As previously written, I was searching for a Willys pickup to replace the one I sold several years ago but found and bought a 57 Willys Forward Control pickup instead, a totally different model. Two weeks later I accidentally discovered a 1954 Willys pickup just like I had been looking for in Olympia and couldn't resist buying it also. I’m now building an extension to one of my buildings to house both of them. My new pickup is a bit rustic looking. It appears to have original green paint (what’s left of it) that’s protected by a layer of what looks like yellow pollen and a white roof that’s missing a few chunks of paint. The body is mostly dent free and not rusted through (it spent most of its life in dry Eastern Oregon) which is a priority for me. I will probably just clean it up and call it good, the patina look is very popular these days. Another reason I had to buy this truck was that it appears to be completely original. Most of these 4-wheel-drive trucks get beat up offroad and have lift kits and newer, bigger engines installed. I prefer original condition and that’s what this truck has. As they say “It’s only original once.”
My new Willys pickup had not been used much in the last few years. When that happens the first thing to go is the brakes. When I test drove this truck they were bad enough that I almost crashed. I budgeted myself enough to get the brakes done and buy a new set of tires but the brake bill came in at double my budget so I guess the antique tires will have to do for now.
The brake system required virtually all new or rebuilt parts and these old trucks don’t come apart too easily. My thanks to Mike for his great work on this one. Now if it will start I can be confident it will stop.