The American custom car market is like no other in the world: it’s rich and vibrant. There’s room there for projects like this 1932 Willys Low Standard.
The project is the work of Eddie\’s Rod & Custom shop in Iowa. It was made for the 2018 SEMA show, where it also took first place in the truck category. Yes, exactly cargo!
Among the huge number of changes that the body has undergone, perhaps the most obvious is the absence of rear doors. The body was shortened to make room for a hitch to which a hot rod tank could be attached. The tank was built in the early 1900s and is no longer used to transport oil, but is a sort of removable trunk.
The elegant front grille was trimmed by at least 15 centimeters, and the headlights located on either side of it were lowered as low as possible to the ground. The roof-mounted taillights were borrowed from a 1937 Oldsmobile.
The front suspension uses an old-school monospring from an old Ford. The rear axle (also from Ford) is secured using classic springs.
To make the Willys even more impressive, the roof was lowered by about 5 centimeters. Wood trim was used inside and the entire structure was reinforced with an integrated steel frame.
The highlight of the interior are details from bombers from the Second World War. For example, the seats are from a B-25, the 5-speed transmission shift lever is a 1937 Bristol Blenheim throttle lever, and the control wheel is from a Convair 440.
There are no instruments on the dashboard except the speedometer. It would be more correct to call it an air speed indicator, working thanks to a pitot tube installed on the roof, like on airplanes.
For some reason, the authors of the project decided not to use a large-volume V8. The choice of power plant is, to put it mildly, strange for a hot rod: a Nissan SD22 turbodiesel is installed under the hood!
It has a displacement of 2.2 liters and only 4 cylinders. We don’t know exactly how much power it develops, but in production models its output did not exceed 80 horsepower.
The car as you see it, including the tank, is up for sale at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, later this month.
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