Jonathan’s jeep.

Jonathan Frank’s father drove a WW2 jeep home from the war.  He drove from California to North Carolina.  Once home he parked it in a barn on the farm and said he would never drive it again.  However, his son, Jonathan and his brother, drove the jeep on the farm.  Over the years he has rebuilt it at least three times.  The most recent rebuilt was initiated when his own son blew the rear differential.  Jonathan admits that the jeep is a work in progress and that it is only about 80 percent original.  The winch on the front was a gift from his brother’s old jeep.  He also purchased some disc brakes from me.  One thing for sure I bet Jonathan has a blast driving the jeep!

For a few more pictures look here.

You might be interested in learning more about  WW2. Eyewitness to World War II: Unforgettable Stories and Photographs From History’s Greatest Conflict gives a glimpse into the personal lives from the war. You will find personal letters and rarely seen photos. It’s a very interesting book.

I just love the T-84 jeep transmission. But was it used in any other vehicles?

I just love the T-84 jeep transmission. But was it used in any other vehicles?

The short answer is yes! This question comes up fairly often so I’m repeating a previous post for the newer folks.  Also, the T-84 was used in the Studebaker Weasel.

The T-84 was not just used in the WW2 jeep.  The jeep used the T-84J.  Below are listed several (but not all) of the various vehicles that used a T-84.  I didn’t bother to list them but there was at least one car, a Studebaker, that used a T-84 after the war.

Information extracted from The Hollander.

T-84A-1, 1A and T84B-1A
Continental Late ‘32-33 Flyer
Graham 36 80 Crusader

Continental ‘32 Beacon, Early Flyer

Mack ‘37-40 2M4A
Reo Truck ‘36-39 4-75, 3/4 ton

Willys ‘38-39 Pass.
Willys ‘39 Overland

Bantam ‘38-40

Stude ‘39-40 Champion (overdrive)

Nash ‘41-42 40

AS1 T-84J
Am Bantam (Jeep) 40 BRC 1/4T 4×4

AS1 T-84J
Willys 41-45 Army 1/4T

AS2 T-84J
Ford Jeep ‘42-45 GPW 1/4 T 4×4

Bantam 41-42

The T-84 gets a rap for being a bad and weak transmission.  You have to wonder why it was used in some many cars (and trucks!) for so long a period of time if better transmissions were available.

For more about the T-84 WW2 jeep transmission, check out my book  –  Trouble Shooting And Rebuilding The T-84J.  You really can rebuild a WW2 jeep transmission.


Could it be the carb? Could be...

Could it be the carb? Could be but…

Failure of the engine to operate is rarely caused by carburetor defects. If it is determined that the carburetor is responsible (that is, the ignition system is working properly and fuel is reaching the carburetor), the carburetor may be clogged or the float level may be improper.

I knew it wasn’t likely the carb that was acting up!

The only adjustments the second and third echelons can make on the carburetor are adjustments of the idling speed, the idling mixture, the choke control mechanism, and the accelerator pump seasonal adjustment. An improper adjustment should not prevent engine operation, but the proper adjustment is necessary for maximum operating efficiency.


Look for leaks at the fuel line connections. If any leakage cannot be stopped by drawing up the union nut, there may be a split tube or a poor seat in the union. A damaged flare should be cut off and a new flare made with a flaring tool. Packing with a string may serve as a temporary repair. If the fuel contains a dye, a fuel leak may be indicated by an accumulation of the dye. But it should be remembered that the porous metal used for some castings sometimes permits a small amount of seepage, and an accumulation of dye may be due to this rather than a fuel leak. Leakage may be caused by a split adapter, in which case temporary repair can be made by soldering (Editor’s Note: Use caution when attempting to solder anything used in the fuel system. The parts should be cleaned of all fuel residue before attempting to solder. If you do not already know how to solder, just procure new parts!)

Fuel Bowl

Fuel seeping out around the fuel-bowl cover indicates a loose cover, a damaged gasket or casting, or a defective float valve. Slight seepage is probably due to a loose cover. Extensive seepage is likely to be caused by a defective float valve. (Editor’s Note: The “defective float valve” could simply be the result of contaminated fuel – dirt/rust, etc.)

  1. Remove the fuel-bowl cover to examine the float. If the float contains fuel, causing it to lose buoyancy, determine where the fuel entered the float and drill a small hole (1/8 in.) at this point. Drain the fuel from the float, and patch the hole with a light drop of solder. (Editor’s Note: See comment above about soldering. Today it practical just to obtain a new float in a carb rebuild kit.)
  2. If the float needle valve and seat show indications of wear, replace them with new parts and new gaskets. From the specifications of the carburetor, adjust the carburetor, determine the correct float level, and set the float by bending the float support arm. Hold the float in the closed position and blow into the fuel-line adapter. No air should pass through the valve. (Editor’s Note: For MB/GPWs set the float with a gage or 3/8 in.)
  3. Examine the gasket. Replace it if there are any breaks or hardened sections. Be sure the new gasket does not obstruct any apertures in the housings. Draw down the cover screws evenly.

Plug Caps

Inspect all caps covering the check valves and jets. Tighten any of these that leak. Tighten the flange nuts or cap screws holding the carburetor to the manifold assembly.

Fuel Strainer

Remove fuel strainer from the carburetor or the cover from the strainer. Wash the strainer with cleaning fluid and a brush and dry it with compressed air. Examine strainer gasket, and replace if compressed or damaged.

Solex – If You’re Tired of Fooling Around With Old Carter Carbs

Now if you get fed up with your old Carter, you might consider purchasing a brand new Solex Carburetor. The Solex is a good carb to use but it doesn’t work the same as a Carter when it comes to cold starting and choke.  In fact, the Solex doesn’t have a choke…it has a starter.

Repro Carter – If You’re Tired of Fooling Around With Old Carter AND Solex Carbs

Now if you get fed up with your old Carter and Solex carbs, you might consider purchasing a brand new reproduction Carter made by Joe’s Motor Pool Jeep Parts.  Various retailers sell the carbs. I didn’t have any luck with the new Carter but I suspect it was because my manifold was also screwed up.

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.

Grandpa’s War Pony is available from and other booksellers.

Standard Nomenclature List that is…

Army Jill, my mechanic always uses the SNL G-503 to confirm parts for the WW2 jeep.

Army Jill, my mechanic always uses the SNL G-503 to confirm parts for the WW2 jeep.

Army Jill, my mechanic always uses the SNL G-503 to confirm parts for the WW2 jeep. It is one of the most important books you can have when ordering parts for your old World War Two military jeep.

Well, the Internet is a wonderful thing.  If you look hard enough sometimes you will find just what you are looking for.  Well, I wasn’t looking for it …but I found it anyway.  If you haven’t purchased a copy of the SNL G-503 parts list for the Willys MB and Ford GPW then you are in luck.  You can find a copy on the Internet Archive! Now it isn’t the complete book, the cover and a few minor pages appear to be missing but the book is still usable.

You can also find other WW2 jeep related books on the Internet Archive.  Just dig around a little bit and you will find them.  Sometimes it is handy to have an electronic copy around even when you have the real thing in hand.  Makes it easier to pose your question when you have a picture or a page of information to go with it!  Check out the Internet Archive, it is a great resource.

You may be interested in a book I’ve written that is available from and other booksellers.  It is a children’s book discussing the WW2 jeep, it’s called Grandpa’s War Pony.

Grandpa's War Pony

Grandpa’s War Pony

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After a long drive in the jeep, I like a good cup of joe, don't you?

After a long drive in the jeep, I like a good cup of joe, don’t you?

Bomber Bob flying aboard his B-17 during WW2. Makes a great coffee cup for you!

Bomber Bob flying aboard his B-17 during WW2

Bomber Bob Large Mug

Bomber Bob and his trusty B-17 of the U.S. Army Air Forces during WW2. Great for a cup of coffee or tea!

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Army Jill in the 1942 Ford GPW.

Now that winter type weather is over-at least here in Florida, there’s nothing like a drive through the country in the jeep.  Just fire up the old gal (the jeep that is) and go!!

Sunny weather is here in Florida.  Of course, it could just as well be pouring rain.  Either way makes for a wonderful drive in the WW2 Ford GPW.  Jill is all set for a drive to go on a picnic.

Your oil is important.  Army Jill made sure the oil level was up to snuff and that the brakes would actually stop the four-wheeled beast before taking off.  All was in readiness and we had an enjoyable drive.

If there was any trouble she would refer to the two troubleshooting books that she always carries with her in the jeep — Automotive Trouble Shooting for WW2 Wheeled Vehicles: Volume 1 and Automotive Trouble Shooting For WW2 Wheeled Vehicles: Volume 2.