1942 GPW in PA

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 in PA

Post by JimPA » Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:06 pm

I bought this a month ago from a guy on top of a mountain. sat 35 YRS outside.Everything is stuck, put mystery oil in and it drained down in 4 hrs.Clutch is stuck too.It has the Ford script on the back and i even got a title from {PA 1953) for it.Serial on glovebox and title is #14143, April 42
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Re: 1942 GPW in PA

Post by 70th Division » Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:35 pm

Hello,

That looks like a great find and a great jeep to restore back to its glory.
Welcome to the G503 !!

Please post some more pictures when you can.


That is quite the mirror on your jeep :D :D :D


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Re: 1942 GPW in PA

Post by 70th Division » Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:38 pm

Hello,

I think that with the "4x4" on your data plate,
that signifies that your jeep was made at the Dallas, Texas Ford plant.

I am amazed that people would leave these national treasures outside for 35 years !!

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Re: 1942 GPW in PA

Post by JimPA » Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:59 pm

I have the other mirror also
Well it was used to travel around Carbondale PA and in 1984 was parked.Im just glad to have gotten it because i work on classic cars in my home shop.And the funny thing is the PO said his uncle had sanded off the hood years ago and it had markings on it for Palermo,did the guys in WW2 often mark their Jeeps for campaigns?
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Re: 1942 GPW in PA

Post by 70th Division » Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:22 pm

Hello Jim,

I am glad you rescued this treasure !
All the parts can be found for it, and Ron has much of what you may need.

Yes, many jeeps were personalized by their drivers.
Your jeep could have very possibly been returned to the USA by a jeep dealer post war, with the markings
painted over.
A GI could also have had it shipped home from Europe as well.
I have seen years ago a jeep here on the G for sale, that had an original ETO star and circle under the flaking off hood paint.

I have an ex-British jeep here on Florida that was sold surplus in Germany, in 1957.
How it got to USA, we think a dealer shipped a batch of ex-British jeeps.
Three of them have been posted to the G503.
I also have an ex-French MB, and an ex Greek GPW body tub that I saved from someone dumping it.
So.... your jeep absolutely could have been overseas.

( I have about a dozen European return vehicles that I have found, and have seen many more)

Try to find some original markings, and possible rebuild tags on the engine.
Oil up the normal locations to see of you can find some of the sanded off markings.

Looking forward to more pictures, and your progress on this great early Jeep !

Best regards,
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Re: 1942 GPW in PA

Post by JimPA » Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:18 pm

Thank you 70th i will post more pics.I'm also going to chemical strip the hood to see if theres anything under their, the Jeep was once painted yellow.
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Re: 1942 GPW in PA

Post by JimPA » Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:08 pm

Can someone tell me what this is? its on inside above passenger footwell on the Jeep I recently got.
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Re: 1942 GPW in PA

Post by conrod6 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:08 am

Thats the radio filterette - and looks like the rare clip on cover type? Others on here may identify more positively.

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Re: 1942 GPW in PA

Post by Mark Jesic » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:22 am

Nice find Jim, keep us posted on your progress. :D

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Re: 1942 GPW in PA

Post by JimPA » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:17 am

Thanks will do.
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Re: 1942 GPW in PA

Post by 70th Division » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:32 am

Hello Jim,

Instead of chemical stripper, try using a flat push button razor scraper blade.
I have found my original blue numbers on my hood, that were painted over, a few times.
You may have the original blue numbers still, even if the later set of white numbers were sanded off.

Use gentle scraping and you may just find them !!!
It does take time, and you will want to go slow, looking for some blue color under the green.


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Re: 1942 GPW in PA

Post by Michael O. » Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:57 pm

That’s a nice looking GPW...tub looks restorable...just will take time and patience but it’s worth saving!
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Re: 1942 GPW in PA

Post by JimPA » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:17 pm

Yes im thinking of trying to save the tub to be more original. It needs floors bad though and the tool boxes are rotted out inside.
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Re: 1942 GPW in PA

Post by JimPA » Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:26 pm

ok, i cant get the pic of title to load here so ill say this.There is a number on the title F9961659.Could this be the hood number?. I ask because i cant seem to get anything legible on the hood.
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Re: 1942 GPW in PA

Post by 1942GPW » Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:08 pm

Nice find for sure. I don’t think it’s a hood number. I’ll bet the title is a serial number from a non-original Jeep engine. Check for a flat spot on the block right behind the water pump. Also looks like it was upgraded to a large mouth fuel tank, instead of earlier small mouth. Enjoy restoring you find!
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