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This has been a great thread to follow, nice to see the project nearing completion.

Thank you! I first envisioned a basic metal building for my dream shop. Then, like my GPW project and everything else I get involved in, I ended up with something way beyond the initial concept. I just can't seem to stop myself. Anyway, after having a few extra days off over the holidays, I knocked out the paint, electrical and finally had the garage doors put on. I think, with the exception of some grading around the shop, I can call in for a final inspection. Then I can finish up my compressor air lines, build some shelving and work benches:

 

 

Happy New Year everyone!

 

Zeph

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Looks great!

I'm eager to see it filled with WWII vehicles and stuff, hehe. ;)

 

Erwin

Thank you Erwin! It shouldn't take long. B)

 

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Well, now I can close out this thread as I have my next project ready to stain the new concrete in the garage. I was going to start a WC63, but this 1941 Dodge WC16 Radio Command Car came along. I think today will be my official start date to gauge my progress. I find it is good to have a goal:

 

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Plus, I now have something to watch over the garage:

 

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Over and out...

 

Zeph

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Zeph, congratulations on starting a new project! This thread was one of my favorites to read, and although the jeep is now done I look forward to your new project updates.

 

Thank you for taking the time to share your projects with us.

 

RC

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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Thank you so much for sharing this project! I always look forward to your posts and will be following your posts on your new project.

 

God Bless

 

Craig

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Great!

Something to look forward to again.

I loved following the progress on the jeep, so I'll be following the command car progress too.

 

Erwin

 

 

Thank you so much for sharing this project! I always look forward to your posts and will be following your posts on your new project.

 

God Bless

 

Craig

Thanks guys. It will be a learning experience. Looking forward to getting this back on the road!

 

Zeph

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I am really looking forward to following a new series of your adventures, Zeph!!

 

Good luck!

 

Love that 'Twelve O'Clock High' mug, by the way! :love:

 

 

Cheers, Sjef

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Actively seeking: WWII USAAF, ETO and PTO bomber crew related items.

 

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I am really looking forward to following a new series of your adventures, Zeph!!

 

Good luck!

 

Love that 'Twelve O'Clock High' mug, by the way! :love:

 

 

Cheers, Sjef

Thanks Sjef!

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I attended the Red Bluff Round Up Rodeo Parade yesterday with Kelley. A bit warm to have the top off, but Kelley likes it that way. He told me that he was a little sore from weed eating for three hours the day before. At 93 I guess that will happen. :)

 

Largest parade I have every been a part of to date.. Very impressive. Everyone likes their rodeos up here!

 

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Zeph,

 

I am sure this is a day you will cherish for the rest of your life. It is great that you gave him a ride in your jeep! I am sure he had a great time.

 

...Kat

I really will Kat. What is nice is that Kelley really enjoys getting out there and chatting it up..

 

Nice Zeph... Great wood D-handle shovel you've got on the Jeep... Still looking for a model like that...

 

Johan

Hi Johan,

 

I think I picked this up at Tower Park a couple of years ago. Don't see them available very often, so I'm always keeping an eye out for one. I'm actually heading down to TP Wednesday morning. Looking forward to it.

 

Z

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Great another project !!! I guess you might be talking to John B out here in Minn for some parts for the staff car.Clark.

 

Oh yeah, I have already spoken to John. I'm a big supporter of his. :)

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Been some time since I posted a photo of the GPW. I finally completed the '43 Willys MBT trailer project, so brought it out with the GPW for a little display today.

 

Plus, Ralphie has been bugging me for some time to get the GPW out of the garage, so I finally acquiesced and made it happen today:

 

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Looks like you had a good Memorial Day!

 

Thanks for sharing

 

Craig

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This restoration is a legend! Do you still drive it around?

 

You know, after about five years or so years I have less than 200 miles on it. Most in the first month of completing. It has been years since I have really driven it. With work and my other projects, I find that my real enjoyment when I have a Saturday free is the restoration of these historic vehicles. Finished my Command Car a couple years ago, and I think I just broke 100 miles on it. Once again, busy working on another vehicle when I get any free time at home.

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