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    1954 CJ3B - Project

    Day 1 - I pulled the spark plugs and all 4 were dry, black and sooty. I guess it was running rich 30 years ago. Added Marvel Mystery Oil. Then I started taking off the tow bar, CB, speakers and rear spare tire carrier. I think I cut off about half the screws & bolts I removed. Vacuumed up a lot mouse stuff etc.

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    black soot is much better than coolant/rust. As you imply, a carb adjustment is much easier than the alternative.

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    Those rusty bolt gremlins seem to strike on everything. Nothing worse then making a five minute job take five hours because a bolt broke off. Firm believer in never-seize.

    I've heard good things about mystery oil, however if it doesn't work, I used some automatic trans fluid in my spare motor. And it seemed to work well. I would check your oil pump before trying to turn it over too much. The pump on mine was seized and when I got the cam to turn over it stripped the gear. Just a couple things to be mindfull of.

    Glad to see your back working on the project, looking forward to updates!

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    Good stuff there 56'. The oil pump, what a disaster!

    AJ-MJ Black soot on the plugs is as gm said, much better than anything else. I would say probably idling with the choke on before she got shut down the last time. That said, I have yet to pour gas into a 30 year old carb and have it function as designed. But, miracles never cease! That said, I have had a few motors that set for a long time, that with a carb rebuild ran just like the day they shut down.

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    Thanks for all the tips and encouragement. I am taking a little R&R and plan to get back after the jeep on Tuesday. I'll post some pictures when I figure that out. THANKS AGAIN!

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    Projects

    Here is a couple of pictures of the 3B
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    Smile Engine

    I know there is a lot of discussion about what color is the engine. WELL, I got a blue one
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    Engine Number

    Any suggestion on reading the numbers... I guess when I pull the radiator I might be able to see it a little better.
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    A couple more observations:
    The oil was right at the full mark, dark but felt normal
    No coolant in radiator
    No gas in the gas tank
    Every thing that is rubber is hard and brittle
    There is a bolt on the fender at the battery. Did 3B have a battery hold down?

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    The oil is a good sign. Hopefully the fuel and coolant were drained to prevent fuel getting old and the coolant from being under strength. Rubber hoses are cheap to replace compared to leaking fuel or coolant on the ground.

    The battery hold down should mount to the battery tray with two J hooks, but even our Heep has a wing nut on the inside of the fender well, but it doesn't align with the battery. The MB had a strap that mounted to the fender, but that's the only one I knew for sure.

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