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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 16:49 pm 
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I'm just looking to make a purchase of the above. The 6 volt bit worries me a little. Do I stay a purist with6 Volt, or have it moved on to 12v

Anyone had any hints of what to look at before I finally make the purchase?

Body is good, floor is sound, lights are all working, diff and stearing are sound, battery is slow in turning over, but 6v???

Runs well, seats are in good condition, winter an summer covers, engine sound sreally good with no obvious noises.

All looks good to me.

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59?

Anyway don't worry about 6v. See the thread on Optima batteries.

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So I've been informed. 59 a problem??


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In 1959 there was the CJ-3 CJ-5 , CJ-6 and DJ-3A .Kaiser Jeep used the Identification numbers M606A2 and M606A3 for the military versions of the CJ-5 , and the CJ-3 Kaiser number M606 was not used in combat , it was used more by the Navy on shore patrol duties etc , all the above versions of the Jeep were 12V .

I'm sure 1957 was the last production run of the 6V Jeep , then again I could be wrong .The CJ-5 had the longest production run of any Jeep , from 1954 to 1984 and was based on the Korean War M-38A1 which was 24V .

Just for info , Kaiser Industries merged with Overland Willy's in 1953 .

If you can get a chassis number you should be able to date it , and get the correct spec on it before you buy .


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Could it be a M201 Hotchkiss/Willys? Some were 6v until they were refurbed and changed to 24v.

See here. http://www.m201.com/tech/spec.htm

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Just make sure that your earth strap from the battery to the engine block is in good condition and is well connected. On our jeep we added a second strap direct from the battery terminal to one of the mounting bolts on the starter motor and and it starts as good as any 12v vehicle.

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Thanks for the help. I have requested info on full name of the vehicle, manufacturing dates, etc. If it is a hotchkiss, does that creat another problem.

So 6v is not as big a problem as I first thought, then??

If I ask for the chassis what do I do with it?? Who do I need to contact for more info on the vehicle??

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Gentlemen, you were indeed right. It is a 1959 hotchkiss M201 - made under license in france with the 6v unit, original engine, etc.

I think I will be making a purchase soon.

There are a few minor cosmetics to sort out, so I'm sure I will be back on to you for some advice.

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Join this forum;

http://www.g503.com/forums/

There you can find every bit of information about owning Jeeps that you could possibly want. ;)

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I have now purchased the above and so far all seems well. I've just about got the knack of starting it and also keeping it going in an almost strait line!!

I inderstand that the vehicle has various numbers on the chassis that could help with the history of the vehicle. Any idea where these numbers are??

The jeep seems to be a mix of American and French parts. Is there anything specific I can look at that would indicate history?

Last but not least - insurance. Anyone recommend a good insurer?

Thanks in advance.

Andy.


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Andy,
If you look at the site I posted above, it tells you where to find, and explains the various numbers and data plates on the Jeep. There is also the history of the Willys / Hotchkiss on the site.
Insurance, I use Footman James. No doubt others will post who they use.

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Everything is looking good for the jeep. Starts well with the new battery and runs like a dream. I'd love to put some pictures on but not sure how to do it.

Got the insurance sorted through footman james - thanks for the info.

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Andy,
If you look at the site I posted above, it tells you where to find, and explains the various numbers and data plates on the Jeep. There is also the history of the Willys / Hotchkiss on the site.
Insurance, I use Footman James. No doubt others will post who they use.

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Surprissed it's a 6 volt on a 59' Hotchkiss. This would be some what of a abnormality as most M201's were built as 24Volt.

Maybe it is a rebuilt wartime willys, we aged due to the rebuild?

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