I have been restoring this 1951 Willys Wagon. I decided on doing it as a Korean War Theater Ambulance vehicle. I was a medic in Vietnam and was born in 1951 so when I found this 1951 Willys it made sense. I took ideas from the Deluxe Willys Wagon Ambulances, the Korean era Willys Litter Carriers, the WWII U S Army Dodge ETO Ambulances, and my own experience. The mechanic has her purring (strangely it has a Go-Devil) and the final paint, interior and decals and stencils will take another month to 6 weeks, I’m guessing. The previous owner restored it as a painted “Woody” in 2003, new 12 volt wiring, brakes and oddly, a Go-Devil. Rust under all the padding decided for me that since the military style has none and I was a medic in Vietnam so the Korean War style US Army Ambulance parade vehicle was the way to go. Apparently 100 Willys Wagons were obtained by the US Army to “test” as Litter Carrier/Ambulances. Since I was in the Army, to me it made sense to honor the Korean War Veterans with a US Army style Korean War type Ambulance. Psy-Ops used Willys Wagons in Vietnam but they were not decked out in regulation type markings. I wanted a parade vehicle for the 4th of July, Veteran’s day and Memorial Day and the Wagon should look the part.
Kaiser Willys Jeep Blog Story – Jeff Smith
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