Re: What repo body should I order? CJ2A,3A or M38
After doing a bit of research I think that I might go with the M38 body. I like the fact that it has the battery box in the cowl, the removable instrument panel, and the glovebox. I like that M38 bodies never had Willys stamped on them from the factory. The 2A and 3A bodies come with or without Willys stamped on them. There is a $550 difference for the premium one with Willys on them. The M38 only has the premium kit without Willys in the first place. I read quite a few posts over at G503 website about the quality of the MD Jaun MFG bodies. There are many people that absolutely think the are garbage because they don't just fit on perfectly to there 50 to 60 year old jeep without a bit of modification. There are plenty of people though, that have actually used them, and other than a bit of work to fit them, are completely stoked to have a new body without months of rust repair to a wreck. There is so much hearsay that it is crazy. General consensus says that the repo bodies have improved a lot over the last five years. They are quite accurate and have all the correct differences for the different models such as MB,GPW,2A,3A,M38,3B. I may end up with some complications from the odd thing but I was expecting to have to do several mods to the repo body when I get it. I need to make a bigger hole in the floor for the transmission, I want to make a notch in the wheel well for more seat room and I am going to make some of my new cage mounts go through the floor to the frame. I just can't get a solid answer for what comes with the body. The salesman said that all of the exterior brackets are not included but wasn't sure on the glove box door or the instrument panel. It will be suiting that my wife and I had decided to paint it green a couple of weeks ago. We are by no means going to be making a military replica though. Just paint it a nice metallic green, with a lineX interior and black frame and bumpers. I will post what I ended up buying.
1966 Buick Skylark GS with 455/TH400 fully restored, my first car, had since 15
1955 Chevy 2DR Wagon Gasser project. 496 BBC, Toploader, Straight Axle 60s Drag Beast.
1948 Willys CJ2A Jeep Project, 4.8L Chevy Vortec LR4, SM 465, Dana 18, Dana 30/Dana44, 34" Swampers with 4.5" RE Lift.