Will for Willys: My new 1962 Cj3b
I have been in this forum for quite sometime, but more of the quiet type. A good friend and fellow bhpian, Dhwanit, re-introduced me to the love of go-anywhere, about an year back. He got himself a MM550 and I was hooked. Hours of passionate discussions over small technical stuff, the thrill of initial off-roading and the machines, I knew, I was bitten.
I searched for an off-roader for one year. Got completely confused between, MM540/550 & Gypsy and finally decided on a mm540. Identified a very clean mm540 in my home state, but because of some problems with the owner, could never lay my hands on that Vehicle.
During this long search, I was smitten by the Cj3b. I learnt driving on a petrol 3b in Orissa about 20 years back and I knew this was Old-love just getting rekindled. Identified a specimen about 5 months back and recently bought and got the vehicle to Bangalore. The Vehicle has been considerably modified from it's original self and it's a project to get it back to it's 1962 looks and feel. RHS steering, Side-opening tailgate, bucket seats, missing 4 wheel drive, gas-conversion, etc etc, the list is really long of how much this vehicle is different from the original. I have got a lot of inputs from this forum and hope to get a lot more in future during my project.
Did bother a lot of people in all this time that my search was on and initially after getting the vehicle. A special thank-you to Dhwanit, Shekhar, Khan_Sultan, Shiva(trammway), Santhosh(S@~+#0$#), Avinash(my brother) and UBS-the great. Thanks for your company, patience, technical inputs and thoughtful advice.
Superb. Congratulations for the Will to Live with the Willys. The important thing to do with this jeep is to convert the steering to left hand drive, which I'm sure I can help you.
Second is the front fenders, I hope you can find it in Shivaji Nagar or I can also help you on that part.
Looking forward to make this Willys a original state.
Welcome to another Jeeper. Thats a good looking Cj you have there.
I can already see your passion for the 4X4 when you are speaking of restoring it (With no disrespect meant to the other gender, id like to say, that a Jeep should be referred to as a "He") to its original glory.
Trammway: Thanks, Steering to LHD is very much on the cards but later in the re-build. I am taking it slow and one thing at a time. Like we discussed today, lot of body modifications including petrol tank in the right place, Rear tail lamps, tailgate etc need to be done. Will be in touch to source the right parts.
boeuff: Yes this was originally a LHD vehicle. The holes where the clutch, brake pedals and steering column was originally, have been covered by plates and welded.
V-16: Thanks, I know exactly what you mean about the He/She part and I am consciously careful about it. So being gender unbiased, I prefer an impartial "IT" :)
Finally the pics!
Congratulations, Amresh!! clap:
First things first -- get the 4WD t-case work done, then enjoy an OTR before the monsoons are over and only after that get down to the restoration.
I have to make a trip to Marathalli/Whitefield to check the vehicle out. BTW is the Palio retired to the garage permanently now? lol:
First Trip to the Mechanic(s)
You are welcome to come in and check it out.
The Palio does see sunlight nowadays, but much less than the 3b.
I have started sorting out smaller issues in the 3b. As it came, It had a mis-firing problem. Took it to a local mechanic in Whitefield and he said it was a distributor problem.
My knowledge from cj3b page kinda pointed the problem to static timing and I thought the distributor need to be rotated to set the timing right. Mechanic changed the "point" inside the distributor, Virtually half serviced the carburettor(Solex), but nothing worked.
The mis-firing went from bad to worse. Finally got back the vehicle in the "worsened" state from this local mechanic and took it to "Swami" in Indiranagar last weekend. Jeep owners did talk about him a lot and his deftness in handling petrol Jeeps.
Great Old chap. Checked the dictributor cap wiring from the cap to the spark plugs, making sure that the correct numbered wire from distributer was connected to the correct spark plug. Surprisingly, 3 kms before reaching his garage, all the coughing, sputerring and ruckus which my jeep was making on the road, just seemed to vanish. I was a little surprised as if the jeep smelled Swami's presence nearby and corrected itself.
The problem was identified to the bolt which holds the distributor "cap-angle" into place.
The threads on this bolt had been levelled somehow. I have indicated the same below.
Because of this the nut was never tightened on the bolt and basically the distributor was changing it's angles rampantly. That explained the sudden correction of timing en-route. Anyway Rs 5/- (new bolt and nut)and a Goldflake King is what it cost me. In my panic I had anyway gone and purchased the complete packing and servicing kit for the solex carburetor. That now goes to my spare parts kitty which I anyway need to build.
Another one bites the dust. Congratulations.
By the way, Is that a hook near the bonnet?
There is an exceptionally well maintained CJ3b in my town, all stock and fully original. I would not be exaggerating if I say I have never seen such a well maintained CJ3b. Will try to get hold of the pictures and post them here.
Yes, they are extra hooks on the fenders. These did not come in the original model Willys but since the fenders have been changed to late model Mahindras, these extra hooks came along.
Do post the pics of the cj3b you are talking about.
Dear Beejay - I am eagerly awaiting the CJ3B pictures.
congrats... great looking Jeep. Do you want to retain the LPG Kit or dispose it?
Btw - you need a lot more of the 5CM thing above to get thru a restoration process. Patience is key..
One more restoration thread, :) Wow, i love such threads.
Buddy you from Bangy , would love to see your Willyboy sometime.
Looks like you need to do a lot to restore it back to original, its not a difficult preposition.
Best of luck for your restoration, May God bless you with lots of patience and a Big Money filled Wallet.:D
Looks like one more guy went down with the jeep bug.. amreshmahapatra you are literally gonna go places with your jeep.. best of luck,
@santosh, i will post the pictures as soon as I am able to get them.
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