also a few questions:

Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do with the hat channels? I've seen some move the body outriggers, but unfortunately we welded them on after we removed them to clean the rust between the outriggers and the frame.

How much clearance is there supposed to be between the block and the firewall? The accleratro linkage is hiting right at the seam between the floor and the firewall. I'm hoping to not have to just use a BFH and clearance it.

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« Last Edit: June 06, 2020, 11:34:24 PM by zhandyside »
1951 CJ3A - Restomod in progress

Offline zhandyside

Re: 1951 CJ3A Restomod - A Father/Son Project
« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2020, 09:59:29 PM »
We finally got around to getting the tub back off to modify the firewall. I was able to get about 3/4" out of it. There was quite a noticeable bulge in the center of the firewall before. Now it's flat like the old 2A tub we have.
« Last Edit: July 22, 2020, 10:02:56 PM by zhandyside »
1951 CJ3A - Restomod in progress

Offline zhandyside

Re: 1951 CJ3A Restomod - A Father/Son Project
« Reply #17 on: July 27, 2020, 08:32:49 PM »
While the tub is off, we decided to mock up a few things with the tub off to give us some more room to work. Over the last couple days we mocked up the front seats, accelerator pedal and are waiting on the gas tank to get the gas tank strap mounts installed. The hole for the accelerator pedal was way off, so had to fill that in. We also filled in the CJ2A keyed coil hole in the dash and the floor starter switch hole we wont be using.

Our Jeep came with late style CJ3B seat frames that someone cutoff the backs and mounted newer style seats. Were going to go with some aftermarket lowback bucket seats for a later CJ instead of buying the CJ3A frames.
« Last Edit: July 27, 2020, 08:38:29 PM by zhandyside »
1951 CJ3A - Restomod in progress

Offline zhandyside

Re: 1951 CJ3A Restomod - A Father/Son Project
« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2020, 11:24:13 PM »
Got the body back on the frame and all the mounting holes drilled. After the firewall adjustment there is plenty of clearance for the throttle linkage. We also got the gas tank and spare tire carrier installed.
« Last Edit: August 01, 2020, 11:26:50 PM by zhandyside »
1951 CJ3A - Restomod in progress

Offline zhandyside

Re: 1951 CJ3A Restomod - A Father/Son Project
« Reply #19 on: August 06, 2020, 09:31:54 PM »
It's starting to look like a Jeep again! Hoping to have it in a drivable state by the end of the month! We have a lot of work ahead.
1951 CJ3A - Restomod in progress

Offline zhandyside

Re: 1951 CJ3A Restomod - A Father/Son Project
« Reply #20 on: Yesterday at 10:35:34 PM »
Well the 3A is officially road legal! Got it plated this week and have been going for some short shake down runs for the running gear. Overall no major issues after 50 or so miles. Got her up to around 50-55 mph and it drives nice and smooth.

 We also installed new tires, Deestone D503, size 7.50-16. They are 8 ply, but the ride has been pretty good with 20 or so PSI in the tires. No clearance issues so far, our wheel spacers from the GM disc brake conversion are helping with that.
1951 CJ3A - Restomod in progress

Offline SteveKfl

Re: 1951 CJ3A Restomod - A Father/Son Project
« Reply #21 on: Yesterday at 10:57:50 PM »
Congrats.  It must feel great and a real sense of accomplishment.  Those are some aggressive looking treads you've got there.  Thanks for the pics.
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Offline 64CJ5

Re: 1951 CJ3A Restomod - A Father/Son Project
« Reply #22 on: Today at 09:30:06 AM »
What a project and an education too.  Thank you for sharing. 
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