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1943 Ford GPW Jeep
1943 Ford GPW Jeep
1943 Ford GPW Jeep
1943 Ford GPW Jeep
1943 Ford GPW Jeep

Specifications

GENERAL DATA
Crew, operating 2 Passenger capacity, including crew 5
Weight Net (lbs) 2,453
  Payload (lbs) 800
  Gross (lbs) 3,253
Shipping Dimension (cu ft) 331 (sf) 57  
Tires Ply: 6 Size 6.00x16
Ground Clearance Net inches 8 3/4
Tread center to center inches 49
Electrical System   volts 6
Capacities Fuel, 68 octane gasoline gal 15
  Cooling System qts 11
  Crankcase (refill) qts 11
Brakes Hydraulic Bendix  
PERFORMANCE
Maximum Gradeability Percent 60
Turning Radius (Ft) Right 17 Left 18 1/2
Fording Depth inches 18
Angle of Approach degrees 45
Angle of Departure degrees 35
Fuel Consumption, average conditions mpg 20
Cruising Range, average conditions miles 300
Maximum allowable speed mph 65
Number of speeds forward, with transfer case   6
ENGINE
Manufacturer Willys-Overland Model MB  
Type In-line, 4 cycle No. of cylinders 4
Displacement   cubic inches 134.2
Governed speed   Not governed  
Brake   Horsepower 60
Ignition   Battery  

History

This Jeep is one of many that were built between 1941 and 1945 by the Ford Motor Company to be utilized by the US Armed Forces. Ford had originally lost the bid to produce the vehicles but when it became apparent that Willys did not have the production capibility to deliver sufficient quantities needed by the government, Ford was asked to prouduce the vehicle using the same specifications.

The Ford GPW Jeep shown here is representative of the "Motorpool Class". It is original and correct in every detail with a Ford chassis, body and engine but some Willys parts. It was delivered to the government around October 15, 1943. It ended up in Italy at the end of WWI, where its present owner, Herman Pfauter of Santa Barbara, CA, purchased it from an Italian farmer in 1981 and shipped it back home.

Afer a frame-up restoration, mostly by the owner , which took a number of years, this grandfather of all Jeeps was then used in parades, vintage car shows and other commemorative events throughout Southern California.

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