- Inspected by the Military Vehicle Trust who confirmed that its chassis was made by Ford in June 1943
- A UK 'barn find' that was subjected to a major restoration in 2013-2014
- Original WW2 body tub, wings, grille, bonnet and screen sympathetically restored
Arguably the most iconic and influential military vehicle of World War Two, the Jeep's legacy is still being felt today. A former UK `barn find', this particular example was extensively restored by its previous keeper during 2013-2014. A ? Ton 4x4 collector, he carried out the following work: Engine rebored, crankshaft reground, new bearings, oil seals, water pump etc; Gearbox overhauled with appropriate parts, bearings, oil seals etc; Transfer Box reconditioned; Propshafts rejuvenated with new universal joints; Front Axle refurbished with new differential bearings and overhauled constant velocity drive shafts, new oil seals etc and Rear Axle reconditioned with new bearings, oil seals etc. The brake system received new pipes, new master cylinder and wheel cylinders, new shoes and new wheel bearings and oil seals etc, while the exhaust system was replaced too. The original WW2 body tub, grille, bonnet, screen and wings were sympathetically repaired and the Jeep rewired incorporating many original items but with the benefit of an upgrade to 12-volts, the lights modified to take modern bulbs, indicators fitted and a conventional towing socket added. The steering box was rejuvenated and new track rod ends installed. The road springs, shock absorbers and spring shackles were reconditioned as necessary. The radiator core was renewed too. An inspection carried out by The Military Vehicle Trust last year confirmed the chassis is an original Ford item that was built in June 1943 and that `the vehicle was substantially complete and genuine'. Subsequently road registered by the DVLA as `YXG 313' and fitted with a correct-type 2.2 litre four-cylinder engine, the Jeep comes complete with a rear mounted Jerry Can and spare wheel, canvas tilt, shovel and axe and US Military bonnet markings. Starting readily upon inspection, this authentically detailed Ford GPW ? Ton 4x4 is ideal for the Goodwood Revival or other period re-enactments.