August 2018

What do you know about the Ford Pygmy? I happen to now a bit about it.

What do you know about the US Navy jeeps? I happen to now a bit about it.


While this jeep isn’t proof of how all USN jeeps looked during WW2, it certainly is interesting and might serve to stir some discussion. The original caption for this photo was “Marine glider at Page Field, Parris Island, S.C.”. It was taken in May, 1942 at Parris Island and is from the Library of Congress collection. At first glance the photo may look neat but no big deal. The thing we notice first is that this is neither a grey or forrest green jeep.

I just love a man in uniform but a great t-shirt runs a close second!

I just love a man in uniform but a great t-shirt runs a close second!

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I just love olive drab paint. I get goose pimples just thinking about it !

Willys made its first 25,000 MB Jeeps with a welded flat iron “slat” radiator grille. It was Ford who first designed and implemented the now familiar and distinctive stamped, vertical-slot steel grille into its Jeep vehicles, which was lighter, used fewer resources, and was less costly to produce. Along with many other design features innovated by Ford, this was adopted by Willys and implemented into the standard World War II Jeep by April 1942. (Source: Wikipedia).


Willys MB Early Grille “Slat Grille”

Willys MB Standardized Grille

 Drawings of the grille or brush guard of the Willys-Overland MB. The drawing is copyrighted by and is used here with permission.


When I'm not driving the WW2 jeep, I love to read.

When I’m not driving the WW2 jeep, I love to read.

If you don’t have it the best book to start out with is The Complete WW2 Military Jeep Manual. This was written by the US Army during WW2. It is a reprint of at least three manuals all in one. It is the most “complete” guidance on maintaining the WW2 jeep that you can have in one volume. Get it today!

Have a USMC WW2 jeep? Then how about a USMC lube chart?

I love it when you know how to work on my jeep

Some of the forgotten mechanic’s skills can be found in these two volumes:
Automotive Trouble Shooting for WW2 Wheeled Vehicles: Volume 1. Automotive Trouble Shooting For World War Two-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!

Automotive Trouble Shooting for WW2 Wheeled Vehicles: Volume 2. Troubleshooting WW2 wheeled military trucks has never been easier! Automotive Trouble Shooting For World War Two-Wheeled Vehicles, Volume 2, is a useful manual for anyone and it takes off where volume one ended! Learn about the engine oil system. Do you know what to look for when rebuilding a block? Problems with valves? Find out how to troubleshoot and adjust the valves for wheeled vehicles. Problems with the clutch rattling? Check this manual out! Worried about your transmission or transfer case making noises? Check out the troubleshooting section. Any noises coming from your propeller shafts, universal joints or axles? Its discussed here. Troubleshooting the wheels, hubs, and rims? Chassis. Steering. Do you have brake problems, including Hydrovac brakes? Its all here and much more. Put a copy in your WW2 truck for those little roadside emergencies!Originally produced by the US Gov’t, Ordnance School, Aberdeen Proving Ground, August 1945. Edited by Robert Notman

Interdependencies--what the heck is that? on... I know I had to.

Interdependencies–what the heck is that? Well…read on… I know I had to.

Do you wonder about interdependencies? Me too! What the heck is that?

a. Although the five circuits of the carburetor have been treated independently for the

purpose of simplifying the explanation, a word of caution is advisable here as to the interdependency of the different circuits. If the float circuit is not up to standard, the supply of fuel for the operation of the low speed, high speed, and pump circuits will be affected, and hence the operation of all three circuits may be hampered. It has been pointed out that the operation of the low-speed circuit does not cease when the high-speed circuit starts to function. Similarly, in some cases, notably on units built for Chevrolet Motor Company, since 1934 there is an interdependency between the high speed and pump circuits. On these units, the pump circuit delivers a small quantity of fuel at part throttle and higher engine speeds, although the throttle is held steady and the pump plunger is not in motion. This is called “pump bleed” or “pump pull-over,” and the unalterably designed feature of this pump permits it to discharge this fuel in the same manner as fuel is discharged from the high-speed circuit. When the unit is properly serviced, this built-in feature will take care of itself.

b. The interdependency of the circuit is not emphasized to add technical confusion to the mind of the serviceman, but rather to show that, for the absolute precision operation, of which the carburetor is capable, all five circuits must be carefully serviced. No snap judgment should be made in diagnosing carburetor trouble, and no “favorite” should be played when circuits are serviced.

Find out more about the early jeep history in – Jeep – Its development and procurement under the Quartermaster Corps, 1940-1942

Maintenance and repairs are easy with the correct information. Get the book!

Maintenance and repairs are easy with the correct information.  So don’t get all choked up while we look at the choke circuit!


a. Function. These carburetors employ a manual type choker illustrated in the figure above. When the choker is used, the mixture is enriched by cutting down the amount of air admitted through the carburetor. These carburetors use a choker valve with a semi-automatic feature, the choker is connected to the operating lever by a soft spring, the choker valve is also mounted off-center in the air horn. The incoming air tends to push the choker valve open (the longer section of the choker valve being on the lower side of the choker shaft), and the spring action tends to hold choker valve closed. Thus the. valve is allowed to “breathe” with the engine, which tends to lessen the sensitivity of the choker control. In addition to this feature, a poppet valve is provided in the valve to allow inward relief and hence lessen the danger of over-choking when the engine starts to run. The choker and throttle levers are connected by the choker link, which opens the throttle slightly during the choking period.

Find out more about the WW2 jeep in – The Complete WW2 Military Jeep Manual

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