I want to thank my brother Conrad for introducing me to his 1948 Willys CJ2A way back when I was 12, loved these little Jeeps ever since. Once these old Jeeps get in your blood there is just no turning back. I am always amazed at the powerful bonding ability these things have with family, friends and interested bystanders. They really have the power to build relationships. They are more of a family heirloom than just another vehicle. I am not sure any other rig I’ve ever known of can do the same thing with father and son or friends.
1951 Willys CJ-3A. It started as a somewhat complete Jeep and a trailer full of parts and roughly a year later it turned out like you see here. This Willys was drove so nice and smooth and had so much power it was amazing. It turned heads of all ages every where it went and everyone had to stop me and give it a once over. This thing would stand straight up in the air with out any problem, but it came back down with a BANG! when it hit the ground again.
What I have done to my Jeep:
New, all steel body, 2.5′ Rancho lift and shocks, Dana 27 front w/5:38 gears and Warn hubs, limited slip, Dana 44 rear w/5:38 gears. 11″ big brake conversion, 1980 Chevrolet Z28 350 with Edelbrock manifold, carter four barrel, crane RV cam, block hugger headers and custom exhaust. 1980 Cheverolet Z28 TH350 with shift kit and cooler, Hurst shifter, Dana 18 Transfer case. Warn overdrive, Painless wiring harness, Custom roll cage, Poly racing seats with 5 point harnesses, GM tilt column and power steering, CJ5 rear mounted gas tank, Besttop full soft top with doors, Custom front bumper. Every nut and bolt was replaced and everything was rebuilt and gone through.
I have 4 other Jeeps now I am working on and plan to build and or restore each of them: 1954 CJ3B, 1955 M38A1, 1973 CJ5, 1985 CJ7 oh, and one Frankenstein Jeep on the side of the house (for parts).
Kaiser Willys Jeep Blog Story – Jerry Revenig
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