1942 GPW Navy jeep

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1942 GPW Navy jeep

Post by takpak » Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:29 pm

OK, this question ought to get some opinions. I recently acquired a "restored" Navy jeep. It is a nice restoration job, done by Willys Jeep restoration in Toledo, OR. The guy who had purchased it from them around 5 years ago unfortunately had to sell it to pay medical bills. My question of the day is; the whole body was removed, stripped and repainted the Navy gray. However, the bumper, frame, running gear, springs, basically everything under the body is OD green. I thought this wrong, however I've been told by some restorers and owners (who've been at it a long time) that that color scheme is correct. It would also be correct if everything was Navy grey as well. So, I'm told either way is fine and accurate. At this point, I plan to leave it as is, since it would be a major pain to remove the body again just to paint the frame and running gear. Opinions/thoughts? Dual colors correct and generally accurate? Considering that Navy jeeps were mostly "commandeered" perhaps it is so?
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Re: 1942 GPW Navy jeep

Post by 1942GPW » Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:37 pm

There are other threads on this topic and Navy jeeps had a variety of post factory paint jobs. Since Navy jeeps never left the factory gray, it is correct as is in my opinion.
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Re: 1942 GPW Navy jeep

Post by Farrell Fox » Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:27 pm

All contract Navy Jeeps were made by Willys Overand, and all were painted Forest Green. Jeeps built under Army contracts were painted olive drab. Often, Army contract Jeeps were transferred to the Navy, where they sometimes received a grey coat of paint. The vast majority, if not all examples of Navy vehicles acquisitioned from the Army that were repainted grey, were painted with the body on. My own G506 truck was originally an Army truck, later transferred to the Navy, and was painted the same way. It's also noteworthy that Navy grey vehicles were most common stateside. They are not very common overseas, and most overseas Navy vehicles were painted olive drab or forest green.
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Re: 1942 GPW Navy jeep

Post by Mark Tombleson » Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:16 am

Why don't you post a few photos of your jeep, bottom, top and engine bay? :D
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Re: 1942 GPW Navy jeep

Post by W. Winget » Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:42 am

I would agree with Farrell if only for the two common sense parts of a conversion in color would not have meant a teardown of the body being removed, maybe a rag laid over a sensitive item and grease smeared on glass to be wiped off after overspray, but no detailed tape job either, and engine compartment wouldn't be bothered with, so it stayed green. And last thing you would want on a beach by the shoreline would be a gray vehicle, where green would blend in with the bushes and fauna.
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Re: 1942 GPW Navy jeep

Post by Chuck Lutz » Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:04 am

As Farrell posted, Navy jeeps in the Pacific were preferably able to blend in with the jungle so OD was good enough. There are pics around of jeeps that were either issued to ships or were obtained by "Midnight Auto Supply" and then when on board, were given a very basic coat of grey.

Here is the Cruiser USS Albany in 1948 with a grey jeep with a much darker frame and probably under the fenders as well:
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I believe this to have been taken in some port in the Mediterranean Sea.
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Re: 1942 GPW Navy jeep

Post by acespast » Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:10 am

Looks like or similar to Naples.Perhaps some members can locate the ships location for year.
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