M38 grille on CJ3A?

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M38 grille on CJ3A?

Post by maddawg308 » Mon Dec 17, 2007 1:36 pm

Will a military M38 grille simply bolt onto a CJ-3A without any major mods? I realize the radiator of the -3A is radiator mounted, and in the M38 it's frame mounted. Looking at "militarizing" a CJ3A to look more like it's army brother. Resto fanatics, have no fear, the body tub I have on the 3A is pretty nasty, and it isn't really collectable anymore....

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Post by Fortyeight2A » Mon Dec 17, 2007 1:55 pm

You would need to frame-mount the radiator. The M-38 grille doesn't have provisions for mounting the radiator there. Then you would need to address the question of mounting the M-38 grille. The 3A grille bolts to tabs welded to the frame at the bottom corners, where the M-38 grille is hinged.
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Post by Bill F » Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:32 am

the m38 grill is hinged but it also has the hole in it just like the cj3a grill. The raditor mount would be the hardest part.
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Post by Cuz » Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:16 am

It would be easier to put the M38 grill hinge frame halves on the 3A frame then it would be to fabricate the two civvy frame brackets.
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Post by cjv-35 » Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:25 pm

Not all cj-3a grills are radiator mounted.From 49 to I believe 50,the radiators were bottom mounted same as mb and 2a.That is the way my 1950 v-35/u is.The parts book on 2a and 3a does not give a specific serial number when the change took place.Good to know that an m-38 grill has the holes for the frame mount 3a support bracket bolts. :)


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Post by petesilfven » Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:39 pm

The hinged grill makes it a lot easier to remove for engine removal.
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Post by Bob at Warsaw » Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:16 pm

I wish that the GPWs had it Pete :D
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Post by Bob at Warsaw » Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:27 pm

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Was you able to make the Grille work?
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