DarrylD's WWII Army Jeep Project Journal - Reference Library List


Rating Scale - Just to explain how I placed a value (star rating) on each of these publications. The stars reflect the information value they contributed to the restoration of my Ford GPW jeeps and Bantam T-3 trailer. If I had to thin-down my libary, the lowest star rated ones would go first. The ratings would be different if I was focusing on Willys MB jeeps and MBT trailers. Here's the break-down:

[IMAGE]A "Must Have" book! Unique, accurate information only found here

[IMAGE]Also a "Must Have" book, very valuable but lacks in quantity or quality of information of better books

[IMAGE]Good to have book but same info as better books, contents can't be trusted to be accurate

[IMAGE]A few good tid-bits but not many, contents can't be trusted to be accurate

[IMAGE]OK but not much value to restoration

[IMAGE]Good for pictures, info content is nil, same stuff just repackaged

[IMAGE](or less) Save your money, zero value

WWII Jeep Guidebook, by Ren Bernier, 2005, 118 pages, "THE" must have concise guide for entering the WWII jeep restoration hobby. This book has accurately captured and tells the history and evolution of the Ford and Willys jeeps, WITH the addition of current, real-world advice on how to acquire, restore and care for a 60-year plus antique vehicle. Written with an eye on making good investment decisions as well as the romantic historical elements of owning and caring for a historical icon which the WWII jeep has become. This is the "must buy" first book for new jeep hobbiest to start with, hands down![IMAGE]

The Complete WW2 Military Jeep Manual, Technical Manuals TM 9-803, TM 9-1803A and TM 9-1803B, by Portrayal Press, 509 pages, A must have reprint of the three most relevant U.S. Army technical manuals for the WW2 Jeep. Covers everything from how to lubricate it correctly to how to blow it up to keep the enemy from capturing it![IMAGE]

ORD 9 SNL G503 - Standard Nomenclature List - Ordnance Supply Catalog - February 1945, War Department, 283 pages, A currently available reprint of original Standard Nomenclature List for the Willys and Ford jeep. A must have parts breakdown list of every assembly and subassembly of the WW2 jeep, down to the specifications for the correct nuts and bolts you need to buy at the hardware store. [IMAGE]

All-American Wonder, Volume 1 by Ray Cowdery, 1993, 139 pages, A must have book purchase for anyone considering restoring a WW2 jeep. A great education on what differences are between Willys and Ford jeeps. Tons of details and great illustrations.[IMAGE]

All-American Wonder, Volume 2 by Ray Cowdery, 1999, 146 pages, A must have and suggested second book purchase for anyone considering restoring a WW2 jeep. More great information in the same format as the first book. Lots of interesting history and period photographs.[IMAGE]

TM-10-1281 - Parts List and Maintenance Manual September 1942, War Department, 46 pages, Combined parts list and maintenance manual for the Bantam T3 ton trailer as originally published by the American Bantam Car Company. Essentially everything one needs to know to restore and maintain the Bantam T-3.[IMAGE]

Jeep Bantam Willys Ford 1940-45 by Emile Becker, 1994, 468 pages, FRENCH text, 1500 illustrations and black and white period photographs. Massive pictorial study of the war time jeep. While somewhat difficult to translate, the wealth of photos and F- script location diagrams on Ford parts are well worth the cost.[IMAGE]

Jeep Service and Repair Handbook - by Clymer Publications, 1977, 364 pages, A suggested purchase if it can be found used, an excellent reworking of the U.S. Army technical manuals in civilian terminology. Pictures and illustrations are right out of TM 9-803 but military jargon is replaced with easy to understand English.[IMAGE]

Essential Military Jeep, by Graham Scott, 1996, 79 pages, An optional reading with an overview of WW2 jeeps. Interesting period illustrations and photographs but modern photographs usually of poorly restored, mis-matched parts jeeps.[IMAGE]

The Standardised War-Time Jeep 1941-45, by John Farley, 2002, 224 pages, Describes the differences between the Willys and Ford jeeps using 400 period photographs. Excellent collection of authentic photographs of jeeps in action and well worth the cost.[IMAGE]

Jeep Jeep Jeep No. 2, by Yasuo Ohtsuka, 2002, 224 pages, Follow-up to the almost unobtainable first volume. Lots of unique period photographs and illustrations of jeeps in various roles such as field ambulance, radio jeep, mounted weapons and winter use. A very interesting read and well worth the cost.[IMAGE]

MVPA Judging Standard and Restoration Guide for the Ford GPW, by Bill Kish and Lloyd White, 1999, 49 pages, A must have for anybody serious about restoring a Ford jeep. Great details as to what the judges look for in a "factory class" restoration in Military Vehicle Preservation Association competitions. An evolving work so it contains a few omissions and errors but worth the effort to acquire.[IMAGE]

Mechanic's Manual by Willys-Overland Motors, Inc., 1948, 212 pages, An optional reading covering all Willys models up to 1948. Sometimes useful to the mechanic in further clarifying a difficult procedure.[IMAGE]

WW2 Jeep Military Portfolio 1941-1945, by Brooklands Books, 140 pages, A suggested reading containing several dozen articles from motor industry publications from 1940s to the 1980s. Great photographs and illustrations and an interesting historical perspective.[IMAGE]

The Military Jeep, by Lawrence Nabholtz, 1999, 88 pages, A suggested reading for anybody who is interested in knowing the production evolution of the Willys and Ford jeep. Excellent period photographs and lots of details but known to contain inaccuracies and would not base restoration decisions on contents without further research.[IMAGE]

TM 11-2715 - Installation of Radio Equipment in Truck, -Ton, 4x4, by War Department, September 1944, 75 pages, Everything you need to install any WWII radio in a jeep. Ample drawings and diagrams for the restorer interested in correctly mounting a Signal Corps radio in their jeep.[IMAGE]

Selling the All-American Wonder, by Fred Coldwell, 1996, 104 pages, Full-size reprints of the advertisements used by Willys-Overland Motors, Inc. and full account of the capture of the "Jeep" trademark from the U.S. Government. The color ads are alone are worth the price of the book but the amazing story of how the term jeep evolved into the capital J "Jeep" trademark now owned by DaimlerChrysler Corporation.[IMAGE]

TM-10-1186 - Master Parts List for Willys Trucks and Trailers, by Willys-Overland Motors, Inc., 1943, 195 pages, A suggested reading and interesting comparison to the ORD 9 SNL G503. A great resource for Willys trailer restoration.[IMAGE]

TM-10-1513 - Maintenance Manual for Willys Truck, by Willys-Overland Motors, Inc., 1942, 136 pages, A suggested reading for the MB owner, with the same information as the U.S. Army technical manual TM 9-803 but with different illustrations and text. Allows the mechanic to compare instructions for further clarification of a procedure to be performed.[IMAGE]

Military Maintenance, by Robert V. Notman (Ed.), 2003, 386 pages desktop published only on CD-ROM which requires Adobe Acrobat document reader, A suggested reading, indexed and categorized collection of articles copied from the U.S. Army publication Army Motors from the WWII years. Focuses mostly on field modifications and tips submitted by motorpool G.I.s who actually kept the jeeps rolling during the war. Once you get past the first 15 pages about the editor's life story, it's a fascinating read.[IMAGE]

Jeep CJ Rebuilder's Manual 1946-1971, by Moses Ludel, 2003, 559 pages, This is a current Bentley repair manual with up-to-date information. A highly recommended purchase for anybody needing step-by-step procedures including photographs on any rebuild subject common to WWII and early CJ series jeeps. This book is especially helpful to those WWII jeep owners who have later model drivetrain components like gear-driven engines. Subjects like "clocking" the oil pump on an L-head engine are covered in great detail.[IMAGE]

Jeep Owner's Bible, by Moses Ludel, 1998, 382 pages, This is another Bentley manual on the usage, care and feeding of your jeep. While a very interesting read, the contents are focused more on serious off-road use of later model Jeeps and not applicable to a collector WWII jeep that spends its time on dry pavement and in a garage waiting for the next parade. Mechanical how-to descriptions are covered in better detail in the Jeep CJ Rebuilder's Manual described just above.[IMAGE]

ORD 7-8-9 SNL G529 - Standard Nomenclature List - Ordnance Supply Catalog, August 1944, Army War Department, 50 pages, This is the ordnance supply catalog pertaining to spare parts and equipment for the -ton trailer, oriented for higher echelon oriented repairs (beyond what can be done in the field). Great exploded drawings of trailer subassemblies not found in other manuals. Also contains a lot of detail on the bureaucracy and red-tape encountered in the WWII ordnance corps.[IMAGE]

How to Troubleshoot and Repair The T84J Willys MB and Ford GPW Jeep Transmission, by Robert V. Notman, 2003, Multimedia based tutorial on the assembly of a jeep transmission from all new internal parts. Simplistic troubleshooting approach; assume it's all bad, replace everything and it will work perfectly. Transmission repair is not the topic of this work, it's assembly of parts that have been inspected and pressed together by the vendor you buy them from. Interesting if you want to watch somebody take apart and assemble a transmission if you've never done it before but not sufficient to actually work on a transmission with any guarantee of successful outcome. Not recommended.[IMAGE]

TM-10-1349 - Maintenance Manual for Ford Truck 1/4-ton 4x4, by Ford Motor Company, March 1943,CD-ROM Adobe Acrobat based, 143 pages, A suggested reading for the GPW owner, with the same information as the U.S. Army technical manual TM 9-803 but with different illustrations and text. Allows the mechanic to compare instructions for further clarification of a procedure to be performed. Excellent quality pictures for use as a restoration reference.[IMAGE]

Trouble Shooting and Rebuilding The T84J Jeep Transmission, by Robert Notman, 2004, 151 pages. This is a revised and improved version of BobN's first multimedia-based book on the T-84 transmission. The printed version is much more usable than the multimedia version and I found it very useful as a first-level learning tool for rebuilding my own T-84. Once I was starting to put my transmission back together I found it was lacking in some fundamental mechanical detail and I relied more on the Moses Ludel Jeep CJ Rebuilder's Manual (listed above) and the advice of competant mechanics like John Barton and Al Brass via posting questions on the G503.com website. This book is still very simplistic and assumes all new parts will fix any problem, where it lacks is in identifying when the new parts aren't fitting correctly and how to resolve those issues. I would highly recommend this book to a beginner mechanic as a basic guide to fill the gap like a "T-84 for Dummies" type book but suggest further reading and finding an experienced transmission rebuilder via G503.com to help answer questions once you're actually rebuilding one. [IMAGE]