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    1943 Ford GPW Arny Air Corp jeep

    A few pics of my project; originally an Army Air Corp vehicle, it was used by a north Georgia farmer for a tractor in it's post-war life. It's a bit further along than this now (after 10 years of owning it), only the images aren't all that to behold at this stage; I have done a lot more detail work to it (brakes, suspension, etc.), and have purchased 90% of the parts needed to finish it...now, I only need to find the time to complete it, lol. :)















    Rob
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    1943 Ford GPW
    1957 Plymouth Savoy 4-door sedan
    1962 Ford Falcon Ratwagon
    1974/5 Dodge Monaco Bluesmobile cop car
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    Now that's cool!

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    I've since re-primed it and repainted some of it the authentic olive drab, plus put four new tires on it...it's a work in progress. Especially the rear, as the old farmer actually cut and built a tailgate into the truck (which it shouldn't have)....something I'll have to fix with some new sheet metal, and my so-so welding skills. :)

    Rob
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    1943 Ford GPW
    1957 Plymouth Savoy 4-door sedan
    1962 Ford Falcon Ratwagon
    1974/5 Dodge Monaco Bluesmobile cop car
    2005 Dodge Magnum 5.7 R/T

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    So hows the parts availability for old military jeeps? I always thought it would be cool to have one but have never come across one for sale.

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    That's cool! The Ford's have got to be rare as hen's teeth! Is that Willys hood original? I don't know my Jeeps very well, but that one looks like a neat project. Quite a piece of American history there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 57belv View Post
    So hows the parts availability for old military jeeps? I always thought it would be cool to have one but have never come across one for sale.
    Actually, parts are easy to get, and relatively cheap, compared to '57-'58 Plymouths; there's a whole sub-culture of jeep restoration and parts suppliers out there, and I've spent money at many of them, lol.

    Pete...that's a Willy's post-war hood, which came from a CJ; the post-war Hotchk!ss 4-banger I have also came from the same truck.

    Rob
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    "See anything green? see anything green....see anything GREEN?" - Arnie Cunningham, corpse

    1943 Ford GPW
    1957 Plymouth Savoy 4-door sedan
    1962 Ford Falcon Ratwagon
    1974/5 Dodge Monaco Bluesmobile cop car
    2005 Dodge Magnum 5.7 R/T

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    I'd love an old Jeep, they look lots of fun to own.

    Am I right in saying they made them for decades, later ones are quite readily evailable?


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    Coool Jeep I had a 57 Pontiac Star Chief Air Force Ambulance back in the 70's I towed my 65 GTO Racecar out to the track with it. With a tow bar LOL My driver turned a jeep over with us when I was stationed in the Army in Germany In 1963 :) We were going down a gravel road and He missed the turn and locked his brakes and we rolled over , Glad I had a Helment on. I hit my head on a big rock LOL

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    That would explain alot Bob!!! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by christineuk View Post
    That would explain alot Bob!!! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doobster View Post
    I'd love an old Jeep, they look lots of fun to own.

    Am I right in saying they made them for decades, later ones are quite readily evailable?


    Lee.
    The WW2 (and even some of the early post-war versions) are getting harder to find; most are snatched up by the MVPA collectors in the former case, the 4-wheeling crowds for the latter; however, there are enough reproduction parts available that one could build a WW2 jeep from the ground up, for a modest fortune.

    Rob
    "Let's motorvate!" - Arnie Cunningham

    "See anything green? see anything green....see anything GREEN?" - Arnie Cunningham, corpse

    1943 Ford GPW
    1957 Plymouth Savoy 4-door sedan
    1962 Ford Falcon Ratwagon
    1974/5 Dodge Monaco Bluesmobile cop car
    2005 Dodge Magnum 5.7 R/T

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    That's a cool Jeep, Rob!!

    They bring pretty decent money here, the duck hunters like them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big m View Post
    That's a cool Jeep, Rob!!

    They bring pretty decent money here, the duck hunters like them.

    ---John
    Yeah, John...a decent WW2-era restoration from a MVPA guy will run you between 8 to 10 grand nowadays.

    BTW, that restored jeep in the first pic is sporting a small-block Ford 302 V-8...it will haul @#$.

    Rob
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    "Let's motorvate!" - Arnie Cunningham

    "See anything green? see anything green....see anything GREEN?" - Arnie Cunningham, corpse

    1943 Ford GPW
    1957 Plymouth Savoy 4-door sedan
    1962 Ford Falcon Ratwagon
    1974/5 Dodge Monaco Bluesmobile cop car
    2005 Dodge Magnum 5.7 R/T

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