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#1 Brushstomper

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 07:02 PM

After seeing all of you guys and your Jeeps. I got to doing some research looking at Jeeps and came across some old willys. The 1950 -1953 willys trucks caught my eye! I thought they looked pretty darn cool and seems like they would climb a tree if you wanted them to. So does anyone have any experience or knowledge about these trucks? Anything I should look out for, stay away from, run from? Give me the good, bad and ugly if you can. I am mostly looking for something to take hunting, go do a little 4x4ing and have a little project to work on and try and stay out of trouble? All right maybe not the stay out of trouble part but all the rest!

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 07:36 PM

I had a 1973 cj 5 and liked it but with any of the older jeeps you will give up some amount of comfort. For one does it have power steering, it's not a must but it is nice to turn without much effort. The suspension will most likely be stiff with very little articulation. Does it get hot and will the older jeep have A/C. Don't get me wrong, I loved having an old jeep but as I got older I realized that the comforts of a newer jeep out weighed the charm of old iron. Sure you can upgrade the willy's to have comparable features of a newer jeep but it will take time and money.

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 08:25 PM

So true about giving up some comforts!!!! It doesn't have power steering and I have been trying to price stuff I would want to put on it and see where I end up price wise. Kinda see if it might be cheaper in the long run to go with something newer? It just looks so cool!!! I am sure it won't look so cool when it is 100 degrees out with no A/C though :lol: I usually take my F-150 super crew to do most of my hunting so I would stil have that as an option. I really like how old it is and the look. Kinda always wanted something with a little age on it. Thanks for the input!

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 05:02 AM

A lot of folks just swap the body onto a newer model vehicle frame. You end up with a stronger frame, better motor and drivetrain.added a few links for grins n giggleshttp://www.pirate4x4...ad.php?t=247437http://www.pirate4x4...ad.php?t=817672and my favoritehttp://www.pirate4x4...ad.php?t=725859
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Posted 22 April 2010 - 06:09 AM

We have an old Willy's jeep CJ-1. There are a few drawbacks in comparrison to a more contemporary jeep. One is that they are old and require more maintenance. We also have a ten year old wrangler we use for hunting and the wrangler is more reliable. When something breaks on the Willys I generally have to either order the part or get something similar and alter it to make it work. Either way it is more work and takes longer to get the machine back in the field. The lack of power steering is an issue but if the steering is well maintained with good parts and grease it isn't as critical. The heater in the wrangler is nice when it is cold. Even with the top off in the wrangler and the windshield down I can put the heat on my feet on a real cold day. The willys doesn't have any climate control. The seats in a stock willys are not all that comfortable in my opinion. The suspension isn't as soft either. But both of those things can be remedied. We got the wrangler simply because the willys was getting old and tired with more down time in it's old age but still enjoy driving the old girl when we go hunting.

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 06:16 AM

My Jeep is almost 30-years old. It's fun to own an older vehicle but there are definite sacrifices involved. Older technology means a less comfortable ride, less engine power and outdated systems. Also, stuff wears out and breaks like window regulators, door locks, gauges, hinges, brackets, etc. Wiring and harness plugs must be serviced too, or problems will arise. It's like most things in life. There are always up sides and down sides. If you are willing to accept the limitations and added maintenance associated with owning an "older" vehicle, go for it because it is fun. If ya don't like to get a bit of grease under your nails from time to time, stick with a newer rig.
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Posted 22 April 2010 - 09:03 PM

It's like most things in life. There are always up sides and down sides. If you are willing to accept the limitations and added maintenance associated with owning an "older" vehicle, go for it because it is fun. If ya don't like to get a bit of grease under your nails from time to time, stick with a newer rig.[/quote]Very well said!!! Sounds like everyone is along the same lines. Microtus: That last link you posted about that build was unbelievable!!!!! Amazing that one person has the skill to do that. That rig was awesome!!!! Very cool stuff on there.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 11:59 AM

Depending on how much you want to spend on your project, stick with the CJ series.....1972 and newer, parts are easier to find and cheaper.....pre '72 has the old frame and are kinda "twisty"......good luck

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 06:51 PM

But the pre 1975 no smog law does bolster an advantage to the older stuff...
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Posted 19 July 2010 - 08:22 PM

Went pig hunting around Glenville and I found these, just weathering away. You can probably have it for a song.Posted ImagePosted Image
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