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MB-2A Body Kit

Postby Rusty1340 » Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:21 pm

Hello,
I am new here and I have a rusty 47 CJ2. I really want that MB look for renacting and parades. Has anyone ever used the MB2A body. What can I expect when doing one like that. I'm not trying to fool anyone and know it could never be Judged. I just like the MB look.
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Re: MB-2A Body Kit

Postby Cuz » Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:16 pm

You'll get the full gamut of ideas but the bottom line is a CJ2A dressed up as an MB is still a CJ2A dressed up as an MB. The key here is final value of the jeep. A 2A built as a 2A is worth more than a 2A built to look like an MB. Just as a MB built as an MB is worth more than a MB built to look like a 2A. So if the OD look is all you are after and we all know the Army used just about all civvy type CJ's at one time another then why not just build the 2A like one would appear in use by the Army? You paint it WWII flat OD, add hood numbers, tie a rope on the front bumper, mount a set of NDT tires, bolt on bumperettes and a pintel hitch (they were an option on the CJ's) and voila you have an OD Army jeep.
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Re: MB-2A Body Kit

Postby Rusty1340 » Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:20 pm

Very true...
Cuz wrote:A 2A built as a 2A is worth more than a 2A built to look like an MB. Just as a MB built as an MB is worth more than a MB built to look like a 2A..
I'm not looking for resale I'm working with what I have and want to do some of the WWII renacting.
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Re: MB-2A Body Kit

Postby Cuz » Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:25 pm

From a strictly reenacting standpoint an OD CJ2A with numbers, bumperettes and NDT tires is all you would need. Wouldn't be any worse than John Wayne driving up in an MB in the movie Green Beret in Vietnam. Only an absolute purist would take issue with either one. The feeling and intent of the movie and reenacting would go unharmed.
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Re: MB-2A Body Kit

Postby Rusty1340 » Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:47 am

Cuz wrote:From a strictly reenacting standpoint an OD CJ2A with numbers, bumperettes and NDT tires is all you would need. Wouldn't be any worse than John Wayne driving up in an MB in the movie Green Beret in Vietnam. Only an absolute purist would take issue with either one. The feeling and intent of the movie and reenacting would go unharmed.


Point well taken

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Re: MB-2A Body Kit

Postby Cobra Doc » Sun Nov 15, 2009 4:52 pm

Cuz wrote:From a strictly reenacting standpoint an OD CJ2A with numbers, bumperettes and NDT tires is all you would need. Wouldn't be any worse than John Wayne driving up in an MB in the movie Green Beret in Vietnam. Only an absolute purist would take issue with either one. The feeling and intent of the movie and reenacting would go unharmed.


What would be wrong with an MB in Vietnam? My father-in-law drove what they called the "Death Sled" in Vietnam, a GPW. It was called that because it was over 20 years old.

It might have also been an M201, since the French were in Nam before, and even while, we were there.
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Re: MB-2A Body Kit

Postby Cuz » Sun Nov 15, 2009 9:48 pm

You'll have to show me a photo of an active duty US Army owned and operated MB or GPW in 1969 in South Vietnam. I am sure examples floated around belonging to private owners and possibly even South Vietnamese units but not US Army in 1969. :wink:
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Re: MB-2A Body Kit

Postby ffmoose » Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:22 am

Hey he had a m151 in: They were expendable, when they drove to the HQ after getting off the Cat
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Re: MB-2A Body Kit

Postby Rusty1340 » Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:45 pm

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Re: MB-2A Body Kit

Postby Halsey » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:10 am

John Wayne drove a M151 in the WW2 flik "In Harms Way" too......Like was stated, only a purist, or a jeep nut like us would be able to tell the difference....

Good luck!!

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Re: MB-2A Body Kit

Postby ffmoose » Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:09 am

Chris,
Sorry you are right I had the wrong movie in mind at the time I wrote that.
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Re: MB-2A Body Kit

Postby Halsey » Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:07 am

HA! I got the DVD for Xmas last year is why I remember it....

And then there are all the different jeeps used in the movie "Patton"....Everything for CJ2A's to 3As to 3B's......

Neat movie, just don't watch if you are a jeep nut, it may drive you crazy!!

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Re: MB-2A Body Kit

Postby Robbie Robertson » Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:55 am

Rusty1340,
Hey your jeep looks great, you took a rusted out $500 jeep and made a nice looking jeep out of it. Who cares what John Wayne drove or if your jeep is a MB-2A, it looks good .
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Re: MB-2A Body Kit

Postby Rusty1340 » Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:01 pm

Robbie Robertson wrote:Rusty1340,
Hey your jeep looks great, you took a rusted out $500 jeep and made a nice looking jeep out of it. Who cares what John Wayne drove or if your jeep is a MB-2A, it looks good .


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Re: MB-2A Body Kit

Postby NRA life member » Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:21 pm

Great job, I have had the same idea, except with a 3-b i have. When i start pricing everything and thinking of the work involved I think twice :lol:
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