My 42 GPW
Posted 20 April 2014 - 12:02 PM
Note the matching old timer plates... She was fun, but a lot of work. Wheel bearings and 6 volt electrical were troublesome. And the flathead 4 was gutless on pavement. Know why it seats 4? When cresting a hill climb, the 3 passengers can hop out to help push it up the last section. Lol.
Posted 20 April 2014 - 04:40 PM
Agreed on the performance level, RareCJ8! I freshened up the 1950 CJ-3A's L-134, new rings, pistons and a valve grind. It was still a "drone" on-highway. Off-road was a whole other thing in low range. I did prefer the folks' 1964 CJ-5 Jeep with factory T98A four-speed option and the F-134. Though not a world beater engine, it did boast 72 horsepower, and the 12-volt electrics helped. JohnF's 1967 Jeep CJ-5 with the Dauntless (Buick 225) V-6 represents a milestone breakthrough.
My '55 Jeep CJ-5 project for the Jeep CJ Rebuilder's Manual: 1946-71 had a retrofit truck four-speed, the F-134 and a vintage Warn overdrive. 5.38:1 gearing is a plus. Your GPW was 4.88:1. Big difference off-pavement. A compound low truck box means a double reduction over the T84 or a T90.
We could knock the primitive steering, closed knuckle front axles, side-drive Spicer 18 transfer cases and many other anachronistic features on these vintage Jeep 4x4 vehicles; however, many stockers or restored models still ply the trails at Moab and the Sierra Range. Your GPW, my CJ-3A or a vintage CJ-5 were the quintessential hunting, mining, ranching and overall backcountry rigs of their day. They earned that distinction!
Thanks for sharing...
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