A Willys that has been fast asleep sometimes does not take kindly to being awoken. There were times I completely doubted my mechanical ability and screamed at the Willys Gods for deliverance. I learned some brand new cusswords. At 65 years old, that right there is something. But, I did it! Yeah!! So fun to drive it around the beach, no locater chip, no computer, no BS. AMERICAN STEEL!
It runs! I replaced the tires, drums, shoes, wheel cylinders, alternator, gas tank, carburetor, filter, hoses and electric water pump. She runs, starts and stops!! 289 V8 Ford with standard Willys drive train. Rebuilt the T90 and changed all fluids in everything. Now for the lights and wipers, then maybe I will get to the outside appearance. Removing the mechanical gremlins after 20 years asleep is the most pressing thing. It Lives! Now I know what the term “Blood, sweat, and tears” means. Plenty of all three of those things, but when it wakes up and growls… it’s worth every drop of blood. Hooray for Kaiser Willys for having the hard to find parts!!
Kaiser Willys Jeep Life – Doug Roehr
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