Willys Pickups?

Discussion in 'Jeep Utility Tech' started by colojeepguy, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. Nov 2, 2016

    commanlerwrangdo Member

    Cleveland, Ohio
    Feb 10, 2014
    Wow. So many comments raising absolutely valid points. Being a man who owns and drives YJ's, a 61 modded CJ, three different Commandos and currently working on getting one of my wagons and one of my pickups to driveable status, I found this discussion most interesting. So, my two cents....

    1 - Depends on what you want the vehicle to do. All three Commandos can keep up with modern traffic speeds with the stock drivetrains since the Dauntless is a 160 HP powerhouse. My CJ keeps up with modern traffic because it's heavily modded to do so with a 89 TBI system.

    2 - Handling. Highway speed handling is certainly not optimal on any of them when compared to modern suspensions, with the 71 Commando being the best of the bunch with the stock Saginaw steering. The Willys truck or wagon just by the nature of a longer wheelbase will be better at highway speed handling..
    Many in the Old Willys Forum who want daily drivers with power, better fuel economy and improved braking/handling are using Suburban frames under wagons and extend the cabs on pickups about 8 or 9 inches with panel parts from a donor wagon to use the Suburban under a pickup.
    Then there's the purists who enjoy the simplicity of an original drivetrain and travel just fine understanding the maintenance level is more often with the old vehicles.

    Ideally, I'd like a stock drivetrain pickup and wagon and a modernized pickup and wagon and utilize all 4 Willys I've acquired. Right after I win the lottery.....
  2. Nov 21, 2016

    Long&Low Active Member

    Geauga County, OH
    Dec 13, 2009
    My vote, a Willys wagon on a TJ Unlimited frame, suspension and driveline. (yes just like the one they did in JP magazine).

    As for a Willys truck, I'd keep it stock looking but update the driveline, axles, motor, transmission. At least discs on the front and fuel injection, and an updated wiring harness. As for motors, and anything else depends on what your gonna do with, as has been repeatedly stated earlier.

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