Designed by the legendary Brooks Stevens, who along with Raymond Loewy, was a founding member of The Industrial Designers Society of America. A wonderfully useful body style with great lines and proportions that end themselves to modern use with ease. Our client had childhood memories related to this model, and decided to reward himself with an ICON Derelict version as an adult. We found this vehicle in West Virginia, where it had been used (since new) at a boy’s summer camp. It ferried kids to and fro the train, and to the doctor’s office in town when required. The camp closed in the 1980’s, and the Willys was stored inside ever since. With amazing all original paint and interior, this lightly patina-ed two door wagon was a perfect candidate for our work. We engineered a modern GM Erod emissions certified 5.3 fuel injected V8 with a five speed transmission. Art Morrison chassis with independent front suspension, and four link rear. Hydroboost four wheel disc brakes, rack & pinion steering, modern A/C, Bluetooth audio system, removable powered refrigerator and more. What a great vehicle!
The inside of the vehicle has been coated in Dynamat. That includes the doors, roof, firewall and quarter panels. Then the front floors, and underside of the entire body (prior to reassembly) has been treated and coated in polyurea. This reduces heat transfer, road noise, and corrosion potential.
The nose is a familiar design because the vehicle was developed after the war, to take advantage of the Willys Jeep popularity during the war, to give the returning servicemen something to buy when they got back to civilian life.
It's a smart phone dock! We designed and CNC'ed this in aluminum, then painted it to match the original paint on the other dash panels. It is a sub-module, so when the phone evolves, it is easy to update. This gives you Bluetooth, charging, voice to text and music management without some ugly traditional stereo head unit.
What a great horn button and wheel design! We kept the original wheel and column, then altered it to have a break-away section for added safety. In doing so, we lost the functionality of this cool horn button.
So we decided to improve with original turn signal switch stalk, designing this one with the horn button added on the tip. We crafted it in stainless steel. Since our client is a trombone player, we used that as the graphic, instead of the generic bugle you usually see.