I think I found a VEP GPW?

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Re: I think I found a VEP GPW?

Post by rjbeamer » Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:52 pm

Re: I think I found a VEP GPW?
by awddouglas » Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:09 pm

i think you have gone beyond it now but a simple way on vep vs ep is the front crossmember. on vep, it is the willys tube, on ep it is the ford upside down u channel.

In my opinion if you are using the criteria of the first contract for determining what a VEP GPW is then here is a thought. And take note this has been discussed in the past by a lot of people. I am, for what it is worth also in this camp.

The first contract ended some time in early April as per this earlier post by Tom Woldboldt. viewtopic.php?t=102307#p588066

With that being said Gpw's as early as mid March have been recorded using the Murray or Ford U channel frame with the last Midland or Willys style
frames used about April 2 nd. (This was all reported in earlier posts by Tom Woldboldt.)

So in short for about the last 2 weeks of March both style of frames were being used with Ford/Murray U channel frames appearing in VEP production about 1 month before the end of the 1st contract.


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Re: I think I found a VEP GPW?

Post by Klaas » Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:04 pm

Thanks for that link. It sure looks like GPW17331 is EP from the second contract after all, judging by the dates of change over C1 to C2 in Dallas.
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Re: I think I found a VEP GPW?

Post by jeep!_r » Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:33 am

The easiest way to tell it truly has a correct willys frame under a GPW, and not a counterfeit frame is to check for a serial number stamped in the driver side frame rail. The ones I have seen are behind the radiator and it will be stamped ***GPW xxx *** . If you need a picture I can run out and take one for you.
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Re: I think I found a VEP GPW?

Post by takpak » Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:08 pm

If it would help, I have an EP Ford GPW, serial number GPW18377, with delivery date of 4/8/42. Fully restored, and with most of the "F" markings on everything. The engine is not the original, but it does have the GPW serial number on it, so it's not a Willys engine in the frame. Always interesting to check with others so see what is right and what is wrong on my rig. Cross member is the inverted "U" and there is NO trailer plug. There is a pintle hook, with NO safety chain eyes. Has "keyed" ignition switch. Does have blackout driving light with separate switch, however from what I understand the BO light could have been a field modification.
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