Sequencing the Willys MB & Ford GPW

$5,109 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 105 people in 24 months
My name is Tom Wolboldt. I have been in the Military Vehicle collecting hobby for 35 + years. I have been researching the production histories of WW2 jeeps for the last 13 years.  Along the way I have learned that many of the popular jeep books and government manuals are full of errors and mistakes. This makes it very difficult for an enthusiast to know what is exactly correct for the Willys MB or Ford GPW that you are restoring or even just maintaining.  Over the years I have gathered thousands of pages of WW2 jeep data and have sourced tens of thousands more pages owned by others that have spent  lifetimes gathering up records from the far corners of the globe.

At this time I believe I am able to sequence much of this data into spreadsheet documents , one for the Willys MB and one for the Ford GPW.  I view this as a several year full time quest based of the sheer volume of data that is needed to be reviewed, combined and cross-checked for accuracy. As sections are finished they will become available for purchase. There are about 25 models of Willys-Overland Motors MBs spread over many different contracts and about 25 versions of the Ford Motors' GPW spread over five contracts and six assembly plants to be sorted out. 

I am turning to GoFundMe as a source of funds to help pay for supplies, research trips, my time, and to return 20% to those individuals behind the scenes that have made significant contributions to the effort. These individuals have gathered data from public and private collections and from archives that were not accessed in previous studies. This includes both Willys and Ford Factory and Accounting records in addition to supplier data and government test and procurement records. I have formed an agreement with a network of collectors that have gathered this data over the last 35 years at great cost to themselves in time and dollars to make this project possible at this time. 

The final product should be able to show you how your MB or GPW  was equipped from the factory down to the style and type of washers and bolts used to build it by referencing it's serial number or DoD ( Date of Delivery ). For those looking to buy the specific data for their vehicle and have helped to fund this project there will be a reduction in the final product price equal to 25% of your contribution.

After 70 + years of mis-managed data this project is not going to be a cake walk putting the pieces back together but with every passing day a little bit more of the history of the jeeps that helped win WW2 slips away just like the Greatest Generation that originally drove them.   Please help build this resource for yourselves and the generations to come that thrive to understand these little 4wd buggies. Thank You All in Advance  !
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12-27-16
9 individual contributors - Mario Maipid ( Re-contributor ), Matthew Babb, William Gross, Jesus Ramirez, Steven Matsell, Michael Marter, Eugene Brown, Freddy de Causemaeker, Ed Lapadura and the first Auction House ( RM / Sotheby's ) since the last update. Thanks to all!
Top Contributors -
Individuals - Eugene Brown - 100
Parts Vendors - Ron Fitzpatrick Jeep Parts - 250
Restoration Businesses - None
Museums - None
WW2 MB / GPW Websites - None
Auction Houses - RM / Sotheby's

The first Auction House contribution has come in since the last update. Thanks RM / Sotheby's !!! Good to see the start of the Auction Houses paying it forward to support the research that will be supporting the MB / GPW hobby which in turn supports their businesses.
If you buy anything from a supporting Parts Vendor or use a supporting Auction House be sure to tell them THANKS for supporting this project !

Attention, Attention,
I know it has been awhile since the last update but that does not mean there has been nothing happening. This past Summer seen the down load of another 950 BOM ( Bill of Material ) files and the soon to be received 6 GBs of data of a entire country's G503 registration records.

Due to the onion peel syndrome this project is being expanded to include the sequencing of EVERYTHING G503 covering the MB and GPW ie. vehicle delivery data, assembly plants, parts start up and end, and hood number registrations to name just a few of the categories. Become one of the ones that can say " Hey I helpped with the documenting the history of the G503 !!! " . That is all for now.
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07-18-16
4 contributors ( Adam Heaton, Albert Costa, Paul Beers, Irakli Kordzakhia ) and the first Parts Vendor ( Ron Fitzpatrick Jeep Parts ) since the last update. Thanks to all!
Top Contributors -
Individuals - Jon Rogers - 75
Parts Vendors - Ron Fitzpatrick Jeep Parts - 250
Restoration Businesses - None
Museums - None
WW2 MB / GPW Websites - None

The first Parts Vendor contribution has just come in the last few days. Thanks Ron !!! Good to see the start of the Parts Vendors paying it forward to support the research that will be supporting the MB / GPW hobby which in turn supports their businesses.
If you buy anything from a supporting Parts Vendor be sure to tell them THANKS for supporting this project !
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04-06-16
3 contributors ( Hugh Browne Jr., Tom Finucane, Michael Lycett ) and 1 re-contributor ( Jon Rogers ) since the last update. Thanks to all!
Top Contributors -
Individuals - Jon Rogers - 75
Parts Vendors - None
Restoration Businesses - None
Museums - None
WW2 MB / GPW Websites - None

I have finished transcribing section 19-6 Trim of the MB-FW NOM. Now it is on to section 19-9 Windshield of the MB-FW NOM. Also I have started integrating the data from a form called " Material Survey " which list parts by their Material Type, Size, and the Sub-Contractor name in many cases as well as the PRFs ( Production Release Form ).
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03-18-16
2 contributor since the last update.
Top Contributors -
Individuals - Current 7 way tie :
Robert Riddell - 50
Mario Maipid - 50
Marco Lange - 50
John Wilson - 50
Jon Rogers - 50
Andrew Peitsch - 50
Robert Tofson - 50
Parts Vendors - None
Restoration Businesses - None
WW2 MB / GPW Websites - None

I am 2/3 of the way transcribing section 19-6 Trim of the MB-FW NOM. Also I have started integrating the data from a form called " Material Survey " which list parts by their Material Type, Size, and the Sub-Contractor name in many cases as well as the PRFs ( Production Release Form ).
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Raised by 105 people in 24 months
Created February 14, 2016
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$50
Erik Brun
7 days ago

Great Job!

YR
$50
Yves de Ryckel
10 days ago

YLG80 on G503

$5
Jim Troche
10 days ago

I think you got me a little closer to my hood number and DoD date! The closer we get the more I will continue to give! Thanks & Keep up the good work!

EK
$30
Eric Kalamaja
1 month ago

Thanks for all you do to help us with our jeeps history.

JV
$30
Joseph Vivas
1 month ago

Thanks for all you do for us Jeep guys & girls!

GG
$25
Graeme Goodall
1 month ago

196813. Dallas. Partial hood number found.

$15
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1 month ago
$10
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1 month ago
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