I bought this CJ-2A off the 2nd owner in Southern NJ, the first owner was a farmer in NJ who used it for over 30 years as a farm truck. Since the 2nd owner halfway started restoration and used both military and civilian parts I thought it would be more fun to go with a military theme so I’ve dubbed it the CJ-2A “MB WannaBe”. When I rescued it back in 2007, it didn’t run but cranked over. Fuel line issues starting with the 1bbl carburetor all the way to the tank were found, replaced the tank and fuel line, added an extra filter and rebuilt the fuel pump and carburetor and it started right up! Replaced all the brakes, calipers and lines to get fair chance at braking and finally tore the cylinder head apart due to a blown gasket and found a mismatch of bolts and studs, with help from Kaiser Willys got all the correct studs, bolts, and gaskets and got it all back together.
It’s great for parades, shows and a big hit at all the local car shows, especially with older veterans and young kids who are fans of WWII-themed Video Games! I show my jeep at various military vehicle and car shows, even use it for some WWII reenactments. I have it all dressed up as a Pacific War Jeep serving with the US Army’s 41st Infantry as a tribute to all my relatives who served in WWII, many of them in the pacific. My Jeep and I were even in a Zombie Apocalypse movie which was a lot of fun!
Kaiser Willys Jeep Blog Story – Anthony Fernando
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