Ford GPW 1943 - Greetings from Salzburg - Austria! Bought my Willys / GPW mixture in 2001, not perfect but almost conditions. During the last years I added several items to it like A-Frame, Radio, M1 Garand, some stuff from the GI´s, during the winter I´d like to mount the Capstan Winch that I recently bought, a lot of the things on it lead to the Signal Corps (Signal Flags, Telephones, wiring tools, ... ). I think there is space
for a lot of more adds on it, like the 30. or 50.cal perhaps. Our best trip was D-Day 2004 in Normandy, very impressing to see! Two years ago we did a long trip trough the Alps between Austria and Italy - that was really cool - only old Jeeps. This summer we had also a small trip trough the mountains - no Jeep was "younger" than 1955 - that was cool!
This is my GPW mod 1942 with all the gear in pretty good shape.
The story as from the time in the force, I don't know. But its civilian life started in 1950. It was then bought by a construction company up in the far both of Norway. Its " JOB" was to transport the bosses long into tunnels build for electrical water pipes. Further it was bought by a county up in the far north, fire department, chief vehicle.
I bought it back in the year 2002. Now I use it of fun here in the Oslo area and in the mountains, off road. It works like a clock! Very popular with wife, children, grand children and Ellen...earlier Bill! Bill enjoyed it very much!
I got my first ride in a jeep in Brussels in 1944, with the great G.I.s of the 238th Engineers. I decided there and then that I wanted to become an American and have my jeep. Today I am and I have! I put two photos together: me in 1944 when Brussels was being liberated and my jeep today, almost 100% restored.
Keep up the good work
Mike, here are a few taken prior to restoration 7 years ago. I'll send some current ones when I get them taken. I bought the gpw from an employee who kept it in her back yard for a friend, who got it from her grandfather who used it as a hunting vehicle in Colorado. I had to replace the left rear quarter panel, the gas tank pan and a strip of the floor running from the gas tank pan to the right side of the tub under the seats, and restore much of it to original.
Jim Daugherty, Phoenix, AZ
The Jeep is a 1944 GPW. Ford gave their WWII products a model code that began with the letter G indicating a Government contract. For vehicles the next letter indicated the type of vehicle. The letter P meant "80" wheelbase reconnaissance car. P was selected since the original pilot model from Ford was known as the PYGMY within the company. The W meant standardized War Department design. The GPW uses split wheels that bolt together so that you can change tires in a field. The engine is the same as my 1948 Willys pickup . The cylinder head attached with cap screws up to engine # 288835, later with studs and nuts.