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Riveted Grill mounts

Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:16 am
by steven ellis
The question is are the 2 mounts riveted to the frame for the grill to attach also welded? My early frame is and I saw another 2 piece tray frame welded the same way
A bubba thing, or field mod?

Re: Riveted Grill mounts

Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:25 am
by Viking27
Steven,

Interesting question. I just checked 3 MB 1941 frames,
all 3 have weld spots to the grill brakcet.


Reg
Hinrik

Re: Riveted Grill mounts

Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:21 pm
by steven ellis
That's what I'm finding too. Hoping more with 2 piece trays will chim in

Re: Riveted Grill mounts

Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:40 pm
by 70th Division
Hello Steven and Hinrik,

Interesting post !

I just checked my Willys slat grill frame, with a 2 piece battery tray, and yes both the riveted grill mounts have clean beads of weld on them, on each end.

It looks like a nice factory weld to me .


Best Regards,
Ray

Re: Riveted Grill mounts

Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:37 am
by steven ellis
Checked with a couple more friends and theirs also are welded, so I'm not going to mess with them

Re: Riveted Grill mounts

Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:15 am
by GSS
Mine are nicely welded as well.

Re: Riveted Grill mounts

Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:55 am
by 70th Division
Hello,

Well I think we can say that this confirms that these welds were a factory weld !!
I hope others who didn't ask the question......didn't "repair" their brackets and get rid of this
clear factory weld :D
It does happen, but this is actually a great post for further education and technical information points on the slat grill jeeps, at least the 2 piece battery tray slat grill jeeps.

I remember seeing a nice restoration here on the G, of a GPW, that someone cut their original
" third type " GPW frame, that had straight frame rails right out to the bumper.
They made an angle cut to make it look like the more standard GPW frame.
( Likely they and many had not seen that frame before, and assumed it was wrong.)
I have that straight frame rail GPW , on a May 1943 GPW jeep.
I also have a "rescued" GPW frame that also has the straight frame rails.

This important post Steven has made is so important to our knowledge base.


Please keep adding your info if you also have a slat grill frame, the more the better !!


Best Regards ,

Ray

Re: Riveted Grill mounts

Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:35 pm
by steven ellis
Well if its truly noteworthy, and I think it is, then maybe a note should be added to the slat grill serial number/evolution post. My one piece slat with the glove box is not welded and neither is vep 227 with midland one piece tray

Re: Riveted Grill mounts

Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:50 pm
by Joe Gopan
My 1944 Willys is rivited, no welds.

Re: Riveted Grill mounts

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:00 am
by David
Can anyone post some pics of the welds?

Re: Riveted Grill mounts

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:28 am
by Joe Gopan
Was there a bulletin to aply a tack weld?

Re: Riveted Grill mounts

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:13 am
by Adam
Just looked, VEP 260 is not welded either.

Adam

Re: Riveted Grill mounts

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:24 pm
by steven ellis
Stay focused, this discussion is only for a 2 piece slat grill battery frame.

Re: Riveted Grill mounts

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:25 pm
by steven ellis
Adam is 260 a one piece tray?, bet it is

Re: Riveted Grill mounts

Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:55 pm
by Diesel Dave
My January 42 slat with 2 piece tray is welded also.was wondering what to do with it. Now I know!