|Today 07:36 AM|
But it's still better to preserve much of it than junk all of it IMHO.
|02-26-2014 01:01 PM|
This is awesome. Nice work!
|02-17-2014 07:22 PM|
Well, I'm experimenting right now, my plan is to wire turn signals into the front and rear blackout lights. For the turn signal, I bought one on E-bay and wired it up to a junction box and flasher unit. It will clamp onto the regular steering column. Total price, including lever, wiring, block, flasher and shrink sleeving; $65 - $70. You can get one already made up for $175 on E-bay (that's where I got my idea)
I've already gutted the front light, taken the black out lens and painted the inside silver, a normal bulb should fit into the socket.
The rear lights are trickier but I'm trying to do the same to them. I know the MBs and GPWs of that era only had one brake light but instead of the blackout brake light on the right, I'm putting a left side tail light. The standard tail lights you can pick up at most auto parts stores will fit but the ones I bought are 12 volt and should look better.
I'll let you know what I come up with.
|02-16-2014 11:07 PM|
|firepainter||So did you go with a newer steering column then? I haven't thought much of turn signals yet. Talked to P.O. on Friday and he said newer tail lights fit right in the opening and are 12 volt.|
|02-15-2014 09:19 AM|
That's a great way to go.
My tub was so mangled up by a PO I had no choice but to replace it. With the exception of the safety items (seat belts and turn signals) I'm trying to keep it as original as possible too.
|02-15-2014 12:47 AM|
|firepainter||My tub was pretty banged up and I decided to keep it all original. I could have easily replaced 75% of the tub but I thought that since it wasn't a show car from the factory and it did go through a war and almost 70 years before I got it that it only made sense to take care of any rust and keep it as close to original as possible. I plan on driving it and enjoying it as much as possible. As to only trailing it to car shows. My goal is to keep as many as the f stamps and factory spot welds as possible.|
|02-14-2014 06:30 PM|
I think these are all the places I've ordered from (in no particular order):
|02-14-2014 12:07 AM|
|firepainter||Good information to know since I need to order a bunch of parts including a wiring harness.|
|02-13-2014 09:23 PM|
Hi Guys, this is a long post but hey, I got nothing better to do.
I'm still waiting on my wiring harness so I've been doing little things like getting the tub ready for the mate and wiring my turn signals, etc. I'm having a little frustration on this harness and thought this would be a good time to provide feedback on lessons learned on buying parts for WWII Jeeps (aka G503 vehicles).
Disclaimer: First, I'm not doing any bashing of vendors and second, these are just my observations based on my experiences with each. I am in no way endorsing a particular vendor nor am I trying to keep anyone from buying from another.
I got off the line with Ron Fitzpatric of Ron Fitzpatric Jeep parts today. He's by far the best vendor of G503 parts I have dealt with. Well, 5 weeks ago I ordered my wiring harness and was originally quoted it would be a 3-week turn around. I was told it would be another 3 weeks! Okay, this kind of highlights some of the frustration people can go through on ordering G503 parts. You see, even though this was an unexpected delay, I can see the reasons and it highlights the problems someone can encounter. Three things come into play with this order: 1. I'm trying to get a wiring harness for a 70 year old vehicle and want it to be an accurate reproduction. 2. I wanted to have them modified so I run 2 brake lights (it originally had only one) and 3. (the biggest reason) These particular harnesses are made in Australia and they decided to send them by boat.
He said he had stock harness on the shelf and can ship one tomorrow so I told him I'd make the mods myself. Except for a back seat that I can't afford yet, I should have my final parts in a week.
The biggest things I have learned when ordering G503 parts are:
1. Know your vehicle. A Willys is different than a Ford and a 1942 model is different than one from 1944.
2. It is hard (and expensive) to get genuine parts. You can find genuine parts as well as NOS (New, Old Stock) that will fit but you will pay for it.
3. There are several of places that make reproduction parts that are cheaper but they may need some modifications to make them fit. For example there is a place in the Philippines called MD Juan that makes allot of G503 parts but many of them, don't . . . quite . . . .fit.
4. Lastly, and most importantly. 99% of the places that sell parts for WWII Jeeps are "Mom and Pop" shops. Sure, you have places like Morris 4X4 and Quadratec that sell parts but you will be paying much more (if they even have what you are looking for). There is one place in Texas where the guy answers the phone, does the ordering and sends the shipments all by himself.
I recommend patience and order by phone.
|02-03-2014 11:21 PM|
|SprintA3||Damn fine build and a really good read. I'm definitely looking forward to how this progresses.|
|02-03-2014 05:58 PM|
I'm hoping to get it on the road by the end of the month, barring anything un-expected.
|02-03-2014 05:29 PM|
|Gunner||I'm really enjoying your build.|
|02-01-2014 07:04 PM|
|02-01-2014 09:59 AM|
Looking great! I'm jealous of the condition of your tub. Even though yours needed some work, mine is going to have to be a complete replacement.
Lots of nice progress coming from you and Firepainter. Again, jealous!
At the moment I'm still stick in third gear, both literally and figuratively.
It's my third week of the jeep sitting in the shop waiting on the parts and available time for the tranny rebuild.
Until then, I'll live vicariously through you guys! LOL!
|01-27-2014 10:56 PM|
He says they are custom made in Australia and takes around 3 weeks. I should be getting a call this week saying it's ready to ship to me.
|01-27-2014 09:23 PM|
|firepainter||Where did you order your wiring harness through?|
|01-27-2014 09:21 PM|
|firepainter||Looking Good Beastmaster. Great inspiration, my body is still at the sandblasters. Seeing your progress is making me excited to get mine back and start working on it again.|
|01-27-2014 05:52 PM|
I was hoping to get to this point earlier in the week but every day something came up to cut my working time short. It's starting to look like a Jeep.
I've started piecing everything together.
I've bolted on handles and installed the gas tank. I set the gauges and controls in place to make sure I had all the right holes so they are. I found out I needed to fix a holt for the choke cable that had been enlarged by a PO but besides that, everything looks good. I know some things are crooked and it's okay since I'll be removing each one for the final install of the wires when they arrive.
I also mounted the soft top bows and transmission cover plate for a photo op and to make sure the brackets were in the right places.
Some of the parts were different shades of green and I still need to do some final body work but all that will be covered up when I do the final paint job.
Well here it is for now:
|01-26-2014 04:13 PM|
|01-21-2014 11:53 PM|
Hope to have pics soon of the various parts I've been installing while waiting on my wiring harness.
Oh, and by the way:
Welcome to the forum!
Click here for helpful tips for newcomers
|01-21-2014 10:09 PM|
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!!!"
|01-21-2014 05:30 PM|
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.
|01-21-2014 05:18 PM|
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.
|01-21-2014 04:50 PM|
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.
|01-19-2014 08:13 PM|
|01-19-2014 01:51 PM|
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.
|01-11-2014 06:26 AM|
|demarpaint||Subscribed. You do nice work!|
|01-10-2014 01:53 PM|
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)
|01-06-2014 09:49 AM|
|01-06-2014 12:38 AM|
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.
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