1942 Ford GPW Hanger Queen

Feb, 1942 - GPW1 thru end of first contract, April, 1942 - GPW15000 NO EBAY or COMMERCIAL SALES.
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Re: 1942 Ford GPW Hanger Queen

Post by Chuck Lutz » Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:09 pm

Mark....

Your experience with watchmaking/repairing will help you enormously with a speedo...

However.....since the AC was not a factory speedo for the GPW or MB, but was in "the system" as a replacement, you could continue with this one if only to sharpen up your "speedo skills".

You might then be ready to tackle either a Stewart-Warner or a King-Seeley "long needle" unit which would have been options for your GPW. If the internals are not rusted up or anything broken, normally a cleaning and CORRECT lubrication will take care of them. The face may need to be re-silkscreened, the needle painted with a modern glow-in-the-dark paint and a search for the CORRECT font of repop number strips for the odometer and trip meter rolls.

I think if Tom Wolboldt sees your post here he can determine what factory produced your jeep and narrow down the DOD and possibly the USA number. Tom is a researcher and provides this data based on his trips up to the Ford Museum to gather all kinds of GPW info. He does not like to ask for anything in return so as a friend of his and in light of the fact you are kinda new here...I'll suggest you send a small donation via his PayPal account and send him an email to watch out for it.

I'm thinking your frame dates to around July/August depending on which factory and the motor number is close to one from a jeep I used to have. It was GPW-85976 with a DOD of 12/9/42 but it was a Louisville jeep...and then there is that Filo/Lifo issue that can spread out actual dat it was installed and the DOD assigned to that jeep. Tom will have a better answer for you on this stuff!
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Re: 1942 Ford GPW Hanger Queen

Post by mkoloc » Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:20 pm

Chuck, thank you for your post ...downloaded all the info regards speedometers including the rebuild manual and knew that the AC was used as a replacement .. will use until I find the correct one. Already rebuilt a KS for my A2 restoration.

Spoke to Tom several weeks ago and have determined that the GPW was built 19-21 July timeframe in Texas.

I've been on the G since 2007.
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Re: 1942 Ford GPW Hanger Queen

Post by mkoloc » Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:03 pm

Worked on the GPW windshield today, one of many projects ..welded in a piece of metal stock on the backside and then filled the holes with JB Weld, some lightweight body filler. Solid and looks better than when I started. You can see the cancer on the left side of the frame in the pics with the track. Also rebuilt rear lights. Had some pretty rusted parts lights in my stock that I recovered from Ammo Trailers. Holes patched, rust removed, primed and painted. They'll do until restoration. Soldered on plugs/connectors for taillights and will install shortly. Replacement water pump arrived knocked that out before I left today.

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Re: 1942 Ford GPW Hanger Queen

Post by mkoloc » Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:59 pm

Got my taillight brackets welded in and am cleaning up the rear body panel. Had to patch in around the light openings, almost done with that. All the new and correct guages are in and my speedometer is almost done ..have one more part to make/fix. Windshield back together and on jeep to check fit. looks good and nice room for gasket. Had to chisel out the old gasket on inner frame. It was like rock. Siren that came with jeep has been gone thru and new wire installed. Original 6V. Will install that next. Drag link shipped just waiting so I can install Ross box. Also correct data plates installed...Its a Ford once again!

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Re: 1942 Ford GPW Hanger Queen

Post by mkoloc » Sat May 19, 2018 8:00 pm

Moving along.. I now have working lights, brakes, the correct steering box, wheel, new exhaust and skid plate.
Need to mount one more hanger on the muffler after cleaning up the caged nut on the bottom of the tub. Also have the bow brackets to install now that I've found and drilled out the mounting holes that were filled in by the PO.
The clamp for the muffler to exhaust pipe that comes in the installation kit is a joke. It does not tighten down enough to clamp anything .. In reading some other posts see that others have had to use shims to get enough tension to clamp things tight. Going to cut a couple of more slits in the muffler pipe to increase the clamping area and see if that will work before going to shims or a different style clamp. Primer and paint next after cleaning up the front bumper. Some pics.

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Re: 1942 Ford GPW Hanger Queen

Post by kmccarthy16 » Sat May 19, 2018 10:03 pm

Looking good!
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Re: 1942 Ford GPW Hanger Queen

Post by mkoloc » Sun May 20, 2018 9:53 pm

On a frustrating issue with vendors: The hold-downs that mount on the hood for the windshield arrived in the mail Saturday along with a new brass banjo for the master cylinder brakelines. Banjo spot on, but the hold-downs sent are not correct, they are for the hood!!! Friday a new drivers side fender arrived for my 47 Willys project. Opened the box and found a passenger side fender!! Called vendor who immediatly confirmed that he did ship the wrong fender and will ship the correct one Monday and would I be so kind as to box up the other fender and ship it back? At least he will reimburse my shipping cost via PayPal

The installation kit $$$ (brackets hangers etc) that were ordered and shipped with the new GPW muffler and head/exhaust pipe is just plain awful. The clamp for the muffler to exhaust pipe sucks and can't possibly be a correct design, it won't tighten around the pipe even when shimmed. I even added another slit cut in the muffler pipe to increase the clamping area. I wonder if any of these vendors actually try to assemble any of the crap that they sell to restorers? Landed up using two small welding tacs to hold the muffler to the pipe so that it at least looks like the so called correct clamp is doing its job. VERY FRUSTRATING!!
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Re: 1942 Ford GPW Hanger Queen

Post by mkoloc » Sat May 26, 2018 7:09 pm

Front bumper cleaned up, lots of sanding on the body and some filling a little primer and we are waiting for paint that should have been here Friday, but will now not arrive until Tuesday after the Memorial Day weekend.

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Post by mkoloc » Tue May 29, 2018 4:59 pm

Paint today!!!!! Touch up tomorrow and wheels. Some pics from today:

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Re: 1942 Ford GPW Hanger Queen

Post by IvorGPW » Tue May 29, 2018 9:51 pm

The Jeep looks great, you've done wonders for the Jeep. Keep up the good work.
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Re: 1942 Ford GPW Hanger Queen

Post by mkoloc » Wed May 30, 2018 10:35 pm

Up early and did my second round of painting to include my wheels. Installed same and started bolting items back onto the body. Windshield will have to wait till next week as I’m traveling the next few days to TX. Going to leave my speedometer bezel in brass …its clear coated so it wont tarnish. The panel lights work when grounded and I’ll get to them in the morning and installmthr covers. Almost at the finish line. My self imposed deadline was the end of May. Won't quite make it as I lost 7 days to the crud.

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Re: 1942 Ford GPW Hanger Queen

Post by kmccarthy16 » Thu May 31, 2018 4:44 pm

She's looking great!
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Re: 1942 Ford GPW Hanger Queen

Post by mkoloc » Thu May 31, 2018 5:53 pm

Before turning in, decided to check out my blackout lights just to make sure all were functional. ...when I walked out into my dark garage I could clearly see the glow of the speedo needle and the 10 and 20 MPH markers on the dial. The new non-iridium material works great!! The lights looked great!
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Re: 1942 Ford GPW Hanger Queen

Post by mkoloc » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:18 pm

Installed the siren today and she spins up nicely. Picked up my windshield glass and gasket material and knocked that out. A bit of a PITA, but overall I'm happy with the results. Also installed the patch panel floorboard on the drivers side. Paint Masks came in today so I'll be knocking that out this week. Waiting for my top bows.

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Re: 1942 Ford GPW Hanger Queen

Post by mkoloc » Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:56 pm

Doing lots of little but time consuming stuff ... waiting for my top bows .. installed my horn today just to make sure all fits and lines up ..will pull it off for paint. Radiator support rod bracket on radiator was missing, so scrounged one up from a damaged one that I had on the shelf. Got rid of the cheesy support the PO had installed to keep the radiator stable. Pulled speedo so I can get the new cable installed. Also installed a couple of brackets on the siren cable ... Most of the paint masks are complete, although I am a bit disappointed in how much paint slipped under the mask and will need to be touched up now. Have done several vehicles and this is the 1st time I've had this issue with my paint masks. Oh well, into every life :roll:

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