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Old 07-22-2015, 05:25 AM   #1
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Did something silly. '56 Willys CJ-5

So, my wife has always wanted a jeep. We poked around at YJ's and TJ's, but around here, for something you don't feel bad leaving out in the rain, everything either has a rotted frame or is twice the $ than it should be. On a whim, I drove up to NH to look at a 56 Willys w/a 70's 350 and 33's. Turns out, for about what I'd pay for a hammered TJ, I picked up something way cooler. The tub has been repaired a few times over the years but is all steel (could use a lot of sanding and a repaint), and the old borg-warner T90 3 speed needs a rebuild. She almost lifts the front wheels off the ground when you stomp on it though.



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Old 07-22-2015, 06:18 AM   #2
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Great picture! That JEEP is all kinds of awesome!

Its nice to hear all your searching and patience paid off.

Well done!
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Old 07-22-2015, 09:03 AM   #4
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I like it. That is way cooler than the newer stuff. One of my good friends has a CJ-3 at their place out in the desert for just that reason, and it is awesome.
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Old 07-22-2015, 09:20 AM   #5
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Thats super cool!
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Old 07-22-2015, 10:20 AM   #6
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check the axles for inexpensive lockers if it pulls the front wheel up. some people add them for offroad use but they aren't great for onroad travel, esp with a lot of turning.

nice rig
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Old 07-23-2015, 05:00 AM   #7
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Yea, it's still all the o.g. running gear, open 4.88's, tapered dana 44 rear, dana 25 front, t90 & dana 18 tcase. For now, we're going to rebuild the trans, do some kind of spray- or roll-in liner for the inner tub, clean up the wiring and drive it. Maybe this winter tackle the body and do a budget repaint.

Thanks for the comments guys, should be a lot of fun
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Old 01-14-2016, 09:30 AM   #8
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I'm awful about updates. Thought I'd just replace the trans initially, but decided it'd be way easier to pull the body and really go through it this winter.

Here's the main shaft out of the trans, was full of water, needle bearings basically welded themselves to the shaft, and the output bearing not doing much spinning after all these years:



Ended up buying a rebuilt T90 rather than trying to use this one as a core.

Rolled it into the workshop, sideways. Hooray 80" wheelbase!


Stripped it down:



It's further along than this now but I haven't taken pictures. Tub is bare and all the body mounts are out, just resting on the frame until I figure out where to keep it while I go through the frame (clean, grind, paint, check brakes, get trans back in, replace pinion seals). Tub will then be cleaned up, underside painted, then the plan is to sand the shit out of the exterior, skim coat with filler, sand, prime, sand, prime, and topcoat with a flat gray w/black bracketry/trim. Think battleship. New brackets, dash, fuel tank, tailgate, painless wiring harness etc all sitting in boxes. I'll try to be better about updates!
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Old 01-14-2016, 10:41 AM   #9
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Fun to wrench on older rigs, lots of meat! Your newer garage setup looks like it's getting good use! Jelly.
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Old 01-14-2016, 11:11 AM   #10
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Cool project! Bonus that it's something you both wanted.
Many thumbs-up.
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Old 01-14-2016, 06:16 PM   #11
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Looks like fun, I've also always wanted a jeep. They are expensive though!! My neighbor tried to sell me his with a rotted out frame, wanted 3500 for a 92! I think he got it too!
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Old 01-15-2016, 04:41 AM   #12
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This one was $5k. I think it'll wind up around an $8k total investment to get it where I'd like it. They're definitely not cheap, but it's fun to have something that you can do literally anything you want with, and be able to find the parts/support to do it. Plus, nothing beats top off/doors off in the summer.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:42 AM   #13
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Started grinding on the body, too cold to wheel the chassis out to clean it up for now.

Someone got crazy with the bondo, what a frigging mess.


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Old 01-31-2016, 01:58 PM   #14
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A little bit better, at least now I know what I'm working with. Time for some amature dent removal, then a little more sanding and a *skim coat* of filler.


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Nice, looks like good progress.
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Old 02-11-2016, 01:29 PM   #16
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Body's off. Had one of those "I drove this thing in here. What have I done?" moments. Thankfully the frame is in great shape, just needs to be cleaned up.


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Old 02-21-2016, 07:41 AM   #17
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Scraped all the mud/grease/age off the frame, plus pressure wash and 4 cans of cleaner, plus wire wheel, plus a few coats of eastwood anti-rust frame coating. Looks cleaner than a lot of TJ frames around here.

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That looks great, especially for being 60 yrs old.
Well done, sir. All the hours you're putting in are paying off!
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Wish I could give my '80 Toyota 4wd this kind of treatment! Maybe next winter when my garage is a bit better suited for cold weather work.

Keep it up, this is gonna be sick!
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