The Build Pictures

1948 Willys For Sale

One of a Kind 1948 Willys CJ-2a

For Sale: $40,000

This Willys is one of our favorite builds here at RSO. It was a long term project that is is currently owned by Josh Randell. Josh being a bigger man wanted more leg and head room in his Jeep. So we had to twist the proportions quite a bit to get the room inside without distorting the classic look of the Willys Flat Fender. The Tub is fiberglass so we added 6 inches through the door. Then pushed the rear axle back 4 inches and the front forward 2 inches, giving an overall 1 foot stretch.

We hand built a brand new frame out of single pieces of rectangle tubing. The axles are from Toyota mini-trucks and the springs are 4″ BDS springs. The steering is GM power steering with mini-truck linkage. Bilsteing 5165’s control the springs and 4.11 gears with ARB air lockers turn the 35″ tires. The drivetrain starts with a GM 4.3 V6 TBI  with Magnaflow headers and exhaust and Edelbrock air cleaner. The peppy V6 is adapted to a 4Runner 4-speed manual and T-case. A Centerforce clutch rests inside the bell housing.  Custom Driveshafts attach it to the axles.

The exterior is what really makes this little Willys really stand out! We made a custom color out of a tangerine orange and a lot of gold pearl to make the lines really POP in the sun. The front sheet metal is all original that is near metal finished so there is very little filler in the panels. The window frame is modified for extra glass both below and up top. By making the glass taller, we were able to bring the cage up for more head room. The bumpers, sliders, and cage were custom built by us at RSO. The cage is 1 3/4″ DOM and mounted through the body to the fame so it’s extra safe.

The inside houses PRP Daily Driver Seats out of tweed and piping to match the exterior and tie everything together. The custom center console houses the fuse panel and S-Pod rocker switches for accessories such as the bumper lights front and rear, winch light, light bar, air compressor, and lockers. There are two additional switches for the map light and rock lights. All the lights are from Vision-X Lighting with a lifetime warranty. The custom dash houses the Auto Meter gauges and a glovebox. Between the seats is the Lokar E-Brake. The inside is plenty big enough for 4 – full sized adults. For sun protection we installed a custom black Spiderwebshade.

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**Includes 35″ Tires, Fuel Wheels, and XRC winch**