1943 GPW 108175

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: 1943 GPW 108175

Post by twinflyer17 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:14 am

Re: my poor garage lighting situation. I ended up 'splurging' for several 3' LEDs at Home Depot. My plan is to utilize these temporarily until I can spend some time to run some wire and mount permanent fixtures. As mentioned in my previous post, I was able to plug these into a receptacle, which is controlled by the main light switch, next to the garage door opener, and I'm actually highly impressed with how much additional light I now have! Definitely worth the $33.97 and 15 min it took me to actually hang them :lol:

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I also completed some winter maintenance over the last couple of weeks, including an oil and filter change, freshly greased joints, belt tightening, clutch tube rebuild (somehow forgot that piece during the resto :oops: ), and a full wipe down. I still have a few odds and ends I want to finish before spring (get the ebrake working, check all brakes and fluid for piece of mind, and replace the rubber windshield seal, which recently started to tear), but thinking I might need a new project to occupy myself once the weather gets better...anyone have a 1/2 ton WC they want to part with?? :lol:
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Post by twinflyer17 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:36 pm

Well, since the weather here has been either cold, rainy, snowy, or windy the last month, I decided to dive into a few odds and ends on the jeep for the sake of piece of mind this spring. Main thing I wanted to check were brakes. I've never had an issue stopping, but I've always wanted to confirm things were wearing as they should. Aftering pulling a rear drum and front drum, I realized that adjustment was off on both. I originally adjusted using the feeler gauge method in the manual, but after reading a few posts on here recently I decided to re-adjust based on feel. Long story short, I pulled all 4 drums, then adjusted each and my braking is much better than it was! Sometimes you don't realize something is wrong until it's fixed :lol:

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We also had a vicious wind storm here over the weekend (as most of the east coast). Since a neighbor's pretty large tree fell down and quite a bit of debris was flying through the air, I made a successful effort to fit both mine and my wife's car into our two car garage, along with the GPW and my motorcycle (out of sight). Only issue we had was a few shingles blew off the garage roof. Should be a relatively simple repair compared to what happend to a few others in the neighborhood.

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And the last successful piece of the weekend...finally got my beer system hooked up and stocked. I started home brewing a few weeks ago and finally have a drinkable batch. It's an IPA brewed with critra hops. It's fairly higher in AVB than the High Life I typically drink, so this will have to be consumed in moderation, especially when work is being done on the jeep :lol: Second keg, hefeweizen, will be ready and in the fridge by the end of this month :wink:

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Post by twinflyer17 » Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:54 pm

Day dreaming about the jeep at work and stumbled across a 'before' picture in my e-mail inbox that the previous owner sent me before I bought it...crazy to see how different it used to look:

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Re: 1943 GPW 108175

Post by Michael O. » Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:26 pm

Outstanding!
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Re: 1943 GPW 108175

Post by Mark Jesic » Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:24 am

An outstanding restoration, a credit to you, enjoy. :D


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Re: 1943 GPW 108175

Post by twinflyer17 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:39 am

Thanks, gentleman 8)
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Re: 1943 GPW 108175

Post by Raflad » Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:39 pm

Jeeps and IPA, life doesn’t get any better. Great restoration.
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Post by 17thAirborne » Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:43 pm

Home brewing is great. I love the keg-erator
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Re: 1943 GPW 108175

Post by twinflyer17 » Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:43 am

:o Beer period + jeeps = great, until you drink too much and all of a sudden can't do the work you originally planned! The problem with a beer like an IPA, though, is that the ABV is a lot higher than the typical domestics. Mine ended up at 7.2%, so needless to say it's become more of a 'sipping' beer for me so that I can avoid (or at least try to) the headache the next morning :lol: Next to be brewed, so I can fill my second keg, is a weissbier 8)
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Re: 1943 GPW 108175

Post by 17thAirborne » Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:11 am

I never knew how fun brewing been was until I tried it. So many options and it tastes better than every American water beer (micro brews excluded). I tip my hat to you, and my mug as well.
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Re: 1943 GPW 108175

Post by twinflyer17 » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:33 am

Cheers, Oz. I'm lucky - my old man has been home brewing for the past ~5 years or so. In that time he's been able to a.) build a fantastic, patially automated home brewery and b.) figure out the best tricks and techniques for brewing consistent and delicious tasting beer, both of which allow me the ease of brewing and (with his help) the ability to more quickly learn to brew solid beer! Now, if only he would have built a jeep before me to save me the headache from all the things I probably should have done differently! :lol:
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Re: 1943 GPW 108175

Post by fort » Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:41 pm

Very nice job young man

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Re: 1943 GPW 108175

Post by twinflyer17 » Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:09 pm

Thanks, fort!
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Re: 1943 GPW 108175

Post by twinflyer17 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:51 am

I was finally able to find some time to get back to finishing the crack repair on my 45' GPW replacement block. I have to admit that the Lock-n-Stitch kit was pretty nifty and very easy to use. Next step is pressure testing to make sure it actually holds, though. I have a few ideas as to how I'll do this, but if anyone else has successfully done this in the past and has any suggestions, I'm all ears :wink: And as you can see in the picture, I haven't ground the pins down yet, but plan to once I know I don't have any leaks. The next step will be adding some jb-weld to fill the crevasse that a previous own ground into the block. The purpose will only be for cosmetic purposes, as this is meant to be a proper fix.

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Also, with the engine pulled apart and inspected, I think I'm going to skip machining and put it back together as is. Everything is in unbelievably good condition and shows almost no wear. Before pulling apart, the engine was very strong and smooth running, too, so I'm optimistic it will be the same when put back together and will provide many more years of reliability. The friend who gave it to me had no issues (before the crack, that is) in the couple of thousand of miles he drove it, and even based on the lack of the cylinder ridge, and the rubber main rear seal, my assumption is that the engine hasn't had too many miles on it since it's last rebuild.
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Re: 1943 GPW 108175

Post by sawbuck » Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:23 pm

I might suggest confirming that the block deck was not distorted by the repair.
BTW what did the crack repair cost?

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