Some time ago I posted the “6 step” process to help you figure out what is wrong with your engine. It is actually a tune-up process as well but very handy as a troubleshooting solution.

It all starts here, Trouble Shooting – Engine.  Click on the circles or just click next to step through each one. It all starts with the spark plugs. These instructions are useful to any wheeled World War Two vehicle, like the jeep, 1/2-ton Dodge, etc.

This process will make you an “expert” in no time…

You might be interested in this book…

Automotive Trouble Shooting For WW2 Vehicles, Vol 1.
by Robert Notman

Synopsis:  Automotive Trouble Shooting For WW2 Wheeled Vehicles, Volume 1, is a useful manual for anyone. Do you know what to do when the cranking motor will not crank the engine? Engine fails to start? No spark? Misfiring at high speeds or under full load? Problems with your battery or battery cables? Do you know how to adjust your breaker points? Inspect the coil? Do you know how to polarize the generator? Use a jumper wire to test your main light switch? Adjust your headlights? Troubleshoot your carburetor or fuel pump? All these and much more are covered. Put a copy in your truck for those little roadside emergencies!



Do you have problems with your transmission? Does it slip out of gear?

Then fix it! It ain’t that hards if I can do it!  The WW2 jeep has many great features and many were first used in the diminutive vehicle.  Not all of the features were all that great. This includes the T-84 which was a marginal transmission to use with the 60hp engine and was dumped after the war.  Still, it is a testimony of sorts to realize that all of the WW2 jeeps had a T-84 transmission and it managed to help win the war.

Does it slip 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.

If you have a WW2 jeep with a T-84J transmission then you might want to purchase my book, Trouble Shooting And Rebuilding The T-84J.

Don’t make your girl wait, get that transmission fixed today!

The Standardized War-Time Jeep.

The Standardised War-Time Jeep, 1941-45 by John Farley.  This is an excellent reference book that tries to show all of the variations of the MB and GPW throughout the war-time period.  Mr. Farley does a pretty good job and the book is well worth owning.  The book is still listed at but it is a ridiculously high price (hopefully, it is a typo!).

  • ISBN-10: 0953447030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953447039

However, the book appears to be out of print.  That’s a shame as it is a really interesting book.  Look for it through used booksellers.  Good luck in finding a copy!

How about some research?

How about some research?

Those of you interested in early jeep documents would be wise to take a look at This website has a collection of documents, found and donated by a number of jeep researchers.  Perhaps you have documents you too would care to donate?

Also, don’t forget to check out Jeep – Its development and procurement under the Quartermaster Corps, 1940-1942 for a detailed look at the early jeep. It contains a great listing of source documents.

Check out and look around for interesting pictures and bits of information.


Take aim at this book!  I think you will like it. I know I did.

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.

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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