1950 WILLYS-OVERLAND JEEPSTER

Project

This project like is for sale can be bought at any time during the build so you finish it the way you want it!

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A grand total of 19,132 original VJ Jeepsters were produced over three model years:[3]

  • 1948 - 10,326

  • 1949 - 2,960

  • 1950 - 5,836

The Willys-Overland Jeepster, borrowing features from both the Willys Station Wagon and Truck, attempted to bridge the gap between the “utilitarian” post-war Universal CJ Series, and the 1-ton "family-oriented" Station Wagons and 1/2 ton light-utility trucks. Following the end of WWII, the Willys-Overland company chairman recognized the importance of expanding its offerings to include a civilian passenger car, and with the help of industrial designer Brooks Stevens, presented a model more likely to appeal to younger market segments.

The original Jeepster (VJ) was first released to the public on April 3, 1948. Offered only in rear-wheel drive, the vehicle had some trouble gaining traction with traditional Willys customers. The 1948 Jeepster was powered by the “Go Devil” 62 hp, 134 cu in straight-4 engine, with 3-speed manual transmission (with optional overdrive), drum brakes, a single transverse leaf spring suspension and rear driveline similar to what was used in the Willys Station Wagon at the time. With rear fenders like those used on the Willys Truck, the Jeepster, while appreciated by design critics, but failed to translate accolades into real sales.

Still, the Jeepster was produced in the following year (1949), this time with the option of the six-cylinder Lightning L-148 engine, and in 1950, received a few modifications to the hood and grille. 1950 also offered new engine options for the VJ, including both the F-134 “Hurricane” engine and the L-161 “Lightning” engine. Unfortunately, due to lackluster marketing efforts, and competition in the passenger car market, the Jeepster was phased out completely in 1950, with a few leftover models sold under the 1951 model year, and was never produced again, though its design was revived in 1966 in the form of the Jeepster Commando (C101).

Dash upgrade

The previous owner had cut out the original dash and made one out of plywood and installed an 1986 jeep dash cluster.

After a lot of thought and searching I came across a 1950 Fargo dash that I thought would look good in it. It may have taken a lot of time and modification, But it looks a lot better than what was there and is more aria correct then what he had put in.      

Old Badly made wooden dash and dash components 

Cutting down of the Fargo dash and fitting in to place was more than just time consuming. The dash started out as a complete frame and with window pillars attached as a one piece unit. Which required a lot of modification to fit the Jeepster    

New Fargo dash installed and old plywood door panels replaced with fiberglass panels

Old Vega taillights coming out to be replaced with more functional taillights  

Old ugly rear tire car removed at the same time. To cleanup the look of the rear of the Jeepster 

This 1950 Willys Overland Jeepster now has a

Modern-day 12 volt electrical system,

Fuel injected 4.0l 6-cylinder engine with a 3 speed automatic transmission,

Disk brakes,

Power rack and pinion steering

 And is plated and on the road as a drivable project. Even though it is still under going many changes 

Rear face lift 

After removing the taillights changed my mind again and decided to weld all the holes up and give it a cleaner look

I am thinking about moving the taillights out to the fenders and using model T style taillights and mounts 

A New Look!

Here is a cleaner new look with Model T style LED taillights mounted on the fenders  

One more change to the look of the rear of the car.

I decided on mercury zephyr taillights and a bumper less look!

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I also decided to make a small change to the paint schema now with more of a 2 tone look.  

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I also decided to change up the look of wheels as well

Oshawa Auto Fest 2018
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New look with new trim

New custom console and gauges  

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