1942 WWII Jeep

1942 WWII Willys Jeep
S.N. 107862
After finishing the restoration of my Army jeep, I started looking for another project. I found a Navy “slat grill” jeep built on  January 2, 1942. I bought the jeep and towed it  home on September 13, 2003.
The jeep looked pretty good and I thought it was going to be an easy project.

This jeep looks great, but what I didn’t realize at the time was that it was covered with a thick layer of Bondo which concealed
major damage and rust. It would be a much bigger project than I had anticipated.

I burned and scraped the Bondo off the tub down to bare metal.
 My first task was to remove the Bondo. Then I bought a MIG welder and began to learn how to repair sheet metal.

The motor was not operational so I knew that a rebuild would be a part of the project.
 Out comes the motor! Rebuilding the motor was
the most challenging aspect of this restoration. I had never done it before, but what a great learning experience!
I welded the “V” cross member to the frame and rear bumper. The two pieces are joined with bolts and a rivet.

The rear frame and cross member was badly damaged and required new metal and some serious welding.

The gas tank and tank well had to be totally replaced with new metal.
I replaced rusty and damaged panels on both sides of the jeep, the floor, replaced the tank well and side steps. My welding
improved as the project went on.
All the jeeps came out of the factory painted olive drab.
 Wow, this frame is looking good! Note the shiny new break lines. I rebuilt my transmission and replaced the seals in the transfer case.
I test ran the motor before installing the tub. It was a happy day when my rebuilt motor started!
 The project is coming along nicely. I love seeing how old metal can be repaired and renewed.
Jeeps came from the factory painted olive drab. The Navy painted their jeeps battleship grey.
 I painted the tub with a flat Navy gray. Next comes the wiring (much easier to do with the tub off the frame).
Easy boys! And thanks for your help!
 When installing the jeep tub on the frame, I recommend getting help from your neighbors. Watch out for the steering column and the wiring.
December 31, 2011
On the last day of 2011, I drove the jeep out of the driveway for the first time and went on a test drive. The 8 and 1/2 year project was nearly complete.
The first 15,000 jeeps were “slat grill.” Later jeeps had the more familiar pressed metal grill.
 I marked the hood “U.S. Navy” and add “Shore Patrol” to the windscreen. Note the Federal siren! It will be used in parades!
A pretty girl sure adds something nice to an old, grey Navy jeep!
 I showed off my jeep at the Military Vehicles Preservation Association Convention which our Military Vehicle Collectors Club of Oregon hosted in Portland (July 2013).
Ready for the parade with my restored jeep and Navy Shore Patrol outfit.

Although I have not served in the military, I am privileged to represent and honor the men and women who serve in the U.S. armed forces whenever I drive my jeep in a parade. Thank you for your service, veterans!

Click here to see a video with pictures of this jeep restoration project.

1944 GPW

1944 WWII Ford Jeep
S.N. 204333

The Laney family jeep was built by Ford and delivered to the Army on May 29, 1944.  It may have been used on an Army post or National Guard unit somewhere on the west coast, perhaps Fort Lewis. My dad purchased the jeep  on March 12, 1967 for $500 from Billy Swaim of Portland.

ROTC Cadets Laney and Lambert at the U. of O.

For the next four years I drove it during my student days at the University of Oregon. My brothers took over the jeep when I left home and each of them enjoyed driving our family jeep. After they left home my dad stored the jeep for some years and then towed it to my home in Portland where I enjoyed taking my children on jeep rides. But the jeep stopped running and was just taking up space in my garage when I discovered a web site that featured restored military jeeps. That sparked my interest! With the blessing of my wife, I began restoring the vehicle back to its’ original military configuration. I never dreamed what a big project this would be or how much fun I would have working on my jeep. The jeep is “parade ready” and I enjoying driving and showing it to honor the men and women serving in the United States military. 

College days at the University of Oregon
Going topless during the summer
The restoration begins (1997)
Making good progress
Four cylinder Ford engine looking pretty
Students helping me install the tub
Parade ready WWII GPW
Driving my jeep in my WWII officers uniform

Click here to see a video of the restoration of the Laney family jeep. 


The Laney Jeeps

I am the proud owner of two World War II military jeeps which have given me a great deal of satisfaction and pleasure in restoring and driving these vintage vehicles.

I enjoy jeeps because they are the classic trucks used by the American soldiers who fought and defeated the enemy during the Second World War. When I am working on a jeep or driving my restored jeep I feel a sense of patriotic pride in  our armed forces and what American soldiers, sailors and flyers have done to secure and maintain the freedoms we enjoy in this country. When I drive my jeep with my American flag waving, I’m giving a one jeep salute to those who have served and are presently serving our country.

I hope you enjoy looking at my jeeps. And if you come by on a sunny day, I’d be happy to crank her up and give you a ride. Click on the pictures below to learn more about each of my jeeps.



1944 GPW S.N 204333

This 1944 WWII jeep has been in our family since 1967. I drove the jeep during my college days and my wife and I dated in this jeep when it was painted blue and had a white vinyl top. In 1997 I began restoring my jeep to its’ original military configuration. I enjoy driving the jeep in parades to honor our veterans.


1942 MB S.N.107862

After completing the restoration of my Army jeep, I began looking for another project. I found this early WWII slat grill jeep and began a complete restoration in 2003. I finished the project and drove it for the first time on December 31, 2011. I restored it as a Navy Shore Patrol jeep to honor my dad who was a Navy aviator and my son who is a Navy Commander.