Attended the TICO Air show in Titusville FL this weekend. I submitted the photos of my 42 MB in front of the B29 FIFI. The picture of the rolling frame is my 1945 GPW in progress. The old guy in the wheel chair is 97 year old WWII veteran “2nd Armored Division Hell on Wheels” he said he was present when General Patton relieved himself in the Rhine.
Alvin Hughes, CWO4, USN (ret)
1943 MB VEEP - I just picked this VEEP yes it's a jeep on a custom tube frame, with a 1971 VW front and a VW bus transaxle. It has a 1776 VW engine, and it runs great it had set for a long time (wiring problem). I still need to
work on some of the wiring but it is on the road now. Great mileage, runs highway speeds, and off road it is great with out the 4X4 thanks for the look.
The mini Jeep body is on a 1980 John Deere lawn tractor chassis with Briggs & Stratton 11 horsepower engine and 5 speed manual transmssion. It has 12 volt headlights, WW II blackout lights and the rear taillight is a blackout light cover with LED red bulb. It also has a 2000lb electric winch, front and rear bumpers, plus receiver trailer hitch, 1.5 gallon "jerry" can which is the fuel tank and spare tire mounted on the rear panel. It also has a toy rifle mounted in a to scale rifle mount on the windshield. The windshield is fitted with Lexan. The Jeep is done in WW II US Navy paint scheme and one of the photos shows it towing a friend's 1944 GPW Navy Jeep. It now resides in southern Maryland with our son and his family.
My family and I are very proud of this Jeep. It’s a 1944 Willys MB that was ready for the crusher. My father in law who is a car dealer saw it in the junk line at an auto auction and quickly called me to see if I wanted it. It was a basket case – it had numerous coats of paint, tons of holes, many parts missing and obviously had seen duty on a farm and many hunting trips! I decided to do a frame-off restorations down to every last nut and bolt. Everything was repaired and rebuilt. The body was chemically stripped and I welded up over 200 unwanted holes in the body tub alone! My young sons even got their hands dirty and helped me! They are now 10 and 12 years old and we use the Jeep in many veterans events including our Town’s local Veteran’s recognition luncheon, musicals, numerous veteran’s days parade and even a couple BBC documentaries!
Here are a few photos of my two Jeeps in Woodhaven, New York. The 1945 Willy's hasn't seen daylight since 1951 until I acquired it from its 93 year old (Pearl Harbor survivor) owner who had it stored in a garage all those years. The 1947 was rescued from a gas station that went out of business. I am still in the process of getting the two road worthy. With the help of Kaiser Willy's, it shouldn't take long before they are on the road. More information on these jeeps to follow as the work continues.
MVPA Member # 6960
Mike, I was asked for pictures. Here are a few. I have many. We also have 2 full cabinets of toy flat fender jeeps from 3/4" to 12", metal, plastic, new, old, but mostly green.
My dad bought our jeep in 1966 for $600 at a used car lot. He wanted something to tow behind his truck & camper to use up elk hunting in the back woods of Washington state. My wife and I dated in this jeep and we went on lots of outtings with it. My dad passed away in 1976 and my mom gave it to me. We rebuilt it in 2002/2003. We've won a few trophies and plaques at local car shows but I still use it the woods each fall.
Here are a few pictures of our 1942 Willys MB.
Thanks, Gary & JoAnne Christensen
Des Moines, Washington
1944 MB Jeep - My Dad and Grandpa built this jeep back in 1970 and at that time it was rusted out the frontier tool holders were gone and no Engine, so they went from the front of the doors all the way around with 1/8" plate then installed a Chevy 283 in the engine bay, the rest of the
drive train stayed original untill 1985 when I started driving it and destroyed the tranny, so it got a chevy truck trans, then it sat from 1987 till 1995 while I was in the army, and I had purchased the frame, engine and running gear out of a 1970 Bronco........now 10" out of the middle of the frame 14" off of the front and two or so from the back, lots of welding fabricating and parts hunting and a paint job...................here you go!!! Willys 44MAG
Our car was built in 1962 by french army contructor Hotchkiss. It is a command jeep with sahara configuration (extreme temperatures). You can see the expansion bottle in the front of the radiator. They were built under Willys specifications. The model is an MB (Hotchkiss M201). We have done extensive work and rebuilt on the car with the original 1942 Willys MB manual and every bit and piece is as it shoud be.
I bought this 1944 MB from my brother in law who had bought it at the Maine Owl's Head auction August 2010.
It actually looks presentable, but on close inspection, the body is held together with a bit of Bondo here and metal plates there with a wooden front floor. It came to me with some mechanical work performed, but the four wheel drive got stuck, I couldn't keep it running so took it to a nearby restoration mechanic I know who re-wired it, changed the electrical system to 12 volts, added new dials, front parking lights, rear parking lights and we welded a KW rear panel as replacement for that cobbled together tailgate you see in the rearview picture. We thought we could save the body, but once we pulled it off the chassis, we decided DO NOT RESUSCITATE, and I ate the work. We ordered a complete body from Mike at KW, will send back the front floor plate I previously ordered for 100% credit and clean up the chassis, weld on new front rails for a proper size bumper and now for the big question on paint--I want a dark blue body, black bumpers and
jerry can holder (the spare will be mounted on the back like all army jeeps which this was). Tire rims will be cream colored. You'll note the front grill and lights are not army so they've been replaced, but I like it this way since I want the jeep (nicknamed Rocky) to look more suited for farm work. Can you help me with paint color selection? I know that dark blue and cream aren't the authentic color scheme for the years 1944-45, since the original color was OD (under at least four coats of hand brushed paint), but still have this color scheme in mind, most likely because the first cj3 I ever saw in the 1950s was that dark blue I would like Rocky to be. Plus I registered as a blue jeep after the six months to create a clear title. Massachusetts is very strict on having a clear title to register a vehicle, antique or not. In Rocky's case, we finally showed the bill of sale and got the Owl's Head Museum people to stand up and show the bill of sale for us to guarantee Rocky wasn't stolen.
Mike - You asked for pictures of your customer's "Toys".........here are some pictures of my 1942 Willys Jeep and Matching Trailer.
The jeep is dedicated to my 86 year old Uncle, who served in the China-Burma-India Theater during WWII: he had a Jeep in Kunming, China, and this one is restored to "as remembered." As an example, he remembers that his Jeep had a green plastic-type seat cover (not canvas); he remembers that his Jeep had large taillights so that the Jeep could be seen on the flight line at night, and he remembers that his Jeep did NOT have windshield wipers. So, although it is NOT period correct, I could easily make it so........I also have the original switch system to start and operate the vehicle - I made it a key-start to discourage people from playing with it when parked and displayed.
The markings on the Jeep are as follows: The Serial Number on the hood is NOT the Jeep serial number: it is actually the RA number for my Uncle; the RF bumper marking is the day he entered the US Army Air Force (also depicted on the hood); the LF bumper marking is the day he was honorably discharged; the RR bumper marking is his unit of assignment (1340th ATU - or Air Transport Unit) and the LR bumper marking is his name and rank: TSGT Estes.
This Jeep was originally sold as US Army Surplus in Vicksburg, Mississippi in May of 1953, to a friend of our family. He used it for several years as a farm vehicle, and sold it to a member of our family in 1960, who used it extensively as a hunting and fishing vehicle, and pretty well beat it up. It was given to me in 1996 in a non-operational status, and since has had a frame-off. During the frame-off, I discovered that the MWO to make it into a radio Jeep had been applied sometime during its military career: the center hole for the V-Belt to drive the radio generators is present, as is the proper covering. The pulley for the generator drive was present on the transmission, but I have since given that to another individual who is restoring an original Navy Radio Jeep.
I found the trailer on EBay - located in Abingdon, VA.....the trailer had been used and abused for a number of years - and it also has received a frame-off; however, I did NOT totally straighten the tub, as I wanted to leave some of the dents and dings........I think it adds character! All other aspects of the trailer are as-built.
I have the documentation on this Jeep since its sale as surplus. It is regularly driven, and consistently shown in parades and shows.
I am currently doing a frame-off on a 1949 4x4 Willys Utility Wagon, with the sedan delivery-type rear door....this vehicle was originally used as a "Paddy Wagon" by the local Sheriff's Department - I rescued it from the crusher - and it will be returned to a "Paddy Wagon"
configuration.....complete with Sheriff Department markings, lights, etc. I plan to place two mannequins, in proper prison attire for the period, in the rear, handcuffed to the (added) center rail.
I don't have any pictures on the '49 at this point, but if you desire, I'll take a few and send them along.......I also have a number of other, non-Willys collector cars, and if you are interested, I'll forward those.
Thanks for your interest, and thanks for the wonderful Kaiser - Willys store - you have bailed me out a number of times!
Warm Regards, Marcus
Here are a few pictures of my family MB. My grandfather bought it at Camp Roberts after the war. I think the price was around $750. He and his jeep buddies started up a jeep club in the L.A. area called the Hadjis. They ran the old four cylinder engines until mid-sixties and then swapped in Buick V-6's. Ours has a 198 CID from a Buick Skylark. Other mods that he did were: Hudson steering (steers easy) CJ-5 transmission, Mercury brakes, and it has a home made PTO winch on the front.
He started running this jeep through the Rubicon with the Jeepers Jamboree back in the 50's and it has been through 22 times. My brother and I took it through with the Jeepers Jamboree this year and nearly got out cleanly, but blew the spider gears in back going up Cadillac Hill into Tahoe.
1943 Willys MB - This "long, lost jeep was rediscovered recently in the barn" by my
young friend George and me. Imagine our surprise!
That's the photo storyline, anyway.
The honest-to-goodness story is that my Dad, who had just been
discharged from the Army Air Corps/ USAF in the summer of 1946,
purchased this jeep about that same time at a sealed-bid auction in
Atlanta. He bid on two, and won the bid on this one. He (and a friend,
I suppose), drove 'to town', purchased a battery at Sears, and then he
drove this jeep all the way home, which is approximately 125 miles.
It served as our truck, tractor, and all-around farm & fun vehicle for
many years. I learned to drive on it at about age 7. I've plowed
behind it. We pulled the disk harrow with it. It got us to town when
nothing else would make it through the snow. Dad pulled us on a sled
through the snowy pastures, and was often called upon to help out the
neighbors, including our friendly 'bootlegger' who asked Dad to pack
down the snow on his long driveway so his 'customers' could get in &
Dad (with permission of course, having been commander of half a dozen
or so camps throughout the '30's) hauled enough lumber from the
dismantling Whetstone CCC Camp in our nearby mountains to add on two
new rooms to our ancestral home, replace the entire roof's decking,
and build a 20' X 30' workshop, all on a small Sears trailer pulled
behind. He said "sometimes the front end (of the jeep) felt pretty
light". I'll bet it did! I never realized nor fully appreciated the
scope & volume of the lumber hauled until our most recent renovation
of our old home, during which more of it was exposed, (and kept for
the most part, as it is still excellent wood).
Kid's picnics, hauling sand out of the creek in wash tubs, picking up
rocks or limbs in the pasture, learning how to cut firewood with Dad,
and bringing it back from the woods in the winter are all some of the
happy memories this jeep has provided us. It's part of the family. It
was mentioned in Dad's funeral, as it and his horse were likely
transporting him through heavenly green pastures now, and as recently
as a family get-together at which several cousins recalled how they
looked so forward to Pop's letting them drive the jeep around the.
She's been in the barn too long, and deserves a good 'makeover' in
order to 'come out', be seen proudly as she used to look, and to both
be admired in parades and historical events, as well as serve as an
accurate and loving tribute to this great nation, all veterans, and
especially to the one my sisters & I call "World's Greatest Dad"!
Here are some pictures of me and my buddy Kevin Lavin's jeep at the Camp Clark Battle in Nevada Mo. You can see we had a great time. I'm in picture IMG000200-20100116-0740. This is a '43 Willys jeep that Kevin and I restored. We were towing a 1945 WWII style Jeep trailer that weekend. Man did that trailer come in handy. Kevin is a new jeep driver, and doesn't have alot of time driving a stick shift. I'll send you some pictures of my Jeep when I get the engine back from the engine rebuilders. The engine has all it parts from Kaiser-Willys in it. More photo's to come.
- Scott Wilke
Here is the 3rd shot of the 43 Willys. It has been authenticated as original, released to the Quartermaster Corp, United States Army on March 14, 1943. The numbers on the glove box plates and the frame match and were verified by the Director of The Americans in Wartime Museum in Aden Va.
If you want more info, facts, proof or pics just let me know.
It looks a lot better now, this was the day she came home to my place last July.
She's loaded with Kaiser stuff. You stopped 7 leaks, one more in the front differintial to get yet and a little slop in the steering to get out. Runs like new.(so far)
Sergeant Wayne L. Miller
Mike, I'm going to send you one more good close up. If you want motor of interior shots tell me and I'll shoot them for you.
I found this 1943 Willys MB sitting at an old gas station just before they put a For Sale sign on it last July.
The trailer is a Bantam Car Company T-3
It was fully equiped except the grease gun and the tool kit that I'm working on now. It now has Kaiser Willys brakes, starter buttom, horn kit, wheel seals, seat cover, etc.. It just gets better. Came in first in Classic Jeep catagory in the 09 Northern Va Jeep Association Contest out of 70 Jeeps. She will be in about 13 Parades in the Wasgington DC area this year to include down Constitution Avenue in two National Parades on Veterans Day and the 4th of July. A proud member of MVPA and Washington Area Blue and Gray Military Vehicle Trust.
Sergeant Wayne L. Miller
Willys MB Slat Grill, Frame number: 106128, December 1941, Body number: 6652. More than 90% of the typical Early MB parts are there, such as: pancake air filter, gas-meter, gas tank with small opening, brass window latches, solid disk rims, etc... I bought the vehicle somewhere in 1975, see the picture with the red MB. The trailer behind the Slat is a British GS-trailer of 1944. Please feel free to contact me if you do have any questions. Enjoy the pictures.