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1948 Willys Jeep CJ-2A
This restoration is for a local customer who is having it restored in memory of
her father, who previously restored it in the 70's.  Below are pictures of fond
memories she had with her Dad and brother during a cross-country trip.
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With the amount of labor it would require to repair the original
body, it was more feasible to replace it with a new body kit.  
All original parts that will be reused, were sand blasted.
The chassis was epoxy primed & painted semi-gloss black.  All seals in the
motor, transmission & transfer case were replaced.  The engine was painted
orange and the transmission & transfer case received a semi-gloss black.
The motor, transmission & transfer case were reinstalled on the frame.  The
underside of the new body tub was prepped for a treatment of industrial strength
rubberized undercoating.  This process will seal the new tub and resist corrosion.
We began reassembling the body.  The factory storage compartment was
removed from under the passenger side seat to make room for an over
sized fuel tank, which will span the entire width of the body.
The entire body was completely assembled and then disassembled for painting.  The
dash, grill and back side of the hood and fenders were painted semi-gloss black.  
All body panels were painted silver metallic and a bed liner was
sprayed in the body tub, tailgate and onto the gas tank.  The roll bar
and body armor received a durable textured finish.
We started this project in October 2008.  After years of sitting outside, the body
had significant rust and the weather had taken its toll on most everything else.
Reassembly was quick and easy as a result of
preassembling everything prior  to paint.
Completed Project
Delivery Day
On April 16, 2009 we delivered the finished project to its happy and patient owner.
We feel honored to have been a part of this classic Jeep's history.