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Old 11-23-2013, 08:45 PM   #1
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1947 Willys, Is it worth it?

Hey Ive been keeping an eye out for a 47 willys to build as a tribute to my Dad who was born in 1947... I found this one on cl today. Tell me what you think. It would be more of a hotrod than military restoration/build... Thanks

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Old 11-24-2013, 07:04 AM   #2
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you are no rookie so you already know there is a lot of work and money to be put into this jeep..even rebuilt the brakes and steering are not very good in these..all that being said,900 bucks in itself is not much money..I put a 327 and 38 inch tires on a 50 willys one time that was pretty good but still,it was not nearly as fun as some of my cj7's

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Yeah about the only thing I would be using is the frame and body. It would probably get a lot of leftovers from YJ and XJ projects I have going and a small block of some sort. I want a little wider track and disc brakes to go with the desired 400hp.

It will probably take me about 3 years to get it ready to race. I wont even be done with the YJ for another year unless I pick up some nice contracts. Then I wont have time...

Im supposed to talk with the guy today and then I will know more about it and if Im gonna pick it up. Trying to trade a rifle for it...
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yeah,it would be slick with full size chevy axles..great thing about the axles it has now is the 5.38 gears
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But would they hold up in mud and sand? I really know nothing about the older jeeps.I want to say its a 41 rear end and I cant remember the front, Maybe a 20? It does have the windshield and frame its just not in the pics. I talked to the guy for about a half hour today and he seems nice enough. He claims he has people coming from all over Oregon to look at it through the next week. Shoot Ive used that line myself...lol Its been on cl for like a month.

My prediction is hes gonna put his feelers out and see how quick he can turn the rifle and how much money he can get out of it. I told him if it doesnt sell that I want to come look at it next weekend.. So we will see how it goes.
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front is probably a spicer 25...rear could be dana/spicer 23 or 41 or possibly a 44..my experience has been that the old willys parts were pretty heavy duty..Of course they wouldn't be as strong as good full size truck stuff,especially 1 ton..and the brakes were not very good on any of them
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Keep your fingers crossed! Hopefully I will be posting pics of it on my trailer next weekend!

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