Ian Johnson from Big Tire Garage likes turning Jeeps into serious off-road rigs. And he’s built a lot of them, from the venerable CJ all the way to modern Wranglers. One ride he’s never tackled though, is the classic Willys Jeep Station Wagon.
Until now, of course.
Updated January 25, 2021 with more episodes.
The goal of the Bad Ole Wagon build is to combine the ground-pounding capability of an aggressive off-roader with the cool custom vibe of a hot rod. With that in mind, Ian is spending more time on things like sheetmetal and visual accents.
But make no mistake, this Willys Wagon is going to have mega off-road street…errr…trail cred. It starts with a modified Jeep Wrangler JK frame and ends with an Earth-moving Cummins Diesel engine—with lots of impressive axle, drivetrain, and chassis tweaks in between.
Check out each video in the series using the links below and scroll to the bottom for a photo gallery of Ian’s progress.