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Desert Patina - 1959 Willys Pickup Photos

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The owner describes the exterior of the truck as “tan, with desert patina,” and metal work by “Mother Nature.” The front bumper/winch mount is homemade and it’s donned with a pair of shackles and a Mile Marker 8,000-pound electric winch. The truck rolls on a set of 34x10.50-16 Interco Super Swamper LTB bias-ply tires inflated around a set of 8-inch-wide steel wheels. The black metal box you see mounted to the driver-side bedside is a homemade on-board air system. “I cobbled this together using an old 3½ horsepower Warn winch motor I had laying around my garage. I coupled this to a York-style air conditioning compressor from an early ’80s-vintage Toyota utilizing a high-torque coupling purchased from McMaster-Carr. The system is protected with a 100-amp relay and feeds a five-gallon tank mounted in the bed,” Regner says. A pressure switch turns on the electric motor when pressure drops to 80 psi and it shuts off at 110 psi. There is an air chuck on each side of the framerail just behind the truck’s cab. “The
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