1954 Willys Truck in Spokane, WA

54Stepside

Bigger Hammer
Aug 14, 2018
149
Spokane, WA.
First Name
Adam
Willys Model
Pickup
Willys Year:
1954
I’m waiting on having the radiator rebuilt. I replaced the water pump while I was in there (the water pump went out and that started the whole thing). Luckily I’m over on the Olympic Peninsula for a week so I don’t have to stare at a deadlined truck!
 

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54Stepside

Bigger Hammer
Aug 14, 2018
149
Spokane, WA.
First Name
Adam
Willys Model
Pickup
Willys Year:
1954
While over on the coast, I picked up two spare 16” rims with the hubcap clips in-tact. It’s been prepped, cleaned and painted on all sides, except I left the patina in the front.

Still no radiator.
 

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54Stepside

Bigger Hammer
Aug 14, 2018
149
Spokane, WA.
First Name
Adam
Willys Model
Pickup
Willys Year:
1954
I've never seen them with hubcap clips. Don't tell my truck, okay?
I don’t know how rare the rims are, but they certainly have been a pain to find!

The radiator came back today- 125 less than the initial quote, but still pricey.

I also got done with the logo, there’s just pin-striping left to do.

Now on to driving her!
 

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peewee

Bigger Hammer
Oct 23, 2019
71
Buckley WA
First Name
Bill
Willys Model
Other
Willys Year:
1949
Hello all, I’m picking up a 1954 truck with complete parts rig and thought I’d introduce myself.

The 54 is sporting the original drivetrain, same owner for the last 27 years, and does have a SOA in stock axles.

I’ve spent the last several decades working on J trucks and early Wagoneers, but this is my first flatfender.

Not sure what the plans are for it, but I’ll be taking apart the other truck to keep as many spare parts as I can- the spare truck also has a SOA on early wagoneer axles.
Your spare truck looks like it has gone through modifications. If it has a stock flat head (Lightening 6 engine) and you want to let it go I might be interested.

Bill
 

54Stepside

Bigger Hammer
Aug 14, 2018
149
Spokane, WA.
First Name
Adam
Willys Model
Pickup
Willys Year:
1954
Your spare truck looks like it has gone through modifications. If it has a stock flat head (Lightening 6 engine) and you want to let it go I might be interested.

Bill
I sold it off several years ago- I think I mentioned it somewhere in the thread.
 

54Stepside

Bigger Hammer
Aug 14, 2018
149
Spokane, WA.
First Name
Adam
Willys Model
Pickup
Willys Year:
1954
We had our first major snow fall last month and then a serious cold snap.

Naturally, I haven’t thought much about the meager heater in my truck until I needed it. When I picked up a 78 Cherokee, the seller tossed in this Willys heater.

He said he took it out of a 1950 Jeepster, but my research comes up empty.
Does anyone recognize what type of Willys it might be from?
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54Stepside

Bigger Hammer
Aug 14, 2018
149
Spokane, WA.
First Name
Adam
Willys Model
Pickup
Willys Year:
1954
I was running around and while running errands with the lights and heater fan on, the battery drained.

While tinkering with checking wires and such, I noticed some type of bug eggs on the engine too and... oil seeping from one of the spark plugs. ☹Not a good sign.
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So a voltage reg was in order. It came today.
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I installed it, putting in an additional ground. The battery is charging to full, then Polarize the reg as per the instructions.

The battle for the eggs is next. And, I’ve got to go something about the oil seeping from the spark plug.
 
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Lookout Ranch

Well Oiled
All-Star
May 9, 2015
4,891
Sierra Foothills
First Name
Carter
Willys Model
Wagon
Willys Year:
1957
I was running around and while running errands with the lights and heater fan on, the battery drained.

While tinkering with checking wires and such, I noticed some type of bug eggs on the engine too and... oil seeping from one of the spark plugs. ☹Not a good sign.
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So a voltage reg was in order. It came today.
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I installed it, putting in an additional ground. The battery is charging to full, then Polarize the reg as per the instructions.

The battle for the eggs is next. And, I’ve got to go something about the oil seeping from the spark plug.
There is really is almost no way oil could be seeping from a spark plug hole. More likely coolant is leaking somewhere and settling in the hole, or some other kind of fluid was spilled and settled there.
 

54Stepside

Bigger Hammer
Aug 14, 2018
149
Spokane, WA.
First Name
Adam
Willys Model
Pickup
Willys Year:
1954
There is really is almost no way oil could be seeping from a spark plug hole. More likely coolant is leaking somewhere and settling in the hole, or some other kind of fluid was spilled and settled there.
Good to know. I thought it was weird. I don’t have a whole lot of experience with Flathead I6’s.
 

Lookout Ranch

Well Oiled
All-Star
May 9, 2015
4,891
Sierra Foothills
First Name
Carter
Willys Model
Wagon
Willys Year:
1957
Good to know. I thought it was weird. I don’t have a whole lot of experience with Flathead I6’s.
There’s coolant but no oil circulating in the head. First check around the thermostat housing, where the top radiator hose connects to the head. Then, there’s a heater hose port out the top of the head, driver’s side rear. The hose connects to the heater, right-side firewall. Hopefully it’s one of those and not a crack in the head — those are more likely to leak internally.

If it really is oil, it most likely would have spilled there somehow, perhaps from the oil bath air cleaner?

I suppose there might be some unusual circumstance where oil might be pushed or blown up and out the hole where the distributor sits and settle around the spark plug. That could happen if you have a lot of blow-by and/or your crankcase isn’t venting properly via the draft tube on the valve cover or maintaining negative pressure via a PCV valve. (PCV valves are rare on these and usually seen only on later models).
 
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54Stepside

Bigger Hammer
Aug 14, 2018
149
Spokane, WA.
First Name
Adam
Willys Model
Pickup
Willys Year:
1954
There’s coolant but no oil circulating in the head. First check around the thermostat housing, where the top radiator hose connects to the head. Then, there’s a heater hose port out the top of the head, driver’s side rear. The hose connects to the heater, right-side firewall. Hopefully it’s one of those and not a crack in the head — those are more likely to leak internally.

If it really is oil, it most likely would have spilled there somehow, perhaps from the oil bath air cleaner?

I suppose there might be some unusual circumstance where oil might be pushed or blown up and out the hole where the distributor sits and settle around the spark plug. That could happen if you have a lot of blow-by and/or your crankcase isn’t venting properly via the draft tube on the valve cover or maintaining negative pressure via a PCV valve. (PCV valves are rare on these and usually seen only on later models).
Thanks for the tips! I’ll be digging into it a little bit today. I do have an oil bath filter, but it doesn’t have the hose Connected to the carb, so the regular air filter is on it.
 

54Stepside

Bigger Hammer
Aug 14, 2018
149
Spokane, WA.
First Name
Adam
Willys Model
Pickup
Willys Year:
1954
After hauling the wood, running it 20 miles round trip, the oil is still there in the spark plug hole. I would’ve expected it to evaporate to some degree.

I swabbed out the excess oil with cotton swabs and we’ll see what comes next.
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