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Drive Train


The Willys Pickup was produced from 1947 through 1965. It was introduced in 1947 with 2WD and 4WD models. There were only a few styling changes made to the pickup over the years. In 1950 a new front grill was introduced mid year. Another front grill change occurred in 1954. In 1960, the two piece windshield was replaced with a one piece windshield.

The Willys Pickup was offered in various configurations over the year including chassis only, chassis and cab, pickup, and platform stake bed.

Drive Train


The Willys Pickup was introduced with the "Go Devil" L-Head 134 I4 engine. In 1950 "Hurricane" F-Head 134 I4 replaced the L-Head engine. In 1954 the "Super Hurricane" L-Head 226 I6 was offered. In 1955 the F-Head became optional and the 226 became standard. In 1957, the F-Head was not offered in the Willys pickup, but it became available again in 1959. Revisions were made to the 226 in 1959 that gave it slightly lower HP, but HP and torque peaks were at lower RPM. In 1963, the "Tornado" 230 I6 introduced in the pickup and the F-Head was dropped again. In 1964, a low HP version of the 230 was available. In the final year, only the high HP version of the 230 was available.


The Willys Pickup was equipped with a column shift T-90 3 speed which was replaced with a floor shift version of this transmission in mid year 1949.

Transfer Case

The 26 tooth small hole Dana/Spicer 18 transfer case was used.


The front axle used in Willys Pickups was the Dana/Spicer 25 with drum brakes. The rear axle was the semi-floating Timken 51510. The standard ratio with the I4s was 5.38 with 6.17 and 4.88 optional. The standard ratio with the I6s was 4.88 with 5.38 optional.

Production Information

Serial Number Locations

Serial numbers are located on the left frame rail on the outside near the front. An additional ID plate is located on the left of the drivers seat floor riser.

The engine number was located at the top front of the engine block on the water pump boss.

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Russ Neptune (1/24/2012)
I'm in the process of changing the engine oil in my 1952 willys pu. What type of oil do I use. detergent or non-detergent, oil additive etc.
- Thanks Russ

Russ Neptune (10/14/2011)
I just bought a 1952 wills pu, and would like to know if it is possible for that year truck to have a 6-226 as it's original engine. The specs show that the 50 to 54 trucks had a 4-134 F head engine. thank you!!!

russ neptune (6/15/2011)
engin starting procedure for a willys truck that has been sitting in doors
for the last 23 years.
It was running when it was put in the building.

joe conway (5/14/2011)
trying to find year of my pickup ser # 2406w19 301137 any help thanks

lfichter1@hotmai.com (5/7/2011)
Just posted a request asking if a 1946-47 block can replace my bad block on a 1963 super hurricane engine.

larry (5/7/2011)
I have a bad block for 1963 226 super hurricane engine. Have located a 1956 or 57 226. Are the blocks the same?

gwpullin (3/18/2011)
I have a Willys pickup with the serial number on the drivers seat floor riser. It is serial number 53268 564434. Aproximately what year model is it?
my email is gwpullin@hotmail.com if you can reply.
Thank you

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