Building a WWII Jeep
...Finding, Restoring & Rebuilding a Wartime Legend, from Pen & Sword
Title: Building a WWII Jeep
Author: Sean Dunnage
Publisher: Pen & Sword
A new 236-page hardback book which goes through a process which I am sure I am not the only one to have dreamed about at some time or other. In this case we can read the story of the author, who not only dreamt it, fuelled perhaps by being a keen modeller, but he has actually fulfilled that dream and details his story in this interesting book.
It starts with his acquiring an ex-Canadian army jeep, actually a post-war example, that was sitting unwanted in a friends' family farm. The proverbial 'barn find'! As well as explaining the background to his interest in the WW2 jeep, it splits the story over 11 chapters, and all highly illustrated throughout the book. He mixed original, restored and modern reproduction parts to create his dream jeep, and accepting that cost and availability meant some details were accurate for a WW2 example, while certain others were not perfect. The chapters take us through the restoration in a logical sequence which can guide anyone taking on a similar challenge. So from Identifying your jeep, through Rebuilding the Chassis and Drive Train; Engine sub-sections; Driver Controls; Engine Start UP; The Body; Wiring the Electrical System: Fuel System; the Jeep Console & Firewall; and lastly the Final Details. Lots of useful tips for any similar project.
This makes interesting reading, and I am sure will tempt many to consider a similar project of their own. The author has clearly been bitten by the bug, as towards the end we discover he has since sold his finished Jeep, and has now started all over again with a genuine wartime period Ford GPA.
Thanks to Pen & Sword for our review copy.