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Long Distance Parts Shopping with ORLF and thejeepjunkie

LongRoofian May 14, 2012 Too Cheap to Pass Up 19 Comments

So my brother, affectionately known as thejeepjunkie around these here parts, has this sweet ole 1946 Willys CJ2A that he absolutely loves. But as this olelongrooffan has related to my fellow Hoons on numerous occasions, living near the Atlantic Ocean takes its toll on steel vehicles and his Willys is no exception to this.

As my fellow Hoons can see in these images, the windshield frame on his baby has been rotting away for some time and thejeepjunkie has been searching for its replacement but has had absolutely no luck.

There is a single wiper on it but no motor on the “inside” of this windshield frame. That hole in the first image after the jump is the location of the nonexistent passenger side wiper assembly.

Well a funny thing happened. thejeepjunkie finally got around to reading Redusernab for the first time in some time and read the post I did a couple Fridays ago about my stroll around that junkyard up in Indiana a few weeks ago.

In that post was this image of that old CJ3B. Friday at lunch the boss provided barbequed burgers and dogs in celebration of a co workers birthday and I was shooting the shit with the guys and we got to talking about my travels with the boss that week. thejeepjunkie piped in with the fact that this olelongrooffan had walked by his elusive windshield frame and the least I could have done was remember the name of that junkyard. I knew and told him the name.

Well my fellow Hoons, thejeepjunkie got in with Steve up in Indiana and mentioned what he was looking for. Steve commented he didn’t know if he had it.  thejeepjunkie buzzed me and asked where it was located in that junkyard. Of course, I remembered “down near the south property line about 3/4’s the way back” and thejeepjunkie hangs up and tells Steve, from 1,100 miles away where something is in his junkyard less than a 1,000 feet from him! Steve mentions he’ll go check on it and call thejeepjunkie back.

Well, that windshield frame was located and Steve calls back and mentions yeah he’s got it. You can pull it off yourself and save some money. thejeepjunkie mentions his driver (the boss) will be up in Indiana on Tuesday and would Steve mind pulling it off and have it ready to be picked up.

Well, Steve hymned and hollered and finally said yeah but he would have to charge thejeepjunkie for it. thejeepjunkie agreed and the deal was sealed.

Now for the best part of the story.

A new windshield frame is around $500 the shipping to get it here to the World Center of Racing. thejeepjunkie has the Kid in college and the Kid’s sister is a 15 year old softball playing fanatic so 500 smackers is a bit difficult to come by, hence the rusty windshield frame.

While thejeepjunkie and Steve were negotiating, Steve mentioned he’d have to get $75 for it. He also said he would need another $25 to remove it and have it ready to be picked up by the boss. Not only that Steve related, there are two wiper motors on it that go with the deal.

So, thejeepjunkie gets a newish non rusty windshield frame and two previously unthoughtof wiper motors to boot  and delivered for free.

Now he just needs a top.

By the way, if any of my junkyard friendly Hoon brethren come across a passenger door for a 1973 Jeepster Commando this olelongrooffan sure would like to know about it.

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  • It would only be better is Antii found the windshield frame in Finland and shipped it to you. 🙂

  • What is the purpose of the plate held by two straps and four slot head screws in the center of the bottom part of the windshield frame?

    • JayP2112

      A/C?
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      • jeepjunkie

        Yep…2-30 a/c. Actually this blue jeep in the photo is a morph of some type. The steering wheel and column look to be from a GM product. Tilt wheel and turn signal arm. Original Willys turn signals were attached to the driver. And it is driven by a transfer case from what I would guess is a late 70's or early 80's Jeep. Notice the tranfer case has a single shift lever. The pre-1970's era Jeep has a duel shift transfer case. One lever to engage the transfer case, the other lever to engage either 4 low or 4 high. The mirror looks to be from a late 70's model also. But it sure is pretty.

        • JayP2112

          I was just digging around google pics to see what was on the other side of the panel!

      • dukeisduke

        The steering wheel is later model base Vega (see the word "Vega" on the horn pad?), just like the one in my first Vega, a '75 base model hatchback. I imagine the column and wheel are both out of a Vega. Also, tilt columns in Vegas were only offered in conjunction with power steering (because the force needed to turn the wheel when parked was enough to make the tilt mechanism jump positions), so the blue Jeep likely also has power steering.

    • Impalamino

      I believe that's actually just a vent. I could be wrong!

      • jeepjunkie

        You are correct. It also was removed from the vehicle during the early years of the war and used as a turret (sp) from which the driver could fire his rifle with one hand. As the war progressed and the realization that the glass was a great reflector and the enemy snipers no longer had at aim for the individual for a score, just aim for the reflector, the windshield was dropped and almost all photos of the old Willys in service are with the windshield down to stop the glass reflecting light. Besides it also offered another flat storage area.

  • Feds_II

    From a jeep that was originally sent to Finland by JimB.

  • Smoking deal. I love how interconnected the Redusernab has gotten. It boggles the mind.

  • OA5599

    Hopefully Mr. Junkyard won't read this, realize anything less than $500 is too cheap, and bump the price before bossman gets there to pick it up.

    • that was thejeepjunkie's concern also. Having met Mr. Junkyard, I would be surprised if he is a Redusernab junkie.

  • Is it the same windshield on the high- and low- hood models?

    • jeepjunkie

      same concept. the distance between the cowl and the windshield is what the difference between a 2A-3A- or 3B is….
      but on my toy budget….they all will work just fine….$375 softball bat put a heck of a dent in the toy budget….

      • Ouch. I've never understood what makes a bat worth that much of a premium.

        Junior threw me a curve this year and decided to try Lacrosse. Perhaps the only sport I hadn't yet bought gear for.

  • dukeisduke

    OLRF, what's with the two (wooden?) blocks at the front of the hood?

    • HTWHLS

      Ditto: I'm scratching my head too!

    • they are for the windshield frame to rest on when folded down.

  • apfeifer3

    Didn't see the post about being in Indiana, I will have to check it out. Odd we crossed paths at Daytona and were close in Indiana.

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