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


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

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.

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

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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?
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.


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.

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 (10 yo) and his brother, Carlos (8.5 yo) 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 familar 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.

I like to walk around my jeep and look at it from all angles.
I like to walk around my jeep and look at it from all angles.

Pre-Standardized Jeep by David DoylePre-Standardized Jeep (Walk Around Color Series)

David Doyle is a prolific author on many military vehicle subjects.  His latest book is about early WW2 jeeps.  According to, the book is “80 pages.  A detailed look at Jeep’s early evolution with more than 250 photographs, color profiles and detailed line drawings. Three distinct versions of a reconnaissance car were produced before they were standardized into the World War II-era Jeep. Bantam, Ford and Willys produced different models to win military contracts. “  Check out the book, available from – Pre-Standardized Jeep (Walk Around Color Series).

You also might be interested in my book covering the same subject, BANTAM, FORD AND WILLYS-1/4-TON RECONNAISSANCE CARS. The book is 172 pages and the majority of the pictures were taken by me as I walked around and crawled under the pre-standardized jeeps.

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

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

War correspondents on the road betwen Iran and Russia.

These guys were on the way to Russia.  A tough trip to be sure!

Correspondents with a United States Army truck convoy which carried supplies for the aid of Russia somewhere in Iran.  Photo from the National Archives.

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.


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.