1953 Willys Wagon - Willys SRT8

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1953 Willys Wagon - Willys SRT8

Post by scottm » Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:12 am

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1953 Willys Wagon - Willys SRT8
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The original premise of the Jeep was function over flash, so when Tavis High-lander of Highlander Concept Rendering (www.tavishighlander.com) decided to build a '53 Willys wagon as a useful hot rod, the plan was to make it better all around but without losing the Willys sensibility. These things just aren't supposed to be too nice.
Chassiswise, Tavis went junkyard raiding and swapped in an S-10 front clip with Belltech 2-inch drop spindles and an Explorer 8.8 rearend complete with stock leaves and sway bar. The rest of the frame was boxed for strength, since the one major departure for the Willys was swapping the teeny four-banger for a 6.1L Hemi.
The stock Mopar Performance 6.1 Hemi crate engine is tucked into the engine bay with surprisingly little drama. Behind it is a Viper-spec T56 six-speed.
This is one bad butt Willys. I love an old chassis with a new drivetrain!
Scott Moseman
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