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
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