Some Parts from JeepDraw
As pieces and parts are made up for the GPW, I'll be adding photos to this section, also photos from parts made by others from the JeepDraw drawings which are available by request from the JeepDraw Site http://jeepdraw.com
Claude Pons, France made this Tandem Hitch, and supplied me with some missing measurements and gave me invaluable information about how to go about making it, Thanks Claude. All pics remain the property of their respective owners. The wood block for the grill is also available as a separate drawing..
Brake Master Cylinder Heat Shield
This heat shield was relatively easy to make, taking about an hour and a half from start to finish to produce. I used insulation fibrous sheeting, 1/4"-6mm Hardy Flex. The steel sheeting was cut to size, (taking into account the thickness of the sheeting), a piece of this fibrous board inserted and traced around, cut with a saw, the ends folded over, the edges trimmed. I then located the position of the "legs" marked and drilled to suit the rivets. The rivets were turned down over a small washer. You'll notice I added two wedge crimps to each of the bends, this helps keep the bend at 90 degrees. The whole assembly was primed and painted OD. The original Heat Shield ( pictured here on the right) used Asbestos, the Hardy Flex gives the same dimpled look as the original, while at the same time, is sufficiently similar in insulating qualities. On the left is a temporary set-up of a heat shield made by Ed Campion showing the position of each "leg" of the shield.
Front Bumper & Bumper Wood Filler.
Ideally the filler is made from Oak, the major difference between the Willys and Ford is the rebate on the inside of the filler.( GPW type shown in Ed's Photo) Ed chose the straight Bumper ( Bumper with the curved ends is also available) This Filler and Bumper were both made by Ed Campion, Canada. Ed has also made several other pieces, his workmanship is a credit to him.
Rear Crossmember & Bumperettes
When I restored the Cj3b instead of the long step rear bumper that is usually associated with the Cj series, I fitted bumperettes, so I had some experience in making them, and I also replaced the rear crossmember, although that was different to the MB/GPW, the principals remain the same. The drawing were done using my original F stamped bumperettes and the crossmember from the '44 GPW. Mike Ramsey in South Australia, measured up several other cross members to verify what I had was correct, we found a few slight differences when it came to the "Foot" holes for the spare wheel support, but these differences only amounted to 1/16", and these can be taken out with the elongated slots in the "Foot". Again Ed Campion sent me pics of the completed items, and once again his workmanship is evidently superior to the usual reproduction rubbish that comes out of South East Asia. Well done Ed. the GPW is looking good.
Ford GPW Rear Seat
The rear seat on Fords is different to the Willys in the way the sheeting is attached to the frame. The major difference is that the Ford sheeting goes to the outside and is spot welded whereas the Willys is form fitted to the inside of the frame. Mike Forsyth made up this seat, the frame bends are a" little tricky" to get right, but the sheeting is straight forward to accomplish. Nice seat Mike, and thanks for the pics.
Trailer Coupling Cover - For Models fitted with the Trailer Socket
This is another very easy part to make, I don't normally reproduce drawings found in books or sites, but as the one in the All American Wonder book varied somewhat from the original I had managed to borrow I thought it was worthwhile doing it. After marking out the cover, I was fortunate enough to gain the sympathetic ear of a friend who "just happens" to be a Plumber, with all the bending, folding, cutting equipment I could possibly want, even a high voltage spot welder., and after a beer or two, has allowed me to use his equipment whenever I need it. So this took about 15 minutes to make, and another 15 minutes to do the fiddly parts like the cut outs for the studs on the rear panel and wheel well tool box area. I did notice though, that one of the folds could be a little longer, as it's difficult to tighten a wing nut when fitted.
Grease Gun Bracket - Under hood - Type A.
I had a bit of fun making this, so from that you can gather I took some time about it. Terry Peters, in Swansea, Wales, gave me the measurements of the clip arrangement, and as always, he's fastidious when it comes to accuracy. So after several emails I finally got it right, and once made, it fitted like a glove. No special skills or tools were needed, for that matter, the first time I fitted the Alemite Grease Gun to the bracket I admit to being pleasantly surprised, as the clip locked into position without any necessary adjustments And the Grease Gun is painted, some were, some weren't, your choice. Mine was a little pitted with rust, so it's how you see it, although I did use a semi gloss paint due to the need for wiping all the time. UPDATE:- I succumbed to the temptation and had my Grease Gun plated in New Zealand, almost looks too new, See Restoration 2 for a pic
GPW Radiator Shroud - Partly Completed
I'm waiting for some more steel to complete this part, so in the interim, I only have this section done, so far it's been easy. After marking out, I used a sheet metal nibbler to cut the curve, my Plumbers guillotine to cut it to size ,and his folder and spot welder to stick it together. I'm very happy with the result and the spot welder, as it reproduces the original to perfection. I haven't drilled the two 1/4" holes into this piece yet and as soon as I complete other parts I'll post some more pics.
M31/M31C Machine Gun Mount
A considerable number of the M31/M31C plans have been sent out over the past 18 months, I haven't heard of any great problems getting it made, only that the T section of the legs is hard to come by. Here's a few that have been made, one, an M31C (No Travel Arm) by Al Brass in New Zealand, and another, mostly completed one, an M31 by Ed. Campion in Canada. The picture on the far right is of an original travel arm top pivot yoke. This is part of the original M31 we used to take the measurements from, also thanks to Charles Whiting for some of the socket receiver measurements. Again, thanks to Frank, Al and Ed for the pics.
First Aid Kit Bracket - Dash Mounted
Used for both the First Aid and Gas Casualty Kit, this bracket was fitted to 1 in 12 jeeps. Nick Warchol, Boxborough, MA. USA. recently made this bracket from the drawings. An excellent example of what can be done given time and incentive. Well done Nick, and thanks for letting me use the pics.
Fuel Tank Well - Later Rounded Corners
For something a little different, this Fuel Tank Well is made from Stainless steel by Michael Wierman. Nice kids and jeep Mike.
Pics of the Fuel Tank fitted and the drawing part numbers can be found on the G503 JeepDraw site. Courtesy of Frank Berg
I've been waiting for measurements for the earlier square cornered Fuel Tank Well, as soon as they are available the drawing will be listed on JeepDraw.
Half Door Snaps Setting Tool
An easy to make tool for setting in the half door snaps to the tub, the design enables the user to fit the snaps without using force and will even fit those snaps where the ends are not visible. Just a simple matter of slipping the snap into the hole, insert the tool into the snap from the outside, and either a push or light tap with a hammer will expand the back edge and lock the snap into place. ( h-door-c.pdf )
Thanks to Glen Klotz for the Pic....
Transfer Case and Diff. Seal Replacement Tool
Designed By Alsadair Brass. To see this tool in action go to http://1942willys.homestead.com/motorpoolrepairs.html Click on the Stars
Drawings available at http://www.jeepdraw.com/misc.htm