Willys MB Restoration Pages
Before around.....Mid 2003
In the March 2003 issue of the Auto Shopper is where I found my 1942 Willys MB. It was located 14 miles away from my home in Santa Cruz in the small agricultural town of Watsonville California. I’ll never forget the first moment I saw my little jeep. It was muddy, rusty, and greasy and I LOVED it!
Tub removed from frame
Removing the extra "skin" over the original body
Things you find!
After Bob removed the skin from the tub we removed the STP stickers. They came off easily with a razor blade and will be put in my jeeps scrapbook. I then sanded and scraped away paint very lightly to see if there were any numbers. I was surprised to find a red and white-chequered pattern under the OD. This chequered pattern was also found on the dash. I checked the inside of the tub and found it had been painted fire engine red. My jeep had been used as a "follow-me" jeep at one time. I found more OD paint below the red and white. Then I discovered a darker shade of green below the OD. The outside of the tub had been sandblasted and repainted with the tan camouflage, except for the preserved part under the skin. The stickers and the follow-me pattern were a very exciting discovery.
Removing the Engine from the frame.
Sanding, it's not as easy as it looks.
After hand sanding some of my jeep parts and most of the tub I was really looking forward to attempting to sandblast the rest. I had never tried it before. I thought it would be a fast and easy way to go. I found out, the only easy way to go would be to hire someone else to do the work! Sandblasting took a lot of time too. And sand went EVERYWHERE! I was shocked to see how far the sand went in every direction! It was a joy to sit in a chair and just spray away the rust and paint compared to the hours of hand sanding on my feet bending in strange positions. I spent 6 hours hand sanding my hood alone! I was really happy with how the parts looked after blasting them. I even found an “F” on one bumperette, which is always a nice find.
It was such a good day when the modern bumper was removed from my jeep. I had become very eager to see all of the modern modifications slowly get taken off and have the original body parts exposed. I was concerned about the original frame horns being damaged while the incorrect metal was being cut away; luckily the bumper came off fairly easily and there was no damage done. But there is more to this story. I really wanted to find as many original parts for my jeep as possible to replace all of the incorrect parts. I had started to ask around about finding an original bumper. Most of the answers I got were that original bumpers were impossible to find. I just hate being told that! I just get all fired up when someone tells me I can’t or won’t be able to find or do something. So I left it up to the one power I knew could find one, I prayed to God! And I kept up my end of the deal and just knew I’d find one. After sometime I was offered one, but the deal fell through. I was disappointed but didn’t loose hope. Not too long after that deal fell through, I was up at Mikes Military with Matt doing some jeep shopping (my favorite shopping spree!) I was looking for an original hood. I asked Mike if he had an original bumper. He walked over to a shelf, way up high, and pulled this very bent piece of metal down. It was an original bumper! I was so excited, I felt really lucky! He and Matt kindly straightened it out for me with a machine that does that and I headed home that evening with the original bumper. It needed a little welding and then it was ready to go.
Having spent a fair amount of time recently on the Slat Grill jeep it was about time I did some work on the MB. Here's the latest.... September 2007.
SLAT GRILL "STUFF"
FEBRUARY - MARCH 2007
While waiting to get some decent working area for the MB I decided to fiddle with "The Peacock", tidy it up in a few places. Like the front and Rear ends.
Rear of the Slat..... Bubba's Work and all that angle iron.
Here's the pintle hook.....Looks better already. I'm saving the eye bolts for the MB above.
Some bolts and Nuts I cleaned
up as I got unusually lucky today and went to the car parts store to pick up the stuff you guys suggested, this one I go to all the time. I told a new guy working what was up with the bolts. He said to bring them in and he'd sand blast them. They had never
told me they had one there????
I also decided that the front "Bubba Bumper" wasn't to my liking, so it just had to go. Aren't Dremels wonderful toys?
Updated 7th Dec 2008
See Wendy's You Tube Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ7e2z54Ak0