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WWII Jeep Question

Discussion in 'Early Jeep Restoration and Research' started by DanStew, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. Jul 1, 2009
    DanStew

    DanStew Incorrigible. Staff Member

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    I have been wondering lately that has any jeeps during WWII had their differentials welded for traction? I know they did alot of fabbing and modifying their jeeps, so i wonder if they did indeed weld up the spiders for better traction. They did see roads but it is not like they were on highways and i doubt they were really worried bout extra wear on the tires.
     
  2. Jul 1, 2009
    Chris Insull

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    Can't speak for everyone... But according to my uncle, if they had traction issues "we just pushed 'em".
     
  3. Jul 2, 2009
    Tom in RI

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    I have mostly fooled with WWII jeeps and so far have not heard from a vet or seen an example of one with welded differentials. Not that it couldn't have happened, but it was definately not common.
    There are a lot of pictures showing chains on all 4 wheels when in mud or snow.
    The most common traction aids are shown in lots of pictures of GI's, oxen, construction equipment and other jeeps pushing and pulling other jeeps out of the mud.
    Tom
     
  4. Jul 2, 2009
    pathkiller

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    My Grandpa was a driver in WW2, mostly Dodge WC's, but occasionally Jeeps. I never heard him say anything about doing this. I imagine anyone who got caught doing this would get his butt in a serious sling with the motorpool Sgt. Anything that could potentially decrease battlefield reliability would be a huge no-no. And welding up perfectly good spider gears would no doubt be seen by Army bureaucracy as a violation of the rules.
     
  5. Jul 5, 2009
    CJ-X

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    I've never heard of them doing it.
     
  6. Jul 6, 2009
    unclebill

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    destruction of GOVT. property or something like that i guess.
     
  7. Jul 6, 2009
    w3srl

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    Keep in mind that the only welding equipment available in the field at that time would have probably been gas welding. Not that it couldn't be done, but I think it would be pretty tough to weld the spiders unless you had a pretty hefty torch set and a lot of gas.

    X2 on the reliability factor. A running Jeep might save your butt in the field, but a broken one makes you a pedestrian.
     
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    NCRenII

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    Don't know about any jeeps but found a chevy truck differential with a bolt jammed in the spiders and tack welded.
     
  9. Mar 24, 2018
    PeteL

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    I have seen it written that the only reason we won WWII is because GIs refused to follow rules...
     
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    Danefraz

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    A few years ago, someone posted a picture of bolts and other other crap they welded up and posted, to the effect : yeah, I can make you a locker. I don't recall who but I laughed.
     
  11. Mar 25, 2018
    Glenn

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    Judging from all of the film I've seen i seriously doubt a welded differential would have helped much if at all.
     
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    garage gnome

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    If anything, a welded diff would be worse in the mud and snow.
     
  13. Mar 27, 2018
    Steve's 70-5

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    My first Jeep, did a welded diff. All we ran around here was mud, it did great, could not afford a locker. Also ran a tractor tire, on the rear, like the ones the truck pullers use. Had a 67 w/ a 4 cylinder engine, could climb a hill as good as the V-8's
     

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