Sometimes you just gotta have new parts.
Sometimes you just gotta have new parts.

Omix-Ada MB-FRONT Replacement Front Grill For Jeep Willys MB

Do you need a new front grill?  Then why not one by Omix?Omix-Ada MB-FRONT Replacement Front Grill For Jeep Willys MB is available through Amazon.

Omix-Ada has been supplying jeep replacement parts for years.  They carry a lot of what you need to work on your WW2 jeep.

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You should start with: Sparkplugs Battery/Ignition Cables Distributor Ignition Timing Valve Clearance Carburetor It’s important to work through the steps and systems to ensure that you locate the source of the problem.

It's 1944, pick a month. If you're a GI you should be on the lookout for advice that can save your life. After all, you want to go home!

It’s 1944, pick a month. If you’re a GI you should be on the lookout for advice that can save your life. After all, you want to go home!

Source: OS 9-72 vol 1, April, 1945 and Willys Mechanics Manual, 1948. For more: http://www.42fordgpw.com/trouble.  You also might be interested in some great books on trouble shooting from WW2.

Automotive Trouble Shooting for WW2 Wheeled Vehicles: Volume 1

Automotive Trouble Shooting for WW2 Wheeled Vehicles: Volume 2

The first jeep and it's by Bantam!

The first jeep and it’s by Bantam!

The WW2 jeep is famous around my house.  My grandsons, Marcos and his brother, Carlos love to ride in the jeep.  Every time they see the 1942 Ford GPW they say, “Can we go for a ride, grandpa?”  Who am I to turn them down?  Mainly we stick to the yard.  The jeep goes around trees and up and down little hills.  Next we blaze a trail through the neighborhood on familiar streets.  Then it’s back to the yard and around the house a couple of more times before the jeep settles down and is put back in the garage.  The neighbors may think I’m nuts…but my grandsons think I’m the greatest!  What would you do?

You also might be interested in a book that I wrote about grandpa and WW2 jeeps, Grandpa’s War Pony is a book I wrote for my grandchildren to explain what a WW2 jeep was and how it was used.

Perhaps the greatest instrument of war to come out of the Second World War and forged into something still in use today is arguably—the 1/4-ton reconnaissance car or jeep. The jeep during WW2 was a new and speedy little vehicle designed to get in and go where motorcycles couldn’t go. It was the baby of a little company called American Bantam Car Company and the U. S. Army’s Infantry Branch.

The book is filled with colorized photos that have been stylized in a “cartoon” manner to help maintain children’s interest.

There are not many people that don’t want to socialize around a jeep, especially a WW2 jeep.

 

Officers and their spouses socializing around a jeep at Naval Air Station (NAS) Kaneohe Bay, Territory of Hawaii, 1942-1943.

RADM Wallace M. Dillon Photograph Album from lthe US Naval Aviation Museum collection – http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/

I like to walk around my jeep and look at it from all angles.
I like to walk around my jeep and look at it from all angles.

Pre-Standardized Jeep by David DoylePre-Standardized Jeep (Walk Around Color Series)

David Doyle is a prolific author on many military vehicle subjects.  His latest book is about early WW2 jeeps.  According to Amazon.com, the book is “80 pages.  A detailed look at Jeep’s early evolution with more than 250 photographs, color profiles and detailed line drawings. Three distinct versions of a reconnaissance car were produced before they were standardized into the World War II-era Jeep. Bantam, Ford and Willys produced different models to win military contracts. “  Check out the book, available from Amazon.com – Pre-Standardized Jeep (Walk Around Color Series).

I just love riding in the WW2 jeep after dinner before it gets too cold. Why not see what the Chief of Artillery has to say?

I just love riding in the WW2 jeep after dinner before it gets too cold. Why not find out more about the early jeeps that helped when the war

You also might be interested in my book covering the same subject, BANTAM, FORD AND WILLYS-1/4-TON RECONNAISSANCE CARS. The book is 172 pages and the majority of the pictures were taken by me as I walked around and crawled under the pre-standardized jeeps.

I love to read books about WW2 jeeps, don't you?

I can’t get enough books about the WW2 jeep.  Can you?

51pajnbh2jl_sl160_Amazon.com: Jeeps at War: Robert A. Fletcher This is a cute book written and illustrated by the Fletcher family.  In fact three generations of Fletchers collaborated to create the book.  The book is great for children or those casually interested in jeep facts.  The book claims that 350,000 jeeps were produced for the US and that 250,000 were built for use by our allies.  One of the many drawings shows what looks like a WW2 jeep with a postwar winter enclosure with doors.  Other facts are just as strained, “jeeps were dropped by parachutes or delivered by gliders.” Really? The only evidence I’ve ever seen is that jeeps were delivered by gliders.The book is in my collection and I won’t part with it.  It’s nearly perfect for children who won’t get caught up in the details but will enjoy the story line and the pictures.  You can find this book at Amazon.com – Jeeps at War.

 

In case you didn’t know, the US Army was not the only service to use Willys MB and Ford GPW jeeps. Yes, the US Navy used them as well.

First Lieutenant “Turkey” Fielder in a jeep at Marine Corps Bombardier and Air Gunners School at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) El Centro, California, 1943-1944. Item part of a scrapbook assembled by Lieutenant Colonel Thomas C. Colt, Jr., USMCR, during his World War II service.

“Turkey” Fielder from the collection of the US Naval Aviation Museum – http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/