Two World War II Items today

First, no, you’ll never find a jeep in a crate for $50. But jeeps were crated for overseas shipment. It’s actually pretty neat how small a container they could use, which would maximize the number a ship could carry.


Second, I need 2500 of you to hit the tip jar for $100 each.

Description: 1943 M18 Hellcat SN1240 Excellent Condition, Fully Restored.


This vehicle was restored from an empty hull in 2012-2013. It has the more powerful R-975 C4 motor which makes it the fastest most powerful WWII tank you will drive. The motor was rebuilt in 2013 as well and runs perfectly. The tank has a little joe generator which is fully functional as well as a functional turret motor. Gun is not live, and the breech has been demilled.

17 thoughts on “Two World War II Items today”

    1. I highly doubt you need 5 axis.

      If you’re sufficiently determined and clever, I’d be astonished if you couldn’t do it with 3, or 4 at a maximum.

      Get me some drawings and I’ll be able to tell you more. I’ll need a few bucks for steel stock and cutters, buuuuuuuttttt ….

  1. Damn, with a crate like that Klinger wouldn’t have had to eaten all the parts to send them home.

  2. The transportation corps found that they could ship four times as many “deuce and a halfs” if they were crated than if they were fully assembled. So, we shipped them in crates and assembled them in England, Iran, and eventually France.

    To the Soviet Union through 20 September 1945 went 409,526 lend-lease trucks of United States origin. Some idea of the extent to which the United States shared its output with the USSR may be gained from figures of its production of military trucks during the war years. Total output during the peak year of 1943 was 648,404 military trucks. The trucks sent to Russia were thus the equivalent of seven and a half months of United States output at the highest annual rate achieved during the war years. It has been estimated that the lend-lease trucks received by the USSR from the United States represented two years and seven months of the prewar capacity of the less highly developed Soviet motor industry. American trucks therefore bulked large as an addition to Russian production capacity. Nearly 45 percent of these American trucks reached the USSR via the Persian Corridor. Of these, 88 percent were assembled in the American-operated plants at Andimeshk and Khorramshahr from March 1942 through April 1945.

  3. I’d love the jeep – a little easier operating expenses. In fact, I learned to drive on a WW2 era jeep at the age of 12. Built by Ford in 1947, if I’m not mistaken. With minimal care those things would last forever.

    My cousin still has it.

  4. Getting the breech in operation may be easier than procuring a reliable supply of ammo. And obviously I am the only one qualified to TC the thing…

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