Ford GP with Lindsey Clark - The JeepsterMan

Ford GP with Lindsey Clark

Wow that thing is little. Isn't it? Im shocked you dont have a custom rig.

Its kinda like a bucket. You see these Jonah? What year? They only made these in '41. Is there a count for how many are out there? There's quite a few running around there's yeah, there's quite a few out there, there's a- there's a guy. I wouldn't say there's like... there's not a thousand there's not like a thousand of them... but I bet I bet there's I bet there's a 150-200 of them yeah. My guys got one he's got a restored one, yeah he has a four wheel steer one doesn't he?

There's only, like, four. Lindsay's got one, George Holland's got one. Yeah and there's two other guys- I can't remember their names- that have one. There's a company in- or a guy in France that makes body tubs. Why? I don't know. When you start talking about, you know, if there might be 800 of them left or 500 of them left... well who's- who's the uh- who's the guy in Pennsylvania? That's all he does is deals with Bantam and the GP parts. That's all he deals in I know what you're talking about yeah he makes a living out of it I mean the parts are crazy somebody else over there yeah I can't I I can't remember his name off the top of my head but yeah that's all he does he sources used parts and and does reproductions and stuff too but 100 done this thing is worth sixty seventy thousand dollars is it aren't they I don't know I bet it's worth more than that might be more than that GPS so some of the Phantoms are worth getting it to that point right exactly yes crazy crazy yeah where do we want to start I mean if you're starting let's say give me your name and what we're looking at where we're gonna put this uh I'm probably going juicer man okay um so my name is Lindsey Clark um and I've prepared restore some GPS I've probably owned 15 in my life um if you're a Jeep person you you know that this is a Jeep but it's very different from some of the cj2as the MDS there's not a lot that's different these were built by Ford they were test vehicles for the government

the government ordered the first 1500 of them was the first test that they were built in the early part of 1941. this one happens to be a series two it has some different things in the series one um but Ford built these and Ford built them with a lot of shelf parts and they were a lot of parts that they had on hand for example here you've got some model a style shocks that go on this they were good about riveting frames these were riveted frames that would Flex if you go to the engine the engine is a basically a nine in tractor engine um if you look at the way it's set in there it's a long stretch and when they would jump them it would break that front engine support that was a common thing for them to part for them to fail

but one of the things that the government wanted was they wanted it to go on in water not underwater but be able to go through water without stalling out so they built a distributor on the front of the engine so the distributor was on top a nine-n tractor engine was a

had an updraft carburetor so they had to to go through water they had to have a downdraft carburetor and they built this carburetor especially for this vehicle which made them very rare for a long time until they've been reproduced he had a GP and this one does have an original carburetor on it which is a rare kind of a rare thing but um oh Ford invented this where the headlights push up you got to undo it we'll have to lower it but flip them over and you can Shine the Light onto the engine if you're if you're working on that supposedly was a forward idea when Willy started building the cj2a they they didn't do that because they were afraid that was a Ford design is what I my understanding that makes sense though uh I'm no expert series two this one has the later lights in it the blackout lights the headlights are hard to get because they to my knowledge that's the only thing that these headlights buckets went in um they did build the first 1500 with series one series two was two

thousand they use the solid disc wheels that were used on all the prototypes they're four inches wide or should be four inches wide the early CJs used a four and a half wide um steering column was a forward shelf part and I've been told it's an English Anglia is where it was derived from they did build 50 of these in a four-wheel steer version and built a special steering box that was back by the frame and had another tie rod bringing back and drove drove the rear axle that way it was a very interesting setup with a a gear in it that that was had a delay so you didn't have you could turn the wheel and still be going straight and you turn the wheel 15 minutes and then the four-wheel steer would engage

it's got a Model A transmission mated to that it's a 9N tractor engine but they tried to boost the the uh boost the compression so it's got us a head that's got a little higher compression head a little more okay piston in it camshaft a little duration in it they're all stamped GP and they built this skid plate for the the tractor engine had a cast oil pan but that oil pan is stamped and is for the GP it's got a cut they had to make a cut out in it so that the drive shaft would would go through um and the drive line on these the drive shafts are on the left side whereas Willy's were all on the right side I can't remember where the bantums on the left side and it might be on the flashlight yeah more shelf parts that were used up here the gauges of Ford Ford truck gauge package steering wheel was 36 Ford standard I mean some of these parts will be the toolbox locks were linked for mercury 41 Mercury glove box locks um


on any like most of the parts on this the only place that it's stamps on the back that is for and interestingly enough I have serial number one for the first one off the assembly line let me say that because there was serial number one but the first one off the assembly line is not stamped forward nowhere on that vehicle does it say it was built by Ford and it also had early holes in the in the rear bumper bumper rats there were larger holes for some reason


should have Grant handles on the back should have reflectors here later ones had the series two had had the very similar tail lights to the MBS the early the first series had a different tail light it was perfect

um what else some of the differences in series one and series two series one has two hood hood blocks that hold the hood and the hood hood bumps up against the windshield that's a dead giveaway for the series one or series two the seats have ribs in the back of them in a series two

um there are some changes throughout I can't remember all the little changes but they're interesting vehicles and they're hard to find parts for you guys will buy them and think that you're just not gonna call a Jeep dealer and say Hey I want the part I need some parts for a GP you're gonna have to find something that somebody's manufacturer or an old Ford part these are these are 41 foot truck

so how many of these were produced 1500 series 1 and 22 300 of the series two okay this is one of the second series and they're in what 40 40 to 41. 40 well early early 41 to later in 41. they started them in the first oh January late January and and uh I think they built them as late as October uh 41. they were even building slack grills Willie's was building slack drills at the at a similar time at the same time

cool it's an awesome looking Jeep you're taking it home yes it's nice it's it's not Rusty it's a nice straight yeah it's one of the nicer ones I've ever fought

GP yeah well I haven't been in three years

Back to blog