1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by horrocks » Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:41 am

Outstanding!
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Boyso » Sun Oct 04, 2020 6:54 pm

Pretty happy with the progress, its good for the morale :)

I wish I had taken my time a bit more before cutting the floor, the gap is larger than I would've liked. Oh well, I'll figure out something. Either try to bridge the gap with weld or weld in a thin strip. I'd prefer not dumping a ton of heat there though.

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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Ralph » Sun Oct 04, 2020 7:09 pm

Thanks for all the pics of your restoration...for those of us who have finished one, it is a happy walk again to see another in progress.If it seems at this point like a lot of work remaining-you'll miss it someday, good work!
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Boyso » Sun Oct 04, 2020 7:27 pm

Thanks, I appreciate it :)

I know I'll miss it, but right now I'd really love to be able to drive it :)

I started the resto 8 years ago, hopefully it'll be done by the time I reach the 10 year mark!
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by HH Birnie » Sun Oct 04, 2020 10:38 pm

Great pictures of a out standing job. The big gab between the floor panels is not a big problem. Put a thick piece of a copper plate under the gab so you can weld the gab better.
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Viking27 » Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:01 am

Excellent job :) I am doing the same, fitting JMP front floor to the cowl section.
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Boyso » Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:37 pm

I'll be following closely Hinrik! Love that NOS kit you posted on facebook :O

Thanks Hans, yeah I'm just a sucker for trying to get as close as perfect. Nobody will know but I

Another busy weekend, feels good. I had to assemble everything to make sure everything was square, and also lets say for my own sanity ;) It was the mental health day after all.

Started stripping the cowl, I'm dead tired, I'm using hand held drills and die grinders and I have a gravity-fed sandblaster that's making a mess and making my eyes scratchy even with PPE. Some rust in the glovebox compartment and surface rust pretty much everywhere. I need to get some rust converter

I decided to strip the front, I took some pictures of the markings, I'll take better ones next weekend before they disapear.

Oh and yes, I can fit my 6'2"-self into the jeep. With some difficulties.

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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by conrod6 » Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:43 am

Well you have come a long way on this restoration Boyso - and learnt a lot I can see - well done.

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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by horrocks » Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:03 am

Not fun, that bit!
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Boyso » Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:43 am

Thanks Barrie and yeah, I'm getting tired of sanding paint and rust. At least most of it is gone now !

Sadly, the country is about to go back onto Lockdown mode, I won't be able to travel to the shop if it does as its our secondary residence. Trying to do as much as possible while I still can as we'll have 3 feet of snow in the blink of an eye here
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by nick peters » Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:58 am

Good work mate Keep at it. Wont be tooo long un till your up n runnin.
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Boyso » Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:35 am

Thanks bud :)

On a side note, the jeep is 76 years old today !

Bought corroseal and more sandpaper, the cowl will be finished this weekend
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Boyso » Sat Oct 24, 2020 1:07 pm

Finished sanding the cowl, took 3 weekends and about 150$ CAD worth of sanding equipment. Almost bought a small exterior sandblaster to get in the pits and stuff. Used Corroseal in the supports and on the glovebox floor to really kill any rust that persisted. There is some small rust holes on the side of the glovebox but the rust has all been neutralised so I might weld a patch on the outside of it, or just leave as is, I'll decide down the road.

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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Boyso » Sun Nov 08, 2020 4:10 pm

Only took 3 years. Back in 1 piece :D

Lots of grinding in the future

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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by 70th Division » Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:10 pm

Hello,

Wow !! :D :D :D :D :D

She is really looking great and coming together nicely !
You have turned the corner by getting things welded together now :D :D
Having it mocked up you can see the Jeep for what it was, and will be again !!
You are doing excellent work, and are a great inspiration to us all
with your dedication and accomplishment with all your hard work !

Keep it up !!

Best Regards,
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