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1948 CJ-2A

Postby Roman » Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:21 am

Some peeps may have seen Lee's FB post about our shakedown run. But for those that didn't see the pics, or just want to see more.

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Its the orange one up front :woot:

I got a text one day from a number I didn't recognize asking if I wanted to buy a Jeep

Duh!

Turned out to be a friend Jimmy from work that wanted to find a good home for his beloved flat fender!
This particular little fella used to work as a parts runner/shop truck for the Pasco Irrigation District.

Jimmy's brother bought it from auction in 1980, and since he was working at a body shop he had the tub and frame sandblasted, the frame painted black and the tub painted hugger orange. After reassembly it spent the next 36 years on a farm north of Pasco changing sprinkler lines and running fences.



Some times you just have to put faith in a man's word...

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Re: 1948 CJ-2A

Postby Roman » Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:38 pm

As you could guess it wasn't a runner when it came home. Story was it was running hot so the radiator was pulled and rebuilt, but never reinstalled. The other missing parts were to be able to pull said radiator.
Some time was spent test firing the engine and after confirming it did indeed run. There was a new gas tank sitting unmounted under the driver's seat, no fuel line, a bad fuel pump and a leaking carburetor. But it DID RUN! :thu:

New water pump, hoses, thermostat and miscellaneous bolts were secured in place after flushing the block. A new 6v battery, and fiddling lith some old switches got me rolling after bolting on some tail lights.

The original windshield had been horse traded for a Pentagon Mfg aluminum hardtop. While cool, it needs a rebuild all its own, so I reached out to a Jeep parts "collector" (hoarder) I know and was able to snatch up a decent OD green wind screen!

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Re: 1948 CJ-2A

Postby Gregandlina » Tue Jan 19, 2021 3:36 pm

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Re: 1948 CJ-2A

Postby TJDave » Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:16 pm

I love it! 8) 8)
I would love to have an old Jeep someday.
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Re: 1948 CJ-2A

Postby Roman » Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:39 pm

After some fun time in the driveway I was able to get it to some sort of state of drivability. With several "hot laps" around the neighborhood I figured the old man was ready for an adventure. Not wanting to be too risky I called Lee to see if he wanted to go "wheeling"

After some brainstorming we came up with a route that didn't involve highway speeds. Apparently these buggers natively don't like speeds over about 45mph. Tractor like engine design, 5.38 gears along with goofy push/pull/bell crank steering all add up to a HAND FULL.

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Re: 1948 CJ-2A

Postby Roman » Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:04 pm

It doesn't take a whole lot of offroad to start having a ton of fun!

Currently I have no plans to hack this guy up. It's completely original and almost not a trace of rust.
I can't wait to get some time to wash it up and maybe even wax it!
Some new tires, maybe add some seat belts and definitely a back seat!

It doesn't have blinkers, from the factory. Not sure if I'll add them or not. Still 6v, again not sure if I'll leave that also. If left 6v that means no winch, no radio, no cb. I have been thinking about mounts for a portable ham radio and antenna.

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Re: 1948 CJ-2A

Postby scumby » Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:04 am

can you try something likes these and hide it somewhere? maybe they make larger ones. what about a pot winch?

https://www.amazon.com/Converter-5V-11V ... 0451&psc=1

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Re: 1948 CJ-2A

Postby tobyw » Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:18 am

Super awesome to finally see this thing up and running :thu:

Roman wrote:Apparently these buggers natively don't like speeds over about 45mph. Tractor like engine design, 5.38 gears along with goofy push/pull/bell crank steering all add up to a HAND FULL.


This made me laugh. Hard :lol:

Imagine if you will, my beloved flatty circa 1995, in a very similar stock state, huffing and puffing through the mountains of SW Colorado at 9-11,000ft elevation, and then gingerly dropping down Black Bear pass... You forgot to mention the incredibly ineffective 9" drum brakes that just add to the enjoyment :lol2
Yep, I've wheeled one of those, too...
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Re: 1948 CJ-2A

Postby Roman » Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:24 pm

The entire brake system was rebuilt prior to the PO deciding to sell. They seem to work well (for what they are) Although I haven't got the e-brake to work.

Super surprised the cable linkage was all there for the throttle and choke!

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Re: 1948 CJ-2A

Postby Roman » Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:26 pm

Had to swap throttle cable location and it took me just a little it to find a forum post that had pics of proper routing of the choke cable. Couldn't belive the choke cable is just draped over the carb and held by a barrel nut.

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Re: 1948 CJ-2A

Postby tobyw » Thu Jan 21, 2021 7:01 am

Roman wrote: it took me just a little it to find a forum post that had pics of proper routing of the choke cable.


You know how to get in touch with me, and probably even remember how to get to my shop :roll: :wink:
Yep, I've wheeled one of those, too...

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Re: 1948 CJ-2A

Postby Roman » Fri Feb 05, 2021 10:41 pm

scumby wrote:can you try something likes these and hide it somewhere? maybe they make larger ones. what about a pot winch?


Looks like there's a 10a converter thats not much more

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Re: 1948 CJ-2A

Postby scumby » Sat Feb 06, 2021 6:10 am

Roman wrote:
scumby wrote:can you try something likes these and hide it somewhere? maybe they make larger ones. what about a pot winch?


Looks like there's a 10a converter thats not much more


i tried to add that as the second link :saddd:
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Re: 1948 CJ-2A

Postby Roman » Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:55 am

Ah, figured it was supposed to be something


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