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Offline Rockgod1619

Rockgod1619's '51 CJ3a Project
« on: July 07, 2020, 12:31:04 PM »
Hello everyone! I'm Rockgod1619. I live in NE OK. My stepdad has an old '51 CJ3a that he used as a mobile sprayer on his land for a while. However, he hasn't used it in about 8 years and he says the last time he used it, it ran fine. Well last summer I told him "in a few years, I might try and talk you out of that Willys!" He replied with "you can have it!" I found out later that he bought it from a good friend of the family.


Fast forward to this summer. I finally got the go ahead from my wife to bring it home and start working on it! My best friend and I will be going to pick it up July 25th. My wife and I are taking the kids out for a visit next weekend, when I'll get the sprayer rig off it and get some  more pictures.


Without further ado, here is "Papa Doc", serial number 451-GB1 51829!

« Last Edit: July 17, 2020, 11:15:35 AM by Rockgod1619 »
1951 CJ3a - Papa Doc

Offline Rockgod1619

Re: Rockgod1619's '51 CJ3a Project
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2020, 12:33:23 PM »
Reportedly, when my stepdad bought it, he "redid the steering". I'll be asking what exactly he did. Also, it had previously had a 12-volt conversion done!


My plan of attack once it's running is to verify all the electronics are in working order, replacing any gauges and lights that need replacing,  and ensuring that the steering is solid. Next will be a disc brake conversion, Lock Right lockers in the rear, old style rims, and STA Super Traxions! Eventually, she will get skid plates, a roll bar, and probably a 2 1/2" suspension lift.


I don't plan for her to be a rock crawler, we don't really have the terrain for that where I live. It will be hitting the hunting trails at the local public hunting areas though and I will need her to go anywhere I need her to go!

« Last Edit: July 07, 2020, 12:37:22 PM by Rockgod1619 »
1951 CJ3a - Papa Doc

Offline SteveKfl

Re: Rockgod1619's '51 CJ3a Project
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2020, 05:43:28 PM »
Welcome.  Sounds like a plan.  Good Luck, and please keep us posted of your progress.  Thanks..
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Offline Rockgod1619

Re: Rockgod1619's '51 CJ3a Project
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2020, 06:56:20 PM »
Welcome.  Sounds like a plan.  Good Luck, and please keep us posted of your progress.  Thanks..

I'll be posting progress shots as I go along, for sure!
1951 CJ3a - Papa Doc

Offline BillT

Re: Rockgod1619's '51 CJ3a Project
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2020, 08:41:57 AM »
From as much as I can see you are starting out with a good body. Have fun with your rebuild.
'52 CJ3A, early M38A1, '70 Commando
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Offline Rockgod1619

Re: Rockgod1619's '51 CJ3a Project
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2020, 09:08:27 AM »
From as much as I can see you are starting out with a good body. Have fun with your rebuild.

It looks pretty solid. I'll be getting more pictures this weekend!
1951 CJ3a - Papa Doc

Offline Rockgod1619

Re: Rockgod1619's '51 CJ3a Project
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2020, 03:50:22 PM »
Here are a few more pictures I took this last weekend. My best friend and I are going to pick it up the 25th. I've got my work cut out for me!!

« Last Edit: July 15, 2020, 03:53:19 PM by Rockgod1619 »
1951 CJ3a - Papa Doc

Offline SteveKfl

Re: Rockgod1619's '51 CJ3a Project
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2020, 05:19:26 PM »
It looks like the "L-head" is sporting a toupee.  Seems solid and mostly there for a good start for a project.  If you are like the rest of us, the more you do to it, the more you will want to do to it.  Have fun with it.  It is a part of history remembered and still useful.  Good Luck, and thanks for the pics.
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62 DJ3A Dispatcher Half Top

Offline Rockgod1619

Re: Rockgod1619's '51 CJ3a Project
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2020, 05:27:20 PM »
It looks like the "L-head" is sporting a toupee.  Seems solid and mostly there for a good start for a project.  If you are like the rest of us, the more you do to it, the more you will want to do to it.  Have fun with it.  It is a part of history remembered and still useful.  Good Luck, and thanks for the pics.

Yeah, packrats have made a MESS of the engine compartment. A new wiring harness is in my future!
1951 CJ3a - Papa Doc

Offline Rockgod1619

Re: Rockgod1619's '51 CJ3a Project
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2020, 08:45:24 AM »
We went and picked up Papa Doc yesterday! It was cool to see him move from the only spot I've ever seen him sit. Both the front tires are shredded, but the rear ones hold air. Doesn't matter, he'll be getting new shoes anyway.


Got the rat's nest cleaned out of the engine bay and discovered that it has a hard top! I brought the hard top home, but honestly will probably never use it. My stepdad believes the doors are at his old hangar, and he'll try and get them for me. I'll probably try to sell the top and the doors either locally or on here.


My stepdad doesn't believe that the hole in the dash is a bullet hole, and doesn't know what it's from. Good news though, it seems to have missed the Harrison Heater!


I also got to bring home another project, an early '70s 175cc Kawasaki!!

For some reason, it's not letting me attach pictures...
« Last Edit: July 26, 2020, 08:54:27 AM by Rockgod1619 »
1951 CJ3a - Papa Doc