The Willys Jeep was developed to help soldiers cross the battlefield quickly and easily in WWII. The army Jeep isn’t the best starting off point when building a drag car, but as this nine-second Willys from the recent Street Car Takeover in Chandler, Arizona proves, it’s more than capable of lighting up the 1320 with the right parts installed.
The nine-second Willys receives its power from a twin-turbocharged General Motors LS V8 engine the owner pulled from a junkyard. On just 10 psi of boost, the V8 churns out a healthy 661 horsepower at the tires and 805 lb-ft of torque. The best quarter-mile pass on the rat-rod Jeep so far is a 9.94 @ 134 mph, which is pretty darn good for a vehicle that, in the owner’s words, wasn’t built for the dragstrip.
Watch the V8-converted army runabout embarrass multiple purpose-built muscle cars at the dragstrip in the video above.