This is one of the last of the Willys vehicles produced. After a long and well documented history of development and service for use in the second world war, they officially ceased production of this civilian version in 1964. It was, and still is, a tough and useful little pickup. But it also has the charm of some post war updates and the collectability of a historically significant, out of production vehicle.
You don't see many of these pickups out there, and when you do, they grab your attention. This one has a nice older paint job that still looks great. Green and White is a great two-tone color combination and works particularly well on this truck largely because of the chrome trim that was added to the door during one of the civilian updates. Adding a fresh set of white wheels and white lettered tires enhances the look even further. Another deviation from the original military version is that the vertically slotted grill angles back and has three horizontal chrome bars added for a unique and different look. The white front bumper underneath it has been modified to accept some sort of accessory to help get the job done. The spare tire mounts on the side of the truck and a diamond plate back bumper wraps around the edges of the bed providing a nice step which makes it easy to get into and out of, or just for better access the load.
Open that tall door that offers easy access to the upright cab, and you will find a good-looking Green interior. The door panel is stitched in vertical lines with a simple armrest, window crank and door handle, and the bench seat is also freshly upholstered in the same pattern. The two-spoke black steering wheel is old-school awesome with a black and chrome horn button that includes a big W set on a red background. One round gauge in the center is the factory unit that handles speed, water temp and fuel level, while a couple auxiliary Stewart Warner gauges mounted underneath the dash monitor charging amps and oil pressure. A white Hurst shift ball tops the lever for the manual transmission which rises out of the floor next to the two shifters for the transfer case and there is a gun rack mounted in the back window.
Pull the spring clip hold downs on each side of the hood, raise it up and you will find a 236 cubic inch flathead 6-cylinder engine that starts right up and runs like a champ. It's old school simple and reliable with good torque for getting the job done and is actually called the “Super Hurricane” engine as it was a big improvement over the older, 4-cylinder “Hurricane” motors. Power flows back through that 3-speed manual trans and two-speed transfer case to solid axles front and rear mounted on multi-leaf springs. Again, simple, tough, and reliable. The rubber meets the road, or the dirt, through a fresh set of 235/70R15 white letter tires mounted on new white 6-lugged wheels.
This is one of the last Willys pickups ever produced. It is still a tough and useful little truck with the added charm of vintage collectability. Come on down and check it out.