Here are some war-time Willys adaptations that you may have never seen before. All were innovations in terrain navigation… some were successful and some were not. Our favorite is the “Short Cut”!
The eight-wheeled XM170 was designed for better flotation; however, eight 7.00×16 tires pushed together only stressed bearings and made control an ordeal (results found in a 1943 test report).
Paddle Wheels. These paddles were actually a separate unit that could be removed and stored while not in use.
This Willy MB is fit with 2 ply tractor tires and chains intended to transverse the snow.
The Willys MB rail fitting above (called a “Short Cut”) was created because although many 3rd world countries had established rail systems, working roads were in short supply. This innovation was a success.
Did you like the photos above? They all came from “Volume Three: All-American Wonder – The Photographic History of the U.S. Military 1/4 Ton Truck” by Fred W. Crimson.
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