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Old 07-01-2013, 08:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2wd Willys Jeepster hot rod questions......

Hi, I realize I am asking a hot-rod question on a 4wd board but I don't know who else would know, and I figured somebody on here would ! I have a 1950 Willys Jeepster that I am planning a hot rod build with. It will look all stock, but I want to set the body on a Toyota Tacoma chassis (2wd) and run a 5.3 LS motor with some kind of manual trans and a 9" rear. I have googled quite bit but have not found the info I am looking for. A friend of mine has a 2wd willys wagon on a 99 2wd reg. cab Tacoma frame and I am curious if a Jeepster body will fit as good as the wagon body does? also, will a Chev LS engine fit between stock willys inner-fenders and the firewall/ core support? On my friends wagon the frame looks like it belongs there, nice front suspension with coils, rack & pinion steering, fully boxed, and the front end is even 5 on 4 1/2 so I can use the stock Willys wheels and hubcaps! has anyone here ever done a Willys-on-tacoma project? are all 96-05 tacomas created equal?

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Old 07-01-2013, 10:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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might consider checking tacomaworld.com or customtacos.com for the info on the tacoma portion.

On the other willys stuff for the card, the HAMB is probably the best for that kind of info.
If that information isn't on the HAMB, then it isn't anywhere to be found.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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[QUOTE=oldcars;19356081]"Hi, I realize I am asking a hot-rod question on a 4wd board but I don't know who else would know, and I figured somebody on here would!"

Great question. I was hoping to see more of these builds in the jeep willys board, but is more geared towards 4wd and military jeeps. C'mon they are flat fenders too. Look how many desert race trucks are 2wd.

"I have a 1950 Willys Jeepster that I am planning a hot rod build with. It will look all stock, but I want to set the body on a Toyota Tacoma chassis (2wd) and run a 5.3 LS motor with some kind of manual trans and a 9" rear."

This is actually a back burner project I'm doing of the same vintage. I have posted some ideas for the stance of how I want my jeepster to sit in my wagon build and will be running a 2wd ttb (as in twin traction beam) by altering the crossmember that houses the mono leaf spring. If you don't know much about the potential/inexpensive great ttb kits out there I suggest you look into it. Running a small block, 700r and a 9". Looked into a 90* v6, but they are more expensive and you could run a 283 and get more power and almost comparable mileage for way less.

"A friend of mine has a 2wd willys wagon on a 99 2wd reg. cab Tacoma frame and I am curious if a Jeepster body will fit as good as the wagon body does? "

Not sure if you know this but a 4wd willys wagon frame (decent one could be found for $150 - $300) and will fit in a pickup truck. It bolts right up to the jeepster! The way to do it is line the body up with the frame outriggers and cut off 18" off the back. Then all you need to do is box it.

"also, will a Chev LS engine fit between stock willys inner-fenders and the firewall/ core support? On my friends wagon the frame looks like it belongs there, nice front suspension with coils, rack & pinion steering, fully boxed, and the front end is even 5 on 4 1/2 so I can use the stock Willys wheels and hubcaps! has anyone here ever done a Willys-on-tacoma project? are all 96-05 tacomas created equal?"

We looked into going with an s10 frame and drive line and finally said why go through all that $$$ and trouble? First off the jeepster frame is plenty strong to handle a big block v8 due to the obscene x member in the center section. Corvettes and many other convertibles have similar structures due to the open top. Sure the hat style frame doesn't look as strong/trick as the willys wagon frames boxed, however there are many pre 49 street rods built around these styles of frames running large v8's. IMO you would be $$$ up front sticking to the original frame and focusing that $$$ on your drive line, ect. Remeber these vehicles are light...great power to weight ratio so it doesn't take gobs of power to move them. 3:73 or 4:11's. Locate the engine as far back as you can and use a vega style steering box (almost identical).

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Old 07-02-2013, 05:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If you plan on doing a chevy swap I think the Tacoma frame is a waste of time. Building a frame is quick and easy. I've got a buddy building a hot rod flatty at the moment (much quicker than I'm working for sure) and it's for sure. Start a build thread on here when you get started on it. I'd love to see something like this.
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If you plan on doing a chevy swap I think the Tacoma frame is a waste of time. Building a frame is quick and easy. I've got a buddy building a hot rod flatty at the moment (much quicker than I'm working for sure) and it's for sure. Start a build thread on here when you get started on it. I'd love to see something like this.
X2. It's a lot of trouble doing a full frame swap. What are you trying to gain? If you're just looking for IFS there are Mustang II kits for the Jeepster, I think the frame would be plenty strong enough with some boxing around the suspension and engine mounts.

BTW: Don't go to the HAMB with this question, they don't do late model frame swaps or LS engines.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Look through some of the builds lots of people have built their own frames and a few have run LS's.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/jeep-...d-threads.html
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