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so as I said a few years ago Iwhen I first joined this forum I would buy a jeep when I got my army gratuity well in august I had a call from my dad who does the classic car shows with his audi quattro rally replica hes been canvassing a few jeep owners to see if he could find me one low and behold a number was passed and I now own this 2v2JyGdzVxBfL5g.jpg

now the old boy who owned it took very good care of it but his family took his licence away at 88 I think so to maintain it he kept painting it by hand so I have a few jobs to do to remove paint on hatches latches nuts bolts and all glasswork also as im 6 foot 3 im looking at cutting the drivers seat back and angeling it ive downloaded the info or raising it up and back on raisers which is the best option the underside has been oil coverd to prevent rust and its in an amazing condition really 2v2JyGy3LxBfL5g.jpg2v2JyGyvgxBfL5g.jpg2v2JyGyUWxBfL5g.jpg 

I still haven't driven it yet as after purchasing I went on a family holiday then my dad was at the TT so still not had the pleasure as yet I would like some info on purchasing a couple of things

1 windscreen rubber protectors are they the same as the bonnet ones

2 green paint which idealy is the same as what ive got as the oldboy redid the star on the bonnet and I need to rub that down as 2 stars are present in different locations

I intend to get a canvass windscreen protector most parts seem to be from jeeparts.uk just need a bit of advice really I have the star templates which I will check when I visit my dad this weekend hope to go to some shows next year

many thanks in advance

mark    

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello Mark,

Welcome to Military Vehicle ownership. I hope you enjoy your Jeep. I own a ‘44 Willy’s MB.

Do your research on parts suppliers before investing too much money in spares. There are plenty of suppliers out there, but not all parts are the best quality. Find yourself a trusted supplier and develop a relationship with them, as they’re an excellent source of valuable advice as well.

I personally use Dallas Autos as they are reasonably local to me. They can be a bit more expensive than other suppliers I hear, but the the parts are always good quality and they have helped me out with advice several times. They once drove out 40 mins from their workshop, when I broke down in my old TR6 after visiting them, and even picked me up a coil from a local parts place on the way.

Where are you based and who did you serve with?

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 Not as good as a Dodge , but, Jeepparts is also a useful supplier. Paint,  if you have a sample pices most places can match it exactaly, depends if you want bright shiny factory fresh or that lived in a bit look. I use Dulux Weathersheild Metal finsh on mine, it's extremly hard wearing and semi matt so easier to clean.  They were working military tools after all.  As for your height, tough! Watch the films of John Wayne driving a jeep and get some knee reinforcement.  🤣

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tom 

I served with 9/12l for 23 and a half years then 4 years QDG after amalgamation the last 2 and a half as a PSI in chester now in reserves RY home is Hereford

tony b

thanks for the info ref paint however not a chance am I putting up with bashing my knackerd knees lol looks like cutting is the way to go  

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Start at the ankles, then you weld  back on higher  up! 😁 They were built for someone about 5 foot 6 inch. I use a couple of wooden wedges under my Dodge Ambulance drivers seat to get a better angle.  Don't forget hatch in the top of canvas.  You will find a way! To much fun to be had driving them.

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Congratulations Mark always an exciting moment when that hoped for vehicle arrives :banana: in terms of parts supplies you really have a very wide choice for a jeep these days.  I would suggest you do a little web research it's all part of the learning curve you have a choice of 4 major outlets in the UK, and any number of well known suppliers from Holland, Belgium and France that's before you start to look at suppliers in the US, just remember that non EU countries will carry a not inconsequential import tax.  I'm purposefully not naming names as I don't believe one is better than all the others it's a case of mix and match depending on the size of your pocket and what you ultimately want to achieve.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that it's your truck and you can do with it as you wish and don't be afraid of asking questions on any of the forums that's what their there for.

regards

Pete

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Congratulations!

Most suppliers carry parts from the same manufacturers, but prices can vary quite a lot sometimes so it might pay to shop around a bit if you need something.

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Also some parts are available from local factors. I pay a couple of quid for oil fliters from my local , rather than £10 or £12 plus delivery from Specialists. 

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9 hours ago, Tony B said:

Also some parts are available from local factors. I pay a couple of quid for oil fliters from my local , rather than £10 or £12 plus delivery from Specialists. 

Good point Tony,

the same follows for seals and bearings these are in the main all still available off the shelf or from specialist vintage suppliers (look them up on the web). The key is to accurately measure the internal/external diameter and then track down via the web the equivalent  modern part number and manufacturer. 

Bear in mind the reference descriptor will not say MB/GPW jeep it will be a common sized part for anything from a fork lift to a set of conveyor belts and any thing in between they all need seals and bearings and their all made to a standard size for the load or shaft diameter that they are intended for.

In terms of manufactures Ford were a little unusual as they produced a large amount of their ancillary equipment in house other smaller manufactures opened a suppliers catalogue be it for nuts and bolts, bearings, seals or indeed gears and shafts and bulk bought the part for the job, having said that about Ford even if the part was produced in house it was to a recognized standard size. 

welcome to the world of vintage part number cross referencing :readbook:  or buy from the dealers  obviously at cost plus, the former can be interesting and cheaper the latter quick but expensive if your buying a lot of stuff and you haven't learnt anything..... .........bit like life in general I suppose:)

Pete

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had a plant fitter friend pull out a hotchkiss M201 engine fit a clutch and some other bits he said the prop UJs were worn, i said i will get some he said no i have done it they are the same as transit ESSEX BEARINGS hall road heybridge maldon cm9 4ne

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When the dynamo bearing on a friends APT collapased in Belgium one year, we stripped it down and asked where do we get a bearing? A local said the SKS main european distriution depot is about 3 km down the road. So we took bits in and said to a nice lady, have you got one of these? She contemplated the pair of grinning idiots and glanced over her shoulder at a quarter mile long warehouse full of bearings.

15 eu and ten minutes later, out we went. The original bearing was dated 1945, so we didn't bother with a warranty claim. 😀

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