Reader Project: Thai Custom Willys Jeep
Suk Compa from Phuket, Thailand sent us in some images of his latest project. It looks wild, so we just had to ask him a few more questions.
What are we looking at?
A 1945 M38 Willys Jeep hot rod.
Why did you make this project?
I wanted to combine various genres and styles and bring them together, such as American cars, off-road style, hot rods. That and the fact that I have not seen anything like this in Thailand.
Where did you get the ideas?
I saw a Jeep hot rod project online made by Randy Ellis design jeep. That was my big inspiration.
Did you design everything yourself?
I referenced the Randy Ellis car a lot and adjusted it to suit a Toyota 1UZFE engine. I also had to modify many of the details in order for the car to be suitable for Thailand.
How long did it take to build this car?
I started the build in December 2014 and finish in May this year.
From where did you get the donor Jeep vehicle?
I used and original front grill from a Jeep M38 and make almost everything else myself; The body, chassis, shock absorbers, front end, back end, gas tank etc.
Why did you choose the Toyota engine?
Because they are easy to source in Thailand they are a much cheaper engine than American alternatives.
Which parts of the project were the most difficult to make?
For me I think the body, chassis, Shock Absorber, front end, back end, gas tank. But the most difficult thing was completing it in such a short timeframe!
JEEP HOT ROD
Built by Suk Compa. Phuket, Thailand.
Model : Year 1945 M38 HOT ROD STYLE.
Front grill : JEEP M38
Body : Custom (all hand made)
Chassis : Custom (all hand made)
Engine : Toyota UZ V8 4,000cc.
Front end : Custom (all hand made but in the style of the original)
Back end : VX 80
Exhaust : 4-1 & 4-1
Tyres : 31" x 15” Maxxis mud tyres
Shock Absorber : Stud adjustable
Brakes : Disc brakes all round.
Seat : Custom (all hand made)
Steering wheel : Corvette
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