by Patrick Watters
As you know, most parts for our 3B's can be had if you have a computer and a credit card (see Willys Parts Source Links on CJ3B.info.) There are a few items however, that cannot be found with aftermarket sources. One of these is the fan shroud (Part No. 807512: "Shroud, radiator, assembly.") Mine was so trashed I could not use it. I got the idea that maybe I could make one and have it look OK. Don Norris sent me some photos and some very accurate dimensions of his, and I managed to make one.
I had never done any sheet metal work, before so I bought a cheap bending brake ($80) and used a 4" mini side grinder ($20) with a cutting blade to cut the sheet metal, and a drill press to drill the bolt and rivet holes. I got lucky and found a bunch of stainless steel sheet metal at a scrap yard for $25.
The end result was better than I expected and I wanted to share my experience with other do-it-yourselfers. I'm sure they too could make nice-looking replacement fan shrouds with minimal experience and tools. -- Patrick Watters
Thanks to Patrick for reporting on the project, and Don for documenting the orignal radiator shroud.. -- Derek Redmond
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