Here’s a picture—out on Chappaquiddick Island, Martha’s Vineyard, December 3 2012 with storm clouds coming in Some of the absolute softest sand there is. 12lbs pressure and 4WD low 1st-2nd gear. (about 1/4 mile from the infamous Ted Kennedy bridge circa 1969) Also the previous pics of the engine—I downloaded a Willys logo, sealed it to the Air Cleaner and then painted over it–like a “paint by numbers”. Always wanted to do that! And the dash shows some original knobs (right side) on the front spots, fog lamps, and backup lights. Each is keyed to the 3 indicator lights on lower left: green,yellow, red. The “defrost” knob–for the heater, I “borrowed” from a R.I.P. Willys truck over on Nantucket ( have a few others, “air control” as well). The “wiper” know needs a better look–maybe paint it silver and put some similar fonts.
Well–here’s 3 of my 56 6-226 Pick up. I bought this in Oakland CA in 1994—apparently had been in the huge central valley farm lands for it’s entire life, so zero rust. It was fairly well restored, although you’ll notice it has a wagon hood rather than the truck hood (note the vacant mounting hole at the front, and the trim on the side below the “4-wheel-drive” trim. These were wagon trim pieces, not truck–I’ve heard anyway.)
Note the recent 20 inch snow fall last Dec! I’ve had it on Martha’s Vineyard, MA since 1994, and remarkably–with a lot of persistence on my part–it has not succombed to rust as did all it’s predecessors who’s remains scatter the Northern New England junk yards–including one here on the Vineyard. (Actually I have grabbed detailing items from those local hulks, like trim, instrument knobs, horn bottoms etc.) I do most of the work myself—-replaced the head gasket and rebuilt the carb most recently. Handbrake’s next, etc etc.
Richard H. Koehler
West Coast Willys member 83 (and one of the few east coast contingents!)