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What I would like to ask is if you would even think of a 1953 Willys Overland 1ton, 4x4, that was built to be a 2 wheel drive street rod with a 60s-70s build .
My 53 is called Herman, that was my dads nick name for me, plus Herman is built with the best of other trucks , Ford, Chevy, Jeep,and yes some Mopar too. Herman started out over 16 years ago when I had it brought to me from Nebraska , bought through a Hemmings ad. It was tired to say the best, blown rear axle , froze up chevy 283 under the hood , and yes it was all pieced together in farm truck fashion. I had a dream!, Had it since I was in High School in the late 60s and early 70s. I started to gather bits and pieces her and there. I gathered information and parts. Front axle is a Fatmans , mustangII cross member and TCI tube control arms, I did the measuring and fitting of the front suspension in place , I removed all the old 4x4 springs and axles , front and rear, carful to mark axle center lines. Made a few trips to a friends salvage yard looking for a Ford 9 inch rear. Had the over all width and a tape measure. Found a 78 Tbird was 1 in wider than the stock rear so I got it and cleaned it up and rebuilt it.. Rear springs are new S10 pieces , the front hangers are also from an S10 and the rear hangers are from a 79 Jeep CJ. Lining it all up took time and lots of measuring. I worked on Herman for about 8 years doing what I could slowly, and the I had a run in with Cancer. I survived but I just didn’t have the skill and strength to finish the work.. Looking for a shop to take on the work was rough.. some said they would come look and let me know , well they never came even after back up phone calls.. Then I called Wind Fall Rod Shop in Titusville pa. They showed interest in it and I took a book of photos over to show them.. They liked it and liked my plan for the truck. It seems they like working on orphans and odd things.. It was set, they would finish my Willys! I hauled it over and the shop owner and the rest of the staff came out and went over the truck like a swarm of ants.. they loved it.. I had the engine in along with the transmission , the engine is a slightly warmed 350 chevy , 30 over with crane cam , Police car heads with roller tip rockers , aluminum intake with Holly 650 dual feed double pump carb. Acell HEI distributor , transmission is a Borg Warner Super T10. The trans was out of a Firebird formula and I had it on hand.
The main work the rod shop had to do was body and paint. They corrected all of my mistakes and made it shine.. We worked closely as I knew where to get Willys parts if needed and let them know my plan.. some things didn’t work out and we adjusted . The engine sat over 10 years after I built it till the day we fired it up.. but it sounded great and yes runs great on the road.. rear axle has 3:25 gears..
OK I ran on. I don’t have the money to head out to major shows to be seen , but have taken it to the small one around here, and get a lot of response there and at the gas pumps too.
Just wanted to let you know Im a disabled vet from the Air Force, 71-91. I am very proud of my dream that came true.. Hope you like it and might find it to be worth some print
I bought this from the original owner 3 years ago. He’s in his 80’s now. He and his son tore this apart in 1989 to restore it, and there it sat until I bought it in 2017! It took 3 years, but it finally was finish in late October 2020 to the factory original color scheme (except the wheels). She’s back on the road after sitting for 30 years!
I bought this 1953 Studebaker on eBay, and it was pretty much as I expected except for the frame. It was totally rusted out and had to be replaced. The replacement frame came from a 1963 Studebaker Hawk, including bigger brakes, stronger structure and a '62 289. After several years of intermittent work, I now have a good cruiser in driver condition.
my father bought this scout II new in October of 1976. He drove it every day till in high school i took it over and it became my daily driver. After many years and countless tips to school, work and date nights, the scout's body was in ruins. Major body work was needed, in 2016 with the help of IH Parts America we began a year re wire, body swap and suspension upgrade. fast forward to 2020 the re built body is doing great and we are still on the original engine and drive train with 500,000+ miles.