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Old 08-26-2012, 02:49 PM   #1
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father and son cj3a rebuild

my name is ian nowlin i am 18 years old, me and my dad have been looking for a project jeep to work on for a long time. we finally found one about 2 hours north of us. we went to look at it and decided that this was somthing that we would have fun rebuilding.





so the next weekend came around and we loaded up the truck and headed north to go pick it up






after a lil bit of work it is in our garage and we have already started by removing the spark plugs that fell apart and useless things like the tail pip and different things like that.
we plan to completely restore this to stock condition.

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Old 08-26-2012, 03:35 PM   #2
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Looks like a lot of work, but you'll have fun once its done!

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Old 08-26-2012, 05:07 PM   #3
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CJ-3a, my favorite flat fender. There is a fellow down the street that has one in his back yard. He hasn't touched it in 10+ years!

Good luck on your restoration. Take more pic's than I did on my project.
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:10 PM   #4
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Found a slight problem. Tried to take the wheels off but the lugs were rusted on! Not just that, but in the first pic, looks like someone tried to get them off along time ago. So in the second pic I tried to power hammer them off. But due to my compressor not building and holding air fast. I'll have to get someone with a torch or some kind of cutting tool to get these off.
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:13 PM   #5
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That looks like a project I'd like to jump on one of those. When I saw your topic title I was thinking the 'high hood' but that must be the CJ3b. Cool thing about taking on that restore is that you can just about buy any part or piece that might need replacing. What year is that? I had a 1942 years ago had tons of fun with it. There sure is a lot of open space under the hood. Back to the '42 I changed out the steering column and steering box that made it a lot better steering, I also added a vacuum brake booster and a heater and replaced the dead flat head motor with a overhead 'F' head. Lots of other little things, seems like you could work on it forever, lots of fun and a great experience you will have working on it with your Dad. Take lots of pictures and keep us updated on your progress. If you have any questions I'm sure there is someone here that can help you out.
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:48 PM   #6
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It's a 1951 cj3a. That sounds really cool! Me and my dad are debating on replacing the tub or fixing it. But first thing we are doing is getting the tires off, then removing the body and working on the engine, trans and running gear. Then put everything else in the body! Hope to make it look original! Should be a blast!
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So the frame looks OK? I was wondering if the gas tank drops down under the drivers seat or if it's flat.
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:07 AM   #8
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So the frame looks OK? I was wondering if the gas tank drops down under the drivers seat or if it's flat.
Yup under the seat. And the frame and suspension looks and works great so far
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:20 AM   #9
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Father son projects are always cool. In a couple years my son and I will start building his first truck.
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:10 PM   #11
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We came across a road block. The pistons don't move anymore. I'm thinking the timeing chain is broke. I'm going to drop the oil pan and see what it looks like in there. Should be fun
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Dropped the oil pan to see if the pistons would move or the crank would move. Next I'm taking the axles off and having my buddy cut the stuck lug nuts off
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Old 08-29-2012, 04:48 PM   #13
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In addition to dropping the oil pan, I removed the front axle. Planning on removing the rear either tonight or tomorrow!
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:49 PM   #14
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Great start keep pics coming

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