1942 Ford GPW #20385883 rebuild

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1942 Ford GPW #20385883 rebuild

Post by crazychevelleman » Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:28 pm

Gentlemen,

I would like to introduce to you me, a former U.S. Marine. I served during the cold war era. And I would also like to introduce you to my 1942 Ford GPW, hood #20385883. On the cowl as per direction of Ron Fitzpatrick I found the letter "S"; which I was informed it symolized a radio supressed vehicle. With that said Ron also informed me that being a radio supressed vehicle meant that it was made by Ford sometime after June 8, 1942. The blue numbers on the hood were given to it at the Ford factory. After finally passing inspection it was delivered to the U.S. Army on June 9, 1943 as #20385883 and officially became active duty. I found it in a barn in Sherman, Texas. The young man that had it, couldn't aford to fix it. After he tore it into a million pieces he gave up his dream of restoring it. I picked it up on December 29, 2012 for $1,500 and brought it back to its new home in Tomball, Texas. I will make sure it gets back to its former glory. It will not be a trailer queen, but will be back in service. It will see parades, airshows, and lots of reenactments. Please see the registry for more info. :D

I wanted to add that at the time all I had was $1500.00 and I knew I wanted a real WWII Jeep. So where do you go to find something that cant be found? Yes, that's wright I Prayed asking the Lord Jesus to give me a real WWII Jeep, I told GOD all I have is $1500.00. The next day as I woke up he told me to go on Craigslist and told me to type Army jeep and there it was asking price $1500.00. Just wanted to let you guys know.

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Re: 1942 Ford GPW #20385883 rebuild

Post by Ronnie Guin » Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:11 pm

Thank you for your service to our country and for posting the pictures. Good luck.
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Re: 1942 Ford GPW #20385883 rebuild

Post by TheGunny » Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:26 pm

You need to get in touch with Thidisbogus and StirStik...they are both doing resto's on GPWs and both live in Magnolia. They might be of some help.

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Re: 1942 Ford GPW #20385883 rebuild

Post by 2/14Marine » Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:34 pm

Great find and it's good to see another Marine in the hobby. I saw that one on Craigslist and almost went to take a look. I have 3 in my workshop, 2 being restored. I don't need any more. I will warn you now, it's an addiction. lol

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Re: 1942 Ford GPW #20385883 rebuild

Post by thidisbogus » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:08 pm

Crazychevelleman,

Thank you for serving as a Marine.

Welcome to the G! Like The Gunny said I live in Magnolia right around the corner from you. Howard (StirStick) lives about five to ten minutes from me too. Looks like a good project. You aren't kidding, that young man took it all apart. Look forward to some more pictures.

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I would say make sure and label and put into sandwich bags everything you take off but it looks like the young man got ahead of you on that!

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Re: 1942 Ford GPW #20385883 rebuild

Post by dpcd67 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:35 pm

You got it at a steal of a price. Half my frame and body were gone and it cost more than that.
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Re: 1942 Ford GPW #20385883 rebuild

Post by Tom Wolboldt » Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:30 am

Hello crazychevelleman,

From my GPW studies, Your GPW should have come from the Dallas, Tx. assembly plant. It would have been delivered on wheels rather than in a crate.

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Re: 1942 Ford GPW #20385883 rebuild

Post by crazychevelleman » Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:15 am

Tom could you turn me on to your info? I want to see where it would say that. Also can anyone tell me about the Engine It reads CJ-2A38611 spamped on the flat faceing upward at at the front of the head?
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Re: 1942 Ford GPW #20385883 rebuild

Post by Tom Wolboldt » Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:55 am

Hood number range 20384xxx though 20387xxx was assigned to the Dallas, Tx. assembly plant in the Summer of '43 for use on GPWs. The delivery on wheels comes from the data showing that there was no crating dept. at Dallas. Tx plant until August, '43. Data was found at the Benson Ford Research Center in Dearborn Mi.
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Re: 1942 Ford GPW #20385883 rebuild

Post by lt.luke » Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:24 am

On the cowl as per direction of Ron Fitzpatrick I found the letter "S"; which I was informed it symolized a radio supressed vehicle. With that said Ron also informed me that being a radio supressed vehicle meant that it was made by Ford sometime after June 8, 1942.
Not to contradict Ron, and possibly Tom W can weigh in here... My GPW12078, delivered in April, '42 from Dallas had a blue Drab "S" on the cowl indicating Suppression as well. I personally found the "S" and believe it to be factory applied as the font matches the confirmed hood number as well. My jeep is well before Ron's quoted timeline above.

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Re: 1942 Ford GPW #20385883 rebuild

Post by crazychevelleman » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:32 pm

Great info Fellas! Anyone know anything about my engine posted eariler?
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Re: 1942 Ford GPW #20385883 rebuild

Post by lt.luke » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:55 pm

crazychevelleman wrote:Great info Fellas! Anyone know anything about my engine posted eariler?
The block was factory installed in CJ-2A number: 38611. A relatively early one, as CJ2a's go. I don't know much about the CJs.

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Post by Marty, SoCal » Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:20 pm

I noticed the trans is a T90, and the T-case is also for a T90 with the large intermediate shaft, maybe out of the same CJ as the engine.
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Re: 1942 Ford GPW #20385883 rebuild

Post by crazychevelleman » Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:33 pm

Ya, I just spoke to Ron about that what do I do with it and how do I get the wright stuff?
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Re: 1942 Ford GPW #20385883 rebuild

Post by crazychevelleman » Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:53 pm

I just viewed the Forsale section, maby I can get someone to trade with me?
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