In 1940, the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps released a tender for a general purpose personnel or cargo carrier. By July 1941, the War -Department desired to standardize and decided to select a single manufacturer to supply them with the next order for another 16,000 vehicles.
-Willys won the contract mostly due to its more powerful engine (the Go Devil) which soldiers raved about, and its lower cost and silhouette.
-Willys-Overland received the largest of the military contracts for this ¼-ton 4x4, which soon became beloved of American GIs for its versatility and reliability.
-Whatever better design features the Bantam and Ford entries had were then incorporated into the Willys car, moving it from an A designation to B, thus the MB nomenclature.
-The early Willys MB models placed the gasoline tank directly beneath the driver’s seat which combined the two main target areas into one to lessen the chance of a catastrophic hit.
-And the main chassis or body component that distinguished an early Willys-Overland MB from the Ford-built GPW is the tubular front frame cross-member on the MB as opposed to the inverted U-shaped cross-member on the GPW with a flat top.
-Additionally, early MBs had a wiper for each side of the windshield, which were hand operated in contrast to later configurations.
-Fuel system redone; Fuel tank sealed; Rebuilt carburetor and fuel pump; Rebuilt master cylinder; Entire wiring harness replaced; -Flushed radiator; New pump and cap; Changed oil lines; New bulbs, fuses, battery, plugs; New fan belt; New battery; Vetted gears, transfer case , differentials/transmission; Greased steering; Adjusted searing box.
-The tires are in great shape; the shocks and suspension are in good shape; the compression is in good shape. The canvas shade has been re-stitched.