Cowgirl Barbeque Pin Up Girl Poster

Cowgirl Barbeque Pin Up Girl Poster Buy at Giclee Print

What GI wouldn’t hurry home to this little buckaroo after a long day or night of driving?

my jeep in the woods

A 1942 Ford GPW “jeep” waiting patiently for the driver to take them home and to some BBQ!

If you like pinups you might be interested in The Great American Pin-Up, available from Amazon.

Varga Girl

Varga Girl Buy at

Poster Card

A beautiful red head in a pinup pose.  Perhaps a WW2 pinup?  GIs loved pinups and sometimes would paint them on their jeeps and other vehicles.

WW2 Ford GPW with postwar full enclosure.

WW2 Ford GPW with postwar full enclosure.

As you can see there isn’t much room for anything large but a skilled artist could easily paint a small picture on the windshield under the window.

People talk about Hummers and such but I say who cares. There’s nothing better than a jeep.  A Ford GPW jeep is even better!

My jeep and I both love fresh clean air.  Make sure you do it right.

My jeep and I both love fresh clean air. Make sure you do it right.

The WW2 jeep used an oil bath air cleaner assembly.  It was purported to be a very efficient unit.

WW2 jeep air cleaner assembly-exploded view.

WW2 jeep air cleaner assembly-exploded view.

The air cleaner consists of parts F, G, H, K and J as pictured above.  The filter is pretty symbol to install and use.  Oil is poured up to a certain line marked on the air filter cup (H).   A modern change to the oil bath is a dry filter cartridge insert.  The dry filter replaces air filter element (G) and also includes an adapter to mate the dry filter to the assembly.  No permanent change is affected to the unit.  Anytime you wish to go back to slopping oil about the jeep engine bay–you can!

Dry Oil Bath Air Filter and Insert Adapter.

Dry Oil Bath Air Filter and Insert Adapter.

Over the course of the last 25 years or so there have been a few different dry filter “kits”.  One was sold by Willys Minneapolis when it was owned by Louie Larson.  The adapter was designed by Ray Cowdery (the guy that wrote All-American Wonder).  This is the air filter cartridge and adapter that I have used for nearly 25 years.  The cartridge used with this setup is the NAPA 2036 or WIX 42036.




Plastic Oil Bath Adapter.

Plastic Oil Bath Adapter.

A good friend of mine, “Brother” Callahan designed a replacement adapter in plastic when he couldn’t find one made of steel, like mine.  He made a few and sold a few but it there wasn’t much demand because the cost was just too expensive for the plastic, never mind the cost of the machine work.   These were machined not vacu-formed.  So after making a few of these and not having much luck recovering costs, Brother stopped making them.

Along about the time Brother ended his projector a really sharp guy going by the name Fred-D discovered that you could easily “make” an adapter by buying two “doughnut rings” used in the plumbing of a toilet.  One went under the air filter and another went on top. He said, “…order two Sponge Rubber toilet bowl rings P/N 2793K81 from McMaster-Carr. Phone # 404-346-7000 . They cost $2.71 each…”  That’s a whole lot cheaper than any of the two earlier methods.But why would you want to stop using the oil bath filter?   The dry filter is just a little more efficient at removing dirt and grit from the air.  The dry filter won’t spill on your fender and leave a nice mess on a painted service that absorbs oil.  On the flip side your jeep won’t be as it was.  It’s really just a matter of personal choice.

Did I tell you I love a good read?  Well I do--try David Doyle's books---

Did I tell you I love a good read? Well I do–try David Doyle’s books—


WW2 Jeep In Action by David Doyle.

World War II Jeep (In Action, 2042) is well worth the small purchase price.  The book contains about 52 pages with more than 100 photographs.  Many of the photographs haven’t been published before or widely seen.  There are also a number of well drawn color profiles and detailed line drawings.

The jeep was originally designed as a command and reconnaissance car to replace the horse and the motorcycle. The jeep was widely used during WW2 from North Africa to Europe and in the Pacific. David Doyle does a good job of presenting each location or area of use with a number of pictures.  He has included pictures of the standard jeeps as well as those used as ambulances, radio vehicles, follow me jeeps on the flight line and armored cars in the field.

I just love a legend, do you have one of them?  Bantam BRC, Ford GP or Willys MA/MB?

I just love a legend, do you have one of them? Bantam BRC, Ford GP or Willys MA/MB?

The Willys jeep went on to be the American Legend, still in production after 70 years!  Of course there have been changes and “improvements” overt the years but you can still tell it is a jeep!


Jeep Buy at Tin Sign

You can own a copy of this sign that proclaims that the Jeep is an American legend established in 1941.  Of course it would be neglectful to not mention that other American Legend that came first!  Bantam BRC, established 1940!  Still it is a neat sign for all Jeep lovers everywhere.  Wouldn’t this look great in your garage?

Cluster assembly tool

Tool used to assemble the cluster gear.


Those of you familiar with my earlier work will recognize the drawing above from, Military Maintenance for MB/GPW jeeps 1941-45.  It is not my intention to duplicate that work here but to bring into this discussion of transmissions those portions that may be appropriate.

While assembling the lower part of the T-84J is not impossible to do without this tool.  However, having and using the tool certainly makes it easier.

The tool is easy to make, any machinist should be able to whip one out for you in no time. Mac McCluskey is a skilled machinist who agreed to make a copy of the above tool for our testing.

Having the right tool is a good idea--isn't it?

Having the right tool is a good idea–isn’t it?

Dear Editor,

We use a tool that can be made very easily and saves much time and profanity when there are 1/4-ton jeep transmissions to work on.

To line up the thrust washers on the countershaft, which must be set in the case before the clutch shaft can be installed, use a tool of the dimensions shown in the Fig. above.

The tapered end of the tool will pick up and aline the washers. It’s .OO2” smaIIer in diameter than the countershaft and slides through the clusters easily.

The countershaft is used to push the tool through. Since both tool and shaft have flat ends, the washers arc picked up smoothly by the shaft and are not bent or chipped.

T/5 Robert E. Bayes

APO 298

Ed. Note-Good idea—in fact, it’s similar to what the manufacturers use. A little grease on the washers helps to hold them in place during assembly.

You might also be interested in our book, Trouble Shooting and Repairing the T-84 Transmission. I wrote this book to make it easy for the average shade tree mechanic to work on the WW2 jeep transmission.  Why it was almost fun!

Happy New all!

During WW2 soldiers painted designs on their aircraft and sometimes other vehicles.

Often this was in the form of women or cartoon characters.  One such aircraft sported “Ho Hum”.

Nose Art, Ho Hum, Pin-UP

Nose Art, Ho Hum, Pin-UP Buy at
Art Print

Pinup on the side of a WW2 aircraft.  Sometimes the quality of the art work is amazing.  You also might be interested in Vintage Aircraft Nose Art (Motorbooks Classic) which is a great book with a lot of “nose art” in it!


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