Model: (Click to see more) 58035: Wild Willy Willys M38
Status: Restored
Date: 9-Mar-2008
Comments: 20
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I bought this old Wild Willy last week and did a quick 'restoration' I actually hate doing restos because of the time and expense I simply don't like looking for parts so I used what I had and what I got from the ebay auction. I stripped the body in brake fluid and found no cracks other than a tiny one on grille, it was missing only the shifter, dash and gas can but I had some WW2 parts so they came about. The wheely springs had been worn off so sitting at my work bench i dug through my junk drawers and built a new wheely bar from TLT-1 brackets, a spring, two twist ties and some wheels from a tape deck I took apart. it works really well ;) I was to lazy to take the chassis apart and it ran great so I simply sprayed it with a pressure washer inserted some more grease and called it good, I repainted it with the same paint I used for my real Jeep, All In all a quick easy project that I might do more on later but I just wanted it ready to run, Oh I removed all the old electrics and fitted some a new hi-torque servo, a Tamiya ESC and Futaba magnum Sport radio, what a blast to run, I'll take better pictures when i get the real Jeep out and cleaned up for the summer ;)



Finally an original On the real deal hood again i can hardly wait till summer quick driver job new rear look home brew wheely bar from junk I left the winch off like real one what i started with last week

Comments

Tamiya Monkey

9-Mar-2008

Nice willy (lol)

BeetleOne

9-Mar-2008

Something different and lovely!

relwyn

9-Mar-2008

Real neat project. How about a pic of the real Willy with a driver in white overalls and white helmet (lol)? I also like the wheely bar.

mikeekim

9-Mar-2008

sweet ride mate, i wondered how long it would be until you got one painted up like your 1:1 jeep, all you gotta do now is buy a white race suit and helmet and look real angry, that would rule seriously tho you are skilled as this quick job looks mint, good work mate

Vin87

9-Mar-2008

I always like a red willy Your homemade wheelybar is awesome!

Naxman

9-Mar-2008

Awesome WW! I like the wheely bar! Great idea!

Monty

9-Mar-2008

looks great now seth nice job mate

are you not tempted ??? to drop it onto a shortened m chassis or something and make a scale copy of your erm real willy (dear oh dear after all these years willy gags still make me snigger!!!!)

SMOKE-DOG

9-Mar-2008

Nice work Wyo. Looks good with the real thing. I think it needs a Wyoming plate on the front to match.

scollins

10-Mar-2008

Good job on this quick resto!

Crash Cramer

10-Mar-2008

Oh nice one. And Thank you for the radio gear, it will find a home in one of my projects sometime later this year.

BeetleLover

10-Mar-2008

Cool, i knew it was only a matter of time for you to have a smaller replica!!! Nice

Wyoming

10-Mar-2008

Thanks guys, I was really having fun every evening last week with the willy, yeah they never seem to get old. I am building a much more scale 1/6 scale Jeep ...this little guy was just to get into the Jeep mood, the Tamiya decal is only a temp until I get some Wyo license plates made for all my trucks Maybe I should find the willy suit and helmet.

Crash Cramer

10-Mar-2008

Good luck on finding that helmet 1:1, but I bet you could find the suit. Possibly search for a vintage AGV helmet, that might be it.

delux

10-Mar-2008

Sweet looking willy mate!!

tuff bug

10-Mar-2008

came out well, its a nice companion with your 1:1

Old Skool

10-Mar-2008

Nice job there Seth

mongoose1983

20-Sep-2011

I missed this one in the day but what a pretty Wild Willy! These lil Jeeps look good in almost any color.

Old_School_Sang

18-Feb-2012

Looks great in red. I really like the look of the WW and WW2. I just got my first WW2 about a month ago and then, shortly after, I got the WW and now I'm hooked on the WW. BTW, does the front windshield fold down? I'm missing the front windshield on my WW.

Wyoming

18-Feb-2012

thanks, no the windshield is actually bolted but it could easily be made to fold if desired

s2-g2

18-Aug-2015

Very nice! Bonus points for the CJ2A modeling stand. (I had a '46 myself for years). I gotta fab a wheelie bar like yours


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