2 more pieces of the puzzle

I received 2 more pieces that I was missing today.  Who would’ve known that these top bow brackets would be do hard to locate.  Come to find out, they are called “NATO” top bow brackets. I located a dealer in Holland that had them (reman), but no one in the US. The reman ones weren’t exactly the same as the originals,  so i held off on buying them. Plus,  the shipping was a killer! Finally,  someone on the g503 forum offered his “reserved stock” of NOS front brackets to me – of course i had to take him up on them!

Carb is rebuilt

I got an email from Rick the other day saying that the carb was rebuilt and he sent me some “Glamour shots”.

Today I received an email saying that he had finished testing the carb – he found a leaking float and replaced it and tuned it.

Carb testing

The carb was rebuilt and tested on an actual engine. He includes a 1 yr warranty from the time of install (including return shipping). The price of this rebuild including the missing choke bracket, new float and shipping was a good bit cheaper than Midwest Military who I have been using up until now. I don’t think Midwest has a warranty. Rick’s website is Old Jeep Carbs LLC


Goods from the rally 

I picked up my last expensive item for the Jeep at the rally this weekend – 5 new NDCC.

I also picked up a new light switch (since the second one I got from my other source only worked SOME of the lights). I tested this one on the Jeep right after I bought it to be sure.  And I bought another Temp gauge. 

And another goodie that one of the Steel Soldiers guys made to sell at the rally: 

A 30″ octagon fire pit made from 1/8″ steel. The invasion stars are laser cut. I shouldn’t have to ever buy another one!  I couldn’t pass it up at $100!

Windshield and seats

I picked up my windshield from Sigmond Auto Glass in Lancaster today. They did a good job, although he DID take a while to get to it. In his defense, I DID tell him when I dropped it off last Thursday that I wasn’t in a big hurry. Anyhow, he only charged me $25 to install the old glass with the new rubber – well worth it! When I got back home I re installed all of the hardware. I still need to buy new wiper arms/wipers and vacuum hose before it is completely finished.


Next, I installed the new cushions on the rear seat frame. I forgot how much of a pain it is to do this! There is a lot of pulling and stretching involved on the seat back. Also, the outer 2 holes on the seat back top were too far out – I had to drill a new hole on one side. A couple of install tips – 1)use an awl to make the holes for the screws – don’t try to screw the screw through the 2 (or more) layers of canvas, 2)Install at least one screw at the top, then pull down on the sides (or bottom) and install a screw on the sides (or bottom) – fill in the rest going from side to side to keep it even, 3) You won’t get them perfectly smooth, 4) the fabric will smooth out once it gets wet and tightens back up when it dries and with use. These are observations from my first Jeep upholstery and top.

It would be nice if WeeBee Webbing would make the seat back cushion about 1.5″ wider to fill the frame, but they say that they patterned it from an original, so it should be correct.


Lastly, I installed the cushions on the passenger seat. The seat back installed quickly with a little pulling to install the top middle screws, then work your way from side to side installing the side screws. The bottom cushion installed VERY quickly as usual since they  just bolt on,




Baby steps

Today, I put some gas in the tank and got her running again. She still isn’t running good though. There is a skip in it. There is also an exhaust leak for sure. I tried to tighten up the nuts around #2 & 3 cylinders. Found out that the brass nuts are stripped out! I replaced one of them and it quieted down a little. Then I found the upper one was stripped. I replaced the nut on that one, but the stud is stripped instead! I’m also not 100% sure that there are exhaust gaskets installed. I got the engine running better, but it still isn’t good enough to take anywhere. So I guess that seals the deal – it WON’T be going to Denton! I guess I’ll finish up the fuel pump install  and adjust the valves on my other Jeep the next time I’m off.

I went ahead and installed the fenders on the Jeep. I also installed the horn. I tried to install the welting on the grill, but I couldn’t find the tool I made to form the rivets and couldn’t get anything else to work. I gave up on that. I installed the mirror and arm. I also installed the welting on the windshield stand offs.



I installed the rubber strip under the windshield frame and TRIED to install the glass – gave up on that after about 30 minutes of failure! I guess I’ll take it to the glass shop tomorrow.


I don’t know if I’ll work on the Jeep tomorrow or not. If I do, I’ll probably maybe just sand and paint under the hood.

Started reassembly

I started reassembling yesterday.

Starting with the motor, I installed the new water pump and painted it to match the engine. I installed the new bypass hose, fan and belts. Next, I pulled the #1 plug and threaded in a compression gauge. I used the gauge to make sure I was on #1 TDC. Once on #1 TDC, I opened up the distributor and noted the rotor location. I reordered the plug wires from that point. As it turns out, I had the wires backwards – they were 180deg out. I sprayed some gas into the carb and she fired without backfiring, so I moved on.

Next, I tackled the front brake lines. Of course nothing is as simple as it looks to start! The metal brake line nuts were rusted tight. I broke the one at the s-line loose, but the lower one wouldn’t turn. So that took 5 times longer than it should have. The 6″ hard line had been rubbing on the spring u-bolt and was almost rubbed through, so I pulled it off. The lower spring clip holding the flex line on broke into 3 pieces! The long flex hose connecting the axle and frame came off fairly easy except for the spring clip that was rusted away and broke in two when I popped it off. The passenger side went pretty quick, but the hard line was rusted and the nut wouldn’t budge. I made a run to O-rielly and bought 4 spring clips, a 3/16″x 8″ hard line, brake fluid and antifreeze. Once home, I cut the hard line down to 6″, bent/flared and installed it. The new clips secured it all together.

FINALLY, I started putting stuff back together! I installed the air filter housing, fan shroud, radiator, grill and grill supports. Then I cut the radiator hoses to length and installed them.



I re-wrapped the headlight wiring harness with tape and installed it along with the headlights and B.O. lights. Then I re-wrapped the rest of the harness back to the firewall. I filled the radiator with water only.


She’s starting to look more complete with the bumper back on!


Today I am planning on putting some gas in the tank and (hopefully) getting it running from the tank. Once that happens, I can put the fenders back on. I need to get the inside of the hood painted green. After that, I can re assemble the windshield and get it installed.

We’ll see how far I can get on that. If I can get that far, all that I want to get done from that point is to get the interior stripped/primed and painted, steering wheel replaced and some small parts bolted back on.

Oh yeah, my seat cushions arrived yesterday! Gotta love the smell of new military canvas! My spray cans of paint finally showed up too.

Parts painted!

My paint and other parts arrived the other day. Today was my first day off, so I went to work getting all of the parts I removed and blasted painted. I was able to get 2 coats on everything today! It was a nice warm day, so they dried fairly fast in the sun. I had the windshield frame hanging from the swing set, saw horses with plywood on them for the grill and small parts and 2 racks given to me by my cousin for the seat, bumper and more small parts to hang from.


Passenger seat hanging from the swing set.


Passenger seat on the rack – I had small parts hanging on wire from the rack also.


All of the small parts (and some big ones) – they are a PAIN to paint and are TIME CONSUMING!

I didn’t show the windshield frame because I had already taken it down from the swing set when I remembered to take pictures. Some of the small parts are going to need some touch up where I missed some places – good thing my 2 spray cans will be here tomorrow! Also, since the paint went on pretty heavy, it is sort of glossy – that will flatten out as it cures,

Tomorrow I will be changing the water pump, installing the new hoses and flexible brake lines, hopefully get it running again and re installing the grill, radiator/shroud, air filter, fenders and bumper.

Then I can move on to stripping/priming and painting the interior, and putting the windshield back together. My seat cushions should be here in a couple of days also.