I acquired a “family heirloom” CJ-3A last month and have jumped head first into a rehab project. This Willys was purchased brand new by my great grandfather and used on his farm/summer cottages in Maine. He sold the farm in the late 70’s and the Willys stayed with it. The new owners used it around the property primarily to drag a gang-reel mower around the fields right up until October 2011 when it was replaced by a shiny new Kubota.
I bought it from them, dragged it home, and immediately stripped it right down to the frame. I have never tackled anything like this before. Each time I work on any component the first step is pouring through the forum archives to figure out what the hell I’m supposed to be doing. With the exception of the body, I am doing all the work myself. I am on a limited budget so I’ve had to pass over some things that I would liked to have done otherwise. My skill level is basic at best so mistakes have undoubtedly been made along the way…but I’m OK with that… at least for now.
This is not a “restoration” but more like a “refurbishment”. The goal is to get it roadworthy again by spring and tinker with the details as time and money permit.
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