Whew, what a day! I finally have the motivation to get going on my '42 GPW restoration. I am going to dedicate this GPW to my shirt tail relative Kelly who was a B-17 pilot in the 91st Bomb Group, 322 Squadron. He was shot down over France and evaded with the aid of the French Underground. He is 89 years old, so I really need to get cracking. He recently had to put his wife into assisted living and was going through some paper work and found a picture of himself standing next to a Jeep at Bassingborn, England (home of the 91st BG) and gave me a copy.
That was when I decided to make this a tribute project and make my GPW up in the markings of the 91st BG. I would really like to get it done by the time our local Veterans day parade rolls around this next year. It's a tall order, but at least I have that motivation now to get off my butt and get on it!
He really wanted me to enter my GPW in this year's Veterans parade, but I told him that my GPW was really not up to it. I did locate him a ride, however. He would think he was on top of the world if I am able to surprise him with a ride next year!
I posted the picture of Kelly and the GPW in the "Vintage Picture" section if anyone is interested.
With the above in mind, I finally spent a couple of hours and removed my tub today. I know it is probably old hat for most here on the G, but it was a nice accomplishment for me having never worked on a Jeep before. Very few bolts actually were removed without cutting, chiseling or basically snapping them off! I just kept plugging along, however. Here are some pictures from today:
My trusty assistant was totally bummed when I said I was going to take apart our perfectly operating Jeep
Initial phases of the dismantling:
A couple hours in and we have lift off:
A little higher:
Just about there:
Touch down onto some saw horses:
Overall, it was a fun project and not too difficult for a beginner. I was a little apprehesive, but now I am pumped up for the next little project. Next up will be getting the tub attached to the rotisserie, so I can push it around easily. Not a great deal of room in my garage.
The floor panels look pretty rugged, so I'll take some before pictures of what are left of those the next time I can get some quality garage time.
Thanks for looking!