Re: Willys MB SN 119729 in New Zealand
Be careful as it may or may not be a Canadian Contract. Note reported USMC jeep 118690. That would make more sense turning up in New Zealand but Canadian contract jeeps are turning up in many odd places. Both types had lifting rings and electric wiper for the driver. Only USMC had the front tow hooks. Only the Canadian had the retrofiftted convoy light shining on rear differential and its switch.
Date of Acceptance estimate - 2-11-42 (Feb 11-1942) NOTE: The date on Canadian contract jeeps if the date they were accepted by the Canadian inspector(s) NOT the date of production, though most are presumed to be the date of production. We know this because jeeps in serial number sequence are sometimes out by days indicating that they were sent back for fixes before being accepted. See 118794 below.
Original engine would be about SN MB120XXX or MB121XXX
Body Tub Number should be about 221XX
118690 ex-USMC jeep, DOD 2-11-42 Ref. Army Motors # 50 MVPA p. 38 by Lloyd White. Owner not stated
118729 YOUR JEEP
118754 Tub 22178 Present engine MB121884 Date 2-12-42 Owner Ron McMullen, Ontario, Canada. No data plates, no DND number.
118768 Tub 22168 Original engine 120111 CM4231089 Owner Marc Belanger, Quebec, Canada
118769 CM4219190? Carl Borgh, Sweden
118794 Tub 22160 Original engine 120138 (still in it) Date 2-20-42 Original WD # CM1165779 George Dey, Scotland (beautifully restored)
119021 Tub 21296 Original engine was 120296 (now has a GPW engine) Date 2-11-42 Previously owned by Colin Stevens. I sold it back to the Canadian Government.
Note the early date on this last jeep. I believe 2-11-42 (Feb 11 1942) was the first date of production of Canadian contract Willys jeeps.
I would like to know your body tub number to add to my database of over 1,500 jeeps. Located on side of gusset under driver's floorboard, visible by looking up into engine compartment from under the step on driver's side (left side mate!
Numbers are about 1/2" tall and lined vertically near front edge of gusset.