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Greetings! Seeking info on my 1945 Ford GPW

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Thank you for including me in this forum! I was fortunate enough to buy a 1945 Ford GPW recently. I am trying to learn about its use with the military. A contact at the Smithsonian recommended I ask the experts on this site for guidance. Any help is appreciated. Thank you!

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Welcome to the forum!


Unfortunately records pertaining to individual vehicle use in WWII are sporadic, and there is no easy way (if indeed you are that fortunate and find a record still exists) to find out where your GPW was issued or used during WWII. Sometimes people will start restoring a WWII jeep and find that it has painted markings on it, and that can be a clue to it's past history. But often the markings are long gone, and we are left guessing.


Being a 1945 model, there are some interesting differences from earlier GPW production, and if you are planning on restoring your vehicle to a factory appearance, you will want to learn more about those details.

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*


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Thanks Rusty Canteen. Other than g503.com where else would you recommend looking for documentation?


I am aware of many differences in how GPW evolved during the war. How would these indicate where it was sent and how it was used?


Many thanks!

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