"Fat "Rear Prop shaft

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"Fat "Rear Prop shaft

Post by John James Arnold » Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:34 am

Looking for a "Fat" rear prop shaft, as have been told these were fitted to VEP Fords...Regards
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Post by m3bobby » Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:53 am

As far as I’m aware the fat shaft is a Willys MB thing, my March 42 VEP GPW has the normal thin shaft as most I’ve seen have. Shame your in Kent as I’m 200 miles north of you.
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Post by John James Arnold » Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:35 am

Hi m3Bobby
Thanks for the reply...also do you have any VEP Ford trades?
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Post by Unibuddy » Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:20 pm

I have a fat rear prop shaft. PM for details

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Post by Michael O. » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:59 pm

Fat propeller shafts were not factory installed during GPW production.
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Post by yorkshireman » Sun Jan 24, 2021 2:48 am

Fat prop shafts where used on GPWs..i had one and it had the GP part number cast into it at the rear where the UJ goes..it was on a 3 digit serial number jeep....

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Post by BERLIN RED » Fri Jan 29, 2021 5:16 pm

I have seen nos fat rear drive shafts with the block F stamped into it..... If that means anything.

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Post by m3bobby » Sat Feb 06, 2021 2:18 am

It sounds like in the rare occasion a Ford fat prop shaft may have been fitted, they will be extremely hard to find so I’d go with what 99.9 % of production and go with the normal shaft.

Can some one post a photo of one? After all, prop shaft can be rebuilt and parts can be mixed about. Even the welded on UV joints brackets on the end can be replaced.
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Post by Michael O. » Mon Mar 01, 2021 3:41 pm

yorkshireman wrote:
Sun Jan 24, 2021 2:48 am
Fat prop shafts where used on GPWs..i had one and it had the GP part number cast into it at the rear where the UJ goes..it was on a 3 digit serial number jeep....
Can you post photos of that shaft? I’m inclined to think it was a “grafted” type repair on that fat prop shaft? I could be wrong...but curious.
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Post by Michael O. » Fri Mar 12, 2021 2:17 pm

Chris, can pease post a photo of the GP part numbered fat rear prop shaft you mentioned?
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Re: "Fat "Rear Prop shaft

Post by yorkshireman » Sat Mar 13, 2021 10:28 am

Michael,
I no longer have it sorry, i fitted it to a restored jeep about a year ago and sold the jeep, the jeep actually went back to the States..to PA.

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Post by Michael O. » Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:09 pm

Chris, that's unfortunate. To date, there isn't any evidence, photographic or otherwise, that Ford ever produced a "fat" rear prop shaft intended for use on early production GPWs. If it was indeed what you say then, contrary to what we currently know, it would be the only known surviving example. I was really hoping you could post a photo as it would help "re-write" GPW canon.

Please, if anyone has a fat prop shaft marked on the yoke end with a GP part number...please post photos!
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Post by 17thAirborne » Wed Jun 02, 2021 2:31 pm

Just stiring the pot to see what comes up. Any photos of the elusive GPW marked fattie?
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Post by Michael O. » Thu Jun 03, 2021 2:45 pm

No photos proving the existence of a fat GP or GPW marked propeller shaft exist to date.

There is also no reference to one in any of the GP manuals.
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Re: "Fat "Rear Prop shaft

Post by Bill H. » Sat Jun 05, 2021 4:04 pm

Isn't the fatty 4" in diameter? They are pretty obvious when you see one but my understanding is that were exclusively Willys.
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