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The easiest way to work on the underside of a Jeep is …

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UPDATE 2: See a pic of a tipped jeep from Tom’s Dad’s Time in WWII.

UPDATE: Grant mentioned that Vernco demonstrates how to tip a jeep on its side.  See a pic below and some steps.  Learn more at Vernco.com.

Tip it on its side!  Alex spotted this post from the Miljeep website.  Unfortunately, my french is a little rusty … ok, really really rusty.  I’ve posted two pics here.  You can see the other two at the Miljeep website.

I tried searching for additional jeeps on their side, and though I couldn’t find any more, I found some other cool pics that I’ll feature over the next couple of days.

From Vernco’s Site, 9 prep steps for tilting your rig:

1. Drain the fuel tank and run the engine until the carb is dry.
2. Drain the engine oil, transmission and transfer case lube. (He didn’t drain the radiator, but notes he probably should have. It didn’t leak but caused a problem when he had to remove it later.)
3. Remove or drain the oil bath air cleaner.
4. Remove the battery.
5. Remove the passenger seat since it can pivot free.
6.Remove or restrain anything else that could come free.
7.Inflate the “downhill” tires to max pressure since they must support the vehicle weight on an angle while the tip is in progress.
8. Fit some 2×4′s between the engine block and “downhill” frame rail so the engine mounts wouldn’t shift.
9. Chain the engine to the frame so the mounts wouldn’t let loose.

 

7 Comments on “The easiest way to work on the underside of a Jeep is …

  1. Tom

    Dave, I’ll have to dig around. When I saw this it reminded me that my dad has a picture taken during the war with the jeep he drove flipped up on its side so they could chip the mud off the bottom. If I can find it I’ll send it to you.
    Tom

  2. Mitch

    Lol…..IIRC Al Hamilton did that to fix the hat channels on his flattie…Easier to weld new channels in on it’s side than underneath… He was pretty careful to put cushions on the side I think so no damage occurred to the jeep.

  3. deilers

    Really? I never actually saw his flattie. It’s easier than taking the whole thing apart. Do you know what he did to flip it on its side? I suppose you’d need to drain the oil out of the engine, unless you didn’t have breathers on the passenger side valve cover. I think if you flip it on to the passenger side, the oil wouldn’t come out of the tranny and tc breathers either.

    This might just be worth an experiment … just how much effort (or people) does it take to flip it onto the side?

  4. Mitch

    Only took 3 or 4 to put my sis’s jeep back on all 4 when she flopped it on the road in High school… 3 decent sized guys can do it no problem…..You’d probably want more than that if you expect a soft landing on the other side though…lol. I think you’d want to drain most fluids anyway….It’d be a good time to change them since they probably hadn’t been changed in years anyway… 🙂

    He had a white flattie for alot of years after he sold (or gave) the original “Gypsy B” to his brother bob. I believe that jeep came from a former club member….Bennetts maybe?

  5. Grant Houser

    I think and I am only thinking ya know that Vernco.com had something on his website about that or one of his buddies?

  6. deilers

    Well done Grant! A quick search yielded Vernco’s (http://www.vernco.com/tips/id750.htm) clever use of come-a-longs to tilt over the jeep so he could “sit on a milk crate and conveniently work on his transmission.

    Here are his pointers for tilting:
    1. Drain the fuel tank and run the engine until the carb is dry.
    2. Drain the engine oil, transmission and transfer case lube. (I didn’t drain the radiator, but probably should have. It didn’t leak but caused a problem when I had to remove it later.)
    3. Remove or drain the oil bath air cleaner.
    4. Remove the battery.
    5. Remove the passenger seat since it can pivot free.
    6.Remove or restrain anything else that could come free.
    7.Inflate the “downhill” tires to max pressure since they must support the vehicle weight on an angle while the tip is in progress.
    8. Fit some 2×4’s between the engine block and “downhill” frame rail so the engine mounts wouldn’t shift.
    9. Chain the engine to the frame so the mounts wouldn’t let loose.

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