Original 1953 M38A-1 So Very Nice !

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Re: Original 1953 M38A-1 So Very Nice !

Post by 70th Division » Tue May 18, 2021 6:37 pm

Hello,

The are as good and perfect as if they were made yesterday.

They have been well preserved and stored all these years.

Like new !!!

Nice and pliable as well.

Best Regards,
Ray


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Re: Original 1953 M38A-1 So Very Nice !

Post by 70th Division » Sat Jun 12, 2021 4:18 pm

Hello,

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer so far , and their Jeeps !!!

It is HOT here in Florida already 😁

I have added the JB Weld compound to the gas tank.
I put in on thick and wrapped the factory seam to seal them, as there was 1 leak on a spot of the damaged rolled seam.

It is rock hard, and I am certain will never leak again .

I say this as I put it on fairly thick, in 2 applications that it will give much needed fortification of the tank where rust was taking it toll.
The rust was eliminated, and the metal sealed.
It has been sitting now for a week.

I say this with darn good certainty about this JB weld without hesitation.
I patched 2 small pin holes, as pictured earlier, and about a half inch seam leak from where the tank was dropped and kinked there.
This was blasted to clean white metal. I then spread JB over every single pitted area on the bottom of the tank. There were no leaks there, but I wanted total protection for the future.
The certainty about this product I have is because I had a hole worn through a high pressure stainless steel power steering line on my big tractor. I cleaned the line, and added JB Weld to the pinhole area.
I let it harden for 2 weeks, then put it back on the big Ford tractor.
Perfect repair, rock solid, and no issues after a few months of service.

This original gas tank will be saved 😁😁😁

Here is a pic of the JB repairs.
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You can also see that I backfilled the big ugly corner dents, that were not leaking, with JB to prevent any future issues.
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Now I will clean it up, add on a little more JB where needed, to smooth things nicely, then prime the tank with several coats, then
several paint coats. Well drying between all coats.

I will also add a full tank of Pine Sol
to finish up cleaning the inside.
The rotten gas and smell were eliminated with it earlier. I want to do a final cleaning, then power washing of the tank for good measure. Then I will reassemble all the attachments to.it.
She will be running soon, next I am removing gas line to inspect, clean and likely reuse if no rust or crud.

The nice thing is that the repaired areas will not be seen after installation, as it sets down into the gas tank well.

Best Regards,
Ray

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