1942 GPW #51296

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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1942 GPW #51296

Post by M2116x6 » Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:08 pm

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My father and I have been restoring various Military vehicles for a while now. Having almost completed a '47 Navy Jeep, it seems that it is time to begin the 1942 GPW that was purchased and placed in the garage almost 20 years earlier. Last Sunday it was pushed out of the garage for a quick cleaning and some photos.

We do know some of the past history. Most of its life it was supposedly kept inside a barn. We are currently trying to obtain more info from the prior owner. More on that later.

The engine was complete when we got it although it had not run in many years. It is a '48 CJ2A engine which had cracked and was welded at some point. Because of this, another engine was acquired and sent out for rebuilding yesterday. It is a 1948 block that will be dressed up as correct as possible for the July '42 GPW.

We do know that this would have been manufactured under the F2 contract but how could we tell which plant it came from? Also, would this have had the blue or white markings from the factory?

Jim
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Re: 1942 GPW #51296

Post by M2116x6 » Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:14 pm

It does have some minor rust and frame damage.
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Re: 1942 GPW #51296

Post by M2116x6 » Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:15 pm

Overall, not too bad for 75 years old.
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Re: 1942 GPW #51296

Post by sawbuck » Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:42 am

M2116x6 wrote:
Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:08 pm


We do know that this would have been manufactured under the F2 contract but how could we tell which plant it came from? Also, would this have had the blue or white markings from the factory?

Jim
If you post a clear photo of the frame ID stamp, some G503 member can likely tell you which Ford plant built your GPW.

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Re: 1942 GPW #51296

Post by Chuck Lutz » Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:11 am

Blue
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GPW 17963 4/24/42 Chester, PA. USA 20113473 (USA est./Tom W.)
GPW 108552 4/17/43 Louisville, KY. USA 20371278 (DOD est./Tom W.)
Bantam T3 4582 10/29/42 USA 0173499 (est.)


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Re: 1942 GPW #51296

Post by M2116x6 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:21 pm

Thank you Chuck!

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Re: 1942 GPW #51296

Post by M2116x6 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:27 pm

Frame stamping....
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Re: 1942 GPW #51296

Post by M2116x6 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:49 pm

Data plate.....
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Re: 1942 GPW #51296

Post by Ian Fawbert » Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:03 pm

Hello,

Thats a nice decent jeep you've got yourself there!

Any chance you can post a photo of the mirror bracket- in particular the hardware/acorn nuts etc for that swing arm?

Yours looks to be nice and original from a distance. This is often a missing part on many jeeps found, so to help others out (as there is always debate over what is correct!!!), it would be great to see some more close up shots of the mirror bracket. IF your happy to, even to know what size wrench fits those acorn nuts- conjecture between 5/8 and 9/16, brass or steel reigns supreme on that topic!!!

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Re: 1942 GPW #51296

Post by M2116x6 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:12 pm

Hello Ian,

Yes, this Jeep is fairly original. It may have only had a father and son owners prior to when it followed me home 18 years ago. At the time, I wasn't looking for one but it found me.

Always glad to get pictures of components to help others. There was just enough light outside now to grab the below photos. After scraping off multiple layers of paint, the acorn nuts are definitely 5/8". They look to be original and are steel. The bracket bolts to the body seem to have been replaced at some point. They are various lengths.

Jim
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Re: 1942 GPW #51296

Post by nick peters » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:09 am

Jim
Good luck with your project :) :) Nice to see you still have the original data plate matching to the frame. Looks very much like your jeep was manufactured at fords Louisville Kentucky plant.
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Re: 1942 GPW #51296

Post by Ian Fawbert » Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:01 pm

Hi Jim,

Thanks for taking the time to go out and grab those photo's. It surely will help others in the future and aid with another data point. While the different screws to attach to the body indicate disturbance, simply (for some of us!) knowing the 5/8 and steel nuts are on there helps in other ways!

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Re: 1942 GPW #51296

Post by M2116x6 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:58 pm

While my nephew was cleaning up an F script grill bought for this Jeep, he discovered some yellow paint across the front of it. Upon close examination, it is on top of the second layer of olive drab paint and roughly 4" wide. It runs across the front near the top to the far side of each headlight. Does anyone recognize a mark like that?

Also found some lettering on the top surface. So far we are unable to decipher it.
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Re: 1942 GPW #51296

Post by M2116x6 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:35 pm

We have been busy the last few weeks on this GPW. The front end sheet metal has been removed. Engine, trans and transmission are out. The remaining wiring, gauges, pedals, etc are out. Both upper front shock mounts have been replaced. The left front spring, front hangar had been rewelded too far forward for some reason. I've cut it off and temporarily bolted on a new hangar to the original holes. After doing this, we noticed that the shackle has more of an angle than the other front spring. It must be an incorrect spring.
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Re: 1942 GPW #51296

Post by M2116x6 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:42 pm

A previous owner had stripped most of the exterior paint off years ago. That is only a thin, worn coat of primer. The inside was another story. That had many layers of different colors on top of the original olive drab. The inside of the tub has been stripped to bare metal and a base coat of primer applied. On the dash, we found original Navy markings as shown below. This will be preserved.
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