You should use the following procedure for any old military vehicle--especially if the are new or at least new to you!
Just so you know–it is pronounced like “Will liss” and not like something that gives you the willies!

The Willys Quad photo attributed to Chrysler LLC.
Willys’ entry into the jeep race was the Quad. It arrived at Camp Holabird, MD on November 13, 1940. It was not a successful model with the result that Willys was not awarded a contract to produce jeeps until 1941 (after Bantam and Ford).  The Quad was just too heavy to be accepted. This forced Willys to go back to the drawing board and trim the vehicle down to size.  Meanwhile, Bantam and Ford were producing jeeps!
For more about the early Willys,  Bantam and Fords, check out – BANTAM, FORD AND WILLYS-1/4-TON RECONNAISSANCE CARS.

WW2 Pilot–The Ford Pygmy

by Robert Notman

$19.95 plus shipping. Ships Worldwide!

AVAILABILITY: Books will ship in a minimum of 5 business days. Product Number: 21054122 Order on line by clicking the product number link OR call TOLLFREE (US) at the number below. Give the operator the product number to order.

Genre: U.S. GovernmentPaperback: 56 pages

Description: A photo book exploring the details of the Ford pilot in the race to build jeeps

Synopsis: Explore just about every inch of the Ford pilot Pygmy in photographs and essay. This is one of only two of the original “jeep” pilots known to have survived through today. The other is the Budd bodied Ford pilot. The author had full access to the jeeps in the Veterans Memorial Museum of Huntsville, Alabama. The Ford pilot is an amazing vehicle. See the engine, inside the body and underneath. Tons of detail. Check it out!

Book Details:
· Paperback: 56 pages
· Binding: Perfect-Bound
· Publisher: Robert Notman (May 2005)


Army Jill says, ” I just love getting and giving  WW2 jeep gifts.  Don’t you?”

Army Jill says, ” I just love getting and giving WW2 jeep gifts. Don’t you?” How about a book?

Order it online by clicking the product number link or call TOLL FREE (US) at 877.809.1659 and give the operator the product number above.

You need these books.

Are you in to WW2 jeeps, like me? Then you will want these books!

If you have a WW2 jeep or are interested in them…these three books are a great introduction.

All American Wonder, I, II, III
All American Wonder, Vol I
By Ray R Cowdery
$29.95 plus shipping

All American Wonder, Vol II
By Ray R Cowdery
List Price: $29.95
Price: $29.95 plus shipping

Both of these books are great reference books. They may be dated with some information but they were the first books written to help the WW2 jeep collector figure out exactly what he had. You really should add all three All American Wonder books to your collection.

Volume III is really pretty good but would have been better if it had stopped at WW2. This book continues on into the the Hummer era. So it is rather comprehensive in its’ jeep history coverage. Vol III can be a bit hard to find.  Last time I looked it was published by Reddick Enterprises.

All prices subject to change.

Army Jill sitting on the hood of a WW2 jeep with national symbol, a white star, painted on the hood.

During WW2 the white star was used as the national symbol to mark vehicles. Vehicles also had “USA” and a registration number. These can make a great Christmas gift.  It’s not to early to start shopping.

Army Jill pauses by the 42 Ford GPW

Army Jill pauses by the 42 Ford GPW

Army Jill loves driving the WW2 Ford GPW (jeep).  When she isn’t driving it,  she likes to read, Military Maintenance for MB/GPW Jeeps 1941-45.  If you would like a copy of my book in print, the price is $34.95 plus shipping (the vendor will ship anywhere in the world!) via   You can also get the book through major book sellers, like  Prices subject to change.

The very first 1/4-ton reconnaissance and liaison car as built by the first producer—American Bantam Car Co. This car was delivered to Holabird Quartermaster Depot on September 11, 1940. (photo courtesy of William Spear.)
This jeep has now be recreated by Duncan Rolls and looks perfect.  Here is a shot of his jeep in black and white–to me it looks like it is straight out of 1940!
Duncan Rolls' Bantam Pilot
Duncan Rolls’ Bantam Pilot
For more about Bantam and other early jeeps, check out – BANTAM, FORD AND WILLYS-1/4-TON RECONNAISSANCE CARS
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My jeep makes tracks but nothing like this!

My jeep makes tracks but nothing like this!

During the war it seems as if just about everything was tried or tested. This includes a jeep with complete tracks.

You can find out more about rare jeeps from WW2 in the following book:

Both books are by Mark Askew and are excellent resources. The first book entitled Rare WW2 Jeep Photo Archive 1940-1945 includes a ton of photos of specialized jeeps. The second book entitled Rare WW2 Jeep: Following On No. 1. Consider adding them to your collection of books today.

Rare WW2 Jeep Photo Archive, 1940-1945
Rare WW2 Jeep: Following On No. 1


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