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Dear Sir: I have a 51 Willy's pickup with a 4.3 Chevy motor, SM-465 trans and unfortunately, a NP-208 t-case presently. Wanting to change out Timken rear W/5.38s and Dana 25 front. Where I reside not much junkyard stuff to choose from. In your opinion, what would be the most reliable, reasonably strong, and ease of install that I should chase. Vehicle will be used predominately on back roads America. Some steep Jeep trails,and 10-20% freeway time. Hate this computer crap. If this goes through, Thank you very much!
We once referred to vintage Jeep 4x4s as the most modified and cannibalized vehicles on the planet. Beginning with WWII surplus MB Willys Jeep models, most off-road rigs got a good dose of upgrades, from oversized tires to V-8 conversions. So popular was the modification approach that in the Chrysler/Jeep Mopar era, we refer to the Jeep as the most "personalized" vehicle around, with catalogs full of accessories, chassis upgrades and winches. Today, for the first time, vintage Jeep vehicles have shown a bump in value, even finding their way to Mecum and other auctions alongside vintage collectible cars and nostalgia muscle cars. With that trend, for the first time, a vintage Jeep is judged for its originality and an authentic restoration. So, we're at a crossroads. What do you think about modifying a 1941-86 Jeep 4x4 for extreme trail use? Or are you considering a bolt-by-bolt restoration of a vintage Model MB, CJ-3B, an M38AI, FC150, FC170, Willys Pickup or Willys Station Wagon? Please share your plans and thoughts on this subject! Moses
If you're struggling with how to remove the rear wheel hubs from a keyed, tapered rear axle shaft, check out my HD video how-to on the use of an OTC hub puller: http://www.4wdmechanix.com/HD-Video-Tool-How-to-Using-the-OTC-7394-Hub-Puller.html. There's only one way to preserve these parts and get the rear hub loose...Also works on the AMC Model 20 axles and even later model 4x4s with unit bearing front ends and frozen axle shafts... Moses
In the postwar era, Willys pioneered the development and production of 4WD light trucks and the World's first "sport utility vehicles". If you like the WWII and postwar Willys and Kaiser era Jeep models, this forum provides a community of enthusiasts and restorers. Whether your interest is history, restoration, rebuilding, how-to, troubleshooting or sharing vintage Jeep 4WD experiences, you'll find support and build friendships here!—Moses Ludel At left is a Mopar flyer for Camp Jeep workshops by Moses Ludel. The red '55 CJ-5 was the project built and depicted within the book at right!