A lot of you who know me, know that I love the older Willys Overland Pickups and Wagons. I think they have a unique style and are built like tanks. I own a late model 1953 Willys Overland utility pickup truck.
Which comes to my biggest complaint about these vehicles. People who modify them as street rods, or even wedge V8s in them. I personally feel it does a dis-service to the memory of these fine vehicles. As they were built, they were functional, solid utility vehicles. I drove one of these vehicles as a kid. My dad bought one off my uncle, and it was such a great truck. I bought my late model 1953 2 years ago. It was rough in many places, but the body seemed reasonable. In July of 2017, I sent the truck to Willys America in Cazadera, Ca. Paul and his team, there, take these poor neglected vehicles, and makes them look like they are new. Paul and his team have been working on mine. They pulled the engine, rebuilt the engine from the ground up, balanced, blueprinted, etc. (I have the F4-134 75HP 4 cyl.) They also converted the vehicle to 12Volts, put in a new wiring harness, new gas tank/sending unit, added an overdrive, so the truck can go over 45 MPH, and are fixing the Wind shield, repairing and balancing the drive shaft and a firewall blanket. So, some small cosmetic changes. The picture, below left, was how the center dash looked when I sent it. The right picture is what it looks like now.
Also, these are real jeeps. Jeeps made by the inventor of the Jeep. Remember, in the late 50s, Willys Overland was sold to Kaiser Motors. In the 60s, Jeep was sold to America Motors, and then was sold to Chrysler motors, who have take the Jeep brand and perverted it into something it is not. Only the current Wranglers have any connection to the Jeeps of old. I should be getting this vehicle back from Paul and his team in April. I will enjoy driving this around the area. If you see me around, wave hi.