1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by 70th Division » Tue Sep 28, 2021 9:40 pm

Hello,

I am working on the jeep, at a slower pace now, as my Mother had a stroke here at home. I am taking care of her, and doing all the physical therapy the best I can.
I am learning as much as I can, and I am seeing daily progress with her right leg, and she also is speaking a little more each day.
I am working on the right arm as well and core exercises.
It is a challenge, but due to virus issues we don't want any physical therapist in twice a week. They told me they do treat people with covid, so I said no thanks, I have no virus at home, and plan to keep it that way.
I am doing physical therapy 7 days a week!!
Our German doctor said I made the right choice. Prayer does work for healing, and we are working towards a good recovery for my Mother. My brother helps me, as I couldn't do it myself.
So we are doing the best we can !

I can work on the Jeep once she is resting comfortably in the living room, and morning therapy is done, etc.

So I managed to get one rear frame rail end piece trimmed and a new piece welded into position.
It came out pretty well !
I will do the other rail repair over the next few days.

Here are some action pics of the repair. I welded on the end of another 43 GPW frame rail that I found on ebay. The seller had 2 rail ends cut off , so I was very lucky to have gotten them.
I trimmed them and my rail to fit, clamped them into position, and welded them it.
Also note that a former repair had welded up the rail, and the top of the rail was welded lower than normal. So I made a cut as seen in the picture and bent in upward back into correct position. It worked perfect.
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The weld was hot and made a perfect seam.
I will grind in back, and will leave a good bead on the inner side of the repair.
I haven't yet decided to take someone else's triangle shape reinforcements out from over the spring shackle. I will look at that this weekend.
The other side , I will take one out as it needs a little repair along the base anyways.
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Ray


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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by JAB » Wed Sep 29, 2021 4:03 am

Hang in there Ray. Life sometimes interferes with our hobbies and we do sometimes need to be reminded that this is just a hobby. Priorities.

I have a 43 GPW with the front end of the frame exposed. Do you need a tracing of the angular shape of the cut end or did I misunderstand what you need? Let me know. I can mail it to you.
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Post by 70th Division » Wed Sep 29, 2021 9:41 am

Hello,

Thanks Jeff , it is a stressful time.
I will do my best, and pray all will be well.

The triangle things I am referring to are some triangle shaped pieces of metal someone welded in on the inside of the rear frame rail, where the rail was cracked above the rear spring shackles.
They were put in pretty well, but I am repairing this section now.
So maybe leave them in place, or remove them.

But I will get some work done as I can, as I have some free time throughout the day, and night.


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Post by JAB » Wed Sep 29, 2021 12:59 pm

This is the angle I was talking about:
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Post by 70th Division » Wed Sep 29, 2021 1:52 pm

Thanks Jeff !!

Those are very good pics of the angles on the front. Plus the factory weld beads are perfectly illustrated !!

I already repaired what I had left of them.
A former owner cut them to fit a pipe bumper across the front .

But I think they came out OK ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by 70th Division » Wed Oct 06, 2021 11:46 am

Hello,

Ok, on the rear driver's frame rail that had been repaired I discovered it is out of "spec" .
I welded on the frame repair piece to the passenger's side frame rail, and all went well. It is in the correct alignment, distances, etc.
I clamped the repair piece to the driver rail, and measured between the rivet holes for the crossmember.
It measured about 31.
Center of rivet to center of rivet it should be 30 5/8 exact.
The frame rail repair welded up the driver's frame rail about 1/4 inch to wide.
The rail was cracked along its bottom edge at the lower 90 degree bend where it is attached to the spring bracket.
So I am cutting out the "added triangles" and will cut the weld as well.
Then will bring it back to its correct location, and weld back together.
Here are some pics of the triangle removal so far :
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I am waiting on my rotary tool to recharge now, so I can grind the weld bead and steel out.

Once I get this removed, I will get the frame area cleaned up and cut along the inner corner to open it up to adjust it back into compliance ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
You can see the old weld bead that welded it up a quarter inch too wide.
Ok, I got it removed !!
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I feel confident this will repair pretty easily but it takes a few steps to get it all in alignment again before welding !!

Best Regards,
Ray
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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by 17thAirborne » Wed Oct 06, 2021 1:04 pm

It's amazing watching you work my friend!
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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by 70th Division » Thu Oct 07, 2021 11:46 am

Hello,


Thanks Oz !!
I appreciate you taking a look ๐Ÿ˜

The driver's seat that I restored came from your place in New Mexico !!

She will ride on into the future now ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„ !!

I hope to get a little more frame rail work done today on the rear driver's side.
I will get it cut, adjusted, then clamped and measured. Once all is in spec and in alignment I will weld it all back together.

Keep up your great work as well, Oz !!!


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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by 70th Division » Fri Oct 08, 2021 6:35 am

Hello,

Here are some more frame repair pictures.
The welds on the passenger side rail came out great, and are rock solid !!
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All is in alignment, and looks good.
I will finish up a little more and this will be good.

On the driver's side rail, I just made the cut to align the frame to the correct specification width to accept the new cross member.
The rivet holes on the frame must match the holes on the crossmember.
I think this will work out perfect.
Once aligned and measured, and double checked, I will be able to weld the frame rail back together correctly, and then weld the piece of frame rail patch that the cross member will attach to with the special snap off rivets.
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Here you can see the side wall of the frame, after I cut the incorrect repair weld along the bottom.
I will tap it over to start getting the alignment right.
It needs to be tapped inward about a quarter of an inch or so.


You can also see a cut at the top of the frame rail. This was done because the top was also tapered downward after an old repair.
This will allow me to raise the top flat part back into the correct height, then it will be welded up as well.


Here are some pictures of the patch piece of the frame rail that I will weld onto the main rail once it is all aligned and welded up.
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I also had to repair the patch piece too !!

Soon it will all come together
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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by 70th Division » Fri Oct 08, 2021 3:38 pm

Hello,


Now I have welded in the patch section of the frame rail to the driver's side. It took trimming and aligning, but I got it all aligned good !! โ€‹๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
I made plenty of measurements to be sure before welding it into position.

Here are some pictures:
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I added a bead of weld along the bottom left inside of the rail as well. So it is now well secured for service again !! ( not pictured above, but you can see the area before it was welded.) That side wall needed to be tapped inward to get the correct alignment.
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The welds were high temp and worked great. This thing is attached inside and out !!

Here is the F marked crossmember
fitted on to see what it will look like.
I will mention that this F scripted crossmember is missing quite a few important alignment holes.
Specifically every hole needed to correctly align it to the frame rivet holes !!
Top, bottom, and rear facing !
So what my plan is since the frame was out of whack, instead of guessing the accuracy of the needed holes, I will order a new crossmember that has all the holes drilled in their correct locations,and line it up with this one. Once I get it aligned, I will mark and drill the holes in the factory location.

Talk about having extra steps added to your efforts !!

Once I get it, I will be ready to "rivet" it on with the special snap off rivets.
THIS will be a great accomplishment on the road to getting the frame done, and being able to start assembling this 43 GPW, built from mostly cast off parts !!
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The fitment looks perfect, and nice and tight !!!
It matches nicely with the pintle hitch frame section perfectly and tight.
It has gone well, this repair !!!

Now I will grind of the weld beads and smooth them in on the outside of the frame rail.
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Looks great !!

I am leaving solid beads on the inside of the rails to preserve a strong weld connection.

I will next use an orbital sander to smooth the repairs off nicely.

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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by 70th Division » Fri Oct 15, 2021 6:33 pm

Hello,

I made a repair to the rear passengers side frame rail .
There was a patch there from an earlier repair , from long ago.
I removed the patch.
Next I cut away the shattered and cracked section of lower rail.

I then made a replacement patch from a left over piece of the gpw frame section that I got to repair the end where the crossmember attaches.
It worked out great !!
The patch metal was already curved like the frame.
I also will make another patch for the exact same location on the driver's side rail.

Here are some action photos:
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Here you can see how the damage shattered the section of rail in this piece that was cut out.
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The repair went great, and is rock solid now. I also added a bead of weld to the inside of the frame rail for added strength.
It is coming along nice ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚

Best Regards,
Ray
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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by 70th Division » Fri Oct 15, 2021 6:44 pm

Hello,

Here is the opposite side that needs the exact same repair.
However they whacked this jeep frame, it did cause a lot of damage.
I still can't figure it out, since the slat grill body that was put on this frame in 1945, had no damage !
It should be pretty easy to do, as the other side was pretty straight forward ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„
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I will cut another patch from the frame section for this side, and it will be a perfect replacement patch !

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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by 70th Division » Tue Oct 19, 2021 9:51 am

Hello,

Well here is the patch welded in the other side of the frame rail
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It went in nice !!

Now I will start grinding the welds smooth and blend them in with the frame rail.

Here they are smoothed out, and blended in. I made sure to have a good weld gap between the joints to be certain of a solid , complete weld.
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Re: 1943 Ford GPW Build from Rescued 1943 Parts

Post by 70th Division » Wed Oct 20, 2021 7:33 pm

Hello,

The next area of repair will be the spring holder brackets.
The brackets have some wear on them, the ones that the bolt with a grease fitting attaches.
The brackets are still solid and with thick side walls.

Where the spring wore against the the bracket, some steel has been worn away.

So my plan it to weld up the divet, and then grind them smooth again.

This should work perfect, and help preserve the spring brackets for another 75 years.

Here are some pictures :
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With the welder set at max heat, new weld should fill the in wear perfectly to accomplish the repairs !!

Update :

Here are the areas welded up so far, I will do the 2 rear ones next, then grind them all smooth to original configuration.
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