Here are a few photos we took of our 1957 4x4 Station Wagon during 18 months of work. All floor panels replaced as well as both rear quarters and extensive tailgate and framing rebuilds. All running gear rebuilt as well. I’ve done this 2 times, once in the early 60’s to a lesser extent and this time everything. <br><br> Regards, Bob
My name is Bob Pulliam and my daughter, Audrey (2 1/2 years old), and I have started a restoration project on a '60 model Willys Wagon that originally was a forest service vehicle in Wyoming. A good friend of mine bought it years ago and promised to sell it to me if he ever sold it. With his daughter going off to college, and the fact that he also owns another wagon, he finally sold me this one. It's pretty much standard issue 4 WD straight 6, 3 speed wagon. You can still see the original Forest Service green on the hood and grill in some photos. The vehicle was originally gray and FS green. Cool additions either ordered or added by the Forest Service were a skid plate under the gas tank, jerry cans on both sides, AM radio, and a Ramsey PTO winch. In the pic you see it with a CJ/MJ style Koenig setup which I sold and replaced with the original style Ramsey. As rough as it looks, this old wagon ran and drove when I bought her from my buddy. We are going to do a frame off resto on this wagon and return it to its "government mule" status. We're keeping everything original and so far we've only had time to strip it to the body tub and chassis. Here's pics of where we are now. Currently we are stocking up on sheetmetal and parts to get after it again in the spring. Our goal is to have it finished in time to take my daughter to school on her first day of kindergarten. Bob and Audrey Ashland, KY
1954 Willys Station Wagon - It was purchased new by my grandfather in 1954 to prospect for uranium in Texas and New Mexico then used as a farm truck in 1957. I put it in storage in 1996 and got it out last winter. It's all stock with the 6 cyl engine, original 6 volt system, 71,300 miles on it. Turn signals, the defroster/heater and the PTO winch were the “options” and the purchase price was $3,800 after trading a 47 station wagon in.
These are picture of my 1954 (6-226) Willys Station Wagon. I got a dream...to refurbish this Willy. Are there any books available that would guide me on how to restore this station wagon (what do I need to know so I order the correct parts - year, serial number..., what should I do first - rebuild the engine, It hasn't been run in 10yr or so..., is there anything I should look at that my say don't bother...)? Any help or advise would be appreciated. Thanks, Dan Harrington
1962 Willys Utility Wagon. Still running its original engine (75,000 miles) without any rebuild so far. My jeep was originally a Canadian government vehicle kept at a remote Vancouver Island location to provide access to a air navigation site located on a small mountain. Four wheel drive was essential especially in winter months. I had the pleasure of driving up that hill to service the electronics for many years. Ten years after my transfer I tracked down my old jeep and bought it. That was thirty years ago. We celebrated my Willys 60th birthday this year. It's been a big part of many good times. Now we're looking forward to camping trips with the grand children.
Here's my '52 685 S/W at Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Northern California. Still driving it most everyday. Took some great road trips through AZ, UT, CA, OR and WA over the past few years. Not the most comfortable traveling rig of course but it's a Willys Overland Utility S/W and that's the rig for me. More laterrr...
My husband has been enjoying your photo gallery so I thought that I would share his pics as well. Thank you for putting this together! This is a 1964 Willys wagon,with a little help from my friends we put sedan delivery doors on my wagon. It also has a rambler 327 engine, I made custom headers, custom input shaft for the trans because the t-90 input shaft is about 3''to short, and a custom oil filter adapter. THIS IS MY EVERYDAY DRIVER. David Kline New Hope, Pa <br/ > <br/ > Kim Kline
My first vehicle when I turned 16 was my grampa’s 62 wagon. Being a typical kid, I promptly totaled it that same year. Afterwards, I always kept my open for another one - 27 years later I picked up this one. As you can see, it was in pretty good shape. I am in the beginning stages of doing a complete fame off restoration.
The attached photos are of my 1953, 4 wheel drive wagon. I purchased it 9 years ago from a guy in Oregon and drug it home to Ft. Worth, TX. Complete frame off restoration completed 4 months ago. All that I need to finish the job is install the headliner. All original F4 473 - the only modification was I changed the 6V to 12V and as a daily driver I use the K&N filter, bypassing the oil breather. The original oil breather is under the hood and ready to accept the hose from the carb. when I show the wagon off. My next modification will be to add the Saturn overdrive. I just wanted to make sure she ran great (and she runs better than the my wife's Volvo 850) and did not leak oil. It leaks a little oil from the pan but that will be my next project - replace pan gasket! Owner: George Franks Ft Worth, TX
1962 Station Wagon - L6-226 4x4, Koenig King Winch, 118000 Miles. This jeep belonged to Montana State Governor Forrest H. Anderson the 17th Governor of Montana. It was then purchased by a gentleman in Polson Montana. I purchased it just a few days ago from the mans daughter. Apparently the second owner used it for hunting/logging etc. The second owner told me the Koenig winch is factory as well as heavy skid plates. It sat for three years in a garage. After draining the fuel it fired right up. It has some body rust around the fenders but runs and drives fine. Glen Bohlander Hamilton,MT
Photo of my Willys Overland Wagoneer. True story about this vehicle: "I was parked at an airfield with the Wagoneer in 1966. A light aircraft (Auster Terrier) decided to collide with it, which resulted in the aircraft severing a wing and writing it off. I drove home in the Wagoneer! I did need a new front wing and some rear body damage repaired, but boy could that vehicle take some hammer!!"
Here are some pictures of my 1958 Willys station wagon. It has its original Hurricane 226 engine and interior. On a good day with a tail wind, it can top out at about 45 miles per hour. My husband wants me to sell it, but what does he know? I bought it for him for his 60th birthday, but it is MINE. <br/ > <br/ > Jane
Our wagon is a 1956. We found it in Colorado in a barn, or you could say garage. It only had two previous owners as far as I know. It was all original, headliner, seats, everything!! It runs good, but smokes a little. It would only do about 45 mph, so I have added Warn hubs and a Saturn overdrive. That made a big difference!!! It is only six volt but I think I will keep it that way, for now anyhow. My wife did not want me to buy it, as we have a few cars, trucks, and motorcycles already, but when it got here on the car carrier and I took her for a ride, she said “ This is mine” and called it “Daisy” ?? She said the song “bicycle built for two” had something to do with it?? So we changed a few words in that song and it is kinda catchy. Instead of bicycle built for two we changed it to Willys built for two etc. Anyhow we have really been enjoying it.
I found and repurchased my Great Grandpa's Willy's wagon. It had a 327sbc with a ford topload 4 speed and the T18. I dropped the 4speed and T18 for a 4L60 Chevy auto and newer NP. We will be at Hot August Nite's with it this year, Cant wait The body is off, spring over complete, going with power steering and power breaks, 35" tires, new rubber and seals, frame up body off resto job. too much fun - John Patterson Inspector Medford Fire/Rescue
1961 WILLYS Wagon. 350 Chevy w/Ford toploader 4spd., Saturn Overdrive. Full floating rear axle. Front disc brakes. Power rack and pinion steering from 5.0 Mustang. Tilt wheel, swing pedals, power brakes. Electric windows, 4:88 posi front and rear. Fun to parallel park in the snow! I was thinking of selling it, then I started driving it again. My kids all say it would be a crime selling one of them! Turning into a daily driver. Turns heads everywhere I go! I included a 1980 shot of my Jeep, then a needlepoint my late mother made for me in 1986. She knew how much I loved my Jeep! It started when I was very young and my cousins Grandfather had one. I am 56 and he died when I was 5. I still remember crystal clear getting pap pap to take me for a ride in the Jeep! He had a '56 Wagon.
I am trying to find out if this vehicle still exists. My dad owned it in Houston from about 1963 until 1966. It was repainted blue and white and I last saw it in Houston in 2004. Does anyone know if there is a master owner list that is available? I would like to re-purchase it. Lots of great memories…I learned to drive in this vehicle.
1956 Willys Wagon with Ramsey PTO winch This Jeep has been with the family since it was new and is currently operated on our family property in California. The vehicle is kept on the property and is the primary work vehicle. It was converted to 12 volts about 25 years ago when it was rebuilt. Our Jeep is mostly original with the only aftermarket parts being the 12 volt electrical system and the air cleaner. Its performance is so great and with its PTO winch this Jeep is irreplaceable. Kevin Hooper Greenwood, MO
Mike, 1956 Willys Parkway Conversion 302 crate motor T-90 / Dana 18 w/Warn OD off of pto output (Looking to put a new D18 with a Ford RTS 4spd tranny for better gas milage) Stock springs Rear axle from a 73 Landcruiser with 4:11 gears (I think) Front axle is also from a fj40 but has Dana 44 knuckles. 35" at tires Bronco II seats that flip and fold like the original Willys seats & 4 pt harneses Ramsey winch up front. Right now I'm saving up for a new front 3rd member, a waterproof wiring harnes from Painless Wiring and a new Willys speedo guage cluster. Thanks for all your help! Kevin Packham, AIA
In this album are pictures of my 51 Willy's Overland wagon 2x4. He has a 1971 350 chevy corvette engine with a 4 bolt bolt main and a 4 barrel eidelbrock carburator. A 350 turbo transmission, dual exhaust, and power steering and disc brakes. The front and 10 bolt rear end are from a 68 chevy nova II. The interior is done in black and red burlap with racing seats. The exterior has a black vinyl roof and painted flame red. Thank you for letting me be in your photo album, Kimberly Ethridge.
The Willys Wagon model was assembled in Brazil by Willys Overland do Brasil from 1956. In 1958 the vehicle was named “Rural Willys,” and there were no main external differences with respect to the american same year model, the biggest technical implementation being the Willys F-161 engine. This engine was previously used in the american Aero Willys model. <br> In 1960, the model was modified to an all exclusive new design proposed by the american designer Steven Brooks. From this same year, both 4x2 and 4x4 traction options were available and 100% of the components were from brazilian national production. <br> Between 1969 and 1977, the Rural Willys´ production was assured by Ford do Brasil, company that had bought the control of Willys do Brasil in 1969. In 19 years, about 182 thousand units were produced, what makes the Rural one of the most well known vehicles in Brazil. Lots are still employed in heavy jobs, mainly in the interior regions of the country. We can also see a few number of Rural Willys well preserved like collection automobiles during some tours and specialized expositions. <br> The examples showed in the picture were produced in 1960. The gray one is 4x2 and the brown one 4x4. They belong to Luiz Halila and Gustavo Halila and are the favorite classic cars of the family from Curitiba, south of Brazil, who also owns one 1968 Rural Willys, a 1976 Ford Pick´up and a 1973 Ford Rural.
Hi Mike, Heres some pix of My 62'wagon. Its all original exept wheels,electric wipers & 25 gal.fuel tank..It has a 226 Hurricane & warn overdrive. I drive this truck most every day, it gets around 20 mpg if I keep the speed below 55 & the rpms low.. I do vollunteer work with the forest service through the summer & drive the Willys everywhere.From My home in Western OR. I have driven this truck through the Nevada desert & Utah into Colorado & many trips to Idaho & Montana. Its been to countless fire lookouts all over the West & other than the clutch linkage breaking,its never let Me down. I expect this wagon will outlast Me if I take care of it. Thanks to all the wonderful folks at KWAS. Without You I couldn't use this Jeep as I do. Mark Hendrickson Mcminnville,Oregon
I’m living in the world of Oz, Perth Western Australia to be precise. I’ve been restoring this Old Girl for some time. The chrome works have all been finished, the upholstery done, new tires added and a Brand new Old stock Ford 250 / 6. Now it’s down to the body and paint. I’ve always loved Jeeps and have previously owned 1962 Jeep pickup, Jeep Wagoneer, Renegade, and several Cherokees.
This 1959 wagon began life as a company vehicle, for a local springwater company, until a caustic soda spill dictated the removal of the body, up to the driver's seat. For the next 30 years, it stayed on the property, as a flatbed 'farm truck', and snowplow, with a piece of plywood behind the seat, to hold the heat in. A 1979 plate was still on it! It was parked, finally, just because a couple valves stuck open, but I drove it around, a bit, before the tear-down, anyway. It left trails of rubber dust, from the 40 year old tires, but didn't even smoke, and everything still worked! It will be a woodie wagon, someday, once I figure out a way to make it unique, and versatile. Should wind up with me, down in the Ozarks, still hauling springwater to some hard-to-reach places, by fording creeks, and dodging rocks.
"Gimli" was not always a station wagon. The previous owner, cut the windows into it. We even found the templates in the car when I got it. So it was originally a panel. I do not believe its a 1950, but either a 47 or 48. none of the 50's panels have the same grill, or the same back doors. I found out what the number 4 stood for. It means a continental motor versus another type. I wish there was some way to tell if it was a civilian or a military or what!
Mike, here is the result of a 20 month long frame off resto. some specs: rebuilt 226 super hurricane engine, rebuilt tranny and t/c, dana 44's front and rear,power brakes, rack and pinion power steering, 4.56 gears with a rear detroit locker, Aero meter guages, cb radio, am/fm/mp3/xm radio, on board air, warn 9000# recovery winch, plus a bunch of other stuff that is too much to mention here.
I am a Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealer in Gonzales, LA, a suburb of Baton Rouge. This is the result of a three year restoration, customization, of a 1961 Willys we took on trade on a new Jeep Commander. I spared no expense, trying to make this vehicle my daily driver. I wanted it to drive like a new vehicle, with the wonderful looks of the old Sport Wagon. I think I succeeded!
1946 Willys Station Wagon - I got this 10 years ago on a trade for another car. 1946 wagon, chopped 4 inches, filled in the rear windows and made a woody with real wood out of it. Firebird subframe and a 455 with TH400 trans. Its still a work in progress. It's different and no one else has one. I know the purist will not like it, but it has given me the need to have a truly stock one as my next toy.
Photos of my 1963 Wagon, Wagoneer front suspension and axles, 360 V8 and custom rear springs by Alcan Springs. I built my Willys 15 years ago and it became my winter daily driver about 5 years ago. Last Sept. I headed for Baja, Mexico and pulled a 24' 1958 Airstream for 3500 miles. The Willys is the perfect vehicle for exploring the Baja.
Mike, the first one is my driver, the second is one I wish I had. My driver now sits a bit taller and rides a lot better thanks to the supension kit I purchased from you guys. It also has a much nicer profile and just plain looks a whole lot better. I will definately be a repeat customer. Thanks! Rick Morris New Palestine, IN
Here’s a picture of our newly purchased 55 Willys Utility Wagon we purchased from Classic Motorcars in Connecticut. The builder took almost seven year to complete, keeping it most stock except for a mild 302 Ford and custom interior. What a ball to drive and I’m amazed at the thumbs up we get! <br> Rick and Rhea Ringgard Auburn, Ma
Attached is a photo of my '63 Willys. Bought it in 1974 at a government auction for $475. Replaced the blown OHC 6 with a 327 chevy mated to the T-90. The jeep was equipped with heavy springs, two fuel tanks and a posi 4:10 rear. It was gun metal grey. I repainted it in 1978 using '78 chrysler colors, Metallic silver and charcoal metallic. The interior was also repainted and the upholstery replaced with black roll & pleat. Refinished the wooden planks on the floor also. As fuel prices increased I replaced the 327 with a 9-1 comp. 355 Chevy that I put together with a Sig Erson RV cam, etc... Replaced the T-90 with a Muncie 4 speed, Hurst shifter and a warn overdrive. All the windows, window seals, sheet metal, and floorboards are original. It had a small amount of rust damage on the lower rocker below the doors on both sides which I corrected in '78. I used to drive it to work daily prior to repainting in 1978. It now lives in my garage with my other Jeeps. It has just turned over 80,000 miles. This Willys is a true survivor. I live on the eastern shore in lower Delaware. This October, Ocean City Maryland had their first "Jeep Week." I took the old wagon there and to my surprise it won "Best in Show." Not bad for something that was repainted 32 years ago!
Here are some examples of how some of your sheet-metal can be used. I located this 1958 Willys wagon in Gardiner Maine. Incredibly it passed inspection and I drove it around every evening that first summer. Then I rolled up my sleeves and Iíve been working on it during my spare time over the last two years. It needed just about everything from the waist down - For some reason, I really enjoy working on it. It serves as a "mental cleansing" versus what I normally do for a living. The progress has been slow, but at the end of the day, you can stand back and enjoy what you got accomplished. When I was young, my "Grampy" had one of these on his Christmas tree farm in West Virginia. I loved it then and always thought about restoring one. This one admittedly started out as a basket case, but with your parts and some elbow grease, I'm confident that it will turn out better than new. My plan is to have my wagon back on the road this summer and if you wish, I'll keep you posted on future progress. Regards, Sands M. Uxbridge, MA
This was one of my more challenging tasks. After removing the previous owners "ill attempt" to repair the area directly above the windshield, I realized just how much metal had been originally eaten away... The first step was to clean up and properly treat all of the rusted out areas with RUST-MORT (Phosphoric Acid). I then fabricated metal to go inside the car and behind the damaged area. After tacking that into place, I made a template and cut metal to go into the windshield channel. After grinding down the tack welds, I filled the area in with metal filler and primed. A block sander comes in handy here to get your lines right... Sands M. Uxbridge, MA
Here are some photos of the 1954 Willys Station Wagon that has been in my family for most of its life. There are a lot of stories to be told about the Willys that my sister, brother and I grew up with and now it is undergoing a "re-imagining." I wonder if, when all is said and done, I will regret having the bullet hole smoothed over!!
Love your company, love the blog...and I would love to add my Willys project to the mix. I've been working on it for 5+ years now, it's been on the road the last 3. Currently it runs a Buick 215cid/Rover 3.8L V8 mated to the stock trans/axles. I completely replaced/rebuilt the suspension with one of your kits,rewired it with a Painless kit and upgraded to a dual MC for the brakes. The body is rooooough, but all in due time!
This is my 1954 Wagon Engine: L6 226 Trans/Xfer Case: T90 w D18 and Saturn Overdrive Gears: 4.88 I acquired this particular wagon in 1996. It started (as most do these days) as a basket case. I first put a Ford 302 V8 in with big tires and lift and drove it as such for about 8 years. In 2003 I started transforming it back to stock condition. Itís so much more fun now and a very capable vehicle. It is currently parked and awaiting an engine rebuild or replacement. I see Kaiser Willys has a complete engine rebuild kit, but I fear my block may be cracked. If you are aware of a good available 226 engine feel free to share. Thanks much and thanks for looking at the pics. I love my Willys! - Steve
Here's some pictures of my Willys. It is now on a Toyota Tacoma frame. The wheel base was identical, the frame the same width. All I had to do was move the engine and transmission back 8 inches and fabricate mounts (not quite as easy as it sounds). Makes for a nice ride. Thanks for all your help, - Steve Pouncey
This is my 1959 Willys Wagon. This is a 2 wheel drive 1959 Maverick Body on a 1960 Willys 4x4 pick up truck frame. The engine block is a mid 1950's Continental Red Seal engine from a Myers irrigation pump that my dad had on the farm, as was the pick up truck. The wagon is ready to go anywhere, anytime. My niece and I are planing on a trip in the wagon along with several others in classic vehicles that will take us on Route 66 from Missouri to Santa Monica, California. <br/ ><br> Tom Lanigan Keysville, Virginia
This is a picture of my 1952 Willys Wagon. I have owned it for 15 years and it is my daily driver. I have converted the engine to a 4.3 liter Chevy V-6 with Auto transmission. The front end is a Fatman production of a Mustang II suspension with Disc brakes and power steering. It also has air-conditioning. I kept the vehicle as original looking as possible even having the original rims cut out and balanced to fit modern axels. The steering shaft was modified as well to retain the original wheel. I used the vehicle for 6 years in my clock repair/sales business. In this photo I was driving friends of mine (Doug and Katie Sherwood) on their wedding day to the reception hall from their beach wedding. The photo was taken by another friend of theirs Mike Manfull. The color scheme was chosen by my wife and resembles a brochure from 1951 which calls these colors the “Jamaica”; I have included a copy of the cover of the brochure.
1956 Willys Station Wagon - I'm only three months into the project at this point: The body is a 56 with very little rust and a rattle can paint job. It's sitting on a low milage 84 Grand Wagoneer which gives me a 360/727 with d44's. Additional comforts not offered in 1956 are: power brakes with disc in the front, cruise control, power steering, tilt wheel, intermittent wiper, and highway speeds with plenty of pulling power for the camper or 4wheelers. Those who have done the Waggy swap will agree that it's not the easiest choice, but I wanted to keep it Jeep.
My Jeep came from Western Kansas where my grandparents lived. It had been my Grandpa's, (Bill), and during my Sophmore year of high school he was diagnosed with cancer. The doctors didn't think he would make it and he concurred that one of his grandsons should get his jeep. He passed away that following year and it was decided that I would be the one, out of my two brothers, to receive the Jeep. It's a 1963 Willys Utility Wagon with a 230 OHC Tornado hooked to a T-90 transmission with a Spicer 20 transfer case.
Here are some pictures of our 1963 Traveller. It looks quite good, does it? - It was used by the Swiss Red Cross Organization for about one year, then it was sold to a small Swiss community as a vehicle for the local fire brigade. They kept the car until 1995. For the next seven years there were no documents to be found. In 2002 the car appeared in South Germany and was brought back to the public car traffic. Until August 2010 there were 4 German owners and the car moved from South Germany to West Germany up to Berlin, where I bought the car via ebay in August 2010. My son and me and a good car technician started to restore the car, it took us until late spring 2011. But now it is in quite good condition and we have a lot of fun. We visit US-car meeting, and believe me, this old Willys is an eyecatcher. Now the car is back in South Germany not far from the Swiss border. - All the best and good luck.