To Top

1945 GPW Early APU

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPW (Ford MB), Industrial-Welder-Generator • TAGS: .

Nick spotted this very interesting early APU conversion of a GPW by O.E. Szekely that is for sale at D&L Bensinger.

Nick, who’s become very knowledgeable on the APU jeep, noted that the GPW was “converted to an APU in 1947. To date, this is the only Line Maintenance GPW survivor. This specific model is “B” and the generator outputs 28.5 DC volts for starting jet aircraft. These retrofitted Jeeps served as prototype models to the later 2A/3A’s. Nearly all the equipment is present. The only part I can see is missing from the photos is the wire reel. Notice how the governor system appears to be under the carburetor, and the hood is modified above it.”

Here’s the ad info: “This is a late war GPW. Vehicle hasn’t been run for over 10 years. Body is rusted. Has one rear axle shaft broken. This jeep came from Omsted AFB in Harrisburg, PA which closed in 1969. It was modified in Philadelphia with Flight Line Maintenance Generator Set. In 30 years of jeep collecting, I’ve never seen another jeep with this equipment. GPW still shows yellow paint inside and a radio mike on the shop-made aluminum half cab. The cable reel to aircraft is missing as are some other parts of the kit. This is a great project for someone who wants an air field jeep.”

More photos here:





1945-gpw-apu16 1945-gpw-apu25 1945-gpw-apu26 1945-gpw-apu13



3 Comments on “1945 GPW Early APU

  1. Colin Peabody

    I met and did some business with Darrel Bensinger a few years ago at his place in PA. Treated me well both on the phone before I traveled to his place and bought the mini Jeep body I sold a couple of years ago. He even helped me load it in the back of my wife’s Yukon after we uncrated it so it would fit.

  2. Mike in PA

    I’ve known Daryl for a few years now and he’s a great guy to have in your corner. He’s full of knowledge and willing to pass that knowledge onto you. He’ll answer your questions, give you options and won’t leave you hanging. I can’t thank him enough for helping with my GPW restoration.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe without commenting