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    Question Newbie - Is it a 42, 46, or 53?!?!

    Hello,
    First, I want to say thank you for all the help I am going to receive from this community, and for all the knowledge buried in the achieves of posts on this site.

    I purchased a Willys in fairly good condition and I'm starting my restoration journey. I started scrapping off engine tags and I realized I do not know what model I really have.

    • Titled as 1953 and it has a CJ3A Windshield
    • S/N plate on the firewall shows CJ2A 58XXX (1946)
    • Engine Block plates show GPW 20744 (1942)
    • Distributor Cap: IGC 4705 6W (Autolite MFG Date 06/1942)
    • Generator Tag: GPW 6 7703369


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    If the engine is a 1942 GPW, would the drivetrain also be? How can I tell if the body, suspension, and brakes are a CJ2A or CJ3A or neither? Where are there more clues or measurements I can take to determine what model parts I have if this is not the original engine?

    My first project that I would like to finish before spring is upgrading the brakes with a front disc kit, but I'm not sure what model I have.

    Thank you!

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    Welcome slim!

    Take some pictures of the engine, front axle, rear axle, and engine casting numbers. Take some shots of the dash and body. It could be a reproduction body on a donor chassis. gmwillys has an eye for this, and amongst the members we might be able to sort it out.

    It looks real nice!
    Last edited by bmorgil; 03-11-2023 at 01:08 PM.

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    I'm very curious about this the KF logo. I'm not finding anything with Google Lens.
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    Last edited by slimjim_buffalo; 03-12-2023 at 10:01 AM.

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    Welcome slim!!
    Like bmorgil said gm will chime in shortly, that’s a nice looking Jeep to start a restore with!!!

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    Awesome, thanks guys!

    Engine casting bottom passenger side (scratched out/not matching)
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    Serial Pad
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    It has a GPW front and rear axle. That is a GPW engine. It looks like maybe a re-production body. I would say someone started with an older Military Jeep and put a newer model CJ body on it. It is a 2A style dashboard. That is a CJ3A style windshield. Lets see what some of the others think.

    The dog clearly approves!
    Last edited by bmorgil; 03-12-2023 at 11:04 AM.

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