Type: 1/4 Ton 4x4 Truck
Government Number: G503
Model: GPW
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Date of Delivery: 12 August 1942
Serial Number: 52712
Hood Number: 20137713*
Front view of 52712, above photo.
GPW 52712 was produced under the Sixth Ford Contract - Number W-398-QM-11424. This was the
37,712th vehicle produced under this contract of 63,146 GPWs. GPW 52712 was accepted on August 12th
1942. 8,801 GPWs were produced in the month of August 1942, the sixth highest production month of 1942.
The cost for each GPW in this contract was $925.00. GPW 52712 is believed to have been produced at the
Ford plant in Chester, Pennsylvania.
This GPW has been highly modified during post-war use. The front bumper has been replaced with a large
piece of industrial steel. The front grill is missing as well as the windshield, seats, rear body tub and all of the
small accessories.
Passenger side of 52712, above left photo.
Rear view of 52712, above right photo.
The front and rear floor will need to be replaced as well as the rear body panel. The rear body panel on this GPW did not have
the "Ford" script. The "Ford" script was discontinued in late July of 1942 around serial number 50,000. Additionally this GPW
did not have a trailer receptacle, which was introduced the end of September 1942 or a liquid container carrier, which was
introduced the end of January 1943.  
The original glove box door with data plates attached, above left photo.
Close-up of the Ford Production Data Plate, above right photo.
From the start of production through the summer of 1942, the Ford GPW used this style of brass data plate.
Hood block, above left photo.
The Ford GPW used rubber hood blocks from the start of production through July 1942. Wood/fabric hood blocks were
introduced in GPW production late July 1942. The rubber hood block continued to be used in production until stocks were
exhausted, as seen on 52712 - which was accepted August 12th 1942.
Engine compartment, left photo.
The original Ford engine is not present. Small accessories are still present: the left and right Air Cleaner brackets, Horn
bracket and Voltage Regulator. The front radiator support has been damaged and will need to be repaired or replaced.
The original Pintle Hook for 52712, left photo.
The Ford GPW Pintle Hook was marked with a large script "
F" on the
right side. The left side was marked T-62X and T-60A.
The pintle hook used four 7/16" bolts to secure it to the frame. Trailer
eye bolts were not introduced until factory production on September
30th 1942.
* The hood number for GPW 52712 mathematically should be 20137713. This is based on Ford GPW production numbers
relative to the U.S. Army registration numbers assigned to that group of vehicles.
Not all vehicles were accepted in sequential order. Some vehicles were used for testing by the factory, and others had
production flaws and were accepted later. These vehicles were not assigned a registration number, so there are gaps in the
mathematical process.