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Willys MB 1942....

Article about: This is the top end of my collection, as displayed near my home this past summer 2009 at the local museum............

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    OK.........................
    Here's a few more of the restoration in progress, and some parade shots.
    ( Please excuse the shoddy images as they are photos of photos, not scans. If they are not that great I'll try a different method......)

    The new tub was constructed on a repro frame with repro front fenders attached to get the correct fit. Most of the top edge or rim of the body, and rear corners were cut off of the original and welded to the repro tub, as the fellow building the new tub could not make such complicated bends. ( He also used the original transmission "hump" ) If you ran your fingers under the rim, it would be hard to tell it was not a completely original tub !

    Spent many hours and much moolah painting and detailing all the small parts,
    Learned a lot and had fun doing it though............

    I heard a phrase from a friends father regarding the origin of the name
    of this vehicle: " Just Enough Essential Parts "
    To me, this is the best and most logical explanation of how the Jeep came to be called what it is............

    ( Ade, if you don't have them, volumes I and II of "The All American Wonder"
    are worth picking up. )
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    These are great to see. Thanks very much!

    I have those two books. I would agree that they are a "must" for any Jeep owner.

    Cheers, Ade.

  4. #13

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    Let's see a few shots of your jeep on this thread Ade !

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    Hi ! thanks for posting those pics i have a question where is located this museum on the first picture?

    Thanks
    Frenchy

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    Hi, Frenchy !

    The tiny museum is located between Keswick and Sutton,
    on Woodbine Ave and Baseline Rd. in the township of Georgina.

    The Ontario Military Vehicle Assn. was contacted this past summer,
    and some of us brought several jeeps and trucks to this event. I happen to live
    reasonably close by, and with electrical/mechanical problems, it was not
    too far to go without running my battery down !

    The museum houses mostly items from local boys from both wars,
    including the Boer War and the curator tells interesting stories
    about them all to visitors.

    Currently, he gives away surplus metal badges ( mostly Ghurka's )
    to young kids, and asks them in return to go on the Web to find out
    all they can about their badge....

    Lots more vehicles and past events at "cmp mag" or "OMVA .ca"




    Hamilton is only a few hours drive. Hwy 401 to Hwy 404 and then straight up !


    Thanks for asking !




    I can post couple more photos from this event if you want....................

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    Quote by Walkwolf View Post
    Let's see a few shots of your jeep on this thread Ade !
    Here you go.

    The two pics of the Jeep in "Micky Mouse Camo" were taken in Arnhem.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Very nice jeep's you guys have, well don work

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    Great to see original data plates Adrian !

    Love the Para gear, and it's nice to see you using it to convey Vets also !




    BTW, what is the attachment on the center of the steering wheel where the horn
    button should be?
    Last edited by Walkwolf; 04-18-2010 at 03:57 AM.

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    Hi, it is a quick release for the steering wheel. This was needed in order to load the Jeep inside the fuselarge of the Horsa glider, due to the low main wing spar height. The Jeep was loaded, the steering wheel removed, then the Jeep was pushed under the wing spar, then the steering wheel was refitted. Once the glider landed the Jeep was driven out of the back, via the detactable tail section. The horn button was relocated to the dash board on the lower left side, or later it was placed onto the side of the steering column.

    I love taking the Vets around Arnhem in the Jeep.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    I've seen period photos of the loading/unloading of jeeps from Horsas,
    but never knew there was rig like this...... first one I've seen!

    Very Cool ! !







    Regards, Steve.
    Last edited by Walkwolf; 04-18-2010 at 03:57 AM.

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