- The '42 GPW - in Detail -
Al has the most perfect '42 Ford jeep I have ever seen, with the exception of the lock out hubs, a necessity , as it saves on fuel costs, wear and tear , and as Al uses his jeep regularly , (with now over 40,000 miles up since restoration) , I totally agree with their use, Some will disagree, but then, they don't live in New Zealand and pay the extremely high costs of fuel. If you click on the photo in the middle, you'll see both Al's '42 GPW and Ewan Macpherson's Willys MB jeep at Ranfurly, New Zealand, the gun is a 1943 Anti-Aircraft (3" bore) a World War 2 Memorial Trophy.
The pic on the right was taken at a rest stop during the New Zealand Rally 2001, it was cold, wet & miserable, ( and yes, it did snow earlier that morning) we braved the weather in an open jeep, and if I had been asked to do it again, I wouldn't hesitate for a second. Thanks to Al, BB and The Jeep Owners Club of New Zealand for the best time of my life. If you're a Kiwi, and need parts, contact Al he owns and operates JeepParts in Christchurch.
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Some things you will notice on this jeep that doesn't seem right at a first glance.
The Black Out Light on the left fender. This was field fitted in the Pacific Islands during active service during WW2.Al decided to leave it exactly the way it was found. It's not located as per the factory specifications. Another thing you'll see is the floor mats, Ford embossed, Al made these up himself from Ford matting and trimmed the edged to form a very decent fit. The Spare Fuel Carrier ( Jerry Can Bracket) on the rear panel is another field fitted modification.
Al's explanation is below.
My GPW left the factory without a BO light. By the time the PO purchased it from the Pacific Islands in August '47, the US Army had fitted a light exactly where it is today. During restoration in 1983 and in a moment of wisdom, I decided to leave it where and how it was. As long as the BO light stays on the jeep, I will leave it how it is. Other items possible added at the same time were the jerry can, rear panel gussets and rifle rack.
The jeep had never been through a rebuild or major overhaul until I did it so these things were most likely field done. The dilemma I debated was whether to remove them (as they should be for a factory class restoration) or preserve a little bit of this vehicle's history. In this day and age, the world is smaller and we are all more aware of "factory class" restorations. If I lived in USA, I would have had my jeep judged and those parts would not be on it. Nor would it have traffic indicators, a winch or an M31 mount. The fact is, here, in New Zealand, there is no such judging competition and absolute correctness is not an issue. This explanation has been added to avoid confusion. Regards Al. Brass
THE M31C MOUNT
The cradle is a D7431, MG is a replica M1917A1, The Mount is an M31C made from JeepDraw Drawings.
INSIDE THE TUB
Dash Right Side, Correct Gauges, Dash Left Side, Wiper setup, Data Plate, Smooth floor G/Box and spring clip, Glove Box lock non-keyed.
Rear seat location and Ford inner panel ribs
Mirror Arm and King Bee Mirror, '42 SW Gauges Before & After,
Rear End, Original Lock and Nut,42 Dated Can
Muffler Mounts, Front and Rear
Rear end Under, Under Left side and Transfer Case, Engine Stay cable Rear and Front.
Torque reaction spring left front frame.
Early Vertical Light Bracket, Clutch Rod & Pivot, Earth Straps and Front Brake Line Clips
Underside Right, Inside Right, Regulator, Underside Left, Inside Left
Fan - Generator Alignment
Wiring to the Board on the Firewall
Oil Can Bracket Attachment and Running the Speedo and Handbrake Cables
Fuel Line routing from the Filter to the flex hose
Engine Compartment-Radiator, Engine Compartment, note also the correct Red decals on the Oil Filter,
Headlight Wiring Harness from the Right Side Headlight to the 2 Post Connector
Generator plate Stamping, Headlight Harness Clips, Hose Clamp, Battery & Clamp, Ford etched windshield glass, Carter Carb.Tag, Regulator Suppressor
Above is the crank pulley guard found on both GPW's and MB's, it's attached to the Oil Pan.
Fan Belt and Radiator, Top Bow Swivel views, Hood Bow Front Bracket ( This is the hood bow used prior to finding a Ford marked Hood Bow for his GPW )
Well used seats, note the early Zipper construction. Right side Tool Box
Fuel Tank Harness clip Early GPW only
Strap fittings for the Shovel and Axe.
15in. Star placement, Windshield holes and fittings.
What to look for in GPW Pintle Hooks, except the top with the pin hole.
Before Al fitted the Winch, he had the wire cutter fitted, very simple, easy to remove and attach, and no holes needed to be drilled.
See How it was done in WW2
Vulcan Pub & Wedderburn Pub ( Anyone else see a pattern?)
Some more of Al's "Toys"
- Beryl B's - 1965 Austin Mini 850 cc - Betty Boop - Restored Dec. 2007 -
25500 miles on the clock prior to restoration.