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  • 1948 Cj2a

    Hi everybody!
    My husband and I have had three modern Jeeps, but always dreamed of restoring an original classic Willys. Well, as of Tuesday when we pick it up, we will be the proud parents of a 1948 CJ2A. It has been titled once in its 57 year history; we will be its second owners. It still runs on the original engine! The owner drives it around his property for fun! This is like a gift from God!

    It needs a gas tank (original rusted out), brakes, body work on rust, and the seats have been replaced and look terrible (light blue!). Where would other vintage Jeepers begin if you had the chance to preserve this American legend? My thoughts are the body should be the first project to stop the rust from getting any worse.

    Any input is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    Margaret
    Jeepin' Ole Miss

  • #2
    WOW, do I envy you. I've never restored a vehicle that old, but I have done that kind of work on ships. Start on some of the smaller items that you can see through easily. This may be wiring, brakes, or other small systems. Completing some of these will give you a sense of accomplishment and progress that will help you through the tough and frustrating jobs. There are several restoration books that may help also. Don't forget to get some photos for us, best of luck.

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    • #3
      Hi there,

      As Wrangler1 said, make photos through the whole process!

      I'd start with disassembling major parts like fenders to get an idea on what has to be done. Depending on what goal you have (stock or upgrade) I'd than look at the electrical system next, than brakes and engine/transmission/axles. If the body and the frame look too bad I'd go for a frame off thing, it's more work to dis- and reassemble but better to work on the frame and the body.

      One important thing that some people (at least some I know) tend to forget or ignore: When you disassemble something, take pictures of how it looked before to have something when you try to put it together again and keep all components for one part together in one box! And mark that box! ;o)
      I know more than one guy who was sure to know where to put which part and had some spare left afterwards just to start over again

      Anyhow, enjoy the work even if there for sure will be moments where you hate yourself for starting such a thing...

      Have a good day.
      Toralf

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      • #4
        Thanks for the advice!

        Thank you for your advice on the CJ2A. We think the first thing we are going to tackle will be brakes, gas tank, and wiring. These are the most immediate issues and still small enough to get our feet wet without drowning... that comes later! Thanks again.

        We have discovered the original paint scheme was Luzon Red. Anybody know who can match the color? I have been told that in '48 Sherwin Williams did the automotive paints for the CJ2A's but will not do these colors anymore as the formulas no longer exist. Thoughts?

        Thanks!
        Margaret
        Jeepin' Ole Miss


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        • #5
          Originally posted by jpnolemiss
          Thank you for your advice on the CJ2A. We think the first thing we are going to tackle will be brakes, gas tank, and wiring. These are the most immediate issues and still small enough to get our feet wet without drowning... that comes later! Thanks again.

          We have discovered the original paint scheme was Luzon Red. Anybody know who can match the color? I have been told that in '48 Sherwin Williams did the automotive paints for the CJ2A's but will not do these colors anymore as the formulas no longer exist. Thoughts?

          Thanks!
          Margaret
          Jeepin' Ole Miss


          You can still buy the (Original) paint chips from a couple different online stores, then take the chip into a local automative paint store, they should be able to match.

          BTW Post some pics of your find!!

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          • #6
            Yes ,start out small and work your way up .As for slowing the rust,the first thing I did when I got my jeep was clean all the dirt out of the floor with a shop vac so it do's not hold the water.Thats cool it was only titled once,mine was to, but the 37 years or so the old guy had it he never titled it ,he just drove it around the farm and to feed the crows (yes crows) on the back of his land..I got the title home and saw he put his name on it and never had the title put in his name and said to myself that isn't good ,I had to get that fixed!

            PS.If you find out about the paint chips for your 48 let me know,I need to find like a creamy sand for my 48 cj2a.

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            • #7
              '48 Paint

              I have found the paint colors on www.thecj2apage.com. It appears you are talking about the maple color. Try that page. I will post pics as soon as my husband brings the adapter home from the office!

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              • #8
                Consider upgrading the brakes to 11" drums from an early 70s CJ or Wagoneer. It would also be a good idea to swap in a dual-circuit master cylinder from a '71 CJ5; it should bolt in where the original is.

                Wish I still had my '48...
                Sold it 5 yrs ago, didn't have time for 2 project rigs.

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                • #9
                  Interesting thread....
                  I found the paint chart and the formulas...
                  paint page

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                  • #10
                    Marge,

                    Go to www.G503.com. It is dedicated to MV's and the best site you'll ever find.

                    I have a '71 M151.

                    The site has forum areas for the M38 (CJ2), Hummer, the MUTT (mine), the Gamma Goat, Duce and Half's and all kinds of other stuff.

                    I don't think you'll find a better bunch of people that hang out there either. From all over the world. The M151 has people from Germany, Holland, Poland, Italy, Panama Canal, Brazil, France and everywhere else.

                    Buy and sell areas, oh jeeze, just go there and have fun.

                    Rodney

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