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Military Vehicles February 2021

Get the only magazine dedicated to the preservation, restoration, study, and use of historic military vehicles. Military Vehicles covers vintage military photos, collecting advice, market information, show listings, and extensive display and classified advertising sections offering to buy and sell hundreds of vehicles, parts, and accessories from dealers and enthusiasts all over the world. Other regular features include book and media reviews, letters to the editor, tech topics, weapons & replicas, models & toys, and internet sightings.

United States
Active Interest Media
7 Issues

in this issue

6 min
news and views

FREE ISSUE OF MILITARY TRADER Do you like the accessories that go with your vehicle like uniforms, weapons, accouterments, helmets, or medals? If so, you will love Military Trader! Active Interest Media wants to give you a free digital copy of our sister magazine, Military Trader. To grab your copy, log onto www. Military-Trader.com. In the upper left of the page, you will see a box with FREE ISSUE written on it. Click that. You will see a screen to enter your email address to receive our free, weekly Militar-E-News. After you enter, the next screen will provide you the access for the free digital download — easy as that! 2021:YEAR OF MILITARY FORD Military Vehicles Magazine named 2021 the “Year of Military Ford.” We invite you to share photos and stories of your…

5 min
the jag file

WHAT KIND OF COLLECTOR ARE YOU? “JAG,” a recent e-mail began, “You should buy this!” Attached was a link to an online ad for an early slat grille Jeep… or at least there may have been one under the rust and modifications. Being the opportunist I am, I followed the link (keep in mind, up to that moment, I was not in the market for a Jeep). The next few hours revealed a lot about my collecting habits. COLLECTOR BY CONVICTION OR OPPORTUNITY? Those who know me, know that I have some collecting consistencies: I have collected antique photography since I was a little kid when my Dad gave me some 1860s carte de visites. I have collected WWI photographs for nearly 30 years. And I have collected WWI AEF Tank Corps material…

4 min

Military Vehicles Magazine welcomes correspondence from readers. Letters and e-mail must include a name and regular mail return address. Published letters reflect the opinions of the writers. Military Vehicles Magazine reserves the right to edit all letters for clarity, brevity, and other purposes. Address all correspondence to: Editor, Military Vehicles Magazine, 5225 Joerns Drive, Suite 2, Stevens Point, WI 54481, or e-mail to: jadams-graf@aimmedia.com. SOMETIMES, “REAL” IS JUST FINE “The JAG File” in the April 2020 issue hit home with me (“Should I Drive It, Fly It, or Shoot It?”, p. 17). I’ve collected 20th century US Army infantry militaria for decades. Only in the last couple of years have I started participating in local living history displays. So, everything I use/wear is original and authentic to the event, drawn from my…

3 min
ford 1944 gpw

In 1946, my dad purchased a 1944 Ford GPW jeep for $300 from a government surplus sale. That started my love affair with the GPW. It was in that Jeep that I taught myself how to drive — at the age of 10. Since that time, Ever since, I had a longing to own a 1944 Ford GPW once again. That realization came true for me in July 2017. I was able to purchase a 1944 Ford GPW from a woman in Wilmington, N.C. Her husband’s father, a retired USCG officer, purchased the Jeep on April 7, 1948, for $600. He used the Jeep on his farm in Virginia for many years. Her husband inherited the Jeep in 1977. The Jeep bought a great deal of joy to her husband before…

18 min
servicing parking brakes

I began working for a living around the age of eight. My dad owned a small scrap metal yard in Oakland, Calif., Prior to the age at which some boys join the Cub Scouts, I helped him run our business, prowling among mountains of junk, searching for tidbits of brass and copper, electric motors, and car and truck generators. At the end of the day, I was rewarded with enough pocket change to hit the corner market for sodas, chips, and candy bars. My starting pay was fifty-cents an hour — not bad if one considers that most candy bars were a nickel, Shasta sodas were twelve cents a can, and a local burger joint sold surprisingly good cheeseburgers for just a quarter. As a bonus, I also got to…

7 min
code blue: usaf jeep

My Jeep adventures began with the purchase of a Korean War M1 Garand rifle. Because of my interest in the rifle, I started watching every war movie that featured M1s. In those movies, I saw a lot of jeeps, as well. About the same time, I joined a local military vehicle club, The Monroe Marauders — even though I didn’t own a military vehicle. My grandfather had served in the Korean War, and my father served during the Cold War era. Therefore, I was attracted to Korean War and 1950s jeeps the most. THE ACQUISITION To my wife’s surprise, I finally got the nerve to purchase a military jeep. I saw the M38A1 not too far from where my grandmother lived, just north of Montgomery, Ala. I put down a deposit We lived in…