Wow, it has been a LONG time since I updated this. I didnít realize how long. I have been making some progress, although not as fast as I would like to.
I got quite a bit done on the dash. The data plates are Paulís excellent plates. I am anxiously awaiting the updated gauges. I opened the glove box and added the interior and working latch to it. Please ignore the screws on the data plates, I didnít realize how bad they looked until I saw them in the pictures. I have already made new ones that are all the same size.
The pedals as of now are all functional and move. The gas pedal moves the throttle linkage when it is all hooked up. I am not sure if I will leave it all moving when I do final assembly, but the option is there now.
I modified all the seats, making the passenger and the rear seat foldable. I also added the starter crank (which fits through the hole in the bumper and catches a bar in the crank shaft) and tire pump. There are numerous other details added to the tub. I also opened up the well for the fuel tank and modified the kit tank with longer sides, new seam strips, hold down straps, filler cap, and other details. I also added a drain cap to the bottom of the fuel tank well.
The tool bins were also opened up and have working latches. While researching the tool bins, I found the cover for the trailer electrical connector that goes in the drivers side tool bin and made that. Then I decided to make the trailer electrical connector and hinge the cover. I also decided to add the tail light buckets.
Here are a few overall shots showing the added pieces and modifications.
I found a picture of an 8th Air Force airfield anti-aircraft jeep and decided that is what I am going to make mine as. Of course, the .50cal pedestal, mount and ammo system is completely different. The airfield jeep has a bomber type machine gun mount and the pedestal just looks like they welded some pipe and angle iron to make it. This means that all the work I did previously on this area is no good any more. I will still finish up the old system and make a stand for it to display next to the jeep. I started making the new pedestal and mount basing it on the DML Waist Gunner .50 cal mount. I started with a metal DiD .50 cal aircraft gun, but I was not happy with the barrel so I made a new one out of aluminum and plastic. After getting as far as I have, I am not happy with the metal DiD gun, so I am going to switch it out with a DML one. I will use the barrel I already have and modify the mount to make it work.
Thatís all the updates for now, more to come later. I welcome any comments/feedback.
Thanks for looking.