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Offline Ford Blitz

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American Olive Drab
« on: October 15, 2020, 07:05:08 PM »
Just on the off chance that someone might be able to point me in the right direction. I am looking for a paint source or even a formula for the American Olive Drab world war 2 vintage.
Any Ideas? ???

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Re: American Olive Drab
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2020, 04:35:35 PM »
Gillespie 33070 seems to be the paint that the jeep restorers in the US reference all the time. I'm not sure where this is available in Australia but I notice that Marathon Spares sell a "Paint, Enamel" in their jeep parts catalogue which may be representative of "American Olive Drab".

When I was researching paint colours for my Willys MB a couple of years ago I found Protec had a colour called "Willeys-1942" (yes, spelt like that) but the local supplier said he contacted Protec but they didn't have a record of that paint or couldn't supply it or something. I ended up getting the Protec 342-1166 Camouflage Green Paint tinted to match a sample that I had, I think it was the inside of the glovebox door. It worked pretty well and I like the colour but the last batch I had tinted must have had a different guy adding the tint because it was slightly different in colour, barely noticable but just enough for me to know it was different. I'm up for a new batch soon to finish off the MB and MBT so will hopefully get it spot on to the original colour I had tinted.

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Re: American Olive Drab
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2020, 05:40:39 PM »
Thanks for the reply. I have a formula that the War memorial use to use but the paint supplier of the tints doesn't make them any more. the problem I have found is not too dissimilar to what you have found ie different paint matches . I have a lead and if it pans out I will let you know.
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Re: American Olive Drab
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2020, 06:21:52 PM »
by the way I also have a jeep project underway. A MB. Diffs ,gearbox , transfer case rebuilt motor at the machine shop currently and the chassis repaired and at the sandblasters. Its a sickness and this is my last if I can remember how it all goes together. My aim it to largely reduce the jeep parts in my shipping container. How much is too much?
Anyway I will try and post some pics if I can work out how.
Tom

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Re: American Olive Drab
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2020, 08:01:01 PM »
I'd be intersted to see pictures of your MB. I've been working on this one for a few years now amongst other things. The engine has been at the rebuilders for a while so will hopefully have it back soon then it should be able to move again under it's own power. This one is a Willys script body, early-pressed grill MB, early April 1942.

I have only just started on the MBT, the frame and axle are in the background of the MB picture, just sourcing parts for it now.

I also have a GPW, this one is a Ford script body, early June 1942, ARN 159950 and is recorded as being allocated to the Long Range Weapons Project at Woomera.

I'm happy to help with your jeep parts storage problem if I can... I don't need too much for the MB but chasing a couple of front MB springs for the MBT if you have any spares?
Ian

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Re: American Olive Drab
« Reply #5 on: Today at 07:20:31 AM »
Gentlemen,

Could I respectfully ask your reasoning behind discussion of these vehicles and paint colours on this particular forum?

I am aware of a number of more appropriate places to discuss these matters.

Would it be appropriate to discuss Land Rover paint schemes and vehicles on a J**p forum?