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    Welcome!
    Great looking truck!!! Definitely not a bad starting point.
    As the rest have said, bring on the admittance of doing the right thing wrong.

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    Talk about mistakes - "There was this one day... "

    It had to be about 1966 and I was working on an L-134 that had come out of an old Civil Defense Jeep - it could have been an MB or GPW back then. For whatever reason, I was working around the front of the engine at the big fiber timing gear on the camshaft. I had used a ratchet on the mounting bolt to turn the gear and the camshaft was sitting up on a lobe. There are holes in the gear and I poked my finger through one of the holes to fool with a bolt back behind the gear when the camshaft kicked off the lobe and turned the gear maybe 30 degrees CCW.

    My finger was pinned between the gear and the head of the bolt. Even now, some fifty five or so years later, I can still feel how badly that smarted. After my attack of dumb head, I still had a couple of touches of luck. A – I could still reach the ratchet and socket and B – the gear had kicked CCW and that let me turn the mounting bolt CW to tighten it to get my finger out from behind the gear.

    I had a black finger nail for probably six months. If I had been unable to get to the ratchet, I wonder how long it would have been before someone came looking for me – probably suppertime….. .

    Then, there was this other day … but that’s a story for another day kids.

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    Oh man you are lucky you have your finger tip!

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    Oh WOW Larry, that one had me on the edge of my chair getting a little squeamish to stay the least..........
    We all have the "Oh D&*m It" moments when you kidda look around to make sure nobody saw it or to see if someone can come help ya

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    I think that would be a great thread, “The dumb things I’ve done whilst working on a Willys.”

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    You may be on to something tm
    “The Do’s and Dont’s on a Willys Rebuild”
    It probably would get a lot of views but not a lot of post!!!
    We all know how hard it is to admit when we’re “wwwwrrrroooonnngggg” I mean not right

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    "I think we're gonna need a bigger server..." if we all start that thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LarrBeard View Post
    "I think we're gonna need a bigger server..." if we all start that thread.

    You are probably right there Larry, we should leave well enough alone

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    There is a beauty of working by yourself. No body is around to see the sketchy, dangerous, or dumb things that tend to happen at the rust ranch. A thread would be something to read, but it would probably take up way too much room.

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    I am afraid the thread would end up on the evening news. "Look what these guy's did!"

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