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Old 03-23-2014, 05:01 AM   #31
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Thanks Beastmaster, however another snag... Update: The rebuilt units above were bought out from under me by someone willing to pay 4 grand for them! I almost panicked, but I found a rebuild shop downtown that has been there since 1948 and specializes in heavy equipment and military vehicles. They looked it over and assured me they could machine and rebuild my old units and make them like new. They even have their own supply of parts for them. At least I can keep the jeep more original, and the price they quoted is cheaper than buying ready replacements. I was just getting used to driving this old war horse, and now I'm going through a kind of withdrawal having it off the road for so long now.


PS: Okay, "off the road" is an odd choice of words, but you know what I mean.

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Old 03-23-2014, 08:57 AM   #32
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A commendable project to be sure. Much respect. Good luck with it the rest of the way....it looks awesome.

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Old 03-25-2014, 07:09 AM   #33
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Very smooth and steady up to 50mph (as much as I dared brave at the moment).
You might need to add the military "Max speed 45 mph" graphic on the tail.

Really great looking restoration transformation.

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Old 03-25-2014, 10:59 AM   #34
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Thank you guys!

Not a bad idea on the stencil. As a warning to following drivers in the two-lane highways if nothing else. It would look more appropriate than an orange triangle.
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:52 AM   #35
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Great work, and attention to detail. Nice write up too! I'm anxious for your next update.
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:14 AM   #36
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Many thanks!
I checked in yesterday, and they're about halfway through the rebuild. Getting anxious myself.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:40 AM   #37
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Man it has been a long road getting to this point, but the transmission and transfer case are back and nice and fresh. The rest of the parts have been ordered (prop shafts, upper and lower mounts, clutch, flywheel, and seals) and should be here in a week or so for final re-assembly. The differentials and CV joints have been flushed and refilled with fresh lubricant. After this, I'm going to have to step back and breathe for awhile before attempting to do the body-tub! In the end, my initial $2,500 investment will have gotten me a rolling chassis, engine, and front clip. LOL! (Still not that bad now that I think about it). Once the mechanicals are done, I'll have (so far) $9500 in the entire project. However, I'm trying not to think in terms of investment. Trying to save a small piece of history is worth it to me.

...and tons more fun than blowing thousands of dollars on some cruise!
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Yes, I'd definately say it's worth it.
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:43 PM   #39
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Odd thing was, the rebuilders said it failed because the internal parts were eaten up... Because the grease was diluted with salt water of all things. They showed me a bucket full of brown salt water that they poured out of the units.
Now how the hell....?
Of course part of me wants to believe it came from storming the beach at Normandy or something.
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Old 05-04-2014, 02:07 PM   #40
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Just a quick unexciting update.
All the parts are finally here! Now just waiting on the shop to put it all back together. Can't wait to see how it feels to drive with nearly all fresh mechanicals!
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Sweet, that's gonna be fun.
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You must be excited to get it back and drive it. I haven't driven mine yet but I'm hoping with in the next month I will be able to drive it.
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Really looking forward to it, like a kid at Christmas. But it's that last little wait that drives you crazy, isn't it?!
Curious to see how your first drive goes too, Firepainter.
On mine, the tranny was so sloppy you could never tell what gear you were in, and finding neutral was next to impossible. I hope I'm pleasantly surprised when I get it back!
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Old 05-21-2014, 11:06 PM   #44
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YEAH!!!
I got the call this afternoon. The jeep is done, and they even delivered it back to my house for me.
I'm out of town on business for the week, and now I feel like a kid and can't wait to get back home on Saturday to check it out!
Wow, I take it for a drive one day, it gets stuck in gear... And three months and $4,400 later I finally have it back in the driveway. LOL! Just in time for Memorial Day weekend too.
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Sweet, good timing!
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Old 05-23-2014, 08:43 AM   #46
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Thanks BM! I'll give a test drive report when I get back.
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Thanks BM! I'll give a test drive report when I get back.
And pics! Don't forget the pics!
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:25 PM   #48
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Absolutely!

Had a full weekend with the Jeep. Amazing the difference! Tranny is tight, and clicks cleanly into all the gears. Also seems to have more torque, and it's nice to drive it without the deafening sound of a rock crusher under the floorboard. Over the weekend It delivered flowers and flags to the cemetery, went to the park, and visited a nearly forgotten complex that was originally a WW2 German POW camp at the edge of town. The old Jeep performed like a Swiss watch.
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That is a sweet Jeep. Seriously, congrats, man! It must be a thrill to tour around in that.
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Sweet, glad it's on the road, perfect timing considering the holiday too.
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Thank you guys! Yeah, it was a memorable weekend.
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:05 AM   #53
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Some day I'll have one of those. I have a Willys wagon and i used to have another one for ten years. I like all the old Jeeps, they really have personality.I go 4 wheeling with a friend that has a Jeepster. I would like to have them all, a Jeep like yours, a Jeepster, Willys truck. Can't beat the simplicity of them or how heavy duty they are. We use ours a little different than most so, they are also built differently ! LOL !Here's a couple pics.


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I love those old wagons too. Every once in awhile, you'll see a halfway clean looking abandoned example behind a barn or something out in the really remote areas.
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love the green paint job.
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:51 PM   #56
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Thanks!
It's not quite correct, but I'll be redoing it when it comes time for the tub replacement. That's about 30 cans of flat olive drab spray paint from the local tractor supply store.

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