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Old 12-17-2011, 05:30 PM   #1
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WWII Willy's restoration and usage...

This thread is about restoring WWII jeeps, engines, and using WWII jeeps in the field. There seems to be a "vacuum" about these beautiful vehicles and I want to fill it.

My first jeep was a 1942 Willy's. I used it in WWII reenacting and it was a great "workhorse". Most of the time, I had nine men in it with gear, holding onto a camouflage net for dear life... well, sort of. It was the three on the hood that were hanging on for dear life. Anyway, I really used the jeep just like they did in WWII. That is when I fell in love with Jeeps. They really haven't changed much in all these years... the metallurgy is better, the paint is better, the horsepower is better, the complication is ridiculous but true to its nature and breeding... A JEEP IS A JEEP!!

Unfortunately, I was never able to restore my jeep. All I could do is keep it running. When I got out of the Army, my wife wanted to start having children and that was that. I knew I would never be able to restore it but I wanted it to go to someone who was responsible, dependable, and a friend. Someone who would "do it right" not someone who would drop a V8 in it or jack it up for deer hunting. Well, my friend David made me a very reasonable offer at a time when I needed the money. And what that man did to my jeep... oh my goodness! It is probably one of the nicest examples of a WWII jeep I have ever seen in the world!!

Pictures are worth a thousand words... so check this out. David did an outstanding job, and honestly, I didn't even hope to have my jeep looking this good. My hats off to you, David! You were "the man" to sell the jeep to and the photos prove it.

David also did WWII reenacting and he commanded a unit that portrayed the British 6th Airborne. He set his jeep up as an Airborne Communications jeep and it really is authentic! Every little thing, even down to the extra battery boxes and communitcations line. His jeep had a " No. 19 radio" in it. David wrote that another radio would be more "in use" back then but that is what he was able to find. Have you noticed the "white" rear axle cover on the last photo? I will go into that in the next post.

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It was a common thing for "black out regulations" during WWII. Bombing was a major thing in England and throughout Europe. Many citizens and soldiers died due to German bombing. Because of this, many convoys drove only at night and with "black out" lights. The idea was to cut out the ambient glare of normal headlights... to only have the absolute least amount of light to drive by available. One way of doing this was to paint the rear axle covers of vehicles white. A small light was then mounted to the bottom of the jeep's body, aimed at the rear axle.

All the driver had to do was to follow the "white bouncing ball" ahead of him and he was OK. He could drive "without lights" and not attract any unnecessary attention from the German air force. The lead vehicle had "black out" lights but he was the only one. A fighter plane or bomber wouldn't see any more lights from the convoy and would rarely risk strafing a single vehicle. The photos are below.

In the first photo, you see the white axle cover and the light aimed at it. As you see, the light is enclosed in a dark tube to cut out all ambient light. In this photo, the light is "off".

In the second photo, you see the light "on" in David's garage. That is exactly the light you would see if you were behind the jeep. As you can see, there is almost no ambient light whatsoever.

The last photo is the same from the above post... it just shows how the white painted rear axle cover looks in daylight.

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The British Airborne troops, as well as any airborne troops, had to cut all unnecessary weight from their vehicles. They had to maximize the effective use of any space they had in their vehicles. Most of the Airborne jeeps were brought in by gliders, along side of the paratroops. This is how it was with both British and American troops in WWII.

In the first photo, you see the "No. 19 Wireless set". David would be the first one to tell you that the Brits primary used another wireless set late in the war. The second photo shows boxes containing extra battery and parts for repair. These guys had to be "self contained" or they died.

In the third photo, you see three Jerry cans mounted behind the seats and between the seats. And these are the real "Jerry" cans, not the American type. Both were used by almost every combatant in WWII. They were very unique back then and allowed men to carry ten gallons of gasoline or water while carrying the rest of their gear. It was a quick way to move fuel to larger vehicles and water to thirsty troops. And I don't mean it was easy to do this, but if people needed fuel or water and you had a 100 men sitting there, they could simply move one thousand gallons of water or petrol almost as easy as walking. (Walking with a load, of course.)

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This "post" is dedicated to the WWII vehicle restorers and the WWII veterans and their families. Why? They were the "greatest generation". They fought a World War that spanned the entire globe. That generation saw the evil for what it was AND THEY DIDN'T WHINE ABOUT IT! They said, "Enough is enough! This evil is going to stop and I am going to fight to stop it. If I die, it was worth it." Think about the courage those men had to face an enemy that was believed to be undefeatable. Japan had invaded Asia in 1933 and continued their conquest of "free people" throughout Asia. Adolph Hitler loved the ideas of Mussolini and decided fascism was what Germany needed, as long as he was in charge. He murdered his enemies and began invading other countries. Enough was enough. If Japan kept invading countries and Germany kept invading countries, then it stands to reason they would keep doing it until they enslaved the entire world.

The WWII generation fought this. The men went off to war and the women kept the homes going. Some worked in factories making war materials so their very husbands could fight with. The entire family was mobilized for this war effort. No whining! It had to be done. Evil had to be defeated or be enslaved by it.

Now, out comes the WWII jeep. A vehicle designed for reconnaissance work, yet used for just about everything. A truly "Can Do" vehicle. 53 horsepower, three speed transmission, 4:88 gears, etc. A simple, reliable, dependable vehicle to get four men from point A to point B in all kinds of conditions. The jeep was as rugged and dependable as the men who road it and fought from it. It worked... PERIOD!!

The following photos are various jeeps that have been restored to running condition. Each one is a living display of WWII and the vehicles that brought the men into battle and anywhere else for that matter. These jeeps were part of a "living history" display put on by the owners of the vehicles and WWII reenactors. They put on a demonstration for the veterans and their families, and the public in general. The first photo is my friend's jeep. It is in excellent shape and runs great. I believe he has over 70,000 miles since his "frame up" restoration. He knows the strengths and weaknesses of the American Jeep with actual field use.

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This photo is Alan and I at the recent Houston Air Show. I am in my WWII 1SAS uniform, while Alan is wearing his WWII American HBTs. (The HBTs were considered a work uniform in Europe. The general "battle uniform" was the "woolens".) I have commanded or trained the 1SAS unit for many years. My unit was the British 1st Special Air Service. At one time, we had at least three jeeps and we used them in our "tacticals." (Tacticals were battles fought on different areas of land. The tacticals were "war games" no different than the war games performed by our military today, except we were limited to WWII technology and weapons. This is what WWII reenacting is about.) I commanded at least four, 4-man teams, a T.O.C. (Tactical Operations Center/HQ) and a reserve element (this comprised of men who were new and had no field experience.)

This photo shows part of the "living history" display that was put on at the Houston Air Show this past October. We did it for the WWII veterans, their families, and the public. We were there for them... to honor and to commemorate those WWII veterans that served in that "great war."

The photo shows a jeep (which is Alan's and he was complaining the entire weekend about what condition his jeep was in.) His jeep is one of the best jeeps I have ever seen. Remember, he actually uses his jeep. He goes into the woods, the field, trails, mud holes, river crossing, you name... he does it. Many other jeeps are "museum quality" units but his is really used. And the funny part of it, his jeep still looks in great shape and it is so much better looking than my old Willy's looked when I had it.

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These photos are of a WWII jeep that Alan was about to start restoring. This jeep was in great shape but it needed a lot of work to bring it back to "WWII specifications." These photos are typical of restored WWII jeeps today.

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The following photos are of WWII Jeep "Convoys" in a forest. These guys dress up in WWII uniforms and take their vehicles out to go "camping." They use all WWII gear and have a great time.

The first photo contains five WWII jeeps, both Ford and Willys and on the very end, there is one CJ2A. You will note the two "tow bars" on two of the jeeps.

The second photo (in the first column) shows two of the jeeps hooked up by "tow bar." When these guys cross a river, they hook up their tow bars and they go at it "in line." They just plow through. Usually the lead jeeps gets the worst of it, while the last jeep gets the next worst of it. But they all manage to get through, in line and together. All kicking butt.

The third photo (in the second column) shows the jeeps on the side of the road. It was "lunch time"...

The last photo is cruising down the trail. These guys really enjoy these "outings" and the vehicles are so quiet. It is amazing how quiet these "Flat Head" four cylinders are!!! They are super quiet. If you ever hear a noisy one, it is "out of tune" or there is an exhaust problem. When they are going slow in the field, you can barely hear them.

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The first photo shows Alan drying out his distributor. Four other WWII jeeps went through this same "puddle". He would have made it but he decided to "Ye ha" it and it got his distributor damp. The jeep stopped right in the middle. Once he got the distributor dry, he drove right on out at the "none ye ha" speed. The jeep behind him drove around the puddle. The owner saw Alan's "fun" and decided he wanted no part of it.

The second photo (in the first column) shows Alan driving around town with his dog. Boy that jeep looks nice!

The third photo shows Alan in the field again. This time, he has the windshield cover on his windshield. It is that big padded canvas thing draped across his hood.

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Here are some restoration shots... the red primed panels are "new steel" that has been primed and fitted.

In the fourth photo (the second column), you will notice the brass fire extinguisher to the left of the clutch pedal. Also, if you look real close, above the transmission stick shift plate, on the floor board right under the center of the dash, is a little black button with two steel bolts. That is the ignition switch. You pressed it with your toe. I am not kidding.

In the fifth photo, if you look closely, there is a black knob to the top right of the gas pedal. This "knob" was actually a "heel rest" so you could put your foot on it while you started the jeep. The WWII jeeps didn't have "keyed ignition". What they had was a "toe button" starter. You rested your heel on that knob and you put the toe of your boot on the ignition switch, which you can see in photo #4.
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These are some photos of the L134 "Go Devil" engine. It was rebuilt to "better than factory specs" and it looks fantastic!! Remember, these jeeps only had 53 horsepower at the flywheel! Today horse power is rated at the rear tires. You tend to lose a chunk of horsepower going through the transmission, transfer case and rear axle. (Just for your information... the WWII Jeep had 4.88 gears.) So figure about 40 "usable" horsepower going to the rear tires AND I AM BEING VERY OPTIMISTIC!!

Now, some information about these engines... They were extremely quiet engines for their time. If they were tuned correctly and there was no exhaust problem, you could barely hear these engines at idle.

If you notice in the engine compartment, the radiator lines are rubber and steel units. The steel part was extremely durable, until it rusted out. The rubber parts were easily replaced by normal radiator hose... It was much easier logistically to maintain that supply chain.

You will notice at the bottom of the front of the exhaust manifold is a glass inverted bowl. That is the top of the fuel pump/ filter assembly. This was not a WWII unit. The fuel pump assembly they used in WWII, had a thin steel inverted bowl. Most WWII restorers today go to the "after WWII" unit because they can better see what their fuel condition is like... they can visually see if it is dirty or not. Also the WWII fuel pump/fuel filter assembly had a small lever for priming the carburetor, if you needed to. Such as if it sat up for a long time.

There is something missing in these two photos... well, actually a few things. But these vehicles had "headlight assemblies" mounted behind the front grill. They were mounted on hinges that tightened down with a single wing nut. If it was necessary to work on the engine at night, you popped the hood, and loosened the wing nuts. The entire headlight assembly would now rotate from front to back, and shine toward the engine. It didn't provide a lot of light, but it was better than nothing...

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These are more photos of just the L134 "Go Devil" engine. This engine was just restored. You will note that this engine is a Willy's so it is painted Dark Olive Drab. The WWII Ford engines were painted gray. These motors are "flat head" units, not "overhead valve" units as found in most vehicles today. They also were "long stroke" engines compared to the "short stroke" engines of today. What this means in real, every day terms is that the motor is super quiet and can take a beating and keep running. It is not a better motor than what we have today, but it does have its advantages.

I will post more photos showing the rebuilding of this motor and others. I think you will like it. At the very least, it shows where our modern jeep comes from... its heritage of being a "military work horse" not originally a "civilian jeep". I am always amazed at how dependable these vehicles were! After driving them in the field for almost a decade, I truly appreciate the WWII jeep. It has its limitations LIKE EVERY OTHER JEEP HAS... but it keeps going. It is simple, unpretentious, rugged and dependable. You can get quite attached to these original jeeps...

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Here are some photos regarding the WWII Jeep's Fuel system. As most of you know, the carburetor was a one barrel design. If you look at the fourth photo (second column), you will notice a close up of the "fuel pump/fuel filter assembly". You can see the inverted glass bowl on top of the unit. Remember, this was not a WWII fuel pump. During the war, they used a thin, steel inverted bowl. As was mentioned in earlier posts, many WWII jeep restorers go to this "after war unit" because it allows them to see the condition of their fuel. With the glass, you can see any contaminates in the fuel and deal with it immediately before it does any damage.

In the third photo (first column), you will see the oil "dipstick". This design was simple and effective. The dipstick was welded into the cap. You will notice the top of the "tube" is like a funnel. This was where you poured in new oil. An ingenious design that worked. And remember, back then there was no "plastic bottles of oil". It was huge one, quart steel cans that had to be punctured with a special spout and poured in that way (or you could use a "punch" type can opener and pour it in like that.)

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Here are some photos of the distributor. The WWII jeep used a "points and condenser" type distributor. It was simple and easy to work on. Generally when required, you replaced the points and condenser. The "point gap" then had to be set. In WWII, this required a feeler gauge. Today, we use a "dwell meter." These distributors were not as efficient as a HEI unit, but they worked. Also, remember that ALL of the muscle cars of the 1960s to the 1970s used "points and condenser" type distributors. They work, but they do have limitations that were addressed in the HEI units.

The first photo shows the original distributor being "chucked up" to be "broken down". It will then be rebuilt. This particular unit was rebuilt before. On WWII Jeeps, it is common to have the distributor "seize up in the hole". Usually some "liquid wrench" or "PB blaster" AND time will take care of it.

The two bottom photos show the rebuilt and installed unit. A little difference, eh?
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Here are some earlier photos of the engine. You will notice the valves in a "flat head" engine run along side the piston cylinders. They are not above them as in modern "overhead valve" engines. The head on a "flat head" engine is simply a casting that directs the combustion mixture to the cylinders, it also allows coolant to continue flowing from "block to head" and back again. It is a different engine than a modern day engine.

The bottom photos show the valves and valve springs. On the side of the block is an "inspection port" that is covered with a gasketed plate. If there is anything that might be wrong, here is where you check this part of your drivetrain.

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Old 12-18-2011, 06:26 PM   #16
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Every single vehicle here is beyond my time alive, but I must say that I am very impressed. Thanks for posting!
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You gentlemen are more than welcome. I am just glad I can post some photos of the original jeeps being restored. It kind of lets you know where you came from, huh?

It is funny but after these posts and looking at them again, I began to "relive" the connection between the original WWII jeeps and today's modern jeeps. You really know where the modern Jeep came from. You really appreciate those that put them together, drove them, rode them and fought from them. It is like a "time capsule". I know I have more appreciation for jeeps now and most importantly, WWII veterans.

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More WWII Jeep Photos #15...

Here is a photo of a WWII jeep dash. It is only the gauges but you can see them clearly. The two "nipple" looking things at the top of the gauges are the lights. These gauges weren't "self illuminating" and they were concerned with ambient light being seen in combat... so these lights are shielded and only direct light downward, toward the gauges. They aren't much, but they work. As you can see, the gauges included everything but a tachometer.

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More WWII Jeep Photos #16...

These photos show the rebuilt engine going into the jeep. The jeep is a Willy's and the way you tell is the front crossmember. On the Willy's the crossmember is a round, tube crossmember. Ford used a "C" channel... it really wasn't a "C" channel but if you see it, you will understand what I mean. On the Ford, the "open end" of the "C" channel points to the rear.

The fourth photo (2nd column) that a "black out" light was installed on the driver's side front fender. The strip of metal going around it is to help keep it from getting smashed.

The fifth photo (1st column) is of the engine compartment. Just a "note of interest" is on the driver's side front fender are some wrenches and a white rag. If you look "on top of the rag, on the firewall" you will see a flat square bracket. This bracket held a brass oiler. In some old movies, if you ever see a mechanic oiling hinges, that funny oiler that makes the squeaky sound rested on top of this bracket.

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More WWII Jeep Photos #17...

Here are some WWII photos of actual jeeps in combat. These particular jeeps were used by the British 1 Special Air Service (SAS). If you didn't know, the SAS were the first Special Forces in existence. They operated in four man teams, and each man had a specialty and a secondary specialty. We take this as normal, for special forces today, but back then it was revolutionary. The founder of the SAS was David Stirling. He realized that the Commandoes had logistical problems, mainly for sending in so many men to do a mission. (The British Commandoes attacked with 100-3,000 men at a time. 1/3 of the force would just be used to secure the beach head as the rest of the men went on to accomplish the mission. This made detection by the enemy easier than trying to detect a few four-man teams. David Stirling got the attention of a General and the rest was history.

The first photo shows the "typical" SAS desert jeep. It has a .50 caliber Browning belt fed machine gun in front of the passenger seat. A twin vickersK machine gun in the rear (it was .303 caliber) and a single vickersK for the driver to use. You will notice the extra jerry cans strapped to the hood and in the rear of the jeep. The would contain both water and petrol (gasoline). The Jeep would carry extra parts because sometimes the jeep would break down. As the jeeps were almost ALWAYS overloaded with ammo, gasoline and water... axles were breaking. Ford addressed this problem with better "heat treating" but it was still a problem. The fact is, even a jeep has limitations.
Another thing to observe (and compare it to later photos of these jeeps in Europe) is the pouches, boxes, small backs, large packs and canteens hanging on the outside of the jeep. This gave the crew more "leg room". However, this didn't necessarily work in the forests of Italy, Norway, France, Belgium and Germany where trees have a nasty habit of ripping those things off.

The second photo shows the modified front grill. They removed all of the "slats" they could for more air flow to the radiator. The condenser can is held on to the passenger side of the grill. This can condensed steam into water and retuned it to the radiator. As you know, every drop of water matter in the desert.

The bottom photo is a picture of David Stirling himself with some of his men, before a mission. He is the one standing.

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More WWII Jeep Photos #18...

Many people don't know this but the desert of North Africa is a featureless desert. The sand dunes can be as high as small mountains and they move with wind storms. Also there are huge parts of the desert that cannot be traversed by any mechanical vehicle. They sink right into the desert, as if they are in quick sand.

During the late 1920s and early 1930s, some men surveyed and mapped this area of North Africa. These men were British explorers on "great safaris" and adventures across the African desert. (It was their maps the Allies used to fight the Germans with.)

They invented items that made desert travel simpler and "less harsh". They developed the "sun compass" which used the sun to determine which direction you were heading. They used the sextant to find out their exact locations, just as a sailor would on the ocean. They invented the "water condenser" for the radiator to keep water in and cooler.

These "first explorers" also developed "sand channels" which were used to get stuck jeeps out of the "sticky situation" they were in. Sand channels were pieces of heavy gauge sheet metal cut in rectangles with holes cut into it. If the jeep was stuck, these sand channels would be placed in front of the front tires so the tires would get a grip on them. The jeep would climb out under its own power, if all went well.

The first photo shows a beautiful reproduction of a desert "sun compass" made by a very crafty Australian machinist. There were different variants of the sun compass used, some large, some small but they all operated the same.

All the other photos show different WWII jeeps restored in a 1SAS desert configuration. Most of these jeeps were actually restored in England and displayed at that military vehicle show. I am sorry. I do not know the name of it, but it is one of the biggest military vehicle shows in Europe.

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More WWII Jeep Photos #19...

These photos are close up shots of one of the restored jeeps at the English Military Vehicle Show. She is a beaut!! The owner did his research and located some of the most "hard to find" pieces. The round, flat disc on the top of the dash is a "sun compass". This is one of the other types found on these jeeps. They are extremely hard to find.

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More WWII Jeep Photos #20...

This is the final engine installation. As you can see, Alan has done another fantastic job with another WWII jeep. I hope you guys like these photos because he sent them to me to share with you. He is not the kind of guy to "toot his own horn"... but he liked the idea of posting these photos for WWII veterans and Jeep drivers so they can see where the jeep came from. He does a lot of veterans' benefits and public displays. He is extremely knowledgeable about WWII jeeps and what makes them "tick".

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Great thread! Thanks for sharing I love my jeep but always loved the willys.
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H2_recoveryteam,

I love your "user name". It is creative and ingenious. My daughters can't stand the H2s and H3s. They prefer the Willy's, modern jeeps or the H1. Anything else is considered just "show". Thanks for the post. I hope you and your family have a great Christmas!!

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I love your "user name". It is creative and ingenious. My daughters can't stand the H2s and H3s. They prefer the Willy's, modern jeeps or the H1. Anything else is considered just "show". Thanks for the post. I hope you and your family have a great Christmas!!

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More WWII Jeep Photos #21...

These are some WWII SAS jeep photos in NW Europe. You will notice some similarities between these jeeps and the desert outfitted jeeps.

In the first photo, you will notice this jeep is not set up for combat at all. These two SAS troopers are wearing the maroon berets as the SAS were now under the Airborne "umbrella" AND ALL BRITISH AIRBORNE TROOPS WORE THEM. In other photos, you will still see the SAS defiantly wearing their beige berets up until the end of the war. It really was the unit commanders call.

The second photo, (in second column) shows two jeeps obviously brought back from Africa. The front grill has been cut, as was the custom in Africa but the condenser can has been removed. Also, they have mounted spares to their hoods... not the usual jerry cans. WWII jeeps had gas tanks that mounted under the driver's seat. They held 15 gallons, and to fill them, you lifted up the bottom cushion of the driver's seat. This exposed the gas tank filler cap. On many of these late war jeeps set up for the Special Air Service, is extended fuel tanks. One behind the driver's seat and one, behind the passenger's seat. Both were mounted on the rear tire well.

The third photo shows an WWII jeep restored in British SAS fashion for the deserts of Africa.

The fourth photo shows another type of SAS jeep used through NW Europe. This one has "Armored glass" over some plate steel. This acted as a windshield that provided some protection against small arms fire. The SAS got quite a reputation for their agressive tactics against the German SS as they tried to exterminate entire villages. The British SAS, upon hearing of the event, would sweep down from the woods and cut down the SS with all of their machine guns "ablazing". This small, simple frontal shield stopped more bullets then their uniforms did. Also, you see the rear fuel tanks but unfortunately, you don't see their "cargo baskets". They didn't mount too many things on the sides of the vehicles because trees and shrub bushes would rip them off. They instead made "cargo baskets" out of steel strips. These were bolted or welded together and to the rear of the jeep. Two extra spare tires were mounted to the rear of this "basket". It allowed them to carry more gear in the field and kept it away from those "thieving trees"...

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The WWII jeeps weighed in at around 2,000 pounds. Sometimes to work on the undercarriage, the Army mechanics would get some men and tilt the jeep onto its passenger side. Of course, this had to be on level ground but this was a "field expedient" method. They would then drop the transmission, the transfer case or anything else they needed. If you have ever done this with the jeep "jacked up" you can see the advantage of this. Obviously the gasoline would have to be dealt with first.
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Bill Mauldin cartoons...

I came across this Bill Mauldin Jeep cartoon... I thought you guys would appreciate it. I also found some more so I posted them also...

The second cartoon had the caption, "What are you so upset about? I made it out safely."

The third cartoon had the caption, "Hey, didn't we meet at Montecassino?"

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