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Greetings all. I'm Les, an aging gearhead from London, now based in the Philippines after a lifetime working in different parts of Asia. I care for and operate a 1988 Mitsubishi J23GN, which is descended from the Willys CJ3B that went into production in Japan in 1953 and continued in various forms until 1998. As a nipper I did a lot of work on and mucking about in a Series 2A Land Rover and decided to play with something similarly primitive before I get too tired and sore to row my own gears.

Question: Why is that only the Germans, among the Axis powers, get their own sub-section on the forum? Perhaps amend that to 'Axis Power vehicles', or add the Japanese motors with their own sub-forum?

No, that's not me in the photo, and no, you can't have her phone number!

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On 4/20/2021 at 6:49 PM, fahr_side said:

Greetings all. I'm Les, an aging gearhead from London, now based in the Philippines after a lifetime working in different parts of Asia. I care for and operate a 1988 Mitsubishi J23GN, which is descended from the Willys CJ3B that went into production in Japan in 1953 and continued in various forms until 1998. As a nipper I did a lot of work on and mucking about in a Series 2A Land Rover and decided to play with something similarly primitive before I get too tired and sore to row my own gears.

Question: Why is that only the Germans, among the Axis powers, get their own sub-section on the forum? Perhaps amend that to 'Axis Power vehicles', or add the Japanese motors with their own sub-forum?

No, that's not me in the photo, and no, you can't have her phone vulkan vegas online casino https://bfdchallengertrophy.com/ number!

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Welcome to the forum, mate!

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21 hours ago, radiomike7 said:

Hi Les, coincidentally there is one from the Colt Car Company Heritage fleet in an auction this month, £12.8k atm.

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That looks like a J10. Quite a bit older than mine, and quite rare as they appear to have only made that from '59 to '61. Really spiffy-looking too, hence the price tag. I paid about half that much for mine. In case anyone is interested and has a half hour to waste, here's a video I made laying out what I know about the history of these Jeeps, military and civvie. It's very hard pulling together much info on these, even if you do read Japanese, but the old Mitsubishi catalogs are very well done. 

 

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2 hours ago, fahr_side said:

That looks like a J10. Quite a bit older than mine, and quite rare as they appear to have only made that from '59 to '61. Really spiffy-looking too, hence the price tag. I paid about half that much for mine. In case anyone is interested and has a half hour to waste, here's a video I made laying out what I know about the history of these Jeeps, military and civvie. It's very hard pulling together much info on these, even if you do read Japanese, but the old Mitsubishi catalogs are very well done. 

 

No, 1979 J27.

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hello there I have a J54   Mitsubishi/Jeep  4DR5 engine  a gray import into Ireland years ago a great little vehicle ,my only gripe is the price of parts charged by Yokohama  Motors in Japan   ?  

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10 hours ago, robin33ba07 said:

hello there I have a J54   Mitsubishi/Jeep  4DR5 engine  a gray import into Ireland years ago a great little vehicle ,my only gripe is the price of parts charged by Yokohama  Motors in Japan   ?  

Hi. Yes, it's a terrific little machine. Aside from Yokohama there is Megazip and Amayama. These three bought up the stock of parts from (I believe) both the JSDF and Mitsubishi when they stopped production and again when the JSDF starting auctioning the vehicles off. Megazip I know is run by Russians. The other two I'm not sure but I suspect the same. THey have a monopoly on this stuff and they know it. Amayama is a bit cheaper. Please note it's always worth checking the Mitsubishi part number you're looking at for availability. Quite a few parts are common with other models and can be had from regular channels. I have some manuals and parts lists if you need them, though they are in Japanese.

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I needed a replacement primary lift pump earlier this year  Yokohama quoted $178 plus courier shipping (I dont need the part in 3 days)

who then declare the package to Customs ,so duty and VAT have to be paid ,

the best part is the courier company then put in a further charge for organising Customs clearance .

End of rant

anyway after a bit of running around I found a motor factors who know what they are selling ? result new primary pump for €12.50 

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I have a S-J53, Mitsubishi, version of the 1953 Willys. I have found Amayama to be very reliable. Also as in previous post it is worth searching internet for alternative parts. I found a 45 amp alternator in the UK. Saved a fortune on getting one from Japan. Also my stop lights and starter solenoid are 24v Land Rover ones. If it works :). Not so good if you want to keep it absolutely original.

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On 4/25/2021 at 5:57 AM, Paul Drake said:

I have a S-J53, Mitsubishi, version of the 1953 Willys. I have found Amayama to be very reliable. Also as in previous post it is worth searching internet for alternative parts. I found a 45 amp alternator in the UK. Saved a fortune on getting one from Japan. Also my stop lights and starter solenoid are 24v Land Rover ones. If it works :). Not so good if you want to keep it absolutely original.

Yeah those are great. Same generation and powertrain as mine, but you have the original CJ3B 80" wheelbase, classic windshield hinges and a few more creature comforts. Let me know if you need a shop manual, although I only have it in original Japanese.

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The only problem with it is that Mitsubishi put an extra 4 inches in the tub, which I didn't find out until I bought a new ragtop and it didn't fit! Had to have one made custom. 

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On 4/23/2021 at 1:19 PM, robin33ba07 said:

hello there I have a J54   Mitsubishi/Jeep  4DR5 engine  a gray import into Ireland years ago a great little vehicle ,my only gripe is the price of parts charged by Yokohama  Motors in Japan   ?  

You might try a company called Amayama. I don't know if their spares will be cheaper than Yokohama as I've not used anyone else.

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21 hours ago, Paul Drake said:

The only problem with it is that Mitsubishi put an extra 4 inches in the tub, which I didn't find out until I bought a new ragtop and it didn't fit! Had to have one made custom. 

 

21 hours ago, Paul Drake said:

You might try a company called Amayama. I don't know if their spares will be cheaper than Yokohama as I've not used anyone else.

Did you buy a top for a J3 or a CJ3B?

Yes, Amayama is usually a bit cheaper than the other two.

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I bought a Tiger Top for a CJ3B. Fortunately I happened to mention it to a chap at a show in Brean, Somerset who had a Spanish built Jeep, and he put it out on a group he was with and I was able to pass it on to a CJ3 owner and recoup the cost.

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10 hours ago, Paul Drake said:

I bought a Tiger Top for a CJ3B. Fortunately I happened to mention it to a chap at a show in Brean, Somerset who had a Spanish built Jeep, and he put it out on a group he was with and I was able to pass it on to a CJ3 owner and recoup the cost.

Yes, they (Mitsubishi) really tried to expand the utility of the thing and claim it as a 6-seater. I'm pretty sure the J3 had the original dimensions. Then came the J30 and J40 series with a 108" wheelbase, and J20 series with 88" like a Series LR shortie. I'm glad you were able to recover the situation, and probably made someone's day.

 

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