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US Willys Jeep "Short Stop"
88th Infantry Div., 351 Infantry Regt.
Italy 1944 to 1945
comes with a stretcher
|Wanting to replace their outdated light vehicles the U.S. Military received three tenders. Bantam
Car Company was the initial winner but couldn’t meet demand so the job went to Willys-Overland
Motors. Willys was to take the best design features of the three submitted tenders and build a
standardized vehicle. Eventually in order to meet an even greater demand the Ford Motors
Company was asked to build a similar vehicle. During World War II there was a total of 647,870
Jeeps produced by the three companies; Willys-Overland produced 362,841 of them.
The 88th Infantry Division took part in WWI and WWII. In 1942 the unit was re-activated after 24
years and was the U.S. Army’s first division since the implementation of the draft in 1940 to be
formed using all draftees. The 88th ID entered combat at Monte Cassino Italy on January 3,
1944. As combat pushed north the 88th was credited as being the first unit to enter Rome. The
88th made its way to Innsbruck, Austria just as WWII ended on May 2, 1945.
Specifications for WWII Jeep
Manufacturer - Willys-Overland
Crew - 1 with up to 3 others
Weight (gross) - 3,125 lb (1,417 kg)
Engine - Carburetor, liquid cooled, “Go Devil” 4 cylinder (Willys L-head), 60 hp @ 4.000 rpm, 134
cu. In. (2.200 cm3) displacement
Transmission - Warner T-84J / 3-speed synchro-mesh
Transfer case - Dana Spicer 18 / 2-speed
Gear shifter - floor mounted
Front axle - beam-leaf
Rear axle - beam-leaf
Brakes - Hydraulic
Front – drum
Rear – drum
Type – gasoline
Capacity - 15 US gallons (56.78 liters)
Range - 375 miles (600 km)
Electrical system - 6 volt, negative ground
Tires - (4) + (1) spare / 6 X 16 (non-directional)
Ground clearance - 8.75 in (22.22 cm)
Standard - 18 in (45.72 cm / .4572 m)
Maximum - 21 in (53.34 cm / .5334 m)
Length - 132.75 in (3.371 m).
Wheelbase - 80 in (2.032 m).
Width - 62 in (1.5748 m).
Top up - 69.75 in (1.77165 m).
To top of steering wheel w/top down - 51.25 in (1.30175 m).
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