Ford GPW 50801

I consider this to be a less than perfect representation of a WWII motor pool jeep.

There are many things not correct on this jeep - converted to 12 V with alternator, CJ air filter and oil filter, incorrect wiring harness,

One Gee poster suggested that the engine block is from a 1941 Willys Americar engine. Engine number on boss is 441-5441. Casting number is 638632W2. That poster advised as follows -

"I think we will need to get an MB motor expert to confirm this, but I think the block with the 638632 right before they stopped making the Americar....the SAME block as what Willys used in the jeep....we'll need one of the guys to confirm that and identify the "10-10" stamping on it as to the date....in other words, while it was stamped and used in what appears to be a 1941 Americar, the block itself might be the same one used in the early MBs.....if that is the case, then you might have a block that is OK for your jeep with the exception of the "441-" stamping identifying it as an Americar motor..... "

But there are some things correct -

Block and head are painted gray. The head is definitely a GPW head Frame and drive train looks to be original with Trans and xfer case both "F" stamped. Front and rear frames are orig "F" stamped. Radiator is orig "F" stamped - painted OD. All 5 wheels are combat rims. I believe steering wheel is correct (maybe original?) early green Sheller.

Tub is repro (including grill, I believe). Windshield is repro. One or two wheels may be repro.

Over time I hope to correct items as I can afford ($ and time wise) to achieve an improved motor pool jeep.


Name Ken Podlaszewski
City, State/Region, Country McMurray, PA, United States
Frame Number gpw50801
Engine Number 441-5441
Body Number
Body Type Unknown
Hood (Mil. Reg.) Number 20140712
Factory Mystery Code
Gross Weight 2288
Data Plate Origin Original
Data Plate Material Brass
Date of Delivery 1942-07-20
Date of Acquisition 2009-01-11
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Date Info Created 2013-03-13 12:42:50
Date Info Last Updated 2013-03-13 13:48:21
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Ford GPW 50801
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