1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

If you have an unrestored WWII jeep, we would like to see pictures, and hear your comments. NO EBAY or COMMERCIAL SALES.
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Mark Jesic » Fri May 25, 2018 4:24 am

Boyso, your skills and patience are admirable, also a good name for the jeep. My first jeep was called "kick ass" and my slattie which i have now is called "AGGIE". Oh and for the record my Grandkids call me "Grandad Jeep", and yes i love that name. Keep going with the project, your skills will reward you. :D

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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Boyso » Fri May 25, 2018 4:45 am

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Thu May 24, 2018 7:33 pm
Hello Boyso,

Great choice of a name for your jeep !!

Don't worry too much about slight dimples on your jeep panel when done.

Do not ever use bondo on your jeep, period !!

You can reliably use a product called " All Metal " it goes on the same way.
But it is rock solid, and does a fantastic job.
It does not ever absorb water, and break off like bondo does.

It will be perfect to fill in any little imperfections,
then you can sand it down smooth to match the surrounding metal.
I have used it, it is GREAT !!!

Best Regards,

Ray

Oh thanks for the suggestion, first time hearing about this product! I'll read up on it. Yeah if I were to use a filler, I'd like something that can flex with the tub and not crack. And it'd be more to cover my hammer marks (I'm using cheap tools, can't afford Martin or Fairmount) than to fill gaps. I've had ABGold suggested to me over bondo as well.

Thanks Mark! Yeah, I started this restoration to learn new skills and it certainly helped me improve my patience skills :oops:
The trick is to just walk away for a few hours when its not going too well, the last thing I want is to get burned-out and sell it off as a project.

I don't want to sell it... ever!
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Mark Jesic » Fri May 25, 2018 10:41 am

You are on the same wavelength as i am Boyso, i will NEVER sell mine.

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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Boyso » Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:51 pm

Small update, havent been at the shop for a few weekends.

Got my first two patches welded in. Not enough penetration on a few welds, had to go back behind and weld up from inside the panel a few shallow welds.

Found an old manual from when I was at school about calculating bend radii. Was easier just to do it by trial and error :D

I have a bit of hammering to do on top of the railling, Its sitting a bit proud in the middle.

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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Beers » Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:43 pm

Very nice work Boyso! :)
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Mark Jesic » Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:22 am

I cant wait to see the finished article, fine work Boyso. :D

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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Boyso » Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:34 pm

I know from the photos, it seems like I'm not doing any progress but I think I've got it to maybe 90% flat. The last 10% is a total b**** to achieve however! I'm going bald from pulling my hair off :x

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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Mark Jesic » Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:22 am

Youre winning Boyso, and with admirable skills. :D

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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Boyso » Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:03 pm

Thanks Mark, appreciated!

Found a good technique to make things flatter using my shrinking disc, hit up the rear of the side panel for an hour or two and its noticeably better, could use a bit more work but headed on the right track.

I also tried my hand at hammerforming over wood a patch for the bottom of the panel, although I wasn't very succesful. The bends are too wavy and I had waayyy too much material to stretch over the rounded portion. Tried it again with a smaller patch and it worked OK. I just need to redo the straight bends on my metal brake and we'll be set.

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