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    Posted: 06 Aug. 2011 at 9:38pm
Well I recently joined the site, and I am finally getting around to posting.  I have obtained the Upper Michigan version of a barn find in a 1946 CJ2A which spent the last 20 years living in pine forest.  The P.O. sold it to me for a whopping $500 as it hadn't run in 11 years, and he was positive it never would again.  Long story short, I had it running 3 days later.

Here is the way it has sat for 11 years.  It has the original flat-head 4, serial numbers to come later.  Another interesting note, as it is a V.E.C., it also has some MB id tags on the dash, one of which suggests that the vehicle was delivered 5-2-1945, which is the day Hitler died.
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Gotta love that bumper!
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Yeah, the wood is pretty solid, just dried out so I am thinking about carefully taking it apart, sanding it down to smooth wood and varnishing it to keep the look.  it will be similar to a front license plate as when we got it, we were able to get W1LLYS.
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Would like to see a pic of the data plates if you get a chance.. What is the Serial number? Hard to beleive so much good jeep is left after 11 years in the woods... 
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The PO had rattle can painted it that forest green 13 years ago, drove it on the ORV trails for 2 years, then the alternator (out of a late 70's ford) burned up, and they just left it near their camp.  Pine trees kind of sheltered it, which is fortunate, however they did some things that were less than great.  A large diamond plate bumper was welded onto the rear, but it appears as though this never had a tailgate as there are support bars that run all the way across and seem similar to hat channel bars.

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Ok, now we have a mystery... CJ's don't have gloveboxes......is there a semicircular protrusion at the middle of the front edge of the back floor, right behind the seats? Is there a toolbox under tha passenger seat or are there twin toolboxes built into the rear wheelwells? Do you know which tranny it has?

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Additionally, Serial Number is 26624.  Here are a few more pictures.

Here we are pulling it out with a tractor, the small steering wheel has made it interesting.

This is the Gauge Cluster, I was wondering if anyone had any tips on safely installing the Ammeter as the mounting studs seem to be the same as the power studs, and I don't look forward to shorting to ground.

This is the interior from the back window, the rear seat is installed with some large lumber 4X6's
My puppy Flack riding with me after we got it running.
\The Jerry Can in need of a resto, I POR-15'd it a couple of times, and then went at it with a 4 and 1/2 inch wire wheel to prep it for enamel.

The Jerry can, I am thinking about painting the indents a bright white to add contrast, anyone have thoughts?


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Yes, to all questions, it has a 3 speed on the floor, but too much crud to clear it off.  The steering seems to be stock for a 2A, the Grill is for a 2A, and the hood has willy's stampings so is certainly for a 2A as are the windshield thumbscrew areas.  It does have what appears to be a machine gun mounting location in the middle of the floor, but the engine has the glass bowl not the military metal.
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on an additional note, the passenger seat had a Hudson heater with C-Channel installed in front of it, and unfortunately metal to metal lead to the only hole in my floor in the exact shape of the heater and core.
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Another thing, my rear floor is smooth, but I can't find any obvious areas where the metal was welded, so I am wondering if that would be original for what I believe is an MB body tub.
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Hey, Welcome fellow Michigander Nice find especially for $500. Keep the pictures coming.
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Thanks for the welcome, if you see a bantam around anywhere north of Saginaw let me know, I'm also looking for any misc parts as we have a few odds and ends missing and I'd like to make it a nicely working however not a perfect restoration.  I am kind of in love with the Harvard Red, even though it wasn't available until a few thousand serials after mine.
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i see an MB tub on a 2A chassis.......
 
Tub:  no toolbox, provision for gun mount, glovebox.....is there a tailgate? can we see pics of the rear?  no ribbing reinforcement on the rear wheel houses....are there toolboxes on top of the housings, at the rear?
 
2A 2nd generation style windshield frame (no backstops)......2A front sheet metal......
 
may we see a pic of the engine bay area?  engine numbers?
 
nice find !!!!!


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2-rib driver seat, indicative of MB.....
 
i am just curious how the T-90 works with the MB tub, unless there are thick body spacers at the mounting positions...
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Here is the Engine as I found it, for some reason racing wires and a V-8 Distributor





After swapping plug wires, replacing regulator and generator, and bypassed the heater core



The fuel pump, with new lines



The new generator



The new Regulator.  Sorry no pics of the rear end on the computer and I'm not near the vehicle right now, it does not have a tailgate, but it looks like it may not ever have.  It also has what seems to be a location for a rear reflector for the MB tub.
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The transmission shifts like a dream, this is the best pic where you can see the rear boxes as well.  

and it's a good thing I bug bombed the vehicle before starting work, when I first opened the rear tool box on the drivers side, it was entirely a hornets nest, and there were a lot of dead hornets inside, with no signs of decomposition.  That would have been a treat otherwise.
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It is an mb body.  Look under the frame and see if the cross member has a mount welded to it. could be an mb with cj2a front sheet metal
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