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Rarest car ever made into a gasser? Steel Willys

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by oldebob, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. How cool is that.......
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  2. ModelAPunk
    Joined: Aug 4, 2009
    Posts: 1,931

    from Buffalo NY

    Very cool! Can't wait to see the build progress on it!
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  3. How about one of five 1937 RJ Williams(?) produced Willys Ute being made into a gasser right now in So Cal??

    Pics available upon request
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  4. Thor1
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
    Posts: 1,590



    I am hereby officially requesting that you post some photos of the Willys Ute that you speak of per your previous message...
  5. steven e ryder
    Joined: Oct 3, 2020
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    steven e ryder

    It's been 2 months since we brought the Willys home so I thought it time for an update.

    Lin keeps asking is that rust dust your choking on or do you have the covid?

    Started on the rust repairs and fortunately learned of Troy Tompson of Rolands Rod Shop.
    Troy supplied me with the panels to start repairs.
    For anyone out there doing a Willys that wants body parts Troy is a great option, you can check out his work on line.
    He did what he said, when he said, for the price he said and the quality and fit is as if nos.
    Wish I had his talent.

    Also started working on the 57 392 Hemi. Block is hone at 30 over, crank is magnufluxed, turned 10 mains 20 rod.
    Bought KB 10 to 1 pistons ( about 9.2 to 1 with my 109 cc heads)heads are done except rockers are torn down for rebuild, ER Products - reconditioned original rod, and I am struggling with the choice of cam shaft if anyone has an opinion. I'm thinking low end torque over high end horse power hydraulic lifters and adjustable push rods.

    More to follow!

    Attached Files:

  6. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 2,435


    Man Im not sure how I missed this thread until now but what a cool story! Good luck with the restoration looks like youre off to a great start.
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  7. steven e ryder
    Joined: Oct 3, 2020
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    steven e ryder


    MWOOOO HA HA HA!!!!!!!!

    Notice the lead filled pipes and stacks of welded plate added to the back of the frame.
  8. Rckt98
    Joined: Jun 7, 2005
    Posts: 1,033


    What a great thread. Awesome work on the panel repairs.
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  9. -Brent-
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
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    This is the HAMB I love.

    So thrilled to see this car is getting some love.
  10. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,896


    Back in 1969 I had a 1957 Pontiac Safari wagon with a straight axle, 4 speed and a 389 with 3 2's. Not many of them made into gassers.
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  11. steven e ryder
    Joined: Oct 3, 2020
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    steven e ryder


    Troy Thompson in Portland Oregon get the thumbs up for the tail pan, lower quarter patches and low section of trunk skin. image (7).png
    When I started the original lid had been gutted to the point that it wasn't much more than the outer skin held on with hood pins so I used a sedan lid to create the inner structure. If you look closely at the picture from 1961 before the Willys was modified the trunk was hinged on the outside like the sedans not like the coupes with internal hinges. Did what I could to get back to that setup.
  12. theman440
    Joined: Jun 28, 2012
    Posts: 251

    from Las Vegas

    My wife's grandmother owned a Willys Woodie. I have a pic of her posing with it.
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  13. Post it up, I'm sure many would like to see it
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  14. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,062


    Great save underway, just found this thread for the first time. Bob
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  15. Hotdoggin DaddyO
    Joined: Jul 23, 2011
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    Hotdoggin DaddyO
    from Hays, Ks

    Don't mean to sidetrack. Any pics of that Vette!

  16. steven e ryder
    Joined: Oct 3, 2020
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    steven e ryder

  17. steven e ryder
    Joined: Oct 3, 2020
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    steven e ryder

    The Corvette?

    So I talked with John Kech on March16, 2021 and asked him about the Corvette in this picture. As it turns out he had many Corvettes over the years and the one from that era he spoke of was the 56 he met his wife in. This was great because we had Corvette historys in common and being my first Corvette was a 56 the conversation flowed fast and easily.

    The Vette in the forefront being 58,59,or 60 isn't the one he recalled in that conversation but I hope to get together with John this spring and follow through with a lot of history he shared in that first contact.

    I will share more of the back story that got me in touch with John down the road a bit.

    A little about my first Corvette, when I got mine it had been " The Hustler" I bought it at the Mobile station on the Berlin Turnpike if anyone knew it, it had been purple with black leather diamond tufted seats and door panels, rough and tired when I bought it, the paint had been DA'ed off and it was in primer but the best solid axle I could afford at 20 years old and I loved it the best I could for nine years. As what seems to be a pattern for me, it took my last penny to buy it.
    It was the beginning of the Corvette restoration craze and prices were going up fast.

    If anyone knows more about my 56 we can start another threat. I wasn't much for looking back in that era. KIMG0411.JPG
  18. Thor1
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
    Posts: 1,590


    I was thinking about this car just the other day. The picture from 1961 is awesome - it is invaluable as it shows what the car looked like early (20 years) in its life. It looks like it was in pretty nice original condition at that time too. Do you have any other pictures of the car from that time?

    Thank you for the update.

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  19. steven e ryder
    Joined: Oct 3, 2020
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    steven e ryder

    Yes the picture nails down the origin of the car when Lloyd and John started, otherwise the debate over it being some ones cutdown coupe would be hard to debate. Love the taupe convertible top and fender skirts.
    At the moment this is the only picture I know of (thanks to oldebob), but I am continually searching for others. The guys were racers and hot rodders and it was just a $25+- old car at the time.
    Everyone I have spoken with has the same basic recall that Lloyd purchased this car (potentially from the original) owner who had used it up. Check the rust in the rear quarter and remember this car was only 20 years old at the time. Lloyd had a 4 door Sedan that blew the rear end so he bought the convertible and drove it for a month or so before they tore it down for the race car.
    To recap "allegedly" 4-6 cars were made in 1941 and regional reps used them promotionally, this car may have been the one on display at the 1941 New York Auto Show. If this is true someone somewhere has pictures I hope to track down.

    I am chasing every lead I get. It has been my great pleasure talking with some of the people who were there then and my plan is to compile the rest of the stories timeline and known stewardship then share what I can very soon.
  20. Thor1
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
    Posts: 1,590


    Yep, as I look closer at the picture I am able to see the rot in the quarter just in front of the rear fender.

    It sure would be cool to know if any of the others survived...
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    It sure would be cool to know if any of the others survived...[/QUOTE]

    @Thor1 This one (a 1940) was made especially for Franklin D. Roosevelt and is in the museum
  22. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 34,086


    Very cool car. Glad to see it being saved
  23. steveo3377
    Joined: Feb 13, 2016
    Posts: 64


    Sorry but that photo collection went to my good buddy Pete Gibson and he has passed,,, not sure where that photo collection went??
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  24. steven e ryder
    Joined: Oct 3, 2020
    Posts: 12

    steven e ryder

    Thanks for the post Steve. You never know may jog a lead!
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