Well, we know the answer to that question as the Jeep CJ5 became the benchmark for greatness in functionality and utility throughout its 29 model year run from 1955 through 1983.
Many of the CJ5 critics will justifiably refer to the inherent safety limitations of the little 81 inch (and later 83.5 inch) wheelbase, which coupled with the high ground clearance (translated as high center of gravity) is a recipe for instability and potential rollover disaster.
This page will point out the major and most obvious differences only. It is important to know that the parts used on Willys MB and Ford GPW jeeps are completely interchangeable mechanically.
The purpose of page is to aid you in determining which model W. When your jeep left the factory it was either 100% Willys or 100% Ford, but from that moment on, motor pool mechanics, government rebuild depots and civilian owners have been swapping parts without regard to whether the part is a Willys or a Ford part.
This means that the jeep you have is likely a combination of the two types. The plate differs in design between Ford and Willys and can be used to identify the frame if the front crossmember is missing.
I have bought this car a few days ago with the intention of restoring it.
CJ-3B Specifications and Information Sources Hurricane Engine Specs and Photos CJ-3B Drawings and Dimensions M606 Military Jeep Specifications Willys Service Standards, 1952-54 Models Willys Four: A. Calculations: CJ-3B and CJ-4F4-134 Engine Horsepower and Torque80" Wheelbase CJ Frame Progression The CJ-3B Bookshelf Surviving CJ-3B Jeeps -- the serial number list! Willys Paint Samples, 1953-54Willys Paint Samples, 1955-58Willys Paint Samples, 1959-65Matching Your Jeep's Paint Color4 Wheel Drive Tailgate Stencil Engine Paint and Decals Original Yellow Paint? Engine Removal V6 Engine Conversion Manual Engine Swap Suggestions Pinto Turbo in a CJ-3BRemoving Broken or Rusty Bolts/Nuts/Studs/Screws Repairing or Replacing a Fuel Tank Adding a Passenger-Side Gas Tank Fuel Line Tech Tips -- installation, filters, electric pump. Carter YF Carburetor Service Information YF Carburetor Overhaul Tips -- from Jon Hardgrove. Solex Replacement Carburetor Solex Carburetor Tips Cleaning the Air Cleaner Easy Air Filter Element Fix -- synthetic replacement.
These hand-built models were part of the first 1/4-ton contract for 70 vehicles (1 pilot model 69 additional after acceptance of the pilot model, to be distributed as follows: 40 for the Infantry, 20 for the Cavalry and 10 for the Field Artillery.). Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, Virginia Specifications: Engine Continental Motor Co.