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Easy CJ-2A Summer Top Install

We install a Kaiser Willys Auto Supply Canvas Summer Top and bow kit on our 1946 CJ-2A

Chris FoxPhotographer, Writer

After wrapping up (we thought) the Jeep CJ-2A with the new seats and interior in our last installment, it was very satisfying to finally be able to cruise around in the Willys after all the hard work this restoration entailed. Driving around in an open-top vehicle is certainly more exciting than a roofed vehicle, and it allows you to truly experience the outdoors. However, there are times when the sun can become a bit too much. We knew we never wanted or really needed a completely enclosed top, but we felt something with just a bit of shade and respite from the elements would do the trick. After looking around, we drew a bead on one of the original-looking Summer Tops available from Kaiser Willys Auto Supply (KWAS). This quality canvas top had the look we wanted, fit well, and was offered in black—a perfect contrast to the Pasture Green paint and tan seat covers.

The new KWAS Canvas Summer Top will also help to keep the seats and dash from taking a beating; and since we went through all the trouble to replace the rear top bow holders during the body restoration, we thought we might as well put them to good use. Several versions of top bow kits are available; we opted for the unit made in the USA. It had all the pieces needed, and that was a good thing—we had none of the original bows.

No matter what your top or bow situation is (ours is CJ-2A with an M38/3A windshield frame), OE complete or even partial, KWAS can help you get just what you need. In order for the new top to fit our tub/windshield mutt, we had to order what’s simply called a “hybrid” canvas top that allows for different attachment and windshield heights and widths. KWAS Canvas Summer Tops are available in olive drab, gray, tan, and black, so finding one to your liking should be easy. Check out the installation of this high-quality KWAS Summer Top, as we show you how we “finished” off this CJ-2A project.