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 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, 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

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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Re: 1942 GPW Navy jeep

Post by Jerseybounce » Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:31 am

So does anyone know the exact cutoff for frame and tub. Od and navy gray

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Re: 1942 GPW Navy jeep

Post by W. Winget » Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:16 am

Pick your flavor...shooting an OD jeep Gray doesn't mean it has to be disassembled, you can pretty much fit a paint gun under the fenders even with the tires on, so it's hard to see a need for frame off painting.
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Gray on outside, semigloss BLACK? under fenders and bottom area(my bet)
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Paint everything but the rubber gray!
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Gray topcoat and bottom, black? numbers, OD Top, black antenna, OD Fording Intake pipe, unpainted steel fording exhaust pipe? Note OD jeeps in background and these two front jeeps match the hull of the Landing Craft.
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Early USN '42 Ford towing USMC Gliders in color, OD vehicle with Yellow numbers here:
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Full gray (note pipe? for front bumper? Extinguisher bracket outside body where shovel cannot mount, black star with 'lettered' surround near axe handle)
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Gray all over
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Re: 1942 GPW Navy jeep

Post by donk_316 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:22 pm

W. Winget wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:16 am

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Is this guy like 4' tall or something?? haha! wow i wish i fit like that IN my Jeep and not ON my Jeep
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Re: 1942 GPW Navy jeep

Post by gerrykan » Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:44 pm

donk_316 wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:22 pm
Is this guy like 4' tall or something??
He doesn't appear to have a neck, that would take off a few inches. :)
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