Hello everybody! I just signed up here after purchasing a 1945 Willys MB over the weekend. I'm a Jeep enthusiast and always wanted an old flat fender CJ and came across this Willys MB that looked in pretty good shape so I snatched it up. I didn't know anything about military jeeps until I started to do some research. Now I'm totally hooked on this stuff. I find it very interesting and fun.
Anyway I bought it from a guy who acquired it from his uncle in New Mexico who had it for many years and passed away a couple years ago. The jeep was registered in New Mexico as a 1946 MB, so when his nephew brought it to Arizona it was also registered as a 1946 MB. While he was in the process of restoring the jeep he researched the serial number on the frame and it comes back as a 1945.
The Jeep is in good shape, very little rust except for the windshield frame, and runs great. It was converted to 12 volts and the original transmission was replace with a T-90. It also has had some other modifications including front and rear bumpers and appears to have had a rear shackle lift for towing purposes. The ID plates were removed by his uncle for some reason and they are nowhere to be found.
The engine appears to be the original Go Devil. It has a casting # of 638632W2A.
After looking it over real good and reading the AAW books the previous owner gave to me with the jeep, I found out that the hood is from a GPW. I also noticed that the toe board gussets are from a GPW. Everything else according to the books shows it's an MB.
I bought it to have fun with it and to restore it to what my budget will allow. I know it will not be perfect.
Please feel free to give me any feedback or advice.
Here's some pics of my new toy.