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Building a WWII Jeep (Hardback)

Finding, Restoring, and Rebuilding a Wartime Legend

Colour Books Military Photographic Books Transport WWII

By Sean Dunnage
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 272
Illustrations: 220 colour & black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526755506
Published: 2nd March 2021
Last Released: 21st February 2024



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The Jeep as we know it from WW2 news reels, big screen movies and television shows such as M.A.S.H. or The Rat Patrol was the result of the US War Department's requirement for a light command-reconnaissance car to meet the US Army’s needs under the threat of a looming European war. After only a few weeks of development the Jeep would end up in all of the Allied armies of the world courtesy of Bantam, Willys and Ford. Many of the Jeeps built during the war would go on to serve for over 60 years in various parts of the world in both military and civilian use.

This book is a basic guide to building a WW2 Jeep using restored, rebuilt and modern reproduction parts for those who have never done it before, just as I hadn't either. You'll find a clear step by step process used to build a truly historical vehicle. Combined with the other books and websites that will be noted in this volume as well as some basic auto mechanical knowledge on your part you should be able to have your own piece of Jeep history rolling in no time.

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A great accompaniment to a Jeep rebuild. Or, if you’re not rebuilding a Jeep it’s fascinating and quite the eye opener. From a modellers perspective it really helps with some close up images of parts that you might have normally bothered about, including weathering ideas to add age to your model.

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Vintage Airfix

The Jeep, that iconic American 1/4 4x4 Command Reconnaissance truck. Not Just any old Jeep, there all old know but, take your pick out of 1 in 4. Your choice, one from Chrysler, Willy, Ford, or Bantam. Seen in all good World War two films. The light command-reconnaissance car found in all theatres of war.

Sean Dunnage, in his book Building a WW II JEEP', takes you by the greasy hand, with a spanner, nut by bolt, guides you through building that little beauty. Its more than a handbook, Sean Dunnage's easy way with words makes the book an enjoyable read. Every page has at least two illustrations. It has wiring and engine instructions, what paint to use, and everything one would do to build one's own Jeep. A book for everyone but especially for veterans who would purr over this book while sipping their tonic and reviving long forgotten memories. I passed my driving licence on a military Jeep, 70 years ago. I still love them.

Richard Gough - Historian, writer, author of the Escape from Singapore, The jungle was Red, Outpost of the Empire, SOE Singapore 1941-42. Waiting publication Tony Poe, CIA Paramilitary in SE Asia.

Buy this book ! Full of expertly taken photographs and a nice easy text to follow. A must for modellers and Combat Mechanics the world over . I can't say much more 'cept it does what it says on the tin. If you are a jeep fan get this for your library or workshop, you cant miss.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

"The book is well illustrated with a great many photographs throughout, showing various stages of work in progress on his project. These photos are full color, sharp and clear, and show the work being done very well. The pages of this book are heavyweight glossy stock, and the photos reproduce very well on it."

History in Motion, December/January 2022

Crisp, clear, colour photographs on every page, showing details that not only interest nerds like us me, but I imagine might prove useful to people on the restoration trail.

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WW2 Talk

For the person who has a particular affection, or has a Jeep this offering from Pen and Sword and authored by Sean Dunnage, should answer all of the questions you have, and all of the questions you can think of.

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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.

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Military Model Scene

"...offers considerable step-by-step instructions on what to do and what not to do when restoring an historic military vehicle."

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The Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"This book is a well-written, engaging opus which is on the level of a documentary series. It is a manual and a reference handbook rolled up into one."

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The Dispatcher magazine

"Packed with schematic wiring diagrams and tightly focused shop photos, it will delight anyone who has ever labored joyously to trace a pesky electrical fault, put body putty on a dent, or install brake pads on an old car."


"This is one neat book. It will be of great interest to anyone planning on restoring a Jeep and to modelers that want to super-detail a kit of the Jeep."

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AMPS Indianapolis

"...the restoration process is covered in great detail with photographs that would aid a modeller building even the most detailed Jeeps."

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Modellers Alliance

About Sean Dunnage

Sean is a military vehicle restorer and military model maker in addition to hauling massive construction equipment to worksites all across Ontario, Canada.

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