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    12 - Volt Conversion Options

    When we talk about 12-volt conversions, we almost automatically think of an alternator as a power source, but the first 12-volt vehicles (about 1955 or so) were generator powered.

    At this yearís...
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    Convert Generator to Alternstor

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    Quick simple answer - No.
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    Still another Story: Looking at the photos of...

    Still another Story:

    Looking at the photos of the European junk/salvage yards, I wonder just how many of those vehicles ended up being recycled in some way or another.

    In the Winter 2018 issue...
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    Jeeps in a Box Just to follow the theme a bit...

    Jeeps in a Box

    Just to follow the theme a bit more. Seventy five years later, we just cannot appreciate how involved the US was in the war effort toward the end of WWII. A striking picture I...
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    "Whatever we currently have and endear!" ..."If...

    "Whatever we currently have and endear!" ..."If you're not with the one you love, love the one you're with". Steven Stills, 1970
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    You're only going to do this once, and the...

    You're only going to do this once, and the frustration of having to redo something will far outweigh the money you saved.

    Just remember; CHinese and CHeap start the same way ....

    Go with known...
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    We spend a lot of time planning how we paint our...

    We spend a lot of time planning how we paint our Jeeps. After all, when we’re done with all of the mechanical things we do to get it to run right, the paint job is what everybody else sees.

    It’s...
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    I'm in Florida with no books,but a lot of the...

    I'm in Florida with no books,but a lot of the auxiliary parts fit either Dana or Timken (seals, etc.). .
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    Opinion

    "All opinions welcome.[/QUOTE]

    In Arizona you can get away with "patina" cuz you don't have salt and CaCl. Patina is good, it's a Jeep thing.
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    The good news is that you seem to have a nice...

    The good news is that you seem to have a nice truck to work with.
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    Refund/Replace

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    Most of the Jeep places are really good about making things right. It's just sheister motor rebuilders that say TANGO SIERRA buddy.
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    Where did you get them? Looks like time for a...

    Where did you get them?

    Looks like time for a return!
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    ATF and WD-40 are a good start, but it looks like...

    ATF and WD-40 are a good start, but it looks like you need a penetrating oil specifically intended to crawl into places that are locked up tightly.

    There are lots of choices; use a lot of it and...
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    BUSTED - A Ham's '48 Yarn

    Busted! Ė A Hamís í48 Yarn

    Fall is good Jeep weather. Itís not so hot that you want some real air conditioning and itís not so cold that itís punishing. In the truck you can roll down the window...
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    Cranky Bellcranks

    On the original CJ-2A's (through early '48) the bell crank has a 3/4" bell crank pin. It appears that there was a mid-model year break-in change some time in 1948 that carried through a lot of the...
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    Paint Color

    Make sure to have your wife look at the color. That way, even if it is not the correct shade, it will be the right color.

    Seriously, women have much better color discrimination than we do!
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    Compression Ratio and PSI

    I need a while to organize my thoughts and I'll try to tie it together.

    Ok, I gathered a bit .....

    What does compression ratio have to do with how many PSI you get on a compression check?

    To...
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    I can't resist the urge for a really bad pun: ...

    I can't resist the urge for a really bad pun:

    "There is a lot of bed room on the old Jeep trucks."

    It looks like someone dropped a piece of pipe on the right rear tailgate ...
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    Awhh Man - this is getting better all the time

    Awhh Man - this is getting better all the time
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    It's a good looking truck!

    It's a good looking truck!
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    Octane Ratings

    Just to add a tidbit:

    My aviation buddy talks about aviation fuel after WWII. The big radial engines (think B-29 and Super Constellation) ran a high supercharge and the fuel (113/130+ octane) was...
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    "Funny though it may be to some, I am falling in...

    "Funny though it may be to some, I am falling in love with this truck!"

    Every one of us understands. Although it is an over used phrase among the folks with the newer Yuppie Jeeps, "It Really Is...
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    Pepper Cure

    Well, that was always one of the down home remedies for a leaky radiator. I've never tried it, but now we know it probably isn't that good an idea.

    Another lesson learned and myth busted.
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    Parts Catalogue

    Look at the Kaiser Willys website at MANUAL-055, MANUAL-058 and MANUAL-010. Those three books should have 95% of what you will likely need.

    Most of are in "sticker shock" over the price of that...
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    12-Volt Batteries for M38A1

    According to the g503 forum, Group 56 size batteries fit fairly well if you put some plywood under them to bring them up to height. They crank OK.
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