Posted by Mark Jennings on June 05, 2005 at 06:15:59:|
: : I just brought home my grandfathers '47 CJ2A. It has 24,700 miles and is all orginal. It sat in the barn for the last 30 years. Where do I start restoring it? I hate to tear it all the way down first. Should I start with the body, engine, wiring, suspension? I love it, but looking at it I am over whelmed.
: : Thanks,
: With less than 25,000 miles, I would reconsider a restoration. Depending on the condition, maybe it's a good candidate to clean it up fix what's broken and get it running well. It might be worth more in the condition it's in, plus how do you replace all the wear marks your grandfather made using the jeep. Once you tear it apart paint and replace it will never be the same, especially if it's your first attempt at a restoration. An unrestored low miles 47 really is kind of cool and maybe more valuable down the road. Just something to consider.
I agree, If it is all original and with low mileage it would be a great reference source and will be more valuabe unrestored. I would get it back to a save running and driving condition and enjoy it like it is. Good Luck. Mark.