February 2019


Brrrrrr! Baby, it's cold out there. Good thing I have the crew compartment heater to keep my toes warm!

Brrrrrr! Baby, it’s cold out there. Good thing I have the crew compartment heater to keep my toes warm!

Can’t afford to get the NOS Winterization Kit or just can’t find one at WallyWorld? Well, get the next best thing that will have you drooling and begging for winter!

Winter and the Willys MB/Ford GPW has received favorable reviews from BOTH Military Vehicles Magazine and the MVPA Army Motors. Reflect on how to “winterize” your jeep. Learn how to install the Crew Compartment Heater and your feet are guaranteed never to freeze…boil, er, broil maybe but never freeze. Much more is covered!

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!

WW2 1/4-ton production numbers.

Model Year Number built
Bantam pilot 1940 1
Bantam Mk II / BRC-60 1940 70
Ford Pygmy 1940 1
Ford Budd 1940 1
Willys Quad 1940 2
Bantam BRC-40 1941 2,605
Ford GP 1941 4,456
Willys MA 1941 1,553
Willys MB 1942–1945 361,339 (335,531 + 25,808 “slats”)
Ford GPW 1942–1945 277,896
World War II Total 1940–1945 647,925
Other
Ford GPA “Seep” 1942–1943 12,778
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.

 

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.  You also might be interested in some great books on troubleshooting from WW2.

Automotive Trouble Shooting for WW2 Wheeled Vehicles: Volume 1

Automotive Trouble Shooting for WW2 Wheeled Vehicles: Volume 2

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.

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