A Frame Off Restoration

Generator and Altenator

Rebuilt Generator
The generator and new regulator are back on, charging strong! We took the Jeep out for a test drive. After returning we noticed a little fuel leaking from the fitting at the fuel pump. This is just part of the tweaking we have to do to get it “ship shape” and ready for this season’s parades and shows.

Generator Allignment

Generator Allignment
In working with the 12 volt conversion generator we noticed that the pulley was not properly aligned with the other pulleys. It was about 1/2 inch short. To fix the problem we hand to trim the generator bracket, relocate the bolt wholes and add a few more washers for spacers.

Regulator Fail!

After rebuilding the generator and reinstalling it we watched the gauge jump to 14 volts as the refurbished generator got back to work. We drove the Jeep a few times around the block and parked it. About 15 minutes later we noticed smoke coming from the engine bay. It was the generator bellowing out smoke with that terrible odor of burnt wiring. It turns out we had a regulator failure and it shorted out the generator, destroying the armature. Restoration is not a perfect road!

* Note:
We may have been the cause of the regulator failure!
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Rebuilding the Generator

Rebuild the Generator
The Jeep was making a squealing sound after driving it for a short time. It sounded like a failing bearing. We suspect the generator so we rebuild it.

* Note: This turned out to be a misdiagnosis. [See Learning Curve]

Starting Season 6

Starting Jeep Season Six
The unwrapping! Taking the cover off after the winter break is always a thrill. We’re starting the 6th Season since we purchased the Jeep.
1953 M38A1 Navy Jeep

Phase IV Maintenance

Maintenance is an ongoing activity. It’s the best part of the restoration project. It is gratifying to fix something and then take the jeep for a test drive. It only gets better from this point!

Click the Phase IV link below and scroll to the bottom to see the progression.