A Frame Off Restoration

Sandblasting Parts

Photo of last parts to Sandblaster
We took the last of the big parts to the sandblaster.


Wheel Well
We continued to replace bad metal all around the tub. After welding the front half from the original body with a better back half from another tub we replaced the better condition passenger side wheel well from the original tub. We were down to just a few more patches.

Removing Steering Wheel

Photo of removing steering wheel
After several unsuccessful attempts to remove the steering wheel we checked the forums. Thanks to all who share their wisdom and experience. I found a thread on G503.com Military Vehicle Message Forums - Dave from Californian had the perfect solution. It worked like a charm!
1953 M38A1 Navy Jeep

Phase II Restore

With the easy part behind us it' was time to start restoring or replacing parts. This took the longest time because each piece had to be cleaned, inspected, refurbished or replaced. It was fun to learn about each component and gratifying to see each part repaired and ready to install.

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