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Old 01-03-2021, 02:30 PM   #1
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Default Ford WWII bomb truck question

Found this picture in a book about Willow run. It doesn’t look like the “Burma Jeep’s” that were used in the war. Just wondering if these we’re V8 or sixes, and what truck it was based on?
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Old 01-03-2021, 03:00 PM   #2
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Looks like a tonner.
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Found this picture in a book about Willow run. It doesn’t look like the “Burma Jeep’s” that were used in the war. Just wondering if these we’re V8 or sixes, and what truck it was based on?
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Can't see the grill very well but it looks like the front end is 1940/41 Ford 3/4T or bigger truck and I'd go with the V8.
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Hood center trim looks wide like a 41, i would think more likely a V8. The picture almost looks like it has a chrome front bumper but that wouldn't make sense on a military truck, but then again it was either china or russia painted whitewalls on the missle carriers
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its an early photo with the blue lettering on the hood. by 42 i believe all markings were white. most of the bomb trucks were ton an a half chevys, never seen the ford model
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Interestingly, according to Ford specs the model 19Y is a 1941 model-year 1-Ton Truck with 8-cyl 100hp engine and a 122" wb. chassis.



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Old 01-03-2021, 09:42 PM   #8
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100 hp didnt arrive until the 59 ab i thought. merc motor?
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Old 01-03-2021, 09:58 PM   #9
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1939 Mercury, first of the 100 hp engines
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In the OP's photo I could swear it's all tonner gear, but looks less than the 122" wb. Picture it with a full cab and then the full rear fenders installed. Would there be room for a 17" (in my case a 34" tire), and still open the door?. The frame behind the rear axle has been bobbed off. It's really cool no matter what they did to build it. A short wheelbase vehicle certainly maneuvers better in close quarters. But ford spec says 122" . They should know.
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100 hp didnt arrive until the 59 ab i thought. merc motor?
That "19Y" from above....the "1" indicates 1941 model year. The "9" indicates "Mercury" 239-type engine. DD
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Old 01-03-2021, 11:36 PM   #12
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And then in '42 there were some jailbar versions. This could be similar to my current project I'm building on a 4x4 chassis....The same factory cowl I have and I plan on stealing that windshield design. Thanks for bringing these M1 trucks to light!
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Prewar Mercury & optional truck V8s were 95-hp. The post war V8s were 100-hp. Some munitions haulers were V8 but some were G series 6-cylinder types. It depends on were they were made. There were several different sizes. There was one type built on the GTB chassis. Others on the G8T chassis. Those early ones were likely built by Ford of Canada since they were involved in the war early on. Ford-Dearborn likely started making them in 1942 but may have used the earlier chassis in smaller numbers before the US involvement. The US was tight with the purse strings until the lend lease act came into affect and a lot of that was going overseas for the allied efforts.
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I stumbled across video on the web that mentioned a mission on Dec 27, 1941 a group of PBY Catalinas flew the first offensive mission on the US side of the war. Here's a grab of that video showing the name at the top at the time at the bottom if you want to check it out. There's nothing about the trucks other than this photo.

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Old 01-10-2021, 11:29 AM   #15
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They did a lot of field expedient things during the war. The cats were used for anti sub warfare until a straight tail version of the B-24 called the PB4Y-2 Privateer finally came on line. The photo doesn't show the lift that was on top of the wing to hoist the bombs up unto the shackles. They would have been a pain in the back side to load but they could catch subs on the surface and do some damage to them. There used to be a bunch of PBY Catalinas based at the Corpus Christy NAS during the war. When I worked down at the Army Depot there back in the 80s, the old ramps that they used to get from the hangars into the water were still there but deteriorating. They could taxi them in and out of the water pretty easy.
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