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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-08-2000, 05:12 PM
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How can I tell if my 53 is a cj3a or cj3b? Just bought it today- kind of rough but all in all for $500 not to bad. Doesn't run though! Good buy?

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Re: 53 Willy\'s

Four different ways.

1) Look up the VIN tag at http://specialtyparts.com/vins/vehilceid.htm

2) Drive it around or show it to people. If they oooh and aaaah at it, it's a CJ-3A. If they ask what that hideous thing is, it's a CJ-3B.

3) Look at the hood and front grill. If it's tall, and I mean abnormally tall, it's a CJ-3B, if it's short, it's a CJ-3A.

4) Look under the hood. If it has a flat head on the engine, looks like you could line up beer cans and not have them fall off, it's the L head 134 that came stock in the CJ-3A. If the beer cans will fall off the engine, it's an F head 134 found in the CJ-3B. (This excludes swaps where people put the F head in the CJ-3A's, but you can tell them by the cutout to put the air cleaner on top of the hood.

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Re: 53 Willy\'s

The grill does'nt look really tall. But what would I know. The 85 CJ 7 parked in front of the 53, has almost the exact dimensions. The beer cans wouldn't stay any better on a bar! Maybe this might help? Thank you

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Re: 53 Willy\'s

If the grill not tall it is a cj3a, The cj3b is ugly. Tell you what I post a picture of my cj2a, the only different between a 2a and 3a is the windshield. But the 3b is plain ugly

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