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The JEEP in every possible condition.THE JEEP IN EVERY POSSIBLE CONDITION: Or, How to Restore Your Jeep This book is written in French and English.  While it isn’t really a “how to” manual strictly speaking, it does offer enough interesting details to be well worth the price.   The book is a “step by step” outline on how to repair or restore your jeep.  Not everything is covered like indicating which year of jeep should have what specific detail.  But it did have a lot of pictures on engine assembly and things to look out for. Pictures covering the transmission, transfer case and axles, too.   The book stops being about repairing or rebuilding your jeep with page 81.  There are a few WW2 pictures that are interesting.

What is confusing about this book is that it includes some jeep oddities that frankly look like “Bubba” would be really interested in this book. The rest of the  book has pictures of a stretched jeep as well as documenting how one of the authors built a Willy MB 6×6 using some “found” Dodge parts.  It’s a part of my book collection and I encourage you to check this book out on  You can find it easily by clicking the link  – THE JEEP IN EVERY POSSIBLE CONDITION: Or, How to Restore Your Jeep.

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Back in WW2 Grandpa Half-mast provided great advice to the GIs about their jeeps and other vehicles.  So you want to know if tire chains should be painted is a question that comes up now and again.  Even in WW2 people wanted to know! As always Half-Mast had the answer…

Dear Half-Mast,
Is there any objection to painting truck tire-chains with lusterless olive drab paint and storing them in this manner?
Sgt. A.F.R.

Dear Sergeant,
I don’t know if there are any objections to doing the job this way, but I know a better and recommended way.

Clean the tire-chains thorough with Phosphoric Metal Conditioner (Federal Stock Nos. 51-A-1302, 1-gal., and 51-A-1303, 5 gal.). Let them dry. Take Gloss, Clear Varnish (Federal Stock Nos. 52-V-2770, 1-gal., and 52-V-2780, 5 gal.) and cut it in half – with Thinner (Federal Stock Nos. 52-T-445, 1-gal., and 52-T-450, 5-gal.). Dip your chains in the thinned varnish and that’s all there is to it. Be careful, though, not to varnish the clips; varnish will keep them from opening and closing.

It takes, about a week for the varnish to be thoroughly dry and hard.

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Do you have something other than a star?

Do you have something other than a star on your hood?

May 1944, Army Motors:
If you see some peculiar white shapes riding around on vehicles in your vicinity—don’t shoot, they’re not enemy ski-troops. Most likely they’re the new “national symbols” authorized
by Change 10 to AR 850-5 (25 March 1944).

Vehicles assigned to tactical units anywhere and designated administrative vehicles overseas, still wear the familiar white star. But all other vehicles now sport the following national symbols instead:

ASF vehicles (except contractor operated ones at class IV installations) wear the insignia of the appropriate Service Command;

AAF vehicles flash an insignia prescribed by the Commanding General, AAF;

AGF vehicles carry a symbol specified by the Commanding General, AGF.

What could be symboler?

This question comes up fairly often so I’m repeating a previous post for the newer folks.  Also, the T-84 was used in the Studebaker Weasel.

The T-84 was not just used in the WW2 jeep.  The jeep used the T-84J.  Below are listed several (but not all) of the various vehicles that used a T-84.  I didn’t bother to list them but there was at least one car, a Studebaker, that used a T-84 after the war.

(Information extracted from The Hollander.)


T-84A-1, 1A and T84B-1A
Continental Late ‘32-33 Flyer
Graham 36 80 Crusader

Continental ‘32 Beacon, Early Flyer

Mack ‘37-40 2M4A
Reo Truck ‘36-39 4-75, 3/4 ton

Willys ‘38-39 Pass.
Willys ‘39 Overland

Bantam ‘38-40

Stude ‘39-40 Champion (over drive)

Nash ‘41-42 40

AS1 T-84J
Am Bantam (Jeep) 40 BRC 1/4T 4×4

AS1 T-84J
Willys 41-45 Army 1/4T

AS2 T-84J
Ford Jeep ‘42-45 GPW 1/4 T 4×4

Bantam 41-42

The T-84 gets a rap for being a bad and weak transmission.  You have to wonder why it was used in some many cars (and trucks!) for so long a period of time, if better transmission were available.

If you need to work on a T-84, consider buying a copy of  Trouble Shooting and Rebuilding the T-84J.

When I'm not driving the WW2 jeep, I love to read.

When I’m not driving the WW2 jeep, I love to read.

The Military Jeep Buyer’s Bible was written by Mark Askew.  This book provides a brief over-view of the jeeps’ history.  It covers a range of vehicles including some that are not thought of as “military”, here in the United States, such as the CJ2A and CJ3A.  Many, if not most of the photographs are post war and appear to have been taken by the author at various shows around the United Kingdom.  Some of the pictures will give you pause–like the jeep with the blue star recognition symbol.  Or that some of the “blue drab” registration numbers are quite loud in color. The book is UK centric but is well worth a look by anyone from anywhere.  Mark Askew has published a number of books related to war-time jeeps.

You may have to shop around to find it at a decent price, at least in the US.  Try services like or

The Complete WW2 Military Jeep Manual is a good book to own if you own or are interested in WW2 Jeeps.   Why else would you be reading this Blog?   This collection of reprints includes the TM 9-803, TM 9-1803A, TM 9-1803B, Change 1 to TM 9-803 and also a carburetor service instructions.  There are 546 pages between its’ covers, so there is a lot of information to help you with the jeep.  It isn’t, of course, a restoration manual but will help you to “restore” or correct the various components of your vehicle.


A jeep I get...but a dental office?  That's just sick.

A jeep owner needs the manual.  Tighten up!

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