Building a WWII Jeep

Building a WWII Jeep

By Lance Cole


The Jeep as we know it from WW2 news reels, big screen movies and television shows such as M.A.S.H. or The Rat Patrol was the result of the US War Department’s requirement for a light command-reconnaissance car to meet the US Army’s needs under the threat of a looming European war. After only a few weeks of development the Jeep would end up in all of the Allied armies of the world courtesy of Bantam, Willys and Ford. Many of the Jeeps built during the war would go on to serve for over 60 years in various parts of the world in both military and civilian use.

This book is a basic guide to building a WW2 Jeep using restored, rebuilt and modern reproduction parts for those who have never done it before, just as I hadn’t either. You’ll find a clear step by step process used to build a truly historical vehicle. Combined with the other books and websites that will be noted in this volume as well as some basic auto mechanical knowledge on your part you should be able to have your own piece of Jeep history rolling in no time.

Vintage Airfix Review:

A great accompaniment to a Jeep rebuild. Or, if you’re not rebuilding a Jeep it’s fascinating and quite the eye opener. From a modellers perspective it really helps with some close up images of parts that you might have normally bothered about, including weathering ideas to add age to your model.

A greasy hand guide through the ups and downs of renovating an icon. A ‘bumpy’ read.