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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-03-2001, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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ethics of building a WWII Jeep

I'm looking for a flatfender to build up into a mild trail vehicle. I wouldn't hack it up but I wouldn't keep any of the drivetrain either. I am looking for a 2a, 3a, MB, or a GPW. What do you guys think of building up a MB or a GPW? I really like them but I can't decide if it is ethical for me to alter and heavily use such an important piece of America's automobile and war time heritage.




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Re: ethics of building a WWII Jeep

If it is a mild buildup I say go for it, just no pink stuff, and keep it nice, no hack jobs. They will go just about anywhere stock, I put a 225 V-6, T14, D20 drivetrin in my 2A with D27/D44 axles with 4.27 gears and I love it. Stock sized tires and it will follow any really built up rig on the trails no problem.

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I think it would look great with square headlights, and a V8. : )

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Re: ethics of building a WWII Jeep

I say look for a 3a. There is more of these than the others running around. I would also hate to see a good restoreable MB hacked up. My $02.


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I would say if you could get a flatfender grill and get a repro body and goto town withthe vehicle. Getting a complete flatfender anymore is getting harder and harder. You can find grills pretty easily. I was thinking about building a flatfender, but when i get one now, i will keep it stock and try to restore it to the best of my abilities and only upgrade the vehicle for safety. I have a 63 CJ5 and when body finally rusts away, i will put a flatfender body on it and have a blast.

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Re: ethics of building a WWII Jeep

The Jeep is an integral part of WWII history, but owning a WWII flatfender does not obligate you to restore it to "war era" condition. Any MB or GPW you can find for a reasonable price is likely to be a poor candidate for restoration anyway. Buy what you want and do what you wish to it. In my opinion that would be the best tribute to the soldiers who fought in WWII. Exercise your freedom, that's what they fought for.

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Re: ethics of building a WWII Jeep

personally i dont think it would be "right" to build up a GPW or MB. Unless you are dong it a favor like getting out of the rain or saving it before it rusts out. BTW it would be a TON more work to get a MB or GPW to the same trail worthyness as a CJ2a/3a. The MBs have weaker axles, trannies, and t cases

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The Jeep Gods must have been smiling on me when I bought this '45. Certainly not enough sheet metal or frame left of it to restore, so I won't feel guilty about making it a trail rig. I plan to find a home to a restorer for the drivetrain and graft a DJ-3A tub to it from the cowl back. Power will be either a Buick V-6 or Buick 350 V-8. I know the V-6 has plenty enough guts, but the sound of a V-8 running through a 3" Flowmaster exhaust is awfully tempting!


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Re: ethics of building a WWII Jeep

Here is my thoughts on building a flattie. Find me a good one and bring me my torch. I wouldnt think twice about cutting one up.

Can someone please bring me a hammer my 33's just ate my fender again. Damn i need more lift.
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