Restore or rebuild?

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  1. Jun 9, 2005
    Chuck

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    This question is 10 months (wishful thinking) premature because of a current project, but I can’t stop thinking about my 46 2A sitting in the garage and the column shift stored at my father in-laws house.

    My plans are to restore the column shift to original, but what do I do with the other (besides giving it to one of you guys) :) restore or rebuild?

    On one hand their both completely stock and I hate to change a thing, on the other hand being smaller in size would be ideal for the trails in New England or for that matter anywhere, plus every members flattie looks so good built. I suppose if one was already half built I wouldn't have a problem going the rest of the way.

    I do own a 225 V6 on an engine stand waiting for me to pick up.

    I would enjoy hearing any and all thought, thanks in advance for your help.

    I know what Jim’s thinking. ;)
     
  2. Jun 9, 2005
    Glenn

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    Make it nice, keep it stock and use it and enjoy! You don't have to beat it up to have fun. ;)
     
  3. Jun 9, 2005
    jpflat2a

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    you think you know :D
    my "next" Jeep would be a stocker (L or F) 4cyl, lockers, 5:38s, full float in the rear, sagi steering, mild lift if at all, narrow tires and wheels, dual gas tanks. I would want it to appear as stock as possible, but be a mountain goat on the trails. I'll sacrifice the power for crawling. Can't go fast anyhow when trail crawling along........
     
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    Chuck

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    “Nice find Chuck
    should give you several hours of enjoyment
    V6, 11" brakes, full cage, powerlocs, you're good to go"4/24 :D
     
  5. Jun 9, 2005
    beeser

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    Does that mean no towing a trailer (Bantam) to the site with your trail rig? Curious, what does the setup you describe above do for you that your present rig does not?
     
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    jpflat2a

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    that's true I said that....for your Jeep :D
    I would reccommend that again to anyone

    mine's already that way :D

    something about a stock flatfender that can climb almost anything has always intriqued me.

    Steve: I like my Jeep the way it is now; wouldn't change a thing; I always enjoy the trips we make in it. It's dependable and capable.
    just want a stock 4 banger to trail crawl with, that's all
     
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    Chuck

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    R) R)
     
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    jpflat2a

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    Chuck, you have 2 Jeeps (read: jealous)
    restore the 46 col shift
    modify the heck out of the other :p
     
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    67cj5

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    Follow your gut instincts. Make them your jeep. I say go wild with them both, but thats just me. See signature
     
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    blevisay

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    :hurrican: :hurrican: :hurrican: :flag: :flag: :flag:
     
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    SandhillMike

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    So many Jeeps, so little time. :D
     
  14. Jun 9, 2005
    Warloch

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    From a fellow Flattie person - if they are stock and in good shape I try to keep them original (in the past)... I purposly buy rigs that have been beat or modded so that when I mod it I don't feel guilty for hacking up an 'original' flattie.

    My dad's '48 was original until the day he died. I started riding in it before I was born and turning wrenches with him at 8 - I love that willys and my mom still has it to run around the fields with. It will stay original until the day I die.

    I personally prefer a 'resto mod' - keep it looking close to original while putting a V6, Brakes, Steering, OD and such in it.

    You'll know what you want when you see it - :D
     
  15. Jun 10, 2005
    Bill F

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    Keep it orginal other than a small lift and better tires. It will still go where you want it to
     
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    speedbuggy

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    Sorry Chuck, but here goes...

    SBC, headers, 5:38's, 33's and a removeable push bumper for when you want to play at the local race track :D That's what I would do. You need to build it the way you want to...make it fit your needs ;)
     
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    Gump

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    Your sig says the 45 is column. I'd definitely keep that stock. Play with the 46. [​IMG]
     
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    termin8ed

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    Since no one else has chimed in on it, I'll take first dibs on the "the other" (the '46) :D

    I'll make sure it gets properly restored so I can have a stock early 5 and a stock 2a. 8)

    restore the column shift like you want, and make the 46 a trail sleeper. 8)
    Still remember the first time at tellico when that flattie went up the trail to guardrail I think it was, and we kept waiting for it to come back down. Never did.
     
  19. Jun 10, 2005
    Chuck

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    Thanks for the replies everyone had some very good thoughts which helped.

    At this time I’m planning to keep it pretty much stock I can’t see changing out that L-head unless it makes me, although I’m liking Jim’s hiding upgrades.

    Gump, as for the 45 on my signature. When I found the Jeep I was told by the son that his father bought it new in 45 and was the only owner. The father passed away and the mother is in a nursing home and I thought the son would have been more helpful in explaining the history of his father's Jeep. With the sons permission I will need to visit his mother to hopefully get some answers. The 2A doesn’t have any tags and there is a plate welded over where the frame tag would have been. My gut feeling is that it’s a 46 and that’s why I refer to it as so in the thread. I’m hoping I’m wrong. They made column shifts from 45 to mid-46.

    Brian, you have first dibs. :D
     
  20. Jun 10, 2005
    wingtime

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    They are no more stock CJ-2 anything being built anymore. Don't get too crazy unless the jeep is in really bad shap and has no hope of being "stock" again. If you want a trail rig buy a non stock jeep and run with it. Some day there will no longer be any stock flatfender CJ's left. I don't see the rational of hacking up a 60 year old antique to run some trails. It's like the F-script GPW a guy hacked up to make a mud bogger...... WHY?
     

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