We picked up this 1945 Willys MB last year and trailered it home. After a new starter, we had it running. The previous owner converted it to 12 volt, and burned out most of the lights, and electrical circuits, so the only thing wired now is the ignition circuit. That is about to change, however…
I’ve replaced the fuel system back to the original type, re-built the original Carter WO Carburetor, and repaired the radiator and replaced all of the hoses back to the original type. I’ve got a new wiring harness, and stacks of parts, and will be purchasing more in the future. I’m going to take the vehicle back to the old Mil-Specs and 6 volt system. Once it’s all back to original, I plan on tearing it down and stripping and painting each part and reassembling the entire vehicle. I’ve painted the unit numbers on the bumpers and bumperetts (no pics of that yet) to reflect my son-in-law’s Army unit. I’ve also researched and found the correct hood number. I’m kind of torn though about completely restoring… I like the slightly rusty, dirty look! That’s how a Jeep SHOULD look!
Kaiser Willys Jeep Blog Story – David Hlatko
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