The following are pictures representative of the jeep prior to the restoration.
The jeep was purchased 'as-is where-is' outside of Tulsa Oklahoma in January
1997 for $750. A large portion of the small body parts were still intact
when purchased. However, throughout the restoration process, an equally
large portion were found to be missing. Overall, the jeep was in a mostly
original condition with the only real modifications being a non-stock carburetor,
orange paint and non-stock rims/tires.
The electrical components were still the original 24 volt, the wiring harness was intact (and replaced), all instruments, voltage regulator, distributor and generator were intact and the body and frame had no additional holes drilled or welding done to it.
The project timeline was roughly 18 months of work in a standard two car garage using normal tools. There was only a two-week period where I used both sides of the garage with the balance of work done on a single side. On occasion, I had to rent an engine hoist or other tools for specific work. After about 300 hours of actual work, #55511 was transformed from a work jeep on a pecan farm to an excellent representation of the 1/4 ton Korean War military transport vehicle.
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