zepher11 wrote:but the number on the frame matches the number on the body as well as matching the data plate on the glove box.
Chuck Lutz wrote:Zeph.....first, just take an inventory of everything and write down any Ford/Willys markings and all numbers you find. Then....toss a tarp over everything and read as much on the Tech Board as you can and take some notes on the LONG project threads some of the guys have on that board and on the GPW or MB forums.
What I think you will get is that you are facing a frame-off restoration on the pick of the litter...which is probably the GPW....you might find that the motor in it is from an M-38 and the block you have in the other photo is numbered to that GPW!....a matching numbers GPW (frame/data plate/motor) is the Trifecta of restorations and adds trememdous collector value to a restored jeep.
I agree the tub is in rough shape, but you or a new-to-be-friend with welding and panel beating talent can replace the worst of it and get that thing looking Inspection Ready....buying a repop tub is north of $2,000 or so and even them requires some tuning up to get it right. So if you sold your GPW tub for $500-$750 +/- you would still be out $1,500 and for about that you should be able to get that original tub in ship-shape condition.
A careful inventory assignment of stuff you need and stuff you can sell/trade is critical. Trading the correct genny or radiator or something is much more cost effective that having to buy one outright. So you need to hit the books to determine what the 5/1/42 GPW came with as I feel it is worthy of a Restored Class restoration. others may feel different.
Don't be in a hurry! If you are in Northern/Central California, then you need to go to Tower Park/Lodi KOA on Hwy. 12 west of I-5 for the MVCC Fall meet...take a camera and take about 1,000 pics of the best restorations there and TALK to the guys. Most are very willing to share info and then be sure to join the MVCC on-site so you are in the loop for parades, swap meets, and a chance to help others who will return the favor when you need it.
The parts tables there are also a great place to take pics and....you should meet Ron Fitzpatrick and his staff in person as you will soon be needing to buy things and he's got the stuff you will need..
Chuck Lutz wrote:If you are close and have your GPW on the trailer....drag that sucker over with you and it will be like a magnet! Just be sure to put a SOLD sign on it to keep the guys at bay....you will get a lot of questions and assistance by just popping the hood and letting guys check 'er out and take pics...
I think Tom Wolboldt will be there so find him as he will want pics also of your GPW. park near the pavilion and Tom will be right across the road.
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