Since getting a trailer at the beginning of the year, jeep hunting has become my new hobby, 4 different willys have all shown up in the past 6 months, all deals too good to pass up, that usually have to be hidden in the trailer till i find a good way to tell the wife. first was the 46 2A , a old Maine Jamboree willys that was ridden hard and put away wet. I was planning on bringing this back to its old glory, but found a 3B that i wanted more, so i passed this along to a friend , who i knew was itching for a willys. He is hard at work on it, but it has proven to be a handfull. Check out his thread on Pirate, it could be the worst, most beat willys frame i have ever seen. Next is a complete 59 3B, What caught my eye about this one, other then the price, was it was complete, supposedly running when taken apart, and the tub had 75% new panels, all tacked into place. but the frame was beyond toast. So i set out to find a frame, and end up finding another 3B, MINT frame, restored axles, new rancho lift, and so on, lots of new parts, everything except the block and body. Which was okay becasue i had one to work with from the 59. So, now i have just about everyting i need to start putting the puzzle togeater, and start with the frame and axles. So at this time i get busy with summer and don't do much, but do poke into the 59 3B fhead, and find out its probably not a runner, rebuild-able, but not a runner. I also decide the tub is more work than i want to do right now, so its back to CL looking for a good f head and tub. And yesterday during my morning scan of CL. I find a 54 3b, The ad has all the good stuff, rebuilt this, new that, runs and drives needs bla bla bla. For a real good price! figure there is more to the story, but I make the call and find out its pretty much as described the lady says, which make it an super good deal if true. The main thing I am looking for is a nice tub, and a running engine, and soft top, and if those are all that is true its still worth the effort, It was about 2 hours up in Maine, and since I store my trailer about an hour from my house, I was looking at 3+ hours to get there, so I figured I'd grab the trailer one day , and go up the next. I call the lady and she says she has gotten 7 calls since placing the ad this morning, and 2 people are coming in the morning. Change of plans, get the trailer and get up there to check it out now. I get there and it's better than described. She bought it 5 years ago from a guy who just rebuilt it, everything but paint. Axles, trans and TC, all look to be rebuilt, frame is mint, better than the good 3b frame I have here, soft top is new, Tub is a replacement tub, With the slightest surface rust starting to show from sitting for a few years. Then I get the icing on the cake. The lady goes "oh, and I forgot, it has a new engine." She goes on to explain, that 2 years ago, she was having overheating issues, so she brings it to her mechanic, who can't find a problem with the cooling system, so he pulls the engine to look into it. He does not find the cooling problem, but finds a crack in the block. So she said she got a new rebuilt engine, so I figure it has to be better than what I have even if its a half assed rebuild. The Cooling problem ended up being the fan. I get it home and look through the paperwork, and she bought a complete fresh rebuilt engine from these guys! Engines - MDR Engines Who look to be the real deal! I might even still have 1 year of warranty left So now i am pumped, it even has an OD, It has some bubba issues. Like an electric fan, and fuel pump, but nothing I can't undo. I'm going too look at it closer this weekend, but I'm thinking I will use this as it is, fix whats wrong with it, Put on the front disks i have, rear lockright and drive it. Might not even paint it, It's black primer with some surface rust...I kind of like the look.