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CJ3A Jeep project wraps up

The old Willys Jeep finally roared out of the workshop under its own power

It’s finished.

On a weekend morning, my neighbour Corey and I jumped into Project CJ3A after spending some time tinkering with a cantankerous fuel pump and drove the Jeep out of the Grainews garage. Our test drive through a hay field that day was the first time the Jeep moved under its own power since it arrived over a year ago.

If you’ve been following along in previous issues of Grainews, you’ll know Project CJ3A has been the focus of our ongoing restoration of a civilian model, 1952 Willys Jeep. In previous issues we’ve shown you how we tackled a variety of the necessary repairs, while turning what was was a non-running vehicle into one that is now road ready and wearing a licence plate.

And the job was a major effort, because there were so many problems to address. The replacement parts list was a long one, but we’ll refrain from providing you with financial information as to how much was spent buying them, just in case the bean counter ever reads this. In fact, we eventually just got tired of adding up the totals on the many parts invoices after it became clear we blew the budget right out of the water, so we can now honestly claim we don’t really know how much we spent. Anyway, that’s our story and we’re sticking to it.

It’s likely fair to say that we could have simply bought a Jeep in equivalent condition for the same amount of money and not had to spend all that time in the shop pulling wrenches, But where’s the fun in that? And we can feel good about rescuing a classic vehicle that had three wheels in the scrap yard and the other on a banana peel.

There are a couple of finishing touches to add and minor changes we want to make to the old Jeep in the coming months as time permits. But for now, it’s payoff time. We’re going to get some seat time and log a few miles with it, both on and off roads, which is what the old Jeep was built for.

Given that a picture is worth a thousand words, we’ll let the associated images explain what we started out with and what we ended up creating.

Now it’s your turn. Go out to your shop and build something. And remember, we’ve shown you ours, so show us yours. If you’d like to see your project featured in Grainews, let us know about it. Send me some pictures and we may find a place for it in the pages of a future issue.

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Scott Garvey

Scott Garvey is a freelance writer and video producer. He is also the former machinery editor at Grainews.

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