Ratty Flatty by Ward Williams
Ward Williams loves Jeeps, which is why be inspired his hot rod from said off-road legend. The guy used parts he had lying around from other projects, such as a 1947 tub, a boxed military M38A1 chassis and more. Based on a 1947 Willys CJ-3A, this thing packs a 225 odd-fire V6 mated to a TH400 three-speed automatic gearbox; the custom bench seat and chopped windshield might also get the owner noticed around town. Ward’s cool cruiser wasn’t meant to be expensive, with the suspension system comprising transverse leaf springs at the front, while the rear hides the factory front leaf springs.
You’ve probably noticed the factory headlights, while other touches include the Jerry can fuel cell, Ice chest battery box, canteen overflow tank, Griffin aluminum radiator, and HEI distributor. Ward’s Willys is full of fun little details, as mentioned above. What’s interesting is that the odd-fire engine uses a mechanical fuel pump on the block, plumbed to the two Jerry cans that are mounted at the back. The cans are plumbed together to provide ten gallons of fuel, which should be enough for a cruise around town. Also worth mentioning are the marker lights and tail lights on the Willys, sourced off a Chevy pickup. I love this thing!