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.
Sincerely, Eddie Ovadek MVPA Member # 6960