Is this a British Airborne Jeep?

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Is this a British Airborne Jeep?

Postby Emil » Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:23 pm

Hello Guys!

What do you think? Is this a orginal British Airborne Jeep???
I did buy this Ford GPW today... And more info and pics will come...
The Jeep did come to Sweden in 1957, and it did missed the rear bumperettes, body handels, axe and shovel parts and the front brackets for top bows.
I did buy it from a 80 year old man. He did buy it in 1974 and he did put on bumperettes, marker lights in grill and on the fender, body handels(not the left one... there are holes but you cant put bolts in there. When lowered the left wheelhouse there are a box with no opening!
And he did not want the steering wheel... and did put a black one. Now the orginal one are in place!!!
Many layers of paint... There are od and some sand tan?
Here are some pics:
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Ford GPW Orginal British Airborne Radio Jeep
Willys Jeep Surrey 1959
Willys MBT 1942 Very early
Bantam T3 1942 Very early # 639!!!
Converto Airborne Dump 1945
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Re: Is this a British Airborne Jeep?

Postby Emil » Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:27 pm

More pics...


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Ford GP 1941 #15322 DoD 9-26-41
Willys MB Canadian Slat 1942 # 120197
Ford GPW Orginal British Airborne Radio Jeep
Willys Jeep Surrey 1959
Willys MBT 1942 Very early
Bantam T3 1942 Very early # 639!!!
Converto Airborne Dump 1945
Gemco T1 1945
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Re: Is this a British Airborne Jeep?

Postby niceday » Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:47 pm

Could you tell more about the paint?
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Re: Is this a British Airborne Jeep?

Postby Emil » Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:57 pm

Hello!

The paint...
It is now dark green... but it does have from start olive drab, than yellow/sand.... then blue... and the dark green.
Will try to found markings...
The Ford GPW does have Willys Slat hood...

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Re: Is this a British Airborne Jeep?

Postby pgcf » Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:55 pm

It is an Airborne Radio jeep.

The tool boxes and wheel well tops were lowered to allow for the radios to clear the main spar of the Horsa glider when loaded. This appears to be a later modification, post D-Day, because the mudguards were left on. They were only removed to load in the Horsa Mk. I, the nose of the Mk II swung open so it was easier to load. The Mk II's were used at Arnhem and the Rhine.

The quick release steering wheel nut and horn button are also clues. Some other points to note are the two holes drilled in to the floor of the transmission hump between the seats is where the bracket for the Jerry can is bolted down and the footman loop on the floor behind the drivers seat is for the strap for a Jerry can behind the seat (there should be another one behind the passenger seat. The shortened bumper was probably replaced after the war.

The welded up holes on the wings and wheel well top are for battery and valve boxes.

I recommend you get a copy of Rob and Monica van Meel's British Airborne Modifications book. It has pictures that will help you as well as drawings for the brackets. Get the 7th edition, July 2002, it is the most informative.

Please let me know if you are not going to restore it as an Airborne jeep as I would be interested in some of the parts.

Cheers,
Peter
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Re: Is this a British Airborne Jeep?

Postby Tom Wolboldt » Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:39 pm

Hello Emil,

The Ford GPW does have Willys Slat hood...


Late '43 and very early '44 GPWs used early Willys type hoods.
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ACM I GPW Hood types late 1943 - early 1944

Postby Bill M » Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:40 pm

Tom Wolboldt wrote:Hello Emil,

The Ford GPW does have Willys Slat hood...


Late '43 and very early '44 GPWs used early Willys type hoods.


Hello Tom,
does this apply to those GPWs that utilised ACM type 1 tubs only or did it spill into the ACM II tub introduction as well?
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Re: Is this a British Airborne Jeep?

Postby Emil » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:24 am

Hello!

Thanks for the info!
Yes... i´m going to restore it to a British Airborne Jeep! But not put the hole Jeep in parts...
Will try to find out what parts it will need... like the airborne front bumper and if it did have baskets on the front fenders....or?
Are there many orginal Airborne Jeeps left?
More pics here:

http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s52/ ... eep001.jpg

Will try to take more pics this weekend.
Thanks! Best regards

Emil Bruce
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Ford GP 1941 #15322 DoD 9-26-41
Willys MB Canadian Slat 1942 # 120197
Ford GPW Orginal British Airborne Radio Jeep
Willys Jeep Surrey 1959
Willys MBT 1942 Very early
Bantam T3 1942 Very early # 639!!!
Converto Airborne Dump 1945
Gemco T1 1945
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Re: Is this a British Airborne Jeep?

Postby wo2jeeper » Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:38 pm

Emil wrote:Hello!

Thanks for the info!
Yes... i´m going to restore it to a British Airborne Jeep! But not put the hole Jeep in parts...
Will try to find out what parts it will need... like the airborne front bumper and if it did have baskets on the front fenders....or?
Are there many orginal Airborne Jeeps left?
More pics here:

http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s52/ ... eep001.jpg

Will try to take more pics this weekend.
Thanks! Best regards

Emil Bruce
Sweden


hope not to act to gready :roll: but when younreplace your bumper can I buy or trade one that is on it now. Need to ship to the Netherlands.
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Re: Is this a British Airborne Jeep?

Postby Emil » Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:18 am

Hello Again!

hope not to act to gready but when younreplace your bumper can I buy or trade one that is on it now. Need to ship to the Netherlands...

Not any problem with asking... but sorry the front bumper are not an orginal one that they did change with the Airborne one. :wink:
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Ford GP 1941 #15322 DoD 9-26-41
Willys MB Canadian Slat 1942 # 120197
Ford GPW Orginal British Airborne Radio Jeep
Willys Jeep Surrey 1959
Willys MBT 1942 Very early
Bantam T3 1942 Very early # 639!!!
Converto Airborne Dump 1945
Gemco T1 1945
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Re: Is this a British Airborne Jeep?

Postby Emil » Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:48 pm

Hello Again!

More pics here: viewtopic.php?f=96&t=193463&p=1138165#p1138165
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Willys MB Canadian Slat 1942 # 120197
Ford GPW Orginal British Airborne Radio Jeep
Willys Jeep Surrey 1959
Willys MBT 1942 Very early
Bantam T3 1942 Very early # 639!!!
Converto Airborne Dump 1945
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Re: Is this a British Airborne Jeep?

Postby Gerry275 » Sun Dec 04, 2011 2:27 pm

Hi Emil,
Fantastic jeep, I recently purchased a jeep in british green- which i hope to uncover its history.- It also has a section cut out of the drivers seat, but only 1 section smaller than the section removed from your seat-so i am interested to see what you uncover!

All the best
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Re: Is this a British Airborne Jeep?

Postby Rod Rushton » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:46 am

Hello Emil,
It certainly is an interesting find. I am at the moment just restoring one which was in similar condition. I have known this Jeep since 1968 and in those days it was quite common to find such jeeps, usually on farms or for sale in the local paper - in my time I have had a couple in this condition.
The British Army usually would rebuild their jeeps in their workshops, at which time I imagine they were just completely dismantled, repaired if neccesary and overhauled as required. Mine is a Ford GPW, chassis no: 202055. DoD 5-22-44 It had been rebuilt in approx. 1952. It was then fitted with a repaired body ~ 187186, or Jan 1945. There was evidence that the left side rear panel had been replaced as the section was fastened in with small rivets.
The post-war colour scheme was the dark green - the same as all the other vehicles in the Army, and the same as yours. FWD Motors was a well known supplier of ex-military vehicles, as was Metamet - who did the work on Half -Safe after Ben Carlin had crossed the Atlantic. They were situated in Daleham Mews in North London, and were for a long time suppliers of the spare parts we needed - no repros in those days!
As I understand it Airbourne Jeeps were modified as required from standard issue ones, and the mods varied according to each units needs. During the War Popski was issued with jeeps modified in the workshops in Egypt - as was the SAS, and for example they were armed with a variety of weapons including captured Italian ones. The Vickers was chosen because it was available and had a high rate of fire, replaced later with Brownings.
It could be that your demountable steering wheel hub was fitted simply because it was available - They were not common by any means but I have come across a few.
As you state your intention is to rebuild it as a representative Airbourne Jeep - then go to it - I might be wrong, but as far as I am aware there was nothing written down as a specification - they were modified for the job in hand. There is plenty of reference for you to follow as a guide.
If the Army had rebuilt it ,there should be a brass plate, usually fitted inside the front wing by the battery. Or possibly the 4 mounting holes are in evidence. The plate was
120mm X 90mm and gave the dates and depot where it was rebuilt, though often they were removed. Also on this plate would be the later British Army registration number, eg 33 ZC 80 - from which it is possible to find the Key Cards showing some history of service.
I took a number of photos of mine before I dismantled it, and if you are interested send me your e-mail address and I will sort them out for you
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