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    Posted: 15 Aug. 2011 at 10:48pm
Hello all!  I've been lurking here for a few years now while I was restoring my 45 Willys MB and decided that I should be more sociable.Big smile  So let me introduce myself.  I'm Mike from Arizona.  I don't have a CJ2 but I have a 1945 Willys MB that I restored.  Hopefully some day I'll have a CJ but for right now I'm planning on retiring in about 5 years and buying another jeep would mean I would have to work another ten on top of that. Big smile I have a complete restoration thread on the G503 so I wont bore you with all the details.
 
I consider myself a jeep freek and have had several in the past years.  My affinity for vintage jeeps began when I purchased my MB in January 2009.  What started as a Flatty fix up project turned into a full frame up restoration.
 
I dedicated my jeep to my father who passed away before it was complete but he was honored that I was dedicating it to him.  My father gave me a photo of himself behind a 30 cal machine gun in an MB or GPW when he was an Air Policeman stationed in Germany during the Korean War.  This photo was my inspiration and my goal was to depict the jeep in the photo as close as possible with his unit's markings.
 
I had never restored a vehicle in my life but with my mechanical ability and the wealth of information on the Internet including this site the G503, and a very understanding wife, I was able to pull it off.  I did everything myself except for rebuilding the engine which I had a shop do.  I kept everything as original as possible with a few repro parts here and there. 
 
Anyway this is a great site and hopefully I can provide some tips I learned during my restoration to those of you that are in the process of restoring a jeep.
 
Here are a few pics of my MB. (I'm sure some of you G503'ers have seen them before). 
 
The inspiration.
 
  
 
First day home.
 
 
 
During Restoration
 
 
 
Complete!
 
 
 
 
 
My first award.  "Best of show"
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WELCOME!
Very Nice Job On Your MB! ClapClap  I too have been on the G for some time and restored my gpw, and it is a wonderful site that I still frequently visit, but for some reason I enjoy this site so much more. You will find some fun, friendly and interesting conversation here. Just nice people I guess. So welcome and I'll bet there is a CJ2A in your future.LOL
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Hi Mike,

Welcome to the forum!
I followed your build thread over on the gee and it was very motivating. I especially liked that part where you had just finished it and were driving it around and a guy asked you if it was a "kit". You did such a great job! I'll be re-reading it when I do my MB!
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Love the pics, and the story, Im do a 2-A restore now, but my next will be a MB. Welcome to the  forum.
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Love those AZ copper plates. Nice jeep too.
If you haven't checked out the tech FAQ section, go to:
http://www.thecj2apage.com/forums/tech-faq_forum57.html
for a lot of great stuff you need to know!!

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Very nice looking MB!!
Welcome to the forum.
 
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What a beautiful looking MB. Shows great dedication. Clap
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Thanks for sharing, Looks Great!!
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Nice Jeep! I wished I would have gotten a MB instead of a CJ2a (oh well). I still love my CJ2A!
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Looks great! Love the PV-2 Harpoon, "Attu Warrior" in the background!
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Superb job, and it's really refreshing to see an MB in a post-war USAF paint scheme, which looks great.
 
I'd really like to do an MB next, but even the world's most beat-up project will set you back $5000-$6000 over here in europe.
 
There was a large USAF air base a couple of miles from here in the late 50s/early 60s and I'm planning on painting the M38A1 that I'm currently half way through Strata Blue to make a change from the plain OD variety.
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Welcome to the forum!  Great job on that resto, you banged a few knuckles doing that one, incredible job.  Do you drive it around much?
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Welcome over here, DesertDawg.  I really enjoyed your build thread over on the VJC.
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Very nice MB! Well done, great job!Clap
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Originally posted by 7Lbar 7Lbar wrote:

Welcome over here, DesertDawg.  I really enjoyed your build thread over on the VJC.
 
Well Howdy there 7Lbar!  What's your name on the VJC?  Glad you enjoyed the thread over there!
 
Thanks for all the compliments guys!
 
Here's a link to both threads for those who are interested.  They are pretty much the same just different comments.
 
 
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Originally posted by GalenHorton GalenHorton wrote:

Welcome to the forum!  Great job on that resto, you banged a few knuckles doing that one, incredible job.  Do you drive it around much?
 
Yes I banged quite a few knuckles on it.Smile
 
I drive it on weekends and occassionally to work.  It also sees a lot of parades during the winter here in Arizona.
 
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Welcome to the forum. That is One AWESOME!! MB Nice job. Love how you did it all for your Dad!Thumbs Up Best wishes, hope to see more posts.
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Beautiful resto! 
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