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Discussion in 'Military Vehicle Restoration' started by Up From Marseille, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. Up From Marseille

    Up From Marseille Member

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    My new baby - A 1944 Ford GPW

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    Say goodbye to spare time and discretioanry funds for quite a while...:D
     

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    belasar Court Jester Staff Member

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    Just keep thinking about the day when you are done!
     
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    Biak Adjutant

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    Looks pretty nice to me! I'm keeping my eyes open and One Day !!
     
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    brndirt1 Saddle Tramp

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    Looks like fun, be sure to have the crankshaft taken out, trued, and balanced. If that is the original engine that little "detail" was skipped during original production to save on delivery time. The units themselves had only an average "life span" expectancy of under 100 hours of running time, most got "blown up, ran over, or abandoned" long before the crank went to hell.

    Just a little tid-bit I thought I should share. Good luck to ya, looks like lots of elbow grease is going to be used up as well as your discretionary dollars!
     
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    This was a great find for me - 1944 Ford GPW with matching frame, engine and body serial numbers, totally unmolested and original with the 5 combat rims in the back.
    After seeing so many MB/GPWs that had small blocks, or CJ motors and added-on plows or civilian bodies I had to jump on it.
    Pretty complete under the hood as well, air and oil filters and horn are all that's MIA.

    Elbow grease is still free and plentiful, and I can look at Robbie's great work as an inspiration to do a great job.

    Now I have to find a Ma Deuce to go in it.... ;)
     
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    I just looked at a 1946 Willys Jeep CJ2A and although it is not WW2 I was awfully tempted! It had rusted through in places but appeared 'sound' otherwise. License sticker showed it had been last driven in 2001. New radiator hose and fan belt. If I only had the time, aptitude and funds :( Could pick it up cheap but the fixer-upper would kill me.

    How's your restore going?
     
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    I have just gotten to the fun part. After months of tearing things apart, I finally have something on the ground that I can add parts to.
    It's nice to see it getting bigger..
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    And I keep "eating the elephant" one bite at a time, fixing a part at a time. and painting them:
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    The body has about five miles of MIG wire in it; I'm trying to keep as much of the original metal as possible. It means a lot more patches and a loss of straightness but preserving the history means more to me. Having a great time!!
    John
     

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    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Looking good, John. You've got much more ambition and patience than I do, that's for sure!
     
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    Volga Boatman Dishonorably Discharged

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    I believe the United states supplied 63,000 Willy's Jeeps to the Soviet Union over the course of the war. I've heard the figure was 10% of wartime production.

    A cousin of mine has a fully restored Willys Jeep. It's road registered, and is his pride and joy. It's in better condidtion than the two examples we have in out local musuem! David is always looking for parts for the second Jeep he has in bits and pieces. Not being Internet minded, he tends to rely on local or surrounding area to outfit the whole enterprise.

    That Willy's Jeep has served him well. The type of cargo it has carried is classified family info, but it's fast enough in the forest to outrun cops on motorcycles!

    Anyhow, looks like this Willy's is progressing just fine. Wonder if the manufacturers of this particular piece of Americana realised how long and far these motor vehicles would last, for something that was supposed to be a throwaway item!
     
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    My Army career saw the Jeep transition to the ¾ ton truck; the M880 (a Dodge P/U); something I remember as the 5/4 ton (looked similar to the HUMV but not worth a ****); and finally the HUMV.
    The HUMV is a fine vehicle but in some ways I think the Jeep was handier.

    "You may love the Army - but the Army will never love you."
     
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    Good luck with your project! Cannot wait to see it finished.....my uncle had an old willys jeep I wish I could have got my hands on! Only recently did i find out he sold it a few years ago!:(
     
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    Thanks for the update, John - that's quite a project ; keep up the good work !
     
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    And the rebuilt engine was mated to the chassis and body last weekend:
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    Boy, that felt good!
     

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    any updates on this one?
     
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    Oh Yeah!
    Go ahead - cut me off; make my day!
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    Hmm an armed jeep should be mobile, so axles are a good thing:
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    No more vacancies in the dash:
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    And onward I go, pausing occasionally to let my credit card cool down!
    John
     
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    Only discovered recently that the famous British Land Rover (what a car...truck...thing it was) was inspired by this jeep...the designer owned one and used it on his farm from memory...forgive me if im telling people what they already know...
     

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