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Today I closed up the engine. I doublechecked the pistons, bearings and seals, added the camshaft/crankshaft drive chain, gears and cover, (and forward engine mount), tightened down the head, added the oil filter bracket and crosstube and added the oil pan.

 

Looking good, Jon. Are you thinking about firing her up prior to installation?

 

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Zeph,

 

To be honest, I hadn't thought much about it. I figured I'd get the powertrain together and then give it a shot. Not getting much done on her this weekend, but hopefully I'll be able to get a bit done during next week.

 

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Zeph,

 

To be honest, I hadn't thought much about it. I figured I'd get the powertrain together and then give it a shot. Not getting much done on her this weekend, but hopefully I'll be able to get a bit done during next week.

 

Jon

I have seen individuals wire up and fire up their projects without the tub on. However, wiring is not my strong suit whatsoever, but it would be good to see what may leak or not operate correctly prior to installing the tub.

 

I did notice the other day as I was moving my chassis that the transfer case rear mainshaft is leaking near the e-brake drum! When I was installing the e-brake drum I had noticed that the the threads on the shaft were stripped. I'm really afraid that I will have to remove the transfer case and then disassemble and start over by installing a new main shaft. Darn, I will not be look forward to that! :(

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Just the other week I fired up a friend's MB which is undergoing a complete rebuild...

 

We wanted to hear the sound of the overhauled engine as it sits in the frame bolted to a complete drivetrain before starting work on the body.

 

So we used a very good and completely charged battery, installed the neg wire to the frame and pos wiring to a floating starter switch and on to the starter.

Using the low tension wires from a new wiring kit, attached the wire from the starter switch to an ignition switch and then on to the coil and from coil to distributor.

Removed the spark plugs and hit the starter without ignition to build up oil pressure throughout the engine (oil gauge and temp meter installed).

Once sure there was oil pressure, installed spark plugs, primed gas from a jerry can towards carb, ignition on and she fired right up.

Had her running for a couple of minutes while checking all connections and rhen shut her down...

 

The ideal motivation to continue work...

 

Johan

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Johan,

 

Did you guys make a temporary mounting for the gauges, or was this with the tub still installed?

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Jon,

 

Are you going to paint the engine or leave it as is? It might be a good idea to paint it (if that is your intention) prior to installing it.

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Johan,

 

Did you guys make a temporary mounting for the gauges, or was this with the tub still installed?

 

No, just made sure the gauges were out of the way...

 

Just a frame on wheels with complete engine fitted with gearbox and transfer case, and radiator

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No, just made sure the gauges were out of the way...

 

Just a frame on wheels with complete engine fitted with gearbox and transfer case, and radiator

 

Ok, I was just wondering how it was accomplished.

 

I've heard of it before, but I haven't seen it done.

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I must admit that when I rstored my Jeep, I didn't fire it up until basically everything except front fenders and grille were installed.

The engine is still easily accessible if needed and you can even take it on short test runs with only the driver's seat installed.

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I must admit that when I rstored my Jeep, I didn't fire it up until basically everything except front fenders and grille were installed.

The engine is still easily accessible if needed and you can even take it on short test runs with only the driver's seat installed.

Thank you for your description of starting the engine within the chassis, Johan. I'm actually right about at that point and may give her a go! All I need now is th find a six (6) volt battery. They appear to be a little more difficult to obtain around here than I had anticipated. No auto part stores carry them. However, I will be heading to a firm than handles only batteries later today. I hope to locate one there.

 

Cheers,

 

Zeph

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Thank you for your description of starting the engine within the chassis, Johan. I'm actually right about at that point and may give her a go! All I need now is th find a six (6) volt battery. They appear to be a little more difficult to obtain around here than I had anticipated. No auto part stores carry them. However, I will be heading to a firm than handles only batteries later today. I hope to locate one there.

 

Cheers,

 

Zeph

 

Zeph,

 

Go to your local farm supply store (Tractor Supply, Orschelns, etc) Most older tractors are 6V....it'll be much cheaper than going the specialists.

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Zeph,

 

Go to your local farm supply store (Tractor Supply, Orschelns, etc) Most older tractors are 6V....it'll be much cheaper than going the specialists.

I tried Tractor Supply first thinking just that. They were a no go. We are out in the sticks, so I'm pretty used to not having things available to us in this area. I did find one at a battery supplier about 30 miles from my place today at lunch. Lucked out...shipping woulda been a lot! Of course, I probably spent more in fuel in the long run. ;)

 

Thanks!

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Thanks guys! I still need to get a new wiring harness, etc too, so it's gonna be a while yet. However, there is an O'Reilly's just a few blocks from here, so I'm going to see about getting a 6v battery through them this weekend. Also have a 1943 Frankenjeep enroute on Saturday that two buddies and I are going to cannibalize for parts for all three of our jeeps. It's a Ford frame, so I'm hoping that the inner piece of the left side frame member is usable. I'll also be using pieces of the tub to repair mine!

 

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Thanks guys! I still need to get a new wiring harness, etc too, so it's gonna be a while yet. However, there is an O'Reilly's just a few blocks from here, so I'm going to see about getting a 6v battery through them this weekend. Also have a 1943 Frankenjeep enroute on Saturday that two buddies and I are going to cannibalize for parts for all three of our jeeps. It's a Ford frame, so I'm hoping that the inner piece of the left side frame member is usable. I'll also be using pieces of the tub to repair mine!

 

Jon

The local O'Reillys doesn't carry 6 volt batteries either, nor does NAPA...at least around here. Jon, that will be great having an original tub to use for replacement sections. I have not had good luck with the reproduction pieces that I have used to date. That should work well for you.

 

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Zeph,

 

I know the tool spot on the driver's side is useable, so I'll definitely be chopping that out and grafting it into my tub. Unfortunately the tub floor has been replaced in this new tub, but I'll figure that out. If I can use this tub to just replace the side areas that need fixing, I'll be in great shape. I'm really aiming for that frame piece though... and hopefully the t-case gears. More pics on Saturday!

 

Jon

 

 

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Just got the other jeep home today. It's kinda sad actually. Someone did their best to turn GPW 18548 into a CJ. It's the original tub, frame and front axle. Has lots of F-marked parts, but it has a complete M38 powertrain. The good news I now have all the metal I need to repair my frame and tub, plus an F-marked e-brake handle!

 

So, with things going on for the next two weekends, I think it's probably going to be a couple weeks before we get to tear everything down and divide it up, but it is definitely going to be fun.

 

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Just got the other jeep home today. It's kinda sad actually. Someone did their best to turn GPW 18548 into a CJ. It's the original tub, frame and front axle. Has lots of F-marked parts, but it has a complete M38 powertrain. The good news I now have all the metal I need to repair my frame and tub, plus an F-marked e-brake handle!

 

So, with things going on for the next two weekends, I think it's probably going to be a couple weeks before we get to tear everything down and divide it up, but it is definitely going to be fun.

 

If that makes you sad, you should see the flatties I've seen... :blink:

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It's electric blue with pinstripes. They cut out the script back panel and put in a Willys tailgate...

 

 

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Looking for P-47 and Tactical Reconnaissance Unit photographs and any items associated with WWII Jewish fighter pilots.

 

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Seen 20 inch stretches, chevy 350s, dana 60 front and rear, full cages....

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Here's the pics of the donor jeep. Lots of good stuff.

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Looks like an early CJ-2A from here...

 

Shouldn't the head lights be recessed?

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It's got a CJ2A grille and a CJ tailgate, but the rest of the body is all GPW. Someone did their best to make a GPW into a CJ. The fuel filler has been carefully cut into the side of the tub and a custom fuel tank was installed where the new floor was put in. Bubba also repositioned the rear shock-towers and filled in the shock tower cover spots. But the F-marked shovel retainer and axe handle bracket are still there, the glovebox has an early GPW glovebox catch and all of the data plate holes (CJs didn't have gloveboxes as far as I know). There's chipping bondo all over the sides too.... Hood and fenders are F-marked, but it's got Willys toolbox covers. Frame is numbered GPW 18548. One more odd thing is, it's got a T90 transmission, but a Ford transfer case!

They aren't supposed to fit together, and yet these do....

In memory of 1LT Julius C. Goldman, XO of F/330th, 83rd Infantry Division 1944-45.

 

Looking for P-47 and Tactical Reconnaissance Unit photographs and any items associated with WWII Jewish fighter pilots.

 

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Got me there...I forgot that 2As didn't have gloveboxes...

 

 

Man that would be a fun retro build with that donor tub....

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