1942 Willys MB Jeep Restoration "Florida Belle".
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Willys Data Plate

The completely restored "Florida Belle". The bumper numbers of the 508th Parachute Infantry is one of my old Airborne units that I served with in Italy (95-98).

Engine compartment as it looked before restoration. She was neglected over the years by keeping her outdoors but she ran beautifully. Most vehicles would probably not run at all and the upholstery would be ruined. The Engine is a Ford therefore painted grey. She also came with an original Spartan horn which is worth a mint to collectors.

The fuel strainer and air filter elements before restoration. Notice the wiring was house hold cabling which was completely removed and replaced with a magnificently reproduced wiring set from MV Spares.

The spark plug cables and coil were from a modern English MB and replaced with correct Jeep cables with rain shields.

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Completely restoring the break system. Indecently, the muffler was being held in place with a beer can that was completely replaced with a new reproduction exhaust and muffler unit.

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The Jeep was in an odd light green, shiny paint scheme and was completely repainted with the correct OD matt 2 paint.

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The black out drive break lights were modified as turn signals.

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Restored engine compartment. recently I have replaced the Solex carburetor with a completely rebuilt original Carter carburetor. Also added to the Jeep are all of the correct bonding straps since the "Florida Belle" is a radio Jeep and marked as such with an "S" for "radio suppressed" in the registration number.

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