Dec. 1941 Slat Grill

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Dec. 1941 Slat Grill

Post by InterstateCadet » Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:55 pm

Hi all. I've been lurking on G503 for a while and thought I would post some pictures of the slat grill I picked up about a year ago. Unfortunately we lost a camera that had most of the early pictures of it but I still have some cell phone pictures from the day we got it out of the barn it sat in for 15 years. All 5 solid disk rims are there, the spare was filled with water at some point and is rusted through. It was chopped up and made into a farm truck with a cab. Fixing that will be the most challenging thing for this restoration. I should be able to get the hood numbers eventually. Would love to hear what you all think!

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It has a right hand fill transmission and I think the code on it means December 4th 1941?
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This shows the damage of the bubba modification
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All of the body bolts still have PAL nuts
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Engine was replaced with a later mb engine and a gpw head at some point
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Unfortunately the windshield was modified
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Body # is 5807
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The original rear axle was changed at some point but luckily it was nearby
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Re: Dec. 1941 Slat Grill

Post by macaddict23 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:27 pm

Congrats! Love the first photo! Was that taken at first contact? :-)

It may be chopped up, but you've got quite a bit of rare parts -- data and frame plates, correct axles, grill, low windshield, radiator, filterette . . .

My slat is only 111 units form yours.

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Re: Dec. 1941 Slat Grill

Post by hell-fire » Sat Apr 13, 2013 4:01 pm

Good find, start looking for the body parts as what is left looks good, way to good to toss in the skip.

As Dexter said, lots of hard to find parts & I will add the 30/30 amp gauge, gas gauge seelite headlights & a nice straight grill.
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Re: Dec. 1941 Slat Grill

Post by InterstateCadet » Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:31 pm

Yep that first photo was taken as we winched it out of the barn for the first time in 15 years.
Once I get the hood number I'll have to post it in the Slat database.

Maybe if I can get lucky I'll find the back half of a slat tub somewhere :roll:

That other rear end still had the original scalloped rear axles in it and I also have the correct early skid plate.
I'm doubting the carb is correct since the engine has been changed, is there anyway to tell if it's a slat carb?

I still need to clean it up but I'm pretty far away from it atm
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Re: Dec. 1941 Slat Grill

Post by Jim Kilbourne » Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:44 pm

Hey Keydet,

I think you are in Virginia?

maybe near Winchester?

any way, let us know where you are located... I have a script tub we may deal on if you are nearby to me.
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Re: Dec. 1941 Slat Grill

Post by InterstateCadet » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:49 pm

Opps sorry I should fill out my info I guess. I'm actually in Kelseyville Ca.

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Re: Dec. 1941 Slat Grill

Post by Gustl » Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:28 am

InterstateCadet wrote:
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Hi Cadet!

I love this pic with your jeep on the trailer. The bubba sheetmetal work looks very cool and kind of professional. If it were not one of these rare slat grills I would keep the sheet metal the way it is. Nice truck!

Just my 2 €cent

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Re: Dec. 1941 Slat Grill

Post by gearhead » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:17 am

nice find!
Sort of a jeep "ute"?
I already thought jeeps were quite utilitarian!
Very cool, just after Pearl Harbor attack.

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Re: Dec. 1941 Slat Grill

Post by Viking27 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:53 pm

Very nice find. Keep the photos coming :)

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Re: Dec. 1941 Slat Grill

Post by Chuckman84 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:57 am

theres plenty of the shaped sheet metal there to build it back to original. Ive pieced together worse jeeps than that!!
you get frustrated with it, I'll send you a address to ship an overseas container...
get friendly with your local sheet metal guy :mrgreen:
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Re: Dec. 1941 Slat Grill

Post by gpw6335 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:36 am

Never seen one cut like that, but you have a very nice project to work on. Good luck on you resto.
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Re: Dec. 1941 Slat Grill

Post by thefixer » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:11 pm

I was given a slat grill about 6 weeks ago. No engine or transmission/transfer case but it has zero rust. The previous owner lost the brakes and rolled backwards into a tree causing some minor body/ frame damage to the right side. Good thing is my friend also gave me several bodies and frames to make the surgery easy. This thing has a lot of paint on it (about 7 layers) and that is what kept it rust free! It has all original data plates and frame tags. Serial number is 102293 with a DOD of 12-10-41, the same as yours. I hope to have her on the road in the spring. Will post pics soon.

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Re: Dec. 1941 Slat Grill

Post by Dawgman » Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:53 pm

Wow I just got to see this Jeep, that is a nice start to a slat. Mine is 103904 and it has a tranny marked M 4 41 also. Really nice slat Jeep, even original data plate, really nice.
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Re: Dec. 1941 Slat Grill

Post by Mark Jesic » Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:50 am

Hi Cadet, you have a great find. And as previously said ,some rare parts. This looks a great project, and believe me, the hard work is ahead, but once restored you will have a real gem on your hands. And help is always here. Good luck. :D

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Re: Dec. 1941 Slat Grill

Post by Chuck Lutz » Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:44 pm

I had the tub with original data plates still attached back about18 years ago I think it was, the data plate was:
MB 102868
12-9-41
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