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    Posted: 30 Aug. 2019 at 7:25pm

I am now the proud owner a new to me 1946 CJ2A. The hauler just dropped it off a few days ago and I’m as giddy as a little kid on Christmas. I have been wanting to get back into a Jeep since I sold my CJ5 over 16 years ago, and now I think I have a good starting point. I have been browsing the classifieds on and off for a while and had a general idea of what I was looking for based on my limited mechanical knowledge and intended use. First off, I live in rural TX where all the FM roads and highways are 55-70mph, so I needed one with a V6 so I wouldn’t get run over by all of the ranchers hauling hay and cows with their 1-tons. It will primarily be used on the weekends for running around town with only the occasional off road adventure. Although I’d love to be able to play nicely with some of you big boys one day. I also wanted a full roll cage already installed due to my complete lack of fabrication skills. A pasture project was a no go at this time and I definitely didn’t want a show queen or new restoration either, but some modifications would be appreciated. I could care less about looks. 


Enter Prospector. I bought it off a gentleman who built it 5+ years ago for he and his wife to go gold prospecting, but they both encountered health issues before they ever got a chance to use it and decided to sell. This guy did most of the work himself and everything appears to be well thought out and of high quality. 


The good:

4.3L TBI

SM465

D18 with Saturn overdrive

D30 front with disc brakes, D44 rear 5.38 gears(not sure about lockers)

Fully boxed and powder coated frame

6 point roll cage mount to frame

4 point seat belt harness

26 gallon fuel tank

Water tight center console housing TBI electronics 

Almost everything has been powder coated


The bad:

The entire body has been coated with spray on bedliner, inside, outside, up, down and sideways


I know I said I didn’t care about looks, but the bedliner is about the worst possible scenario. I think it’s why he had difficulty selling it. Hey, at least I don’t have to worry about scratching the paint. It does need a few minor things before it will pass inspection and I can already see a few areas of need to make it more road worthy, but I’m gonna drive it like it is and slowly fix it and change things whenever. I’m going to try and do most of the work myself and learn along the way. I’ll probably ask all kinds of beginner questions to pick from y’alls expertise, and I hope to be able to join ya on some trails one day. 


Anyway, thanks for looking. Here are a few basic pics. I know everyone loves pictures. I’ll post more as I get into it to show some of the fine work the PO did. 


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Welcome back! That's a great parts list and good build. Bedliner ? Meh to each their own. Run it!
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Welcome to the page, caelo4!
There's a reason it's called Ol' Unreliable
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Great looking Jeep! And welcome to the forum!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Flatfender Ben Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Aug. 2019 at 10:57pm
Great jeep
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'Prospector' - Dodge pickup emblem if memory serves.
Nice, capable looking rig.  Congrats!
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cool rig. cage looks well done. Congrats!! 
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Thank goodness they were all out of the BIG tube bumpers LOL

All kidding aside, looks like an awesome place to start Thumbs Up
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I got a chance to work on some small stuff this weekend so hopefully it will pass inspection next week. I added side mirrors, not stock, but not much is on this Willys anymore. I also installed period correct manual dual control windshield wipers and then a license plate light to be compliant with the law. 








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There is just something "macho" about driving a 1-ton with stock trailer in tow.
My father and I had just completed a 3-day jeep run on the Dusy-Ershim trail up out of and east of Freson which begins a Courtwright Reservoir and terminates at Kaiser Pass in the Sierra's here in California.
   We no sooner pulled out onto the winding mountain road, and a Packer began doing his 'pushing-thing' stuffing his business up against my rear-view mirror.
I don't know what these men are trying to prove, and they probably don't even hold a valid Class A license to know that courteous and safe driving is to not TAILGATE.    

    I like the idea of an EFI 4.3L engine with the Granny-box 465.

    Gearing makes a different in comfort and enjoyment.

    Have fun !

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I know this isn’t going to be a favorite amongst the purists around here, but I was looking for a headlight upgrade and improved visability with other motorists. I like the new generation of daytime running lights on current vehicles so I tried some 7” LEDs for modern wranglers and they fit perfect. Plus, they are bright as s**t at night and DOT legal. They look better in person compared to the pic. I also got a chance to drive it on the highway yesterday for the first time and it cruised along comfortably at 65mph with the V6 and overdrive, except for the soft top which I need to set up with some more snaps to secure it better. It also passed inspection, but I couldn’t get it registered because the PO didn’t have his wife sign the title, only him, so it will be another week. Oh well. 




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I got to teach my 14 year old son to drive a manual transmission earlier today. He started out in granny-low and then worked his way up until he could begin in 2nd and then even shift into 3rd. We are lucky enough to have a few acres of cow pasture as well as a .4 mile private drive to practice on. The best part was when he said, “I’ll always be able to tell people I learned how to drive stick in a Willys.”  I was one proud papa.
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FYI.  In Texas, you can get a antique auto tag and it doesn’t have to be inspected, plus the registration is good for 5 years (or a proration of their 5 yr cycle).
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Originally posted by Rick G Rick G wrote:

FYI.  In Texas, you can get a antique auto tag and it doesn’t have to be inspected, plus the registration is good for 5 years (or a proration of their 5 yr cycle).

It’s not the inspection that was the issue, just some complications with the title. I had to send it back to the PO to have his wife sign it as well. No big deal, just a delay. In the meantime I’ve still been driving it around the trails on the property and even down the CRs for a short ways. 

BTW I hope to see you and Gus on the trails some day!


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Very cool Jeep. Sounds like the previous owner did a nice job of selecting the right stuff to make a very useable and safe vehicle. It looks like the body is really nice other than the bed liner. I agree with you though, and would just run it. My son also learned to drive a stick in our Willy's. To me, that alone was worth the effort of putting ours together. I work as an automotive engineer and I'm shocked how many young engineers haven't learned to drive a stick. To me, it's a big advantage. 
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Awesome that your son can say he learned to drive stick in a Willys!
Very cool Clap
The mirrors you added look great,where did you find them?

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1948 cj2a blue jeep
1953 cj3b yard dog
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1955 willys pickup
1956 willys pickup boomer
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Originally posted by Flatfender Ben Flatfender Ben wrote:

The mirrors you added look great,where did you find them?

They are made for a newer model Wrangler, made by Rugged Ridge and available on Amazon.
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Awesome thanks!
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