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Old August 30th, 2013, 10:08 PM   #1
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I finally got my dads 51 willys that has been I the barn for 31 years.the last day it was drove was one week before I started kindergarten.we took it out through the fields around the farm and rode in the middle shining the spot light have a blast.i can still remember the high pitch gear sound coming out of it as we drove.i have tried to get this truck going for years and he would not budge.but he is now ready to see it back on the road agin and this coming spring it will be.it has all original willys driveline except the engine.it now has a old 283 in it my dad installed in 1972.he bought the truck in 1969 from a old gas station in Laingsburg mi.he said he bought it because it had two big chrome semi stacks on it and he had to have it lol.he bought the truck for $350 and drove it for years.he was always going to put the body on a blazer frame but I want to keep as much of the original stuff I can,it was green originally and he painted it black when he bought it.im stuck between all original or a little lift with 35"s on it.pics are of taking it out today and last pick is what I would like to do to it.any opinions on stock or not would be nice!body is very solid with only couple very small rust spots.















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Old August 30th, 2013, 10:23 PM   #2
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Old August 30th, 2013, 10:23 PM   #3
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Nice! I love those trucks!
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Old August 30th, 2013, 10:37 PM   #4
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Old August 30th, 2013, 10:46 PM   #5
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Nice. I say lift it a little and 33-35 inch tire. You can always swap springs out later if you deside you don't want if lifted anymore. I'm guessing, with it sitting that long, it needs springs anyways.
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Old August 31st, 2013, 05:18 AM   #6
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Whatever you do, you need to keep that front bumper.
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Nice. I say lift it a little and 33-35 inch tire. You can always swap springs out later if you deside you don't want if lifted anymore. I'm guessing, with it sitting that long, it needs springs anyways.
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This should be a sweet build!! Love them old trucks!!!
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Old August 31st, 2013, 08:10 PM   #11
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That thing is badass
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Old August 31st, 2013, 08:11 PM   #12
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Build it like a seriously built truck of its time, 33" tires in the 50s were huge tires, kinda like "the Dana 44 will be the last axle any jeep will ever need" I think I read that in an article from the 60s reprinted in a newer 4x4 mag.

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It's Wilbur!!!!
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seen one at trucks gone wild last weekend thing was awesome
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It's Wilbur!!!!
That's the first thing that I thought!!
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My kids keep calling it towmater!! Lol.I think I'm going to try to fire it up this week and change all brakes,lines and fluids and try to take it for a spin to my dads before winter.at least make it mobile for now and when snow flys tear it down.
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Nice!
I look forward to watching to build thread on this build.
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Haha! Just seen the episode of mountain men and saw Wilbur on there!! Looks just like it!
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Your jeep looks complete but if you need something I found this.
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