Identifying a CJ-2A and CJ-3A

Question: If the windshields were missing from a CJ2 and a CJ3A, is ther a way to tell the difference between the two? Jim Harshman

Answer: For those who don’t know a CJ-2A and CJ-3A are easiest idetified by the windshield. A CJ-2A has a split windshield and a CJ-3A has a one piece windsheild. Some lesser known means of identifying the two are by the below items.

A CJ-3A has…

  • Dana 44 rear axle or Dana 41 (CJ-2A always has a Dana 41)
  • L-134 engine with a GEAR driven camshaft

Hopefully one of these components remains for you to find and correctly identify your Jeep.

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  1. I want to thank you for your quick response. My original question was in regards to the tub only. The only reason I ask this is some body parts replcement companies have a different part number for the 2A and 3A tubs (different prices also).
    Also I was told that the 2A frame has stengthening strips welded to the top and bottom of the frame rails. True?
    Thanks again,

  2. I have a few “good” sources and none of them are familiar with the strength strips.

    A real good source that you might try is Walck’s 4WD they specialize on old Jeep parts.

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