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Engine Stay Cable
A 1950 CJ-3A Engine stay cable, transmission crossmember and skid plate.
On page 34 of the Maintenance Manual
for Willys Model MC-38 (a military sibling of the CJ-3A) it
is explained. Here is what the manual has to say...
"The engine is prevented from moving forward on the rubber mounting, when a sudden stop is made, by the engine stay cable which is attached to the left side of the flywheel bellhousing in the front and to the frame cross member at the rear. The length of the cable is adjustable to provide correct tension through a threaded end mounting. Do not overtighten the cable. It should be adjusted to provide 1/2" up and down movement by thumb pressure."
Engine mounts like this can make you
appreciate the purpose of the Stay Cable. One sudden stop and the
cooling fan would probably hit the radiator if it wasn't for the cable
holding it back.
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