1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

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: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by 70th Division » Sun May 23, 2021 8:23 am

Hello,

That may be Jeff 😁
I am very happy that I was able to find a 1943 GPW engine ,
transmission, and transfer for this this jeep !!!
A G503 member posted his engine that was running, for sale, but it has a coolant leak in the block somewhere , getting water into the oil.
Once repaired , it will drop right into the 43 frame, and really help leap frog this restoration effort !!!

Thanks Bob !!!

Here are some pictures of the new engine.
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Here are some of the transmission and transfer case :
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What a great potential !!!

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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by JAB » Thu May 27, 2021 1:36 pm

What's the serial number of your '43 GPW? Or, which number will you use? The frame, motor, or glove box plate? My '43 is GPW-109628 on the frame, no glove box plate, civy motor.
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Post by 70th Division » Fri May 28, 2021 6:31 am

Hello Jeff,

I will be using the titled frame number which is in the 112,000 range.
So you have this one beat by a few thousand 😁😁

Yours is a little earlier.
The frame is a Dallas GPW, and the body was also from a Dallas GPW , so it will stay a Texas jeep.
I had new dash plates made by Datplates4u, all I can say is they are absolutely perfect !!!
If you don't have any, xontact him in Holland. You will be very happy !!

I am making progress, but I have to get a new rotary tool, because another chinese junk tool has failed.
I am getting a collection of them now. Dremel, Black and Decker, Wen. So they don't last very long.

I am using a rock solid, old, heavy US made Craftsman Table saw that is older than me, and it works like the day it was made. They don't make tools like that anymore !!
I am adding a bathroom addition to my jeep barn in my spare time so I have been trimming some overpriced lumber during the construction.😁😁


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Post by 70th Division » Fri May 28, 2021 6:42 am

Hello,

I was very fortunate to find a rare Ford BO bulb for this jeep !!!
It came from Europe ! He doesn't have any more ☹
Here are some pics :
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Beautiful and NOS !!!

Also, the Liberty Carton Company is still in business !!!

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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by Michael O. » Sat May 29, 2021 10:50 am

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Hello,

… and from a Dallas GPW body and associated parts that came from a fellow G member. He decided to go with a new body kit for his great restoration.
While I congratulate you on finding an original tub, fenders, hood and windshield to restore for your project I still can’t help but wonder why anyone would choose to sell off most of their original jeep’s sheet metal components (that can be restored with some effort, time, money and patience) in favor of a reproduction body kit? To me this is one of the most foolish mindsets in this hobby. That tub and associated parts you bought are absolutely restorable, as you are proving so in your thread! Too bad most of the guy’s original jeep is now gone forever…albeit living on in your jeep now. To a lot of guys, it seems their vehicle is just a “prop”…just something to look cool driving…even though their jeep is basically now just a replica…aka…something that simply looks like a WWII jeep with some original parts.
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Post by 70th Division » Sat May 29, 2021 12:08 pm

Hello Michael,

I understand the issue, and I wish all jeeps can be restored.
I certainly try to do my part !!
I have rescued many jeeps,
Dodges, very recently a Command Car, and a 1941 CCKW.
So I have a full slate of restoration projects on my agenda.

I believe that there were 2 factors in focus on this jeep by the original owner.
First, he had the immediate need for a restored jeep, and secondly the body work on this one was beyond his current abilities and time table.

That is why he put it up for sale, so someone else would restore the damaged components to be used again on another jeep. I thank him for that !! He also sent me many great small parts that I am also using for this restoration as well as some new parts he didn't need, along with a brand new set of US made hat channels. It was very generous for him to do that for me !


I have seen other cases where owners have cut body tubs up, and scrapped them. Terrible !!!
In my opinion many bodies were fully restorable, but were lost.
So if anyone has old rough bodies, don't scrap them, put them up for sale, or for free, but don't cut them up !!! Someone can likely put the time, effort, resources into repairing them. It does take a passion, and commitment, but it gives you a great feeling to know you have done it.
The person selling the rough rub and parts will also feel great knowing that their parts will be restored to ride again !!!
I had some time ago bought a rough Ford script tub from a G member, just to save it, for a future restoration. He replaced it with another original non script Ford built tub. I recently gave it back to him to restore and put back on his jeep to keep it all original. I am very happy that I got that tub, but even happier to know that it is returning to its original jeep. That is awesome to me, and will be a labor of love for him I know , and a big effort to restore, but it is fully restorable.

This jeep body I am restoring and all body parts were saved and are restored now, or very close to being restored !!


I have been restoring this jeep, and there was definitely a lot of damage to almost every area, and part.
I really enjoy doing it, and it does take a lot of time and effort.
It will be saved, and restored as a complete, 1943 GPW jeep, rebuilt from original parts that have been cast off, discarded, and sold ,that I have been collecting over the years.
I realized that I had most of the parts to actually build a complete jeep, so I wanted to try it.
I think it will be a total success, with a fully restored 1943 GPW being again back in service for another 75 years of jeeping.

I am so happy that a complete jeep will be created again, from all these original parts.
I have a little more to do, before the body is ready to paint. I also need to finish taking my slat grill apart to get the Ford frame uncovered and restored. I bought a slat rolling frame from a G member years ago to build a complete original slat jeep. So this really is allowing the building by me of 2 complete, correct jeeps from one, and the original G member building his jeep with a new body, for a total of 3 jeeps from this one original GPW.

This is a big Jeep win any way you look at it 😁😁

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Ray

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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by Michael O. » Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:03 am

Yes, his loss was definitely your gain. Again, I commend you for taking the time and effort to restore an original tub and attaching parts.
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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by 70th Division » Wed Jun 02, 2021 10:36 am

Hello,

Thanks Michael !!

I love it !!
These Jeeps are America ,
We must Keep Them Rolling !!!


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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by 70th Division » Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:12 pm

Hello,

I have finished all the metal work, welding and grinding of the repairs
to the passenger seat.
This seat was a piece of Swiss cheese, and now it is rock solid.
All the repairs are nice and smooth to the touch now. Rubbing my hand over the repairs they feel perfect !
It took a lot of fine grinding of the welds with my new rotary tool, and a lot of welding up of each and every pin hole in the weld seams, with additional grinding.

So, it is looking great so far 😁

Next I will blast the metal clean, to get it ready for primer and metallic filler. Once added, I will sand the filler down smooth to the metal.
It will blend in nice, and give a lasting repaired finish to the seat pan. I will also fill in some pitting on the seat frame as well.
It should look absolutely beautiful when completed !!!

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She will be a winner !!!

An original GPW seat saved with a little extra effort.

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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by JAB » Mon Jun 07, 2021 7:36 pm

Fantastic!
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Post by 70th Division » Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:22 pm

Thanks Jeff !!!

It is coming together !!

I blasted the repaired seat today, and will finish blasting tomorrow.

Then primer, metallic filler, paint and she will be done !!

We have got to keep moving forward !!!


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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by JAB » Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:38 am

70th Division wrote:
Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:22 pm
Thanks Jeff !!!

It is coming together !!
..............

We have got to keep moving forward !!!


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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by 70th Division » Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:12 am

Hi Jeff,

That is pretty cool, and a good concept to focus on, in all things !!
My neighbor is from Wisconsin, and is always working !!!!
Every day getting things done, and getting something new started !!

I am finishing the blasting the passenger seat , and it will take a lot of fine finish work on the tube frame as little rust pits are blasted clean.
I will fill them in and sand them all smooth with the metal filler.
Plenty of hours of work left on it, but will be worth all the efforts.

My M38-A1 jeep was originally from Wisconsin, then was sent to Utah . I bought it in Utah, where is sat rust free for many years.


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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by 70th Division » Thu Jun 10, 2021 3:39 pm

Hello,

The long neglected seat is getting close to being restored 😁

The blasting has been completed.
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The first coat of primer has been applied, of many to come, as well as the metallic filler, Metal to Metal.
But first, I will do additional pin hole welding of any small pin holes left after the initial welding, with the blasting revealing every one possible.
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Now after this rewelding and grinding is done, then I will start working the fill material for the pitting and patch repair welds 😁
Then more primer, and so forth , until perfect.
Then nice coats of olive drab !!
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Fortunately the rear facing seat back had plenty of original primer and paint, so not much pitting occurred there, an area you actually see when installed. I will fill it in tomorrow. Mainly the seat frame and lower repaired pan had the most pitting.

Here are some pics of the reweld work this morning.
The blasting cleaned them out nicely, and I found 2 small rust pits that broke through on the frame tube. I reamed them out a little.
No problem, that issue has been resolved 😁😁
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Wow did I mention the scorching sun and heat in Florida ??
Not to mention the humidity !!
That is why I primered the seat first, to keep the atmospheric humidity from rusting away the clean surfaces which happens about overnight sometimes it seems !!

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Ray

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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by 70th Division » Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:07 am

Hello,

Here is a new tool update.
Having burned out several rotary tools, dremel, black and decker, and a wen chinese one, (don't waste any money on a Wen, garbage) it lasted a few months, then speed button stops working, and won't operate .
I found a Tacklife brand unit online.
The reviews were pretty good.
I have to say, so far it works great, and seems better made than all the rest.
It is definitely higher quality all around than the rest.
Here are some pics:
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I also use dremel EZ lock cutting disks with the quick release fitting.
These I get by the 100 pack on ebay, at $1 each. Can't be beat anywhere, and this combo is a must for me to do the fine finishing of the weld repairs on the jeep.
I don' t want to see the repairs when done, just a smooth repair, then I will seal and smooth that down with metallic filler.

Now back to work !!!!!

Best Regards,
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