1941 Willys Pickup

Ridler Great 8 400K Build Steel Willy Pickup EFI Ramjet 502 V8 TH400 3 Speed A/C
Stock #
135725
Body Style
Pickup Truck
Engine
502 Ramjet V8
Exterior Color
Pearl Orange
Interior Color
Black
Miles
197

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Why Buy
  • 502 cubic inch GM Performance Parts Ramjet V8 / Street & Performance TPI / 510 horsepower
  • Rack-and-pinion steering / Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Custom leather & suede interior / Vintage Air conditioning / Modern audio
  • Sale includes: Detailed build photos / The truck’s magazine features / The truck’s Goodguys certificate
  • Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed automatic transmission / Narrowed Currie 9-inch rear axle
  • 18 and 20-inch Mickey Thompson wheels
  • The beneficiary of a 6.5-year, $400K build that was completed in 2004
  • Custom tube chassis / Custom suspension
  • Highly modified all-steel body / PPG Pearl Orange paint
  • Ridler Great 8 Finalist / Goodguys Truck of the Year – Early Finalist / Featured in multiple publications

SUMMARY

  • The beneficiary of a 6.5-year, $400K build that was completed in 2004
  • Ridler Great 8 Finalist / Goodguys Truck of the Year – Early Finalist / Featured in multiple publications
  • 502 cubic inch GM Performance Parts Ramjet V8 / Street & Performance TPI / 510 horsepower
  • Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed automatic transmission / Narrowed Currie 9-inch rear axle
  • Custom leather & suede interior / Vintage Air conditioning / Modern audio
  • Highly modified all-steel body / PPG Pearl Orange paint
  • 18 and 20-inch Mickey Thompson wheels
  • Sale includes: Detailed build photos / The truck’s magazine features / The truck’s Goodguys certificate
  • Rack-and-pinion steering / Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Custom tube chassis / Custom suspension

It’s time to think outside the box! This killer pickup, founded on original, 1941 Willys steel, was custom-built for the gearhead who loves the style of modern street rodding, but thinks red, yellow and black coupes are just a bit too ordinary. As it sits, this Willys, a magazine-featured national award winner, is primed for the show. And thanks to the popularity of the truck’s fuel injected 502/3-speed drivetrain, it fulfills the dream of having a completely unique custom with solid reliability and jaw-dropping athleticism. If you’re looking for a cool old hot rod to parade up and down Main Street, you’ve found your next classic!

BODYWORK/TRIM

This stunning, one-of-a-kind pickup, nicknamed “Excessive” by its original builders, is the product of a 6.5-year, $400K restoration that was completed by Rickardsville, Iowa’s Avalon Body Shop. And, based on appearance, the truck’s original, 1941 steel was certainly a clean canvas before its radical transformation started. That’s right, everything you see here is solid steel that’s been tweaked, massaged and polished into an award-winning head turner. How award-winning, you ask? Well, in 2004, the truck was a Ridler Great 8 Finalist, the same year it was featured in Custom Classic Trucks Magazine. In 2006, it was featured in Kit Car Magazine, and stole the cover of Northern Rodder Magazine. In 2008, it was featured in a Street Rods calendar. And it’s also been a Goodguys Truck of the Year – Early finalist. As you can tell from our high resolution photography, this authentic Willys’s incredible reboot resulted in a unique profile that’s been sprayed in spectacular PPG Pearl Orange 2-stage. One look down that profile reveals high quality workmanship that, thanks to St. Donatus, Iowa’s Merle Berg, is top-notch in virtually every way. A close investigation of the truck’s classy panels reveals even surfaces that are free of ripples and major imperfections. And today, in its fully sorted state, this Willys is a banner showpiece that celebrates the fusion of America’s greatest pre-war design with some of the coolest customization your money can buy!

It seems Willys street rods are the ultimate kings of clean. Finding a well-done Willys that has tons of trim is almost as hard as finding a modern pop singer that actually plays an instrument. The only difference is: stripped down Willys are actually cool. At the front of this first class custom, an original, re-chromed grille rides between dual-mode headlights and a stainless-trimmed, 1-piece hood that’s complete with a small cowl. At the center of the truck, a stainless-trimmed cab hangs tinted glass and a flush Center High Mount Stop Lamp inside shaved doors, capped wipers and shaved drip rails. At the back of the truck, a custom-fabricated bed floats a battery, fuel tank and hidden storage between hidden fasteners, custom wheel tubs and re-shaped fenders that were cribbed from a 1937 Chevy. And at the back of that bed, a functional, scratch-built tailgate reflects frenched ’39 Ford taillights and a custom roll pan that was formed on an English Wheel.

ENGINE

Built to go just as well as it shows, this Willys 502 cubic inch GM Performance Parts big block utilizes quality Street & Performance tuned port injection to create a stout 510 horsepower! At the top of the world class mill, a chromed, Ramjet-branded air cleaner funnels oxygen in to a chromed Ramjet intake that’s decked in polished fluid lines and a polished throttle linkage. At the base of that intake, polished heads anchor chromed, Ramjet-branded valve covers between custom long-tube headers and a full array of chrome breathers. At the back of those heads, a traditional points distributor sequences fire through beefy Taylor plug wires. At the front of those wires, a polished serpentine drive spins a chrome alternator opposite a chrome, Pearl Orange-detailed AC compressor. Cooling is provided by a polished Edelbrock water pump, which is aligned behind a large electric puller fan, a custom Griffin radiator and polished coolant tubes. The Pearl Orange mill rolls in a glossy, color-keyed engine bay that’s finished with custom motor mounts and a custom firewall. And, naturally, that clean frame highlights a sea of first rate hardware that includes trick dipsticks, a chrome hood latch, polished freeze plugs and quality Ron Francis wiring.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

Take a look under this cool classic’s custom floors and you’ll find a custom tube chassis that prefers to divide its time between cruising down Main Street and posing on the show floor. Behind Chevy’s legendary big block, a dressed Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed, built by Shift Point Transmission Specialists of Kieler, Wisconsin, twists a narrowed and smoothed Currie 9-inch. That drivetrain rolls in smoothed, 2×4 tubing, which is perched on Aldan Eagle coil-overs, a polished Art Morrison front-clip and a polished 4-bar rear-clip. Turns come courtesy of manual rack-and-pinion steering. Stops are provided when a smoothed and painted Corvette master cylinder jolts four polished calipers via painted steel lines. The aforementioned headers feed a custom exhaust system that, like those headers, was constructed by Custom Craft Inc. of Midland, Arkansas. Torque meets the pavement through stylish Mickey Thompson blades, which spin 26×8.00R18 Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/Rs in front of 31×18.00R20 Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/Rs. And everything, from this hot rod’s polished oil pan and polished and color-keyed starter to its braided fluid lines and custom Rock Valley fuel tank, is clean, lean and ready to roll.

INTERIOR

Pop the truck’s doors and you’ll find an inviting interior that was installed by McFalls Auto Trim of Iowa City, Iowa. A custom-built seat, lined in leather and suede, is firm, provides good support and positions occupants surprisingly low. In front of that seat, a small Lokar shifter and polished emergency brake cap Charcoal wool carpet that’s protected by piped and color-keyed floor mats. At the sides of that carpet, chrome-trimmed door panels front modern power windows. At the front of those panels, an original steel dash has been professionally modified to accept Vintage Air climate control and a full array of tasteful Auto Meter gauges. Above that dash, a layered headliner frames a custom Merle Berg console, which centers modern Kenwood audio behind a polished mirror. And in front of the driver, a polished and half-wrapped steering wheel laps a polished, tilting column that’s mounted above polished, billet pedals.

OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AND ACCESSORIES

  • An extremely detailed book of build photos
  • A copy of the truck’s Winter, 2004 Custom Classic Trucks Magazine feature
  • A copy of the truck’s January, 2006 Kit Car Magazine feature
  • A copy of the truck’s May, 2006 Northern Rodder Magazine cover feature
  • A copy of the truck’s feature in the 2008 Street Rods Calendar
  • The truck’s Goodguys Truck of the Year – Early Finalist certificate
  • Two embroidered baseball caps

This rare and equally cool Willys combines top-notch craftsmanship with a roster of proven performance hardware that’s ready to hit the road today. And if you’re the kind of gearhead who likes to buck fashion trends, especially at traditional street rod gatherings, it’s the main ingredient needed to spice up your summer outings!

Basic

Year
1941
Make
Willys
Secondary Make
n/a
Model Name
Pickup
Secondary Model
n/a
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Pickup
Mileage
197

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
502 Ramjet V8
Engine Number
n/a
Heads
Stock
Fuel Specification
n/a
Fuel Delivery System Type
Electronic Fuel Injection
Transmission Type
3 Speed Automatic
Transmission Spec
TH400
Transmission Number
n/a

Misc

Entertainment System Type
AM/FM Single CD
Battery Location
n/a
Battery Shut Off
n/a
Battery Charger
n/a
Power Steering
No
Air Conditioning
Yes

Interior

Interior Color
Black
Seating Type
Bucket
Seat Material
Leather Suede
Shifter Type
Floor
Center Console
Yes

Body

Body Style
Pickup Truck
Doors
2
Safe Body Color
Pearl Orange
Paint Type
Basecoat/Clearcoat
Stripes
No

Chassis

Front Suspension Type
Double A-arm
Rear Suspension Type
4-Bar
Axle Specification
Ford 9"
Front Wheel Specification
18"
Rear Wheel Specification
20"
Front Tire Specification
26x8.00R18
Rear Tire Specification
31x18.00R20
Front Brakes Specification
Disc
Rear Brakes Specification
Disc
Spare
n/a
Exhaust Type
Side Exit
Muffler Type
Glasspack Style

History

Restoration Status
Restored
Mileage Since Restoration
n/a
Awards Summary
  • Ridler Great 8 Finalist.
  • — 2004.
  • Featured in Custom Classic Trucks.
  • — 2004.
  • Featured in Kit Car.
  • — 2006.
  • Cover-featured in Northern Rodder.
  • — 2006.
  • Featured in a Street Rods calendar.
  • — 2008.
  • Goodguys Truck of the Year – Early finalist.
Historical Documents Summary
* Detailed book of build photos. * Custom Classic Trucks feature. * Kit Car Magazine feature. * Northern Rodder Magazine feature. * 2008 Street Rods Calendar feature. * Goodguys award certificate.

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