MD Juan is the only producer of these tubs currently. They have improved over the years but still need work when you get them. _________________ Wes K
45 MB, 51 M38, 54 M37, 66 M101A1, 60 CJ5, 76 DJ5D, 47Bantam T3-C & 5? M100
Joined: Feb 14, 2014 Posts: 19 Location: Dunedin, Florida
Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:32 pm Post subject:
Canít decide what to do my original body has very little rust but the dash is a cj2a that is braised in, the battery box is gone, and a plate braised over the hole. The right side has some poor body work in the front and the interior has a lot of paint layers to be blasted. I am kind of stuck on the idea it is original 1952 metal.
Fix the original! As stated some patch panels are available to repair. Those offshore bodies are junk, at least that has been my experience with them. There are even a couple places making a business out of turning those sows ears into silk purses (kinda). _________________ '52 Dodge M37, '42 GPW, '48 FrankenJeep CJ2A/M38, '50 CJV-35(U), '51 M38, '42 WC-57 Command Car Undergoing factory original restoration, '44 WC-51 Weapons , (2) M1941 Sperry 60" Anti-Aircraft Searchlights, John Deere M-gator
I have used two replacement body kits; they are not junk. If you have nothing, then that is your only choice, and the vendor is immaterial, they all come from MDJ. While not 100% perfect, they work fine.
The last M38 I did, the entire floor and 3 inches of the bottom, and the battery box in the cowl were missing; I got a repro floor, which fit perfectly, welded it in. got a battery box from MM, welded that in, and made the lower part of the body. So yes, keep it original if you can, but if you can't, then noting wrong with using a new body. We aren't restoring priceless collectors items here, they are old jeeps and not rare.
In your case, get it sandblasting to show all the body work, and fix the original body.
And it is brazed; Braising is cooking meat _________________ M38 23100 June 51
M38 34523 Sep 51
M606/CJ3B 1964 Kaiser 57348 118458
Willys MB 1944
Ford GPW 1942
Dodge WC63 1943
Dodge Power Wagon WM300 1967
Plymouth Barracuda, 1973, 340 4 barrel
All ground up restored by me.
Lots of others.
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