GPW Differential shown the Carrier and Ring Gear

GPW Differential shown the Carrier and Ring GearSetting a Ring and Pinion

Now that I have a second GPW rear axle ready to go, it was time to get to the one thing I don’t enjoy doing and has been an issue for quite some time… setting the ring and pinion. This update is not for the person who wants to do something easy, this is a LOT of work requiring lots of changes that can take hours/days to do. I’ve tried to simplify the entire process the best I can, and it’s still complicated! So join me on one of the most complicated processes to do on a Jeep! I also cover the removal of the ‘bad’ rear axle out of the Jeep.

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GPW Rear Axle

GPW Rear AxleRear Axle Wars – Episode 7: A New Hope

With the rear axle clackity issue eluding myself and many other trying to help me out, I’ve decided to go in a different direction and restore ANOTHER wartime GPW rear axle to replace the one I restored. Join me over the new few weeks as I restore and rebuild this axle and hopefully, solve the last major issue!

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Invasion Star on the Hood

Invasion Star on the HoodA new Star, more axle work, and engine item upgrades!

At long last, the hood is finished! This is PART 2 of adding the stencil markings to the hood with a brand new star with a big unveiling of the finished Jeep with new markings and axles! After that, I start work on trying to figure out what the clackity sound is coming from the rear of the Jeep by re-opening up the rear axle and diving into the carrier. This includes replacing the spider gears, side gears, and more. I also remove the pinion and check everything out before putting it all back together. Finally, I re-add the heat shield for the master cylinder and work on enhancing the engine with some new items.

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Brass brazing the crack in the Rear GPW Axle

Brass brazing the crack in the Rear GPW AxleAxle work begins and a Fire Extinguisher!

PART 2: Going through the rest of the items from the haul last week including restoring the GPW Dip Stick and tube. Also, axle work finally begins on the replacement GPW axles! And wrapping up this special update, I get to work restoring a proper fire extinguisher for the Jeep!

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Repro, Wartime, and Post-War Carbureter

Repro, Wartime, and Post-War CarbureterRing & Pinions, Jerry Cans, Carburetor, Eye Bolts and more!

Quite the busy week with lots of busy work on the Jeep! After two days of soaking in fuel, the NOS Ring and Pinion are clean! I continued work on the fire extinguisher decal, and finished the 1943 Jerry can! I replaced the safety strap eye bolts with correct F ones, and replaced the borrowed carburetor with a new one!

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NOS GPW Ring and Pinion Set

NOS GPW Ring and Pinion SetRing & Pinion journey, Fire Extinguisher Decal, looking for more history, etc!

This week I finally saw the light of the end of the tunnel trying to acquire a ring and pinion set… which revealed a great surprise! I then attempted to find some more history on my Jeep via the body tub, more work on the Fire Extinguisher decal, and finally finding a wartime jerry can for the Jeep!

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Jeep Hood Marking Stencils

Jeep Hood Marking StencilsMarkings are finished!

As the New Year quickly sped past, the Jeep as entered what I’d call the final phase for the restoration and it so close to being ‘done’ that it shouldn’t be much longer now with the small projects left. This week I was able to work quite a bit on the Jeep, with the last markings being put on, continuing work on the GPW axles, and starting work on adding the trailer socket shield.

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Original GPW Rear Axle

Original GPW Rear AxleAxles, Mirrors, Jerry Cans, oh my!

Work continues on the axles, which I got last week… revealing some bad news in a startling discovery. But, on the bright side of things, a few other projects that have been needing work are done!

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