1950 Willys Wagon/1995 Jeep Wrangler - Big Willy Style

    Big Tires Make for Small Rocks

    Harry WagnerPhotographer, Writer

    When Jake Yeoman couldn’t get out of his battle-worn Jeep Wrangler without drawing blood, he knew that it was time for a change. The Jeep Wrangler YJ had a great drivetrain, but the body was definitely beyond its expiration date. Instead of starting over he pulled the tub off of the Jeep Wrangler and replaced it with a Willys cab that he found in a farmer’s field.

    Jake also has a Trent Fab buggy that he races in King of the Hammers, so the last thing he needed was another project to consume all of his time and money. With the Willys he has a recreational wheeler to scratch his crawling itch. Plus the new sheetmetal drools of style and was a lot less work than building a whole new crawler.

    Behind the Willys grille sits a venerable 4.0L Jeep Wrangler engine. While it isn’t the most powerful motor option, it just keeps running and hasn’t given Jake Yeoman any reason to swap it out. With no inner fenders, all of the related components were mounted to the firewall or directly onto the engine. The A/C compressor has been converted for onboard air to power the ARB Air Locker and air up the huge tires.

    Tech Specs
    1950 Willys Pickup/ 1995 Jeep Wrangler
    Engine: 4.0L I-6
    Transmission: NP435 4-speed manual
    Transfer case: Advance Adapters Atlas II
    Front Axle: Dana 60 with 5.13 gears, ARB Air Locker, Reid Racing knuckles, Yukon chromoly axleshafts, Yukon Super Joints, and Poison Spyder diff cover
    Rear Axle: Dana 70 with 5.13 gears, welded differential, Yukon chromoly axleshafts, and Poison Spyder diff cover

    Springs & Such: 2-inch-diameter, 14-inch-travel King coilovers and triangulated four-link (front and rear)
    Tires & Wheels: 21/49-16.5LT Super Swamper Iroks on recentered 16.5x8.5 Hutchinson Hummer beadlock rims
    Steering: Full hydraulic with Trail Gear orbital valve and double-ended ram

    Other Stuff: Griffin radiator, A/C compressor converted for onboard air, Viair tank, custom rollcage, MasterCraft Safety seats, Rigid Industries LED rock lights, Bayshore heavy-wall drivelines