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Found some markings on the front wing my 42 Willys MB. Can anybody confirm them as wartime and American, and any other info. I know the markings refer to Tyre Pressure, I am wondering whether they used yellow in the war, I have only ever seen blue or white markings.


The small lettering says "To fall below this" and the yellow lettering is TP30. You will find the picture on the following links






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The T.P. markings on Jeeps didn't come into use until after the war.


The only positive way of claiming that markings were made during WW2 is to find original WW2 photographs to prove it.


I have yet to see a single allied Jeep, Dodge, GMC with T.P. markings. My own Dodge WC51 had the markings "Max T.P. 35 LBS" painted on the dash just above the glove box. A practice often found on Jeeps as well. The photo's showing the marking "Max 45 M.P.H" on the dash of a British Airborne Jeep.


A WW2 MB/GPW used in Korea might have had them applied in the early 1950's. A MB/GPW with typical Korean markings and additions would probably make quite a stir at rallies.


Goran N

45 m.p.h. markings Juli2012011-3.jpg

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Years back, I would have agreed with Goran, but I have since seen the light.


US Army vehicles did have tire pressure stencilling during WW2 - I have seen numerous images to back this up. It seems to be quite common to have one TP stencil on the dash of the truck, my 1939 Dodge only had two coats of paint on top of the factory paint, and both had the TP marking on the dash.




Note that what you are seeing there seems to be the same two one-line stencils applied twice ( not quite parallel ), and that the 35 PER HR is cut into one original stencil, but the 35 before the LB is a different typeface to the rest. I'd guess all vehicles on that base were limited to 35 MPH but they had separate pressure value stencils that were daubed in as required. As a 1939 truck both those coats would have been before 1945, and that truck is unique in my experience because it had never had any other paint put on it - thrifty post war farmer owned it.


The TP stencil above each wheel was seen during WW2, but became much more common - almost standard practice - at the end of the war.


All that said, when vehicles were repainted during WW2 I'm not sure how much effort was put into TP markings, and I'd guess that the majority of jeeps had it stencilled once, on the dash, rather than above each wheel as a jeep surely only needs it once ....

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