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Old 28th September 2009, 03:59   #1
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Post Rebirth of a CJ3B, The Unstoppable Legend ! -By JeepCaptain

Thank you for your tremendous support and feedback for my 2 previous projects the Wrangler buildup

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ve...j-buildup.html (Jeep Wrangler YJ Buildup)

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The Gypsy rebuild

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ve...epcaptain.html (GYPSY Unlimited! - by JeepCaptain)

Once again with the support and blessings of all bhpians, I am presenting my new project,

Rebirth of a CJ3B, The Unstoppable Legend!.

I obtained this 1967 CJ3B almost 2 years back to restore it to its original glory.But unfortunately for various reasons the project never started or was delayed .

It's a petrol LHD CJ3B converted to RHD and engine changed to B275 International Harvester diesel engine with 3 speed gearbox.

It came with metal half doors which are already removed. Even the front bullbar will be removed asap.
Engine is in OK condition so I am not planning to do anything with the engine as of now.

Last week I have kick started the project which I'm planning to complete it in 3 phases.

Phase 1 -Mechanical works especially overhauling of the following
a) Brakes
b) Steering
c) Suspension
d) Gearbox and TC
e) Fuel system
f) Cooling system
g) Electrical system

Phase 2 - Denting /Painting and cosmetic works
a) Restore front fenders
b) Remove metal hardtop /Replace it with a softtop
c) Replace side steps
d) Repalce rusted windshield
e) Fix seats
f) Fix grills for headlamps and turn lamps
g) Tow hook
h) Full denting and body work
i) Painting

Phase 3
a) Reverting to original Hurricane F Head petrol engine
b) with matching GB + TC
c) Revert to LHD

Pictures in the next post as I am facing some issues posting it here.

Your feedback and comments are always welcome.


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Old 28th September 2009, 04:06   #2
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Default Pics of my CJ3B

Please find the pics as I was unable to attach them in my previous post.

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Old 28th September 2009, 08:55   #3
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Hi Shibu,

Where are you getting this Jeep rebuilt? Background looks like Kerala?

Nice Jeep, why not some engine pics? How is the sheet metal condition?

67' means a kaiser right?

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Hey Shibu,

Wish you luck with the project. Are the wiper mounts in the original position?
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Old 28th September 2009, 12:07   #5
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Hi Shibu,

Where are you getting this Jeep rebuilt? Background looks like Kerala?

Nice Jeep, why not some engine pics? How is the sheet metal condition?

67' means a kaiser right?

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Santhosh, I am getting it done in kerala and my brother is helping me to do it. Its not Kaiser, Its made in India by M&M

Will post engine pics soon.

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Wish you luck with the project. Are the wiper mounts in the original position?
Thanks Beejay, the current wiper is from bajaj autorikshaw i guess. I am replacing the entire windshield since ite rusted beyond repair so need to think about the wipers now. Any suggestions?
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Old 28th September 2009, 12:41   #6
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Kaiser in India? A kaiser should look like this File:Kaiser Jeep 1969.JPG - Wikimedia Commons . Refer the Jeeps in Hyderabad, you will see a lot of Kaisers.

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Kaiser in India? A kaiser should look like this File:Kaiser Jeep 1969.JPG - Wikimedia Commons . Refer the Jeeps in Hyderabad, you will see a lot of Kaisers.

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Sree, no not the looks. I was comparing it to the trammways CJ3B which came as Kaiser in the book because of the kaiser ownership time frame.
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Sree, no not the looks. I was comparing it to the trammways CJ3B which came as Kaiser in the book because of the kaiser ownership time frame.
Yeah i understand, that's Just an RC book Error.

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The jeep looks as beautiful as the surroundings. The extended front bumper gives me the creeps, I dont know why. Lets hope that you restore it to its original glory as soon as possible.

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Shibu, Do you think it would look nice if you are able to mount the spare wheel onto the side?

Stick to some of the old shades, I am sure someone here would have the brochure of the CJ3B. Me thinks the old shades are way too classy on a CJ3B. There is a CJ3b getting restored here in Coonoor. Amazing shade, a very light rustic brown.
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So this it the beauty for which you took all the pains !! I am sure it will turn out really well. Hoping to see more updates on the process. Wish you all the luck on this project !!
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The jeep looks as beautiful as the surroundings. The extended front bumper gives me the creeps, I dont know why. Lets hope that you restore it to its original glory as soon as possible.

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Atul, the bumper extenders are already removed. Yes I have started the restoration after 2 years and I am trying to make it as close as to the original.

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Shibu, Do you think it would look nice if you are able to mount the spare wheel onto the side?

Stick to some of the old shades, I am sure someone here would have the brochure of the CJ3B. Me thinks the old shades are way too classy on a CJ3B. There is a CJ3b getting restored here in Coonoor. Amazing shade, a very light rustic brown.
Beejay, I was also thinking to move the spare wheel to the side. And yes I will be going for one classic shade. Still havent decided on the colour.
Any suggestions are welcome.

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So this it the beauty for which you took all the pains !! I am sure it will turn out really well. Hoping to see more updates on the process. Wish you all the luck on this project !!
Jasvinder, yes all those pain and adventure was for this is beauty.
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I just found the first pics I took of my CJ3B after it came to my possession.

You can see the half metal doors which i removed on the very first day.

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Default Phase 1 complete

Except the elecrical system.. everything in the Phase1 was completed successfully.

Replaced the following
1) Steering box
2) Wheel drums changed to MM540 on all 4 wheels with dual cylinders
3) Steering wheel replaced with a better looking one from a CJ500D
4) Radiator replaced ( i think from CJ500 D)
5) Brand new heavy duty shockabsorbers from a M&M sibling
6) Foot board replaced with new ones from CJ500

Now let the pics speaks

NEW SIDE STEPS

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RADIATOR REPLACED
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RADIATOR TOPVIEW
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BRAND NEW- SHOCK ABSORBERS
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TORQUEY B275 INTERNATIONAL HARVERSTOR (TRACTOR) ENGINE
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STEERING WHEEL REPLACED
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WORK IN PROGRESS -BRAKE DRUMS REPLACED
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MECH WORKING ON THE BRAKES
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NEW STEERING BOX IN PLACE
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SLIGHT MODIFICATION DONE TO THE DASH BOARD TO FIX NEW STEERING PIPE
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Shibu,.what is the wheelbase of your jeep, I dont know why it looks slightly longer.
I am glad to see you wanting to fix the fenders back to the original Flatfender design.

Cheta,..do you have any source for 7.16 NDMS in kerala. I am willing to ship it back here to Delhi as even 6.16 NDMS is becoming a rareity now.
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