1954 Willys Jeep Pickup 350 from North America
A great truck, can't wait to get her done
Got the truck when my dad passed away.
Some body work needed due to use as a work truck by the original owner.
Original flat top switched out to a Chevy 350 due to the old engine being rusted out.
Had to shorten the drive line to fit the distance between tranny and rear axle.
Rear axle switched out to stock Chevy.
4 wheel drive unit needs to be replaced due to compatibility issues.
Still has the original 3 speed tranny, but needs repair/replacement due to losing second gear.
Runs great on backroads/city driving. Not the best to take on the freeway due to rattling at high speeds and the low gear ratios in the tranny.
Interior needs work. Seats are old and worn with holes in the material.
Floor boards starting to rust through.
Gas pedal footpad broke, welded on 2x6 piece of sheet metal, still works fine.
Replaced the head lamp floor dimmer switch due to rust.
Overall a nice looking truck.
Takes time to find parts for, but easy to maintain/repair due to the low appearance of electronic components.
Plan to restore it as much as possible and then turn into a tribute to my dad.
Feel safer in this than in my 95 Sable, 92 Festiva or my 78 Datsun.
Handling is a pain the the rear due to lack of power steering, but can by made easier with a trucker knob attached to the steering wheel.
Cabin a bit cramped, but it was built in a time of utility and not comfort.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th February, 2005
When you do get 'er all done up, make sure to post some pics on a website like cardomain.com. Not too many Willy's vehicles on there for sure!
"...not the best to take on the freeway"
What an understatement.
Finish the truck and be proud.
I also own and restoring a Willy's jeep truck. A 1961 all original super hurricane flat head six. The truck was in pieces when I got it. Hope to put the puzzle together soon.