MB 217454

If you have an unrestored WWII jeep, we would like to see pictures, and hear your comments. NO EBAY or COMMERCIAL SALES.
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Re: MB 217454

Post by chibobber » Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:00 am

The stripping process is great as the photos show,However be careful with tubing and hat channels.If not completely drained and dry they can bleed out and ruin your paint.
Locally we have a company called Redi-Strip.I believe they are a chain operation.
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Re: MB 217454

Post by Ralph » Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:23 pm

Hi Bob,
The guy who ran this stripping outfit told me that the heat process-almost 900 degree F-leaves the piece desert dry.The leaking issues were with eliminated with this pyro process...sort of like the self-cleaning ovens.With that kind of heat,no wood can survive,so floor hat channel,rear panel hat,and fender brace wood must be removed prior to the process.A down side,this,besides the price.
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Re: MB 217454

Post by thidisbogus » Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:01 pm

Coming along very nice Ralph. This is the fun stuff, putting it back together and then the really fun stuff like stenciling etc.
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Re: MB 217454

Post by Ralph » Sat Jul 23, 2016 1:34 pm

Rodney,Hi...
Yes it a treat at this point-am ready to add a ton of pics to bring this thread up to date after some computer issues are resolved.Hope it finishes as nicely as yours did...IMO yours was the most determined resto ever.
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Re: MB 217454

Post by thidisbogus » Sat Jul 23, 2016 3:06 pm

What a compliment Ralph!

Thank you very, very much! That means a lot. I hope my thread has helped others.
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Re: MB 217454

Post by Ralph » Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:14 pm

To add a little about the tub sheet metal resto...after it was back to bare sheet ,it was into Todd's garage.A first rate G503 tech- and generous friend.He did the sheet metal and I helped.
The front floor & hat channels were rotten,as was the driver's side panel from the center of the tool detents back.The floor riser was 1/3rd gone.Later we decided that the rear floor was too pin-holed overall to stay.Many extra holes everywhere,some braces and cowl pillars were also rotted.And more.
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Re: MB 217454

Post by Ralph » Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:06 pm

Here are a few more pics from before we started to show the overall repairs needed.At least we could reuse the front floor transmission tunnel.
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Re: MB 217454

Post by Ralph » Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:41 pm

Before starting floor replacement,we removed the driver's side panel from center tool indent to the rear panel.Drilling out many spot welds...Todd fabricated the forward slope of the driver's side wheelhouse.That work,along with the new side pane,kept the tub square for the new floor fit.
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Re: MB 217454

Post by Beers » Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:24 am

Wow Ralph, lots of great metal work going on there, you really are bringing that tub back to top shape. Looks like you and your colleague are going to fabricate most of the sheet metal rather than use aftermarket patch panels? Or did you do both?
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Post by Ralph » Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:05 pm

Thanks Paul.Todd is very good as you will see.But in order to minimize his shop time,I bought whatever pieces I could.The wheelhouse slope was an easy one for him.Though we were glad to have repro panels,we found, like so many others, how they had to be talked into fitting...neither offshore or US made sheet metal that we used was completely correct,relative to original pieces.Ron of course worked with us very well on this,but to some degree,we came to view repro sheet metal parts as billets... :D
I'll be putting more up shortly but wanted to answer your question.
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Re: MB 217454

Post by Ralph » Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:12 pm

Finish shot of wheelhouse slope...
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The driver's side panel & brace next-after re-working its corner radius-this panel's axe sheath was a little shallow,and the tool indents were as well...
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Re: MB 217454

Post by Ralph » Fri Sep 16, 2016 3:37 am

Bottom of DS repaired wheelhouse panel to the stable section to the new side panel
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Side to rear panel with repaired area...
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A start on joining the side quarters
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Re: MB 217454

Post by hell-fire » Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:56 pm

Really nice work ralph, nearly as much as I had to do with the tub on my Jeep, see it here you may be interested.

Will be watching the work you are doing with interest.
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Re: MB 217454

Post by Ralph » Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:09 pm

Getting the Driver side panel into place and tacking an angle across the door openings to keep her square.
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Going forward on both sides,step and pillar repair
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The finished DS
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Re: MB 217454

Post by Beers » Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:40 pm

That driver's side is looking really nice Ralph. Well done. I've just fiinished building a rotisserie so I can mount the MB tub, so I'm going through these recent posts with even more interest. Photos like this and those in John's outstanding thread linked to above are great to look through while tearing into these tubs. Much thanks :)
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