The Colonel - My 1943 Willys MB build - Page 2 - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > Military Jeep Forum > Military Jeep Build Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 11-11-2013, 10:06 AM   #31
Jeeper
 
JeeperJake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 2,966
what a FINE project!!!!

The only thing stopping me is time/money/skills/shop/tools.....

My own "first Jeep" adventure began circa 1961 with a buddy & a 1945 CJ2.....and between driving it, wrenching on it, walking back looking for a ride/tow/help, it was a TON of fun!

Cheers to you AND your project!

__________________
get in--buckle up--hang on
"soothing agricultural implement/personal servant/Walter Mitty multidimensional access utility device conveniently travels on pavement when necessary and often keeps me warm/cool/dry/soothed as needed."
JeeperJake is offline   Quote
Old 11-12-2013, 12:14 PM   #32
Thank You Veterans!

5-Year WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
Beastmaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: The Old Pubelo
Posts: 26,970
Quote:
Originally Posted by JeeperJake View Post
what a FINE project!!!!

The only thing stopping me is time/money/skills/shop/tools.....

My own "first Jeep" adventure began circa 1961 with a buddy & a 1945 CJ2.....and between driving it, wrenching on it, walking back looking for a ride/tow/help, it was a TON of fun!

Cheers to you AND your project!
Thanks for the good words.

I hear you.

On the time/money/skills/tools thing. At any given time with the time and money, I have plenty of one and not enought of the other.
With the tools; I've been to Harbor Freight allot.
As to the skills, I've developed a few over the years and YouTube is great helping me hone the rest.

Been spliting my time between the frame (re-locating the rear shocks and lowering the larger T-90 trans) and the tub (body work and hat channels).
There was a SNAFU in the shipment of my hat channels and they sent the wrong ones. My rear shocks and brackets should be in tomorrow.

Beastmaster is offline   Quote
Old 11-12-2013, 03:27 PM   #33
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
ElectricJay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Orange County CA.
Posts: 1,074
What a great project! I'm glad I took the time to look at this thread.
__________________
Jay
D Gertie 2012 JKU 3:73 LSD Black Forest Green
ElectricJay is offline   Quote
Old 11-12-2013, 03:38 PM   #34
Jeeper
 
Duckquackers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Houston
Posts: 1,362
subscribed
__________________
Truth, Honesty, and Courage means tell the truth do what's right and achieve what needs to be done. Rock to rock puddle to puddle.
Tread Lightly Member
Duckquackers is offline   Quote
Old 11-13-2013, 02:11 AM   #35
Jeeper
 
Retroman1969's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 203
Awesome project!
Just brought home a 1942 GPW myself, and am currently in the "assessment" stage.
It's interesting to follow the progress of yours. Can't wait to see the next stages!
Retroman1969 is offline   Quote
Old 11-13-2013, 02:37 AM   #36
Jeeper
 
ellipsis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 18
This is probably one of my favorite post. I learned how to drive on a Willys MB (in India). Sooo cool! Thank you and all the best with the project. Looking forward for more pics.

-...
ellipsis is offline   Quote
Old 11-13-2013, 06:34 PM   #37
Jeeper
 
DuneWrangler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Burlington, Ont
Posts: 93
wow this is amazing, great job so far! cant wait to see how she turns out
DuneWrangler is offline   Quote
Old 11-17-2013, 08:56 PM   #38
Thank You Veterans!

5-Year WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
Beastmaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: The Old Pubelo
Posts: 26,970
Well, since I'm still waiting on my replacement hat channels and couldn't work on my tub, I decided to tackle my rear shocks,

Since the PO had mixed up the tub and the rear half was CJ-2, he had to relocate the rear shock mounts. Not I had a pure WWII tub, I needed to put things back the way they were.

The WWII Jeep tubs, both Ford and Willys, had the shocks mounted straight up from the rear of the axles. The upper mount extends above the frame and the tub has a cutout to make room.

The PO had invented lower shock mounts (a large plate under the springs) and bolted a plate to the side of the frame (the arrow in the first pic). I needed to do some creative cutting and welding to install the upper mounts because the PO had really butchered the frame when he took the original mounts off.

I think things came out rather well.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_4713.jpg
Views:	145
Size:	225.2 KB
ID:	522106   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_4714.jpg
Views:	158
Size:	225.6 KB
ID:	522154  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_4756.jpg
Views:	149
Size:	224.3 KB
ID:	522162  
Beastmaster is offline   Quote
Old 11-18-2013, 12:38 AM   #39
A-14

WF Supporting Member
 
1Topp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: BarkCamp Ga.
Posts: 1,464
Images: 75
__________________


A-14 Build
A-14 Profile
A-14 Pics
1Topp is offline   Quote
Old 11-25-2013, 06:31 PM   #40
Jeeper
 
RufBoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Plymouth, NH
Posts: 7,891
Images: 1
Great project. Enjoying the show...
__________________

"Boomer"
- My Jeep (1995 YJ)
My Build Thread
RufBoy is offline   Quote
Old 11-26-2013, 11:41 AM   #41
Jeeper
 
robmcbee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Indian Land/Fort Mill SC
Posts: 72
subb'd.... I would love to find one of these in my price range.
__________________
those who know me talk of my drinking.... but never of my thirst...
robmcbee is offline   Quote
Old 11-26-2013, 02:25 PM   #42
Thank You Veterans!

5-Year WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
Beastmaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: The Old Pubelo
Posts: 26,970
Quote:
Originally Posted by robmcbee View Post
subb'd.... I would love to find one of these in my price range.
Ya, it's not really in my price range but with lots of overtime O think I can get it looking pretty good.
Beastmaster is offline   Quote
Old 11-26-2013, 02:43 PM   #43
Thank You Veterans!

5-Year WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
Beastmaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: The Old Pubelo
Posts: 26,970
Well, between the rainy weekend, lack of parts (and wrong parts being sent) I haven't done much but turn wrenches replacing bolts, etc.
Since it has a T-90 transmission out of a CJ-2, the tranny sits too high for the MB rub. I did pick up an cross member off of a CJ-2 (not installed yet). This way I can lower my transmission to the proper height.
Arizona motor vehicle laws state that a vehicle only needs the safety equipment it came from the factory with. This being said, I'm going to put in seat belts and turn signals. I know it's a little early to be thinking about seat belts but I found some on E-bay I had to get. They are the type that have been used on the passenger seats in US military transport aircraft for decades. I've lost track of the hours I've spent in them as a Loadmaster
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	seat belts.jpg
Views:	133
Size:	16.6 KB
ID:	546578  
Beastmaster is offline   Quote
Old 12-17-2013, 07:39 AM   #44
Jeeper
 
JeepandMud's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 1,630
Normally I wouldn't follow a thread like this. But dang it, I just found my new favorite thread to follow while bored at work and at home lol. Been enjoying this thread a lot and like others have said, can't wait to see it progress
__________________
4.0L Auto '00 Solar Yellow TJ Sport, 4.25" Zone combo lift and 33x12.50 MTR Kevlars.

Always at an angle
JeepandMud is offline   Quote
Old 12-17-2013, 12:25 PM   #45
Thank You Veterans!

5-Year WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
Beastmaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: The Old Pubelo
Posts: 26,970
I haven't been able to do much lately, I have a week off for Christmas so hopefully I can get some things done then.

Last weekend I tac-welded my new hat channels in place and rigged up sone straps in the garage to lower the tub into place. The channels are where they should be so I plan on taking the tub off this weekend and doing the final welds.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_4800.jpg
Views:	112
Size:	223.8 KB
ID:	596001  
Beastmaster is offline   Quote
Old 12-29-2013, 08:53 PM   #46
Jeeper
 
efm-7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 222
This build caught my eye because my first name is Eugene. Holy crap, good job for taking on a project most would consider "too far gone", Makes me feel like my project w123 merc has some hope lol
__________________
2013 JK Sport S - Orange Crush
2005 TJ Sport - Patriot Blue - SOLD
efm-7 is offline   Quote
Old 12-30-2013, 07:00 PM   #47
Jeeper
 
Alects's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: NJ
Posts: 18
I love this thread
__________________
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited in Crush
Alects is offline   Quote
Old 12-30-2013, 07:56 PM   #48
Thank You Veterans!

5-Year WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
Beastmaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: The Old Pubelo
Posts: 26,970
I'm happy with the Wrangler Forum, heck I'm a Moderator here so I'd better be, but I have to put a plug in for the most definitive forum for military vehicle restoration: G503.com.
G-503 was the designation in the military supply catalogue for Truck, 1/4 Ton, Command Reconnaissance (Willys MB and Ford GPW Jeeps)

Okay that being said, I had a question on the installation of my blackout headlight. I has only 2 holes on my fender and the light required 3 (5 including the holes for the wiring and the wire tie down bracket). They suggested the extra holes had been welded or covered up and sure enough, they were there.

Beastmaster is offline   Quote
Old 12-30-2013, 10:36 PM   #49
A-14

WF Supporting Member
 
1Topp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: BarkCamp Ga.
Posts: 1,464
Images: 75
__________________


A-14 Build
A-14 Profile
A-14 Pics
1Topp is offline   Quote
Old 12-31-2013, 04:39 AM   #50
Jeeper
 
Retroman1969's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 203
Looking good! My blackout light is missing too. I'll have to look under the fender for filled in bolt holes.
Retroman1969 is offline   Quote
Old 01-05-2014, 11:38 PM   #51
Jeeper
 
MSpiegel00's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 373
Just something I found humorous...

They started to reuse those old seat belts again. Right before I left my last unit, we got two new armored FMTV's, and they had 3 point harnesses with those style attachment clasps.
MSpiegel00 is offline   Quote
Old 01-06-2014, 08:49 AM   #52
Thank You Veterans!

5-Year WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
Beastmaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: The Old Pubelo
Posts: 26,970
Quote:
Originally Posted by MSpiegel00 View Post
Just something I found humorous...

They started to reuse those old seat belts again. Right before I left my last unit, we got two new armored FMTV's, and they had 3 point harnesses with those style attachment clasps.
I guess when you have a design that works, why mess with it?
Beastmaster is offline   Quote
Old 01-10-2014, 12:53 PM   #53
Thank You Veterans!

5-Year WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
Beastmaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: The Old Pubelo
Posts: 26,970
Not much to report, been working back and forth between my chassis (garage) and tub (back yard). I hope to have the tub to where I can post some pics in a few days but for now all I have is of some work I've done to the chassis.

I replaced the transmission cross member from one off of a CJ-2 in order to lower it for the larger transmission. I've also been working to get a parking brake. It's a complicated little thing that attaches to the drive shaft just aft of the transfer case. There were only a few pieces of it when I bought the Jeep so I've had to download diagrams and order the missing parts. When I bought what I thought would be the last parts, I ordered 1 of each piece I needed, come to find out there were 2 brackets that I need 2 of.

I was going to make my own wiring harness but when I put together a parts list I found it was going to cost close to $250. For $350 I can get the complete harness that will take only a few hours to install. I pulled the trigger and they said I should get it in 3 weeks or so (they make them in Australia)
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_4829.jpg
Views:	127
Size:	221.6 KB
ID:	656753  
Beastmaster is offline   Quote
Old 01-11-2014, 05:26 AM   #54
Jeeper
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 2,534
Subscribed. You do nice work!
demarpaint is online now   Quote
Old 01-19-2014, 12:51 PM   #55
Thank You Veterans!

5-Year WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
Beastmaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: The Old Pubelo
Posts: 26,970
Quote:
Originally Posted by demarpaint View Post
Subscribed. You do nice work!


Thanks.


Okay, I've had a bust week with the Jeep. I finalized the body work in my off time during the week and I bed-lined the floor with Monstaliner yesterday. I didn't want the texture you get with the roller so I used a foam brush. There were a few brush strokes but for the most part, its pretty clean. I got the tintable bed liner and was worried on the color match. As you can see, it matches my GCI paint shade 33040 perfectly. Between coats of the bed liner, and while curing over night, I had to cover it to keep dust and leaves off of it so I used, what else?

A pup tent.

So, it looks like I'm done with the body work. I'm not going to mate the tub yet because it will be easier to install the wiring harness with the tub off. I should be able to get to that when the harness arrives in a couple of weeks.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_4831.jpg
Views:	103
Size:	226.4 KB
ID:	681825   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_4837.jpg
Views:	116
Size:	192.9 KB
ID:	681833  

Beastmaster is offline   Quote
Old 01-19-2014, 07:13 PM   #56
A-14

WF Supporting Member
 
1Topp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: BarkCamp Ga.
Posts: 1,464
Images: 75
__________________


A-14 Build
A-14 Profile
A-14 Pics
1Topp is offline   Quote
Old 01-21-2014, 03:50 PM   #57
Jeeper
 
Johnnymoto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 574
Beastmaster,
Fisrt, let me THANK YOU for doing this restoration, people like you are like the people who protect endangered animals, once they are all gone, is no way to get them back !!!
Also, I want to thank your Family members for giving you their support, or at least the Time to do this project.
You have the will to do it, we understand you, and we respect you a lot for that.
No kidding, no bull, no b.nosing, what you are doing, IS GREATLY APPECIATED !!!
MY HAT OFF TO YOU MAN.

I once restored a 79 Golden Eagle, same exact you are doing, piece by piece, even the body spot weld by spot weld, I know the feeling. Now, DON`T EVER SELL IT, YOU WILL DEEPLY REGRET IT !!! If you get tired of the work, put it aside, and come back later, but NEVER GET RID OF IT, I did, I am ashamed of myself now.
Johnnymoto is offline   Quote
Old 01-21-2014, 04:18 PM   #58
Thank You Veterans!

5-Year WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
Beastmaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: The Old Pubelo
Posts: 26,970
Thanks for the good words, Johnny.

I'm currently hoping to get it on the road by the end of February. This will give me the month of March to work out all the bugs. There is a local group that stages an overnight reenactment at an old air field along with restored WWII aircraft. This year it will be the first weekend in April.

So far the Good Lord has blessed us with wonderful weather so my back yard work is progressing well. Hopefully, I didn't just jinx myself.
Beastmaster is offline   Quote
Old 01-21-2014, 04:30 PM   #59
Jeeper
 
Johnnymoto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 574
B.M. what I learned from my project, is to get it running as fast as you can, riding it around will give you more will and good feelings to continue pursuing the details and the small stuff. The second you roll it around town by its own power, you will then see what I mean in words, how much we do appreciate what you are doing.
Just remember those who help you out, even by not interfering, they deserve credit too.
An honor to exchange words with you, Sir.
Johnnymoto is offline   Quote
Old 01-21-2014, 09:09 PM   #60
Newb
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 1
New member here and glad to have found this thread, BM! I learned to drive on a WWII relic that my father brought home from the war (there were thousands of them in the Philippines). I joined this forum precisely to find out if I can restore one and go back in time. Your work gives me hope.

_________________
"I shall return!!!"

viagba is offline   Quote
Reply

Tags
military , military jeep , willys , willys mb , wwii

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Download our Mobile App

» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:22 AM.


User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC