It didn't start out that way. This is what we began with. And it was described as "restored!"
What did we do instead? Try powder coated seat frames, new marine plywood bases and cushions, Connolly leather upholstery and top-grade Wilton carpet. Which seats would you prefer?
Some people would change the engine for a new hot-rodded piece of iron. But why? This engine was good enough to take American solders to victory all around the world. Surely a rebuilt version can take a few modern day connoisseurs to the club and back!
Here's how it began . . .
And he she is today . . .
|1948 Jeepster engine bay with Go Devil engine|
We started with what was optimistically called "a well restored example."
In the image above expert body man Al Keinath looks at what we're facing. Three different shades of burgundy on the nose alone. A full quarter-inch of plastic filler in some spots. Rust holes covered in household caulk. A cardboard firewall that's painted car color to hide the crumbling. Chips, bangs, and nothing fits. It takes two hands to shut the door, and a good kick to get it open. The bottom of the hood has a layer of black goo to hide the imperfections. And the condition of the undercarriage . . .
But we will make it new again! Better than new, in fact. We'll be finishing this with the level of craftsmanship you find in a fine wood boat. No corners cut in this job . .
|Reshaping the rear contours|
|The body work is done on a stand|
|A thousand little parts to refinish or rebuild|
|Almost ready for paint|
|Lots of metal work|
|The burgundy paint is on!|
|Painting the gloss black two-tone|
|Some final welding on the body|
|The convertible top attachments are handmade wood|
|Inner panels get painted first, in Glausurit|
|Fitting the frame for the convertible top|
|Fitting up the interior|
|The finished body|
|Rebuilt engine and transmission ready to install.|
|The Go-Devil engine goes back in place|
|Installing new vintage wiring|