Willis None
6/13/17 11:27 a.m.

Hello. I'm another new guy finding my way here after Roadkills feature of the debacle Mazdeuce went through with his unicorn. I've become a GRM junky. I've learned what a fly and drive is by reading about a bus turned Canadian and a Pennsylvanian 911 that wouldn't start. I'm becoming familiar with the $201N challenges by reading up on the genius of an AMC hatchback. I'm thoroughly enjoying watching the re birth of one of Henry Fords trucks. This. place. is. awesome.

I've literally read 100's of pages over the past month. That sounds crazy, but people read books all the time for entertainment, I don't see a difference. I cut the cable/satellite cord years ago and I'm always on the hunt for free entertainment. So thank you.

But enough about how I found you...

I'm a jeep guy. Have been since I was 10

My uncle, tall green hatted fellow from above, had that old 47 CJ2a ... ish ... jeep. I say ish, because anyone who knows cj2a, will know that the above jeep is more 3a than 2a. Really, it was a basket case where the only thing making it a CJ2A was the engine and the title.

I loved it. I learned how to change the oil, drive a manual transmission, put something in four wheel drive and get yelled at by grandma for going too fast in the hay field. I spent my school years counting down days until when we got to spend the summer at my grandparents house so that I could drive the old jeep.

My uncle sold the jeep when I was 13. Fast forward 10 years, I was out of college and found my way in to the corporate world doing some entry level programming. More importantly, If I lived cheaply, I would have a small disposable income that would afford the purchase of an old jeep like I learned to drive on.

Amazingly, I found the jeep I had loved when I was a kid. The owner had purchased it from my Uncle and had always planned to restore it. However, he always had a project ahead of it, so it lived under a shed for those 10 years. According to the title work, it had 4 more miles on it than when my uncle sold it. The owner lived 3 miles away...

I could dedicate an entire build thread to that jeep - but long story short, I went through the mechanicals and gave it a face lift. I cut my teeth on body work and I ended up with a good "10 footer". A Proper jeep.

I have vehicle ADD. I think it's a lot of the reason I like this forum so much because it would seem you people do as well. I sold the jeep and got into Suzuki Samurai's. The most memorable Samurai, named Rabid Squirrel, was where I really learned how to do body work. ...self taught...not perfect...but presentable.

Rabid Squirrel started here


and ended up here

It got the name rabid squirrel after this. AIRBORNE!

After the samurai shenanigans, I got back into jeeps. Which takes me to my current project, and the true start of this thread. A 1953 M38a1, named Red.

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
6/13/17 11:44 a.m.

In reply to Willis:

Welcome! Can't wait to see what your plans are.

AngryCorvair UltimaDork
6/13/17 12:33 p.m.


NOHOME PowerDork
6/13/17 12:40 p.m.

Welcome aboard. Always room for another inmate at the asylum.

Indy-Guy SuperDork
6/13/17 12:41 p.m.

Welcome aboard, you have found a good group of automotive misfits

T.J. UltimaDork
6/13/17 12:43 p.m.

I like the name Red for a Jeep that was built during the cold war/Korean War.

Looking forward to the build. So, what is the original top speed of Red?

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
6/13/17 12:45 p.m.

I'm kinda digging the squirrel. That looks like fun.

Willis New Reader
6/13/17 1:20 p.m.

In reply to T.J.:

50 MPH on flat ground.

Willis New Reader
6/13/17 1:22 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner:

It was. Most folks do a spring over. I kept it spring under and hacked up the fenders to keep it low. It's essentially a mini Cj7 when you strip it down like that.

T.J. UltimaDork
6/13/17 1:30 p.m.

In reply to Willis:

So, you want it to go 172 mph? I don't know about that, but looking forward to more.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn UltimaDork
6/13/17 1:50 p.m.

I've recently become fascinated with old flat fender Jeeps and have been watching a lot of Youtube restoration videos. Looking forward to see what you have planned.

T.J. wrote: I like the name Red for a Jeep that was built during the cold war/Korean War. Looking forward to the build. So, what is the original top speed of Red?

That reminds me - yesterday I saw an older gentleman driving around in a Hyundai with Korean War Veteran license plates. Nothing wrong with that at all, I just thought it was an interesting thing.

Dusterbd13 UltimaDork
6/13/17 2:09 p.m.

Hell yes. More automotive add in the build thread section for me to enjoy.

I love this bar.

Furious_E Dork
6/13/17 5:59 p.m.

Nice Jeep, looking forward to the build!

Willis New Reader
6/13/17 7:46 p.m.

Red was sort of an impulse buy. I purchased him from a friend of mine whose wife had delivered an ultimatum. Get rid of the jeep, or go find a lawyer. Not really, but she hated the jeep. I can't really blame her... It did try to kill him.

The day my friend found Red from a Facebook ad:

My friend is the type of owner who likes the idea of owning a vintage vehicle but didn't understand what it took to keep one on the road. Especially in the case of an old military jeep, you can't just jump in and go. One day, while Red and my friend were descending down a hill that ended on a major highway, a brake line blew. When one goes on an old Willys, you get about two pumps and then nothing. The syncro for 2nd was also wore out. So when the brakes went, it also popped out of 2nd gear. No brakes, no engine braking....downhill....major highway approaching...it's 5:30Pm on a weekday.

Through the intersection they went, narrowly missing vehicles in the first 3 lanes. They continued over the suicide lane and into the remaining 3 lanes, again making it across the highway. The jeep finally ran out of momentum on the side of the highway pointed in the wrong direction. ...And why this next part happened, I'll never know. My friend turned the jeep around and merged back into traffic. I don't know what he was thinking either. Anyway, when traffic slowed down....he still couldn't stop (surprise!) and had to swerve off the road. This time, momentum was lost when he bumped into the side of a dentist office. He was going slow enough, and hit it square enough that no damage was done to the building or Red. My friend had bumped his head....but maybe he deserved it.

He AAA'd it back to his house, and had to come clean to his wife as the jeep was being unloaded from the roll back. Soon after, I became the owner:

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
6/13/17 8:10 p.m.
Willis wrote:

That picture is hilarious! It looks like a toy.

Crackers HalfDork
6/13/17 8:21 p.m.
Keith Tanner wrote:
Willis wrote:
That picture is hilarious! It looks like a toy.


Please tell me you really are making this into a land speed car!

A Google search netted zero Jeep land speed cars short a couple Commanches, which aren't really "Jeep's" IMO.

bearmtnmartin SuperDork
6/13/17 8:29 p.m.

I suppose that was my Canadian bus adventure you mentioned. I went back and reread it and am now very disapointed I did not do a better job of documenting the journey, as it was not the breeze that I made it out to be. But I also love flat fenders and am really looking forward to your build. Some say the internet is for porn, but I say it is for build threads.

2_3 New Reader
6/13/17 8:56 p.m.

It looks so small next to the truck!

Besides going really fast, what's your plan for this build? at least tell us which engine you want to put in there

Good luck!

84FSP Dork
6/13/17 9:02 p.m.

Welcome.... I'll just leave this here. LS Willys

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