Tikifrei's '45 MB Resto

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Re: Tikifrei's '45 MB Resto

Post by WILLYS45 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:16 pm

What's the latest on this project?
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Re: Tikifrei's '45 MB Resto

Post by tikifrei » Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:33 pm

Well...been a while since I updated this thread. I have made a bit of progress....life as it does got busy with the kids and such.

So, The front seats, fenders, grill and hood are all in primer.

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This weekend I picked up the frame to get started on it. Might not have been the best way to get it home....but I made it.

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My plans are to fix what needs to be fixed, get it sand blasted and fix anything that shows up with that, then get it primed and then hopefully over to a fellow G members place for help riveting the rear crossmember and front frame horns back on.

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Re: Tikifrei's '45 MB Resto

Post by hopps1945 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:12 pm

Looking great! My 45 MB has been almost a 20 year project so you are doing fine! :D Keep up the good work!!
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Re: Tikifrei's '45 MB Resto

Post by twinflyer17 » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:08 am

tikifrei wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:33 pm
Well...been a while since I updated this thread. I have made a bit of progress....life as it does got busy with the kids and such.
Sounds like you need to put those kids to work to help you finish up! :lol: Just kidding, but seriously it's looking good!
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Re: Tikifrei's '45 MB Resto

Post by thidisbogus » Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:11 pm

Thanks for posting so many photos. I know from experience it is a real pain. Great work on your body.

I documented heavily with photos my restoration and it is my hope you can gain some knowledge and avoid some "speed bumps" taking a look at my thread. That is why I documented it the way I did, to help others in the future.


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Re: Tikifrei's '45 MB Resto

Post by tikifrei » Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:40 pm

thidisbogus wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:11 pm
Thanks for posting so many photos. I know from experience it is a real pain. Great work on your body.

I documented heavily with photos my restoration and it is my hope you can gain some knowledge and avoid some "speed bumps" taking a look at my thread. That is why I documented it the way I did, to help others in the future.
Rodney,

Your project looks great. Helps to give me hope that one day mine will be moving again.

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Re: Tikifrei's '45 MB Resto

Post by tikifrei » Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:51 pm

Got some work done on the frame today.

There were a couple of holes that looked like they were made with a torch rather than a drill. Either way I welded them up.

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The "tabs" were cut off at some point and a big chunk of metal was welded where they used to go. I can't for the life of me find that picture, it was impressive.

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Making the new tabs
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Tabs are back!
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I spent some time removing the old brake lines and the axle bumpers.....then Ughhh....I broke a bolt off. Will need to work on removing that now.

I am hoping to get the frame sandblasted and in primer so I can get this part finished up. I sill have quite a bit of work to do first.....it seems after reading a bit here I should replace the frame, clutch and brake bushed bracket. Might as well just do it now instead of having to do it later. I also found that one of the spring brackets is pretty warn so likewise I will have to order a new one and replace it.

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Re: Tikifrei's '45 MB Resto

Post by thidisbogus » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:57 pm

tikifrei wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:40 pm
thidisbogus wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:11 pm
Thanks for posting so many photos. I know from experience it is a real pain. Great work on your body.

I documented heavily with photos my restoration and it is my hope you can gain some knowledge and avoid some "speed bumps" taking a look at my thread. That is why I documented it the way I did, to help others in the future.
Rodney,

Your project looks great. Helps to give me hope that one day mine will be moving again.
Thank you! You will get there. I took 2 and a half years of nights and weekends....

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Re: Tikifrei's '45 MB Resto

Post by Old Pal » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:32 pm

Great work. Keep up the posts.
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Re: Tikifrei's '45 MB Resto

Post by 45GPW » Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:38 pm

Your Jeep is looking great...keep it up, one part at a time. Before you know it you will be done.
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Re: Tikifrei's '45 MB Resto

Post by tikifrei » Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:38 pm

A bit more progress this weekend on the frame this weekend. The battery tray was in bad shape, there was some bondo on it to hide all the rusted out parts.

I ordered a new one and cut/ground the old out out. The front tab is held in place by a rivet. This rivet is not accessible. In my obsession to keep the rivet I cut the new tray and welded it to the old tab. It took me a while of thinking before I cut my brand new tray lol.

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Fitting the new tray
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Pretty much all done....with the tray at least :D
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Re: Tikifrei's '45 MB Resto

Post by tikifrei » Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:58 pm

Getting a bit more work done on the MB.

The hood, fender,windshield, grill and front seats are now in OD! :D
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This broken bolt is making me pull my hair out.....it does not want to come out. Ugh...haha I am hoping to get it out this weekend....man I can get it to move about 1/4 turn each time I heat it.
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I'm also going to weld on the new frame clutch bracket. I figured I might as well replace it now while everything is torn apart versus having to do it later when it is all back together.
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And finally the transmission and transfercase are in the shop getting a few parts replaced in the name of getting her back on the road in my lifetime.
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Re: Tikifrei's '45 MB Resto

Post by tikifrei » Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:36 pm

Ok....haven't posted in a while but have been making some progress. I'm sure you all know about getting obsessed about some aspect of the project. For me I really wanted to have real rivets on the frame. Thankfully @pittsjock agreed to help me out. So I loaded the frame in the car and spent quite a few hours in his shop. We were able to get all the frame horns, spring hangers and rear cross-member riveted back in place.

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I think they turned out pretty good.

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Re: Tikifrei's '45 MB Resto

Post by tikifrei » Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:42 pm

Next I finished up the frame but didn't take many pictures for some reason. Then I took the frame and some parts to the sand blaster

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Once that was finished it was time to prime.
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Re: Tikifrei's '45 MB Resto

Post by tikifrei » Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:50 pm

I got a little distracted this fall.....so i will share it with you all. I spent 9 days with the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team at their jump school. I passed the training and got all five jumps out of a C47. I would highly recommend it if you have the inclination.

https://wwiiadt.org/


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I am standing next to two WWII combat veterans Dan McBride (left) and Vince Speranza (right). Dan saw combat for the first time in Normandy. Vince in Belgium. Both served with the 101st ABN, both highly decorated, both heroes of Bastogne. This is after our 5th jump with the WWII ADT, the graduating class 2018-3

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