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    What a great way to bring them into the Jeep life. Keep us posted on the build!


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    In 1972 my dad asked me if I would like to learn a few things about cars when I was 12, of course I said yes and two years and $500.00 later I earned from mowing lawns, cleaning the ducks from the last hunt etc. we went out and found a 1942 Ford GPW. We spent almost every night and weekend with a three inch thick manual, removing and rebuilding pretty much every component. It got me through High School and the Fire academy. Those were the best memories and I think of them often, driving his old 1980 CJ7 and my 09 JK. Congratulations on your new adventure, take lots of memory building pictures together, unfortunately this is the only one I still have! I am going to love seeing this unfold, good job dad

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockingK View Post
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    In 1972 my dad asked me if I would like to learn a few things about cars when I was 12, of course I said yes and two years and $500.00 later I earned from mowing lawns, cleaning the ducks from the last hunt etc. we went out and found a 1942 Ford GPW. We spent almost every night and weekend with a three inch thick manual, removing and rebuilding pretty much every component. It got me through High School and the Fire academy. Those were the best memories and I think of them often, driving his old 1980 CJ7 and my 09 JK. Congratulations on your new adventure, take lots of memory building pictures together, unfortunately this is the only one I still have! I am going to love seeing this unfold, good job dad
    That’s awesome. My Dad didn’t know beans about working on cars.


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    Where is the GPW today?...that thing is awesome...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brute View Post
    Where is the GPW today?...that thing is awesome...
    Thanks, sold it back in the day to a neighbor for his Grandson, lasted about a week and he totaled it two blocks away from my house hitting a concrete bridge. Broke my heart. I’ve been looking for years for the one but so far, no luck😢.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notnalc68 View Post
    That’s awesome. My Dad didn’t know beans about working on cars.


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    Well, I have successfully dismantled the Jeep to start the resto. I think for my sanity and my son’s mortality I am going keep some creature comforts included, like roll bar and full back seats. Mounting these seats will be interesting, so any suggestions would be appreciated.

    I pulled the tub off and cleaned up the frame and engine. I threw a coat of primer on the frame and high temp on the engine, transmission and transfer case.
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    I found the source of my smoking rear wheel. I threw the axle bearing, so I will need to rebuild it.

    There are a few holes in the tub that need some attention via welder. Any suggestions on an economical MIG welder? I plan on teaching myself, so this should be fun.

    Definitely a good project to test my patience and skills.




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    1964 m38a1

    We found the issue with the rear axle. The drivers side bearings completely failed, which left for a fun time cleaning out all the metal shards and shavings.

    I installed new seals, bearings and caps. The wheel cylinders were toasted as were the mismatched brake drums. I cleaned it all up, painted and reassembled. IMG_0756.jpg 59388867126__B8FFF0FC-838C-4884-97FB-9E68FF0F000F.jpg 59389543411__DBD2576F-E057-403F-9F15-21785D55B6FE.jpg

    The rear leaf springs looked like hell, so I exploded them to cleaned them up. Hours of grinding, sanding, priming and painting, they were finally ready for new bushings. I set the rubber on fire to let the rubber bloom which allowed the inner tube to be pulled out easily. I then used a hack saw to cut the outer tube and then pried it from the leaf spring. Tedious, but it worked. The leaf spring shackles also had worn out bushings, so I used the same technique to remove them. The install went like shit. I don’t have a press, so in my infinite wisdom, I tried a dead blow hammer. I distorted the bushing, so I had to pulled it out and try a new one. In my attempt to remove it again, I smashed my finger with a ball peen hammer and ended up in the ER.
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    Fractured and cauterized finger later, I was back into it.

    Full disclosure, I am moving from San Diego to DC in Jan, so I am trying to get this damn thing put back together. Lesson learned in patience.

    Finally got the back in put together (with new bushings part 2).
    I ran new brake lines, refurbished the master cylinder and bled them down.
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    I told my wife that I would have it rolling with body attached before I moved, so I enlisted some help of a friend and a John Deere to got the tub back on.
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    Body mounts are installed.

    It sucks that I was not able to get the tub cleaned up and painted. That will have to wait until the summer once the fam gets to DC.


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    Coming along. That's a cool project.
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    Awesome build! Thanks for sharing with us.
    I've never done it but I'm sure i'll be good at it

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