|Wanting to replace their outdated light vehicles the U.S. Military received three tenders.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 USAAF and RAF created tactical air forces to support ground troop on D-Day and
beyond. The RAF named theirs Second Tactical Air Force (2 TAF) commanded by Air
Marshall Sir Arthur Coningham and consisted of 4 groups. One Group was No. 83
commanded by AVM Harry Broadhurst. 2TAF was responsible for 24 hour defense of
ground forces using 1 Mustang wing, 4 Spitfire wings and 4 Typhoon wings. The 2 TAF
was mobile with personnel requiring movement between all the groups. One means of
transportation was the Jeep.
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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