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Re: VEP Ford GPW owners, sn, DoD and reg no. Please add your

Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:59 am
by Tom Wolboldt
Hello Michael,

Based on the latest data there were still odd things going on with the Dearborn production, hood numbers and DoDs in Feb.,'42. Newest estimate would be in the range of 2055580 through 2055735.

Re: VEP Ford GPW owners, sn, DoD and reg no. Please add your

Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 12:56 pm
by skelly
Hi everyone, this is my first post on here so greetings from sunny England are in order.
Anyhow I now have my first jeep, its a 1943 ford GPW, the middle data plate is missing but the chassis number is good, it is 108104, on the receipt it says it was made in May 1943.
It looks like the body has never been removed from the chassis and still has the wood in the hat channels.
All of the body pannels are stamped with 'F'
Is there anywhere else I can look as to a clue as to its origin and history ?
Cheers.
Skel.

Re: VEP Ford GPW owners, sn, DoD and reg no. Please add your

Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:19 pm
by Tom Wolboldt
Welcome !,

Posting a good photo of the complete frame serial number stamping would be a big in telling the origin.

Re: VEP Ford GPW owners, sn, DoD and reg no. Please add your

Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:44 pm
by skelly
Hi tom.
I will hopefully get a photo next week and post it.
I guess a 43 GPW doesn't really class as a VEP,,
Cheers.
Skel.

Re: VEP Ford GPW owners, sn, DoD and reg no. Please add your

Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:07 am
by skelly
Tom Wolboldt wrote:Welcome !,

Posting a good photo of the complete frame serial number stamping would be a big in telling the origin.
Hi Tom,
Here hopefully is the photo of my chassis number, hope you can tell me something interesting from this.
Cheers.
Skelly.

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By skellywelly at 2011-09-12

Re: VEP Ford GPW owners, sn, DoD and reg no. Please add your

Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:17 am
by Tom Wolboldt
Hello Jon,

From my GPW studies and databases, I believe your GPW 108104 should have come from the Louisville, Ky. assembly plant . The most likely DoD should be mid April, '43.

The good news is that Jim Gilmore has a copy of the Ford shipping records of the Louisville plant in the spring of '43. These records show how the GPW was shipped, when it was shipped, the original hood number, and the type tires used (not the brand used ). These records do not give the DoD of the GPW but the DoD has to be before the shipping date.

Re: VEP Ford GPW owners, sn, DoD and reg no. Please add your

Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:15 am
by skelly
Wow cheers Tom.
Now, being a relative newbie here, I'm not sure who Jim Gilmore is,
Hope I'm not regarded as being ignorant or anything.
Any idea as to how I can contact him please ?
Cheers.
Skelly

Re: VEP Ford GPW owners, sn, DoD and reg no. Please add your

Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:44 am
by skelly
Aah, I have just found Jim on here..
I'l message him and see what he says.
Gota say I'm well impressed with the depth of knoweledge on here..
Skelly.

Re: VEP Ford GPW owners, sn, DoD and reg no. Please add your

Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 6:59 pm
by Bob at Warsaw
hi all, so what does the full list of (VEP Ford GPW owners, sn, DoD and reg no.)
look like to date, thanks

Re: VEP Ford GPW owners, sn, DoD and reg no. Please add your

Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:18 pm
by dct
Do you have #287 on your list? If not, you should add it--all numbers matching.

I'd be curious to see the list to-date.

Dan

Re: VEP Ford GPW owners, sn, DoD and reg no. Please add your

Posted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 4:58 pm
by Chuck Lutz
Skelly....my GPW...

GPW 108552
Louisville jeep missing data plate( est DOD Saturday 4/17/43 or maybe Friday 4/16/43)
Motor Assembled Tuesday March 30, 1943
USA 20371278
Shipped on Monday, 4/19/43 by railcar

Yours may have rolled off the line around this time also...Jim gave me all the info on this one. You can find more of it by going to SERIAL NUMBERS forum and searching via last name, serial number, model or a combination for GPW 108552

Re: VEP Ford GPW owners, sn, DoD and reg no. Please add your

Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:12 am
by skelly
Hey Chuck.
Yes, I have had emails from Jim, (very helpful and knowledgeable guy)
Luckily he has all the shipping info for the Louisville plant for that time.
So I now know my DOD, hood number, engine build date, boxcar number, shipping contract number, all from official documents which is absolutely cool as..
I managed to find a proper shovel today also, for £15...
Chuck can you send me a photo of your GPW please ?
Cheers.
Skelly.

Re: VEP Ford GPW owners, sn, DoD and reg no. Please add your

Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 5:53 pm
by Chuck Lutz
Here she is the day I picked her up in LA...
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Re: VEP Ford GPW owners, sn, DoD and reg no. Please add your

Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:02 pm
by Chuck Lutz
Here she is at home up in the hills in July 2002:
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And again later after a little painting and such....
GPW 17963 106th Cav Gp 121st Cav Squadron.jpg
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Re: VEP Ford GPW owners, sn, DoD and reg no. Please add your

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:55 am
by skelly
Hey Chuck, I really like your GPW,, it looks 'just right'
Cool..

Skelly.