Willys Jeep Truck

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Willys Jeep Truck
1956 Willys Jeep Pickup.jpg
DesignerBrooks Stevens
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size pickup
Body style
LayoutFront engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Transmission3-speed Borg-Warner T-90 manual
Wheelbase118 in (2,997.2 mm)[1]
Length183.8 in (4,668.5 mm)
Width73.0 in (1,854.2 mm)
Height74.4 in (1,889.8 mm)
Curb weight3,100–3,300 lb (1,406–1,497 kg)
SuccessorJeep Gladiator
1963 4WD Willys Jeep Truck rear

The Willys Jeep Truck is a truck made by Willys-Overland Motors from 1947 to 1965. The styling and engineering of the Jeep Truck was based on Willys' existing vehicles, the Willys Jeep Station Wagon and the Jeep CJ-2A.


The Jeep Truck was introduced in 1947 as a 1-ton four-wheel drive truck with a wheelbase of 118 inches (2,997 mm). It was available as a pickup truck, a platform stake truck, a chassis cab, or a bare chassis. A ¾-ton two-wheel drive version became available by 1949.[1]

The truck was restyled in 1950 with the addition of a V-shaped grille with five horizontal bars. In 1951 the Hurricane IOE four cylinder engine replaced the earlier flathead engine, increasing power from 63 hp (47 kW) to 72 hp (54 kW).[1]

Optional accessories included an engine governor, a power takeoff, and a pulley drive.[2] A "Dump-O-Matic" hydraulic hoist became available for 1957.[3]

Over 200,000 of these trucks were manufactured.[citation needed]


Model designations
Designation Years Engine Weight rating (ton) Final drive ratio (standard) Final drive ratio (optional) Notes
2T 1947–1950 Go–Devil 1 5.38:1 4.88:1
Two-wheel drive
4T 1947–1950 Go–Devil 1 5.38:1 4.88:1
Four-wheel drive
473 1950–1952 Go–Devil (standard)
Hurricane (optional)
1 5.38:1 4.88:1
Changes from 4T:
  • V-shaped grille with five horizontal bars
  • Updated gauge cluster
  • No side steps on the pickup version
  • Four-wheel drive only from 1951 on
473HT 1950 Go–Devil (standard)
Hurricane (optional)
½ 5.38:1 4.88:1
Two-wheel drive half-ton version of the 473
475 1953–1965 Hurricane 1 5.38:1 4.88:1
Restyled 473; three horizontal bars on grille instead of five
6-226 1954-1962 Super Hurricane 1 4.88:1 5.38:1 Continental straight-six engine
6–230 1962–1965 Tornado 1 4.88:1 5.38:1 Replacement for 6-226; newer straight-six engine


Name Designation Configuration Capacity Years
Go–Devil L4–134 side-valve inline-4 134 cu in (2.2 L) 1947-1950
Hurricane F4–134 inlet-over-exhaust inline-4 134 cu in (2.2 L) 1950-1965
Super Hurricane 6–226 side-valve inline-6 226 cu in (3.7 L) 1954-1962
Tornado 6–230 overhead camshaft inline-6 230 cu in (3.8 L) 1962-1965

The Jeep Truck was available with only one transmission, the Borg-Warner T-90 three-speed manual, with synchromeshed second and third gears. A Spicer/Dana 18 transfer case was used on four-wheel drive models. The heavy duty Timken 51540 was used in the early years of production, later being replaced by the Dana 53. The front axle was a Dana 25


  1. ^ a b c Brown 1994, p. 74.
  2. ^ Brown 1994, p. 75.
  3. ^ Brown 1994, p. 100.


  • Brown, Arch (1994). "Chapter Four – Postwar Plans for Willys: 1945-52". Jeep: The Unstoppable Legend. Lincolnwoood, IL USA: Publications International. ISBN 0-7853-0870-9. LCCN 94-66811.

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