A Frame Off Restoration

June 2013

Fitting the Halves

Fitting the halves
After a lot of meticulous measuring we carefully ground, cut, re-measured, and fitted the edges as close as possible in preparation for tacking and welding.

Planning the Split

Photo of Jeep-Halves
We set up the two tubs. The plan was to take the rear section from one tub and the front section from another tub and “glue” (weld) them together to make one good one to go on our restoration. It really turned out well. It’s hard to see where the seam is unless you’re looking for it.

Air Compressor

Photo of new Air Compressor
We added a 60 gallon air compressor to the shop in preparation for the body work. That purchase turned out to be an excellent choice. Especially when it came time to paint the tub and body parts!
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.