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Projects New 1940 Willys project

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hotrod--willys, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. hotrod--willys
    Joined: Dec 15, 2009
    Posts: 524







    This is a 1940 all steel Willys that came into my shop this summer. This car came from some were back East. I'm not sure of exatly where. We will be doing the car as an early 60s gasser. I will keep photo's coming as I get into the project.:D
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  2. ididntdoit1960
    Joined: Dec 13, 2011
    Posts: 1,007

    from Western MA

    Sweet! Can I have the front wheels?
  3. mj40's
    Joined: Dec 11, 2008
    Posts: 3,280


    I thought they all came from the factory as gassers. :D
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  4. WOW! That body looks mint!

  5. traffic61
    Joined: Jun 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,485

    from Owasso, OK

    That is a nice example. Looks like it came from the factory with the hemi delete option.:)
  6. hotrod--willys
    Joined: Dec 15, 2009
    Posts: 524


    Here are some more pic's of the stock interior. Can some one tell me what are the front wheels off!!!:cool:

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  7. bubba67
    Joined: Nov 26, 2008
    Posts: 1,792

    from NJ

    I don't want to be that one A-hole to say that it's too nice to cut up, but...

    Posted from the TJJ App for iPhone & iPad
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  8. Your not, years ago I said give me a torch and fifteen minutes and I could cut any car up. Boy has times changed. Yea an original willys is hard to find. Especially a coupe
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  9. 3day
    Joined: Apr 15, 2009
    Posts: 354

    from UK

    that is real nice. Wow!
  10. willysgasser40
    Joined: Jan 5, 2008
    Posts: 153

    from Illinois

    Nice Coupe ! Man I think I would keep that one a stocker so few left in original condition ! My coupe was raced and so cut & rusted ,you got a great start to a "Gasser"
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  11. Fogger
    Joined: Aug 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,499


    Guess I'll be the second one to say don't!!!!!
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  12. metalshapes
    Joined: Nov 18, 2002
    Posts: 10,760

    Tech Editor

    Its funny that we have people telling somebody not to hot rod a car...

    On a Hot Rod Forum...

    Anyway, I dont think the OP was asking for our votes.

    And he already told us what he is going to do with it.
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  13. Keith English
    Joined: Apr 20, 2006
    Posts: 400

    Keith English

    it would be nice to see one put back original or even customized instead of made into a gasser this one has so much potential to go any way with it being that it is a complete unmolested car, i mean dont get me wrong i love them as gassers but would be nice to see somthin alil diffrent like lowered with some skirts and www, but to each his own.
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  14. -DMC-
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 278

    from Ohio

    Wow, thats a pretty amazing looking car...

    Throw some rims on the back and a motor in the front and go....done deal...
  15. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 10,969


    I'll be waiting to watch and see the build come togather here!
  16. So far, prior to breakdown, that looks like a mighty fine basis to start with. I wonder if the 59,000 miles are original?

    I like the shift knob!
  17. It's close but the valve stems are in a different location.
  18. Chevy55
    Joined: Nov 6, 2008
    Posts: 409

    from Nebraska

    Does anyone really want one of these with the stock drivetrain or restored to stock? Without the gasser past would anyone really want a Willys? Not that you were asking but my vote is to make it a gasser!!!!
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  19. Actually there are several "all original" ones running around Western New York and they draw a ton of attention. Not my cup of tea but cool none the less.
  20. hotrod--willys
    Joined: Dec 15, 2009
    Posts: 524


    Thank you guys for your opinions. My friend has had this car for about 15 years. He looked for a car that when time a money were spent this car would be his dream. Yes he could do a kit car. But when we were uts the only fiber glass was on the front ends and maybe the rear fenders. This will be very nice 60s street gasser. We will do the car justice...
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2012
  21. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,694


    Actually there are a number of fans of stock and stock looking or resto rod Willys - a surprising number here on the Hamb. I get a little tired of the 'done to death' Willys Gasser fad. I appreciate them and the history and I absolutely believe that orignal race cars from the era should be preserved as such - warpaint and all, but there are other ways too of building a Willys that make it a standout.

    The stock Willys coupe has wonderful organic Art Deco lines and the 1940 De Luxe may well be the pinnacle, which is why I have torn mine apart and it is in the process of being reincarnated in all it's close to stock appearing Deco glory as the Ungasser....
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  22. hotrod--willys
    Joined: Dec 15, 2009
    Posts: 524


    Oh no not another Chevy engine!! This is the engine for the Willys project. A nice sweet running 433in 671 blown sb. :D I must say weasel that we may be on the same page. We want this car to look like it just came out of the farmers barn. The body will be completly stock. The original front axle. No tubed rear fenders.[/ATTACH][/ATTACH] It will have a stock 40 Willys interior. Stock gauges and a stock looking steering wheel. Blower will be under the hood. 8x15 in the rear,6x15 in the front. Whalla. You have a 50s early 60s street gasser.

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  23. 1950-mercury
    Joined: Mar 20, 2011
    Posts: 534


    Nice car!!! Can't wait to see the build!!!
  24. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,353

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

    Hell, I don't care, it's not my car, he can make it an ice cream truck if he wants! :D

    That being said... If it were mine I'd go gasser style too!! :)
  25. 41will
    Joined: Jul 18, 2012
    Posts: 45

    from Hanover PA

    For me the sbc needs de-polished.

    But good deal. Should be nice.
  26. ShakeyPuddin55
    Joined: Dec 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,902


    Better keep the hood shut, because that engine looks like it just came out of the Jeg's catalog :eek:
  27. ironandsteele
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,301


    Very cool project, I'm jealous.
  28. hotrod--willys
    Joined: Dec 15, 2009
    Posts: 524


    Well shakey just were do you buy your parts. This is the way my friend wanted to look like. You must be a fu%$#&^ prick to say that. I didn't ask for your smart ass opion. And buy the way. I was building hot rods before you were a squirt of sperm. Your a smart ass like my kids. :mad:
  29. ShakeyPuddin55
    Joined: Dec 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,902


  30. hotrod--willys
    Joined: Dec 15, 2009
    Posts: 524


    Shakey, Lets move on to the project. Hope you enjoy the photo's.;)

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