I have had this pickup since 99. I is a PITA, it would foul plugs everytime I drove it. Only would do 35 tops. It has been sitting now for 8 years since I last messed with it. It has the original 226 flat head, t-90, dana/spicer 18, dana 53 rear and 20 something up front. It has Rancho springs up front and sit on about a 33" buckshot. I would love to build it but everything is so weak. Would a 258 with some up graded axles be a wheelin machine? I dont want to do the ole set the body on a blazer frame type of thing. i want it to stay as pure as a jeep as possible. Is there any use for the ild flathead 6s out there? I took it out wheel once with my brother and his cj-5. It took hours to get to where we were going but the truck performed great for wat it is.
Would you keep it stock? Mod it? sell it and build the cj-5? Any thoughts would be great
I would sell it....to me, and go buy something else! Seriously though, It can be easily built for little money. As long as the frame is solid, the body isn't rotting apart, and the wiring doesn't look like a squirrel nest, I would find a 4.0HO (or even a lighter 5.0 mustang motor), upgrade the tranny and throw some axles at it and be done. Great wheeler after that IMO.
I NEED A SINGLE 15X8 MICKEY THOMPSON OR SIMILAR ALUMINUM BULLET HOLE WHEEL!!!!
The 226 must be really hammered if it tops at 35. The 226 normally would push the pickup at least 2x that speed. They have much more torque than the 134 and should perform relatively well off road. As for a build up, both the pickups and wagons offer much more for component selection than the cj's due to their long wheelbase. There will be minimal driveshaft issues.
I will get some pics. It has been sitting at my parents house since I bought it the summer after high school. I am prettty sure the engine needs work, is why it wont go over 35. That is the first and only flat head engine I have ever tried to work on. Any suggestions on how to make it run better. Though I am sure by now the engine is toast.
The Dana Spicer 53 rearend should hold up fairly well. It has a bigger ring gear than a 44 but I believe it still uses the 1.25 x 19 spline axles that 44's of that period used. The plantations here used a lot of those trucks and I've seen them take quite a bit of abuse. The 226 doesn't have enough power to break things, I guess. A small Chevy V-8 (283, 305, 307) works well with the stock drive train. A Warn overdive works well with a V-8 conversion. The front axle should be a Dana Spicer 25. Common rearend ratio I believe was 4.89.
Yeah I'd upgrade the axles and throw a V8 in it and call it good if I was you. That's what we're going to do with a 46 flat fender if we buy it, I got all the stuff to put a small block Chevy in it and some better axles. The stock L head will then be transferred into my little brother's 57 CJ5, the old F head in it is played out and to expensive to restore.
I really would like to put some beefier axles and more reliable engine in it but my problem is do I throw money into a truck that would take some work just to get it able to drive or take that money and put into the 79 cj-5 that runs strong. I feel I would be into the willys for a lot more money.
Unless you're prepared to have TWO "projects" with the cj and the Willys, sell the Willys and use the $$ for your cj. Otherwise, you'll continually be trying to spend a little here and a little there, never able to fully dedicate to one or the other. If you're retired and lots of money, then fix up both. If you're not, sell one. There may be a big difference between what we would like to do and what we are capable of doing.