BARN FIND BRITISH ARMY JEEP

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: BARN FIND BRITISH ARMY JEEP

Post by timbo » Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:59 pm

That UK registration YYD 861 is a somerset registration. Timbo


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Post by horrocks » Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:56 am

Metamet was run by an expat Pole, and latterly his son. It was a wonderful Aladdin's caves of wartime Jeeps and Jeep bits and pieces located in a series of old mews stables in Daleham Mews. These places were commonly garage workshops in post-horse London, but nowdays are worth untold fortunes as residences. My father used to buy Jeep spares here in the 1950s, as did I in the 1980s. I have a catalogue somewhere of the 'woody' conversion that they used to carry out on Jeeps. Very swish!
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Post by horrocks » Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:37 am

Here it is, the Metamet brochure, dated 1954. Interesting reading.

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Post by simon king » Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:41 am

horrocks wrote:Metamet was run by an expat Pole, and latterly his son. It was a wonderful Aladdin's caves of wartime Jeeps and Jeep bits and pieces located in a series of old mews stables in Daleham Mews. These places were commonly garage workshops in post-horse London, but nowdays are worth untold fortunes as residences. My father used to buy Jeep spares here in the 1950s, as did I in the 1980s. I have a catalogue somewhere of the 'woody' conversion that they used to carry out on Jeeps. Very swish!
Yes I too got all my jeep parts there when I first started - it was the only game in town at the time, but they had things like NOS sets of Humber sidescreens. They always advertised in Exchange and Mart. Used to see Mr Ricky who worked for them at some of the early Duxford shows long after they had closed and sold their stock to Roy Harris at Atlantic Automotive. In fact he rebuilt my carter carb. Sadly he died three or four years ago now.
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Post by Jim M » Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:52 pm

The brochures are interesting. Thanks for posting them, Toby.
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Post by Jeff Glasser » Sat Jan 14, 2012 6:41 am

My first jeep (a 1942 G.P.W. KCG 509) I had back in the late '60's was an ex Metamet jeep. It had a tailgate, and at the time I thought all jeeps had them!

After all these years I've tracked it down and of course it's been lovingly restored without the tailgate!

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Post by spyder » Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:45 pm

It`s that White Grill thing again

This MB found in Southern France is currently for sale on "Milweb" & also sports a white front Grill

The Green paint looks like British Army Peace time although there are no Butler sidelights on this one
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Post by Jeff Glasser » Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:34 am

On top of the original O.D. on my jeep, was a similar horrible green. I believe this was applied by the British army.

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Post by spyder » Fri May 04, 2012 8:52 am

It has been a long time since I have added to this thread.
Here is my GPW to the left, down at "Universal Jeep" in Godalming. Cliff is currently bringing her back to life with an engine rebuild together with a few other mods that include a complete rewire
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Post by spyder » Fri May 04, 2012 10:42 am

Here is the rebuilt engine painted in Ford GPW Grey before final testing. Lots of work here. After standing since the 70`s with no antifreeze the cold & damp had taken it`s toll.
The valves & pistons were seized solid.

The nest job on the list is to get Universal Jeep to fit a new wiring harness
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Post by Jeff Glasser » Fri May 04, 2012 11:32 am

No block cracks then?

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Post by Fat Albert » Sat May 05, 2012 6:35 am

It's looking good Spyder... Keep the updates coming!
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Re: BARN FIND BRITISH ARMY JEEP

Post by spyder » Mon May 07, 2012 1:24 pm

Hi Jeff

Sent to a specialist for checking and maybe repair, & there is a small hairline crack above distributor, but held up under pressure test & all seems to be fine
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Post by Jeff Glasser » Tue May 08, 2012 12:03 pm

What an unusual place! One day when I'm sure it'll work I'll take my engine out and get the cracks done. I have two cracks that only weep when starting and then on cooling down. these are both above the distributor. As they are more cosmetic than a threat I'll leave them for now.

Please keep us informed as to how you repairs stand up.

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Re: BARN FIND BRITISH ARMY JEEP

Post by spyder » Wed May 30, 2012 11:26 am

Back down to Universal Jeep at Guildford today to see how the GPW is coming along, & here she is having a new old stock braided wiring harness fitted by one of Cliff`s Team
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