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3:19 AM - Jun 04, 2018 #51

1957 CJ3B finally completed as of Sept. 28, 2018. Yahoo!
1942 MB under construction
1978 Jeep Cherokee 2 door future project

Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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3:22 AM - Jun 04, 2018 #52

1957 CJ3B finally completed as of Sept. 28, 2018. Yahoo!
1942 MB under construction
1978 Jeep Cherokee 2 door future project

Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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12:42 PM - Jun 04, 2018 #53

Looks beautiful, and is really RED! Congrats! Now the assembly fun begins.
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2:24 AM - Jun 05, 2018 #54

Thanks, Steve! Yes, no one is going to miss me coming down the road! I also plan to have a SLOW VEHICLE triangle on the rear of my Willys...just to let those speedy guys know that I'm not doing Mach 1. I got more wet sanding done today---only a third of the passenger side left to do, and then it's buffing time.

Before I can put the tub back on the frame, I'm going to pull my tranny and transfer case to reseal them. Hopefully, I'll get to that next week. I can't wait to start bolting things back on!
1957 CJ3B finally completed as of Sept. 28, 2018. Yahoo!
1942 MB under construction
1978 Jeep Cherokee 2 door future project

Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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12:39 PM - Jun 06, 2018 #55

This is an amazing job of rust repair. I'm afraid I may have given up as well!
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1953 CJ3B
1965(?) CJ5
1949 Jeepster
1947 Cj2A
2004 Kubota l3400
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11:31 PM - Jun 08, 2018 #56

Thanks for the kind words, Bob. As you can tell, I did take several long holidays on the journey of building my Willys. I figure that the process should be enjoyable, so any time it started feeling like work, I would take a break. And, of course, life got in the way from time to time.

This past week, I finished wet sanding the tub and got busy buffing. Only a part of the dash and the top of the cowl remain to be done in medium cut compound. Then I will buff with a fine compound. The shine is coming up really nice! I also started unbolting the tranny and transfer case, which is the next step.
1957 CJ3B finally completed as of Sept. 28, 2018. Yahoo!
1942 MB under construction
1978 Jeep Cherokee 2 door future project

Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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2:25 AM - Jul 14, 2018 #57

Progress continues on my Willys. Two weeks ago I finally pulled the transmission/transfer case and found the source of the bad leak. The front bearing retainer was sitting away from the front of the case for some reason, probably because I didn't tighten it properly! It is also possible that a roller bearing got dislodged and caught between the main gear and the main shaft. Either way, I ordered a T-90 small parts kit and spent some time watching Rick Stiver's excellent videos on YouTube. When the parts come in I am confident that I will be able to assemble a functioning and relatively leak free transmission.

In the meantime, I've been cleaning and painting a bunch of parts so they will be ready to go when I start assembling the Willys. I can't wait to put the body on the chassis!
1957 CJ3B finally completed as of Sept. 28, 2018. Yahoo!
1942 MB under construction
1978 Jeep Cherokee 2 door future project

Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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3:40 AM - Jul 30, 2018 #58

I've been working hard on my Willys. I got the body tub sanded and polished and then pulled the transmission/ transfer case. Turned out that the transfer case was not leaking but the tranny was. I tore it down and then had fun putting it together five times. Those little roller bearings between the main gear and main shaft are certainly touchy. When I finally succeeded in assembling it, I found that everything turned beautifully in neutral but would not turn in any gear. I tore it apart again and carefully checked everything. Back together again--same problem! I grabbed my spare tranny and compared the two but I could not see any difference--except the spare shifted well. 

So I swapped the new bearings and after some fun with the 88 cluster gear roller bearings, I got the tranny/ transfer case back in the chassis and, knock on wood, nothing leaks!  With a bunch of small things done, tomorrow will see the body tub go back on the chassis for the last time...
[/url]Trans:TC back in by Gary MCCOURT, on Flickr[/img]
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1957 CJ3B finally completed as of Sept. 28, 2018. Yahoo!
1942 MB under construction
1978 Jeep Cherokee 2 door future project

Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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3:36 AM - Aug 02, 2018 #59

Monday, July 30th was a banner day for my 3B. The tub went back on the chassis in the afternoon. My friend Ralph came out in the evening and we installed the hood, windshield frame and fenders. It is getting exciting! Pictures soon!

Tuesday saw my friend Don Hull and I install the windshield and make patterns for the seat foam pieces. We picked up the foam this morning so I only have to cut new plywood bases and I will be able to finish the seats. Tomorrow, perhaps. This afternoon and evening, I installed a good number of parts and the Willys is taking shape![/url]Grille&Rad by Gary MCCOURT, on Flickr[/img]GBBody on MCCOURT, Body Goes On,  Grille&Rad 
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1957 CJ3B finally completed as of Sept. 28, 2018. Yahoo!
1942 MB under construction
1978 Jeep Cherokee 2 door future project

Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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1:32 AM - Sep 25, 2018 #60

 [/url]Willys First Drive by Gary MCCOURT, on Flickr[/img]
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1942 MB under construction
1978 Jeep Cherokee 2 door future project

Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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