Willys MB 127897
Disassembled and in barn storage since 2002
near Dayton OH. Prior to that was stored for many years by a vehicle collector near Sandusky OH whose family owned either a Packard, Hudson or similar car dealership. This owner told the owner in Dayton that it had been used as a Fire Jeep.
- Early stamped flat top grille
- Wind deflector under hood
- Script Willy's Tub
- Frame tag present
- Center glove box tag present and is coded "CHI" for Chinese Lend Lease
- Early small mouth gas tank
- Front seat frames have split tops with tube seams
- Driver's seat has correct small hole for gas tank
- "gas" gage
- 50/50 amp meter
- Tub number 31415 (I believe it is original)
- Yellow dichromate primer under OD on tub
- Hood, fenders & frame were black primered
- Locking glove box button
- Large diameter rear driveshaft
- Front axle dated 3/12/42
- Rear axle dated 2/25/42
- Unfortunately the Tranny is Nov '44 GPW
- Transfer case is Spicer S/N J_334669
- Engine was a '48 Willys 4x4 truck (S/N 4T26541)
- Head was GPW (6015_1 casting)
- Has an early intake manifold with no cast bosses
- Later CJ windshield with "Tame Goose" in cursive writing stenciled on it, possibly before it was installed on this MB.
- MB windshield included has no rifle brackets, but may not be original.
- Trailer socket was installed in field
- Rear tub gussets added (welded) in field
- Front torque spring also added in field
- Hood/Cowl star found under paint but is pointing toward grill instead of toward dash (this star was on top of second coat of paint)
- Remnants of first hood star in center of hood, also with top point facing toward grill.
- Two layers of rear stars found: Originals were larger (6-7"), and one was very crooked. Second layer were smaller (4-5") higher and further back.
- Multiple maintenance notes found under hood "11/8/44, 3PM" along with cylinder compression numbers "112_113_112_106"
- May also be a partial word over driver's rear wheel well "..OGE..." in small black letters.
- Small remnants of drab blue hood/USA numbers found, but number not legible.
- Stenciled writing in white on the red layer of paint found above the transfer case levers. Believe these were operating instructions from when it was a fire jeep.
- Purchased engine MB-417296 for it on 4/5/2020, cast 5-18-1944, machined 5-20-1944. This engine was most likely part of a PE-95 generator set. The engine was found in a barn near Youngstown OH.
|City, State/Region, Country
||Chardon, OH, United States
||ACM Type 1
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