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To The Beat Of My Own Drum
Dwight f. Thurston of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, built his '52 willys pickup his way, so we'll let Dwight tell the story his way:
"I discovered three willys pickup trucks south of Pennsylvania. They were in pretty rough shape, but I believed I could make them better than new with a little rubbing. I also believed I could take a willys body and set it on top of a more modern chassis, that way I could have the look of a willys and the performance of a late model. I found a '78 wagoneer for a donor. At this point, everyone questioned my sanity. I stripped the wagoneer down, cut 26 inches from the wagoneer frame, and repaired and replaced the spring shackles. I choose the '52 willys of the three trucks I found because of the two-piece windshield and small rear window. My next task was to cut away the willys floor, part of the firewall, and the cab-and set it on the wagoneer chassis. I had to make a few adjustments to get the body to fit, but eventually worked it out. I used the old willys bed for a pattern to make new sides, bed front, and tailgate. The width was the same, but due to the shorter wheelbase it was necessary to create a bed that Was 53.4 inches shorter than the original. I cut 11.4-inch conduit to length and welded it to the sides and bed ends to get the original rolledsteel appearance. I wanted a 'wo'-stamped tailgate. But they are real scarce, therefore I molded a 'wo' from lead and attached it to flat steel instead. I like the look of a wood floor for truck beds, so I made an ash bed floor. I installed used fenders up front and fiberglass fenders out back. Once everything was buttoned up, we painted it with heavy primer and lots of forest Green Metallic Pearl paint. I now use my willys as a daily driver in nice weather."
Ice, Ice, Baby
Back in the '60s Arvel Stevenson, of wilder, Idaho, owned a '52 f1. The minute he sold it he had regrets and knew that someday he would like to build a street rod-styled '52. Eventually that day came. He acquired this '51 in '05 and it has taken him two and a half years to complete it.
Stevenson began by shortening the frame 12 inches in the rear. He then installed a Mustang II front suspension up front and '93 T-bird I.R.S. with limited-slip differential in the rear. Stevenson also equipped the ford with air-ride at each corner and dropped in a GM 5.3L truck engine with a 4L60E tranny. As for the body, the top has been chopped 3 inches; the hood pancaked 11.2 inches; and the doors, trim, and most emblems have been shaved as well. The rear fenders have been widened 2 inches to fit the massive 17x10-inch wheels. On the inside is a custom dash and console, as well as a black-leather-and-vinyl interior. Drawing all eyes towards the truck is the PPG Lemon Ice with metalflake paint job. Pretty slick for a home-built hauler.