From The Archives #27

by Wes Kibble on February 11, 2010


Interesting front grill on the Willys Jeep. It looks like they are in England. Via…

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Steve Johnson March 27, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Willys MB slat grille. Originally willys overland welded their grill together with steel slats. When Ford started producing the GPW ( G = Government P = 80 inch wheel base W = Willys design) under contract for the US government during WW2 they stamped the grill out of sheet steel. Willys adopted this as it was faster for production as opposed to welding each slat.

So when you see that grill for jeep displayed prominantly at the local Dodge/Chrysler Dealership remember its a Ford idea.

1952 M38 W/W
1943 Ford GPW


offroadaction March 28, 2010 at 9:08 am

Thank you for the information!


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