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2015 Story About “1941” Willys MB

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Jerry shared this 2015 story published in AutoRevolution about a 1941 Willys MB that is “Almost 100% original. Some stuff has been removed but very little has been replaced. A couple of needed mods have been made, but nothing substantial”. Hmm … challenge accepted.

https://www.autoevolution.com/news/1941-willys-jeep-built-on-second-day-of-production-still-runs-as-a-work-truck-102729.html

Upon inspection, the jeep fails the “almost 100%” original claim. For example, the spring hangers are not original, but as I looked closer at the frame I realized that when someone put a newer CJ chassis underneath the jeep, they never removed the frame-mounted CJ-shock mount (visible just in front of the rear tire on the frame). In addition, the rims and rear axle are incorrect. My guess is that this body is sitting on a newer chassis and powertrain of some type.

Given the drain holes are blocked, I blew up the photo to check out the back and it sure seems like there’s tailgate lip sticking up along the rear. Yet, this does have the cutout in the body for the vertical shock mount, so this may be an original WWII body that’s had a tailgate added? I just can’t tell either way for sure. .

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One comment on “2015 Story About “1941” Willys MB

  1. Keith

    Sure looks to have a T90 and maybe an overdrive?
    I won’t say it didn’t start life as a slat grille, but I can’t call it a survivor since there is so little left.

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