~ Bill Peet’s Willys Wagon was featured as the Willys of the Week: 440. This is his account of the Panama trip.
Before the Panama trip I tried out this configuration which turned out to be too much weight on the front end.
Below, we had just crossed this river in Costa Rica; one of the several river crossings we made on the trip. Except for two nights in motels, we camped the whole 13,400 mile trip. One night we spent on the shore of Lake Nicaragua where my friend saw a freshwater shark during his morning bath. At Chichen Itza we camped right next to the pyramid, El Castillo, and in the morning we had the whole place to ourselves before the tourists arrived. Note the dual wheel adapters which we never used. We didn’t make it to Colombia because the road through the Darien was overgrown with trees.
In the canal zone, we found this poor sloth trying to cross the road so my friend helped it into a tree.
In Turrialba, Costa Rica, we befriended the Chief of Police (below) who was fascinated with my car’s new Warn overdrive.
We also met these guys at a local garage in Turrialba. That night, the guy next to the kid and police chief took us cruising in a school bus to the best nightclubs in town. Note the new NTDs which we got in David, Panama. The original 2 ply snow tires didn’t last long on the unpaved roads.
In 1984 I rebuilt my engine with the help of my son. Note the Frantz toilet paper oil filter.
Below is my son and his daughter, last year, in the Panamint Mountains, CA. He just rebuilt a T98 transmission he wants to put in the Wagon. After breaking rear axle shafts twice and having the wheels fall off, I put in full floating axles. I am currently having my original L6-226 engine rebuilt again.
Willys Jeep Life Story – Bill Peet
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