What's a Four Door?

Willys 4-door sedan, before.

When Tim's new Willys sedan arrived from Pennsylvania he is reported to have said "Too many doors." When asked by his buddies why he didn't just buy a coupe, he replied, "Coupes are for chickens." Willys did not make a 2-door Sedan in 1941. But 65 years later, so-called Willys experts found themselves debating this fact at the '06 Run-To-The-Sun at Lake Havasu. So seamless was the conversion from four- to two-doors, that some were fooled into thinking Willys-Overland must have snuck one by them. Family members who heard these arguments had a hard time keeping a straight face.

Willys - Arrival Willys - Hood

Above, left is what the car looked like by the time we took over the project. The first order of business was to get it into the body shop, smooth off the rough edges, and get it ready for that beautiful paint job.

Willys - bodyshop 1 Willys - bodyshop 2

Rosalio applies his skilled hands to the finish work.

Willys - bodyshop 3 Willys - bodyshop 4

Once the body is finished, it's off to the paint shop.

Willys - paint shop 1 Willys - paint shop 2

Troy applies the basecoat color. It looks bronze, but PPG calls it amber. There is also a little fine metal flake in there.

Willys - masking for flames Willys - Pete Finlan

"Hot Dog" Pete Finlan tapes off the ghost flames.

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(Note: "Vineyard Ave." has been changed to "Auto Park Way." Our address has changed, but not our physical location.)

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