There are a few things to consider when it's time to begin your restoration project on a piece of military history. Basic knowledge of the dimensions and parts of the Willys Jeep model can contribute significantly to your ability to locate the correct components and revive the masterpiece's authenticities.
Let's dive into a bit of the history of how these meticulously designed parts came to be. Designer Karl Probst was the mastermind behind ensuring the military would take a bite out of the prototypes, understanding they had specific requirements for each vehicle.
The call to action was in anticipation of the country entering World War II, and the military did not want to send troops into battle unprepared and unequipped. After Probst's design began production, the make of the original design evolved over the years through the Korean War and into the Cold War.
Understanding the intent behind these specifications helps bring a sense of preservation toward ensuring each part in restoration is precise.
Willys MB Specifications
The specifications of the MB include things like mass, height, width, and length. The following measurements apply to an MB from years 1941 to 1945:
- Weight: 3,650 lbs.
- Overall length: 132.25”
- Overall width: 55.5”
- Height with the top up: 71.75”
- Height with the top down: 52”
- Tire size: 6.00-16
- Maximum speed: 65 mph
- Tank capacity: 15 gallons
- Tank range: 285 miles
In addition to these basic specs, they housed three-speed transmissions with a wheelbase of 80-inches. The front axle contained a Dana 25, while the rear was Dana 27. The engine also required a specific set of measurements to meet the demands of the vehicle.
Willys MB Engines
It's essential to note these vehicles carried soldiers and armory, which required them to take on weight and still travel across uneven terrains. The engine had a gross horsepower of 60 with a 54 hp net. A few other notable engine specs include:
- Engine type: L4-134 "Go, Devil"
- Torque: 105 ft-lb at 2000 rpm
- Cylinders: 4
- Valvetrain: L-head
- Cubic Inch Displacement: 134.22 CID
To learn more about the dimensions and parts of the Willys Jeep model and get your hands on authentic 1964 Willys Jeep parts, reach out to Army Jeep Parts today. We specialize in assisting hobbyists and enthusiasts with any and all restoration needs.