The Very First Test Drive Of My 1948 Jeep Project Was A Giant Mudfest

You’ve seen the first road test of my 1948 Willys CJ-2A already, but that wasn’t truly the very first time this Willys drove under its own power post-rebuild, because before that, I romped through the mudpit in my backyard. Talk about an engine break-in procedure.

Hammering on a rebuilt engine isn’t exactly the smartest of moves, but when your backyard has a big mudpit in it, you just finished buttoning up a Willys CJ-2A, and you’ve got a prominent strand of redneck in your blood, some things just happen.

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Alright, I’ll admit that the mud was a bit thicker than I expected, and I ended up getting stuck immediately as I hadn’t thought to put the thing into four-wheel drive, and the transfer case was being fussy. But eventually, my friend Brandon (who is really the brains behind a lot of this project), got the Jeep out by powering it through the mud and back onto some dry grass.

Obviously, I couldn’t let Brandon have all the fun, so I had a turn, and that Willys spun those tires with vigor, slinging up heaps of mud all over me and the Jeep. It was fantastic.

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That first drive was probably the most fun I’ve ever had in a vehicle, in part because of just how rewarding it was to think that that engine’s crankshaft sat on my drier just two weeks prior. And now it sings a beautiful tune as it powers the Jeep through the thick slosh.

 

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David Tracy

Writer, Jalopnik. 1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle, 1985 Jeep J10, 1948 Willys CJ-2A, 1995 Jeep Cherokee, 1992 Jeep Cherokee auto, 1991 Jeep Cherokee 5spd, 1976 Jeep DJ-5D, totaled 2003 Kia Rio