December 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

It’s hard to believe that another year is passing tonight. Seems like hardly yesterday we were waiting for the new millennium and now we are moving into the year 2019 tonight.

Happy New all!

Happy New Year…you all!

Grandpa's War Pony

Grandpa’s War Pony

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.

I was pleased to hear that a good friend had received this book from his family for Christmas.  He really liked the book.  While it is too late for Christmas this year and perhaps too early for next year–you might like to get this book now.  It is great for kids of all ages or anyway with an interest in WW2 jeeps.

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Yes, even in Florida it can be cold during the winter.  So here is this photograph to help us remember how hot it can be during the summer.

Do the WW2 manuals get it right?

It sure can get hot…in the summer.

Jill from a summertime photo.  Thinking about summer?  You bet, even in Florida it can turn cold.  But the jeep is fun to drive anytime, well, almost anytime!

A snowy trail in Florida…





Okay, we don’t really get enough snow for this to happen…

…still it does get a wee bit cool here in the Big Bend area. We have temperatures down around the teens (F). So a little bit of weather protection is a pretty good thing.

Maybe you would be interested in Jeep – Its development and procurement under the Quartermaster Corps, 1940-1942 to pass away some of the cold time while we wait for the warmth of Spring!

Visit our home page – and check out our sponsors. We have a lot of WW2 jeep and related information that you just might find useful…or at least interesting.


A pinup shot of Jill.

Jill poses in a WW2 bathing suit.  Pinup girls were very popular during WW2.

Pin-Up Girl: Army Air Force
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Army Jill salutes the troops wherever they may as this year comes to a close.  She hopes that all will have a successful New Year and that they will be able to come home  safe and victorious.

You might be interested in more about Army nurses during WW2 –And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II. Available from  ”In World War II, 59,000 women voluntarily risked their lives for their country as U.S. Army nurses. When the war began, some of them had so little idea of what to expect that they packed party dresses; but the reality of service quickly caught up with them, whether they waded through the water in the historic landings on North African and Normandy beaches, or worked around the clock in hospital tents on the Italian front as bombs fell all around them.”



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Don’t keep Jill waiting while you figure out where the grease seals go!

Dear Half-Mast, I’d like to know the proper way to install the outer grease retainer on a jeep—the one right behind the CV joint. Is the retainer put there to hold the grease in the differential or to keep the grease in the CV joint? In other words, does the lip of the retainer face in, or out toward the joint? I’ve seen them. installed both ways and would like to know the right way.

J. B. B.

Dear Mr. B., That oil seal (grease retainer) in back of the CV joints on jeep front axles oughta be installed with the lip facing the joint—it’ll hold the grease in the joint better that way. It won’t affect the differential anyhow since the differential has its own seals in each side of the housing. Just by way of dishin’ out a little extra info, Willys ain’t putting those CV-joint oil seals in the front axles anymore. Since they began using some Tracta joints, which require a bronze bushing instead of a seal to keep the axle centered, they’ve been using the bushing on all their front axles. It works okay with Rzeppa and Bendix joints, too. But if yours is a Ford-built jeep, it’ll have oil seals and Rzeppa joints, strictly.


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You might be interested in purchasing Military Maintenance for MB/GPW Jeeps 1941-45 for more details about WW2 jeeps.


The world’s first “jeep” photographed with its builders as it is prepared to be driven to deliver it to the US Army for testing.

The very first 1/4-ton reconnaissance and liaison car as built by the first producer—American Bantam Car Co. This car was delivered to Holabird Quartermaster Depot on September 11, 1940. (photo courtesy of William Spear.)

I just love a legend, do you have one of them? Bantam BRC, Ford GP or Willys MA/MB? My first love will always be the underdog - Bantam BRC!

I just love a legend, do you have one of them? Bantam BRC, Ford GP or Willys MA/MB? My first love will always be the underdog – Bantam BRC!

If you are interested in finding out more about the Bantam jeep, you might be interested in BANTAM, FORD AND WILLYS-1/4-TON RECONNAISSANCE CARS. Available from and other booksellers.


A GI is dressed in a Santa Suit. Study of the photograph shows that the “face” of Santa is really a mask!  Santa is delivering goodies to all the good little GIs in a 1941 Willys MA. Johnny wants a Thompson submachine gun.  Billy wants a BAR. Charlie wants a case of booze.  For more about the early jeeps, including the MA, you might be interested in BANTAM, FORD AND WILLYS-1/4-TON RECONNAISSANCE CARS.


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