Willys pickup truck production total: 230,000 (1947-1965)
A Brief History of the Willys Truck:
“Gangway, America!” Willys announced to farmers and laborers in 1947 to introduce the new Jeep brand pickup truck. Equipped with the 134 cubic inch “Go-Devil” engine, these “sensational” Two and Four-Wheel drive Trucks were available as a “Jeep” Pick-up Truck, “Jeep” Van Truck, “Jeep” Platform-Stake Truck, “Jeep” Canopy Truck, and a “Jeep” Cab & Chassis. Similar to the Willys Jeep Wagon, the new Jeep brand trucks appeared modern for their time with slotted grilles and upright cabs.
After 1950, the two-wheel drive models were discontinued, and in 1957 the FC (Forward Control) Jeep Truck was unveiled. These revised versions of the Jeep truck were deemed to be “the future of the four-wheel drive truck” and were a departure in body style from the traditional Jeep, instead built on top of the existing CJ-5 chassis. With an eighteen foot turning radius, the FCs could go virtually anywhere while hauling a load, a definite plus for farmers and workers of the time.
The 1947 Willys Pickup is featured in “Jeep Thrills”, a video game released in 2008 (made by Game Sauce). A Jeep Gladiator stepside pick-up is driven by the character Earl Bassett in the dark comedy Tremors film series (1990).
Willys Pickup Truck Specs:
Transmission: Borg-Warner T-90 three-speed manual
(with Synchromeshed 2nd and 3rd gear)
Transfer Case: Spicer / Dana 18 (For 4WD models)
Front Axle: Dana 25
Engine: Many different engines were available over the course of production, including a four-cylinder L-head, a six-cylinder L-head, a four-cylinder F-head, and a six-cylinder OHC
4-Cylinder (5.38:1 gear ratio = Standard, 4.88:1 and 6.17:1 = Optional)
6-Cylinder (4.88:1 = Standard, 5.38:1 = Optional)
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