MB GPW Leads
Posted 28 February 2011 - 06:15 PM
Other than CL and Fleabay, I've found the G503 Forum and not much else to let my fingers do the shopping at.
Anybody have other sites, forums, etc that list MBs and GPWs for sale?
Posted 28 February 2011 - 07:08 PM
History of the Jeep, both the word and the vehicle - How it got it's Jeep Name - Brian's Military Jeeps of WWII -
Gook luck to ya.
Posted 07 January 2012 - 11:08 PM
Posted 07 January 2012 - 11:50 PM
I have a 1944 MB that I've been working on. I started with original components, only to find most of them to be complete wore out or rusted through. As a result, I've had to buy mostly reproduction parts.
From experience, these will likely have to be replaced with reproduction or refurbished parts:
-Tub (floor panels are usually rusted through, especially if the Jeep has been stored outside. If the jeep has been used by a farmer or the like, chances are that the tub was cut up, drilled through or welded. It'll take a lot of work to fix it up.)
-Transmission (The T-84 transmissions usually need to be rebuilt. Rebuilt or refurbished ones go for close to 1000 bucks now)
-Frame (it depends on the jeep. If the jeep has been used on someone's farm for the past 60 years, chances are the frame has been welded at some point. Unless you want to spend a lot of time and money fixing it up, a reduction frame is probably your best bet)
I'm not trying to discourage you, but don't expect your restorated jeep to be 100% original. You will likely end up producing a great looking jeep with a lot of reproduction parts, or period parts that don't match. Even though some proudly flaunt their "100% original jeeps", I have yet to see one that isn't in a museum. As much as I prefer original parts, I think there's nothing wrong with reproduction ones. If you have this mindset, you can save a lot of money. Some people will pay many times more for an "original" part, even though the reproduction might be better! As GPW1944 pointed out, jeep restoration is a costly and time consuming process. I've done some restoration work on my other MVs (Pinzgauer, HMMWV, Stalwart and a few others), and having experience is definitely useful if you're doing a ground-up restoration -- restoring a MV is not quite the same as fixing up a civilian car. Before you start, make sure you grab a copy of the US Army service manual. I think they go on eBay for around 30 bucks in printed format.
Good luck with your project!
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