1948 Willys-Jeep CJ-2A
This recently completed 1948 Willys Jeep CJ-2A not only shares the look of the original Willys but it hosts a series of modern upgrades while keeping the classic style. The driveline is punctuated tenfold by the GM 5.3L Gen III LS V8, remanufactured by Jasper, mated to a SM465 four-speed manual transmission. The front and rear axles are custom length rebuilt DANA 44’s which allowed us to keep the classic look of the skinny tires (ARB air lockers installed into each). A rebuilt DANA 300 twin stick transfer case operates both axles independently and with a low gear of 6.55:1, matched with the 2.62:1 low range transfer case, topped with the locking front and rear axles this Willys is also a fully capable off-roader. Underneath the vehicle lies the new Mandrel bent 2x4 3/16in steel frame powder coated in gloss black. The ride of the vehicle has been vastly improved over its original quality with new leaf springs from a Jeep YJ, Bilstein shocks, front sway bar, and a rear traction bar.
Paint and exterior
This original paint scheme of Picket Gray & Harvard red was resprayed with two coats of Premium Sherwin Williams basecoat, followed by three coats of high solids clearcoat, finished with a five-stage wet sand & a three-stage polish. Award winning.
Upholstery and interior
The interior has been completely redone using a lightly waxed leather that is soft to the touch with handsome stitchwork to compliment the rustic look. The fresh aluminum tub has been recessed to include a sliding mechanism for the driver seat.
Original Engine: No
Topped with a modern fuel-injection system, an LS6 high-flow intake, and Sanderson ceramic coated headers; it starts, runs, drives, and handles like it just rolled off the showroom floor this century.
This vehicle has been recently built and tested for reliability.
Wheels and tires
16x6in wheel vintiques smoothie wheels with BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A
Hydroboost assisted front and rear disk breaks.
Rebuilt SM465 chevy four speed manual transmission mated to a rebuilt DANA 300 twin stick transfer case with a low gear of 6.55:1, matched with a 2.62:1 low range transfer case, topped with locking front and rear axles.