1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

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: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by hell-fire » Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:57 pm

You should try and source one of the premade US floors which have everything except the hump which you have get one of those weld the hump on and your good to go.
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Post by Boyso » Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:31 am

@Birnie
Great video! I love watching metalshaper work, really a great craftsman. hadn't seen that one yet!

I just need to find a good ref of a GPW step. I can probably adapt the repro one I have and fix it with my original, at least what's left of it.

@hell-fire
Yeah I've seen those but unfortunately with the covid, I can't get to the shop as the police have set barriers stopping non-essential travel to that region and I can't pick up new parts from the border either.

I talked a bit with Joe Motor Pool about having patch panels that'd cover the rectangular pressed indent and the indents near the fuel tank well.
Said they'd look into it!

Outside of that, I think I can make the front floor myself as its mostly flat and the folded down edges could be made with clamped down angle iron and some strategic hammer blows!

But unfortunately, it seems I might not be able to get to the shop until June or July :(
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by HH Birnie » Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:09 am

Unfortunately the covid has stop everything. Words fall short of how bad this virus is.Every body take care.

This was my restauration in 2009-2012
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Post by Boyso » Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:09 am

Great thread, wish I could work this fast! :D
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Post by Boyso » Wed May 13, 2020 5:08 pm

Wow finally some good news!

Firstly, I got a new job back in my neck of the woods and will move in a couple weeks. I'll now be only 1.5hrs away from the shop instead of the current 3.5 hrs ! Those dollars saved are gonna suit the jeep just fine!

Secondly, the Quebec government decided to backtrack on its previous ban on military vehicles. Never thought this would happen and couldn't be happier. They added a seperate inspection by an engineer but I haven't got any doubts my jeep will pass it with flying colors, one day!

So I've just been enjoying my vacation between jobs and tore down what was left of the cowl. Removed all the dataplates and the switches left. Started removing the cowl supports too.

As soon as it gets off of the container, I've got a JMP front floor w/out hat channels, two side panels w/ step and two new cowl supports, all from JMP to pick up from Rory Grenier! That's gonna be a blast!

I also ordered the whole MV Spares wiring kit and grounding straps from JMP. I just need me some tinning butter and I'll be ready to tin the frame in no time.

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Post by zepher11 » Thu May 14, 2020 9:02 am

Right on! On both counts. The new job and the government relaxing restrictions on military vehicles! 8)
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Post by hell-fire » Sat May 16, 2020 4:36 am

Good stuff on the parts you have coming from JMP via Rory, looking forward to seeing how it all goes together, I am thinking by the end of the year your Jeep will be getting close, as I know only to well it is the little jobs with their idiosyncrasies which eat the time up.

Looking forward to seeing more of your excellent work.
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Post by Boyso » Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:15 pm

Oh sorry John, completely missed your reply! Thank you for the kind words. I'm thinking I can get the tub 100% done by the end of the year. I'm still waiting on the parts from Rory and I recently moved back to my parents for my new job. Ate up a lot of time in the month of june but now I'm back in the shop and just cleaning random bits and pieces laying around. I also got my hands on a set of bond straps and a wiring kit. I'm now in full money-saving mode for my next condo, Montreal is a lot more expensive to live in and I still haven't sold my condo in Quebec city.

I got really tired of both my axles leaking. My front axles was leaking out of the knuckles on both ends. I don't think there were anything wrong with the inner seals I had gotten from Ron, but when I installed my halfshafts, I didn't clean the tubes and I'm thinking the grime and rust in there might've cut the seals a bit. I ordered sets of SKF seals, they have springs for additionnal pressure around the shaft. Unfortunately I ruined the first set when I tried to install them too quickly They have a green coating on the outside that makes them seal better but harder to install. No more leaks ! Left paper towels under the knuckles for 2 weeks without a single drop :)

My rear axle had been leaking for a while from the drain plug. Threads are a bit fubar'd. Used a tiny bit of RTV and its holding. I haven't filled the rear diff yet, I'm just leaving enough oil in there to prevent rusting.

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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by 70th Division » Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:43 pm

Hello,

Looking good !!
What liquid solution did you use on your bolts ?
I soaked some rusty bolts in white vinegar and it works real nice, with a little clean up, then drop them back in, they are perfect and rust free.


Good luck with your new job, and keep us posted on your jeep progress :D :D :D

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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Boyso » Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:10 am

Hi Ray, I use Evaporust post sandblasting to get rid of any rust in pin holes.

It's not as potent as vinegar as it's all ecological and safe but it still work well for how i use it.
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