GPW 197412 D O D 4-19-44

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Re: GPW 197412 D O D 4-19-44

Post by Sargent Resorator » Tue May 19, 2020 2:01 pm

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Last week I was able to trade for an original MB front bumper from my friend that as sold his jeep and shipped it off to England last year. I currently has a cj bumper on my frame. Last year I made a couple of copies of it, but now I will restore the original. It will not be easy. So far I has a lot of original parts. I want the old used look, of my motor pool restoration.

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Re: GPW 197412 D O D 4-19-44

Post by Sargent Resorator » Fri May 22, 2020 11:52 am

I'm going to back up and start from the beginning of my GPW. I started out with an early MB body. Mounted it on a 43 GPW frame. This was my base start. Along the way I have made many other friends that have built or are building there jeep. For me it has been the best source of parts.
I'm going to start out with my Tub. I cut it apart and save every panel I could. Sorry to say i did not take many pictures. These pictures are the work and priming of the tub. I used surface build up primmer, then red oxide primmer, and the OD green from Ron's.
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Re: GPW 197412 D O D 4-19-44

Post by 70th Division » Fri May 22, 2020 1:16 pm

Hello,

That is a great tub restoration you did !
It looks great , and I commend you for saving the original tub and restoring it :D :D :D
I now figured out that you have 2 jeeps here that you are or have been working on :D
that is awesome, and great you have your workshop built as well.
Here is some technical info for the G members working on later 1943 GPW jeeps :

I have a late 1943 GPW, that has a "late" made ACM 1 body on it.
I think the serial number on mine is in the 157,xxx range.
I didn't realize that after all the Ford made bodies used by Ford until late 1943, they started
using the early Willys type 1 ACM bodies at their factories, until they switched to the ACM type 2 bodies. The way I dated it was with the high numbered ACM 1 serial number on the body.
I had thought that it was a GPW with a Willys ACM body placed on it by the British.
Now I know that is was 100 percent factory correct.
It is titled as a 1942 Willys, and has a 1942 Willys serial number range, but is actually a 1943 Ford GPW . Even the British archives lists it
as a Willys MB, but it is in fact a Ford GPW. The ACM Type 1 body has Ford foot rests installed in it, the jeep has a Ford frame, and a Ford replacement engine that the British put in it .
Now I have to get that corrected with the Florida DMV, that should be a fun task :D :D :D

Keep us posted on your beautiful Jeep project.

Here is a link to dataplates4u ACM body numbers that other looking at your post may find very helpful in their restorations especially if they find an ACM type 1 body on their 1943 Ford .

https://dataplates4u.com/bodynumbers/
Here is a very interesting chart from the cj2a page that has the Ford use of ACM 1 bodies in late 1943
https://www.thecj2apage.com/forums/the- ... 27435.html


Best Regards,
Ray

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Re: GPW 197412 D O D 4-19-44

Post by Sargent Resorator » Fri May 22, 2020 2:01 pm

Thanks, Ray for the info.
Your right, I have two jeeps. By the time I got the second tub and matching frame I had completed the first tub and painted it. So most of my parts are ford, I'm going to use the 1944 GPW vin number. I cut off the cowl gussets and still need to fit the to the first body.

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Re: GPW 197412 D O D 4-19-44

Post by Sargent Resorator » Tue May 26, 2020 9:05 am

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My favorite F stamped part is one of my corner handles. We live in a world of waste. During WW2 they did waste anything. Look how they gas welded it together. Today we just toss the short pieces.

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