RareCJ8

My 42 GPW

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RareCJ8...Uncomplicated, "low tech", easy to repair, utility and off-road 4x4 capability...I restored a 1950 Jeep CJ-3A in 1969-70...Great times were had with these vehicles!

 

Moses

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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.

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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...

 

Moses

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