Re: \'51 Willy\'s in good shape for ~$1k, good deal?
$1000 is a good deal, especially if it runs! If it is a 51, it is a CJ3A, it has a Dana 44 rear, and a dana 25 front, a T90 tranny and a dana 20 t-case. The 25 is not terrible, but the birfields are a little weak, especially for 33's or 35's. I would do a Warn hub conversion on the back, or get a set of one piece axles made. Moser told me in order to get one piecers for my CJ2, I just need to send them the old two piece shafts and they can make a set of one piecers. If you are thinking 33's or 35's I would do a Wrangler spring conversion with a spring over. If it still has the old Ross steering you will definitlely want to do a Saginaw conversion. i don't imagine that the old bellcrank would last too long with 33's or 35's pushing it around. The T90 tranny will live behind everything up to a healthly V-6. I have seen them last quite a while behind a 350, but it requires a delicate touch on the skinny pedal [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]. The dana 18 is a pretty good t-case, but the countershaft is more than likely very worn. A really trick conversoin is to use a Dana20 case and put the 18 guts into it. This also allows the use of a low gear kit if you desire [img]images/graemlins/ooo.gif[/img]. A buick V-6 is a pretty slick conversion, and has been done by a lot of people. The Buick V-6 was even used as a stock Jeep motor in the 60's (CJ 5's & 6's). At a thousand bucks it is a screamin deal! If you don't want it, if it is close to Utah let me know. Everybody knows there is no harm in one more Jeep, especially if it is a flatfender! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]