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Wise words gentlemen, Decisions are sometime taken by the heart rather than the head indeed. I try to find a balance though and your input is just great!. 

I had a few things passing by but this GPW seems to make the heart ticking just a bit faster like you feel something special is coming your way. The seller is a recognized specialist and was very active on G503.com in the past. I am bringing a very experienced guy with me that I visited before and we started WA'ing back and forth and he helped me understanding the value or risks of buying a project. It is great meeting these genuine people. At least it is a far better feeling spending your money with such a guy vs some business guy or via the local Ebay. 

We will see, the feeling is good so far. He sent me 60 pictures of litteraly every bult and nut and he gave me a detailed list of pro's and cons. He was honest enough to tell from the start that he wants the GPA transfer case to be switched for a GPW, fair enough. He owned a GPA before by the way. 

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Deal done! The GPW matching kept occupying my head and it is the kind of project that offers me just that bit extra. So now the games begin! Will move first so it will have to wait till the workshop is moved but meanwhile I start sourcing like the GPW top bow, back seat, auto-lite regulator, Sparton horn, etc etc. 

It will be taken apart completely and rebuild part by part. I see parts of the original hood-number so eager to start scraping/sanding and see if I can recover it. Nevertheless it will dressed like a jeep of the 1st Polish armored division of General Maczek. They liberated my birth village and I want to honor them. It will be completely original and authentic. Picture of the original jeep I got from the Maczek museum in Breda (NL). 

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Beside the hat channels, the body is in a very good shape, completely hard.

I got the time for sourcing but since that might take time, I already start looking for GPW top bow, back seat and an original auto-lite regulator. I will need these anyway. The instruments seem to be ok but need refurbishment, something I need to dig myself into as I am not familiair with fixing instruments. 

Really a nice project. Completely original, even the glass window. The only thing that has been replaced is the oil pump and the transfer case. Everything is F marked. 

Happy man.

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11 hours ago, Jessie The Jeep said:

The instruments may have radio-active paint on the dials. Approach stripping them down with caution as you don't want to be breathing radio-active paint dust.

Good tip! Like jeeps but a bit early to die for it. 

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Looks a nice practical project and best of luck with it.  As to instruments, that would be something I would not tackle myself as it is very easy to make a right mess of them and end up with something that looks naff.  I prefer to put them the way of trusted specialists who make a fantastic job - either just get working (properly and reliably) retaining the patina or a full restoration.  Its good to keep these people going, but good for you if you think you can tackle it.

 

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2 minutes ago, matchlesswdg3 said:

Looks a nice practical project and best of luck with it.  As to instruments, that would be something I would not tackle myself as it is very easy to make a right mess of them and end up with something that looks naff.  I prefer to put them the way of trusted specialists who make a fantastic job - either just get working (properly and reliably) retaining the patina or a full restoration.  Its good to keep these people going, but good for you if you think you can tackle it.

 

I| doubt if I can handle, 'not my cup of tea', Any suggestions on a specialist to send these to for refurbishment. I found the name of a French guy (Laurent) on G503.com but he is not responding. Somebody else warned me that your speedo might not return at all.. 

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"Any suggestions on a specialist to send these to for refurbishment."  I have only had motorcycle instruments done and I hesitate to recommend the guy I use, but there are a few specialists in UK and it is likely that someone on here has a recommendation for Jeep ones.  Maybe even just try ringing one of the trusted restorers and ask who they use - like Jeffereys.  I presume you would rather use the originals.

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2 hours ago, matchlesswdg3 said:

"Any suggestions on a specialist to send these to for refurbishment."  I have only had motorcycle instruments done and I hesitate to recommend the guy I use, but there are a few specialists in UK and it is likely that someone on here has a recommendation for Jeep ones.  Maybe even just try ringing one of the trusted restorers and ask who they use - like Jeffereys.  I presume you would rather use the originals.

I will call around here in Belgium or NL first. I was at BAIV last Saturday but forgot to ask. Most impressive workshop I have ever seen. They restore tanks and heavy armored stuff for the hi-end market.. They had a '44 comet and 2 Pershings in the shop. 

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On 8/24/2020 at 8:39 PM, steviem said:

I have one at work for small parts. 

That is nice Stevie! I found a place where I can do it myself on an hourly rate. Disadvantage is that it's a one our drive but probably efficient planning would limit the wasted hours for traveling.

Meanwhile I found a rear seat as well so we are getting there! last big thing is the top bow next to 'smaller' items like the bumperettes, spare wheel carrier, hook pintle, etc. 

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you will get there bud, i have picked up various bits that i will not need for a while, new wiring loom, brake pipes,fuel pipes lights even stencils, more importantly take your time i am going to send my entire drive train to Jerry for restoration i could have tried myself but it would have more than likely cost me again for someone to put it right, i will instead attempt the the tub, fenders , hood , windscreen etc i have the space for these task so much more manageable  for me.

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Hi there! Been busy with work and we are moving by the end of November. So start of the project will be for Christmas holidays

meanwhile sourced good original F marked stuff like the Bumperettes, rear seat and some smaller things like axle covers.

and an original jerrycan carrier, correct tire pump, grease gun, correct genny pulley, Even got the original Sparton found!!👏💪👌

started on straightening out the rear seat and putting the pump brackets on. 
 

for the rest it is youtube and reading reading reading! Indeed g503 offers a wealth of info as well does facebook. 
 

still after an original F marked spare wheel carrier+ foot support and a GPW top bow (difficult!)🥴

How are you progressing? I do read your topic, should react more often. Apologies ☺️

 

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