Maybe you need information about the winterization of Willys MBs and Ford GPWs?

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 recieved 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 gauranteed never to freeze…boil, er, broil maybe but never freeze. Much more is covered!

Winter and the Willys MB/Ford GPW
by Robert Notman
Genre: U.S. Government

$24.49 PLUS SHIPPING.  Price subject to change.
Paperback: 83 pages

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Synopsis: A book that includes the gear issued by the US Army to winterize the WW2 jeep

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About This Book:

The 83 page book contains the instruction manual for installing the Winterization Kits that were issued during WW2. Frankly, when I started 20 years ago in this hobby I didn’t even know WW2 jeeps could have had a heater. There is information here about the slave kit…this allowed one jeep to be used as a starter vehicle for other vehicles that were too frozen to start on their own.

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Book Information:

· Paperback: 83 pages
· Binding: Perfect-Bound
· Publisher: Robert Notman (May 2004)
· Product Number: 11363108 (Click to order online!)

You can purchase this book not only from www.cafepress.com/42FordGPW

( Call TOLL FREE in the US: 877.809.1659 and ask for Product Number 11363108)

You will find this book interesting, if you are interested in the winter gear for the jeep. If you liked Becker’s book you are really going to like this book, the pictures from the installation manual are very clear. You can actually see the water line hookups and other featuers clearly. Get your copy today!

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

Army Jill going for a swim.

Army Jill going for a swim.

When a girl goes for a swim during World War Two–you just can’t be too careful. Here Jill leaves the jeep with her helmet and rifle slung over her shoulder…in case she should make contact with thugs from the Axis powers.

She always takes along at least one book to read while resting from swimming. One of the books she likes is Military Maintenance for MB/GPW Jeeps 1941-45 and it is available from booksellers everywhere, including Amazon. While not a maintenance book, it does cover topics that were important to WW2 mechanics.  Many of the articles come from the original Army Motors produced by the US Army to keep drivers and mechanics informed about their vehicles.

Another book she often takes along is the The Complete WW2 Military Jeep Manual (Brooklyns Militarey Vehicles).  This is a collection of WW2 military maintenance manuals with specific guidance and procedures to keep your WW2 jeep maintained.  If you only have one book for your WW2 jeep, it should be this one!  But really you need lots of books!

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.

I love to read books about WW2 jeeps, don't you?

I love to read books about WW2 jeeps, don’t you?

51pajnbh2jl_sl160_Amazon.com: Jeeps at War: Robert A. Fletcher This is a cute book written and illustrated by the Fletcher family.  In fact three generations of Fletchers collaborated to create the book.  The book is great for children or those casually interested in jeep facts.  The book claims that 350,000 jeeps were produced for the US and that 250,000 were built for use by our allies.  One of the many drawings shows what looks like a WW2 jeep with a postwar winter enclosure with doors.  Other facts are just as strained, “jeeps were droopped by parachutes or delivered by gliders.” Really? The only evidence I’ve ever seen is that jeeps were delivered by gliders.The book is in my collection and I won’t part with it.  It’s nearly perfect for children who won’t get caught up in the details but will enjoy the story line and the pictures.  You can find this book at Amazon.com – Jeeps at War.

Army Jill and the WW2 jeep.

The jeep and pin-ups just seem to go together.  During WW2 pin-ups were a highly desired commodity by most GIs.

For the Boys

According to Amazon.com’s website, “A lavishly illustrated scrapbook of World War II pin-up memorabilia, For The Boys showcases the morale-boosting pin-up calendars, postcards, cartoons, matchbooks, and playing cards that sweethearts, wives, and relatives sent from the home front to their men in the armed forces.  ”

Check it out – For the Boys: The Racy Pin-Ups of World War II.

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Take aim at this book!  I think you will like it. I know I did.

The JEEP in every possible condition.THE JEEP IN EVERY POSSIBLE CONDITION: Or, How to Restore Your Jeep This book is written in French and English.  While it isn’t really a “how to” manual strictly speaking, it does offer enough interesting details to be well worth the price.   The book is a “step by step” outline on how to repair or restore your jeep.  Not everything is covered like indicating which year of jeep should have what specific detail.  But it did have a lot of pictures on engine assembly and things to look out for. Pictures covering the transmission, transfer case and axles, too.   The book stops being about repairing or rebuilding your jeep with page 81.  There are a few WW2 pictures that are interesting.

What is confusing about this book is that it includes some jeep oddities that frankly look like “Bubba” would be really interested in this book. The rest of the  book has pictures of a stretched jeep as well as documenting how one of the authors built a Willy MB 6×6 using some “found” Dodge parts.  It’s a part of my book collection and I encourage you to check this book out on Amazon.com.  You can find it easily by clicking the link  – THE JEEP IN EVERY POSSIBLE CONDITION: Or, How to Restore Your Jeep.

CRW_3812)cartoonsmI look forward to those warm days of summer.  This picture from WW2 Fort Riley, Kansas evokes memories of warmth from a bygone era.

Troops on the move near Fort Riley, Kansas - April, 1942.

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Fort Riley, Kansas. A platoon of a mechanized cavalry reconnaissance unit returning from a day in the field. In this photo we can see a Willys MB/Ford GPW complete with a canvas windshield cover.  This picture is from the Library of Congress collection.

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Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone but especially the GIs overseas.

Ford GP on the production line - May, 1941

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The Ford GP body after being lowered, is securely fastened to the chassis and the headlights adjusted.  Ford River Rouge plant. The letters “GP” did not stand for “General Purpose”.  Those letters G stood  for government, and P for the jeep’s 80 inch-wheelbase.   There is evidence from the original WW2 Army Motors that the GP letters were pronounced as “GEEP.”  It only shows up twice in print to my knowledge….so it isn’t perfect proof but remains an interesting side-bar.