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. <br><br> 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 & out! 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\"!