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1951 Willy's build
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Author:  Hi-vol73 [ Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:55 pm ]
Post subject:  1951 Willy's build

Good day all,

I have a 1951 and 1958 Willy's pickup that I am looking at building into an extended cab. The original Pickup has a WB-118" (wheelbase).

I am having a little bit of a moment here trying to figure out what frame to go with. I can put it on a 2012 JKU frame WB-116" (frame only), body swap onto a 2000 Durango WB-116.5" with a 408 Stroker on 33" or body swap onto a 2001 Dakota WB-130.9" with a 5.2L.

Going with the JKU involves a frame stretch that I don't really want to do and it might also take away from aftermarket parts and the JKU frame would be more work in general than either body swap options.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Author:  dunl [ Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 1951 Willy's build

How about an S-10 conversion with a 4.3 V6? ... -S10-frame

Edit: Nix that, I missed the extended cab part.

A 2nd Gen Dodge also has a 118" wheelbase if I remember correctly. Find a rolled 2nd Gen cummins? :twisted:

Author:  LukeDuke [ Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 1951 Willy's build

Like Darcy said, going with a full size pickup frame is about the only way you’re going to get that length you need while keeping some bolt on aftermarket support for suspension and such.

Author:  Hi-vol73 [ Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 1951 Willy's build

I have been busy measuring different frames and such and now have decided to extend the 1951 cab with the 1958 cab and shrink the box so I can put it onto a 118" to 125" frame. There is a Toyota Tacoma with a 3.4L, A 2000 Toyota Tundra that I found, but not too sure if that rig or a S-10 with a 4.3L would be better option.

Looking at pulling apart my rigs in the spring and see what happens from there, just trying to sort donor vehicle first.

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