1950 Willys Jeep
As the sound of incoming helicopters vibrates through the smoky
air, a gaggle of army personnel and doctors' rushes to do triage on
incoming wounded from the battle field. Some run, some ride in
Jeeps with primitive gurneys on them, all having the goal of saving
a young soldier's life. War is senseless, war is hell, why can't we
all just get along and realize we are all different but inherently
Good Morning Vietnam! For consignment the look of the battlefield
with this 1950 Willys Jeep which is a civilian version of the Jeeps
that were used on the battlefield. It has the battlefield swagger
and presents as original thanks to being garage kept by the same
owner for 45 years. Now in satin green with a black canvas covered
front cab compartment and sides. It sports the extra options of a
back seat, a passenger's bucket, side steps, dual rear taillights
all a in full metal jacket. A presentable example. Bang! Bang!
The beneficiary of a redux in the past, the satin green covered
panels that make up the body tub present evidence of body filler
throughout and the addition of diamond plating on the lower body
between the fenders. Let's call it a 20-footer folks. Throughout
the Willys badge shows up having been embossed into the steel and
now painted green. A simple black steel bar bumper frames the lower
part of the iconic vertical ribbed grille with a single round
headlight on either corner. Squared off fenders are on the front
and black vinyl removable doors with zip down windows is the norm
for this early version of the truck. Step ups are below the driver
and passenger opening at the base of the fenders, and on the back
are dual taillights. All wheels are 15-inch steel wheels and are
painted black, all wrapped in heavily dry rotted radial tires that
are overdue for replacing. Optioned on is a complete canvas top and
canvas door covering for the passengers. This shows in black and
has heavily fogged plastic windows throughout with the canvas
showing light degrees of wear. On the back we note in lieu of the
bumper is a tow bar with a right-side mounted ball. A pronounced
lean toward the driver's side is noted but from the exterior
nothing appears to be causing this. Ten Hut!
Utilitarian but noble looking, all bathed in black for the painted
steel dash and interior panels. Indoor/outdoor black carpeting
covers the floors, and black vinyl buckets are nice and tight on
tubular framing seat structures. Out back is a carpeted storage
area for your gear or possibly make use of the room to haul POWs
back to camp. The gauge cluster is a lineup of round black faced
gauges with white lettering, but the speedometer is missing leaving
an open hole. Also of interest are black leatherette boots for the
parking brake and shift levers. A black original bakelite steering
wheel is in front of the driver and looking good with a faux
leather rim cover. Sir YES SIR!
A swing upward of the hinged hood and it reveals the factory 134ci
inline 4-cylinder all fully restored. This mill is still firing off
of a 6-volt electrical system and is fed by a 1-barrel carburetor,
and in back is a Borg Warner T90 3-speed manual transmission. The
axles work off of a hefty 5.38 gear, and hence giving us the high
rev sound of one of these coming at you, sounding like it's in a
perpetual first gear. Hit IT!!!
A healthy dose of surface rust covers nearly every inch of the
undercarriage. Invasive rust is noted on the flooring which has
been patched from the top side, however the frame remains solid.
Leaf springs are the norm for the suspension as are drum brakes all
around. A single exhaust snakes its way from the mill to a right
rear exit after passing through a new muffler.
My partner in crime grabbed our groover, and entrenching tool and
we were off to the test track. After a quick fire up, it got out
there in the wilds and performed beautifully. Smooth high rev
acceleration, good handling and drive like a 1950 4-wheel drive
A real time piece, ready to be taken to the next level or enjoyed
as it for its functionality and definitely an eye catcher that
could take on many forms with the canvas on or off. 2-wheel or
4-wheel drive early version of the Jeep, ready to take you just
about anywhere you mind can imagine.
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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