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Restoration of my 1942 Ford GPW Jeep


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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.

 

Hi, I absolutely understand. Restoring something back to operating condition is something I enjoy too, and it is always a new experience each time.

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Zeph,

 

What are you working on now? I restore vehicles vicariously thru you! Hahaha!

 

Kat

 

Hi Kay,

 

I have a couple irons in the fire so to speak. I took some time this last year and restored a 1943 Willys MBT trailer. I was thinking of posting a thread on that showing the start to finish. I might do that over the holidays. I have been working on a 1941 Dodge WC26 Carryall. I had thought about a thread on that as well. Here's a couple of photos. This is what it looked like when I adopted it:

 

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Here's what it looks like now:

 

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Actually, I have most of the chassis completed:

 

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I also picked up a 1942 Dodge WC57 Command Car for restoration:

 

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Then, just recently, I picked up a 1940 Dodge VC1 Command Car. It's a little larger than a Jeep:

 

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The kids were happy, and there were high fives all around:

 

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Here's what they looked like in one piece:

 

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Here's a couple of shots of the '43 MBT trailer:

 

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It's all together now. Mostly, I am on a mission now to get the Carryall done as I am really excited to work on the Dodge VC1.

 

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I followed your radio command car restoration with great pleasure. It was fascinating to see how you figured your way around all the complications you came up against. If not too much trouble, I'm sure there are a few of us here who would love to see your progress on any other projects.

Mikie

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I followed your radio command car restoration with great pleasure. It was fascinating to see how you figured your way around all the complications you came up against. If not too much trouble, I'm sure there are a few of us here who would love to see your progress on any other projects.

Mikie

 

I completely agree! I love to see your restorations!

 

I now know where all poor, unwanted WWII vehicles go. Your garage!!!

 

Kat

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  • 2 years later...

I enjoyed the jeep resto....Very  interesting, and i like the top up on the jeep. I think it looks cool that way.

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 Seems they have one in the collection at the National Military Vehicle Museum in Dubois Wy. Of which I had never previously heard, They have a slick video on their website but it doesn't show this truck.

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Johan Willaert

Looking forward to the new restoration blog, John!!

Meanwhile my 1942 GPW was finally finished last July... Already have 400mls on it without any trouble...

 

 

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Johan Willaert; great looking Jeep. Do you have covers over the headlights?

 

Chuck

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Johan Willaert
11 hours ago, lambo35 said:

Johan Willaert; great looking Jeep. Do you have covers over the headlights?

 

Chuck

 

Thx, yes canvas covers over the headlights like the ones that were issued with every Jeep

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