Ah, well... I did not remember which book John Barton got that photo from.
The questions I asked back in 2007 in the thread noted above were not really answered, however Tom was able to give what information is available on the GPWs of the period.
My memory is none too good but checking the dates leads me to believe Bryce talked to me about the same issue and I couldn't remember then where the photo came from.
It is possible the photo is a retouch... fabricated if you will, but I see no point in Willys doing that to an obvious Ford. There is no mistaking Ford springs, shock mounts, and channel cross member... even the bloody safety strap eye is horizontal. Not only that but the known USMC items of the period that should be on the jeep... hooks, rings, electric wiper are not there, but the antenna box is perfect and the radio boxes and rear seat look correct, but no ribs on the boxes. Even the 6 footman loops for the antenna bag on the windshield are there and the periods are square on the U.S.M.C.
My opinion is the jeep is real, with a correct USMC number. I do not believe this is a Willys contract tub from ACM as there is no hole in the cowl for the electic wiper wiring harness.
So, where is this Ford GPW, how did it come to be and where are the records on it?