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Willys Truck 4x4 Wonder

Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by Ryan, Feb 17, 2021.

  1. Did you know, if you take a Willys wagon out bunney crashing there is a good chance you will break the glass bowl on the bottom of the fuel pump? And it will happen out in the middle of the desert outside of Fallon Nevada?
    I do now,,,
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  2. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,984

    from California

    my brother has had a 53 pick up since the 70's, and a few here and there in between, wagons and panel trucks as well. he owns one that is an ambulance too. not sure if this picture is exact, but close enough..

  3. This reminds me of Wally Parks and his Willys he built during WWII, equipped with a V8-60.

    "Things are going fine and my little V-jeep is really a peach. It really goes, and I claim to have the hottest thing on the island." - Wally Parks
  4. Gahrajmahal
    Joined: Oct 14, 2008
    Posts: 415


    If you were a kid growing up in Cincinnati this is where you wanted to go every august.

    So, yes I had a “Jeep” phase
  5. About 20-25 years ago I bought this wagon for $250. It had a 170 Ford motor out of a falcon with an automatic and I was able to actually drive it home. Removed the offending ford junk, had a reversed eye front spring main leaf made for it and got it all ready for a 301 chevy I built. Was then the realization I had no title for it slammed home and I sold it...kept the 301. 49jeep.jpg
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  6. Extremely popular swap for these trucks even when they were still "late model". Usually nothing too extreme, they trucks were commonly used for jungle riding even after the swap.

    @Ryan when I was still in high school one of the fellas managed to land a surplus military keep at an auction. The engine. transmission, and transfer case came in a wood crate with the body and rolling chassis. The engine was locked up but the kids mom had a wrecked '64 Buick Special which we pulled the V 6 out of. There was actually an adapter on the market for the swap. I helped him with the fabrication. When he got it running he came and picked me up. With it planked it would run an honest 80 MPH. Maaaaaannnnnnnnnn you have not lived until you have been in one of those at 80. No doors no belts no top. :D
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  7. Living in the NW old 4WD’s are a very common thin. I am into early 4x4’s as much as I am into hotrods. And they share a theme- traditional. I like my early 4x4’s pretty stock, with tall skinny bias tires and stock height. These aren’t Willy’s, but hell this is off topic, right?
    And yes, they are fun in the snow. Some of mine, I’ve had quite a few

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  8. tractorguy
    Joined: Jan 5, 2008
    Posts: 667

    Member the traditional 4wd stuff with the original tall narrow stock wheels and tires. My 1953 Willys CJ3B has the original 16 inchers with lug tires. Your stuff looks great !!
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  9. tractorguy
    Joined: Jan 5, 2008
    Posts: 667


    I love some of the "stuff" that the older Willys included........I bought a Willys parts Jeep from a farmer just outside town.......when I was cleaning the 4-5inches of accumulated farm stuff from the floor and interior......there was a never used Hurst saddle engine mount for a Chev under the passenger seat !......must have been planning for a re-power and just never got there.
    Bought another Willys parts Jeep at an estate/farm sale that had already had a Chev V/8 installed in it.......which included a pristine Steward Warner 120mph !!!! vintage tachometer in the dash.......hand on tight
  10. Jungle Jalopy
    Joined: Mar 31, 2010
    Posts: 251

    Jungle Jalopy

    They look good at the beach too...

  11. Jungle Jalopy
    Joined: Mar 31, 2010
    Posts: 251

    Jungle Jalopy

    ...never did see a unibody like that though. I want one!
  12. Dutchnola
    Joined: Feb 2, 2021
    Posts: 4


    The utility wagons were super advanced for the time.

    Brooks Stevens did that design in the mid forties. Back when the big three could not do that without lots of timber.

    Had a utility wagon and that is what was cut down for that pick up in the picture.

    Great trucks if I find a good one will have another.

    Oh and if you want to go modern it is easy to swap on newer jeep chassis just a bit of stretching.
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  14. Flathead powered Willys! frankie-650x433.jpg engine-650x433.jpg

    Here's the description:

    The drivetrain is flathead V8 adapted to a C-4 automatic adapted to Dana 18. Front axle is Dana 27 w/Corvette discs….rear is Dana 44 with one piece axles and Lock-rite geared 4.27.
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  15. guffey
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 849


    how packard napco48366967_1987891931297997_1762722670689910784_n.jpg how about a napco 4x4 packard i can delete it but I would like to have 1 of those
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  16. Truckedup
    Joined: Jul 25, 2006
    Posts: 3,906


    Last edited: Feb 24, 2021 at 5:59 AM
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  17. tractorguy
    Joined: Jan 5, 2008
    Posts: 667


    I love the his and hers Willys !! I especially love the Chev II 153 in the CJ2A. I have two engines sitting in my shed that were leftover spares from some vintage dirt track midget race car projects. The F head in my 1953 CJ3B runs like a swiss watch, but I would like to do a swap into something.......maybe a need a truck like yours !!

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