Saturday has been pretty good for me today. I was able to spend a few hours on the MB in between working on the basement with a shovel! Needless to say I took a LOT of breaks and wound up spending more time on the jeep than on the trench! Don't tell the missus that though!
Anyways... here is some of the things I accomplished on the jeep. I started out with plans to take the smaller pieces off and strip and paint them as I go... as inspired by IlikePlanesToo in his resto thread. ( viewtopic.php?f=96&t=200539
) But as my ADD is progressing from bad to worse I started just stripping and I can't wait to get the whole TUB off now!
So I started with the fenders... worked my way to the hood and then onto the windshield today! Here is the obligatory side shot without fenders...
Front view... looks nasty with the wrong engine in there...
I did manage to finally get the light assembly completely broken down and ready to go in the blast cabinet. Sadly the blasting is on hold due to lack of in-line air/water separator. Sand blasting does not work so well with moisture in the lines.
But because the blaster wasn't working it did cause me to find my first ORIGINAL and BEAUTIFUL OD on the light hanger! I had to go back to the wire brush and work on some of the smaller parts... I wish I could find more of this stuff! It is really inspiring! Wish I could make my whole restored jeep look like this.
What I believe to be the original generator shield... a little bent up.
Bubba's work on the spring brackets...
And speaking of the spring brackets... these are almost rusted all the way through!
Frame horns gone.
And I'll end with a question. I thought I had read that in January of 43, Willys went from the solid spoke steering wheel to the wire spoked version due to saving rubber for other needs. If that be the case then why does my March 43 MB have the solid spoke wheel? I'm assuming it is a replacement wheel from another jeep along the way. Wish I knew more history of my little MB!