My new 1954 M38A1

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Re: My new 1954 M38A1

Postby Ben Dover » Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:20 am

Did those Pop Rivits come with the plates? If not, too bad you did not post a pic of the rivets furnished. It is easy to "set" the correct brass rivets using just a center punch with the head supported on just a piece of steel plate or your shop anvil, they will flatten out just right.
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Re: My new 1954 M38A1

Postby Maverick1701 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:40 pm

Ben Dover wrote:Did those Pop Rivits come with the plates? If not, too bad you did not post a pic of the rivets furnished. It is easy to "set" the correct brass rivets using just a center punch with the head supported on just a piece of steel plate or your shop anvil, they will flatten out just right.


No sir. The the data plates and the mounting panel are original to the jeep. I only had to purchase replacement pop rivets (since I drilled out my original ones for the data plate restore). I need to do some searching for some flush mount pop rivets.

I ended up taking my carb to the local mechanic for the rebuild since he is the expert...also because he has a glass bead blaster so he was able to REALLY clean out the crud in the carb I bought off FB (and there was A LOT of crud).

I picked it up about 20min ago on the way home from work. The plan is to install it sometime this evening (if I don't get called out). I am waiting on my new hard fuel lines to arrive. Once those get here I can throw them on and hopefully rock & roll.

Here are a few before/after pictures of the carb

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clean 2
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Re: My new 1954 M38A1

Postby Ben Dover » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:49 am

The correct type Brass Rivets (RIVET, Tubular, oval-hd, 1/8" X 1/8") are out there at some of the dealers. You need 24 and a few extras just in case. :wink:
Find a steel plate to use, set them with a center punch and finish the job using a small ball peen hammer to spread the rivet smooth. That's one of the uses of a ball peen hammer.

Do not use Brake Shoe Rivets, they will work but have a flat head with printing on them. Oval Head is original. Some of you may have M-38 and M-38A1 Jeeps that have brake shoe rivets installed as that is what Army Support Units have handy for brake jobs.
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Re: My new 1954 M38A1

Postby Maverick1701 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:25 pm

I was off work today and REALLY churned & burned on the Jeep.

I started the day by installing the carb and hooking up all the odds & ends. I lubed the choke & throttle cables so they actually actuate now. I'm waiting on my new fuel lines to arrive. They should be here Tuesday according to ups tracking.

After that quick job I removed the PTO (Koenig Model-51). This project took most of the day if you include cleaning up the PTO after removal. I ended up splitting open the case while still installed on the jeep for two reasons. 1: I was having clearance issues reaching the final bolt needed to removal 2: the other bolts had fallen into the PTO after removal.

I am glad I did split the case because....wow...it was full of water!!!!! This water was probably from 1990 when the jeep was last operable. I was able to remove the case clean everything up (interior, exterior), lube the chain and put everything back together (thankfully the interior was not full of rust). The exterior of the case was a mess and cleaning took several hours with a wire wheel, wire brush, and screwdriver scraping.

After removal of the PTO I installed the cover plate on the x-fer case with 5 new bolts & gasket since I am not going to run a PTO. What is the value of a Koenig-51 these days? I would like to sell it and put the proceeds back into the jeep.

After I tacked that job I installed my e-brake handle, and e-brake mechanism under the jeep. I ordered a new e-brake connecting rod from KW because I couldn't find the one I bought off eBay. Of course...wouldn't ya know it...the day after I order a new one I found the old one...doh.

My next project was quick/easy since I getting tired & hungry. I installed new shiftier boots on the x-mission and x-fer case.

I have a few more parts coming in via snail mail. e-brake rod, fuel lines, new wiper arms/blades. all these should be here in a few days.

Attached are some pictures of the PTO cleanup project. Enjoy!

opening the pto
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opening the PTO
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exterior clean
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exterior clean
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interior clean
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interior clean
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putting humpty-dumpty back together again
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putting humpty-dumpty back together again
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