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1945 Cj 2a

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Two of the unique features for ’45 and early ’46 CJs are visible here. The WWII tool indents below the driver’s entry appeared only through serial number 29,500 early in 1946. The full-float Spicer 23 rear axle, another wartime legacy, was replaced with a stronger Dana 41 semi-float very early in the ’46 model year at serial number 13,453. The drawbar was often seen, but farmers used the rear PTO with a drum to drive all sorts of equipment—from feed mills to threshing machines. The ’45 CJ engine was very similar to the WWII jeep, but without the shielded ignition. Like the wartime engine, it made 60 gross horsepower (54 net) at 4,000 RPM. Clark acquired his ’45 without an engine, knowing that finding a correct one would be just about impossible. Clark acquired a time-ravaged Jeep pickup and promptly gave it to a friend in need for parts without looking closely. The friend soon called back saying, “Did you know this truck has a ’45 engine in it?” Turns out the engine was within about a thousand digits of the l

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