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    Posted: 27 Mar. 2020 at 6:50pm
Thanks guys, but I have to confess, my wife had a lot to do with "my decision" to go original. Happy wife, happy life.
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Nice work!

I painted a car bright yellow once, it was very popular with bees. 😊
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ClapHaven't been on the page for awhile. But found your thread. Glad to see you are bringing her back to life again. Looks like a good job. I think you are Waaaaay Better off keeping it as a cj2a in that beautiful yellow color. I am more of a purest I guess and just feel a cj2a is just that a cj2a. Same with a military
if its an MB, GPW or M38 keep it that way. It is what it is. They are always worth more the more original they are and you see them as they were meant to be, it seems to have more integrity. Just my opinion now. Although I must confess I have butchered up more then my share of jeeps in the past "improving them"Confused Now I wish I hadn't.
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Originally posted by TateC TateC wrote:

Nice progress! I love the color you chose, I’ve always thought that Michigan yellow CJ’s were very handsome.


Thanks Tate, I actually had plans to paint it Olive Drab as a military tribute, even had the paint in hand. Then I saw a pic of the Michigan Yellow and all plans instantly changed. Actually, the paint color is Kirker Ultra-Glo Performance Yellow, but close enough, especially considering the cost difference with a custom mix.
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Nice progress! I love the color you chose, I’ve always thought that Michigan yellow CJ’s were very handsome.

Edited by TateC - 21 Mar. 2020 at 12:05am
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And now for the topside. I treated the bed and floor pans with Herculiner truck bed liner and painted over it. I just hated the idea of putting down a nice smooth finish and having it scuffed up by dirty boots and cargo. I did a couple test patches before committing to the final finish and it held up very well. I found the trick is to lay down the paint (12-18 hours) before the Herculiner is fully cured. This way there is a chemical bond versus a mechanical bond once the bed liner is cured.

Had just about enough sanding, filling and painting I need, so I'm just about ready to drop the body back on the chassis and do some mechanical stuff.


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Thanks John and good luck on your project. Take your time and have fun with it.
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Looking great, love the color. This thread has been a good inspiration for me. I hope to start my project this summer.

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Finally got to lay down some paint, two coats of epoxy primer followed by single stage Acrylic Urethane. Yes, it is yellow vs. Olive Drab. If anyone has followed my other thread debating whether to go originality or military tribute, you'll recall I opted for the military tribute. Obviously, I changed my mind...got some splain'n to do.
Anyway, I'm anxious to flip her over to do the topside and finally get it back on the chassis.

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Still working to clean everything up and ready for paint. I'm taking everything in the bed and cockpit down to bare metal. The PO layed down a HUGE layer of paint and filler, but his prep wasn't too great so everything came up fairly easily with a little help from a propane torch and sharp chisel. I'm still amazed at the condition of the metal. The bed has some pitting and a few areas over the cross braces that required new metal, but that's the worst of it. Oh yeah, I forgot about the floors that were completely gone. Oh well, they're done. Haven't touched the exterior yet, but preliminary inspections tells me the paint is solid, so I may just do a coat of filler, wet sand and paint. Crossing fingers.


Tool box took a beating coming out so I'll have to rebuild the mounting edges. Actually, a bit of relief after the tedium of paint removal.


Next, mudding the dings, dents and welds. Coming together.
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Floors and bracing...FINALLY! This turned out to be a much longer and tedious task than I had anticipated. For one, I opted to bend the floor panels into the trans tunnel vs. making hard corners. My mistake, the PO (Bubba) replaced the DS pan with bends so I assumed that was the "proper" way. Obviously, he had access to metal shaping tools and abilities than I. The PS floor was pretty much gone so I had no reason to believe the floors were installed with anything other than bends. That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it.

Anyway, after many hours of whacking, heating, cutting, patching, nudging and swearing I got the pans to look pretty decent. I still have a bit of oil canning, but not enough to notice when you step on the floor. I'm thinking I can correct a lot of it with a bit of heat and water.

The main issue with the bracing was simply locating the body mounts in the correct locations. I had one body mount (left rear) left on the body after removing all the bad stuff. I mapped the mount points on the frame and transferred those dimensions to the body using the one body mount I had left on the body as a reference point. Just as a bit of insurance, I'm going to open up the mount holes on the frame to 3/4". This will give me a little leeway in case the body distorted during all the pounding and welding it went through.


What's left on the underside of the body is just to clean everything up in preparation for paint. Thankfully, Bubba did a repaint with cheap paint and for the most part, I was able to remove it with a sharp chisel, the final cleanup with a flap disc and a good particle mask. The red you see is what I assume is the original factory paint and it's as solid as can be, a tribute to the paint technology and production of the time. It's going to stay and will get overcoated with epoxy primer, hopefully next week.
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I did the initial bend around the pipe. That was the easy part, but now I have to curve the bend in two places to match the shape of the trans tunnels and the bends have to be in the exact places. So I think I'll go back to placing the metal into place and hammering the crap out of it using the tunnel as a template. At least I've got one bend started.
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I formed my trans tunnel pieces with a hammer and 1 1/2" steel pipe - just bend around the pipe for the transition you want.
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Hammers and dollies?
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Got the old floors removed, cleaned up the perimeters and installed the passenger side...all in only a day and a half. The major time consumer was inducing 18 ga. steel into compound curves. I heated the bends as best I could with a propane torch to soften it, but there just wasn't enough heat to make the metal pliable. So I ended up whacking away at it with the help of my wife (she's a keeper) providing backing on the other side. With a little more cutting and patching, I finally got it reasonably close to correct. If I had more heat available I would have tried the heat/water trick. Anybody got a method to caress these floors into place?
Here's the final product.


Only one more side to go.
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With the chassis and drivetrain pretty much ready to go, it's time to get after the body. I braced it up with 1x4's in order to help keep it in spec before turning it on its side for inspection.


As expected, the passenger side floor is toast, driver's side has been repaired, but not a great job. All the bracing needs to be replaced.


Scraped off the crud and mud from the bed underside and it ain't too bad, thanks to the preservation properties of leaking seals. That's original red paint there folks. All in all, I'm pretty happy with the condition.
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First start today and it runs great! Actually, I tried starting it yesterday, but all it did was pop and die. Finally figured out I was flooding the crap out of it. I pulled the carb and there was a pool of gas sitting in the intake manifold. Soaked it up and blew some hot air into it, replace the carb and it fired right up and purred like a kitten.

That pretty much covers everything I could do on a bare chassis, so now it's on to bigger and better things, namely the body. WooHoo!
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almost looks like a tire removal tools.....takes the tie off the wheel. but it's not.


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