1948 Willys Overland Jeep Truck – Kaycee’s Corner Carver
A 1948 Willys Overland Jeep Truck is normally found on farm duty, not the AutoCross track. But as we have learned over the years, people in hot rodding have big imaginations. It’s part of what makes rodding and racing so fun.
A classic Willys will always be revered as one of the most influential pieces of machinery in American history. The Willys brand played a pivotal role in wars and farming then on American drag strips.
This 1948 Willys Overland Jeep Truck however is nothing like any of those. It’s a classic with a female’s touch. After all, most girls have always had a love affair with Jeeps. 17-year-old Kaycee Howe is not like most teenagers. She had no desire for a Jeep Wrangler or SUV to take her to school and back.
In fact, Kaycee initially wanted to build a 1948-54 Chevy pickup. Then a strange thing happened. While in a hotel with her dad and brother, the Barrett-Jackson auction was on TV. A Willys pickup just so happened to roll across the block and right then and there Kaycee’s mind was made up that she had to have one.
With the help of her brother Josh, they both worked on prepping the body for paint. It was painted purple because, well, it’s her favorite color and it’s not a common color you see on a vehicle. Now, dad was dead set against painting it purple which is ironic since he can’t even see purple being that he’s colorblind. What’s even better is that since he bought the paint, he now takes all the credit for picking the color you see here. LOL.
When it came time for the interior, it was Kaycee’s time to shine. The door panels were cut and made from scratch, as well as the gauge bezel, armrests, and the speaker boxes. New vintage gauges were added, and A/C will be added soon.
Now that the Willy’s is finished after its two and a half year build, it’s time for her to enjoy it and she has! She’s entered the truck in some AutoCross events and the results are positive. With more track time will come quicker times but we can tell you the Schwartz Performance chassis mods work like charm keeping it flat in the twists.
Even more excitement is forthcoming as Kaycee will have the honor of showcasing her 1948 Willys Overland Jeep Truck in the Quite Ride Solutions booth at SEMA this fall. Go find her and give her a fist bump. She’s a cool next generation racer and rodder!