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Our Favorite Old Jeep Iron From 2015 SEMA

Posted in Features on November 11, 2015
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Many people mistakenly associate the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, with only the latest offerings for the newest vehicles. While it is true that the majority of new products are for vehicles you can find lined up on dealer lots, there are many universal products designed for hot rods and other 4x4s that could be right at home on an older Jeep. Fortunately, there are also companies that specialize in older Jeep parts, and others who simply appreciate tested metal. Every SEMA Show is a treasure trove of old iron, including vintage Jeeps. You just have to know where to look. The ‘15 show had fewer vintage Jeeps than some of the past events, but there was still plenty of hot old iron to ogle, including the rare rolling Jeep stock on display in the Omix-ADA Off Road Success Center. Here is what we found. Tell us which is your favorite of the bunch.

Steampunk Flatfender
This ’47 Willys from Hauk Designs ( looked more like an art car that you might find at a Burning Man event than a practical off-road rat rod. However, the list of hard parts under this 128-inch wheelbase 4x4 read off like a capable 4x4 and includes a 700hp 12-valve Cummins turbodiesel, a GM TH400 transmission, NP205 transfer case, Dana 60 front axle, and a 14-bolt rear axle.

Farm Jeep
Omix-ADA ( brought out several Jeeps including this ’46 Willys CJ-2A loaded with PTO-driven devices including a front winch, welding unit, side-arm mower bar, towing boom, and a Newgren buzz saw with table. The Jeep also has an engine-driven air compressor and dual wheels all around for more traction, stability, and flotation in the field.

Summer Camp Flattie
Our sister publication 4-Wheel & Off-Road had Synergy Manufacturing ( design and build this Aqualu aluminum-bodied flatfender. It features 40-inch Falken mud tires, race-inspired long-travel suspension, GM LS engine, an odd color scheme, and a canoe on the roof for the really deep water crossings.

Surf Wagon
The 4x4 Willys Station Wagon was introduced in 1949, about 2 ½ years after the introduction of the two-wheel-drive version. Over the years, the Willys Wagon came with a few different engines including the 63hp Go-Devil L-head, the 72hp L-head, the 115hp 226ci L-head inline-six, and the 140hp 230ci OHC inline-six. The last Wagon rolled off the assembly line in 1965. This Wagon graced the Crown Automotive ( booth.

Flattie Fire Truck
This ’47 Omix-ADA fire truck was built by Boyer on a ’45 Willys CJ-2A chassis. It features a 63hp Go-Devil inline-four, T-90 transmission, Spicer 18 transfer case, Dana 41 rear axle, a Dana 25 frontend, and an engine-driven water pump. These small Jeep fire trucks were used in areas where larger fire trucks could not fit.

Levi FSJ
The Omix-ADA ’78 Jeep Levi-edition J-10 pickup only has 2,443 original miles on it. It features an AMC 360 V-8, TH400 automatic transmission, Dana 20 transfer case, Dana 44 front and rear axles, and a plush Levi denim accented interior with air conditioning.

Forward Control
FC Jeeps were offered from ‘57 to ’65 model years in the FC-150 and longer FC-170 models. The FC-150s like this Omix-ADA ’59 model are built on a fairly standard CJ-5 chassis with an 81-inch wheelbase. This FC also came with a Hurricane F-head engine, T-90 three-speed transmission, Spicer 18 transfer case, and Dana 44 front and rear axles. The ’57 to mid ’58 models used the narrower CJ-5 Dana 44 and 25 axles. The narrower track width made for quirky handling and a higher rollover potential.

1320 Willys
What do you get when you mate a lightweight ’52 Willys flatfender with a nitrous-fed 750hp GM LSX engine? You get a 180 mph race car that eats built Z06 Corvettes for dinner. This LSX Willys has become a small-screen star that you can find at

Fire CJ
This ’82 CJ-7 was used as a brush fire truck in the Northwest Homer Fire Protection District in Texas prior to being purchased by Omix-ADA. It was originally designed to access remote fires where larger, heavier trucks could not get to. The CJ-7 still sports its original drivetrain, including the 151ci Iron Duke inline four-cylinder engine.

Super Hurricane Willys
The Willys pickup truck has original-looking and unforgettable body lines. The trucks were manufactured from 1947 to 1965 with several different engines. However, they all came with the Warner T-90E three-speed manual transmission and Spicer 18 transfer case. This ’55 Willys is owned by Omix-ADA and sports a 226ci Super Hurricane L-head inline-six engine.

Big-Block Flattie
Black Ops 4x4 ( assembled this ’47 Willys flatfender monster rolling on 54-inch Mickey Thompson tires and Currie portal axles, which provide an insane 24 inches of ground clearance. The whole thing is propelled via a 632ci 800-plus horsepower big-block V-8 engine that keeps cool via a massive rear-mounted radiator and fan system.

Rusty is Right
We love that Richmond Gear ( had no qualms about placing a well-used ’46 CJ-2A flatfender Jeep front and center. If this flattie owned by Eric Filar looks familiar, it’s probably because you saw it in the pages of Jp in the November ’15 issue (“Back To The Flatski”). The most extensive modifications made to this mostly-stock Jeep are the addition of a Lock-Right locker in the swapped-in Dana 44 rear axle.

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