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Some production line photo's of jeeps and the people who made them


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General Apathy

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pleased to see a collection of production line photo's both wartime and post war models . . . . . . 

 

back in the 1970's when we bought second-hand Jeeps most before ending their service life had at some time been through a repair and repaint facility and so almost everything had received a coat of green paint.  Talking with British ex-soldiers who did this sort of operation they related that when they over-sprayed military vehicles  ( Jeeps included ) they smeared grease over windscreens and glass lenses of light-fittings and then sprayed the entire vehicle and wiped off the greased parts with a piece of material.  They also said that it was a fairly common practise to lift the engine hood and spray everything visible with a coat of O.D. paint, and this we found to be correct when we often saw painted carburettors which were never painted during factory production.

 

So it is always interesting to me to see production line photos to ascertain what parts were painted or left unpainted as plated parts etc, and again to see the differences in paint and parts between Ford and Willys models.  Sadly most of the WWII photos of Jeep production lines are way too small to clearly see the details,  the engine bays specifically.   

 

hope that more and more images are found and added here, an interesting thread.

 

lewis.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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General Apathy

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WWII Jeep blackout / convoy lamps . . . . . . .

 

Regarding picking out details from photographs shown below are the component parts of the early Ford blue Louvre lamps seen in the early Ford GP production line photo, and the later style standardised ' Cats Eyes ' blackout ' convoy lamp used on both Willys and Ford Jeeps.

 

The idea of both is to shield the light rays from aerial observations, the blue filter dulls the light, and the metal louvres angle the beam downwards.

 

The idea of the later standardised ' Cats Eyes ' allows distancing between vehicle in a night-time convoy, vehicles way too far apart the two ' eye's ' converge into one, vehicles the correct distance apart see two white ' eye's ' following them.

 

The blackout rear lamps have four red ' eye's, again too far apart the four merge into two ' eye's ', the correct distance would show four ' eye's '

 

( Apologies when laying out the blue Louvre components I should probably have laid them out in a different order, ( I shall have to reshoot this image ).  Lens cover, glass lens, rubber gasket, metal louvres, blue plastic filter, light-bulb )

 

Lewis.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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General Apathy

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Another interesting photograph . . . . . . . . .

 

I find this post war photograph interesting as it shows the Willys factory and two different models in production.   There's no date available but the closest line shows a civilian CJ model and the production line at the rear shows a military Jeep, there's not enough detail to define the exact model numbers. 

 

lewis.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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Brian Dentino

Really shows that when the Axis woke up the USA they really did awake the "Arsenal Of Democracy".  The sheer volume of war materials of all types is truly staggering when viewed in a list.

Always looking for 325th G.I.R. and WWII USMC items!

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1 hour ago, Brian Dentino said:

Really shows that when the Axis woke up the USA they really did awake the "Arsenal Of Democracy".  The sheer volume of war materials of all types is truly staggering when viewed in a list.

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Hi Brian,  echoing those words ' Arsenal of Democracy ' look at this for an invention designed over 75 years ago and tested on a Ford GPW.

 

This is a stunning development during WWII to save rubber and punctures etc . . . . . . . just recently ‘invented ‘ again about ten years ago . .

 

I previously shared this around about three or fours ago but thought it interesting enough to watch again . . . . .

 

The whole film is shown in reverse image, so the Jeep appears  Right-Hand Drive . . . . . . . . . 

 

 

 

enjoy lewis

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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General Apathy

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Video clip ' Biography of a Willys WWII Jeep ' . . . . . .

 

an interesting eleven minute clip of Jeep production and use. :lol: 

 

however view with some care as there are a few scenes added unrelated to the Jeep and it's use and production, such as at 6.45 minutes when it shows a civilian car chassis on a production line . . . . .

 

( Copy, Cut and Paste in your browser if the links inactive . . . . .  )

 

regards lewis

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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