|Hobby Master 1/48 Ground Power Series
US Willys Jeep USMC "42908", Okinawa
|Wanting to replace their outdated light vehicles the U.S. Military received three tenders. Bantam
Car Company was the initial winner but couldn’t meet demand so the job went to Willys-Overland
Motors. Willys was to take the best design features of the three submitted tenders and build a
standardized vehicle. Eventually in order to meet an even greater demand the Ford Motors
Company was asked to build a similar vehicle. During World War II there was a total of 647,870
Jeeps produced by the three companies; Willys-Overland produced 362,841 of them.
At the end of WWII Willys had produced 363,000 jeeps, Ford produced 280,000 for a total of
643,000. Ford also produced approximately 13,000 amphibian jeeps to make the total 656,000.
After the capture of Okinawa the U.S. Military began huge stock piles of supplies and equipment
on the island anticipating an assault on mainland Japan. This invasion never took place so
thousands of vehicles including jeeps were left making Okinawa the junk yard of the Pacific.
Eventually they were scrapped, buried or became the start of a new reef.
Specifications for WWII Jeep
Manufacturer - Willys-Overland
Crew - 1 with up to 3 others
Weight (gross) - 3,125 lb (1,417 kg)
Engine - Carburetor, liquid cooled, “Go Devil” 4 cylinder (Willys L-head), 60 hp @ 4.000 rpm, 134
cu. In. (2.200 cm3) displacement
Transmission - Warner T-84J / 3-speed synchro-mesh
Transfer case - Dana Spicer 18 / 2-speed
Gear shifter - floor mounted
Front axle - beam-leaf
Rear axle - beam-leaf
Brakes - Hydraulic
Front – drum
Rear – drum
Type – gasoline
Capacity - 15 US gallons (56.78 liters)
Range - 375 miles (600 km)
Electrical system - 6 volt, negative ground
Tires - (4) + (1) spare / 6 X 16 (non-directional)
Ground clearance - 8.75 in (22.22 cm)
Standard - 18 in (45.72 cm / .4572 m)
Maximum - 21 in (53.34 cm / .5334 m)
Length - 132.75 in (3.371 m).
Wheelbase - 80 in (2.032 m).
Width - 62 in (1.5748 m).
Top up - 69.75 in (1.77165 m).
To top of steering wheel w/top down - 51.25 in (1.30175 m).