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December 16, 2021

1947 Willys Jeep


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Step into the rugged past and witness the rebirth of adventure with Texoma Classics as we meticulously restore a 1947 Willys Jeep in Sherman, Texas. This vintage Willys Jeep isn’t just a vehicle; it’s an icon of off-road exploration, durability, and timeless appeal, and we’re dedicated to bringing it back to its former glory. Join us on a captivating visual journey through the restoration process, where the spirit of classic Jeeps meets modern craftsmanship and innovation.

At Texoma Classics, our passion for preserving automotive history shines through in every restoration project we undertake. With the 1947 Willys Jeep, we’re not just restoring a vehicle; we’re rekindling the essence of American off-road excellence. Our team of skilled artisans and restoration experts meticulously breathe new life into every facet of this iconic Jeep, from its rugged design to its adventurous spirit.

This isn’t just a restoration; it’s a transformation. As we pay homage to the original aesthetics while incorporating modern upgrades for enhanced off-road capability and reliability, we’re crafting a Willys Jeep that captures the adventurous essence of a bygone era while meeting the demands of today’s trails. Whether you’re an off-road enthusiast, a collector, or someone who appreciates the spirit of vintage Jeeps, our restoration projects epitomize the adventurous spirit of American automotive heritage.

Witness the magic as Texoma Classics turns this 1947 Willys Jeep into a rolling testament to classic American off-road adventures, ready to conquer the wild with style and reliability once more. Explore how we’re turning dreams into reality, one restoration at a time, and envision the possibilities for your own off-road journey with Texoma Classics, where vintage Jeeps are reborn with a touch of modern sophistication.

History

Willys was a brand name used by Willys-Overland Motors, an American automobile company best known for its design production of military Jeeps (MBs) and civilian versions (CJs) during the 20th century.

In 1908, John Willys bought the Overland Automotive Division of Standard Wheel Company and in 1912 renamed it Willys-Overland Motor Company. From 1912 to 1918, Willys was the second-largest producer of automobiles in the United States after Ford Motor Company.

In 1926, Willys-Overland introduced a new line of small cars named Willys-Overland Whippet. In the economic depression of the 1930s, a number of Willys automotive brands faltered. Stearns-Knight was liquidated in 1929. Whippet production ended in 1931; its models were replaced by the Willys Six and Wight. Production of the Willys-Knight ended in 1933. There was also a pickup truck version of the Whippet, called the Willys-Six C-113 (reflecting its wheelbase in inches). This was not a sales success, with a mere 198 units being built. This vehicle was picked up by International Harvester, who installed their own 213-cubic inch engine and offered it in 1933 as the International D-1.

Willys-Overland was on of several bidders when the War Department sought an automaker that could begin rapid production of a lightweight truck based on a design by American Bantam.

Willys planned to re-enter the passenger car market in 1947 with the Willys 6-70 sedan. Its name came from he fact it was powered by a 6-cylinder engine that produced 70 hp. The 6-70 was touted as the ‘first stock car’ in America that offered independent suspension on all four wheels, but it never entered production.

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We are going to be diagnosing what is wrong with the engine and get it running.

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We pulled carburetor so we can clean and rebuild it.

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Working on removing the interior so can separate the body and frame.

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Removed the fenders and core support.

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We have separated the body from the frame.

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We got the engine pulled.

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We power washed the frame to begin removing all the parts.

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Working on rebuilding the carburetor.

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Removal of front and rear axles.

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The new body has arrived.

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Working on getting the body ready for paint.

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The new chassis has arrived.

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Prepping the body to be primed.

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Mocked up the hood latches on the fenders and hood.

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We have taken the seat apart to reupholster it.

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Prepping the bottom of the body for rhino lining.

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We’ve reinstalled the engine on the frame.

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We have gotten the body back on the frame.

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We have installed the grille.

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The steering column and wheel have been installed.

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Preparing to paint the interior and firewall Rosso Red.

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Cleaning up, resealing the motor and getting it ready for paint.

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Removed the motor to repair the rear main seal.

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Reinstalled the motor after paint and rear main seal repair.

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We have painted the body Rosso red.

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Installing the steering column and gauges into the dash.

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We have begun reassembling the grille.

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Installed the windshield frame.

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We have installed the side mirrors.

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The hood latches have been installed.

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We have placed the weather stripping under the windshield to prevent any leaks.

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1947 Willys Jeep
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1947 Willys Jeep

The newly painted rims and tires have been installed.

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1947 Willys Jeep
1947 Willys Jeep
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1947 Willys Jeep
1947 Willys Jeep

The windshield latches have been installed.

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1947 Willys Jeep
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1947 Willys Jeep

After…