In late 1943, the U.S. Army contracted with Willys-Overland to build a1/2-ton jeep providing greater payload and mobility over theswampy jungle terrain of the Southwest Pacific. The prototype MLW-1(M meaning "government", LW meaning "long wheelbase") was apparently never completed, but photographs of the MLW-2 "Jungle Jeep" pilot model appear in FredColdwell's book Preproduction Civilian Jeeps. The wheelbase was 92 inches,and overall length was 142-7/16 inches. It used the same Go-Devil engineand T84J transmission as the production MB. The two MLW-2 pilot models hadslightly different transfer cases, both with 2.43 low range. The bodyincorporated several features which would later appear in the Civilian Jeepprogram, including a tailgate, closed underseat toolboxes, and aside-mounted spare tire holder similar to the CJ-1. (There was a secondspare tire location inside the body, behind the front seats.) The storagecompartment behind the rear wheel was not included on any CJ.
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