Willys MB 131415

If you have an unrestored WWII jeep, we would like to see pictures, and hear your comments. NO EBAY or COMMERCIAL SALES.
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Willys MB 131415

Post by mdainsd » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:09 am

Picked this up recently. Was found in a stable used by the Buffalo Soldiers in the early part of WWII. Kind of fitting.

DOD 3/27/42. Other than some Bubba add ons, the only missing major part is the original engine. It now has an F head in it.

Not much rust, mainly the bottom of the fuel tank well. Tank completely missing bottom half.
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Re: Willys MB 131415

Post by 70th Division » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:29 pm

Hello,

You have a great jeep find there !!!!
Hood numbers, and looks like rear numbers as well, with Willys script !!

You may be able to easily scrape off all the loose paint to restore original paint with markings !!!

Please add more pics when possible !!

That would look nice in my jeep barn :D :D :D :D


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Re: Willys MB 131415

Post by mdainsd » Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:58 pm

Some more. Maybe the rarest part on this jeep, the flat top grill apparently only made a couple of weeks in Mar 42.
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Re: Willys MB 131415

Post by mdainsd » Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:02 pm

What if?...
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Re: Willys MB 131415

Post by h1zelmann » Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:20 am

:o :o what a incredible jeep!!!
Verry verry nice!!!
What color are under the yellow? Green or the basic red?

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Re: Willys MB 131415

Post by mdainsd » Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:22 am

Under the yellow is the basic OD.
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Re: Willys MB 131415

Post by Mark Jesic » Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:44 am

This looks a nice project, how many more like this still exist ?

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Re: Willys MB 131415

Post by mdainsd » Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:01 pm

I know, yet they still turn up.
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Re: Willys MB 131415

Post by FJ.Janssen » Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:17 pm

Hello,

That's a very nice looking Willys!
There are a lot of early features visible.

About the color, there is a bunch of Willys known here on the forum, all in yellow, and within a short range of serialnumbers.

Good luck with your resto!
You have a very nice base to start with

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Re: Willys MB 131415

Post by mdainsd » Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:44 pm

Time to get rid of the F head :shock: Its got a chocolate shake in the crankcase and it has to go regardless.

Been putting up WTB adds for an engine or block near 1314XX, nothing yet, but patience is the key. I have been offered a later MB engine for free but it is cracked along the bottom of the water jacket. Suppose i could see about trying to fix that one, but if going to the trouble would really like to get one real close so at least the casting dates are correct.

I did locate a rebuildable T84 to replace the T10 currently in the Jeep and at a good price too!
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Re: Willys MB 131415

Post by mdainsd » Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:47 pm

Worked over the weekend to get the body off. Almost there. a couple real stuborn body mount bolts to go. Amazingly the steering wheel came off without much fuss.
I started paying more attention to things I had not before.

Im wondering if this may have been a radio jeep at tome point in time? I wonder because:

There is a rectangular hole right behind the transmission hump. Its been crudely covered.

It has a PTO lever.

There is a PTO on the back of the transfer case with what looks like the remains of a belt pulley.

50 amp ammeter.

Thoughts?
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Post by Ian Fawbert » Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:07 pm

Hello mate,

I’ve 131175 and it was completely stripped, so will be very interested in your progress- please keep the photos coming!

I see your Jeep has a mirror arm still fitted. Regardless if you believe it original or not, can you please share a few photos of it?

I’m trying to get some info and develop a pattern of what was fitted to what.

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Re: Willys MB 131415

Post by Ian Fawbert » Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:10 pm

I also saw your statement about the block.

Given MB blocks never matched the serial number, you should be looking slightly higher.
The original motor to MB 131175 is MB 133550: so I’d say anything around that 133Xxx even a it lower or higher would be arguably very correct.

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Re: Willys MB 131415

Post by rhinomil » Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:49 am

Hello.. do you know what the tub number is as im trying to date my 42?
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Re: Willys MB 131415

Post by mdainsd » Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:34 am

The restoration begins!

So far I have located 2 transfer cases of the same vintage and 1 and 1/2 transmissions. I am reasonably sure the inards of the original are not salvageable, but I have more than enough good parts to rebuild the original trans and transfer case now.

Already known that the F-head has got to go (somewhere, anywhere). I located and purchased what I believe to be a Government replacement engine, which would be more correct than trying to pass off another engine as the original, LOL. I posted a question about that engine up in the Technical Knowledge Base.

Next is finish taking the body off, Its close with just one bolt I cant get undone or get to break off, and getting the PTO out from under the body. Hoping to get it soda/water blasted next month, then the body work begins.

Yippie! :D
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