German Dude Has Terrible Restoration of Mahindra CJ3B Replica
by Frank Bohringer
(Steffenberg, Germany, H essian)
Hello folks, I am a 49 year old/young crazy German dude who worked 18 nice years for the US ARMY as a mechanic.
I always dreamed about these Willys (later Kaiser) Jeeps. It did not happen until in 2008 through an advertising I bought a Mahindra CJ 540 LWB for 200 Euros.
I started with restoration of the tube. This was fine and relatively cheap. Then later went to the mechanics like brakes, engine, gears, bearings, tires...and these sucks my money out of me (smile).
I had a hard time with my wife, because I WANT THIS THING running. I had so many back-smashes, but now she runs cool, with this INDENOR XDP 4.90 Diesel engine, but there were several Master mechanics on this car. I shake and crush my head about that much terrible patchworking, as per example, out-pulled cylinder treatments (GEWINDE), etc, not mounted water thermostat, wrong mounted leaf springs, and alternator was only fixed with one screw! Nice isn't it?
The brake linings grinding to the drum, making waves (hope this is the right translation) I miss my American English language since the U.S. troops leave Hessian. I turned all drums out, and now I have instead of 9" Drums, 11" drums. Now is the way too far to hit the brake cylinders to the (bigger) drums.
It is hard and expensive in Kraut old Germany to get parts for the Mahindra. Dealers say they are either "Not Available" or too expensive. Crap!
But as I said: I want it running soon. If you get in touch with me I hook you up with my address: email@example.com
Kind regards from Frank the old kid!Larry's Comment: Finding parts for any old Jeep can be a real pain...but from what I hear the old Mahindra's can be an even bigger pain in the rear.