What to do with a 1960 willys pickup - JeepForum.com
Search  
Sign Up   Today's Posts
User: Pass: Remember?
Advertise Here
Jeep Home Jeep Forum Jeep Classifieds Jeep Registry JeepSpace Jeep Reviews Jeep Gallery Jeep Clubs Jeep Groups Jeep Videos Jeep Events Jeep Articles
Go Back JeepForum.com > Models > Jeep CJ Forum > What to do with a 1960 willys pickup

TJ 5.25" Speaker Adapters - NalinMFGTJ, YJ & LJ Drop Down Tail Gate Conversion KitLJ Suspension Systems from Clayton Off Road

Reply
Unread 10-10-2009, 08:50 AM   #1
corysean99
Registered User
1990 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Yakima
Posts: 40
What to do with a 1960 willys pickup

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

Thanks

corysean99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 10-10-2009, 09:09 AM   #2
danheit
Registered User
1979 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Little River, SC
Posts: 1,234
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!!!!

Build Thread: 1979 CJ7 Blue Jeep
danheit is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 10-10-2009, 01:53 PM   #3
Cutlass327
Web Wheeler
 
Cutlass327's Avatar
1978 CJ5 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Massillon, Ohio
Posts: 5,056
35mph tops? It's not stuck in low range is it?
__________________
Rick

1978 CJ5 258/T177/D300, '86 D30/D44 WT axles, 'glass tub windshield frame, and fenders, 31x10.5 BFG A/T, TDK galv'd frame - DD and weekend toy

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/ri...8-cj5-1223197/
Cutlass327 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 10-10-2009, 08:58 PM   #4
duffer
Registered User
1955 CJ3B 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Bozeman, MT
Posts: 643
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.
duffer is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 10-10-2009, 10:00 PM   #5
sanddrag
Registered User
1984 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: CA
Posts: 497
Clearly this truck is at the end of its useful life. You should just give it to me and I will dispose of it properly.
sanddrag is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 10-10-2009, 10:10 PM   #6
Comanche_
Registered User
1985  
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: The not wet side,Washington
Posts: 1,301
Build it. Those are cool lil trucks.

Comanche_ is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 10-11-2009, 01:01 AM   #7
Cutlass327
Web Wheeler
 
Cutlass327's Avatar
1978 CJ5 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Massillon, Ohio
Posts: 5,056
Got any pics?
__________________
Rick

1978 CJ5 258/T177/D300, '86 D30/D44 WT axles, 'glass tub windshield frame, and fenders, 31x10.5 BFG A/T, TDK galv'd frame - DD and weekend toy

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/ri...8-cj5-1223197/
Cutlass327 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 10-11-2009, 09:07 AM   #8
corysean99
Registered User
1990 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Yakima
Posts: 40
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.
corysean99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 10-11-2009, 09:49 AM   #9
80cj
Web Wheeler
 
80cj's Avatar
1980 CJ5 
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 5,748
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.
80cj is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 10-11-2009, 05:13 PM   #10
IDK
Registered User
1972  
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Montana
Posts: 1,185
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.
IDK is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 10-11-2009, 06:01 PM   #11
corysean99
Registered User
1990 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Yakima
Posts: 40
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.
corysean99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 10-11-2009, 06:34 PM   #12
Skotter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Sour Lake, Texas
Posts: 59
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.
Skotter is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Suggested Threads





Jeep, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and other models are copyrighted and trademarked to Jeep/Chrysler Corporation. JeepForum.com is not in any way associated with Jeep or the Chrysler Corp.