The Japanese Willys 441 Coupe

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American drag racing cars are rare in Japan, the one from the 40s are even more so. When I saw Andy’s Willys street drag racer, I fell in love with it.

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Nowadays plastic and even carbon fiber bumpers, FRP body kits and other carbon add-ons, so this car seems like a breath of fresh air. Everything has been left untouched, everything on the exterior at least. The car features a super-glossy deep red paint which really makes it stand out.

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The 441 Coupe sits on a set of Halibrand wheels, measuring 4,5×15’ upfront and 10×15’ in the rear. They are wrapped in 26×6-15 (front) and 28×12.5-15 (rear) Mickey Thompson drag tires.

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The car sits low on a Willys Unlimited chassis with a Mustang 2 front end with coilovers provided by Aldan American. It is powered by a Chevy small block stroker engine with a Tunnel Ram Intake, dual four-barrel Holley 750CFM carbs and it’s good for 550 hp. The transmission department was upgraded with an Art Carr TH400 3-speed gearbox and a Ford 9’ rear end.

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Andy kept interior mods to a minimum, most of them with drag racing in mind: an Auto Meter Pro-Comp 2 tachometer, a Limeworks steering wheel, a B&M shifter and special mounted Chrysler seats. The Vintage Air AC unit looks like it came fromt the factory floor.

 

 

 

 

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