Ahhh, Jeeps…. There must be a lot of magic in one of these things to make a person build these things and I don’t mean buy a brand new wrangler slap some cool tires and rims and maybe coupla inches of lift… no, I mean get a beat to death willys project someone else gave up on. I love to go to Moab – As in go jeeping fo a week or so. Problem is about middle of January or so I start thinking about what to take. Now I could take the trusty old Ford GPW I have taken wheeling for years. This beat to death flattie captured my heart years ago and subsequently followed me home from a junkyard ( Not one of those AUTOMTIVE RECYCLING FACILITIES that you see these days) this place was a real junkyard the kind where you watch where you step. Now this jeep still looks pretty much like it did years ago except for 37 inch tires, dana 44 frontend, 9 inch Ford rearend, Mercedes 2.2 nonturbo diesel, T-18 transmission and power steering made nessesary by having the axles locked. But back to the problem… that jeep kicks butt too much. So, for the people I tend to wheel with I figure to start over with something more stock. I’ve got a 48 CJ 2A that is pretty stock complete with RUST DENTS GREASE & BONDO. Oh yeah, a T 90 with a chipped reverse gear from plowing snow and a Rancho overdrive that actually works ( These things were a slightly modified overdrive fom a 50’S Studebaker car bolted to the jeep transfercase) a F head engine with side draft carb to fit the hood. Tires are some well used 235/85/16 load range E rollers, a couple of them even match. I have actually driven and wheeled this thing and it was actually pretty fun. It totally will NOT kick butt like the GPW , you actually have to work at steering this thing and you have to slip the clutch over the rough stuff. There really isnt a smell that can compare with stock flatfender smell (GAS, GEAR LUBE, BURNT CLUTCH & slightly rotten SEAT UPHOLSTERY) MMMMMMMMMMM. So the plan is to get this thing into shape for Moab by the end of April
- The Austin Healey story.
- Why does MY idea of “OLD CAR” differ from YOURS? Introducing the CHECKER.
- Ever worry that cars in traffic can’t see your vintage Jeep Wagon?
- Homer’s Garage is getting a new home!
- Catching up. Time flies so fast. Done some fun stuff. Need to write more.
- Willys Truck Continued.. THE SHIFTERS! And covering up big holes!
- The Willys pickup cluch linkage comes together
- The Willys Diesel Truck is coming along!
- So, as mentioned earlier, I’m going to sell a few things. This 56 Internatonal is one of ’em.
- A 72 Vega with a Cosworth Vega engine in it. Not my usual sort of post…