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Iíve got the Willys

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    Iíve got the Willys


    Everone needs a dream
    Keeps the blood goin’

    Been wanting, dreaming, fantasizing about a ’49 Willys p/u for a few decades now.


    Back in the ‘70s an acquaintance rebuilt one
    Not showroom
    Just very functional
    Primer was his finish
    The term ‘covet’ became quite defined
    Homicide seemed doable


    Anyway, my good young friend down the path sent me an ad a few days ago





    $1500 OBO (nuts cheap)
    Offered $1000

    It’s now mine

    Primarily, I just want the body
    Maybe the frame….maybe

    Thinking small 8 or V6

    For now, however

    I can touch, sit in
    Play in
    My dream

    Urdn urdn urdn


    Yes
    It keeps the fire
    Last edited by Gary O'; 11-14-2017 at 08:06 AM. Reason: words jammed together
    ďLive in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.Ē Emerson

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    Good for you Gary, glad your dream came true and you didn't have to resort to homicide. Nice little project to tinker with, cool truck!

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    Congrats - it's always nice when dreams come true.

    The transmission looks like my first Erector set.
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    It sounds like a fun project!

    I envy you that you have the knowledge and talent to take on such a daunting challenge.

    We have a local man that restores old pickups. He has one restored truck that has an exterior very similar to your Willys. I'm not sure how he managed to keep the old battered look, maybe just a clear coat of some sort, but it's fun to see him tootling around town.

    Have fun and good luck with your project!

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    That's so cool. Love Wiilys character as is, well, maybe just enough tweaking to get it running. And I like how you still keep dreaming. Makes life interesting.
    "If we all hold hands we can't fight"...sam the dot man

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    You look good in that truck Gary O!!!!!!

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    Way cool!

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    Hey Gary, if you get stuck, give a shout out to the All Girl's Garage...you go girls! They refurbished a '57 Chevy while training other women who joined in from different areas of the car repair business. Together the result was amazing. Although, of note, is that I think they got a BMW engine already refurbished for it. But they do engine work too sometimes.

    Coincidently, I had just been watching a tv show today called Right This Minute, just after reading your thread, and thought of your '49 Willys Pick Up when this segment aired. Check out the shows video in this link showing this project (Gail and Charity are just part of the TV show's crew): http://www.rightthisminute.com/post/...-unveiled-sema
    "If we all hold hands we can't fight"...sam the dot man

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    Hey, that's good news, Pard! Where there's a Willys...there's a way! Good luck.
    Jim

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    He says he worked on that '54 truck eight years! I have to admire the perseverance, not to mention skill.
    "If we all hold hands we can't fight"...sam the dot man

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    "Virgil & Linda Lou's" 1948 Willys Jeep

    "Take A Walk Around My Beat-To-Hell 1948 Willys Jeep Live Right Now" (FB VIDEO)


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    Love that old Willys! Keep us updated on your thoughts of how you will complete it.

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    The Willys-Overland "Americar"

    The Willys-Overland "Americar" was produced from 1937 to 1942, then the company began to produce the famous WW2 Jeep.

    Heres a picture of the Americar:

    Hal
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