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    Post by 1stDivVet on Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:50 am

    Way back when I was a senior in high school, The son of a friend of my Dad's from when he worked at General Motors drove an old Willys Jeep to school. I had known him since he was in 6th grade middle school and knew his dad most of my life. One day he came into school and came looking for me to tell me his dad had decided to sell the Jeep and wanted to offer it to me first. He told me it wasn't a military jeep but looked the same. He was asking $1000 for it but since he knew me and his son and I were friends, and he had known Dad for years, he said if I wanted it, he'd take $700. I used half of my trust fund and most of my pay check to buy it. What I had was a 1948 CJ2A Willys Jeep. As a 17 year old kid, I didn't have a welder, but 2 years later when I finally got around to getting my driver's license, I had half of my Associate's Degree in Aviation Maintenance. I did what body work I could that hadn't been done, and finished what had been started. A friend helped me make a trade with a friend of his in the Air Force, and for a case of beer, I got 2 gallons of US issue gloss green vehicle paint. Of course, I did the proper thing and painted it with a brush. Better than the mops the military used for repainting!. It came with a USN issue arctic hardtop and a heater and had been converted to 12v. I changed the old pneumatic wiper motor for an electric one, but otherwise left it the same. AS I did research, I started to find oddities. The VIN number did not match up with 48 production numbers, but the body was wrong for a 49 which the VIN did fall in. It did however, fall into the military number range for 44-45, but once again, the body was wrong. During restoration, I had found many military parts or parts that were OD under the other colors of paint which included a green similar to the old US Forestry Service, flat OD, and gloss dark blue. I knew I was owner #3. I later found out the original owner, a farmer, had bought it surplus. Recently I found out that when the USAF became it's own branch, the Army did not supply them with equipment. They had to appropriate their own. Aside from aquisitions from the Army and Navy, the USAF often bought privately from Willys or from local dealerships to cut through red tape and expedite delivery of vehicles. This Jeep was one of them. I quit driving it after college, and it then sat in the garage for 30 years. Last summer, a friend discussed restoring it again but other projects came up. This spring he contacted me to let me know he was finished with the last 2 Jeeps and was ready for mine. I had 7 days to get it out. I did it in 3 and a half. decades of things moved, tossed, and the jeep cleaned out. This will be an on going post as I get updates and find the original pics I have from when I first bought it in 1986. We will be removing the tow bar and bar stop, leaving the winch, adding spare tire and gas can and putting a radio mount in the back. I will be turning it into a USAF radio jeep from the late 40's - Early Korean War era. Will probably mark it to either Lockbourne Air Base (SAC) which was a local base, Wright-Patt R&D, or Muroc Air Base where the Mach 1 tests were done. Here she is as he looked after a quick resto in the late 80's and a little body work repair while it was sitting. He was trailered up with his older brother, a 45 MB that belongs to another friend of mine which was restored by the same guy doing mine.
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    Post by 1stDivVet on Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:39 am

    My Dad and Uncles had all bought surplus jeeps after the war and drove them to pieces. My love of Willys stemmed from my Uncle Russel's (the Tank Destroyer guy) 49 Willys Jeep. I had turned up a number of assorted spare parts on the farm over the years and one day another uncle brought me a box of parts he had in his garage. This was among them. It came off one of the Jeeps my Dad had owned. a Ford GPW. This is the script F head off of that motor. I had it stored in the back of the Jeep.
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    Post by 1stDivVet on Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:22 pm

    Thanksgiving weekend, the old fella moved from the farm to the shop.
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    Post by 1stDivVet on Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:28 pm

    Over the weekend, work began on the Jeep. Frame plate was found #153084. Early 1948 production. Some cracks in the frame and a new right spring shackle were welded. It received a new bumper, and had shims installed in the bel crank pivot pin to take out the hysteresis in the steering.
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    Post by 1stDivVet on Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:02 pm

    1/4/20. Front brakes rebuilt. New brake cylinders, lines, and fittings. Brake peddle removed, turned, and shimmed to take play out of brake peddle. This weekend or next, rear brakes are being rebuilt. Rebuilt engine to be installed in the next week or 2. Moving right along!

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    Post by 1stDivVet on Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:03 am

    Brakes finished 1/12/20. New lines, hoses, cylinders, and brass fittings. Replaced the front brake shoes, re-used the rear brake shoes.

    They were not worn badly. Partly because the rear brake line hose was completely blocked. Also installed a new throw out bearing, with the correct bearing carrier, with a return spring.

    The old bearing was worn our, the carrier was the wrong one, and the spring was missing. The pressure plate and clutch disc look to be in good condition. They were installed on the resurfaced
    flywheel of the replacement engine.

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    Post by Martin on Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:15 am

    Interesting project!
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    Post by 1stDivVet on Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:34 am

    Thank you Martin! Getting this old thing back on the road has been on the back burner for so long it all still seems like a dream!! I'd almost given up hope of having the time, money, or ability to fix it. Was about to put it up for sale when my friend said he'd fix it. The son of the previous owner and I have been chatting all evening about memories we have from that thing! I guess it was his first car. We were swapping stories of the stupid things we did in it. probably the reason things were broken or cracked. LOL


    Today's update from my friend was to let me know the rebuilt motor was reinstalled today. Barring any trouble (from the Mrs or anything else), he's looking at a test run tomorrow.

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    Post by 1stDivVet on Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:15 am

    Front drive shaft had been removed at some point and installed wrong. That has since been corrected. The U joints were completely rusted and shot. New ones installed. Differential cases were both almost dry with very little old, black oil in them. Transfer case, Transmission, and steering gear box all had nice, gold oil(or red for transmission). Gear boxes cleaned and now have 90wt gear oil in them. Original Willys exhaust installed. New wiring harness installed. The driver's side fender had rusted badly. To the point the support bracket as well as the fender wall behind it had gone. It had also destroyed the bracket attached to the frame. New frame bracket made and installed, sheet metal patch installed, and support bracket made and welded in as well as a patch for the inside mounting corner. The lower fender mount hole had rotted years ago and I had made a patch out of aircraft frame aluminum and riveted it in place just as a hanger would have. It's still there and still holding after years. The guy working on the jeep even left it. LOL. He also sent me some pics from when they first started he had forgotten to send. When they first took off the bumper anf winch and found the damage that was repaired.

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    Post by 1stDivVet on Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:19 am

    Fender repairs.

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    Post by 1stDivVet on Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:24 am

    New wiring harness.

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    Post by 1stDivVet on Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:29 am

    New U joint and cleaned up drive shaft. Those and original Willys exhaust both installed.

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    Post by 1stDivVet on Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:50 am

    Ignition switch moved to left side with lights. A bright light indicator was mounted also. New bulb for dash and heater switch moved over to near gauge cluster. New wiper motor wiring and switch. The switch is no longer mounted on the windshield frame as that is the mount for the rifle rack which I have here at the house.

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    Post by 1stDivVet on Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:52 am

    New tail light. May change this out as I'd rather have a military one. Better than the shattered remains that were there.
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    Post by 1stDivVet on Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:57 am

    New grill and lights installed. The running lights are WW2 production in NOS condition. I bought them for $10 or $20 and never installed them. They were stashed in a box in the Jeep for 30 years. The guts and frame for the headlights was also there. The old grill was shot. My friend had a spare he installed. Headlight bulbs are new. Retread tires replaced with military sand and snow tires, fresh paint. Almost finished. It will be at the WW2 event I'm going to this weekend, so it will get it's first test drive from me there.

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    Post by kansimba on Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:40 pm

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    congrats, very very nice works Wink

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    Post by ripcord on Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:47 pm

    Fine work Finns..

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    Post by 1stDivVet on Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:57 am

    Thank you Hughes. Sal, I added photos to my reenacting thread. Jeep did VERY well at the event. Heater worked great and I stayed warm all day.

    Old man is home now, but is not completely finished. I have installed parts I ordered and have more parts coming. He broke down with electrical problems and is currently at the shop nearby getting fixed. I have a few photos I have to upload with pics of the old man at the event and a few taken with me playing around town and with a buddy and his girl's 42 Ford GPW. I also have dug out some parts and accessories. Here are photos of some things I've dug out. Soem won't be used on this jeep, but are going to be used with a future project in the works.

    Original 1946 Willys Overland Jeep CJ2A magazine advertisement.

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    Post by 1stDivVet on Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:36 am

    WW2 era tire pump

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    WW2 era vehicle 1st aid kit with period contents. Not all correct, but all original as I got it.

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    WW2 era fire extinguishers. The one on the left is from Stinson Aircraft. The middle one came off my Dad's GPW. The one on the right is now in the 48.

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    Eagle oil can out of Dad's GPW and a bottle opener.

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    A few assorted tools.

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