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 the 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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Re: Original 1953 M38A-1 So Very Nice !

Post by 70th Division » Tue Jun 15, 2021 3:15 pm

Hello,

While I am waiting on sanding disks to arrive, I started working on the fuel line system.
I already have the rebuikt fuel pump and rebuilt carburetor.
I also have the new fuel flex line that attaches to the shut off valve.
I took the short section of steel fuel line on the other side of the shut off valve, and inspected it. It was spotless clean inside. I ran a wire in it, and sprayed it out with brake parts cleaner into a white plastic container.
Not a spec of debris or crud at all.
100 percent clean.
So hopefully as I get the next bigger sections removed, they too will be clean as a whistle😁😁

Here are some pictures of the shut off valve cleaned up, and the restored short section of fuel line.
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There is a nice manufacturer's mark on the valve.
Anderson Brass
Kant Leak
Detroit

This was painted when I removed it, but I am wondering if it originally came installed as unpainted brass.
You can see that the lever is plated that the name is on, so if anyone knows the answer, please let me know.

Here is the little section of fuel line that I have primed and painted. It was painted when removed as well .
The couplings were wire wheeled to like new, and taped off before painting.
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Best Regards,
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Re: Original 1953 M38A-1 So Very Nice !

Post by 70th Division » Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:00 pm

Hello,

I am installing my rebuilt carb and fuel pump. These were rebuilt by G member Scout Pilot and look great !!

Here is a picture of the intake that the carb mounts on.
It is amazingly clean !!!
No gunk, no rust, just super clean.
I also assessed the fuel lines, and they are all spotless clean. I sprayed brake cleaner in one end , and used an air hose to blow out the lines , not 1 spec of debris came out the other end.
Quite amazing !!!
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Best Regards,
Ray

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Re: Original 1953 M38A-1 So Very Nice !

Post by 70th Division » Mon Jun 21, 2021 7:28 pm

Hello,

I got some primer and paint on the repaired gas tank. I will add another coat tomorrow.
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It is coming along very nicely !!
I will clean and paint the gas tank well before I reinstall the tank.
It is in pretty good shape, but has a little surface rust, and 1 pinhole that I will weld repair when I get done blasting the well.
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Also, I will have to repair the bolt hole area for the driver's seat where it was at one time pulled through.
That should be an easy repair, as well as the tank well.
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Does anyone know if there is supposed to be a rubber grommet for the fuel line entry hole to the through the floor riser ??
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I also have installed the rebuilt carburetor and cleaned out all the fuel lines, they were spotless.
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I have to get some radiator hose clamps, and a few smaller items for under the hood. The air cleaner hose I was so impressed with, may be a real pretty hose, but it is not for a 1953 M38A1 !!!
One end fits the air cleaner, but the other end needs to be a bigger diameter to slide over the cross over tube. Needless to say it ripped down the side, while I tried to fit it on. Now it is in the garbage can. I will order the correct one.

I will install these very nice Prestolite 24V original type battery cables, they look very nice !!
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I have replaced most of the fire wall rubber grommets with new ones. I just have the 4 battery cables grommets to add when I change out the cables.
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I can almost hear her running 😁😁
Best Regards,
Ray
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Re: Original 1953 M38A-1 So Very Nice !

Post by 70th Division » Tue Jun 22, 2021 7:33 am

Hello,
Here are a couple more gas tank pictures.

This tank will be real nice and should hold up very well !!
The tank had 3 pin hole sized leaks in it.
I patched those areas first with JB Weld.
Next after those areas were hardened, I spread the JB all along the entire lower factory seam to prevent and potential future rust issues or leaks. I also spread the compound on every little pitted surface area on the bottom and sides of the tank.
That will seal the areas perfectly and permanently. The entire tank as noted earlier was blasted clean first.
I left the JB like cake frosting. I didn't sand it down, as I think that would defeat the effort in preserving the tank. Better to leave a thicker layer of material !!
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Best Regards,
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Re: Original 1953 M38A-1 So Very Nice !

Post by 70th Division » Tue Jun 22, 2021 1:35 pm

Hello,

The windshield on this jeep had been bent and tweaked at some point. I did get a big bend out of it, but it still has a twist in it, and some damage. I have been looking for a potential replacement one since I first got this nice jeep.
However it seems very hard to find
any windshield for sale, anywhere.
I had recently bought new correctly cut glass for the old windshield, and gaskets. Kaiser Willys sells the glass, with free shipping for around $200.
Fortunately I happened to see a beautiful, original windshield on ebay and was lucky enough to get it !!

It wasn't cheap, $500, but I figured it being the only one I have seen for sale, I had better get it asap !!
The jeep needs this straight, clean assembly. Now the WeeBee top will look so good when installed on this windshield. 😁😁😁
I just need to find a way to get it from the Nashville area to Florida.

Here are some pictures, the glass looks good, and so do both military wipers.
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I like it !!!!!!!!

Best Regards,
Ray

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Re: Original 1953 M38A-1 So Very Nice !

Post by 70th Division » Sat Jul 17, 2021 8:38 pm

Hello,

Getting back to work on the Jeep, I have to repair a rust issue in the battery compartment.
Battery acid rotted a hole through the upper side of the battery compartment.
It also corroded a hole through the actual fire wall as well !

Here are some pics of the area :
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I cut out the rusted area,
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and will make a patch, then once welded in and ground smooth, will do the same on the fire wall section. I also will add some Metal to Metal metallic filler over the repaired area, sand smooth, prime and paint.
Keep in mind the battery well is a separate component, but the battery acid corroded through both walls .
Once done,
I can install the nos battery cables.

Once I get the welder in position, I will also weld up the capture nut area for the driver's seat rear contact point to the floor.

Best Regards,
Ray


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