It's always fun to watch top notch street rods roll through our RK
Motors Charlotte showroom. Unlike beefy muscle cars or slick sports
cars, which are designed with varying degrees of built-in homogeny
that appeals to a wide variety of buyers, street rods are
constructed around the two main cornerstones of every car
enthusiast's psyche: GOING FAST and LOOKING GOOD. And if you're the
kind of buyer who's ready to go big and drop jaws, this brilliant
Willys is exactly the kind of classic that does just that!
Dressed and ready to roll, this all-steel custom has been
meticulously rebuilt to preserve all the innate appeal of Willys's
popular Americar aesthetic. While that profile is decidedly
conservative compared to today's ostentatious fiberglass creations,
its ravishing paint certainly is not! That glowing, candy pigment
highlights an incredibly straight fuselage that was massaged into
shape during a detailed, ground-up build. As expected, fit is good
and finish is great. And overall, this road-ready cruiser checks
all the boxes for an enduring, well-planned street rod.
It's hard to find any well-done '40 Willys coupe that doesn't turn
heads and inspire stares. But this car, with its excellent stance,
alluring paint and timeless details, blows the cobbled look of most
'once in a lifetime builds' right out of the water! Up front, a
stainless '41 grille floats between original-style,
stainless-trimmed headlights. At the top of the car, a
Willys-branded hood leads the eye to flawless glass that's sealed
between a billet driver's mirror and capped windshield wipers. At
the sides of the car, polished trim spears parallel sculpted
running boards on their way to intersecting trick Suicide Doors.
And out back, a Frenched tag shades flush-mount LED taillights and
polished stainless exhaust tips.
STROKED SMALL BLOCK
Though it manages to present a relatively simple appearance on the
outside, everything about this super cool Willys is big. Big time,
big budget, big labor, and big appeal! Nowhere is that theme more
evident than under the hood, where you'll find 383 cubic inches of
stroked and polished small block. At the top of that buff engine, a
pair of polished Edelbrock 4-barrels mix air from a polished pot
with a steady stream of high-octane fossils that's siphoned through
a series of stainless lines. At the base of those carbs, a polished
Edelbrock intake feeds a glossy, body-matched block that's dressed
with polished valve covers, polished breathers and a contrasting
silver oil pan. The fires are lit through a quality MSD
distributor, which is sequenced between a hot MSD coil and familiar
Taylor plug wires. Cooling is provided by a beefy aluminum
radiator, which is stacked in front of a large electric puller fan.
Exhaust gets handled by ceramic-coated shorty headers. At the front
of the block, a polished alternator and a coated AC compressor spin
between polished pullies and polished brackets. And naturally, this
Willys massaged engine bay is diced with cool details like polished
fluid reservoirs and trick dipsticks.
Behind that show-worthy engine, a tough 700R4 4-speed twists power
to a narrowed and braced Ford 9-inch. That first class drivetrain
rolls on a custom, square-tube chassis, which cages modern
coil-over-shocks in a traditional ladder bar rear-clip. Opposite
that clip, a proven Mustang II front-half centers power
rack-and-pinion steering between tubular control arms and two
adjustable coil-overs. Serious stops to counter the car's serious
speed are provided by two Wilwood discs and two old school drums.
Spent gases are jettisoned through aluminized pipes, which growl
through an H-shaped crossover and dual-chamber Flowmaster mufflers.
And at the corners, polished Torq Thrust IIs spin 205/65R15 BF
Goodrich Advantage T/As in front of 31x6.50-15 Mickey Thompson
Pop the car's lightweight doors and you'll reveal a custom-tailored
cabin that was installed in late 2018. A contoured bench stretches
a tight leather hide under 2-point belts and billet buttons. An
extremely cool dash wraps a tasteful combination of paint and
leather around bright Daytona Instruments, modern Alpine audio and
Vintage Air conditioning. A booted Lokar shifter rides directly
between flowing side panels, which hang billet handles in front of
modern power windows. The driver spins a polished and
leather-wrapped steering wheel around a polished, tilting column.
And details are on point, with niceties like a polished handbrake
and billet foot pedals leading a custom-upholstered trunk.
If you're a fan horsepower, Willys or just going fast and looking
good, this is the classic for you! Call, click or visit
https://www.RKMotors.com for more information.
All-steel Willys street rod that's the product of a detailed,
383 cubic inch Chevrolet stroker motor / Dual-quad induction
700R4 4-speed automatic transmission
Narrowed and braced 9-inch rear axle
Modern air conditioning
Power rack-and-pinion steering
Wilwood front disc brakes
Custom chassis and suspension
Custom leather interior / Modern audio
15-inch American Racing Torq Thrust II wheels
All RK Motors vehicles receive a comprehensive, multi-point
We can ship your new classic anywhere in the world