March 9, 2014
Don’t forget to get the books when you are looking for a WW2 jeep!
A book that has been in my collection for a very long time and is still in print, WW2 Jeep Military Portfolio 1941-1945, is a book worthy of your consideration. It has a number of period articles and even some from years after the introduction of the jeep to the world. It isn’t a book that will help you with your restoration but adds a bit of knowledge to your kit of facts to help you understand the jeep.
March 8, 2014
The WW2 Jeep Complete
You need this book if you have a WW2 jeep or are looking for one!
If you own a WW2 jeep or are interested in purchasing one, you need The Complete WW2 Military Jeep Manual. This is a reprint of several jeep manuals you will need to operate and repair your jeep. It won’t be especially helpful in restoring your jeep but the manuals do contain a ton of information on how to operate your “new” jeep as well as steps on how to repair it. Need to rebuild your front or rear axle? That’s covered. Want to rebuild your transmission? Covered as well.
It’s a good collection and well worth the price while you look to collect the originals!
You also might be interested in my book: Trouble Shooting and Rebuilding The T-84J Transmission is an aide designed to help the novice to decide whether or not to rebuild the T-84J themselves. It covers all sorts of “tricks” and “how-to’s” for tearing down, cleaning, inpecting and then assembling the rebuilt transmission. You will learn trouble shooting tips. Why is your transmission jumping out of gear? Is the T-84J really supposed to be noisy? And much, much more!
March 7, 2014
Bantam Pilot Replica Built by Duncan Olds
The Bantam pilot has been resurrected as a replica built by Duncan Rolls. Duncan told me that he spent four years in constructing the pilot. Two years of the four were spent doing pure research. He got his hands on hundreds of Bantam pilot photos. Ducan was also able to obtain access to Gramps (Old Number 7) the last remaining Bantam BRC60 of the original 70 built for the US Army. Gramps is in the Smithsonian collection. A basket case Bantam BRC-40 was purchased not to be used as parts but to be used as a source of parts to cast new parts! He constructed the entire pilot by hand and only purchased a few parts like the NOS continental engine. Duncan even handmade the oil filter as the original was not available. Because he was using pictures he had to make some parts several times. He made the bow brackets six times before he got it right.
For more about the original Bantam you might be interested in Jeep – Its development and procurement under the Quartermaster Corps, 1940-1942. This book was written from the Quartermaster Corps’ perspective but draws on numerous resources and documentation to put together a pretty good picture of what happened. The other thing in its favor is that Rifkind’s work was written in 1943. But even by that time the jeep story was clouded over who did what and when. Rifkind covers Bantam’s involvement, Willys-Overland and Ford companies developments, the contracts and other details important to the student of the WW2 jeep! What makes it even more valuable is that Rifkind actually lists the sources he used. So if you can figure out the record system used by the government back then and determine where to find them, you will find a gold mine of information to research. This book includes a reproduction of the original manuscript created by Rifkind. You will even find some pen and ink changes.
March 6, 2014
The Bantam Pilot Replica sits next to a sibling.
The WW2 jeep was one of the finest weapons of that war. It has continued on in one shape or another for over 60 years. Many of those WW2 jeeps are still in service–albeit, not military service but in the hands of collectors who dole out TLC. The very first 1/4-ton reconnaissance and liaison car (or jeep) was damaged in a traffic accident while enroute from Fort Knox, KY to Butler, PA after having performed a demonstration test. The 1/4-ton collided with a 1 and 1/2-ton truck at 40mph. In a report dated November 6, 1940, a Capt E.L. Moseley said that this only caused minor damage and attested to the ruggedness of the vehicle. Shortly after this report the pilot disappeared.
In a phone call, Duncan Olds shared some details about his most excellent replica of the Bantam Pilot pictured above.
For more about the early jeeps see…
The 1/4-ton, 4×4, truck of World War Two started out in the hands of the Infantry and a little company called American Bantam Car Company. Bantam worked with the Army’s Quartermaster Corps to produce the pilot model that was accepted and then fulfilled their initial contract for 70 trucks. During testing of the pilot both Ford and Willys-Overland were invited to check out this new vehicle. The vehicles were studied in great detail. Soon, at their own expense, Ford and Willys-Overland submitted pilots for testing too. This book covers the production prototypes–Bantam BRC-40, Ford GP and the Willys MA.
March 5, 2014
Miss Behavin’ on a T-shirt
Army Jill as WW2 aircraft nose art “Miss Bea Havin”. The T-shirt displayed is in “military green” but several other colors are available. You can get sizes small to x-large for only $19.99 plus shipping. Larger sizes available for a small additional cost. If you’re interested you can call TOLL-FREE (US) at (877)809-1659. Give the operator product number: 97361122 and the size you want! For more details about this product, see –http://www.cafepress.com/42fordgpw.97361122
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March 4, 2014
Do you have WW2 jeep transmission problems? Then maybe you need to get a book about it!
Slips out of gear. This condition may be caused by weak or broken shift-rod poppet springs, a bent shifting fork, or excessive wear of the gears. The transmission must be replaced or repaired.
March 3, 2014
A girl and a WW2 Ford GPW (jeep)
If you are looking for the “correct” color of lustreless (also spelled lusterless), olive drab paint then you need not look any further than TM9 Ordnance Products, LLC. The owner has done considerable research into the color. He has observed that there were several variations of lustreless, olive drab. It’s not that he is saying there were multiple versions of lustreless, olive drab but rather the resultant finish has been observed with differences. On his site he has a picture of two Dodge ambulances photographed during WW2. They are obviously two different hues of OD.
Why are there different hues of Lustreless, Olive Drab when there was only ONE paint? Variation of hue has often been a cantankerous problem but it is fully explained away but WW2 manuals!
An explanation for the color variance in parts or vehicles was found in FM 5-20H, July 1944, entitled,”Camouflage Materials and Manufacturing Techniques”. Originals were printed with color charts and photos. The example found was sadly a black and white copy.
From the above referenced manual, Section 1. Paragraph 5, PAINTS. (e). …”In spite of color standardization, there is considerable variation in hue between lots and between the products of different manufacturers.” So there you go. A sane and written (in the period under discussion) explanation of why we find different “hues” of lustreless olive drab.
The paint is very high quality and expensive when compared to lesser products. Roughly $85/gal vs. $30/gal…and you will need to add in the cost of the catalyst. That’s right this paint requires a catalyst to set up. TM9 also offers a conventional paint that is more appropriate to the do it yourselfer and frankly is a more period correct technology.
Now you have another choice from TM9! They now offer lustreless olive drab in a formula similar to what was used in WW2. In other words a non-catalyst paint. This is the THE paint we have all been waiting for. Get some today!