You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘1962 Willys pickup’ tag.

I started this series as an April Fools post in 2015 here.  The next day I “recanted” (actually, I gave the context I had wanted to establish all along) by focusing on the inherent economy of shipping some cargo by water rather than highway.  Then and now I want to highlight the similarity and relationship between workboats and trucks, so here’s the whole series to date.

My older brother has driven, owned, and repaired trucks his whole life and developed a lot of skills in the process.  He and I would periodically talk about co-owning a truck, narrowing the search down to a Willys.  It was all talk until last fall when a 1962 Queens NY cemetery pickup that had never been on streets or highways became available via a farmer near Ithaca.

Below is the truck as the farmer (RD) purchased it in 2012.

 

RD replaced the rusted out pickup box with a wooden box, as he fancied his carpentry skills.  He also added an uneven coat of green paint daubed on with a barn brush. Then, it took back burner to his multiple other projects, and he parked it in the proverbial barn, only recently putting it on FB marketplace.

Below is a photo I took of it back when I first saw it in late September 2018.

Reconstruction can involve some deconstruction.  That continued through the fall and winter.

My skills are manual . . .

but deconstruction requires a fair amount of manual labor.

Measuring, cutting, and assembly skills  . . .  they take time to learn.

 

 

As soon as it was warm enough in spring to disassemble brakes, steering, and axles, that work began.

 

Late spring we problem solved and continued working on the body and interior.

Come summer, the neighbor from across the valley pronounced it ready for the final paint,

which concluded yesterday.

 

It’s not done, but it’s ready for this truckster post.  I’ve got at least a hundred other photos of the process.

Hats off to my brother for his fine work.  He never fired me for being an “all thumbs” apprentice.  Also, hats off for the body-and-paint neighbor across the valley.  Three cheers for tradespeople no matter how they learned their trades.  Here’s some general info on Willy-Overland trucks.  This one has the Super Hurricane engine built by Continental.

Soon after 57 years, it’ll carry its first-ever license plate.

 

Now THIS is sheer beauty to start my 145th month of blogging  . . . .

Jeep FC (forward control) 170.

And this is showing off.  That “NASH” sign , , ,that’s a large screen advertising screen.  A few seconds later, another ad was there. You could call it Bryan Dax’s rolling media center.    It is a unique 1990 Diamond Reo, and I saw it in its hometown on Two Rivers, WI.

The Volvo is not that unusual although the conveyance is.

Maybe a 1970 Land Rover pickup?

Would this be an early 1970s Ford Bronco?

This is a late 1940s Dodge Power Wagon . . .

and finally, that looks like a 1962 Willys pickup.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has a truckster surprise up his sleeve.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,468 other followers

If looking for specific "word" in archives, search here.
Questions, comments, photos? Email Tugster

Graves of Arthur Kill

Click on image below to order your copy of Graves of Arthur Kill, by Gary Kane and Will Van Dorp. 3Fish Productions.

Seth Tane American Painting

Read my Iraq Hostage memoir online.

My Babylonian Captivity

Reflections of an American hostage in Iraq, 20 years later.

Archives

June 2021
M T W T F S S
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930