CJ-3A, Can/Should I Attempt a Restoration? - Off-Road Forums & Discussion Groups
Jeep-Short Wheelbase All discussion of short wheelbase Jeeps: CJ, TJ, YJ and JK

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-18-2003, 12:01 AM
Vincenzo
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
CJ-3A, Can/Should I Attempt a Restoration?

Howdy Folks,

My family acquired a CJ-3A about 3 years ago. It's been very badly neglected, I don't think there's one part on the entire vehicle that hasn't been kissed by extreme amounts of rust. And I believe the engine is seized. I have a fairly large budget to work with. However, I don't have too much experience with this kind of work. Seeing as I need something to keep me busy, I'm seriously considering taking-on this project. Of course, I'll have to seek professional help when I run into something I just can't handle. Basically, I would like to do a complete restoration and keep the thing entirely stock.

So, I guess what I need to know is:

Should I attempt such a project?

If you believe I should, how should I go about it? Is there anyone in the community that has attempted such a restoration and can supply me with the names of companies that can sell me parts AND/OR would be able to give me some pictures taken along their road to restoration.

Thanks for the information,
Vince
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-18-2003, 12:55 AM
Carpal \'Tunnel
 
knifeboy2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Macomb, IL
Posts: 2,571
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
 
Re: CJ-3A, Can/Should I Attempt a Restoration?

As sad as it is to say, some Jeeps just aren't worth saving. Rust is a major opponent to fight and one that usually wins. Being a New York vehicle which has seen some nasty weather I'll assume its as bad as you say it is. If the frame is rusted through in any place then its probly not worth saving. If the body is rusted through its not worth saving. If the engine is seized its not worth saving. So whats left?

If I were you I'd take that nice budget you have and find something that is worth saving. There are a lot of Jeeps out there that might look bad but are still strong work horses. This doesn't sound like one of them. If the grill isn't too badly gone on what you've got I'd pull it, turn it into a wall decoration and try to sell anything that might be good as parts.
knifeboy2 is offline  
post #3 of (permalink) Old 09-18-2003, 06:53 AM
Moderator
 
Jim_Lou's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
Posts: 11,485
Thanks: 15
Thanked 22 Times in 17 Posts
         
Re: CJ-3A, Can/Should I Attempt a Restoration?

Nick is right. If every part you look at needs to be replaced or extensively repaired, what you really have is a parts source for the Jeep you restore.

To fix rust you must cut out the damaged area all the way to virgin metal. Then cut and fit a new piece and weld it in. You have to work with big areas, several times as big as a rust hole. If two areas are close to meeting, join them into one big patch.

If you look at the frame and body in that light and see that you'll be replacing a significant percentage, it's telling you to replace the whole thing.

Unless your CJ has historic or sentimental value, look for one that's in better shape. There are probably a lot of good ones still buried and forgotten in the back of barns. Probably some in the Southwest, too. Patience and persistence.

Be especially wary of one that's been recently restored. The restoration could consist of spreading Bondo over the damage and giving it a nice paint job. That's good for about six months.
Jim_Lou is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of (permalink) Old 09-18-2003, 06:09 PM
Vincenzo
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: CJ-3A, Can/Should I Attempt a Restoration?

Thanks for the replies, gentlemen. I guess I'll turn my ambitions toward my '85 CJ-7...
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Off-Road Forums & Discussion Groups forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome