February 2017


How about a good book with lots of pictures covering the pre-standardized jeeps?

How about a good book with lots of pictures covering the pre-standardized jeeps?

BANTAM, FORD AND WILLYS—1/4-TON RECONNAISSANCE CARS
The 1/4-ton, 4×4, truck of World War Two started out in the 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.

Print: $24.95 plus shipping.  Available through most booksellers.

 

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Chicago school children collect enough money to purchase many jeeps, planes and a motorcycle.

Chicago school children collect enough money to purchase many jeeps, planes and a motorcycle.

Okay they didn’t actually get to keep the jeeps, planes, etc.  They donated enough money or purchased enough US savings stamps and bonds to allow the government to purchase the items. Of course during WW2 jeeps cost less than a $1000.  Today’s military vehicles cost considerably more, could children at a school raise enough money to by one for the government?  WW2 was a different time altogether.  WW2 was a “good” war and people in the US felt it was their patriotic duty to support the government and the military.

Picture source: Library of Congress, photo collection

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.

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.

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.

The Great American Pin UpThe Great American Pin Up

WW2 and pin-ups?   The pin-up was a very popular “art form” during WW2.  There are a lot of books that have been written about pinups.   The Great American Pin-Up (Midi) is one of the ones that I like.  It has a collection of art from many different artists and from many decades.  The book does a great job of covering the subject.  You might be interested in it as well. The Great American Pin-Up (Midi) is available from Amazon.com.

There are other books celebrating the pin-up.  Here’s another one you might like, 1000 Pin-Up Girls (25th Anniversary Special Edtn).

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.

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