A Frame Off Restoration

November 2011

Pulled Drive Train

The engine was not the original engine, it’s an L-134 “Go Devil.” It was in good running order so we will use it for the first build, then the plan is to swap it our for an F-134 “Hurricane” engine—the period correct engine. The only things we will need to do to the L-134 is fix two broken manifold studs, one on the exhaust manifold and one on the block and add a correct mechanical fuel pump. The yellow paint was removed in preparation for painting the engine in beautiful Marine Forest Green. Note: Later in Phase III we chose to replace the electrical components as well.
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.