Well where do we start with this one? Back after the war when the Americans pulled out of the Philippines they left a raft of military equipment and vehicles behind them. Amongst it was a number of Willys jeeps, these soon became a status symbol amongst the locals but the climate, being what it is on an island in the middle of a sea, soon took its toll on the unprotected metal parts and they rusted away. The Philipino people who are very good at this sort of thing, started to produce various replacement panels to repair the original with culminating in full bodies being produced in steel. These also rust so the next step was to produce the bodies in 100% stainless steel which is what we have here. You have to say the skill involved in hand beating and bending panels to make these is truly amazing!
This particular shell was purchased and then mounted onto a Daihatsu Sport Track 4×4 chassis and retains the full 4 wheel drive system, its 1600cc 16 valve engine and 5 speed box, this gives a crazy mix of Japanese engineering below a body that could of come out of the 1940s if you choose to put the earlier option and traditional round headlights back on.
On the road it drives well with the engine and box working well, yes it’s a bit bouncy but then all small jeeps feel like that, the power steering give a good feel and the brakes work very well. The inside for what it is, has a full complement of clocks (Note fuel gauge not working and speedo appears slow) and the rack of 4 spot lights mounted on the overhead roll bar work as blue halo style lights as well as spot lights, rear lights are full LED units. Seating is comfortable but we had to remove the rear seats for the MOT as they can tilt forward under emergency breaking and need to be modified if you want to use them on the road.
MOT was carried out July 2020 and it passed with no advisories so it’s ready to have fun this summer. Go on dare to be different and have some fun either on road or off.
There is a colour matched material roof with the car but to be honest we have not even fitted it.