This 1955 Willys was a rusted junker, sitting rotting in a yard that I bought for $800 in 1998. I only worked part time on it over 7 or 8 years after I bought it. Golf kept interfering with my free time. I think I’m the 5th owner. It’s just been an old dude’s hobby project, something I wanted to do since I was a teenage kid. Started as a father son project but sons didn’t like getting theirs hands dirty. One son is now a well to do computer geek working for Microsoft. I’ve had a little help from a couple of friends as this is my first project fixing up an old vehicle so I’ve learned a lot but work slowly. Unlike me, my friends can weld and fabricate stuff. The pickup is not quite finished, I haven’t figured out how to do new headliners and I’d like to replace the re-upholsterd original bench seat with easy to fit bucket seats. All the original running gear and transmission still working well but I added a totally rebuilt short block 1968 Chevy 283 and I installed a Saturn/Warn overdrive so that I don’t get run over by transport trucks when I get it out on Interstate I-80. Had to replace badly rusted out doors but I found two good condition doors on a Willys wagon out on a desrt ranch in Northern Nevada and the owner sold them to me cheap and they bolted right on the pickup truck. Mostly used to take the dog out cruising in the desert back roads. The dog gets jealous if my wife comes for a ride and uses the dog’s favorite seat. Just a fun and tough old truck. Now both my sons want it??
Regards to all you folks at Kaiser Willys. I much enjoy your weekly website features.