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Old 04-01-2019, 05:48 PM
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Can you help me ID my Grandfather's Jeep?

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My first post here. I'm trying to figure out what model Jeep this was. Judging by this page https://www.jeep.com/history/1940s.html I can't seem to find one that fits it exactly. I remember the gas cap was under the driver's seat. These photos were shot in the 60s.

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It is nearly certain that it is either a Willys MB or Ford GPW (1941-1945). You can tell it is an ex-military jeep tub because the civilian ones (CJ2A) had a tailgate and the spare tire was on the side (among other things). There a few subtle differences between the MB and GPW but for the most part they were identical.

I said it was nearly certain that is an MB or GPW because at the end of the war, Willys-Overland had lots of MB tubs and chassis left over and the government wasn't buying any more Jeeps. The CJ2A was so similar to the MB, some of the early civilian Jeeps (1945) had MB tubs put on them. I actually think that it is one of these CJ2As based on a couple of differences from a true MB. In an MB, the headlights are recessed but on a CJ2A, they are built into the grill. Also, they had a rounded front bumper rather than a squared-off one on the MB. It is obvious he had modified it with things like a bench seat so he could have modified the headlights and bumper but I think that is likely the way he bought it.

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It is nearly certain that it is either a Willys MB or Ford GPW (1941-1945). You can tell it is an ex-military jeep tub because the civilian ones (CJ2A) had a tailgate and the spare tire was on the side (among other things). There a few subtle differences between the MB and GPW but for the most part they were identical.

I said it was nearly certain that is an MB or GPW because at the end of the war, Willys-Overland had lots of MB tubs and chassis left over and the government wasn't buying any more Jeeps. The CJ2A was so similar to the MB, some of the early civilian Jeeps (1945) had MB tubs put on them. I actually think that it is one of these CJ2As based on a couple of differences from a true MB. In an MB, the headlights are recessed but on a CJ2A, they are built into the grill. Also, they had a rounded front bumper rather than a squared-off one on the MB. It is obvious he had modified it with things like a bench seat so he could have modified the headlights and bumper but I think that is likely the way he bought it.

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Thanks for having me and for sharing such detailed information. I'm going to show this to my 91-year-old father, who also took these photos, luckily on Kodachrome slides, so they still look as good as the day he shot them. I really appreciate your time!
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Exactly! I'm in the process of digitally shooting an archive of our original film, dating from the 30s to 2002. I miss that smell of Kodachrome, both fresh out of the canister and the processed slides. There was nothing like it.

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