Modifications for the Jeep
Free Wheeling Hubs the easy way
Obtain another set of stock splined hubs... Turn out the splines and insert a bronze bushing to support the axle. Bolt them on in place of the splined hubs and you have a free wheeling front end. I have used this method since back in the 60's and have never had trouble of any kind. The bushing is a must to keep the axle splines from wearing on the hub. I have a set for my restored 1943 MB and no one can tell when I have them on. I also carry a set (one each, splined & unsplined) in my CJ-3B Jeeping Jeep in case of Warn hub or axle failure.
The hubs in the pictures below are from later model Jeeps. The WW11 Jeep hub would have indentations between the bolt holes, but the same thing can be done with them.
Tired of bending front main leafs...
Turn the swing and fixed ends of the front springs around. With the swing end in the back you are pulling instead of pushing on the spring when you hit something with a front tire. No more bent main leafs. Later model military jeeps like the M38-A1 were done this way.
Not something you would want to do on a restore.
Stock system Modified with swinger in rear
Tired of replacing king pin bushings to keep the front end from shimming
Take one of your tapered roller bearings & race to a machinist and have him make a bronze bushing replica of the bearing. Two things happen when you replace the tapered roller bearing with a bushing. #1: No more davits in the race where the bearings sit when in the straight ahead position where they are 95% of the time. #2: The bearings on the bottom sit in any water sucked in and rust away. On the top side they don't get oiled properly and seize up from rust. (dry most of the time) I have been doing this since about 1968 to any & all of my 25 & 27 front ends. Somewhere along the line I have heard that the old International Scout used these as a stock item. I have never confirmed this.
Tonight 4/29/2013 I confirmed that Scouts did use the bronze bushing on the top side only.
Dana 27,30,44 front axle with closed knuckle.
IH Part Number 250382C1 Dana/Spicer part number 32244
found the part number in some parts lists but they were listed as obsolete or
out of stock.
idea from G503 forum for the forward Fuel Pump Bolt
This bolt can
really be a pain even with the fender off. Easy mod and makes fuel pump
replacement a snap.
In the shop with
the fender off a quarter inch drive extension works fine, but in the field this
mod makes everything easy.
Need more room behind the pedals & steering wheel ?
Big Boy Drivers Stock Seat Modification On this site
To be more visible to other drivers...
Auxiliary Stop/Tail Lights for the World War 2 Jeeps (Quick & Easy Removal)