Sad day – sort of

Well, it was kindof bitter sweet, but I sold the red parts Jeep and most of my spare parts today. She moved on to another restorer this morning to Savannah, GA.

I ran around early this morning getting the title signed then went to the DMV. Everything was going pretty quick when the lady said “the title is not in the system!” Oh crap, I thought – the guys are 30 minutes away to pick it up and she can’t find the title in the system! She had to fax the original to the main DMV office and wait. And wait, and WAIT. An hour later, she said that they had to rebuild the title in the database before they could issue a title in my name. An hour after I got there and $50 lighter in the wallet, I left with a new title!

By the time I got back to the house, they were there. They had already loaded the spare parts and put a spare tire on to replace the busted one. We looked at my Jeep and talked shop for a few minutes, then went back up and loaded up the Jeep on their trailer. We talked a little more, exchanged cash and title, and they were on their way.

They said that they might just rebuild that one since it really only needs a rear panel and a couple of floor panels or patches in the floor and sump.

I still have the M100 trailer chassis and fenders for sale – $500. I can email pictures if interested. I also have a 1954 Farmall Cub – $3,000 obo – restored about 8 yrs ago (I think) and only been out of the shop twice in that time.

 

Retainer chains

Well I didn’t get any replies about the retaining chain kits, so I decided to just go ahead and make my own. I bought a wire bending jig at Hobby Lobby for $12 (after my wife’s discount) to help bend the shackle clips. I used bailing wire to make them, and heated (tempered) them to retain some “spring” tension. I spent a total of $16.50 including the jig to make my chain set!

I found some 1/0 plumber’s chain at a local (old school) hardware store. The 1/0 is still a little larger that the factory chain, but it beats ordering it. I paid $1.50/ft and bought 3 ‘ of it. I was able to make 6 chains with 10 links each, or 7 chains with 9 links and 1 with 10 links.

I made my own ring type retainer clips (still don’t know what the real name is) using a 1/2″ diameter wd-40 pen, wrapping by hand. After wrapping it, you have to tighten it up with pliers, then heat it with a torch to dark blue to get a little spring tension back into it. I used bailing wire, but apparently it is not high carbon wire, because it never did get real “springy”. Music wire would be a better choice, but I used what I had on hand.

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I also made my own seat pivot pins out of 6d finish nails, and top bow support rod “s” clips out of bailing wire. I heated each up to blue hot to temper them a little without annealing them. Let them cool slowly – don’t dip them in water or oil.

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I couldn’t find anyone locally that stocks “u drive screws” to attach the chains to the shackle brackets and the top bow support rods. I was able to solve the support rod problem by making a couple of clamps that secure with small screws and nuts and have a hole drilled for the retaining clip. I will replace these when I get my order of u drive screws. I just hate to have to buy 100 screws to just use 4 (my back shackles still have chains attached). I might just improvise on that since the support rod clamps look ok.

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More about the springs

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I pulled a front tire off my Jeep and held one of my new springs up to compare – everything looks good! There is also a good bit more arch, so until the springs settle in the front of the Jeep, it will probably sit higher than the back. With weight on the front, the current springs are almost flat!

I ordered some new bushings off of ebay last night because the rubber is cracked in the new springs. I went ahead and pressed the old bushings out.

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Here is a pic of the other 2 springs that I will be selling soon – a little surface rust and the bushings will need replacing. They are the early type with the beveled leaves. Notice the old canvas toe tag (nothing left to read on it, but it is still there).

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Picked up some NOS front springs

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I ran across these springs on Craigslist last week. I contacted the guy and he didn’t know what they fit. He gave me the measurements and I checked them with the manual and Wes on willysmjeeps.com. Everything measured out right – 38 1/4″ eye to eye, 1.75″ wide, 7/16″ eye, 12 leaves, 6 clamps,  NOS. They still have the green paint, leftover sticker residue and canvas tag remnants. Only problem was that all of them are the same – front springs. Good thing is that I need the fronts more than the rears! I just realized that the picture makes them look like they are used springs – they actually do look new with a little surface rust along the edges. I guess I will check them out  in the next couple of days to make double sure they are right. I will have to order some new bushings before I put them on – rubber kind of deteriorates over 50-60 years time and they have a few cracks in the rubber. All in all, I am very happy about this find! Once I double check the fit, I will have the other 2 up for sale (or trade for rear springs).

Playing in the snow!

Today was the first time that I had ever had the Jeep out in the weather (the snow). We got about 6-8″ here, so we took her out for a ride through town and down a back road. I don’t know why everybody says that the NDCCs don’t do well in the snow – I thought they had plenty of traction. We rode around for a while – about 10 miles or so.It was about 27deg outside and I don’t have doors on the Jeep, so it was COLD riding around! Maybe I will be able to find some doors and a heater before next winter.

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Then we went back to the field for a few pics and then did some drifting in the snow – I wish I would’ve gotten some video of that!

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A little while later, I took the kids for a ride up the road and back. We went down this road that no one had been down today:

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The the guys wanted to go for a ride. We drove down a back road to the end, then down through a hilly area. I had to put her in 4 lo to keep the power up to make it to the top of a couple of hills – they were pretty steep. She made it though, without a complaint! She ran and drove perfectly. There were a few times when the road got pretty slick and I had to make quick corrections in direction though.

Overall, we all had a good time and the Jeep performed flawlessly. The only complaints I have are the vacuum w/s wipers didn’t work, so the sleet froze to the windshield and made visibility impossible and dangerous. I also need to get some doors.

SOLD: On parts Jeep and all spare parts

I have had a few people making offers on my parts Jeep and some of the parts that I have up for sale. For now, the sale of my parts Jeep and ALL of the Jeep parts I have for sale on my blog (three posts down) are considered SALE PENDINGSOLD

The m100 chassis and fenders are still for sale, as is my M101a2 trailer that I didn’t list. I also have a 1954 Farmall Cub (restored) with an unrestored IH belly mower and belly  scrape blade, and a few 3pt farm implements for sale. If interested, send me an email.