4-Door Willys Wagons

I think the Willys Wagons were one of the most beautiful vehicles ever made. Well, for a truck, anyway. After all, the Willys Wagon is truly the original SUV. Willys Jeeps and pickups and even coupes are perennial favorites, but the wagons are the forgotten but good looking sister. In the Willys line of vehicles, the wagon is by far the hardest to find with a high-quality restoration or turned into a hotrod.Dave's 1951 Willys Wagon

I had a 51 wagon in the 90′s and loved it. My dream is to have another in the future but this time I want one  that has had a frame-off restoration, completely new running gear, and …four doors.

Willys Hy-RailMost Willys enthusiasts aren’t aware that the Willys Wagons ever came with four doors. That’s how rare they are. However, there was the Hy-Rail Fairmont made in the US. I haven’t been able to find how many were made, but it had to be a small run. They were made with a rail-road undercarriage that allowed the vehicle to run on the tracks. I’ve been able to come up with all of three in existence (although some say there is five) with only one  of those running.

Mitsubishi Jeep 4-Door WagonMany also don’t know Mitsubishi licensed the rights to build Willys vehicles in Japan. Naturally the models they made the most of were the Jeep CJ3B style. However, the wagon version they produced had four doors. This is music to my ears!!  Production ceased in 1987, over twenty years longer than anything with a Willys nameplate was manufactured in the US.

My long term plan is to import the body of one of the Mitsubishi 4-door wagons and do a complete custom build. Given that Willys Wagons are renowned for rust, importing a Mitsubishi gives me the opportunity to start with not only a much newer body, but I get my coveted four doors, along with the vertical panel wagon style rear doors instead of a tailgate. I’ll swap out that flat frontend for one with the V shape (as in the other two pics) as I like that much better and it should be a direct bolt on.

Ok, my 4-door wagon build is probably a couple years off, but I’m collecting information and developing the plans while I wait.

Update: I now have a site, WillysCountry.com, that has as much detail on the 4-door Hy-Rail Fairmont and and the Mitsubishi J30 wagon as I’ve been able to find and I will continue  to update it as I collect more detail.

4 Responses to “4-Door Willys Wagons”

  1. Marcus says:

    I have a 59 wagon. I have been looking into a 4-door conversion for years. Argentina also has the 4-door willys. I think it would be swell to just import the 2 rear doors from a foreign junk yard. Otherwise, if you take an extra set of front doors you can modify the window frame to be square as needed for a back door (eliminate triangel wing vent). Glad to see others on this track… If you are going to import some doors I would go in on it… Don’t know your location… I bet there are a number of folks in the wagon crowd who would pitch in… We could import a shipping container of willys doors.. lol. :0

  2. Jorge Garreta Mendoza says:

    Willys Jeep Wagon was made by Industrias Kaiser Argentina (IKA) for a long time beguining in 1957 till, may be 1974, I do not know exactly but could send you information and pictures if you wish.
    Over here, name was “Estanciera” and had a 6-cyl Continental engine, never equiped with 4-cyl motors.
    I do no knew about four door version. In Argentina there was a three door version, only producen in 1963 and 1966 and are very hard to find. There are a number of Estancieras still running today (2010)
    Regards from Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Jorge

  3. Steve Foster says:

    I have a ’52 willys wagon with a double door on the back instead of the tail gate/lift gate configuration and im just trying to figure out why i havent been able to find a picture of the wagon with the same style rear doors as mine PLEASE HELP if you have any information

  4. microbuss says:

    It’s uber rare cause all the 4 doors went to railroads only & Tyco once made made these as Hy-Rail vehicles in red & blue DO want to find one & re-Hy-rail it