An article on the LDI (Laser Design, Inc) website discusses how Todd Paisley wanted to resurrect a 1940 Bantam prototype jeep.  The job  for LDI was to take an original but badly rusted and damaged frame and see if they could scan it.

The purpose of the scan would be to generate a CAD plan so that a copy could be made.  The article discusses that the jeep had been in a failed parachute drop thus explaining the damage.

For more about the Bantam jeeps check outBANTAM, FORD AND WILLYS—1/4-TON RECONNAISSANCE CARS.  The 1/4-ton, 4×4, truck of World War Two started out in thBANTAM, FORD AND WILLYS—1/4-TON RECONNAISSANCE CARSe hands of the Infantry and a little company called American Bantam Car Company.  Bantam worked with the Army’s Quartermaster Corps to produce the pilot model that was accepted and then fulfilled their initial contract for 70 trucks. During testing of the pilot both Ford and Willys-Overland were invited to check out this new vehicle.  The vehicles were studied in great detail.  Soon, at their own expense, Ford and Willys-Overland submitted pilots for testing too.  This book covers the production prototypes–Bantam BRC-40, Ford GP and the Willys MA.

You also might be interested in A WW2 Jeep History by H. Rifkind.
If you are interested in the history of the development of the jeep there is little substitute for the first effort done by H. Rifkind. This book was written from the Quartermaster Corps’ perspective but draws on numerous resources and documentation to put together a pretty good picture of what happened. What makes it even more valuable is that it actually lists the sources. So if you can figure where and how to find them, you find a gold mine of information to research. I know that I have used this information to track down at least one of the players in the jeep story–Major General George Lynch, Chief of Infantry. The Infantry was instrumental in development of the jeep project–they saw the need long before anyone or any other agency jumped on the bandwagon.

Jeep – Its development and procurement under the Quartermaster Corps, 1940-1942 gives a great run down of the early history of the jeep written near the time that the events actually happened.  If you love old jeeps, you will want this book.

Also check out our other books at our 42 Ford GPW bookstore complete with Jeep related apparel.

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