1948 CJ2A Willys Jeep tub and floor restoration

One bad thing about the willys when I got it were the holes in the floorpan and the frame pieces under the floor and tub were crushed, missing or rusted out. I bought a ’48 tub from a local guy who gave up on his project and only the ends of the frame pieces were bad. I figured I would swap out the tubs and rattle can some green on it and call it good.

Then a miracle happened: The local classifieds listed a BRAND NEW OLD STOCK Willys floor. For $200. I called him and raced over and got the story: He bought this in the 80s and never got around to working with it. Aside from some surface rust from sitting unprotected, it was still strapped onto the shipping frame with the original packing slip! Everything was rock solid and we made the deal for $120 and two boxes of .22 ammo.

It took about 6 months of evenings and day offs to get it done but it looks good underneath!

Slideshow has lots of before-during-and-after pics along with some good tips on restoring a tub.

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