You may have seen a Jeep Willys there. Sure you've seen - the utilities with military roots is has been produced for 42 years, 1944 and 1986, and are among the most famous and popular off-road vehicles on the planet, and were also manufactured in Brazil by Willys and then by Ford, between 1954 and 1983. They are frugal and heavy duty vehicles, have a nice look and therefore are widely used trails and recreation today. And they do not need much power for this: in Brazil, for example, the Willys Jeep factory came with a six-in-line 2.6-liter 90 hp (although some prefer to install it the four-cylinder 2.5 the Chevrolet Opala or even good old Volkswagen AP).
Now, go tell the owner of this Jeep that he put too much power in his Jeep! His name is Justin Miller, he lives in Washington, Missouri, USA, and his Jeep Willys CJ-3A in 1953 now shows, proud, a V8 Chevrolet LS family. Are 4.8 liters and, thanks to a kit of nitrous oxide and neat preparation, the power reaches 1,000 hp. MIL HORSES. In a roofless Jeep, doors, airbags or even seat belts and weighing less than 900 kg. This guy is crazy.
So crazy, in fact, that we take a look at your creation more closely. But first, how about seeing the Jeep massacring a Corvette ZR-1, a Porsche Cayman and a Honda CB600 in drag?
Justin had to spend a few years convincing the owner of this Jeep, his neighbor, to sell it - he saw the CJ in the garage, in need of care, and had the dream of restoring it. In 2011 he was able to buy the Jeep and, six months later, he began what would be only a restoration process. Having served the US military for a few years and retired for health reasons, Justin wanted to pay tribute to the period of military service - nothing more appropriate, since the very Jeep appeared as a military vehicle and was only turned into a civilian vehicle after the Allies won World War II.
Thus, the Jeep logo was painted in the typical green of military vehicles and was decorated with war themes, such as ammunition boxes in the trunk and typography in stencil. Everyone knows that this visual fits like a glove in the Jeep, right? It did not take, however, that Justin realized that the original engine Jeep was too weak (being an American model 1953, probably it was the four-cylinder "Go Devil" of Willys, 2.2 liter and only 48 hp ). Then, jokingly, Justin told a friend that put a V8 LS in his Jeep.
Now ... if the idea is in the air, why leave all a joke? The V8 LS GM engines are not exactly difícieis to find in the US - just the opposite, actually. Thus, in 2013 the Willys already had the 4.8-liter V8 originally used in pickups and utilities like the Chevrolet Express and GMC Sierra. At the time the engine gave "only" 300 hp, which was enough to ensure a lot of fun, as shown in the video below:
Since then, Justin held some important modifications to the engine, being the main one was installing a mechanical compressor ProCharger operating at 1.1 bar pressure. Combined with a new system of injection and an edgier valve timing, the compressor has raised the horsepower to about 730 horsepower and 92.5 mkgf torque at the wheels. In addition, the engine earned a kit with two cylinders of nitrous oxide (suitably painted military green and exposed in the back, for everyone to see) that, when it comes into action, help to produce more than 300 hp. Do the math!
The exchange is the 480Le Chevrolet, four-speed automatic coupled to a torque converter Monster 3200 and Richmond differential with final drive ratio of 3.73: 1. The wheels are shod by a set of tires Mickey Thompson ET, while the suspension for rigid axles is completely stock, which is a beautiful demonstration of insanity.
Since then Justin's Jeep was relatively famous in the tuning community in the region, a presence at events like the SEMA Show last year. With a look so great a power-to-weight ratio of less than 1 kg / hp when nitro is activated and several videos around the internet, it is not hard to understand why.
Photos: GConnoyer Photography