The Jeepster hasn't moved in over a month, but Gary sure has been. The
Jeepster looks fantastic. The doors are getting straightened; Gary found
that the doors had been repaired once before, but it was very poorly done.
So he's cutting out the bad pieces of metal and fiberglass... ? Why is
there fiberglass and cloth in my door?
It feels good that he's going to repair them the right way. Not only will
they look good, but they'll be much safer too! Can't wait to see how
they'll shut alot better too. Looking good Gary.
Gary was also working on a beautiful blue Model A. It was
amazing! I hope the Jeepster looks as nice.
July 24, 2010
We went to Gary Coopers to check in on the Jeepster. To our amazement Gary
had the whole car torn apart. I can't believe my eyes. The Jeepster
is in parts, much further than I ever thought was possible, and Gary was getting
it ready to be painted. The fenders were sitting by themselves, I can't
believe the radiator was off, as well as the wiring was in pieces. The
poor doors are on their own for a while, and the bumpers were completely taken
off. I guess this paint job is actually going to happen.
July 24, 2010
We went to Gary Coopers to check in on the Jeepster. To our amazement Gary
had the whole car torn apart. I can't believe my eyes. The Jeepster
is in parts, much further than I ever thought was possible, and Gary was getting
it ready to be painted. The fenders were sitting by themselves, I can't
believe the radiator was off, as well as the wiring was in pieces. The
poor doors are on their own for a while, and the bumpers were completely taken
off. I guess this paint job is actually going to happen.
July 4, 2010
Rode around in the Jeepster for a little bit this morning. In the early afternoon I took the Jeepster to Gary Coopers in order
to get painted. Can't wait to see it with a fresh new paint job! It'll be a lot of work but it'll be so worth it.
June 30, 2010
Changed the spark plugs to the correct ones, and what a world of difference. The spark plugs were the key
to get the car running great! I can't believe the people before me used the wrong type of spark plugs,
I would have never had guessed to check and make sure the spark plugs were the right type. So glad
that was the issue, and the Jeepster runs like a champ!
June 29, 2010
The Jeepster hasn't run very well for 2 weeks. I'm pretty sure it's a spark plug issue. I took the spark plugs off and they were fouled pretty horribly.
I cleaned them, however it's still not running properly. I ordered new spark plugs from Advance Auto
and they should be in later this afternoon. My father and I were looking up the correct spark plugs and found that the Champion H10C's that are in it,
are not for automobiles. They're for chainsaws, atv's, lawnmowers and other lawn equipment. We looked up the correct spark plugs and those are the ones
that I'm going to order from Advance Auto.
June 12, 2010
Well it's the next day after the tour... and now the next milestone will be to get the car ready to be painted.
I have a whole laundry list of things that I need to complete before the car is prepared for Gary.
Wash the Jeepster.
Install the new radio.
Maybe install speakers and the usuable radio.
Find the fog light holders and figure out how to install them.
Figure out how to install the antennae.
Find out how to install the spot light.
Make sure Gary can still paint the Jeepster.
Hit up a few more cruises before losing the car the rest of the summer.
June 11, 2010 - Founders Tour Afterthoughts
The Jeepster ran fantastically. The Chevelle was a clutch for Tuesday, and it was great driving it around.
We had so much fun, but the best part of the whole tour was the Jeepster
finally get a chance to leave the comforts of Greensburg and bring me home every night. Also, I learned that
what makes the tour so much fun is that everyone has a story, and if you have a little time to spend with a few
people you can really learn a lot about cars, people, what's important in the hobby, and most importantly
make some nice life long friends.
Thanks Dad for helping me with the Jeepster or it would have never had made it on the tour!
June 11, 2010
It's Friday and this morning was the first day I haven't had to turn a wrench while on the tour.
The Jeepster is looking great, I gave it a quick bath, and Carina's back in her seat. I drove over to my
parents in order to meet up with them before the tour started. We hit a major milestone in the Jeepster when
we pulled in my parents driveway. It was very fitting. We hit 1000.0 miles on the new engine.
much of Route 30 today. We went through Latrobe and onto the Loyalhanna Creek through the beautiful Loyalhanna Gorge.
We passed Idlewild Park and went through Ligonier. We drove through Laghlintown and my favorite place the Pie Shoppe.
We drove the whole way to Jennerstown on Route 30 to the Quecreek Mine rescue site that was a
miracle in July of 2002. After leaving the Quecreek memorial we headed to the Flight 93 National Memorial.
The car tour reserved car #93 for a permanent memorial dedicated to the crew and passengers of Flight 93. They were
all in our hearts while we toured western Pennsylvania.
After leaving the Memorial we went through a whole field of Windmills. They were huge and we were as close as I
have ever been to windmills. Then we were off to lunch in Johnstown. Ray came over after I was parking the car
to check out the Jeepster and we started talking. Then we got in line for lunch and kept talking about Jeepsters
and touring. He introduced me to Terry Bond, the National A.A.C.A President, and I learned that the next Founders
Tour will be held in Winter Park, Florida. I was so excited. That's where Carina's father lives. Maybe we can
find a way to attend next year's Founders Tour as well. I talked to Ray the whole way through getting our great
looking lunches. I had an Arnold Palmer for a drink (50/50 lemonade/ice tea), I love when they're mixed just right.
After lunch we headed to an amazing collection of old gas pumps and 50's decor at Bill Bahorick's incredible collection.
We took many fun filled photo's while there and I found an old video game... I was in love. It looked like a brand new
arcade game of Ms. Pacman from 1981... It was a year older than me. I had to play it. So I sat down and started
to grow a crowd around me. I completed 5 levels of Pacman and I could have stayed there for hours playing the virtually
new machine. Wow was it amazingly fun. I loved his whole collection. Wayne, Carina, and I posed all over the place using
his decorations as props.
Then we headed for our last scheduled stop of the entire tour... Fort Ligonier. I've lived in Greensburg for almost
all of my life, except for when I lived in Scranton for 5 years. I've never visited Fort Ligonier. It was fantastic.
So much history, so little time. I actually got to see George Washington's saddle pistols that helped win the
American Revolutionary War.
As an added treat we headed east to my favorite ice cream stop, Peaches 'n
Cream. Dave has always taken great care
of my creamery delights. His ice cream is simply the best. From there we headed
home to get ready for the farewell dinner at the Sheraton.
The dinner was nice, we sat next to Beverly and Mac Wilson that were driving the 1936 International Station Wagon.
They were a fun couple, and I talked to Mac a lot about the antique car hobby. Everyone seemed to have a good time. The
entertainment was fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. Carina wasn't feeling well, I think she was getting very tired, so
we decided to leave after they announced the Chinese auction winners. To our delight we won a basket filled with a nice
arrangement donated by Tom and Dodie Ulishney.
I said my good byes and warm wishes to safe travels to everyone I met while on the tour. Talked to Harvey a little bit,
and realized that this great adventure was just about over. I had such a great time, I'm glad I got to enjoy myself
on this little vacation to Greensburg, PA and the surrounding Western Pennsylvania.
June 10, 2010
Today I woke up early and took the Jeepster over to Hills City Service in Greensburg to get the front end aligned.
It took them a little while, but they did a great job. They had me out of there in little under an hour. I was
just happy they were able to complete the alignment for me on such short notice. Carina was unable to go on tour
with me today because she is taking a final exam tonight for her class. So I invited Joe Ott to join me on today's
tour. He loves antique cars and I think he'll truly appreciate going on the tour as my navigator.
We drove around Twin Lakes Park, through Hannastown, crossed over Beaver Run Reservoir, and to New
a coffee stop. The cookies and coffee were great! Then we stopped at the Winfield Winery, where I purchased many
great raspberry wines for Carina as a gift to her since she wasn't able to join us on the tour today. We drove through
more Amish Country and saw some beautiful sites. We had lunch in Grove City at the Outlets and I purchased a much
needed new Penn State hat to keep the sun off of my face. The Jeepster ran great all day. We went through McConnell's Mill
State Park and took some pictures of the Jeepster going through a covered bridge. We then made it to our next destination, the
Hawn & Woodward Auto Restoration shop. Some the cars were amazing.
Then my favorite part of the whole tour was to see Dave and Karen Berg's collection of antique cars and automobilia. Very amazing.
I feel bad Carina had to miss this. Dave's and Karen's collection is just amazing! They are such nice people as well. They
explained the cars and treated us all as if we were family. I thank them very much for allowing us to view their unique collection.
Then we were on our way home! Joe and I talked about stopping at the Lamplighter in Delmont to check out their Cruise. And we did.
It was an amazing sight of beautiful cars. I had much more fun at this cruise than I did over at the Pepperwood Grill a few nights
before. Everyone was friendly and a few people really took an interest in the Jeepster. They were surprised to find an
original 6 cylinder Jeepster on the road with everything else all original. I talked to them for about an hour, then went and
checked out the other cars at the cruise as well. Some of the people on the tour with us were also at the cruise. Joe and I stayed
for about an hour and a half, then we went back to the Sheraton to check out the cars sitting in the parking lot.
Joe's parents and brother Roy met us up at the Sheraton and we went around looking at the cars together. It's amazing
to see some of these cars sitting in a parking lot here in Greensburg. That's when I met Ray Fischer from Somerset, NJ.
I used to work at the MetLife office on Davidson Avenue in Somerset, NJ, and I guess that's extremely close to where Ray
lives. I was admiring his 1952 Ford Custom when we started talking. Eventually I mentioned that I was driving the Jeepster
and to my surprise, he used to own one. That put a huge smile on my face. We talked for a while about the Jeepster and
he quizzed me about mine. He said that it sounds like to him that it's really an original Jeepster. He actually knew Morris Ratner,
the "Jeepster Man", personally. He said that his first antique car was a Jeepster and he started restoring things here
and there on it, and his wife really liked the car a lot. They took it to a national show in 1981 and he said he wasn't looking
to win any awards or anything, he just wanted to take it to the show. Well it turns out that he actually won his first
Junior award with the little Jeepster. He said it was sitting next to a very beautiful '51 or '52 Lincoln. He didn't
understand the judging rules at the time, but he explained to me how all the judging was completed. I told him that it
would be an amazing feat just to be able to have the Jeepster on a national show field. We talked for about an hour and half
about his Jeepster and all the fun he used to have in it. Really a nice man. Actually, everyone I've met so far on
the tour have been really nice people. Ray said he wanted to check out my Jeepster some time tomorrow. It was a pleasure
to meet him.
I didn't get home until 10:15 that night with the Jeepster, but I had an awesome day. Thank you Joe for being the Jeepster's
June 9, 2010
Well today is an off day for all old cars. We took a bus ride into Pittsburgh to visit the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium, Duquesne Incline,
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and the Frick Transportation Museum, Fine Arts, and Clayton the Frick family home (mansion). It was a
fun filled day packed with excitement. I really enjoyed this all day.
Smitty's was able to put the new tires on the rims for me while we were in Pittsburgh and I picked up them up that night when we got back.
I put the new tires on the front end and put the spare tire back on the back. Tomorrow the Jeepster is getting a front end alignment
and hopefully these tires last longer.
June 8, 2010
I didn't get to bring the Jeepster today, because the tires are just too worn out. I did drive
over to Hill's City Service in Greensburg, PA to see if they could complete a front end alignment for me, however
they were just too busy. So, I made an appointment for first thing Thursday morning. I drove home, prepared the
'77 Chevelle for the tour and away we went.
We primarily toured through Fayette County today. It was nice. We stopped in Kecksburg to see all the memorabilia
surrounding the Kecksburg UFO, and to see the UFO replica. Carina and I bought an amazing pepperoni roll
from the Country Pie Shoppe & Old General Store. It was delicious. Then it was off to Fort Necessity National Battlefield,
which by all means was the start of the French and Indian War. Also, noteworthy, it was the battle that
George Washington surrendered to the French.
Then we were off to the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. We had lunch at the Wild Side. It too was
delicious. Then we toured
the resort and looked at all of the animals.'
Our next stop was the Laurel Caverns. It is an amazing attraction and from up on the mountain you can see right into
downtown Pittsburgh, some 60 miles away. We could make out the USX building off in the distance.
There was supposed to be a few more stops and sites along the way, however, both the Chevelle's brakes and the '57's
brakes were hot. So we decided to take a break at a florist shop near
They were having a Car Cruise tonight at the Pepperwood Grill in Greensburg. So I rushed home
and got the Jeepster ready to go over to the cruise. I needed to change the front passenger
side tire, because it was not safe to drive on any more. I'm surprised it got me home yesterday.
Unfortunately, dad had the tire iron in his '57 Chevy, so I had to go to Advance Auto to buy one.
I bought one, came home, and all of the sockets on the four way were too big to fit the Jeepster.
So I ran back out to Auto Zone and they had a little bit smaller one, but it was a perfect fit.
I hurriedly changed the tires and we were off to the cruise. We were late, but there were still a few cruisers.
The food was really good. And most importantly,
the Jeepster ran great and got us home safe.
The great news of the day is that my tires from Diamondback came in today. They were delivered to my parents' house, but
they were delivered. I'm having them mounted and balanced tomorrow at Smitty's Auto Service down the road and should be
able to put the new tires on the Jeepster tomorrow.
June 7, 2010
What a Wonderful Day! I woke up and painted the air filter, this is the last chance for it to look nice for the tour.
The humidity levels are much lower so I don't believe there will be any issues this time.
The Jeepster made it to it's first ever National Tour, and I made it to my second. I went on the Founders Tour 10 years ago.
We arrived early morning at the Four Points Sheraton in Greensburg and got our pictures taken as soon as we got there.
Our first stop! The hospitality room with all the cookies and drinks! Awesome cookies!
Then we were
truly off and running on our first day. We stopped at a taxidermy shop that totally blew my mind.
The World Class Animal Artistry in Crabtree. I never knew it
existed and while traveling back and forth between Scranton and Greensburg Pennsylvania while working for MetLife, I never noticed it.
The taxidermy has won multiple world competitions for their work. The place was awesome!
Next we went to a restoration stop for the most awesome breakfast of the tour so far! It was also the first breakfast on the tour so far!
It was delicious! Sausage, egg, and bagel breakfast! We went to the Westmoreland Antique Car Restoration shop and it was beautiful. I really enjoyed looking
around all of their cars, and it was the first stop that we were able to see everyone
else's cars on the tour.
The amazing cars that we got to eat breakfast with, were amazing too! There was a 1957
Kaiser that was a beautiful mint green color. It sat much lower than the
Jeepster, but it almost looked like a Corvette, but much cooler. I really
liked it and I have never seen one before. Actually there were many cars
on the tour that I had
never seen before too! One of my favorites was a 1936 Woody
International Station Wagon. I loved it. Although, I could name probably 1/2 the cars
as cars that I would have loved to have had the opportunity to go for a ride in.
Our next stop was the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, PA. We had such a good time there,
however there weren't any pictures allowed in the museum. However, my brother did take
Harvey's and Jimmy Stewart's picture just outside of the museum's doors.
After the museum we headed towards Amish Country in Smicksburg, PA. We
stopped at many Amish furniture stores and found a place that I know Carina will
be taking me to again in the future. Our lunch was delicious as we ate at one of
the restaurants in Smicksburg. Everything had that homemade quality and
deliciousness, but the prices were really low.
Our final tour stop of the day was a visit to the Wingate Winery. We purchased a few bottles of wine for later.
Carina also found some antique Disney comic books, and we just had to buy them.
One of the comic books was about nuclear power, and since that's what Carina
does... she can't wait to bring it in and show her work buddies her find. And
then we were on our way home. When we arrived back at the Sheraton, my dad
noticed that our front passenger tire had completely worn through the second
layer of rubber. Tomorrow is not looking like a good Jeepster day. Hopefully my
new tires from Diamondback come soon so the Jeepster can continue the tour.
June 6, 2010
Lots of work to get done today in order for us to use the Jeepster on the A.A.C.A's Founder's Tour
tomorrow! It will be a long day. Luckily we have dinner starting at 6:00 up at the Sheraton!
Only unfortunate work to note is that I tried to paint the air filter once again and the paint
blushed because of the high humidity. Tomorrow morning is going to be the last chance I have for it
to be painted nicely.
When we got home from the opening kick off party, I put a little surprise in the back seat for my Disney fanatic
navigator. She'll be thrilled in the morning.
June 5, 2010
Today turned from all frowns to all smiles by the end of the day. We checked all the fluids to see if any needed topped off. And I wanted
to adjust the brakes today before we went much further. I've been noticing that I've needed to push the brake peddle down as far as it would
go and it still takes a while to stop us. So everything went smoothly adjusting all the brakes till we got to the rear
It was leaking something from the brake area. We took the tire off and started to try to take off the hub and drum and it wouldn't come off.
I mean, it would not even loosen. We went to Advance Auto in Jeannette to barrow a drum puller. Dad used all kinds of force trying to loosen it
up and it just would not come off. We had a great suspicion that our issue was with the brake cylinder and we found some part numbers and were
delighted to find out that Advance Auto had them. They had to be shipped from Tennessee, but they will be in
tomorrow! Awesome! I love
how some things just work out in our favor. We then went back to work on trying to get the drum off of the rear axle.
An hour later, a broken screw driver, and several failed attempts we decided to call Tom and see if he had any
ideas. We then called Jimmy to see if we could use Tom's brother's heavy duty drum puller. Jimmy's son Travis brought it over and we were all
set. It was much more substantial than the one we received from Advanced Auto. It worked like a charm! After we got the drum off,
after much studying the pictures we learned that
our leaking issue was not with the brake cylinder, it was most certainly coming from the rear axle seal.
We weren't quite sure what to do. We called Jimmy back to see if he was available to stop by and confirm that it was the seal leaking. He
offered to stop by on his way to do some shopping and we started looking for a replacement part. Both Walcks and Kaiser had the part listed
on their web site, however I needed one now. Advance Auto didn't have one in stock but they could order me one and it would be in on Tuesday.
Then we tried NAPA and they amazingly had one in stock! Well not just one, but two!! So, Tom and I headed off to NAPA to make a few purchases.
We got back just when Jimmy was arriving and he confirmed that it was definitely the rear axle seal. He also commented that I had a nice Dana
rear axle. He was very impressed that it was military grade. Anyways, he dug right in, and started taking things apart. Next thing I knew my
whole passenger side rear axle was apart, and most definitely it was the rear passenger side oil seal. Jimmy worked real hard to get it out. After
he got it out, we found out that it was the original felt seal that was put into the car when it was built back in 1950. Kinda cool, but the new
rubber seal is going to work so much better.
Jimmy had some shopping to do, and he came back in a few hours and helped put the seal back in along with the rest of the axle up to the brake pads.
We're going to try to get new brake pads tomorrow and put them in.
I finished off the day by trying to paint the air filter black once again, however it was too humid and it gave the paint a nice hazy look.
June 4, 2010
P & R Engine Rebuilders in Greensburg are incredible! Highly recommended! They called at 10:30 a.m. and said that the kingpins and arm steering
knuckler were complete! Awesome news! So I ran over there around noon and chatted with the guys over there for a while. It was exciting
telling them all about how great the Jeepster was running. Top notch engine repair. I picked up a few parts for my dad's '57 Chevy at NAPA and
then waited for him to come home to start putting the parts back on the Jeepster. Each one took about an hour to put back on, then we decided to
wait till tomorrow to start doing our own inspection of the Jeepster and adjust the brakes. The shop book that I have said to bleed the brakes
after changing the kingpins. A good idea anyway since I want it to be safe for the car tour starting Monday!
June 3, 2010
Bought this incredible Purple Power to clean the kingpins and
arm, steering knuckles. Wow, is
all I have to say. Instead of chiseling off the gunk that was on them, all I needed to do was wipe it away with a paper towel. With all the gunk on them,
I didn't even know that one of them was welded (very poorly, I will get this fixed over winter). And there's parts numbers. I love seeing the old
part numbers. I think it's just incredible that these are 60 years old and I'm back to metal again.
The kingpin replacement parts arrived from UPS at around 12:30 in the afternoon. The driver
actually stayed a while and checked out the Jeepster. He was so excited that he was bringing me parts in order to restore it. We talked a little bit
and we discovered that I started working there a month before he started. We never met because he was on midnight shift and I worked on twilight
Good conversation and he loved the Jeepster. Although, I haven't met anyone that it hasn't caught their eye a little bit.
After the UPS delivery guy left, I packed my kingpins, arm, steering knuckles, and new parts over to Greensburg Machine and Driveline.
They told me that they were backed up and couldn't get them to me for a week or two. I was a little upset about this, and the guy could tell very
quickly that he did not have a happy potential customer. I talked to them on Tuesday and they said to bring them in any day this week and they'll be
be able to complete them by the next day. So, I was out of luck with them real quick. I need the Jeepster running great for the beginning of the
A.A.C.A.'s Founders Tour that we're going on next
week. I asked him if he knew of any other places that might be willing to fix my parts, and he said to try
P & R Engine Rebuilders in Greensburg.
As soon as he said that, a huge smile came over my face. I didn't even think that P & R would even be willing to do this kind of work. They're the
company that rebuilt the engine for me, and I would recommend them to anyone, they are really top notch.
So I called and talked to one of their guys
and he said that he could probably rebuild the kingpins and arm, steering
knuckles for me. We talked a little bit, then I told him of my dilemma of having them
rebuilt in order to have time to put them back on the car in preparation for the tour. He only had one question for me, "How's the engine running?"
Of course, I went on and on how great it is. It has never run this great since I have owned it. All kinds of power, just incredible. Then he said
that if he thought that he could rebuild them, that he would have them completed tomorrow, and if not tomorrow, he'd have them done Saturday morning
for me. They're not usually working on Saturdays, but he would make this exception for me. I can't wait to take him for a ride in the Jeepster
once it's all completed.
So I showed him the parts I had and he said no problem. Call me back at 2:00 p.m. to see if they're getting done tomorrow or Saturday. He's just
When I got home I continued to clean the gunk off of some of the linkage and inner wheel parts.
June 2, 2010
Bought cleaner / degreaser in order to clean the kingpins and arm, steering
knuckle pieces of the gunk that I chiseled off
the frame of the car. It's called Purple Power and
it's industrial strength. After using it, it seems to be working, however, I'm using it undiluted and it literally ate through
layers of skin. I don't think I have finger prints right now and it kind of burned a little. Next time I'll use rubber gloves.
I put the Purple Power in a bucket and kingpin and arm, steering knuckle are soaking in it over night. We'll see how clean they get when I wake up.
June 1, 2010
Took the Jeepster to
Hill's City Services in Greensburg, PA in order to get a front end wheel alignment. It ran fantastically getting over to there. Unfortunately
when they put the Jeepster up on the racks, they said that my arm, steering
knuckle bushings were too worn out or missing in order to complete the alignment. So,
the Jeepster is still out of alignment and it's still wearing out my new tires from
Diamond Back Classic Radials. So, I drove it home, just beating the rain storm.
I called Carl at Walcks to order a kingpin rebuild kit.
He said no problem and that I would have it in two days. He emailed me the UPS shipping information so that I could track it, so all is good again.
Diamond Back Classic Radials and found out that they stilled had my original ordered
tires in stock. I also found out that they were $210 a piece, plus shipping, plus I
expedited the order, youch! I also didn't splurge when I ordered
the very wide white walls of 3 1/4 inches. I have always had a thing for wide whites on an old car! Actually, if they were reasonable, I'd probably put
wide white walls on every car I own. And if I ever own a motorcycle, it will definitely have wide white walls.
May 26, 2010
Took the Jeepster to Old Country Buffet's Wednesday night cruise in Greensburg. This
was the first time the Jeepster was to an event since the engine rebuild. It got a lot of visitors and pictures taken. It was an interesting crowd
at the cruise. There were a few old original cars like the Jeepster, but there were even more street rods and hot rods. A few corvettes and lots of
interesting cars to look at. We went in and had dinner and came out to look at the cars some more. The Jeepster ran great! I took it in and out
of overdrive a few times. It's like driving a different car when it's in overdrive. Almost like riding an old wooden rollercoaster. We cruised over
to Tom's house after leaving Old Country Buffet and someone followed us into his driveway. One of Tom's neighbors followed us to Tom's and wanted to
look at the Jeepster. He loved it and asked all kinds of questions. I was thrilled that he liked it so much to stop on his way through. By the time
we left Tom's it was dark out and the lights came on. This was the first time driving the Jeepster at night. It was awesome! But there's way too
much to do in order to drive the little Jeepster. Your hand and feet coordination have to be top notch in order to
operate it at a safe level.
I wish I would have brought a camera to the Jeepster's first outing since the engine rebuild, but other than that, today was a huge success!
May 22, 2010 - May 23, 2010
Received another carburetor rebuild
kit from Kaiser's, it's the same one that they use to rebuild the ones that they
sell. So, we're rebuilding the original carburetor that was on the car
when I got it. A true WA-1 with automatic choke. We dipped the parts in carburetor cleaner
after taking it apart. Then the next day we put it together. I'm going to put it on the Jeepster tomorrow some time.
March 24, 2010
Feeling a little adventurous, I decided to take the Jeepster for a ride over to my Grandfather's house to show him.
Things went great till I got to his house and the Jeepster was stuck in Overdrive. And it couldn't keep running in
idle. So things weren't going well for it, and in order to get it home I had to call in a tow truck. Hopefully this
is the only time it needs a tow truck to get me home.
Even though it was getting towed home... it still looked good.
March 21, 2010
I think it's finally time for the first car ride since last year. First car ride since restoration and rebuild of the engine, transmission, electrical system, fuel system, and much, much more. We took it down Millersdale to Route 136 then back. The first ride was almost 5 Miles. Not bad for the first ride. When we got back we checked everything and nothing leaked. I'd say for a couple of guys that just like taking things apart to see how they work, this was a huge success!
Yes there's still snow on the ground. The white stuff is amazing!
March 13, 2010
So dad and I have been working on the Jeepster pretty much none stop in between him working and having some time to spend some time on it.
We have finally marked today as the first day that we're going to try to start it. After tuning some things,
double checking all the fluids, re-checking the head bolts... we are ready to start the Jeepster.
It's Just AMAZING! (The word of the day / week, Amazing) I pulled it in and out of the garage a few times. There's still plenty of snow,
so it won't be going out on the roads any time soon. Plus these were just practice ins and outs. Jeepster first start after engine and transmission rebuild with new electrical system, fuel lines, and much much more!
February 23, 2010
More wiring today. It's going pretty well. All of the picture to the
right connects to the Jeepsters gauges and to the starter switch. On a
side note, the heater looks very nice under there.
February 20, 2010
This was the windshield washer fluid container that came with the Jeepster when
I got it. Could this be original equipment on the Jeepster? If so,
I need to find someone that would know. It's pretty
cool, all plastic, but very very old plastic. I'll clean it up and see if
I can find someone at a car show that may know the origination of this
February 13, 2010
Taking apart all of the dash wiring today. It's a royal mess. I'm
going to wire it just like original. My father and I also put in the
radiator and hooked it up. We also started putting in the wiring harness
on the rest of the Jeepster. It's all coming together pretty well.
I'll be cruising in it sooner than later. Although, all of these wires are
going to be difficult knowing where it all goes. The best idea is just to
go back to original, tear it all out and rebuild it.
February 9, 2010
Received the new battery hold down the other day. Today is a good day to
put it on. Also, painted the radiator another coat of black and it's
January 26, 2010
Worked on the Jeepster for most of the day. The radiator just didn't look
right flat black, so I repainted it in glossy black and it looks much better.
January 25, 2010
Installed the Jeepster's horns. Oh do they look nice, I can't wait to hook
them up and hear the two tones sing together. I'll be going beep beep in
January 25, 2010
Prepared and painted the radiator. Tom thought it should be painted flat
black. I tried that and it just didn't look right. I might repaint
it with glossy black.
January 24, 2010
Second coat of paint and some reassembly of the Heater. I really like the
almond color and the chrome I painted on the fan. It'll look great under
January 23, 2010
Tom and my dad came over today to help put more parts on the Jeepster.
We got a good bit more done. We headed over to NAPA in South Greensburg,
PA to exchange the fan belt again and again. I made 4 total trips to get
the right fan belt. There's not too much adjustment that the generator
bracket allows, and it was a tight fit. We had to unbolt the generator to
get it to fit. We put on lots of other parts as well. But the new
fan belt going on sure did feel good.
January 23, 2010
It was time that I brought out one of my prized e-Bay winning auctions. My
new horns! I love making noise in an old car with old horns. They're
in perfect shape. They're the rarer style of horns that were an
option in Jeepsters. They came with the "Luxury Package". All they
need is a little steel wool and a fresh coat of paint. So that's exactly
what I did. They look terrific, and I can't wait to put them on the Jeepster.
January 19, 2010
With torch in hand, my father came back over to seal shut the small hole where
the heater has a joint. The heater was again dissipating the heat from the
torch, however it was hot enough to melt the metal and seal the hole.
Mission accomplished. I put the heater back together and finished painting
it after he left.
January 18, 2010
My dad came over after work today and we hooked some hoses up to the heater core
and it worked great. It heated up very nicely. Almost too hot to
touch. Then we applied a little pressure and there were no leaks.
Then, my dad applied a little bit more pressure and we noticed that it was
leaking slightly on the bottom where it connects to the hard shell around it.
So my father soldered it shut, but because it's a heater, it worked great at
dissipating the heat from the soldering iron. So, it didn't completely fix
the issue. He's going to come back tomorrow with a torch.
January 17, 2010 - January 19, 2010
I cleaned up the heater parts some more. And then I painted them. I
painted all of the metal parts chrome and the outside container box a beautiful
Almond color. I'm really happy with how it's turning out.
January 16, 2010
While my father and Tom worked on figuring out how to get the starter to work on the Jeepster, I decided
that the heater needed restoration. And I wanted to see if it even all
functioned properly. So the only way to see if things work is to take them
apart, and that's exactly what I did.
We hooked the fan motor up to a
battery and it spun like a champion. We're going to get some hoses to test
the heater core. I spent a few hours sanding and wire brushing all the
parts to get them ready to be painted.
There aren't any pictures of it,
but we did alot of contemplating about the starters. The one that I bought
off of Gene didn't seem to work with my engine. And through reading
various articles we found that the Jeepster could have used either the starter
that I had, or the mechanical one that I bought off of Gene. So far we
haven't found information regarding which is more correct. Other than
Jeepsters have both of them in them. The mechanical one looks like it was
used primarily in the 1948 - 1949 Jeepster models. Although we're not
entirely sure on any of this. We did find that the starters relate to the
number of teeth on the fly-wheel. So the decision now is to buy a new
fly-wheel and chance that everything will work the way we think it should after
going through everything. Or, use the starter that I had rebuilt that came
with / on the Jeepster. Although the mechanical one would be alot neater
to use in my opinion, according to what we read, they switched to my starter
because it was more reliable. Reliability in an antique car is worth it's
weight in gold. (I don't know how to weigh reliability.) So, I made
the more logical decision not to buy a new fly wheel, and not to use the
mechanical starter I got off of Gene. We're going to use the one that the
Jeepster came with. It's probably the correct starter, I just thought it
would be neat to use the mechanical one. There's more visible moving
parts, and it would definitely be a conversation piece.
November 14, 2009
We went to town putting parts back onto the engine today. Too many parts
to name them all. I'll let the pictures show everything that we did.
Tom and my father came over to help.
November 14, 2009
As sad as this sounds, it took us hours to get the firewall board installed.
I bought it from the Jeepsterman and it was supposed to be pre-cut. Well,
it didn't really fit too correctly. Many of the holes don't match up or
holes were missing. And I think it's a little too big. We fixed most
of these problems, I went to Lowes to get some hardware to hold it on, and we
cut more necessary holes into and straitened some of the cuts to make it work.
Didn't really think it would take all day to get the firewall in, but it's
definitely starting to come along.
October 18, 2009
After we got the grill bar going the right way, we worked on getting the engine
back into the Jeepster. This was an incredibly tough task. Because
were weren't centered with our chain, it was lop-sided and we had to lift on one
side constantly to get it over the new engine mounts that I just put on.
The new engine mounts were great and had a little give. I don't think we
would have been able to get the engine seated correctly with the old engine
mounts. They were extremely hard and had no movement whatsoever in them.
After a few hours of trying to get the engine in correctly, my
brother Wayne and his friend Jimmy came to help give a lifting hand. With
Tom, my father, Wayne, Jimmy V., and myself all lifting the engine, we finally were
able to get it to fit correctly. In order to take it off the cherry
picker, we put many jacks under it to keep it from moving.
After we had the engine in, I took apart the cherry picker and brought it back
over to Tom's and my father's friend Jimmy's house. Without it, we would
have had to buy or rent one, so I am most grateful. When Tom
and I got back home to work on the Jeepster some more, my dad was already
putting parts back on the Engine.
October 18, 2009
First thing's first... I'm putting the top grill bar on the correct way.
It's been upside down for far too long. It's funny, it looked good upside
down, but it looks terrific the way that it was supposed to be.
We also pulled all of the masking tape off of the Jeepster from
when I was painting. Very good lesson learned today. 30 to 60 year old
paint should never have tape on it. The tape took some paint with it, when
we pulled it off.
October 10, 2009 - Only Jeepster at Hershey
At Hershey this year, and our number one goal was to see another Jeepster so
that I could compare what we needed to do to keep moving forward. We were
here all day Thursday and Friday, walked every field and never saw a glimpse of
a Jeepster. Well, that's not true. I bought a near perfect set of
original optional fog lights offered for Jeepster that say Willys on them.
I bargained them down to $60 for the pair and really just couldn't pass them up.
I've seen not so nice ones go on E-bay for over $300 a pair. Definitely a
great deal, other than I have another set sitting at home and I still don't know
how to mount them.
Anyways... we searched and searched, and on Show Day, there was finally two
Willy's Jeeps registered in the program book. We went to the first one and
it was a near perfect Army Jeep from WWII. Definitely appropriate, but not
what we were looking for. We then went to the next Jeep listed. We
actually saw it pulling in, and chased it down. We followed the 1950 Jeepster
all throughout the show field trying to keep up. We didn't even let them
park and get out of the car before our cameras were going off. The
Jeepster had it's own Paparazzi. To our surprise it was just like my
Jeepster. It's Twin! It was red with the black top trim like mine is
supposed to have. It even got better. When we got a closer look at
the engine, it was a 6 cylinder, exactly like mine. We actually talked to
the owner and got some great ideas on where to get some of the parts that I was
missing. We took a tremendous amount of pictures (117 in all) and had a
great time spending over an hour studying this Jeepster.
thing about Jeepsters that I've learned since owning one. If you have it
out and about, everyone that was around in 1950 as a teenager or early 20's,
remembers them. They either owned one, had a friend that owned one, or
still own one throughout their lifetime. It's truly amazing. One
gentleman that came up and started talking to us, said that he bought one when
they were new. Just like it. He told me all about his, and then I
told him how I was restoring mine. He then pointed out some things that
weren't original on this Jeepster, and one minor mistake. The top front
grill chrome bar that goes across the front on this Jeepster is upside down.
I wasn't too sure, but I'm pretty sure mine is seated the exact same way.
So of course, I bring up the internet on my phone and check my Jeepster and of
course the top bar is exactly the same. We talk a while and I pull up some
other Jeepsters, about 10 in all that I had on my phone and look. 1/2 of
them have the bar one way. And the other 1/2 had it the way that this
person was talking about. He said that he had owned one new and he's had
over 6 throughout his lifetime. He's definitely the expert. So when
he explained why it was upside down, it completely made entire sense. When
I get home, that sucker is being put on the right way. It's easy to
understand how it got put on upside down. All you have to do is not pay
attention when it was taken off throughout the years.
wasn't perfect, but boy oh boy was it beautiful. It was as close as I had
seen to being completely correct. And it gave me a few more ideas to do on
mine. What a find. Now I can't wait to get my engine running and
getting the Jeepster going down the road again.
October 10, 2009 - 1950 Jeepster Toy
So, we're at Hershey, and of course, I love looking at all the different cars.
We're seeing just about everything here. Even a plane that sold... yes a
plane. The Tucker convertible was amazing along with it's body guards.
Truly amazing (did they make it?). There definitely were bargains to be had
and deals to be made. But the one thing I wish was much cheaper was this
metal 1950 Willy's Jeepster toy. Tom and my father spotted it first while
Carina and I had to voyage over to Chocolate World.
They only wanted
$1500 for the antique Jeepster Toy. Too bad that will buy many Jeepster
parts that are needed for its restoration.
Some day I hope to own one of
September 25, 2009
Engine Number 644720-1 is being unwrapped. All of the parts were neatly
wrapped by P & R. I am exceptionally pleased with everything.
Many Jeepsters are referred to by the wrong VIN number. Many people don't
know that the VIN plate is located under the dash and refer to the engine block
number as the VIN.
Everything inside looks great. Fantastic even.
I can't wait to put this back into the Jeepster where it belongs. And, I'm
sure Carina wants her parking space in the garage back, so we'll have to make
September 25, 2009
Picked up the U-Haul trailer and headed over to P & R Engine Rebuilders to pick
up the engine. There really wasn't much to see other than the bill.
From what I can tell the engine looks fantastic. They have it all wrapped
up nicely and loaded it with a fork lift. Then I tied it down and away we
went. They gave me some nice gifts, a great looking t-shirt and a
"breaking in" guide for the engine.
When the engine was finally home, we unloaded it (pushed it off the trailer into
the garage) and then took the U-Haul Trailer back. I wanted to get it back
before they closed.
September 24, 2009
I received a call from P & R Engine Rebuilders in Greensburg, PA and
they said that the engine was all packed up and ready to go. They had
completed all the final rebuilding and even painted it glossy black for me.
I called U-Haul and ordered the same small trailer that I've used when I needed
to move small, heavy things, and they said that it was available. So, it's
all set, tomorrow I'll be bringing the engine home.
During the last week, I've touched up the firewall some more with more painting
and lots more sanding.
September 12, 2009
Today, the firewall and engine compartment received a new paint job. I put on two coats
of primer with 2 coats of glossy black high temperature paint. I taped off
everything so that I only got the black where I wanted it. Carina even
came down to point out all of the spots that I missed. I'll probably
put on a few more coats in the next few days. Sand it a little bit more
and touch it up here and there. Overall, it looks much better than when I
started. The picture on the right is after the first primer coat.
September 12, 2009
I picked up the Jeepster parts from Gene today. He had them all
boxed up and labeled for me. I loaded up the boxes and then the antique
bell and was on my way in no time. I can't wait to try to get the starter
to work on the Jeepster.
September 11, 2009
Taking more things out of the engine compartment today. I also removed as
many wires as possible, along with the voltage regulator. I spent the rest
of the day sanding to get everything ready for painting.
September 6, 2009
We went to the annual Western Pennsylvania Region, A.A.C.A car show today.
I was introduced to Gene, one of Tom's friends that he's known for a long time,
who said that he used to own a few Jeepsters. He actually still had parts
left that he'd like to sell me. He started describing all the parts and
literature that he had to sell. Pretty remarkable. A rebuild
original starter, some gauges, a rebuilt transmission (wish I would have met him
earlier, I wouldn't be getting mine rebuilt), original fog lights for the front
grill, and an amazing amount of literature.
So, we agreed that I'd drive over after the car show and check out what he
Everything was kept very neatly in boxes. He had an assortment
of parts for the Jeepster. Some of it I could use, some of it won't be
used. He only wanted to sell everything. I really wanted the
original starter, the fog lights, and having an extra transmission is always
nice, but I'd probably keep getting mine rebuilt if there was ever a problem
with it. His number was a little higher than what I wanted to go, but we
agreed on a price, because I just couldn't not buy what he had left.
Hopefully I'll be able to use some of the parts.
On a side note,
on our way out he was showing us his garage, and I saw an antique cast iron bell
sitting in it. He said that it was for sell as well. Well, I
couldn't pass up a bell, so it's going home with me as well. It'll shine
I'm going to come back next Sunday morning to pick up all the parts.
September 5, 2009
Today I stripped everything off of the firewall. I took out the heater so
that I could sand down the firewall and make it look really great. I also
took about the windshield wiper vacuum motor to clean it up. And I started
to wet sand the firewall. I plan on painting it a nice glossy black when
it's ready and then insert the firewall that I bought from Jeepster Man.
I plan on sanding and painting the wheel wells also. Lots of work in the
September 3, 2009
I heard back from Cottman Transmission about the transmission. It needs a
complete overhaul. The gears are actually broken. I find that hard
to believe because prior to the wedding my dad and I took it apart and thought
the gears actually looked very good. I guess we're not the professionals.
Well, it turns out that they usually order all the parts and put a 40% mark up
on all the parts that they buy, since they have to put out the money in advance
without the customer putting down a deposit on getting their transmission's
worked on.. He told me that he called Jeepsterman and they had all the
parts he needed, but if I wanted to give them a call, pay for the parts, and
have them shipped to my house, it would save me a good bit of money. As it
was, the parts were over $500. So of course I called and placed the order.
Cottman's said that they don't normally do that, but if I hadn't given them the
3 places to buy parts from, then they wouldn't have been able to rebuild my
transmission, because none of their suppliers had the correct parts to rebuild
it. So I thought that was fair enough.
August 30, 2009
I found a very nice looking 1950 Willys Jeepster on EBay that I saved all of their pictures
in order to use for reference in the future. Noticing the front it looks
like the Jeepster is missing a grill bar on the bottom. I do like the
color and the interior. Someday the Jeepster in our garage will hopefully
look as nice.
August 25, 2009
I've been calling all around the Greensburg / Pittsburgh area looking for
someone to work on a 1950 standard transmission. No one wants the
challenge. Some places would take it if it was automatic, but refused to
touch a standard transmission. Then I called Cottman Transmission in
Greensburg, PA and they said that they would get back to me, since their one
transmission guy was off that day. They called me back a few days ago and
said that they would definitely rebuild the transmission for me.
took the transmission over to them with some Jeepster catalogs for parts for
them to order. I gave them the standard places to get parts; Jeepsterman,
Kaiser Willys, and Walck's. They said that they'd call within a week and
let me know what it needed. So, here's to waiting some more on a major
part for the Jeepster.
August 14, 2009
I stopped by P & R Engine Rebuilders today to drop off a deposit on getting the
engine rebuilt. To my delight they already started working on it, and it
looked great. There was one small crack in the engine block that they were
able to fix without any problems. It's right after the second piston down.
He showed me everything about the engine. He explained why someone in the
past put an electric fuel pump on the Jeepster. The camshaft is damaged in
a way that a mechanical fuel pump would not work. We're going to replace
the camshaft with a new one, so that I can put in an original mechanical fuel
pump. I'm thrilled! Now all I need to do is find one.
Then, he showed me the culprit of the engines demise... the piston head that broke. It was the cause of all
the noise under the hood. It was in pretty sour shape. He said that
the piston has been broke for a really long time. It just finally cracked.
I told him that I've only owned the car for a little over a year and he said
that it cracked well before I owned it. That was a little sigh of relief.
At least I didn't cause much damage to the Jeepster.
Isn't Jeepster Forensics cool!?!
August 7, 2009
I rented a great little trailer from U-HAUL in Irwin, PA in order to take the
engine over to P & R Engine Rebuilders, located in Greensburg, PA. I'm
getting the works done to the engine.
They said that the engine will be ready in 3 weeks. I showed them all of
my catalogs from Kaiser Willys
and gave them The Jeepster Man's phone number so that they could order all the
parts that they needed to rebuild the engine. I'm pretty pumped, although
there still is alot of work to do before we can put the engine back in the Jeepster.
August 2, 2009 - Afternoon
Well, we aligned the cherry picker up and attached the chains to the engine.
Nothing was holding up the engine except for the chains and the jacks underneath
it. We carefully lifted it out and navigated the engine safely away from
the Jeepster. Everything went very well, other than my garage and driveway
are not the same height. Tom had to stand on the cherry picker while we
moved it around so it wouldn't topple over. We had to have the arm of the
cherry picker out the entire way in order to have enough clearance.
Next step is to take the engine to P & R Engine Rebuilders in Greensburg, PA.
August 2, 2009 - Late Morning / Early Afternoon
Once we unscrewed the first bolt, parts started flying out of the vehicle. Tom and I were busy taking all of the
parts connected to the engine from under the hood. And my dad worked under
the car trying to release the transmission. It didn't take us very long
taking parts out. We carefully took pictures and labeled parts as we
It was a pretty good time taking the parts off.
Everything is leading up to taking the engine out. We braked for lunch
before we took the whole engine out.
August 2, 2009
The day the Jeepster has waited for most of its life. It's heart is going
to get replaced and upgraded and put back as close to original as I can.
Before we started to take anything out of the Jeepster, we decided to take as
many pictures as we could in case when we start to put things back together we
forget where they go. Also, we wanted to make sure we had all the parts
put back correctly. These are all of the pre-destruction photos.
This is how the engine looked before we removed a single bolt. Hopefully
it looks much better and runs much better after we rebuild it.
August 1, 2009
I went to Jimmy's to pick up the cherry picker and brought it home. I
started assembling it, because hopefully tomorrow will be the big day.
Can't wait to start this project.
July 25, 2009
I ran into my parents friend, Jimmy. In addition, Tom has known Jimmy for most of his life
as well. I was talking to him at a local car show that I took the Chevelle
out to in order to get it some fresh air. I was telling him how we were going to rebuild the Jeepster's engine
and he offered his cherry picker for me to use. That's wonderful because I
didn't have one and would have needed to rent or buy one. So next
Saturday, I'm going to go over and pick up the cherry picker.
May 16, 2009
My dad and Tom decided to come over and check out the Jeepster. I knew it
wasn't going to be a good day for it. They both agreed that the sounds
coming from the engine were probably a broken piston. I was thinking that
it was definitely that as well. So, I decided right then and there, that
we would be rebuilding the Jeepster's engine and that while I have it out, I
might as well rebuild the transmission as well. It seems kind of déjà-vu
that we'd be taking the transmission out again. My dad and I have already
taken the transmission out plenty of times. Now all we needed was a good
weekend to start working on the Jeepster.
May 9, 2009
Well, today started out great. I drove the Jeepster all around Greensburg
and Latrobe. I thought that I'd go surprise my parents who were at a dog
show in Delmont, PA. I was taking Route 66 between Greensburg and Delmont
and unfortunately something very bad was starting to occur. I heard a
clinking / clapping noise and started to blow smoke. I still had decent
power, so I pulled off and checked everything out. The Jeepster was not
happy at me. I was running low on oil and I was losing radiator fluid.
I was almost to the dog show, so I continued my way there. By the time I
got there, the Jeepster was definitely over heating. My dad and I checked
it out, and then we went to buy some oil for it. Then I got some water to
put in the radiator. The Jeepster started fine, but it sounded awful.
I decided that I would try to drive it home, rather than get it towed home.
Worse case scenario was that it did break down and I'd have it towed home.
We stopped for some gas at the Sunoco in Delmont. I was wondering if it
was a little low, even though the fuel gauges indicated that I had enough
gas to get home.
Everyone is always so polite whenever I'm driving the Jeepster, and especially
if I stop at a gas station. Lots of people come over to look at it, and
they sometimes ask if they can take a picture of the Jeepster, with or without
them in it. And of course, I always allow them. It's nice that they
ask, but they really wouldn't need to. This gas station stop was no
different, lots of people gathered around and said what a beautiful car. I
wish on this occasion however that no one was around, and that they would all go
away because I knew what was going to happen whenever I started the Jeepster.
Unfortunately, I was correct. It started loud, like it was dying and
smoked everyone out. As I pulled out of the gas station, I knew that I
needed to get the Jeepster home. It was drastically losing power. I
could barely get the Jeepster over 25 miles per hour, which for the state that
it's in, it's probably a good thing I didn't go too fast. I finally got
the Jeepster home, and we checked it out a little bit more and decided to back
it into the garage and let it sit over night and check it out in the morning.
Maybe the noise will go away? Miracles do happen right?
March 7, 2009
I haven't worked too much on the Jeepster lately. Although, Jedi our new
little puppy absolutely loves rides in the Jeepster. He doesn't like any
other car. I think he loves convertibles. And we've been taking
it for many short trips around the area. Today was a great trip around the
Greensburg area for the Jeepster. The weather was beautiful for early
September 27, 2008
We took the Jeepster to "Idlewild's HallowBoo" at Idlewild Park. It was a
great day! The weather was pretty good. We stayed most of the day,
until my dad called and said that it was starting to rain and we should get the
Jeepster home since it still doesn't have windows.
The Jeepster probably hasn't seen rain in many years. It came with sand
from the balmy New Mexico deserts. It was not going to see rain today.
So, we packed up and began driving home, no signs of rain, but suddenly we
crested over the hill near Mountain View Inn on Route 30 leaving Latrobe, PA,
and from out of no where we were in a sudden downpour of rain.
To try to avoid all of the rain, we ducked into a gas station at the
bottom of the hill, but the gas stations roof is very weak and wasn't stopping
the constant downpour. Rain was still getting on the Jeepster. So,
we decided to brave it and drive to my parents house in the rain. As we
were pulling into the driveway the rain began to slow down.
When we got
, we got out
and dried off the entire Jeepster and begun to dry ourselves off. As it
turns out, everyone at Hallowboo told us that they didn't see any rain all day
and if we would have just stayed we would've missed it all. Oh well, next
project we'll be putting together all of the windows.
September 21, 2008
When we first installed the hub caps we didn't know that we needed to have
special clips on the rims. Since we didn't have the clips for the wedding,
we used "dum dum" in order to hold on the special Willys hub caps. Today,
we installed the clips to hold on the hub caps and we also felt more comfortable
using a little "dum dum" when appropriate. See the little black
things in the picture, those are the clips we were missing. I only had one
mishap at our car show in which one of the hub caps fell off and went rolling
away. Luckily it was in a grassy spot.
September 15, 2008
I was always annoyed whenever I went to put something into the glove box and
there wasn't a box. So a few weeks ago I ordered a glove box from Kaiser Willys
and today is the day that it's being installed. It looks wonderful, and
it's very functional.
September 15, 2008
The spark plug wires are worn out, so we decided to replace those next. I
need every advantage when starting the Jeepster. They look
much better than the old worn out ones. And I can really tell a
difference. The chrome wire holder seems to be pretty rare, I haven't seen
it on many other Jeepsters. Most of theirs is metal like mine, however,
the other ones are painted black. I have only seen one other Jeepster with
it being chrome. And I definitely prefer shiny.
September 12, 2008
After much searching, my dad found the correct solenoid for the starter.
Researching part numbers is exciting. After acquiring the solenoid, my dad
put the new solenoid on and we tried it out.
It worked like new as soon
as we installed the starter. What a wonderful world,
hopefully I won't have to worry about parking down hill anymore. Only bad
thing... the solenoid is made in Mexico. Oh well, at least it works.
The 12 volt part number is: 24106.... I need the 6
volt part number: 24105.
September 5, 2008 - September 6, 2008
The Jeepster has overcome many failed start attempts in the last few months with
us making sure that we park downhill, so that we can catch it in gear.
Today is the day that we hope that will never happen again. I'm taking the
starter to be rebuilt by Murray Automotive Electric off of Route 30, in Latrobe,
Everything went very well, however whenever I received the
starter back from Murray, they had mistakenly put on a 12 volt solenoid.
This won't work because the Jeepster is a 6 volt vehicle. So, I called
them up and brought the starter back to them, because it just won't work in this
setup. When I got there, they informed me that they did not have any 6
volt solenoids that would work for my starter. So, I called my dad, and we
had a new mission. Find a 6 volt solenoid that's correct for the Jeepster.
August 31, 2008
The Jeepster made it to the
Western Pennsylvania Region,
Car Show at Legion Keener Park in Latrobe, PA. I've attended the car show every
year since '93 after my dad bought a harbor blue '57 Chevy and joined the car
club. I later became a member and enjoy helping out with the car show and
especially with the judging. (If you've read every post, then you've
read those lines before. **The very bottom one.**)
show marks one year after Carina fell in love with Jeepsters. It prompted
her to seek them out at the Hershey, PA annual car show. Then, ultimately
leading to us buying one for ourselves. We again enjoyed talking to
everyone that would listen about our Jeepster and its journey to us from
Carlsbad, New Mexico. And everything else that the Jeepsters been through
in the last year, while part of our family.
August 11, 2008 - August 12, 2008
Well, upon further inspection we found that the Kingpins needed replacement.
So earlier last week I ordered some new ones and the photos are of us replacing
the Kingpins. Aren't pictures wonderful. It's amazing that these
little pieces don't break all the time and can withstand so much force.
While replacing the kingpins there was alot of 'gunk' to clean off as well.
But they sure turned out great. Thanks Dad!
August 10, 2008
We went with my dad and Tom Milligan to the Cedar Creek, PA car show. It's
always a great car show to go to. They had over 600 cars registered this
year. They even had a plane fly over to take pictures of all of the cars.
It was really neat. Before we went to the car show, we went to Ageless
Autos to take some pictures of the Jeepster. We had a really great day,
and we lucked out with another wonderful weather day for the Jeepster. We
still don't have windows yet.
August 10, 2008
We took a new picture to be at the top of the page for the Jeepster. I'm
retiring the old one, but moving it to here. This is a picture of when we
first got the Jeepster. Much of the car has been updated. We loved
it then. And we definitely love it now.
July 26, 2008
We decided to take some new pictures of the Jeepster after all the new enhancements at my old
elementary school, Fort Allen. So the Jeepster enjoyed a fun filled photo
fashion show. We even put the top up. It looks very different with
the top up. Luckily for the Jeepster, we usually only drive it when the
top needs to be down. We put a few miles on it today and then brought the
Jeepster back home.
July 22, 2008
We took the Jeepster to "Old Fashion Days" at Idlewild Park. It was a
great day! The weather was fantastic. We stayed all day and rode
rides until it was getting closer to dusk, then we decided to go home while it
there was still some sun left. We made it home just fine and put the
Jeepster away for the night.
July 20, 2008
We took the Jeepster out during my brother's 22 birthday party. We got our
picture taken with the Just Married sign, and then went for a cruise for the
last time the sign would be on. We went pretty well. The speedometer
broke right before the wedding and still wasn't fixed, so I don't know how fast
we were going, but we were keeping up well with traffic on the highway.
When we got back to the house, I gave a few more people a ride, then we put it
July 19, 2008
I can't find a picture to prove that we were there, but the Jeepster made it to
its first car cruise tonight. We went to the Norwin Cruise Night in Irwin,
PA. We had no problems other than the car didn't want to start at first,
but we got it moving a little bit downhill and it started right up.
Besides for a few ice cream runs to Frosty Shack and the wedding, this is the
first time people outside of the neighborhood have seen it. It seemed as
if no one walked by without either having a story about how they remember them,
or they owned one, or just to ask what is it? We definitely enjoyed
talking to everyone.
June 21, 2008 --
On our way to the reception
This is one of my favorite pictures of all the cars in the wedding going down Seton Hills Road on our way to the reception.
June 21, 2008 --
After the Ceremony
Carina and I making our post ceremony get away to the reception. All of
the hard work on the Jeepster really paid off. We looked wonderful.
The "Just Married" sign is a fantastic addition. Everything came together
just wonderfully, especially Carina and I.
One interesting story about the Jeepster on the wedding day. I
need to get better details on the events, but I have heard that my father and
Carina's father were spotted driving the Jeepster to retrieve Carina's dad's
car. A small boy had a very curious expression on his face when he saw two
grown men riding next to each other in the front seat with a "Just Married" sign tied to the back
And a special Thanks to my dad for all the help
to get the car ready for the wedding. And my mom for everything she did to
the Jeepster for the wedding.
special thanks to my dad and Tom for letting Carina and I have their cars in our
And finally but least, a huge thank you to
Katie, one of Tom's daughters, for making the "Just Married" sign!
June 21, 2008 --
Before the Wedding
We had so many pictures taken before the wedding. The picture to the left is
of all of the cars in wedding. We were so lucky for a beautiful day.
We had our Jeepster, dad's sierra gold '57 Chevy Convertible, Tom's red '57
Chevy Convertible, and Dad's blue '57 Chevy in front on St. Joseph's Chapel at
Seton Hill College.
June 21, 2008 --
I went to make the final pre-wedding touches on the Jeepster, and the main thing
for me to put on was the new hub caps. They are just gorgeous.
Just one slight problem. They looked fantastic, but they would not stay
on. They needed clips and I didn't have them. Once again, my dad
came to the rescue. And for the wedding the Jeepster had "dum dum" holding
the hub caps on. No one would ever know, if I didn't tell.
My dad surprised me by putting on a pair of white fuzzy dice to really sharpen
it up. The Jeepster is ready for the wedding, thanks to my mom for
vacuuming it out so Carina's dress wouldn't get dirty.
June 18, 2008
Just wanted to share something special about the Jeepster. On the driver's
side glass, it still has it's last inspection sticker from Texas. It's
from August, 1972, issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety. It's
even signed by the person that conducted the inspection.
June 18, 2008
My dad surprised me with an e-mail, showing me that the painted rims and new
tires were on the Jeepster. Such a huge event after waiting for such a
long time. The Jeepster is starting to really come together. No more
leaking issues, the wheels are on, and the new steering wheel. Oh, and it
now has plenty of power to go. The only thing stopping it now is a slight
issue with the battery recharging. I can't wait to see what it looks like
with the new hub caps.
June 17, 2008
To surprise me, my dad took the rims and the new tires to our mechanic to have
them put together. Although, he didn't tell me till the next day.
June 16, 2008
All of the rims are finally painted! All with freshly beautiful red paint.
My dad's been helping me so much, because the wedding is next week and I need to
be in Scranton to work. The Jeepster is going to look great for the
Kaiser Willys had
the new thermostat housing delivered within a week. My dad painted and installed the new thermostat housing. He also
installed new radiator hoses and clamps. Hopefully the antifreeze won't
leak anymore. So we don't waste anymore antifreeze, we filled it up with
water. And, just the results we were looking for, kind of. After a
few attempts the Jeepster started and the leaking problem was fixed, so was the
the loud noises coming from the engine.
Well, we learned that indeed the black thing at the end was not supposed to be there.
My dad got a tool in order to remove it easily, and he said it was really stuck
on there. Then, he proceeded to put my steering wheel on the same way that
I did. Everything went together properly, just like they were made for
each other (and they were). Now we'll be driving around in style for sure.
I tried installing the new steering wheel today. I was able to take the
old one off pretty easy, but there's this other piece that I'm not sure what
it's for. And with it on, the new steering wheel will not fit. The
problem is the black metal part at the end. I'm pretty sure it needs to be
removed. Nothing matches up to it. I think it was just put on in order to make the
steering wheel that was on it function. The steering wheel that was on it
when I bought the Jeepster definitely didn't come stock. It looks more
like an early Mustang steering wheel. So that didn't go as planned, now
I'm going to see if I can find better pictures of 1949 Jeepsters with the proper
steering wheel with horn ring.
I cleaned and painted the passenger wheel wells today. I also touched up and painted more things on the drivers
side. The wheel wells look great! I took the shocks out the day
before so that I could easily paint, and had to install them again.
Then, I thought it'd be a great idea to put tires on it. No, not the white
walls, but newer "traditional" Jeep tires. My dad has an extra set of wheels for his
Jeep Wrangler, so we thought we'd try them out on the Jeepster. I'm
amazed, my dad's 2000 Jeep Wrangler's rims are an exact match to my 1950 Willys
Jeepster. They haven't changed bolt patterns in 50 years! And, to
add to the excitement, his tires are the exact same size as the ones I bought
P225/75R15. The only difference is the hub cap, which sparkles "Jeep"
instead of the pretty moon hub caps on the Jeepster. I can't wait to get the rims painted so
that I can get the wide white wall tires mounted and the tires on the Jeepster.
It'll look very snazzy! The other thing I really want to get
installed is the new steering wheel.
My dad was able to finish re-installing the water pump and new thermostat. We filled the
radiator back up with water and I drove it out of the garage into the driveway.
Then I started hearing some really aweful sounds coming from under the hood.
So, I stopped the car and my dad checked it out, and the thermostat housing
cracked when my dad was re-installing it. No worries, I'll call
Kaiser Willys in
the morning and order a new one.
While I was busy with painting, my dad was busy working on the new thermostat.
It looks so out of place all new and shiny.
I scraped and cleaned the driver's side wheel wells. Then,
I started to paint the wheel wells and all of the other parts attached to the
axel. They look great. My dad worked on getting the water pump
installed all day. He also painted my rim again with a darker shade of
red. We need to sand blast the other ones before we can paint them.
I used my super duper black paint on the wheel wells, and sprayed paint onto the
axels in order to better protect them. The wheels will look amazing with
the new freshly painted background.
Preparing for me to come home for the weekend, my dad started to remove pieces
for me. We wanted to replace the thermostat in the engine and hopefully
that will help with the overheating issue.
One more month until the wedding. If we're going to be able to use
the Jeepster, I need to get very busy.
My dad thought it was a great idea to start painting the rims. He had previously taken
the old tires and rims to our mechanic to have them separated. It turns
out the rims are in great condition, so I'm pretty excited to use the ones that
were on the Jeepster. This pictures is a comparison of the size of the new
water pump against the rims. It also shows the difference with the fresh
new paint on the rims. My dad sent me the pictures while I was away and I
thought the tires were too orange. We're going to go for a more deeper red
color on the rims.
I got a package delivered at home. The water pump that I ordered has
arrived. It looks nice... definitely lacking color... We'll
have to fix that. But it does look great, and again Kaiser Willys has
delivered very fast. Hopefully this stops my antifreeze leaking problem.
It didn't take my dad long until he painted it orange.
May 3, 2008
Roads? Where I'm going I don't need roads... One of my
favorite lines ever (Back to the Future). But seriously, I don't think the Jeepster needs roads
with the new hover overhaul it had, so my dad decided to surprise me by taking the tires off the Jeepster.
No really, he surprised me by taking the current tires off. Then to go one
step further have the tires taken off the rims so that he / me could paint them
front and back with a nice shade of red paint. Might as well while
it's getting new wide white wall tires.
My dad took the
wheels to our mechanic and had the tires removed from the rims. It's all
starting to come together. Hopefully it all gets done for the wedding.
May 1, 2008
The Jeepster has been leaking antifreeze since I've owned it. We were
speculating the leaking has to be coming from one of those radiator hoses.
After taking apart everything underneath my dad started to investigating the
leaking fluid. And found that it has to be coming from the water pump.
He sent me this picture this morning showing fluid coming from it. So, I
called Kaiser Willys
up and of course they had it in stock with the gasket.
Not too bad to replace, all they need me to do is send back my old one and hit
me up for a core charge, but definitely worth it since obviously mine is not
working correctly. While on the phone with them, I decided to order new
sun visors. To my luck, they only come in black. So, that works for
me and I ordered brackets so that I can mount them as well.
April 27, 2008
After all the work that my dad and I have done, the Jeepster was finally ready to go for a ride again.
Very exciting for me. I haven't driven it since the day before
Thanksgiving. I drove it once around the block with the top still up.
The car ran fantastically. Before there was a great lack of power,
now the Jeepster has all kinds of power.
The radiator has been leaking some fluid, so
I needed to come back real quick to put more fluid in. I came back, parked
it in the driveway, and began taking the top down. Even with the low
radiator fluid, my number one priority was taking the top down since it was such
a nice day. My dad and I put some
water in the radiator. Then I was off again.
The smile couldn't be wiped away.
The Jeepster had so much attention that it needed broken into 2 parts.
Especially this part. I had to quit working on the Jeepster and go do
wedding things with Carina for most of the afternoon and evening. Before I
left for the day, my dad had the fly wheel, clutch, and bell housing back in
place. Looking good too. Practically all brand new. I also
helped him put in the transmission. We had a heck of a time getting it
back in. We didn't get it installed, before I needed to go get ready for
the evening. We decided to take a break, my dad wanted to examine it some
more and try again later. While I was gone my dad decided to keep working
on getting the transmission back in. Well, he was very successful.
And he didn't stop there, he put everything else back together for me as well.
As I was returning home, very late, he had just finished taking a picture of the
Jeepster, to mark end of the night. I looked it over and was
impressed with everything he did and eager to take it out for a test drive. We waited until
tomorrow though, just incase something didn't go as planned and we had sunlight
on our side. Having the transmission and drive shaft re-installed gives me
such a great feeling to know the Jeepster is back together.
April 26, 2008
Today, I finished painting the underside of the Jeepster with the special black
paint. I couldn't be any happier with it. The stuff goes on so thick
but yet, just a little will last a good bit. I'm actually quite surprised
how little paint is needed to paint an area. I only needed to paint where
I strategically missed the previous week and the back half of the Jeepster.
Someone prior to me owning the Jeepster put in new floor boards, but didn't do a
good job patching underneath. My dad, being my dad, wanted to do it right,
so he started to patch all of the holes. He did a great job patching things up
before I painted them.
While I painted, my dad did a fantastic job installing the Jeepsters new exhaust
system. He painted them with a clear coat days before. He really did a
great job fixing the exhaust pipes and muffler for me.
April 19, 2008 - April
I went home this weekend to work specifically on the Jeepster. My
primary goal was to get the underside painted with my special car saving rust
fighting amazing undercoating black paint. This stuff is fantastic, I
highly recommend it. I even want to paint all my cars underside with this
stuff it's that good. I painted the driver's side and as much as I could
every where else. Because I was laying on
my back the whole time and had limited movement, I needed to paint the car in
sections to try to get as little of the paint on me. I had to quit short
of finishing everywhere underneath, but it's almost done and looking great.
Well, since the transmission was out and the exhaust system was readily
available to be worked on.
I ordered a new exhaust system from
The old one was completely rusty. My dad asked me if I wanted to have it
painted with high temperature clear paint. And of course I do. So,
my dad painted all of the exhaust pipes for me. They look wonderful.
My sister helped too. There were so many stickers on the pipes that she
helped remove. And
I'm not talking just stickers, they were super sticky shipping stickers.
It really took her a long time, but they look great!
April, 10 2008
The tires arrived much earlier than anticipated.
Diamond Back Classic Radials
said that the tires would take a full month to arrive. My dad surprisingly
came home to see them sitting by the garage. They're perfect, five
P225/75R15 wide white wall tires that can't wait to go onto the Jeepster.
I'd like to paint the rims before I put the tires on. Another project
after I get the transmission back into the Jeepster.
March 27, 2008
Well I decided to go with the same times that are already on the car.
Since I won't be showing it at any national A.A.C.A.
meets having the original
style bias ply tires won't make much of a difference. So,
today I ordered 225/75/R15's from
Diamond Back Classic Radials.
I decided to order 5 matching extra wide white wall tires. They were
pricy, but I figure I'll only be putting on one set of tires hopefully for the
next twenty years. Diamond Back said that the tires should be delivered in
the next 4 to 5 weeks. Which is perfect because of all the work my dad and
I have been doing to the transmission, clutch, and everything else under the
March 26, 2008
I've been debating what kind of tires to get for the Jeepster. So many decisions. The 1950 Jeepster
came with 6.40 x 15 bias ply tires. The Willys station wagon the same year
came with 6.70 x 15 bias ply tires. I also have to decide whether to put
on Bias Ply tires or Radials. After reading multiple sites, radials offer
a smoother ride, faster response time, better control, easier steering, better
traction, and better braking. So, I started looking at what would be the
correct size tire in radials for the Jeepster. 6.40 x 15 convert to
195/75R15's and 6.70 x 15 bias ply tires convert to 205/75R15's. So, now I
really had to decide which would be better for the Jeepster.
March 23, 2008
I again went to work on the transmission and bell housing cleaning it up.
Trying to get some more work done on them before I have to leave back to
Scranton. I'm very surprised with all of the numbers I was able to find on
the parts. I'm also excited that I was able to get the transmission this
I want to paint the frame and the body underneath with special paint that makes
it so that the metal will not rust. We didn't know who sold the paint, so
we went to Advanced Auto Parts they knew what we talking about, but it wasn't
sold by them. We went to NAPA and they said that they thought that the
paint saver stuff that I was looking for was sold only by
went to the local CarQuest place in Greensburg and sure enough they sold it.
It was extremely expensive for paint, but you could buy it by the quart or in
gallons. I decided to go with a gallon of the stuff. The guys at the
counter were extremely helpful, they suggested to buy some empty quart
containers and put the gallon into them. This way it minimizes the air in
the container and the paint doesn't dry out as fast. This is supposed to
be the best stuff you can put on your chassis, so I'm really looking forward to
painting the underside of the Jeepster soon. The guys at the counter also
said that you don't want to get any of it on you and to wear thick rubber gloves
whenever you paint. It's supposed to fill anything porous and if it gets
on your skin you have to wait for it to wear off. Next stop, somewhere for
cheap gloves and cheap brushes. Hopefully next time I come home I can
start painting the Jeepster.
March 22, 2008
My dad and I spent the day working on the Jeepster. In the morning, my dad removed the
bell housing, clutch, and try to remove the fly wheel but it wouldn't budge. While he
was removing the parts from the Jeepster, I decided to clean up the transmission and
clutch bell housing. Wow were they gunky. It took me all day to clean the transmission
and the bell housing and there was still more to clean by the end of the day. It was
neat cleaning an area down to the metal and discovering part number codes and build dates
stamped into the transmission and the other parts attached to it.
March 21, 2008
All of the parts arrived from Kaiser Willys today. The steering wheel and new horn ring look terrific.
The clutch and other parts that come with the master clutch kit will hopefully make a much needed
improvement. Only the exhaust pipe that connects to the manifold was sent. They weren't able to get
me a muffler and the tail pipe was on back ordered. But everything looks great and arrived
To my luck, just after 3:00 a.m. a Willys Jeepster 1948 Steering Wheel Emblem
was being auctioned off on eBay. So, I woke up in the middle of the night
to outbid everyone... And I did. paid for it in seconds after
winning, and went to bed. It's been a real good last 24 hours for the
Jeepster. That'll go great with the new ivory steering wheel and chrome
horn ring I ordered yesterday. I hope I have all the parts now to put the
whole steering wheel together, and get rid of the other out of place one.
My dad was finally able to get the transmission to come free and out of the Jeepster without
damaging it. From the pictures he sent
me and from what he said, the "gunk" that is plaguing the rest of the under side
of the Jeepster, is also all over the transmission and even inside of the bell
housing and on the clutch areas.
Ordered many parts from
today. They should arrive around 3 days. I ordered a master clutch
kit, an exhaust pipe, I really wanted the entire exhaust system, we'll see what
they sent me when it arrives. I also ordered a steering wheel and a horn
ring for the Jeepster. It doesn't have the horn button, so I'll have to
try to find one of those somewhere. I've heard that it's next to
impossible to find one. The 1948 to 1949 Jeepsters steering wheels had an
optional horn ring, that I just absolutely love. I feel that it's one of
the reasons that makes the Jeepster look so neat. So, I decided to go with
the '49 style over the '50 style steering wheel based on aesthetics.
Something, I've never done before. I've always wanted to try to keep
everything as original as possible. But I can't wait to try to install the
new steering wheel.
14, 2008 to March 15, 2008
I haven't seen all of the progress my dad has made till we started working on it
Friday afternoon. I got underneath to try to remove the transmission.
We have a problem with the transmission getting stuck between the bell housing
and and the X frame. No real progress Friday night. We tried many
times to remove it, but it keeps getting stuck on something. We tried
again on Saturday. The transmission kept rolling off of the jack, so we
decided to go see if we could find a plate sat securely into the jack and bolted
into the transmission to keep it from rolling. At this time, it was only
stuck by about an inch or less between the frame and the bell housing hanging
from the Jeepster. We didn't know if it was going to be laying on the
garage floor or still stuck whenever we returned. We checked out many
places, and such a plate did exist, but everyone would have to order it.
But, we found something at AutoZone that might work, but it requires a 3 ton
jack that we don't have. So, we went over to Sears, and they had a 3 ton
jack on sale. So, I bought the jack and we went back to AutoZone to buy
this transmission removal system. We got it home and started to remove the
transmission again. The new jack is great, but the plate that fit into it
to remove the transmission was quite large and made it hard to remove the
transmission again. We tried different things, but we still couldn't get
the transmission to become unstuck between the frame and the bell housing. I
decided to start cleaning some of the parts while my dad continued trying
different things with the transmission. The "gunk" on the parts on the
bottom is amazing. It really preserved all of the metal, but is extremely
hard to get off. I cleaned 2 parts and we still didn't have the
transmission out when we both decided that it was too cold to work on it anymore
for the night. We talked with my Uncle Mark again, he's going to make us
plate that would bolt onto the transmission and sit in the floor jack.
We decided that the best idea was to replace the clutch. My dad took some
pictures of underneath the transmission for documentation purposes before we
remove it. He said that it doesn't look too difficult to take the
transmission out. Most people take the transmission out by also taking the
engine out and through the front of the car. We're going to do it by
taking it out from underneath the Jeepster. Should be interesting.
1, 2008 to March 11, 2008
My dad has been working a lot on the Jeepster while I haven't been home.
The picture to the left is the old and new rear pitman seal that he replaced.
He has also been cleaning up the mysterious "under coating" that is all over the
underneath of the car. Not sure what it is, but it's insanely strong and
hard to take off. The problem with it is that it does not look nice, it's
crumbling, and it has different things mixed into it.
My dad began inspecting underneath the Jeepster and decided to take the drive
shaft out to look to see how hard it would be to replace the clutch. When
he removed the drive shaft he found that the rear transmission seal was severely
damaged. Not as damaged as it looks like in the picture. The one on
the left was mangled whenever it was being removed. So, he went to Advanced Auto to buy a new seal and began the long
process of taking it out. He had a very hard time removing the seal from the
enclosure. It just wouldn't come out. The picture is the old
transmission rear drive shaft seal with the new one that's going to replace it.
My dad replaced the Parking brake cable Of course,
after installing the parking brake cable my dad had to test drive the Jeepster.
The poor Jeepster hasn't been driven since Thanksgiving. He said it started right up.
He drove it down the drive way for some pictures of the Jeepster without using
my rock that I've been using for a parking brake. I'm going to keep
the rock "parking brake" even with the parking brakes working correctly.
After the Jeepster passed the brake test, my dad took it around the block to
test the clutch linkage parts. He adjusted the linkage until it shifted
correctly. My dad decided that it still wasn't shifting correctly.
So he backed it back into the garage in order to examine it more closely.
Although there was enough power to drive it successfully around the block a few
times, and park it back in the garage. The last time it was out, it needed
pushed back into he garage, so this was a huge fix.
My dad has been working on the Jeepster a lot lately. My Uncle welded and
cleaned the clutch linkage parts up a while ago and they looked amazing.
My dad spent the last month painting them to make them look even better.
He spent the better part of the day re-installing the parts going the correct
direction. Previously they were put in reverse. He used grey paint
on the main parts and sprayed clear paint on all of the washers and bolts after
cleaning them. They work very smoothly and looks great!
December 30, 2007
Installed the new shocks from Kaiser Willys. They went in pretty well and not too
The hardest part was finding stainless steel washers to put on with them.
They really stand out because all of the paint everywhere else is old, but they
look really good. Hopefully they give me a better ride, the old ones were
definitely worn out though. They no longer had any spring left in them. We
spent most of the day working on the Jeepster, but it was well worth it.
My dad and I installed a new emergency break cable today. The
old one had absolutely no movement. I was a little disappointed, but no wonder
that it didn't work. Changing the break cable didn't take much time at all. Comparing the two, I'm sure
applying the emergency break will be much nicer with the new cable installed.
December 20, 2007
My dad has been working on my clutch linkage crossover bar. My Uncle Mark took the one that was
on the Jeepster to work with him in order to fix it up a bit. The holes were
oblonged and oval instead
of being perfect circles. He's going to clean it up, weld it, and hopefully make it work and look much better.
While my dad was looking at it, he found out that it was put in incorrectly.
It was completely reverse what it should have been. I'm surprised I was
able to drive it with it improperly installed. When we get a chance to
re-install it, we'll make sure it's going the right way.
December 10, 2007
I did a little E-Baying and found new shocks at a reasonable price, they should
be delivered soon. My dad's been doing alot of looking and trying to
figure out what's wrong with the power transfer. The engine revs good
there's just no power back to the transmission. It might be the clutch.
But he ordered some parts from Jeepster Man. Hopefully
this fixes my problems, we shall see.
December 2, 2007
Our annual Christmas picture was taken today.
Everyone surprised me and agreed to use
the Jeepster in the picture. Less than a month old (to me) and it's already a
part of the family. So, Derringer gets to drive the Jeepster, can't wait
till I have it running well enough to take him for a real ride.
Unfortunately, we had to push the Jeepster back into the garage because it
lacked the power to get there on it's own.
November 22, 2007
The little Jeepster is having some issues running. It's lacking much of
the power it had yesterday. Barely going down and back up the driveway. So for now it's parked and not moving too fast until my dad or I get a chance to
look at it. It's also over heating and leaking antifreeze, another issue
that needs attention.
November 21, 2007
After washing it, and waxing it... I decided it's time for some
pictures. We went up to a local church's parking lot for two really good
reasons. One to get some pictures for the antique insurance, and more
importantly to learn how to drive standard on the column. We took the
pictures pretty quickly and then I decided to hop in and picked up shifting on
the column real quick. We went around the church's parking lot five times.
Then I drove my dad home, and went driving around our housing plan. I
drove for 3 1/2 hours, putting 27 miles on the Jeepster and never left more than
3/4 of a mile from my parents house. Everything went pretty well.
Only downside now is there's a couple of issues that really need
November 20, 2007
After going to the mechanic and getting them to sign the paper to verify the VIN,
I made my way across town to AAA.
I had everything I needed now and I saw the light at the end of the tunnel.
One minor flaw, I went to the desk of the new girl at AAA. Have no fear though,
two grueling hours later I had registered the Jeepster and had a license plate
in hand. It was now legal to drive the car. At least for the next 10
days to get it inspected. Inspected? It wouldn't pass that in
its current condition, maybe in 3 or 4 years, but not this one. So...
I need to get it titled as an antique as soon as possible.
I arranged for a garage for it tonight, so that it doesn't need to stay in my
aunt's and uncle's garage. We moved my dad's 57 Chevy over to it, and went
to go pick up the Jeepster and bring it to his house. This was an
adventure. It started right up, my dad driving and I being passenger, made
it to the first red light without any problems. Pulling away the rear
passenger break froze up and we blew lots of smoke. We pulled over and
that's when I found my brand new temporary emergency breaks. Two big rocks
from the near by parking lot. After the break released from just sitting
there, we began our journey home with out any more troubles. We parked it
in the garage and I started washing it. I can't believe it has so much
sand on it, but then again it is from New Mexico and Texas. I'll work on
it more in the morning.
November 19, 2007
I went to AAA in
Greensburg, in order to register our car. I can't believe how hard it is
to register a car in Pennsylvania that was titled in another state. The
cars 57 years old. All I needed was a license plate... that's it.
This sounds much easier than what I ever imagined. The people at AAA,
although very polite, did not understand the perplexity of what they are asking
me to do in order to register the Jeepster. Everything was going well, I
had all the papers, but they didn't trust the VIN that was on the valid Title
from New Mexico. They must have something against that state, to be that
cautious over the VIN number. They needed to physically see the VIN or
have me drive the vehicle to an authorized mechanic to verify the VIN.
Now... here's why their request is absolutely illegal. I was there to
obtain a license plate when I registered the car. Legally the car can not
be driven anywhere. So bringing the car to the local AAA is ruled out and
following closely behind is taking the car to a mechanic. I explained my
dilemma and they did not understand why the car did not come to a plate. I
would've thought they would understand that you're not supposed to sell a car
and leave your plate on it. After twenty or so minutes wasted on my plea
for them to just register the car, I decided to admit defeat and allowing them
to win the battle. For I know that I plan to return tomorrow to win the
war and get the Jeepster a plate and registered.
My dad had a great plan. I'll look for the VIN number, take a picture of it,
and take it to our family mechanic for verification. This also was easier
said than done. My dad and I went to my aunt's and uncle's house to seek
the illusive VIN plate. I read on a website that the plate was located
under the dash near the glove box. So he looked all over for it and
finally found it directly under the over hang on the top of the dash. We
took quite a few photos and had some really nice ones that showed the VIN.
Tomorrow's going to be lots of fun traveling to the mechanics then back to AAA.
November 17, 2007
Carina and I finally get a chance to see our little Jeepster. We
went home to my aunt's and uncle's house with my dad to check it out. I
think our first words were "Wow!". Carina crawled in to drive and I took
the big back seat. Overall, the car is in better shape than expected.
It definitely needs a lot, but it's a great solid start. What's really
funny is there still sand in the interior of the car. There's not really
any rust either, which is a really good sign. The last inspection sticker
is from 1972 issued by Texas. I hope it stays on the windshield for quite
some time, tells a pretty good story that the car was indeed in Texas for quite
some time. I bought the car from Jim who's from Carlsbad, NM, not far from
El Paso to the west, and Roswell to the north. Apparently he got the
Jeepster from a swap meet in Dallas, TX. So this verifies that the car is
definitely from the way south. Kinda neat. Carina's first
impressions about the Jeepster were definitely positive and she thought that it
was really different. She's ecstatic about the body style. The
feelings about the Jeepster are mutual. I'm hoping the car shines up after
it gets washed and a good wax job. The driver's side headlight cover is
missing because when my dad was going to drive it to my aunt's and uncle's
house, he noticed that it was loose. While he fidgeted with it, the
bracket inside broke off. Not a major thing, and looks like it's
definitely reparable. But the car looks great, and we can't wait to drive
November 14, 2007
The Jeepster finally made it to my parents house. Arriving in
style, on board a large truck, that came right into the neighborhood. It
was delivered early in the morning and my dad took plenty of pictures for me.
Boy does it look great! I can't wait until Carina and I can see it in
person. My dad took delivery at the house, took some quick pictures before
the rain came, and drove it to my aunt's and uncle's house until I'm able to
find a more permanent place to store it. I feel bad, my aunt's car is
sitting outside of the garage and we're supposed to get some rain and possible
snow. Well, the next step to look for somewhere to put it more
permanently. I also need to transfer the title and get insurance for it.
We're going home in a few days to see it and spend a week with our families over
Thanksgiving. Should provide a little time to spend with it and clean the
October 29, 2007
After many changes to my delivery order and negotiations, I finally have an auto
shipper to deliver the Jeepster to Greensburg. I decided to use DAS -
Dependable Auto Shippers. The price kept going up, while the shipping
accommodations kept getting nicer. The Jeepster will be completely
covered, pampered, dry, safe, and most importantly on it's way... as
soon as it's given to a load. And that could take from the next couple of
days to November 23rd. I hope it's sooner than later. I'm still
October 25, 2007
It's the big day. Jim's son just called me to tell me that he just posted the car on E-Bay with a buy it
now price. I logged on, and clicked
And seconds later, Carina and I were proud owners of a "new" 1950 Willys
Overland Jeepster. How exciting! Next step was PayPal. I put a down payment on it, and the
Jeepster was really Carina's and mine. After that, I used PayPal to pay
off the rest of the balance and the Jeepster was Carina's and mine.
Very Exciting Day! Next step is finding a shipper. It just amazes me
that you can buy a car off of the internet, without ever seeing it in person or
meeting the seller. Paying for it w/ no "real" people involved. Just
October 24, 2007
Carina and I decided to make what I considered a pretty decent offer for the red Jeepster. I called Jim up in the early morning,
and by later that night, we came to an agreement for the Jeepster. Jim's
going to post the Jeepster back on E-Bay for me so that I can have the buyers
protection that E-Bay offers. We also agreed to use PayPal in order to
transfer the money. Carina and are very excited and can't wait to see the
October 23, 2007
pictures of the Jeepster were sitting in my Inbox when I checked after
work. I was very excited. As soon as I downloaded them, I started
studying them and had to share them with my family and friends. So I uploaded
them for everyone to see. Carina fell in love with the car a little bit
more, and we decided to wait till tomorrow to make our decision. It should
be an interesting day.
October 19, 2007
Carina and I thought some more about the Jeep. We would really like to buy
it, but it's just not the right time for another car in our family.
Considering I already had my 1977 Chevelle that my Grandparents gave to me when
I was very young, her Jeep, and my Envoy. We
decided how much we could afford to pay for the Jeepster and thought about
making an offer for it. I decided to give Jim another call and tell him
that we interested in it, but we'd like to see more pictures of it. Our
only view of the Jeepster was from E-Bay. Jim agreed to send me new
pictures via his son through e-mail, but he wouldn't be able to do that till
Monday. That's ok, I'll just have to wait and it gives me more time to think
if I want to offer him a number for the car.
October 16, 2007
Using Google as my search engine, I kept searching on the internet and found a
pretty nice red one. It was on E-Bay from way back in August. What
was really strange was that it was posted on the French E-Bay and I couldn't
read it. So I copied E-Bay listing number into the English E-Bay and I was
able to read about the little red Jeepster.
I found this
Ebay listing: 230161640109.
It was for red 1950 Willys Jeepster. I was pretty excited and started to
read about it. Some details about the car:
Carlsbad, New Mexico
Exterior / Interior:
Red / White
There was a phone number listed, so I just had to call and
find out more information. And to my surprise and delight, the car was
still for sale. I began talking to Jim about the car and learned many
things about it. It had new convertible top, carpeting, and tires, the
carburetor was rebuilt, no rust, and the original 6 cylinder engine with
overdrive. It was restored 20 years ago and needs a new paint job and
the transmission needs some attention. It has aluminum side curtains
that he's not sure how they go on the car, but they go with it. And he
doesn't need to sell it, and if he doesn't, he'll try to again next spring.
We didn't talk too much on the phone, but I was definitely excited. He
told me to make him a fair offer and he'd consider selling the Jeepster to
me. I went home and told Carina all about it, she started looking at
it on E-Bay as well.
October 13, 2007 - October 15, 2007
We talked the entire way home about how neat it would be to get an old Jeepster in the future.
We arrived home from Hershey, unpacked, and I was ready to start researching
about the first era Jeepsters. I was researching all kinds of things with
them. What was original, what did they come with, were there any options,
all sorts of stuff. My whole mission was to learn as much about them as
fast as I could. I couldn't believe how much information there were on old
Jeeps. And, the more I read about them, the more I shared my new knowledge
with Carina, and the more we both fell in love with the Jeepster. I
thought that I'd begin to poke around and I started to find quite a few old
Jeepsters for sale at what I thought was a pretty reasonable price. So I
started comparing them and thought that I'd call about a few of the cars and
find out if they were still for sale. To my astonishment almost all of
them had sold. Not a big deal, I'm sure that eventually I'll find a nice
one for sale.
October 13, 2007
It's the main event at the Hershey car show, it's show day. Carina
and I walked around looking at cars with my dad, my Uncle Mark, and Tom. We were
having lots of fun looking at some really neat cars. Carina was walking
over to re-fill her mug with some cream soda when she spotted yet another 1950
Jeepster. This one was our favorite color red. She insisted that I
check it out and she dragged all of us over to see it. Of course it was in
impeccable condition. And I could see Carina once again swooning over
another Jeepster. She looked at it for over an hour , not wanting to leave
it. The little Jeepster was getting plenty of attention from everyone that
was walking by. The picture to the left has Carina, Don Allen (family friend
from Florida, in the red hat), and my Uncle Mark (in the green hat) all admiring the gorgeous red 1950 Willys Jeepster
on the show field.
October 12, 2007
It's October again and that only means one thing... well car related that is! HERSHEY! The annual outing across to the
other side of the state. Although this year Carina and I are living in Scranton, PA, so our
trek was much less this year than previous. We met up with the guys from
Greensburg, PA, my dad, Tom, and my Uncle Mark for a weekend of fun. The day was unusually nice, if anyone knows Hershey, they know to prepare for rain.
It was actually pretty warm outside. There were
a lot of people and tons of cars. We decided to go through the car corral first. We went down a few rows and saw lots of nice cars for sale. Then we came
upon a yellow 1949 Jeepster. Carina was in love. I just had one big smile on my face that she took an such a great interest into
old cars. So we looked at it for several minutes. Then we walked a
little further and saw 2 more yellow 1949 Willys Jeepsters for sale.
Again, we had to stop so she could examine them closely. She said that she
really wanted one some day. Here's Carina
standing by one of the Jeepsters that she really wanted!
September 2, 2007
Carina and I attended the Western Pennsylvania Region,
A.A.C.A. Annual Car Show at Legion Keener Park in Latrobe, PA. I've attended the car show every year since '93 after my dad
bought a harbor blue '57 Chevy and joined the car club. I later became a member and enjoy helping
out with the car show and especially with the judging. Today, my fiancé, Carina, spotted a 1950 Willys Jeepster that really caught
her eye. It was yellow with black upper trim and looked really sharp. She paid special attention to it because she absolutely
loves Jeeps of all kinds. It even took 2nd place in it's class at the car show. I knew that she really liked it. While we were sitting on a picnic
bench watching the cars coming up for their awards, I told her that maybe
someday we'll own one. Wouldn't that be neat!