RESTORATION *GPW-247 024* (1945) in France !

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RESTORATION *GPW-247 024* (1945) in France !

Post by Division Leclerc » Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:28 pm

[*]Hello everyone

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I just joined today the G. :D
I'm from France and am a happy owner of a Ford GPW since a couple of weeks.
Serial Number 247024 , Date of delivery January 19, 1945.


Considering my (original) dataplates, I assume that it has been buit in Ford assembly Plant in Dallas, Texas :
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Would some of you have any idea about an estimated registration number ? :?: According some estimation and databases, I believe that it could be between 205 98000 and 206 02000. I figure as reasonnable 20599100 to be close to reality.

Dataplates, frame, engine (built December 29, 1944) have matching number 247 024.
Grill, gear and auxiliary boxes, axles, and many small parts are originals from the car.
The Jeep has never been in French Army. Sold in France after war, has seen years of service in a Wine-grower of East-France until 80's.
Restored between 1995/2005. It's currently 12V working with a 80's Bosch alternator. Engine works perfectly.

For your consideration, here are some pics :arrow: :
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Sadly , a previous owner throwed the tub and fenders, for a cheap-quality repro.
With the car, I got some spares, mainly Ford stamped: axles front and rear, Hood ,fenders, crank engine, generator, etc...
I plan currenty to remove the jeep to its original 1945 condition ! Lots to do !

Thanks for your interest. To be continued !
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GPW 01/19/1945
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Re: New french member with 1945 GPW

Post by GI. » Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:35 pm

Davision L.
Thank's for the pic's, that is a great looking jeep, you are very lucky. a real part of history. please keep us posted on your progress, very nice.
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Re: New french member with 1945 GPW

Post by Michael O. » Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:56 pm

Nice looking GPW. Looks like a nice driver. Too bad about the original sheet metal. It's terrible when guys scrap most of a jeep's originality. Congratulations on your new jeep.
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Re: New french member - 1945 GPW 247024

Post by Division Leclerc » Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:39 am

Hi everyone and thanks Gi and Michael for your replies.

My first restoration work I project is the hood.
Since I'm not a great mechanic, I guess that would not be too difficult !

On my GPW, the hood is obviously a WOF one: it is about 1 cm (0.4 inch) longer than an US ones , and the hinge is different.
The good news is that the previous owner has gave me an original GPW hood, well F stamped. It comes from French Army and has still a NATO camo paint.

Pictures to come !

Before beginning the work, I'am asking myself someting: I know that the lubrication chart holder was added under MBs hoods in December 1944, but not if the same for GPWs on assembly lines at the same period ?
Should I install a lube-chart holder for a January 1945 GPW ?

Thanks for your help !

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Re: New french member - 1945 GPW 247024

Post by Division Leclerc » Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:04 pm

Hi everyone

Some news pics :

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Re: New french member - 1945 GPW 247024

Post by Mark Jesic » Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:38 am

All jeeps look good and yours is no exception, welcome to the "G", you will always find help and advice on here. :D

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Re: New french member - 1945 GPW 247024

Post by Fabrizio » Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:05 am

Welcome neighbour! :wink:
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Re: New french member - 1945 GPW 247024

Post by Boyso » Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:52 am

Très belle jeep Bertrand! Bienvenue!
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Re: New french member - 1945 GPW 247024

Post by Fortyeight2A » Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:38 pm

Mark Jes wrote:All jeeps look good and yours is no exception.
Absolutely true!
Is it true real Jeeps have flat fenders?
Alone cannot you it resist!

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Re: New french member - 1945 GPW 247024

Post by Division Leclerc » Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:38 am

Thanks your all for your comments !

I add some new pics today:

Engine and frame numbers, if you have sharp eyes :

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Engine cast number : L2941, that means december 29, 1944. It's consistent with the DoD of the car, January 19, 1945.
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Re: New french member - 1945 GPW 247024

Post by Fabrizio » Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:58 am

Just 20 days away from mine!
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Re: New french member - 1945 GPW 247024

Post by Division Leclerc » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:34 am

And here are some pics of the engine :

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Waht do you think of the Carter carburator ? The bowl doesn't have any patents.

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Re: Restoration of GPW 247024 (1945) in France !

Post by Division Leclerc » Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:36 am

Hi everyone

A long time since the last post ! :?

In fact, until now and waiting for to really begin the work, my priority is to gather all the missing parts I need.
I am lucky to find many original Ford parts on my car.

This is a nice take-off Ford left fender I have to restore : overall shape is quite good, but many extra-holes to fill :

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Still missing a right fender !
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Re: Restoration of GPW 247024 (1945) in France !

Post by Division Leclerc » Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:38 am

Hi everyone

A long time since the last post ! :?

In fact, until now and waiting for to really begin the work, my priority is to gather all the missing parts I need.
I am lucky to find many original Ford parts on my car.

This is a nice take-off Ford left fender I have to restore : overall shape is quite good, but many extra-holes to fill :

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Still missing a right fender !
Bertrand
GPW 01/19/1945
Restoration Thread : viewtopic.php?f=4&t=284126

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Re: Restoration of GPW 247024 (1945) in France !

Post by Division Leclerc » Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:40 am

F on the fender :

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