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1955 Willys Pickup - 2005 Top Truck Challenge

Posted in Top Truck Challenge: 2005 on November 1, 2005 Comment (0)
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1955 Willys Pickup - 2005 Top Truck Challenge
Contributors: Ken Brubaker
Photographers: Ken Brubaker

Willy Cool
You may remember Camas, Washington, resident Don Brown and his 1955 Willys pickup from our Feb. 2005 cover. This super-cool Willys has been re-engineered from the ground up and has a few tricks up its sleeve since it was featured in Four Wheeler. We'll see if he can pull out a fifth ace when he faces the Tank Trap, mano a mano.

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Don's Willys hardly has a stock item left on it. The entire 117-inch-wheelbase frame is completely custom-made, as is the rollcage. In fact, the cage has been flanged, so that the body is removable. The grey-ghost paint job is accented with Viper GTS blue.

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You might be surprised to find a Vortec 454ci Marine V-8 under the hood. Dan says it helps him to create more power, and at 392 hp and 447 lb-ft of torque, we'll say he was successful. The big-block exhales through stock manifolds and on through Diamond Eye glasspacks.

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The front suspension is of a three-link design and uses King coilovers, which attach to a Dana 60 axle loaded with an ARB Air Locker. A super-trick Full Hydro PSC 2.5-inch double ram with a B&M cooler assists steering.

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A Yukon spool locks up the 14-bolt rear axle, which is located by a four-link suspension setup, also using King coilovers. Speedway Engineering antiroll bars help to keep the shiny side up.

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Don's interior is as sparse as your neighborhood racecar and features centrally mounted gauges and switches. On the console is an Art Carr shifter that controls the laptop tunable 4L80-E transmission. Other levers select Don's gearing range of choice through the NP205 twin-stick and Klune-V underdrive.


Don Brown/Camas, Washington
Vehicle model:
1955 Willys pickup
What he does when not 'wheeling:
Field Service Technician
Chevy Vortec marine 454ci V-8/
Diamond Eyes glasspacks
GM 4L80-E, laptop-tunable GM Performance Parts stand-alone computer, Art Carr shifter, B&M cooler
Transfer case(s):
Twin-stick NP205 with Klune-V Extreme underdrive
Suspension (f/r):
Custom three-link, King coilovers with remote reservoirs/
Custom four-link, King coilovers
Axles (f/r):
Dana 60, ARB Air Locker/
GM 14-bolt, Yukon Gear spool
Axle ratio:
16.5x10-inch USA 6x6 steel with bead locks
44-inch Interco Boggers (cut)


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