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Willys Factory MB-T Tarpaulin

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:02 pm
by Farrell Fox
I made this based on the Willys factory drawings. The canvas is #8 from the war time mill, the binding is my own custom reproduction binding. The rope is the correct cotton rope cut to specified length, and the grommets are NOS from Willys Overland.

I've never seen a Willys tarp in person, but I discovered a few things while making this. One being that there are 10 ropes, as opposed to 14, and the corner ropes are looped into two grommets. The other is that Willys seems to be the only one who added binding tape to the edges. Seems sort of redundant, and adds a considerable amount of extra labor, but that's how they made it.

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Re: Willys Factory MB-T Tarpaulin

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:35 pm
by 1942GPW
Beautiful job! Would this style have been used for a 1942 MB-T? Will you be making them for others? Thanks Eric

Re: Willys Factory MB-T Tarpaulin

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:11 pm
by Farrell Fox
As far as I can tell, this is how the tarps looked from beginning to end of MB-T production. The earliest date I can read on the drawings is 5-27-1942. I plan to make more after I get a bunch of tops made.

Re: Willys Factory MB-T Tarpaulin

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:27 pm
by Mark Tombleson
That looks like a great job Farrell.

Where did you get the ring fasteners?

Re: Willys Factory MB-T Tarpaulin

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:39 pm
by Farrell Fox
The ropes have wire securing the ends for now. I ordered the tool and rings, but they haven't arrived yet. Today was our only day of no rain, so I didn't wait for the rings to take the photos.

Re: Willys Factory MB-T Tarpaulin

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:51 pm
by 42swing
If you make a few of them, I would be very interested in one.

Re: Willys Factory MB-T Tarpaulin

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:08 pm
by johnseidts
What did the Bantam ones look like? Farrell, is the edging oilcloth? Lots of WWII AAF pieces had oil cloth edging.

Re: Willys Factory MB-T Tarpaulin

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:34 pm
by Farrell Fox
The Bantam covers look the same except they have larger corner gussets, and lack any binding tape on the edge. The binding tape on the cover, and on Willys canvas in general, is leatherette.

Re: Willys Factory MB-T Tarpaulin

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:30 am
by Fred Coldwell
Tip-top job, Farrell! You do excellent work, a wonderful contribution to he hobby. Nice to see you are following the WO factory drawings in making your MB-T tarps. Happy New Year!