studying the picture below, and being emailed another picture of an
airbase jeep, it was realised that this jeep doesn't have a canvas
winter side and door kit.
has actually had a field modification to give it a wooden side
enclosure and doors beneath the canvas top.
This got me thinking, a
canvas winter kit could cost up to £600, but copying this original
field modification could give me an authentic warm winter enclosure
for a fraction of the price.
The original version was
probably made from old packing crates, but with a lack of Wright
Cyclone engine packing crates lying around, my version comes from
sides are made from 1/4 inch ply and were cut approximately to size
before being offered up to the jeep and marked for fixing locations
and cutouts to clear the bow supports. The ply side is slightly taller
than the opening to allow the roof canvas to overlap so rain will
drain down the outside.
1 1/2 x 3/4 timber
frame was added to the ply panels. The joints were reinforced by using
picture framing 'V' nails ( seen left ). The picture to the right
shows the early stages of the door panel. Much measuring of the
opening was done before the wooden outline of the door was cut.
of the kink in the jeeps side body panels, the door also had to have
the kink which required much clamping and many screws to hold it while
the glue dried. To the right, the first trial fitting with the door
hinged to the rear panel.