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A Brief History Of Early Warn Hubs For Jeeps

Discussion in 'Early Jeep Restoration and Research' started by maurywhurt, May 29, 2018.

  1. Oct 26, 2018
    tomasinator

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    I saw the address on some of the early printed material (but not the super early material) was in Seattle: 9050 Empire Way South. Empire Way was named for “Empire builder” James J. Hill, the railroad king who built the line over Stevens Pass to Seattle from Chicago in 1893. Around 1983, Empire Way was renamed by the city council to Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The building at that location is here. I wonder if that's the old Warn factory?
     
  2. Oct 29, 2018
    maurywhurt

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    Micah ("Steelyard Blues") on the CJ2a page was kind enough to share this 1958 Warn Hub Service and Repair Manual, which covers both the early manual locking and Lock-O-Matic hubs. It should be very helpful to anyone repairing or rebuilding these models:
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    [​IMG] Warn Hub Service Manual (WL-2 and WO-1).pdf
     
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  3. Oct 30, 2018
    mickeykelley

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    Very nice addition. Thanks
     
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  4. Dec 17, 2018
    mickeykelley

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    Interesting thing I ran into over the weekend while working on restoring some of the old Warn hubs. I have a pair on my 55 wagon, as well as a pair I got from someone. There is no flat section with a number stamped in. Then in the batch I got from a guy over on the OldWillysForum, there is one set that the flat stamped area is not as wide as another set. Both are stamped M2. My guess is that as Warn expanded beyond Willys, at some point the added the stamping area. Then as they added more vehicles, they found the area needed to be wider. I also have an odball marked M47a which has the flat area is the same width as the smaller M2 area.
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  5. Dec 18, 2018
    maurywhurt

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    That's an interesting factoid about the early Warns, and something I didn't know before. Thanks for posting about it, Mickey.

    Beautiful work, by the way!
     
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  6. Dec 20, 2018
    mickeykelley

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    Noticed another couple of differences on the hubs today as I put them back together. One set had numbers stamped in them. And the others without the numbers had an extra hole drilled in. Only one set had the extra hole. It is as larger than the pins hole and did not line up with anything so no idea what it was for. Both the numbered set and the extra hole set were of the later style. The early style I have, had nether numbering or extra hole.
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