My Willys addiction began about a year ago when I ran across an ad for a CJ-2A for sale in my area. I had always been a Jeep fan since the day I could drive, but to own a legendary Willys Jeep had always been a dream of mine. The gentleman sold me his Jeep in November 2011. Little did I know, this addiction had just begun. As soon as it rolled off the trailer at home, I began tearing into it and started stock piling parts from Kaiser Willys. A little tune up on the motor and she fired right up. That is where the complete teardown began. My project was completed on my days off from the Fire Department.
At 23 years old and a lot of off time, the Jeep took me eight months to complete. During that eight month period, I had learned so much about mechanics, the Jeep and myself. I worked in a broke down garage with one door in the brutal cold, heat and even with a ton of rodents. But I knew what I wanted and in return I not only got a gorgeous and rugged Jeep, but a huge self reward that I and someday my kids will enjoy for the rest of my life. The Jeep is 99% original. The only things not original are the 1″ superlift suspension and the 31×9.5″ Super Swamper TSL’s. Everything including the motor is original to the Jeep.
I trailer the Willys to local offroad parks during the summer months. People just love seeing my old Jeep on the trails. I drive it to town on warm days to get the four squirrels running under the hood. It received third place in a parade as well. I love bringing out the history and listening to the war veterans tell their stories. It makes me want to own a fleet of these! I feel absolutely insane for saying this, but I am very excited to build many more of these Jeeps. And I would like to thank Kaiser Willys for helping me complete my dream Jeep.
Kaiser Willys Jeep Blog Story – Justin Kulacz
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