1946 CJ-2A Resto: Seats and Windshield

    We finally (maybe) finish up our 1946 Jeep CJ-2A restoration project with seat covers, cushions, and a new windshield

    Chris FoxPhotographer, Writer

    With this last installment on the project CJ-2A, we’re nearing completion of the Jeep, and we finally got it running with a fuel delivery system and a vintage-looking OE-style wiring harness. However, in order to actually cruise the fine-running 2A, we still needed to get the minimalistic interior, seating, and a windshield installed. Once again, we looked to Kaiser Willys Auto Supply (KWAS) for the seat cushions and canvas-style covers that have the look we wanted, fit well, and come in a variety of colors to complement any paint color on a Willys. We went with Tan for the canvas seat covers, as that was the factory color that would have accompanied Pasture Green paint back in the day, and we also like the idea of a light color when out on those sunny days. Vinyl material and various color options for the seat covers are also available through KWAS if you don’t prefer canvas or Tan.

    Luckily, the one-piece glass that was in the M38 military-style windshield frame was still in great condition, so we only needed a new rubber weather-stripping/lock strip (also available from KWAS) to mount the glass in the frame. Some may choose to install the glass at home, but we’ve heard more than one horror story ending with a broken piece of glass or damaged frame, so we thought it would be worth letting an experienced professional help us out. With all the necessary parts in hand we headed to see Steve, our auto glass expert at Auto City Glass in Oxnard, California. Once we arrived with the windshield frame off the Jeep, he made quick work of the task, installing it with a clean look with no damage at all.

    In a previous article we had prepped the new aftermarket rear seat frame from KWAS with proper seat cover mounting holes, and then had all three of the seat frames were powdercoated. Since we do try and stick with the DIY ideology most of the time, we handled the installation of the cushions and canvas seat covers on our own with great results. We also wanted to incorporate a rear seatbelt, but without drilling large holes to accommodate, so we figured out the best way was to modify the rear seat legs. Keeping the same underbody pivot bracket mount, we simply cut off both of the rear leg tapered tabs and welded on flat mounting flanges that also had a seatbelt tab and hole. Check out all these installations along with a few other items, like leather shift boots and data plates, as we show you how we finished off this CJ-2A project.

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