Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs Research Archives

Prior to the finalization of the MB Jeep, The American Bantam, Ford, and Willys all created pilot and prototype jeeps in an attempt to win Army contracts. Bantam built the very first jeep, the Bantam BRC. They also built the BRC-60 and BRC-40. Ford built the Pygmy, the Budd, and the GP. Willys built the Willys Quad and the Willys MA. Checker appears to have built one based on Bantam parts. Finally, are rumors of a jeep by York-Hoover, but I’ve never nailed down actual pictures. See this post: http://www.ewillys.com/2010/03/14/york-hoover-all-terrain-prototype/

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Interwoven Socks, Santa, and a Ford GP on eBay

UPDATE: Back on eBay.

This 1945 Ad appears to show Santa driving a Ford GP.

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Ford GP Goes Through Manuevers

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The September 1941 issue of Popular Mechanics (pg 3) features this photo of a Ford GP landing on to the ground. The article suggests there was a great deal of excitement over the jeep’s possibilities. I’ve included some of the text from the article (which covers a variety of war vehicles). The write discusses the potential for jeeps, then mentions a four wheeled ‘tank’ with independent suspension. To me that sounded a lot like the Tucker Combat Car.

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Ad with Bantam GP on eBay

Apparently this ad is for Synthane Technical Plastics related to coils and/or plugs. Unfortunately, the ad is small and not show in totality.

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1954 Photo of Bantam BRC-40 with Shovel Attachment on eBay

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How about his unique photo? A Bantam BRC-40 with some kind of shovel or bucket attachment! Allan Hetteen is operating the jeep while David Johnson and H.P. Borah watch.

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Photo of Ford GPs for Sale on eBay

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Marc found this great photo showing a lineup of surplus Ford GPs for sale. The selling price: $750 at Wilensky Auto Parts. Now, where’d I put that time machine.

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Ford GP Model on eBay

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The cover of this box shows a Ford GP, so it might be a Ford GP model.

“Mego model kit, builds wooden US Army Jeep M-10, 1944, box is 8-1/2 in. x 6-1/8 in.”

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Photo of Ford GP & Mickey Rooney on a Bike on eBay

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Anyone recognize the movie?

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Ford GP & the Flying Tigers in Burma

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John spotted this photo on this website from page 29 of the March 30, 1942, issue of Life Magazine. The article covered the Flying Tigers and features some great photos.

Here’s a copy of the magazine for sale on eBay

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Photo of Bantam BRC-40 Hanging on eBay

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I believe this photo shows a Bantam BRC-40 being lowered from or loaded onto a ship.

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Pics from Charles

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Charles found some jeep pics in the Jalopy Journal archives. This first photo of Edsel Ford in a Ford GP is from Wayne State University.

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1942 Aberdeen Proving Grounds Bantam BRC-40s Photo on eBay

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Here are a line up of Bantam BRC-40s

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1941 Champion Spark Plugs Ad on eBay

This ad depicts a Bantam BRC-60.

“From a 1941 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, this is an ad for Champion Spark Plugs with art by Vickery. Illustrated are 8 uses for Champion Spark Plugs:
1. Bomber, Trainer, Airliner or Light Plane
2. Tanks
3. Reconnaissance Car or Jeep
4. Motorcycle
5. PT Boats of the Mosquito Fleet
6. American Industry
7. Farm Tractors
8. Trucking Industry
13 5/8″ x 10 1/8″
Excellent condition”

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2013 MVPA Conference in Portland, OR

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UPDATE: It seems that a number of posts I’d created over the last few weeks hadn’t published correctly. My visit to the July MVPA Conference was one of them. So, there are a bunch of extra posts today!  Enjoy.

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Vern and Dennis in front of Vern’s Ford GP. Vern has restored a number of different jeeps. Dennis is working on his first, a 1943 GPW.

On my way to Seattle today I detoured through Portland so I could spend some time at this year’s MVPA Conference. The event was held at the Portland Expo Center. The event seemed well attended, with many different vehicles and vendors. There were over thirty jeeps, too!

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I couldn’t stay at the event too long, so I didn’t get a chance to mingle much. Besides Vern and Dennis, I spent some time talking with Joe from Vintage Wiring of Maine. He and Josh were discussing a wiring harness for Josh’s GPA project. I also spoke with the guys organizing the convoy trips that honor/celebrate some of the early trans US Highways. We discussed both using eWillys to promote the event and joining the 2015 Bankhead Route Convoy for part or all of the thirty day venture.

I’ve landed back in Renton for the next week. My mother has a long ‘sonny-do’ project list. I’ll also be disassembling Biscuit. I’m gonna be busy!

Here’s a bunch of pics from today. That’s all I have time for:

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1941 Photo of Woman in Bantam BRC-40 on eBay

She looks pretty happy with the Bantam.

“from soldiers photo album, no  locations, though some from Louisiana  maybe (car with 1941 license plate at barracks, Dr Pepper sign, ) & Oregon marked on one & one photo had Wisconsin on it.”

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Joe Frazer and his Willys MA on eBay

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Here’s a reproduction of Joe Frazer with his Willys MA.

“I have here a nice reproduction 8 x 10 photograph. The picture shows 1940’s era co owner of the Willy’s Jeep Joe Frazer. The picture shows Joe at the smoke house getting a nice Ham and of course driving a Jeep”

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2 1942 GPWs and a Trailer Midlothian, TX **SOLD**

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UPDATE: Sold. Was priced at $2500. They went quickly!

“For your consideration are two 1942 Ford Army Jeeps and a trailer. One has a production date of Feb 26, 1942 and the second has a production date of March 26, 1942. The Feb production Jeep has a serial number of GPW 557 which according to “All-American Wonder” The Military Jeep 1941-1945, this is the second lowest production number known, only surpassed by number 500 produced Feb. 13,1942. The second jeep produced in March has a serial number of GPW 9945, so as you can see, these are very early production Army Jeeps. Both are Script Jeeps which have the Ford lettering on the rear panel. Candidly, the March Jeep which is complete, is not as nice as the Feb. Jeep which would be worthy of a restoration. The Feb Jeep is totally disassembled. The engine for the Feb Jeep has been rebuilt, and the transmission/transfer case are good. The front and rear axels are also good. These are project Jeeps. There are more parts than are pictured. The trailer has a production date of December 1942. There is a set of 5 combat rims for the Jeep. The trailer has combat rims on it. There will be a lot of work to make a great restored Jeep, but all parts are available from advertisers in the publication “Supply Line” a publication of the Military Preservation Association which is a great organization for Military vehicles and would be worth joining. I have titles for both jeeps.”

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A Willys MA and a Ford GP

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Tony forwarded these photos. The first shows Tony’s father in his Willys MA. If you recognize that Willys MA please contact Tony (just leave a comment — and I already searched Gavin’s WillysMA site). The second is his father and some buddies in a Ford GP.

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1942 Continental Red Seal Engines Ad on eBay

This ad was forwarded by Marc. The jeep appears loosely based on the prototypes.

“A wonderful original half-page magazine ad from 1942 for
Continental Red Seal Engines – Muskegon – Michigan
The Grasshopper and the Jeep
Ad is about 5 x 11 inches”

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Postcard of Bantam BRC-40s on eBay

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Here’s a neat postcard. Interesting that the back includes directions about where to write.

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1941 GP Columbia, CA **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was listed at $32000

“FOR SALE is his 1941 Ford GP “PROTOTYPE” jeep that has been restored by him. The jeep has many original parts but also has some reproduction items. The engine is a GP engine but is missing the (holy grail) carburetor. The air cleaner is a reproduction. This jeep runs well and looks very very good.”

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1941 Ford GP Boise, ID **SOLD**

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UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was on eBay

“You are bidding on a 1941 Ford GP military jeep Serial Number 9512 & DOD 4/30/41. This jeep is a 1st series GP and was part of the first 1500 contracted from Ford by the military for testing. This jeep is of course is a project and does not run or drive currently. Both Frame stamping and dash data plate do match. Much more info on eBay”

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2 Bantam BRC40s and a Willys MA in this Photo on eBay

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Several protoypes pictured in this photo.

“Type I, News Press Wire Service photo. Measures 9×7″. This is part of a collection from a former employee of the UPI in Tribune Towers before this collection was moved to New York.”

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Photo of Bantam BRC 60 and Cow on eBay

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Here’s a rare photo of a BRC-60 and a couple cows.

“Type I. Original Henryk News Press Wire film measuring 4″ x 5″. This is a piece out of a collection from Henryk, former employee of the ACME and UPI News Service Office located in Chicago Tribune Towers. Henryk covered many events in Chicago and beyond during his days as Ace photographer for the news service. These images are absolutely very rare and are limited in number.”

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1941 GP Southeast Minneapolis, MN $9000

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Josh spotted the ad for this Ford GP.

“mortor- 4×4- tranny work- needs some brake and stering work”

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/clt/3710752793.html

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1941 Ford GP Round Lake, MN eBay

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Thanks to Josh for forwarding this listing.

“Up for auction is my 1941 Ford GP. This GP has the original motor. The number on the block is GP- 8641 which matches the data plate. The number on the head is GP-6050. The carb,air cleaner,distributor and fuel pump are missing. The motor still turns over by hand. The seats are missing. I have an orginal gas tank that will go with the jeep but it is rusted out. the rear bumperetts are all there and in good shape. some one welded a hitch to the pintel hitch but it will cut off easily. The tub has some rust in it. the floors will need replacing but the rear body panel is ok. The front sheet metal is in nice shape no rust and it’s not beat up except for the hood which has a hole in it from what looks like a fan blade going through it but it will repair easily. This GP has 5 correct solid wheels.This jeep will come with two correct tail lights and a 1941 jerry can. The grill is in nice shape and the headlights and brakes are correct but the black out lights are missing some pieces. I have a clear title in hand. You can call me at 507 329 4551 with any questions. I may be slow to respond to email. Pick up only I can help load only after I am paid in full.”

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