|11-26-2013 03:43 PM|
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 aircraft transport aircraft for decades. I've lost track of the hours I've spent in them as a Loadmaster
|11-26-2013 03:25 PM|
|11-26-2013 12:41 PM|
|robmcbee||subb'd.... I would love to find one of these in my price range.|
|11-25-2013 07:31 PM|
|RufBoy||Great project. Enjoying the show...|
|11-18-2013 01:38 AM|
|11-17-2013 09:56 PM|
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.
|11-13-2013 07:34 PM|
|DuneWrangler||wow this is amazing, great job so far! cant wait to see how she turns out|
|11-13-2013 03:37 AM|
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.
|11-13-2013 03:11 AM|
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!
|11-12-2013 04:38 PM|
|11-12-2013 04:27 PM|
|ElectricJay||What a great project! I'm glad I took the time to look at this thread.|
|11-12-2013 01:14 PM|
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.
|11-11-2013 11:06 AM|
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!
|10-10-2013 12:00 PM|
No pictures today (but allot of emocons) but wanted to share my "w00t" moment (everyone in the house is still in bed so I have nobody else to tell).
I've gotten back to trying to get it started. I had a face palm moment a couple of days ago . As mentioned, since I'm having to create my wiring harness from scratch, I couldn't get the thing to run. I felt like I was beating a dead horse and was about ready to give in and take it to a mechanic to trouble shoot it for me.
I had replaced or rebuilt everything in the electrical system but realized I hadn't touched the carb! You would have thought I'd have thought about that before since it had been sitting for 8 years but noooo!
Anyhoo, I bought a rebuild kit for the carburator (discovered it was a mid to late '60s Ford) and rebuilt it.
It smokes a bit and I need to fine tune it but I got it running.
Now back to the body work.
|10-07-2013 01:44 PM|
Okay, I did some tub fitting today. I still have a long ways to go but since this is not the tub that was on the chassis when I bought it, I wanted to see if I need to make any modifications.
I got everything together and some friends helped set everything in place. My biggest worry was that the after market 6-cly engine wouldn't clear the fire wall. After I got things in place, I was able to see the firewall would clear (barely) but for some reason the PO had raised the transmission and transfer case so the tub won't fit down over them.
Now to figure out the best course of action.
|10-02-2013 11:21 PM|
|10-02-2013 11:18 PM|
|s14sh3r||You gonna weld up all the extra holes that have been drilled over the years?|
|10-02-2013 08:46 PM|
|10-02-2013 08:29 PM|
Just an update on my body work.
As I stripped the paint an bondo off, I discovered it's banged up a little more than I first thought. No problem, it will just take more hits with the hammer.
I've been working on patching the areas that have rusted through. I patched the hole in the rear panel and all of the rust from the hat channels so all I have left are a few small holes and the shovel channel on the side.
Give me a break on my welds. I've taught myself how to use this Harbor Freight wire feed welder. The welds aren't pretty but they are strong. The good thing is that they can all buff out.
Anyway, here are some before and after pics.
|09-29-2013 08:59 PM|
|ltsrapcon||Good looking Jeeps. I wish I had the time and money to do a build like that. Someday.|
|09-29-2013 05:16 PM|
I built and daily drive a 1945 cj2a. It's very close to your jeep and many of my parts are military. Good job so far! Don't cut corners! Take your time. It's well worth it!
|09-26-2013 09:06 PM|
|Highvan||Great work man! Can't wait to see more! My uncle had the same jeep, in the same shape, but as far as we ever got was blasting the frame... Then ended up selling it to go with a TJ build. Maybe someday|
|09-26-2013 06:05 PM|
|09-26-2013 12:38 PM|
Funds being what they are, even though I'd love to get it sand blasted (~$250), I'm just using paint remover and a rotary sander to get the paint off so I can see what I need to repair.. Wow, there is like 8 layers of paint there. As best as I can tell, it started out O.D., then gray, blue, red, O.D. again, yellow, and finally kind of a black and white tiger stripe that had been applied with a brush.
I took it down to bare metal in most places and then put a layer of primer on so it didn't rust any more while I was working on the dents.
Also, it has allot of extra holes and brackets that have been added throughout the years. I've been cruzing the interwebs to try to figure out what stays and what goes.
|09-26-2013 12:35 PM|
Okay, so I'm done with my chassis and drive train for now. I still haven't gotten it running and the frustration meter is pegged so I've decided to move on to the body work.
The replacement tub I acquired looks pretty rough but for the most part is pretty sound. Back in post #2 you can see the composite tub I have to work with. I did some research and determined it was manufactured by the American Central Body company in June 1943 so it's only 6 months newer than the chassis. The only big rust spots are from the cross member of the hat channel, the side piece where the shovel goes and a hole in the rear panel.
The side piece and hat channel rust is typical in WWII Jeeps. When they designed the WWII tubs, they had u-shaped channels under the body for added strength. To add rigidity and to save weight (the govt. contract specified a max. wt of 1,300 lbs empty) they filled the channels with wood. Okay, you know where this is going. I've removed the hat channels and hill have to wait on replacements since they run $120-$180 not including shipping.
I have no idea why a PO cut a hold in the rear panel. It's right under where the spare tire mount goes. The metal is sound so it should be an easy fix.
|09-24-2013 09:31 PM|
|rjpark36||Awesome works so far. I look forward to seeing the rest come together!! I have thought about doing something like this for years (and occasionally browse CL and other local sites for a gem like this), but getting relocated every couple years would make it difficult. I think I will live vicariously through you for now. Honestly, it's probably a good thing we don't live in the same neighborhood. I'd probably never leave your driveway!!|
|09-22-2013 08:05 PM|
|DF Jeep||Very cool. Nice work.|
|09-22-2013 07:53 PM|
|87 Florida YJ||This build is fantastic. You are one talented boy. Please keep the pics and updates coming so we can see the step by step.|
|09-22-2013 05:14 PM|
|kjeeper10||Going to look badass, can't wait|
|09-21-2013 09:08 PM|
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