After finishing the restoration of my Army
jeep, I started looking for another project. I
found a Navy "slat grill" jeep built on
January 2, 1942. I bought the jeep and
towed it home on September 13, 2003.
|1942 WWII Jeep
My first task was to remove the
bondo. Then I bought a MIG welder
and began to learn how to repair
This jeep looks great, but what I didn't
realize at the time was that it was covered
with a thick layer of bondo which concealed
major damage and rust. It would be a much
bigger project than I had anticipated.
Out comes the motor! Rebuilding was
the most challenging aspect of this
restoration. I've never done it before,
but what a great learning experience!
The rear frame and cross member was badly
damaged and required new metal and some
I replaced rusty and damaged panels on
both sides of the jeep, the floor, replaced
the tank well and side steps. My welding
improved as the project went on.
Wow, this frame is looking good! Note
the shiny new break lines.
I rebuilt my transmission and replaced
the seals in the transfer case.
On my first restoration I had Central Cylinder
Head rebuild my motor. This time I did it
myself. It was a great learning experience. For
more on the motor rebuild, click on the link
I painted the tub with a flat Navy gray. The
can said "gloss" but it came out flat and I
decided I liked it that way. Next comes the
wiring (much easier to do with the tub off
When installing the jeep tub on the frame, I
recommend getting help from your
neighbors. Six strong men can lift the tub and
lower it on to the frame. Watch out for the
steering column and the wiring!
On the last day of 2011 I drove the
jeep out of the driveway for the first
time and went on a test drive. The 8
and 1/2 year project was nearly
complete. I still have to mark the
hood "U.S. Navy" and add "Shore
Patrol" to the windscreen.
|I decided to identify the jeep with the Shore
Patrol, the Navy version of the Military Police.
Note the siren! It will be in parades!
I showed off my jeep at the Military
Vehicles Preservation Association
Convention in July 2013. A pretty girl
sure adds something to an old grey