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    There might be something in the used market that will do until it is ready to drive. I got my last tire for free at a tire shop. Of course it didnít match the other 3 but it let me roll the jeep around until I could drive it. In fact, by the time I bought tires, I had 3 different sizes and styles installed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LarrBeard View Post
    The '48 and '49 trucks have really classic, clean lines.

    You can put either the F-head or L-head engine in it (depending on what you can find). High ratio rear-end gears make for high revs to run 55 or 60 mph - which a lot of guys want from an engine swap.

    Here's the '48. It cleaned up pretty good
    Do you know if that Red Color is original for 1948 ? If so what is the name of it.

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    I just picked up a 55 Truck and still don't know what I'm going to do yet on the motor or what I can do.
    Can you still use all the running gear and change out only the motor to a Ford 302 ?
    Would everything matchup or should I just go with the original motor ?

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    1948 Truck Color

    Quote Originally Posted by Flcracker View Post
    Do you know if that Red Color is original for 1948 ? If so what is the name of it.
    In 1448, according to most lists, Tunisian Red was the only red offered for trucks. Luzon Red was offered for CJ-2A's. In 1949 both Tunisian Red and Luzon Red were offered for trucks.

    Tunisian Red is the darker of the two and after looking at an unfaded place on the truck that still had original paint and comparing color guides, our wives told us it was indeed Tunsian Red.

    Therefore, it had to have been Tunisian Red.

    Just a comment about engine swaps. To run 55 with a Ford 302, the drive line with 5.38 rear end puts you at 3300 RPM.

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    You can go with a 302 Ford, with the original running gear. You need an Advanced Adapter adapter to mount the engine to the transmission. That is one option, the second would be to get a donor truck, and either use the drive line in the Willys frame, or put your Willys body on the frame. The first option is the easiest, the second requires more fabrication to make everything work correctly, and the third requires a whole lot of fabrication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmwillys View Post
    You can go with a 302 Ford, with the original running gear. You need an Advanced Adapter adapter to mount the engine to the transmission. That is one option, the second would be to get a donor truck, and either use the drive line in the Willys frame, or put your Willys body on the frame. The first option is the easiest, the second requires more fabrication to make everything work correctly, and the third requires a whole lot of fabrication.
    Where can you buy that Advanced adapter at ?
    And if I use my Cab and Bed what is the best frame ,motor and running gear to use ?

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    Advanceadapter.com
    They have just about everything you need as far as motor to tranny adapters.

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    You'll want to look at a Ford Ranger extended cab pickup for about the right width, but the front suspension will cause you headaches in not wanting to hack up the inner fender wells. I'm not versed in the conversion of a Ranger frame to accept a V-8. An S-10 extended cab pickup fits in the width, and the front independent suspension doesn't rise much above the frame rail. The S-10 also is able to take on a V-8 without any real modification. The following are a handful of links on conversions. I didn't see any Ranger frame swaps, but will continue to look around and then update.

    http://www.fourwheeler.com/features/...p-farm-willys/

    http://www.fourwheeler.com/how-to/bo...s-on-wrangler/

    https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/newb...body-swap.html

    https://forums.4wdmechanix.com/topic...willys-pickup/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoELey7L8d0
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