Thought you might like to see my just rebuilt 1933 Willys
I recently completed a re-make of my ’33 Willys Model 77 Coupe. The body is all ‘glass (I could never afford a “real” ’33!) The motor is a 383 “stroker” SBC with a mild .536/.544 lift hydraulic roller camshaft from Comp Cams, Keith Black hypereutectic pistons, forged I-beam steel rods and Dart Pro I aluminum cylinder heads with 2.06/1.60 valves. On top is a polished Edelbrock Performer Air Gap manifold, 650 cfm Barry Grant Demon carburetor and MSD ignition and distributor. The motor also has a March serpentine belt drive system. The radiator was custom built to the contours of the Willys hood by Garth Hillman of TCP in Rexburg, Idaho. A Sidewinder electric cooling fan was chosen because of space limitations. I can cruise around all day in 90 degree temperatures and the water temperature never gets over 200 degrees! The one-of-a-kind all stainless exhaust system was designed and fabricated entirely by a friend of mine, Jon Dye (whose workmanship will stand up to anyone’s!). Due to space limitations we had to build our own specially-shaped mufflers. The sound this car makes is OMG!! The transmission is a Turbo 350 with TCI shift kit and a Lokar shifter. The torque converter is stock. To help cool things down it also has a deep sump pan and a canister type cast aluminum oil cooler from Jeg’s.
To make everything fit properly the Mustang II crossmember had to be cut out and relocated slightly forward, lengthening the wheelbase by about 2”. We then installed a set of shorter coil springs and narrowed Heidt A-arms which were angled slightly forward to allow clearance for the headers. At the rear is a 4-link coil-over setup with a Ford 9” running 3.50 gears. Again, Jon Dye did all the fabrication. All the polishing and chroming was done by another talented local, Terry Ray, of Rayco Plating in Rigby, Idaho.
The Willys has power windows, remote door locks, and a Vintage Air heating and A/C system. TPI Tech gauges and a Painless wiring harness are also used.
I am running 10.5:1 compression and get along just fine here in Eastern Idaho on mid-grade (87 octane) gasoline. I get 8-10 mpg just cruising around and 12-14 mpg on the highway if I drive nice. The car only weighs 2460 lbs. and is a blast to drive!! Thank you for allowing me to share my ’33 with you!
... William Quinn