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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.
Now!!!! That Pierce Arrow restoration is one hell of a job!!! There's a few years of your life you will never get back, but you can always be buried in it or you can get one of those laser engraved tombstones like the ex-soviet mafia have with a picture of you leaning on the car - Life size of course. Personally I'm going for one with the button you push and the car sound plays and a recording of my voice says "Hi. How are you? Nice of you to come by."
This car spent most of it's life in San Francisco CA. It was next parked in FL for some years, then more years storage in New Orleans. I received it as a gift from my son in 2012, and trailered it home to Michigan. Restoration took the last 7 years. Now better than new in many respects. A blast to drive.
My father bought this 1969 Plymouth Barracuda new. I learned to drive in it and went to the prom with it. It sat in my garage for 25 years and it took me 3 years to restore this beauty. Pop would be proud!
Always wanted a Mini and now was the time. Found the POS barley running in Atascadero CA. Drove down from the S.F. bay area and struck a deal. 10 Months later and having a ball drive the "Clown Car".
4spd Close Ration Muncie
3:55 Positraction Differential
Factory A/C, PB, PW
Telescopic Steering Column
Speed Minder Speedometer
Late 2014 when I pulled this 1967 Coupe into my garage
L79 327cid/350hp (Rebuilt)
5spd Close Ration (Silver Sport Transmission)
3:55 Positraction Differential
Factory PS, PB, PW
Vintage Air A/C
Telescopic Steering Column
Speed Minder Speedometer
Indy U101 Mags w/BFG 235-60R15 T/A Radials
Early 2020 after getting it licensed for the road
Built to drive.
We bought this 1938 Jaguar 1.5 litre Saloon in 1985 and 35 years later it is still a work in progress. It was barely running at the time and our intention was to restore it but after looking at how difficult and expensive it would be to get parts in the USA we quickly decided against that. A friend took be to a Street Rod car show and after looking at the cars and meeting the owners we decided that was definitely the way to go. It now has a Chevy V-6, Automatic, A/C, Mustang II front end, Comet rear end - everything needed to comfortably cruise 70 mph on the highway.
This 1970 Ford Mustang Convertible built in Dearborn, Michigan was purchased used by my dad around 1975 for around $1200. He drove it, my older sister, my younger sister and I all drove it in High School. Luckily, it survived!
I took my driving test in it on my 16th birthday!
Fast forward to the early 1990’s and the car had been sitting outside my parent’s house the whole time and then Hurricane Andrew blew through Miami with the eye about a mile or so south of where the car was. It was pretty badly damaged and there was a lot of debris in the car.
I made a deal with my dad and took the car to Texas with me when we left Miami the following year. The car spent about four years in various states of rebuild and repair. See pics. As far as cost to restore, I really can’t say but my wife can probably tell you to the penny. I will tell you that it is all original Ford metal from several salvage yards and I did buy a wreck and used those parts including the center console and the front disk brakes. There is no lead or bondo anywhere in this car!
It is not all stock nor was I trying to have it be. It has an Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold, an Edelbrock 1406 4-barrel carburetor and a Pertronix electronic ignition system. The car delivered new with the factory in-dash AC. It is still installed but I never use it. My philosophy is: If it isn’t nice enough to drive with the top down, I don’t drive it.
My car is a 1964 TR4 which is my first car and recently restored car. I purchased it brand new from Car International while in the USMC in Okinawa for $2534 cash. I was a helicopter crew chief and gunner at the time seeing action in Vietnam and the Bay of Tonkin Incident. Like many servicemen at the time, it gave me time to dream into of what was to come following this difficult tour. It was delivered to Long Beach, Cal. for my triumphant drive home following my discharge. A shipping strike cause it to arrive late and I had to fly back out to pick it up. The first trip took me all the way up Route 66 to St Louis and then on to Lafayette, In. I started the Spring Semester at Purdue University as a 22 year old Freshman, combat Marine, and a brand new red, Triumph TR4. I drove it actively until 1973 when it became parked in the garage till 2019 and my wife said please do something with that car. A small body shop in Reese, Mi. agreed to fix it up and by the time we got done it had 4 new fenders, complete front suspension rebuild, new lights interior, and combination of new chrome parts and plating. It looks better than when I picked it up. A couple weeks ago I got my old friend back and the same excitement is still there.
The first picture is a younger owner picking it up Calif, next is it in the body shop striped down with the new fenders, and the last in my new/old ride.