Posted by Pete on June 08, 2005 at 16:31:09:
In Reply to: Posted by on June 08, 2005 at 08:40:45:
I remember reading somewhere that a licensed manufacturer put diesels in the flatfender. It may have been the grandson of the hotchkiss, I don't remember who, but I know it's been done. As for glass versus steel body, there is no appreciable difference in fuel economy. I have a glass body.
: I've been looking in to acquiring a CJ2A jeep for a while now, and I've found a few candidates rotting in barns or tucked in the woods, but nothing I'm too enthusiastic about. I'm not interested in a restoration project, simply getting the functionality and aesthetic of a good ol' flat fender...
: Anyhow, after looking for all kinds of replacement parts for different CJ2A's, a thought occurred to me: Would it be possible to build an entire CJ2A-like vehicle from new replacement parts? The only things I couldn't find were L 134 engine blocks, complete air filter parts, and the original steering setup. (I should clarify that I mean parts necessary to build a vehicle with the body of a CJ2A on a CJ2A frame with a CJ2A-spec power train... I didn't search for anything more particular), everything else is just a few clicks away. The only reason I've found for not building entirely from replacement parts is the cost can get out of hand. Has anyone ever attempted this?
: My other questions relate to fuel economy (not a selling point for any jeep!). First, does anyone have first hand experience of how much fuel a fiberglass body can save over steel? Secondly, has anyone ever tried to install a diesel engine in a CJ2A? I guess that second question is a little broader than fuel economy, but thats the logic behind it :)
: Thanks for reading through all this, and thanks in advance for any answers.