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Willys MB Jeep
The classic World War Two Jeep, still the best 4x4xfar...
About this creation

Made between 1941-5, during which time Willys and Ford between them produced more than 600,000 of these brilliant vehicles.

This model is 22 studs wide and features (deep breath), selectable four wheel drive, a four speed gearbox, a dual-range transfer case, a four cylinder engine, live axle suspension all round and working steering.



It comes fully equipped for action: Pick, shovel, grab handles, jerry can, spare wheel, mirror, bonnet clamps, tow hook, hood rail - it's all here.



That all-important generous ground clearance. And an exhaust - side pipe - sporty!



The luxuriously appointed interior... wait, what ? Those levers between the seats all have a purpose, controlling the various transmission features.



Just in case the wind in your hair isn't enough, how about some flies in your teeth...?



In the pic below, it's in low-range 4th gear, and 4wd is selected.



Here, it's in high-range 1st, rear drive only.



The 2.2 litre I-4 engine, called the 'Go Devil', apparently...



Plenty of room in the arches for generous suspension travel...



... see ? I wouldn't lie to you...



That geartastic underside. The gearbox is in the centre, the selector for 4 wheel drive runs alongside it (above in this picture) and the transfer case is at the rear.



The front live axle, located by four leading links and sprung by coils (should be leaf springs...), with steering built in. An effective and robust solution, and reasonably compact - there's room for plenty of travel and the engine above it.



Rear axle - trailing links and coil springs - it might even survive a run down Senator Chinchilla's driveway...



You might be expecting a pic of 'everything open', but there's little point with this - I suppose I can bang the 'screen and bonnet together... these original jeeps didn't even have a tailgate, so neither does the model.



Still, I can make it up with greebles...



The red model is an oldie; I made it using only my childhood collection shortly after my dark ages; it has most of the features of the new one, and all with entirely pre-1982 pieces! Looks a little basic, though...





Comments

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  March 23, 2014
Great work of Lego creationism!
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  March 21, 2014
I agree with everyone here. This is just perfect in its own little way. I'd love to see you make a Land Rover Defender though.
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  February 20, 2014
this is just .....perfect
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  November 14, 2013
i have just gotten lost on your page, my family may not see me til morning! This jeep's powertrain and suspension is awe-inspiring!!!!
  July 8, 2013
So many excellent creations, allow me to like this build while exploring all other moc! Lots if detailed stuffs here! I'll buy a box set for this!
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  April 1, 2013
Quoting Starscream Soundwave One hundred well deserved likes.
:-)) Thanks Starscream.
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  April 1, 2013
One hundred well deserved likes.
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  January 23, 2013
Very nice suspension system!
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  December 3, 2012
I think technics should release your jeep after the vw van, it s that perfect, I might even buy it, it s so spot on!
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  November 9, 2012
Absolutly perfect !!! And this is one of my favorite vehicles so I mean it.
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  November 9, 2012
Quoting Marc dZ You must love this model as you put so many details and so much accuracy in!
Thankyou Marc. I only build the stuff I love :-)
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  November 9, 2012
At last, I come to comment this beauty (yes, she is!!) after wiewing it again and again! Impressive work you did here, Nick!! You must love this model as you put so many details and so much accuracy in! The shape is just stunning, so are the functions you added. Outstanding!! The up-grade between Mk I and II does not need any comment.
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  November 8, 2012
My father-in-law has a real WW2 Willys and this is bang on. The real one is horrible to drive apparently, the steering wheel hampers entry and once you do get in, your knees are up against it. Yours looks like a much better experience!
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  November 6, 2012
Best Lego Willys i ever seen. You catch the spirit very well.
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  November 6, 2012
Love it. Goes to show how studded parts employed in a certain way can give a perfect finish. Note the old fashioned steering column sprouting from the floor with no visible means of support ! This model keeps me guessing how you managed to make it almost as much as the red '40s one still does.
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  November 5, 2012
Before I forget that, I still have to write a comment here! :-)) Wow, Nick, this Jeep is amazing. I love the combination of classic Technic style and functions with SNOT design and awesome greebles everywhere! Suspension and powertrain are some amazing pieces of LEGO engineering. Great job! :-))
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  November 5, 2012
great job!
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  November 5, 2012
Killer!
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  November 3, 2012
Param - pa - pa - pa, im love'n it!
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  November 3, 2012
Quoting Joost Cumps Across Mocpages for a week now! Hope it stays in much longer!
Thanks Joost. Me too! :-)
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  November 3, 2012
How did i missed that?? Its brilliant!I love it!It has all neccessary nifty details on it and on the sides.100/100
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  November 3, 2012
Across Mocpages for a week now! Hope it stays in much longer!
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  November 2, 2012
Quoting George G. Hey Nick, just a quick message to ask how the entry is coming along? I'm having terrible structural issues with mine - hopefully I can get all the problems fixed and finished by Sunday!
Sounds like a big 'un... mine's doing well; should be up tomorrow. Good luck!
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  November 2, 2012
Nice Jeep.
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  November 2, 2012
Beautiful. I love the shovel.
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  November 2, 2012
Hey Nick, just a quick message to ask how the entry is coming along? I'm having terrible structural issues with mine - hopefully I can get all the problems fixed and finished by Sunday!
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  November 1, 2012
Your new version has it all ! Congratulation that's an awesome MOC
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  October 31, 2012
Fantastic work Nick, one of my favourite vehicles from you. Amazing mix of SNOT and studs, and the little details are very cool.
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  October 29, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
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  October 29, 2012
Oh my Lord! This is so beautiful, so realistic! So many details! So many functions. Bravo, man. I have to say that I love the way you've done that shovel - I have never found a good use for that part and now you have. You are the man! ;))
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  October 29, 2012
Hey Nick...FANTASTIC work here (as usual). The proportions of the bodywork are amazingly accurate and functions are awesome, specially the 4wd selector. You are definitely one of the best lego builders around !!!
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  October 29, 2012
congratulations, ...very nice detailed.
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  October 29, 2012
Excellent work! I really like its stance and the transmission with selectable 4WD is fantastic! Its functionality is pretty impressive too! :-)
Nick Barrett
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White Knight
  October 28, 2012
A great pair ! And now a little bigger than your 6 wide version of before, very nicely done !>.....well done
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  October 28, 2012
Quoting Tom Simon Very nice. What is the count now on your collection. I have to assume this is a keeper.
Thanks Tom. Well, it's a keep-as-long-as-possible... I've currently got 7 large vehicles built and half a dozen smaller ones. It's so hard taking stuff apart, isn't it ?
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  October 28, 2012
Very nice. What is the count now on your collection. I have to assume this is a keeper.
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  October 28, 2012
Very nice, love all the details.
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  October 28, 2012
I am perplexed! When do you build all this? And such a fantastic Jeep, it's perfect in every aspect, the shaping is gorgeous. I could look for hours at all the details and the technic features. Really outstanding.
  October 28, 2012
Sounds great! I look forward to seeing it, hopefully with functions that I didn't even know the real car had ;D
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  October 28, 2012
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Hello again Nick, we were blogged together! I also wanted to get back to you about your proposal of building a D-Type for the classic race teams. I'm sorry to say I won't be able to, as I have a horrible lack of Dark blue, I doubt even enough for a four wide - let alone a sixteen wide. Sorry about that, and sorry for not letting you know sooner.
Thanks Starscream. Little and large, eh ? That's really cool :-) Don't worry about the D type - I'll be making one soon (ish...)
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  October 28, 2012
A stunning creation, this captures the look of the jeep so well. Great colour choice too. I like all of the working features, especially the simple ones such as the fold down windscreen. The cog headlights are brilliant and gives this jeep echoes of the original Technic sets. Impressive work.
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  October 28, 2012
fantastic creation mate very close to the reals thing!!
Nick Barrett
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kenneth rattledge
  October 27, 2012
excellent build as always, I see some new style liftarms and yellow shocks in there mixed in with the old style build.
Nick Barrett
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Chris Melby
  October 27, 2012
Once again you casually show why you are the "Technic Heavyweight Champion of the World"! But I will say one thing, you're use of snot fenders, and combination of smooth and studded look here is a knock out! The yellow color is cool too. 100/100 Nick! Z
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  October 27, 2012
Hello again Nick, we were blogged together! I also wanted to get back to you about your proposal of building a D-Type for the classic race teams. I'm sorry to say I won't be able to, as I have a horrible lack of Dark blue, I doubt even enough for a four wide - let alone a sixteen wide. Sorry about that, and sorry for not letting you know sooner.
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  October 27, 2012
Very nice. Great shape to it. I just am not much a fan of the color you chose. Still great.
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  October 27, 2012
Looks amazing! The detail under the car is great! Also check out my Lego creations.
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  October 27, 2012
Beautiful! I love this.
  October 27, 2012
Sorry missed this one yesterday. What a beauty she is!
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  October 27, 2012
Superb as always. Love that unique style of yours, just beautiful.
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  October 27, 2012
Quoting kenneth rattledge excellent build as always, I see some new style liftarms and yellow shocks in there mixed in with the old style build.
Thanks Kenneth. The new stuff has it's uses - I can make systems stronger and more compact by combining new with old. And those yellow shocks are a godsend :-)
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  October 27, 2012
How amazingly cool is this!!?? I saw the chassis and thought that was great, you have topped it off very nicely Nick. SO you have been pitted against GG, that's sad news :-( Best of luck to you both!
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  October 27, 2012
Absolutely stunning model! The shape is accurate and the working technic details is simply breathtaking! Well done!
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  October 27, 2012
Wait! 4-wheel-drive, working suspension on all 4 wheels and the front wheels are steerable? Thats awesome!
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  October 27, 2012
Quoting Topsy Creatori(StoveTop nomore!) I was out running erands today(still haven't vacuumed!) Saw this briefly before I left... caught my eye a bit. I was amazed 'cuz I'll be honest here, I'm not really of fan of jeeps. Later on, I saw people were making comments, so I had a look-see... realized it was yours! Okay... I still am not a fan of jeeps, but I can appreciate the work you did with the transmission and drive! :)
Thanks Topsy :-) When it comes to jeeps, the older the better. Now to build an insect world to crush George G Mwahahaha*cough*... my house is STILL a mess and will remain so until I'm out of the MOs.
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  October 27, 2012
Quoting Elk Guard Great job! Not sure if it is a worldwide thing, but there is a technic lego moc comp on lego.com, you should check it out if you have not already.
Thanks Elk. I'm gonna go check that out :-)
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  October 27, 2012
Quoting JS Can Brilliant Nick. Seriously, how do you find the time to build something so good like this while rolling through the MOs? When you are building something like this with all the gears and such where do you start? What is the process?
Thanks JS. Once I've determined the size (scaled to the wheels) I can figure out what I can fit in, technic-wise; build the chassis to accommodate the systems I have in mind, then do the components one at a time. When it's all together and working properly I can add the body.
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  October 27, 2012
Superb!
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  October 27, 2012
An allround excellent Jeep.
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  October 27, 2012
Cool! The color and the shape is brilliant!
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  October 27, 2012
Great job! Not sure if it is a worldwide thing, but there is a technic lego moc comp on lego.com, you should check it out if you have not already.
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  October 26, 2012
I was out running erands today(still haven't vacuumed!) Saw this briefly before I left... caught my eye a bit. I was amazed 'cuz I'll be honest here, I'm not really of fan of jeeps. Later on, I saw people were making comments, so I had a look-see... realized it was yours! Okay... I still am not a fan of jeeps, but I can appreciate the work you did with the transmission and drive! :)
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  October 26, 2012
Great jeep! Has all the features of a real one. 5/5 for sure!
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  October 26, 2012
Awesome rig, Dude! Way more advanced than the vehicles that were built back when those wheels were brand new. Nicely done!
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  October 26, 2012
One of your absolute bests, it was a pleasure scrolling down this page to read about all those details.
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  October 26, 2012
Fantastic work as always
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  October 26, 2012
well done in both form and function!
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  October 26, 2012
This is unbelievable.
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  October 26, 2012
Brilliant Nick. Seriously, how do you find the time to build something so good like this while rolling through the MOs? When you are building something like this with all the gears and such where do you start? What is the process?
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  October 26, 2012
Plus-side of gears, all sizes possible. Correct size used! Great design, the fold-down window is cool! And the technic... man oh man I am so not-technic I don't even understand my 8070... Great Jeep however :-)
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  October 26, 2012
excellent build as always nick loving old school technic it`s better than this new fangled studless stuff keep up the excellent work
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  October 26, 2012
Recognised it as both a Jeep and a Nick Barrett build from the thumbnail! I really like it, and, in your usual style, its full of functions!
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  October 26, 2012
Nifty design!
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  October 26, 2012
Spot on! It a thing of beauty!
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  October 26, 2012
Another masterpiece from you Nick. Excellent functions especially the gearbox and the suspension/axles. And I really like the upside down steering rack - the more I think about it the better that idea gets. Looks fantastic too. Good luck in the MO my friend :D
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  October 26, 2012
Great!
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  October 26, 2012
Now that's progress! It's gone from a very good to a perfect Technic MOC. 10/10, lovely functions, awesome details, and robust enough for some off-road action : )
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  October 26, 2012
wow this is amazing! I like the seats!
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  October 26, 2012
Woooow! This is awesome! Sure took a long time to make it,ah?
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  October 26, 2012
Wow! I'm blown away! To awesome MOCs in one! Really Really great job! P.S. Go visit Senator Chinchilla and see if it survives a trip down his driveway. =D
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  October 26, 2012
What a day this is. A yellow one. First we've seen the magnificent Datsun from senator chincilla, and now you are coming with an extremely goodlooking Jeep. Really, looks astonishing, and yet again with a huge amount of technics. Thanks for sharing!
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  October 26, 2012
Really excellent work here! Well done.
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  October 26, 2012
Great jeep Nick! And I do indeed have a ton of homework, but I also have the half term holiday! Good luck Nick, go GB!
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  October 26, 2012
Great and complex, another excellent build from you.
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  October 26, 2012
Nice one. You certainly are... productive!
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  October 26, 2012
Very nice creation!
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  October 26, 2012
Your stuf is neverending beauty...
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  October 26, 2012
Quoting Senator Chinchilla . Oh you would!!! XD I still have to read the rest, but you know what you did! =P
*acting innocent* What ? :-)
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  October 26, 2012
Quoting Lego Builders Well done! It's so much better than mine. This is another "trifle" in between your MO entries for you? -LB Jr.
Thanks LBJ - gotta limber up with something before I take on GG :-)
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  October 26, 2012
That's wicked man! :D, I'ld prefer it green, but however! ; ) The shape's spot on and details great! 5/5! ; ) ps: I like the red one too! it remind me the one in the comic "Tintin"! ; )
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  October 26, 2012
Well done! It's so much better than mine. This is another "trifle" in between your MO entries for you? -LB Jr.
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  October 26, 2012
Having read the rest I must say I'm quite impressed. Especially with those axles (if Datsuns had live axles I'd have to nab them!) Nice exterior with loads of classic technic charm. All the extra survival goodies make it look the part. Yet another wonderful car MOC! Or are Jeeps trucks??....
  October 26, 2012
Oh you would!!! XD I still have to read the rest, but you know what you did! =P
 
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