Jeeps at Ernie’s

A short while back I posted about vintage Dodge trucks at Ernie Baals’ place.  Now we are going to step back and finish up my visit to Ernie’s with his Jeeps.  The first shot is of a project in his shop.Image

I honestly cannot remember the years of most of them, but I thought folks would enjoy the photos.  The one below was restored by Ernie when he was sixteen and he plans to overhaul it again.Image

Ernie built the Jeep below almost entirely from reproduction parts.  It lasted about 300 miles and chipped a gear.  It sits as of now as a failed experiment and an annoyance to Ernie.Image

If any of you followed or read about our M38 resto rod overhaul (see it here: M38 resto rod ) You know we have seen really screwed up wiring.  Well the Jeep below takes the cake.  I have never seen home lighting switched in a wiring harness.  Kudos to Bubba, you have topped yourself!!ImageImageImage

I had fun sharing stories of Bubbafied Jeeps with Ernie.  He also has found a large amount of old street signs used to rebuild Jeeps.  I started a collection of the street signs we  have removed from Jeeps.

Ernie also has a really nice 1942 GPW that he drives regularly.  I will include it as the grand finale of this post.ImageImageImage

Thanks again to Ernie for helping with the Dodge ambulance project and for showing us around his collection.

Welcome center Jeepster

I saw this Jeepster a few weeks ago driving south on 95.  Coming North a couple weeks ago I made a point of stopping at the Pennsylvania welcome center to see it and take some shots.

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I liked how this Jeep was displayed with items representing a wide variety of what Pennsylvania has to offer.Image

Of course I think my favorite thing on the whole Jeepster was the bumper sticker that read,” Scrapple.. The other grey meat” I love Scrapple!!Image

Jeepsters were made from 1948 to 1951. Despite my father’s dislike of their styling I have always rather liked them. I would be happy to take this one on a roadtrip.

They’re still out there

So in December of 2011 we built the GPW “Rarotonga” for International Military Antiques and their TV show “Family Guns”. Yes, we restored a jeep in a month.  It was nuts and involved many nights with little to no sleep. Fast forward and that Jeep is now in Texas with a very happy new owner who found out that his neighbor had a 1942 Willys MB stored in the barn.

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This Jeep has spent over 20 years doing farm work and has only minor modifications. The seller is the son of the former owner who was in his early 80’s when he passed.

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The price was right and I knew when I saw this that I HAD to find it a new home.  The MB has many original parts and a very original engine bay apparently. You can see it needs some steel work but having the original seats, handles, windshield etc.. all say something to me.

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The Jeep has already found a new home in Pennsylvania and I am ecstatic!  When it arrives I will post more pictures.  When I find a home for a vintage Jeep I feel like I am finding a new family for an orphaned pet. 😀

New mechanic technician/ Scrap value

I thought I would combine a couple things in this post.  First off Hanson Mechanical would like to welcome our new technician, John Still.  John has 35 years experience in automotive repair. John began his career at AMC Jeep. His skills extend from frame welding to wiring to custom engine and driveline design and building.  His work is thorough and he believes what we believe; that a job should be done right or not at all.  Welcome John!!

Now for some pictures of free range Jeeps.  The owner is looking for scrap value on these 1940’s CJs (around $400 to $500 apiece).  A couple of them have rather nice bodies and frames.  They do not have titles or drivelines but those issues can be remedied. This first one is very solid and I keep thinking of combining it with a wreck I found that has a good engine and trans.Image

This second one is a very early CJ2A. Sadly it has a huge amount of diamondplate on it and I do not know if it is worth saving.

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This last one seems pretty solid and complete.  If anyone is interested in one of these please contact me and we can make arrangements.

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The last photo here is the remains of a WW2 Jeep.  It torments me but looks rather cool sitting out in the brush.

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Spring is around the corner, the roads will soon be salt free.  Bring your Jeeps in for that spring tuneup or other work you have been postponing.  John loves Jeeps and will get yours in tip top shape.

Onwards and upwards,

-Merlin

Where do I get parts from????

The question I have received the most as of late is where do I get my parts?  Other than a secret underground bunker filled with NOS jeep parts (location to remain undisclosed) the list below is of the main suppliers I use and WHY I use them. Each supplier name is also a link to their website.

Beachwood Canvas: the best canvas products available in my opinion.  And the ONLY people to go to for seats unless you want to be feeling metal under your butt.

Army Jeep Parts:  George Baxter knows what he is doing and his parts FIT RIGHT. If you want a correct spec radiator that will not overheat, go to him.  If you want an amazing rebuilt transmission or transfer case, go to him.  AJP carries electrical parts made by MV Spares in Australia which are all engineered to correct WW2 specifications. AJP also carries panels produced by Midwest Military.  These are made in the USA to correct specifications unlike the MD Juan parts.  George is amazingly knowledgeable and a perfectionist.  Some folks want to save a few dollars and wrestle with the consequences.  Save your time, buy from AJP.

Walck’s 4 Wheel Drive:  I use Walcks for rebuilt starters, generators, and such items as brakes and brake parts.  They cover WW2 and up.  A family business they are wonderful to deal with and provide reputable quality. I cannot say enough about them.

Kaiser Willys Auto Supply:  Just when I think nobody has a part these folks have it.  Wonderful to deal with my customers and I have received great parts in quick order from them.

D L Bensinger: On the east Coast if you need a gas tank, combat rims, handles etc.. go to Darryl.

Ron Fitzpatrick Jeep Parts: On the west coast Fitzpatrick is an amazing parts supplier.  Also use him for rebuilt transmissions, transfer cases etc..  Ron has everything.  Sheet metal is MD Juan as far as I remember though. Also, if you are not on the g503 forum then follow the link to his site and join it.

TM9 Ordnance:  I have not tried them yet but fellow restorers who have say they are the best paint suppliers.

Brent Mullins Jeep Parts: Brent makes rivets for your frame restorations.  They look like original rivets from the top but actually are a type of bolt which breaks off on the bottom after the torque spec is reached.  I use these on all frame restoration.

In the end the best thing I can say is that it does cost money to restore a Jeep.  Use the best parts and you will enjoy restoration, maintenance, and driving of your Jeep so much more.

Have fun!! -Merlin

A beautiful 1947 CJ2A

After my last post had some rusty Jeeps in it I thought I would show you folks a nice one 🙂  I was contacted a while back by a Mr. Finney about his 1947 CJ2A.  I picked the Jeep up on December 27th and was pleasantly surprised by the condition of the vehicle.  I have yet to see a vintage jeep with a perfect bodytub…. and this Jeep has one!

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While there is a very nice floorpan repair, everything else is original.  This is a nice early jeep with quite a few parts recognisable from WW2.  According to Mr. Finney it was owned by a couple fellows in Idaho who only used it at their hunting camp.  They would tow it to the camp, run it for the weekend, and then take it home.  They must have been really careful when running it because there are no dents, dings or cracks in the metal.  Plus there is no sign of BONDO!!

Here is a shot of the Jeep after a bath:

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As a very straight jeep we are basically refurbishing it after several other jobs get out.  It will get a brake system going over, new paint, electrical work and we will check out everything else.  I am really looking forward to puttering with this Jeep.

On a side note, this Jeep was originally black and the owner is contemplating returning it to that colour.

If I don’t post before the New Year I wish you all a Happy New Years!!

And, if you are looking for a great place to stay on Prince Edward Island the Finneys have a wonderful victorian house they rent : www.foxrun.biz

Mining the warehouse

Contrary to popular belief I am not dead 🙂  When the weather gets colder the adventures stay closer to home and thus I have less to post.

I took a journey today to a friends place where he is working on clearing out and organising an old warehouse he has.  It was alot easier to see the vehicles with less packed in around them.  Below is a Ford GPW. My friend has around 20 acres covered in vintage Jeeps (civilian and military) as well as a variety of other military vehicles mostly from WW2.

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Next to the GPW sits a WW2 Dodge Weapons carrier.  It is still running despite its patina.ImageImage

In a back corner sits this very sad Jeep.  There is not much to work with here.  The grill and headlights look salvageable though.Image

Happy Holidays everyone!!