This page is to show Military Vehicle Restorations, versus just the finished product.  A lot of work and know how goes into bringing some of these vehicles back to life.


This is how you can disassemble then reassemble a jeep in four minutes.
click the link below
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBtYXFXa5Ig


Here’s a link to a video shot and edited by Dave Porter. https://youtu.be/i5A7crW28SI  M16 Halftrack test run in Diamond Springs, California in March 2018.  The halftrack spent some time in Jim Strauss’ shop where it was refurbished and refreshed, including turret restoration.      Dave




An M-548 Owned by R. Anderson of Wisconsin was on display for the holidays.



M1070 and M1000 matching set owned by Mike N. of Wisconsin.


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November 10, 2017
Ron Cherry: Veteran ’42 Willys MB Jeep
 
No vehicle is more appropriate to feature on Veterans Day than an MB Willys Jeep. From 1941 until 1945, over 360,000 of the almost 650,000 Jeeps built in World War II were Willys MBs, making them by far the highest-produced model. With its Go-Devil L-head 4-cylinder that cranked 60 horse power out of the 134.2 cubic inch engine, it was dependable and almost indestructible. Plus it was of simple construction, making field maintenance and repair not a problem. While the history of the name is unsure, some claiming it is a slurred version of GP from General Purpose vehicle and others pointing to the Jeep character in popular Popeye cartoons, it had its name by 1941. Whatever the case, jeeping has since become a synonym for rugged off-roading.
 
When Brian Miner decided he wanted a classic car, the Jeep turned his head. "I was at that point in life," Brian said. "I had taken care of my business and my house was paid off. I wanted a classic, but not a lot of trouble." He became intrigued by military vehicles, especially the wartime Jeeps. "Reproduction parts were readily available and they were easy to work on," he said. "You can open the hood, look and understand what's there. It's not like modern vehicles." So he went online and started searching.
 
In 2002, Brian found a company, now defunct, named Mike's Military Motors in Santa Rosa that specialized in restoring vehicles like Jeeps to their original look and equipment. Brian contacted them and they had a candidate that they'd found sitting out in a field. "It was a frame, a stack of differentials and a messed-up body," he said. But it had potential. So he made an agreement with Mike's and they sold it to him and restored it to World War II standards. It took about a year.
 
Brian's Jeep, a Willys MB model, has an original Go-Devil engine with a 3-speed trans and 2-speed transfer case for its 4-wheel drive. With a 4.88:1 rear end, it was made for getting out of tough spots rather than speed. One of a kind: A few interesting features of Brian's Jeep are unique to the early models. It was one of less than 26,000 made with a grill made from welded flat stock rather than the later stamped-steel ones, a cost-saving idea from Ford. It has a black-out headlight, a field modification, on the left front bumper instead of on the fender like later models. It has no glove box or Jerry can mounting. There are two wipers on the windshield, both hand operated. In combat, that might have been interesting. On the plus side, it has more rubber welting and boots than later models when rubber had become scarce. It also has an interesting extra, an option one might say, a "desert cooling kit," or a radiator over-flow tank, mounted on the grill.
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Honoring the past: After Brian had his Jeep, a serendipitous event occurred. He was looking at old photos of his dad who been a crew chief in the 319th Squadron of the 325th Fighter Group of the 15th Air Force in World War II, where he had serviced P-40, then P-47 and finally P-51 fighters. They were known as the Checkertail Clan because of the black and yellow checkerboard on the tails of their fighters, painted so American bombers would know they were the ones providing protection. In the photo, his dad was standing next to a Willys MB Jeep, exactly like the one Brian owned. "I thought it was pretty neat," he said. "So I had the same numbers from the photo painted on the hood. " He also had his dad's unit numbers painted on the front bumper. Below the windshield, he put a USAAF insignia, Hap Arnold Wings, in honor of his dad's service.
 
Brian joined a group of like-minded collectors, the Northern Recon Group, who take their old military vehicles on runs. He has taken the Jeep on four-day camping trips to Plymouth National Forest, Bowman Lake and other remote locations without any problems. After all, for an old war horse like the Willys MB, it's just a jaunt in the park. However, as great as vehicles like this Jeep are, it's the men and woman who served our country we honor this Veteran's Day. At the Grass Valley Veterans Hall, there will be a service to honor them at 10 a.m. Speakers will include both male and female veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, songs by the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir, mustering of veterans during a medley of service songs, concluded at 11 a.m. by a three volley gun salute and Taps. A BBQ lunch will follow in the dining room downstairs. It is an opportunity to show your support of our local veterans. Ron Cherry's four books, including the Morg Mahoney detective series, are available on Kindle and in print copy at Amazon. His next book, a mystery that takes place in a small town in the Sierra Foothills, will be out before Christmas. Check out his website at http://www.rlcherry.com.








Rory B. freshly painted 1941 afkx-352 GMC 4 x4 ordnance shop van






From the North Bay Military Club Half-track and Chevy Restoration projects!












M-151 Owned by Rita Galusha



1944 DUKW Restored by Don Darrough


Take a few minutes to watch is great video from Blair Snyder about Marvin Binder's Jeep project:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdlwwAbM75s




Hamilton Jeep Pedalcar Owned by David Clarke




















This is a 1945 GPW restoration project by John Ehrk which he started in 2015 and will have completed in 2016.
















HEMTT Owned and restored by John Emery of Wisconsin.




Two DUKWs owned and restored by Carolyn
Simpson







http://youtu.be/Wi2QJO0meBg


A USMC DUKW owned and restored by Dave and Nancy Porter.


























A USMC DUKW owned and restored by Dave and Nancy Porter.







This recently restored Kiaser-Jeep M-725 is owned by Dan and Sabra Seaborg







Rory Burke saved history and displays his World War II Quonset Hut at Camp Gridley









Rory Burke is restoring a 1942 Halftrack and here is some of his work.



Military Vehicles are still out there if you look hard enough!


Even this jeep trailer is ready for restoration!

Most people have no clue just how much work goes into a restoration.

How about a World War II Engineer tool for restoration?


M-29C Weasel Restoration





LCVP 40-3 Restoration





The LCVP served on LSD 40 as boat number three. LCVP 40-3 is owned and restored by Tommy Holtzman.




LCVP 1162-1 Restoration







The LCVP served on LST 1162 as boat number one. LCVP 1162-1 is owned and restored by Dann Spear and the Museum of Forgotten Warriors.
Mack NO Restoration



The Mack NO is a HEAVY 6X6 cargo truck designed in the 1940s by the American manufacturer Mack Trucks. It was used by the U.S. Army as an artillery tractor for heavy artillery during and after World war II. The official U.S. Army designation was: Truck, 7 1/2 ton, 6x6, Prime Mover (G-532). This vehicle was restored by Morgan Chambers and is still in operation in the Northern Recon Group.


Mack M-125 Restoration



The Mack M-125 is a HEAVY 6X6 cargo truck designed by the American manufacturer Mack Trucks. It was used by the U.S. Army as an artillery tractor for heavy artillery. This vehicle was restored by Morgan Chambers and is still in operation in the Northern Recon Group.


David Clarke 1/2 Dodge Restoration











2 1/2 ton Truck and Trailer restored by Marc Nyquist



A 1941 Halftrack restored by Chuck Ouimette



A 1942 Script Ford GPW being restored by Brian Piper







This is Cary Simpson's 1945 Ford GPW Restoration




















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