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1966 Rural Wagon Oklahoma City, OK eBay

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UPDATE: Back on eBay

(10/19/2016) These wagons were produced in Brazil between 1960-1977. Learn more at the 3B site. This is likely one of only a couple of these in the US.

“1966 Willys Wagon / Willys Wagoneer. This is a very nice car and runs great The car is in good condition, seats that are in good condition (small tear on passenger side). Car is ready to go.”

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16 Comments on “1966 Rural Wagon Oklahoma City, OK eBay

  1. Lew

    I wonder if you could swap out firewall forward with traditional Willys body parts. Nice clean body, dash is slightly different from Willys. You have to put in a MPH speedo in place of the KMPH speedo in there now. Unless its just really fast.

  2. Mike

    I always admired this re-style of the old style Willys “Crackerbox” wagon. I’m curious to know how it got into the United States, very little information the the ebay listing. I believe a Ford 6 cylinder engine was standard equipment from the factory. My friend, Georgie the “k” went to Brazil years ago and shot some video of a Rural Willys wagon.

  3. David Eilers Post author

    Mike,

    I was puzzled over the lack of specifics in general as well, specifically how it got in the US.

    – Dave

  4. Steve E.

    Four years ago, I asked a Brazilian friend if he could import the front fenders, hood, and grill from one of these assuming they would fit an American Willys Wagon. He didn’t have any positive input, so I abandoned the idea. Now I can see even more differences than just the front end.

    The engine in the photo is a F head six, F6-161, the same engine as used in 2WD wagons in the early 1950’s, in Willys Aero Cars, and in the ’54 Darrin. I have one at the machine shop getting a rebuild to re-power my ’49 Jeepster. It will add 50% more HP than the L4-134, and will bolt right up with the motor mounts from the six. The frame is already drilled for either the four or six cylinder engine mounts.

    I wonder how this front end would look on an early Jeepster…

    **Steve E.**

  5. Mike

    I emailed the seller and received this reply concerning relevant information.

    Hi Mike,
    Sorry for that. I’m a rookie on selling cars…
    I brought this car with me when I was transferred to US in 2008. On my contract I could bring 2 containers with personal belongings and a car.
    You’re right, one of the requirements for the car was to be an approved model or an exempt model (was the case of the Rural).
    At that time Graebel handed me all the importation/customs paperwork and I got the car transferred and titled in US with no issues at all.

    Eduardo

  6. David Eilers Post author

    Mike: That’s useful info.
    Steve: I should be able to mock that up in photoshop if I can find some time.

  7. Colin Peabody

    Did the seller say how much he was asking for it, how many miles it has on it and does it have overdrive? Does it have the straight front axle like the 56-64 American Willys wagons, or does it have a more conventional unequal A arm setup for a smoother ride? Looks like you would have to change the sheet metal below the cowl and in front of the doors to install the new sheet metal.. The sheet metal looks like it has several pieces that comprise the fenders,( 3 pieces, top of fender, rear of fender and lower section with headlight with the grille is a separate setup, with the center portion, plus the lower valance, then the hood. The firewall appears to have some strengthening channels, probably to support the extra weight of the body panels.

    If someone could get a hold of Brooks Stevens drawings of the Rural, you could probably tell what was needed. I’m sure that Willys do Brasil had a limited budget to do the updated sheet metal, so any chassis changes would have been minimal to be able to use the existing parts on hand. The dash is just enough different than the US units that makes me think the entire windshield frame, dash and firewall to include the cowl are one piece and are unique to the Rural. The tailgate is different, thicker and with an added sculpting on the lower quarter of the metal.

    I think when Ford took over production of Willys do Brasil, by 1970 they were using Brazilian built Ford engines and drive trains, but before that they used the Willys stuff. I wonder if the Brazilian law change that required Brazilian made parts had anything to do with Kaiser selling off the Jeep brand in the USA to AMC. AMC didn’t have the capability to produce the vehicles in Brazil but Ford did? Anyone have any thoughts on that? I think Willys do Brasil was an offshoot of Willys Export Corporation, which may have gone away with the sale of Jeep to AMC.

    If you could get a hold of a F-161 Brazilian made head that had the dual carb setup used in the Brazilian Aero sedans, that would be way cool to use on the American made F-161, and good for about an additional 25-30 hp over the stock 90hp. Just thinkin’!

    I sure liked the Jeepster that Steven’s designed using the Rural front end. The rear body is very similar to the 4WD Jeepsters from 67-72. Wish they had made that vehicle here in the US!

  8. Dan B.

    I dig on this wagon, but how would you register and insure it in the US? Heck, I had enough trouble with my 1964 Kaiser (we call it Wiillys) Wagon.

  9. Mike

    Dan B, Read my previous post of October 20. The owner states that the wagon is already titled in the United States, not a problem.

  10. Dan B.

    Thanks Mike. I was wondering more about getting it re-registered in a state other than Oklahoma. Some states are probably easier than others. You could almost see the smoke coming out of the California DMV’s computers when I told them I wanted to register a 1964 Kaiser from Arizona. It worked out thanks to the industrious clerk, but not without some work. And a call to Hagarty or similar would take care of the insurance question.

    Good luck to the seller.

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