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cjc_td5
28th December 2018, 02:02 PM
We have had a 1942 Willys MB Jeep in the family for over 30 years. Does anyone know of possible sources where the history of the vehicle could be determined? US or allied forces, location(s) etc?
Cheers,
Chris.

rick130
28th December 2018, 07:09 PM
Sorry, I can't help with your request but I'm very jealous.

I grew up in a Jeep driving family, albeit late 60's and 70's models.

MB's are super [emoji41]

Timj
28th December 2018, 07:19 PM
Have you tried the Military Jeep Club Queensland?

I'm sure they would have records that would help.

Cheers,

TimJ.

101 Ron
28th December 2018, 09:24 PM
Find the chassis number and engine number.
Both can tell you the production date of the chassis and engine.
Ford and willys both had slight changes during production of the WW2 jeep.
Plus there was slight variations of both Ford and Willys components.
The design of the rear tool box locks and covers will tell you rough production date of the body etc.
If the jeep was fitted with a radio suppression box under the dashboard will tell you if late or earlier production.
During and after the war jeeps were rebuilt and ford bodies could be dropped on to a Willys chassis or Ford motor in a Willys chassis etc.
Most jeeps are a bitza of war time parts and now post war reproduction parts.
The Australian War Mermorial has a series of Australian army rego numbers books with chassis and engine number with disposal dates and some times from what state and unit.
They can be checked out on line, but Hundreds and Hundreds of jeeps are listed and it takes much time to go though it all.
The books only cover the Australian army and not navy, RAAF, american forces or post war imports in the 1950s and 1960s etc.
My 75 year old mum still drives a WW2 jeep which has been in the family for more than 30 years on full time rego.
It is a 1948 Willys flat motor , but with the higher compression and gear camshaft drive. .....so no timing chain rattle, with a Ford chassis, late production body.........cannot remember who made the body.
These days getting the news paper on the weekend in the Jeep always turns heads...........people like the convertible rag top and the lack of doors and seat belts etc with left hand drive.
Easy to drive, park and nippy around town without even going into the off road side of things

cjc_td5
28th December 2018, 09:41 PM
I have the chassis number and the delivery date is Feb 1942 from the data plate on the glove box lid. It is an early body with Willys stamped into the rear body below the jerry can holder.

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101 Ron
28th December 2018, 10:03 PM
Army vehicle registration books | The Australian War Memorial (https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1424610)


The above should get you started.........as I said alot of work to go though it all.
I have alot of time for the War time jeep.
I,love showing people the head lights that swing back over the engine bay, or the quick release fan belt for deep creek crossings.
People are usually impressed when I show them the wheel brace not only fits the wheel nuts, but can torque up the head bolts, undo the petrol and oil filters, adjust the head lights and lots of other stuff.
The Americans won WW2 though mass production and better, easier to service equiptment.

cjc_td5
28th December 2018, 10:31 PM
Army vehicle registration books | The Australian War Memorial (https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1424610)


The above should get you started.........as I said alot of work to go though it all.
I have alot of time for the War time jeep.
I,love showing people the head lights that swing back over the engine bay, or the quick release fan belt for deep creek crossings.
People are usually impressed when I show them the wheel brace not only fits the wheel nuts, but can torque up the head bolts, undo the petrol and oil filters, adjust the head lights and lots of other stuff.
The Americans won WW2 though mass production and better, easier to service equiptment.Cheers Ron.
I'll have a look through the AWM books ASAP.
Chris

cjc_td5
29th December 2018, 03:41 PM
Wow, found it in the AWM records!
147826, half way down.
Now to decifer the red written info...https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181229/b1d767b922375ee96034a11906e57e1b.jpg

Ferret
30th December 2018, 12:17 AM
Does anyone know of possible sources where the history of the vehicle could be determined?

Not a collector myself so can't help you directly but I have some mates involved in restoring WWII vehicles. If you get on to people in the organisation listed below I'm pretty sure they could point you in the right direction.

AMVCS Australian Ex-Military Vehicle Collectors Society Inc. (http://www.amvcs.org.au/)

Dervish
30th December 2018, 06:22 AM
Wow, found it in the AWM records!
147826, half way down.
Now to decifer the red written info...

Well to the left it says 'Dominion Motors', who were a Jeep dealer in Brisbane (apparently).

101 Ron
30th December 2018, 04:48 PM
From the records you now know its Australian army rego number.
One of the things you can do is look on line for any old pictures with a jeep with the correct rego number painted on the bonnet etc.
Again the Australian war Mermorial has a large collection of WW2 photos with vehicles as the main feature or in the back ground.
Ron
PS I am a member of the AMVCS too.

cjc_td5
30th December 2018, 06:07 PM
Well to the left it says 'Dominion Motors', who were a Jeep dealer in Brisbane (apparently).Yes saw that. A bit of googling shows there was a Dominion Motors in E Sydney also. Probably more likely this than Brisbane given its present location.
Thanks.

cjc_td5
30th December 2018, 08:56 PM
Interesting, a AWM photo from Lae, New Guinea, in 1944 with the Jeep 5th from the left only 500 different ARN from mine. 79439 is in the same batch in the Army vehicle log as mine. There are at least 3 Jeeps there with low (5 digit ARNs) but I need the high res image to make them out. Interesting that these early 1942 ARN Jeeps found their way to New Guinea in 1944.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181230/f2793d62dc0901471614e0e984d989dd.jpg