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So yep, got into another fun project. I bought a well built Willys CJ3A 1950 that the previous owner did a great job building and stretching.




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1950 CJ3A ish Willys
One ton axles GM 60 fronta nd 14 bolt rear with 5.38s
LT1 built engine
SM 465 and 203/205 doubler
Rancho 44044's all around
Yota power steering and some other misc fun stuff.
42" TSL's on TR beadlocks

The previous owner did a great job building the rig with some very cool ideas all around and I am planning to not go crazy on the mods but keep on building where he left off. I always loved early MB and CJ's and the plan is to keep it as a fun family wheeler, where the kids can learn to drive stick.

The more immediate plans are to build a belly skid to protect the goodies under the rig that are vulnerable for the type of trails we do, as well as add a rear bench seat. I also want to fix the hood, the rig which was stretched some, but there is a large size gap.

Pics coming soon :)
 

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here ya go :)










Getting the Jeep was an adventure by itself, it was by the hills in Placerville and the drive to his place was very cool!













I do not think he did much wheeling with it aside form mild runs (minor scrapes here and there).
 

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Guys, appreciate the input. I need to add a rear seat for the Willys. Any suggestions? I measured a TJ rear seat yesterday and it is about 38" so too wide. I need to remeasure the back of the Willys, but I think it is probably in the 35-36 inch max width? Appreciate the help and ideas, the goal is to seat two adults or children comfortably. Thanks!
 

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Thanks guys! Dustin did a lot of cool work to it, and she is almost trail ready. It was a fair deal, and she still needs some good amount of work so I am comfortable hitting the harder trails. She has great bones for sure :)

I am looking at some threads for ideas on lower belly pan protection, but the priority is to get a rear seat in. I am also on the lookout for a hood I can possibly graft into this one to address the gap (cosmetic, but want to get it done).

Thanks and appreciate all ideas and suggestions :)
 

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Is it street legal? Hows the 5.3 with the sm465? I just bought a 5.3l for my flattie and think I am going to keep my sm420.

I believe we saw this rig last year on the rubicon, I remember it because at a glance it is similar in looks to mine.

 

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I have a 36 inch Corbeau. You can pick them up for about $200. Just fits between the wheel wells. Nice seat, but tight for two adults.

Nice purchase.
 
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