January 2017

A Sterling Silver jeep? I would love that!

It’s not too soon to start thinking about getting a unique gift for that certain someone in our life.  If they like jeeps then may you should consider the Rembrandt Charm Jeep Charm.It’s a small replica of a jeep.  Very inexpensive and pretty cool looking.Of course if you are a true WW2 jeep fan then maybe a book…say one of mine…would be just the ticket. Jeep – Its development and procurement under the Quartermaster Corps, 1940-1942

Do you have something other than a star?

What if your jeep had something other than wheels to get around?

During the war it seems as if just about everything was tried or tested. This includes a jeep with complete tracks. In the picture below the jeep sports eight tires plus tracks.  You can find out more about rare jeeps from WW2 in the following book:


The first book entitled Rare WW2 Jeep Photo Archive, 1940-1945 includes a ton of photos of specialized jeeps. The second book entitled Rare WW2 Jeep: Following On No. 1. Both books are by Mark Askew and are excellent resources. Consider adding them to your collection of books today.

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 trouble shooting 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 sparkplugs. 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 jump wire to test your main light switch? Adjust your headlights? Trouble shoot your carburetor or fuel pump? All these and much more are covered. Put a copy in your truck for those little roadside emergencies!


Should the rear seat have holes in it?

Do you have problems with your transmission?

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 include 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 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 Amazon.com 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 as the price is $200 through third party sellers.  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

http://www.willys-overland.com/documents/index.htm. This website has a collection of documents, found and donated by a number 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 www.42FordGPW.com 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 Amazon.com.  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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