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Old 03-15-2014, 01:22 PM   #91
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Looks amazing! Great job!

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Old 03-23-2014, 05:14 AM   #92
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That is looking fantastic! It looks "right".
I agree with the poster that mentioned his frustration in seeing a couple of vintage jeeps going to waste by someone inexplicably unwilling to sell them. Sadly common in my dealings with vintage vehicles over the years.
Eugene is a success story.

Best of luck! I can sympathize with "setbacks" as you'll see from the updates in my thread.

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Okay guys, a couple of "teaser" shots here, I'm 99% done and have been itching to brag.

I've been pushing to get it running so I can go to a re-enactment/airshow next weekend. I was able to take it around the block today but still have some work to do. I can't get the brake lights to work and have some other brackets and connections to make. If all goes well, I'll try to post some pics in a week so you can see the truly "finished" product.

Here it is parked to my wife's less than a year old Ford and you can see Sarge in the background on the second.

Now that I think of it, I may need to change the names of the Jeeps.
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Okay guys, a couple of "teaser" shots here, I'm 99% done and have been itching to brag.

I've been pushing to get it running so I can go to a re-enactment/airshow next weekend. I was able to take it around the block today but still have some work to do. I can't get the brake lights to work and have some other brackets and connections to make. If all goes well, I'll try to post some pics in a week so you can see the truly "finished" product.

Here it is parked to my wife's less than a year old Ford and you can see Sarge in the background on the second.

Now that I think of it, I may need to change the names of the Jeeps.
It looks fantastic and the trailer just completes it
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Old 03-30-2014, 07:57 PM   #96
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Looks great! Awesome job....congrats!!
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Sarge and Gunny... Just a suggestion. Great job!
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Man, that looks nice! I can almost see it and that trailer flying over rocks and ridges like the old army films.
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Outstanding job; great seeing our Jeep legacy still on the road.
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Okay guys, a couple of "teaser" shots here, I'm 99% done and have been itching to brag.

I've been pushing to get it running so I can go to a re-enactment/airshow next weekend. I was able to take it around the block today but still have some work to do. I can't get the brake lights to work and have some other brackets and connections to make. If all goes well, I'll try to post some pics in a week so you can see the truly "finished" product.

Here it is parked to my wife's less than a year old Ford and you can see Sarge in the background on the second.

Now that I think of it, I may need to change the names of the Jeeps.
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LOL, thanks.

I am feeling pretty good about this.

(got the brake lights working today)
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Well, after 9 long months and lots of visits by the brown truck, I now have a road worthy 71 year old Jeep. I can't really say that I am done because I still have a few more things I'd like to do to it. I'm thinking about making it into a radio Jeep. I really like the last picture of the engine when compaired to the one in the first post of this thread.



Here are the particulars:
  • The chassis, front fenders and windshield are from Willys MB number 205586 mfg 1/25/43
  • The body is number 77989 was made by the American Central Body company in June '43
  • The engine is a 1950 158.5 cubic inch, flat-head 6-cylinder Studebaker.
  • The military tires are made from Coker/Firestone
  • The replacement parts are from various sources from NOS replicas made in the Philippines.

Modern day modifications I have made:
  • The original MB had 1 regular brake light and 1 blackout brake light. I replaced the blackout one with a second regular one.
  • I added seat belts from an Air Force cargo plane source the original had none.
  • I turned the front blackout marker lights and rear brake lights into turn signals also.
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Simply awesome job. Congrats on your accomplishment.... it's a thing of beauty.
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Looking great Beastmaster.
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awesome lyle absolutely friggin awesome.
bonus points if you start driving it to work on a regular basis
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awesome lyle absolutely friggin awesome.
bonus points if you start driving it to work on a regular basis
That's my goal

Oh, had a good idea showing side bt side before and after pics, so here they are:



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Here are some pics at an airshow this last weekend
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Well done. Looks awesome.
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You must've gotten some positive feedback at the air show. Fits right in perfectly.
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Thanks guys and ya, lots of good feedback. I'm also having fun showing off the Studebaker engine. I found out it was a popular upgrade in the 50s when people were buying surplus Jeeps. Also, its good to be able to hit 60 MPH when the max for a stock engine is 45.
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Having never built or restored anything myself, I can only imagine the sense of satisfaction that you must be feeling. For it to be something with a historical significance must make it that much more special. Again, congrats on your accomplishment and good luck with any extras you decide to do.
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Sarge and Gunny... Just a suggestion. Great job!
Hmmm, "Gunny sounds too Marine, I think I'll go with "Sarge" and "The Colonel"

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awesome lyle absolutely friggin awesome.
bonus points if you start driving it to work on a regular basis
LOL, I fixed my exhaust leak and bought a new carburetor (the old one had a crack in the body) and HOLY %&$@, it runs great!

I'm going to take it to work tomorrow.
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LOL, I fixed my exhaust leak and bought a new carburetor (the old one had a crack in the body) and HOLY %&$@, it runs great!

I'm going to take it to work tomorrow.
pics or it didn't happen
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Wow,....that is amazing! I wish I could turn my TJ into a Willy's homage vehicle. Thanks you for posting the progress.
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That'll be a tough one John, I work for a defense contractor and no cameras are allowed on the plant site.
Tell you what, I'll try to swing by outside the gate this weekend and get a pic next to the "Air Force Plant 44" sign (ya, google it and you can figure out where I work).

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Wow,....that is amazing! I wish I could turn my TJ into a Willy's homage vehicle. Thanks you for posting the progress.
Thanks, this will keep me busy for some time to come.

Check out some of the threads in the Military Pic Forum. Lots of cool military looking TJs there.
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Old 04-20-2014, 02:43 PM   #119
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Alright Derek, this is the best I can do for a pic at my work.
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Excellent Job! The legacy lives on, and on, and on...

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