Well at the last minute we decided to take the jeep to Moundridge for the Black Kettle Parade. We didn’t leave Newton until 9:10. The parade started at 10:00. Ron was driving 75 MPH North of Hesston. We didn’t have much time to check in and get lined up.
It was a nice parade. Since this is my home town, all my siblings were there. Sure did surprise them. Attached are a couple of pictures that a friend took of us going through the parade.
Marilyn and Ron Decker
1952 willys m38a1 covered in multiple coats of olive drab coved with multiple coats of fire truck red. Everything that can be removed (top, back seats, extra fuel can, spare tire) is gone. Both the front seats are there. I recovered the bottom of the drivers seat with vinyl a few years ago, the rest are the original canvas. The body is in good shape, a little rust in the floor pan and underneath, and there are a few dings and dents, but nothing major. It was stored
inside since I’ve had it, and most of the time by the township that owned it previously, where it was used to carry a mosquito fogger.
This year I put in a new thermostat, but the temp gauge will read hot so maybe a sending unit or a wire may need help. The front right wheel will lock up sporadically from a stop, not while
moving. If I drive around in reverse for a bit it seems to free itself for a while, but I haven’t been able deal with it properly.
The motor ran last spring, and I have no doubt that it will start after the batteries have been charged, both of which I also got new last spring. Just before I purchased it it got new military mud/snow tires and windshield.
I am the first non government owner, got it from a township auction and intended to play with it, but I just don’t have the time, cash or knowledge. In my opinion it would make a good parade vehicle with not too much effort and some paint, or be a candidate for a restoration, as what is there is in good shape for its age. I will email you some pictures of it later this week. It is located in south central kansas.
– Matt Wineland