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. <br> Jim Hamilton <br> Cohasset, MA
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