Just stumbled across this thread and was amazed to see the kind of project you're taking on, especially at a young age. May I ask how did you acquire this '49? What made you want to restore it to it's respectable state? Looking at these kind of threads sure puts a smile on my face and threads that are worthy enough to be subscribed or should I say crawled, at least in my account. All I can say is good luck with the restoration and keep us updated. After everything is said and done, I'm stoked to see what the final product will look like - a brand new '49 Jeep truck 4x4.
Talk about dedication right there, I tip my hat to you for the work you've done so far and not bailing out on such a project.
Well, first to answer your questions. See it all stared, about 2 years ago...
I had been looking for a project car for several months. What I was looking for a "project car" to feed my car passion. I had done my home work. A late 60s mustang was what I wanted(I also had a few other lower on the list). But money was tight, I wanted something that was affordable to restore. I was with my dad driving down the road (had my "learners") on the side of the road I saw a neat looking truck. I pulled over to the side of the road, got out, looked it over, and said, "man thats cool lookin!" I didn't write down the number, but I did write down what it was, a 1949 Jeep Pickup. When I got home I jumped on the computer and a few hours later (we had dial up then) I learned a lot about it. Though I was still searching for something else, I kept my eye on this Jeep. That was in late July 2006. After about 3 weeks it hadn't moved, so the next time I passed it I wrote down the number. I called the number later that evening and got more information about it. The PO had bought it from a local dairy company here in the valley, back in the 60s and then used it as a hunting vehicle up until mid 90s, when it was parked. The guy I bought the Jeep from, bought it as a project, and life got too busy for him and needed the money. He wanted $1200 for it or best offer. He had restored several CJs before too, and seemed to be very knowledgeable, plus he was a mechanic at a European import shop. I asked him how much he thought it would be to restore it, and he said 6-8 thousand; about $1500 to make it road worthy. At that I knew that it would be a nice project! cheap, and something DIFFERENT. I said I was very interested, and that I would have to talk to my parents about it. I call him back a week later - the Jeep still hadn't moved, and asked for him to drive it (it ran, but had no brakes) I meet him the next day on the side of the road. He shows me whats good about it, and whats wrong with it, and then starts it, and shows me how to shift the 3 on the column. I drive it down the road (slowly) - IT WAS FUN!! I come back, he stops it by putting a largish log in fount of me. We talk some more, and eventually I buy it for the full $1200, just because I thought he might also be a good guy to go to for advice, and he was very honest. He said to me just after i handed him the cash, "And you know, I had 4 or 5 people calling me wanting to buy it, but I told him it was already sold. They wanted to "hot rod" it and I didn't want to see another one of these go that same route. I WANTED YOU to buy it!" (*not exact words) a few days later he shows up with a trailer with the Jeep on it, drives it off the trailer, parks it in the garage for me too! I thank him, and he notices my 110 piece tool set, and says I could borrow any tools from him I will need to do the project. I thank again, and he leaves. That was on August 20, 2006. I drive the truck up and down our lane a few times, just for kicks. On August 31, 2006 I take it out one last time, drive it around the field some (with my dad running around with a log to stop me when I wanted to turn around) Take 10 pictures, one being the first one you see in my first post (its scanned in, didn't have a digital camera yet). THE NEXT DAY: I began the project. Labor Day ironically. I drained all the fluids and removed the raditor, hood, fenders, grill, and a lot of other things that day.
Theirs the story for ya
I plan to have it done when it turns 60 years old (2009)
I have been so frustrated about things on this project (still get upset about it sometimes) I take long breaks from it, which last a few months till I figure out what to do next. I also sometimes resent some of the "shortcuts" I have made to save money, and save time (don't get me started about that!). Overall I have honestly enjoyed doing this project. It has gotten me several jobs over the past couple years, and I have met countless people who have helped and encouraged me to continue. I have also become, sorta well known around the area, where I am, in the automotive world. My Dad has also helped me on several occasions, but I usually work alone.
As I see this project wind down, I feel that I am so close to finishing, yet if I write down what still need to be done, and think about it, it becomes shocking - the same can be said on how far I have come.
REMEMBER THIS: You can't build a reputation on what your going to do.
Yeah "crawl" this thread MORE IS TO COME!!
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