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Cruiser of the Week: Wild Willys!

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Gary Misko purchased this 1939 Willys sedan more than 10 years ago and drove it home from British Columbia. The car was already a cool cruiser, but back in 2005 he opted to do a complete overhaul. With big help from his brother Tim, the dynamic duo transformed this rare Willys into one of Manitoba's finest street rods.

The ground-up build has just been completed and includes a new frame, fresh bodywork, and a 355 Chevrolet engine built by Turbo Automotive complete with Brodix heads, a Weiand blower and a Demon 750 cfm carburetor. A fresh Turbo-350 automatic transmission was also rebuilt by R&R transmission.

The Misko brothers did all the body work, and the Dana Red paint was masterfully applied by Colin Anderson at Landau Lincoln. Dan Webber in Alexandria, Minnesota was commissioned to do the custom interior.

Misko, who is a long-time member of the Manitoba Street Rod Association and a former president of the club, was quick to thank his friends and family, especially his brother Tim, for helping him resurrect his hot-rod Willys.

-- Paul 'Willy' Williamson

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 10, 2011 F2

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