WOW!! 1943 MB "Barn find" in Oakdale, CA

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WOW!! 1943 MB "Barn find" in Oakdale, CA

Post by macaddict23 » Sat Aug 14, 2010 3:21 pm

I'm fairly new to the military Jeep scene. Back in 2009, I started searching Craiglists 24/7 looking for any military Jeep. I found a 1945 MB in December, bought it, and then realized it needed a lot of work. So I sold that, and with a bit more knowledge, I bought a 1942 Slat because I thought it was rare, then realized it had many bubba mods, and that buying original or repro parts would've emptied my bank account. So, I sold that about a month ago, and promised myself that until I find a "close-to-original" Jeep, I would hold off as long as possible. Well, as you can see from the pics below, the waiting finally paid off, and at a great price!!
Because the patina looks great, I'm undecided whether to sand for numbers.
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Post by hell-fire » Sat Aug 14, 2010 5:16 pm

"WOW" Is correct,

I am stunned by this MB, it has most everything, why the data plate is not stamped is a mystery but to me it looks real, except for a couple of phillips heead screws, the tail lights & the rims it is mostly all there, a great find & you will be the envy of a lot of people on here.

Good luck with it & well done on a great find.
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Post by Bill M » Sat Aug 14, 2010 5:41 pm

Another "wow" from me as well. Is this one a keeper?
This one must have been on the cusp of the change to the welded rear panel supports.
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Post by GP1942 » Sat Aug 14, 2010 5:47 pm

:D
Very very good find !
you are very lucky to find a MB in this shape,
here on the east coast jeeps are really rusty and hard to find. :( :(

Good luck with your MB

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Post by sam C. » Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:39 pm

Very nice!!!!! I have MB203410 (~19 Jan 43) and the rear panel support gussets are welded (but were cut flush with the top of the tool boxes, when the rear panel was made into a tailgate).
Congratulations on a wonderful find!!!


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Post by macaddict23 » Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:31 pm

Can some one please tell me . . .

1) The estimated DOD based on my frame number (MB200366) and body number(102310)?

2) Is the engine pre- or post-war?

3) The tires say DENMAN NDT MILITARY. Are these the original tires, or at least the original brand used back in WWII?

4) Are the hood blocks original?

5) How do I install the canvas top?


Thanks! :
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Post by Benleroy » Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:02 am

macaddict23 wrote:Can some one please tell me . . .

1) The estimated DOD based on my frame number (MB200366) and body number(102310)?

2) Is the engine pre- or post-war?

3) The tires say DENMAN NDT MILITARY. Are these the original tires, or at least original brand used back in WWII?

4) Are the hood blocks original?

5) How do I install the canvas top?


Thanks! :
Wow really nice jeep!!

2) The engine seems to be produced during wartime. But you need to find the engine number and the number of willys contract on the block : http://img361.imageshack.us/img361/4456/eclate1qf7.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

4) The Hood blocks are not original ;)

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Post by F Bill » Sun Aug 15, 2010 10:08 am

If I had to guess I would bet your jeep is an older restoration, not an original jeep. Too many incorrect details like the wheels, data plates, hood lettering, and the temp gage and I am not too sure about the paint either. Still a nice jeep.

By the way you need to slow down on the pic posting.. Or upgrade to professional..lol. Most of your pics are showing a bandwidth exceeded message now. Maybe just linking to the album might be better.
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Post by mbwlc » Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:05 am

I agree with F Bill .... macaddict23 you have a nice jeep but is more likey an older restoration, not an original jeep. mbwlc
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Post by macaddict23 » Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:20 am

F Bill wrote:If I had to guess I would bet your jeep is an older restoration, not an original jeep. Too many incorrect details like the wheels, data plates, hood lettering, and the temp gage and I am not too sure about the paint either. Still a nice jeep.
Yes, the items you mentioned above are definitely not original. But everything else in the Jeep, and a huge percentage of it, is original and in great condition. All the other non-original stuff can be replaced with original items -- of course with a bit of luck and patience. Yes, the paint that you see now is sun-beaten OD. Underneath that is yellow, and then the original OD.
F Bill wrote:By the way you need to slow down on the pic posting.. Or upgrade to professional..lol. Most of your pics are showing a bandwidth exceeded message now. Maybe just linking to the album might be better.
I know. Sorry. :) I compiled everything in an album. Thanks for setting me straight.
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