Monstrous Willys MB is a Jeep Fit for a Titan

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‘Big Willy’ is a massive tribute Jeep that packs 2.8-liter Cummins turbo-diesel I4 with 161 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque.

Many Jeep enthusiasts go big with their vehicles by lifting them higher off the ground and getting larger wheels and tires installed. Ian Liljeblad, the man who created the giant homage to the Willys MB you see here, went big in every way possible.

Instead of taking an MB and modifying it to be bigger and badder, he made an oversized one from scratch. Liljeblad used a 1942 model as his inspiration and fabricated one of his own – in 1.648:1 scale. You may remember seeing a very early version of Big Willy here on JK-Forum earlier this year. The same Youtuber who shot it then, Marlon Iannicelli from the channel OFF ROAD N Chill, brings us an up-close look at it in this recent video.

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From a distance, Big Willy may seem cartoonish and unreal, but it’s very much a reality. A functional one, too. Yes, Big Willy is driveable. All Liljeblad has to do is climb into the gargantuan driver’s seat (its size brings the marble chair that’s part of the Lincoln Memorial to mind) and press down on the blocks attached to the tops of the pedals, and use both arms to turn to the huge wheel.

Although the gauges on the dashboard are stickers, there is an engine under Big Willy’s enormous hood, which is held in place by latches the size of small anchors. Liljeblad chose a 2.8-liter Cummins turbo-diesel I4 with 161 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque for the job of turning his creation’s enormous Michelins.

jk-forum.com Giant Willys MB Jeep

Speaking of turning, Big Willy’s front and rear Dana 60s allow both ends to change direction, which should help cut down on what is bound to be an absolutely huge turning radius. Piles of leaf springs curve right below them and are tasked with handling Big Willy’s undoubtedly ample weight.

jk-forum.com Giant Willys MB Jeep

If Liljeblad is able to find a trail wide enough to fit Big Willy, he can travel down it knowing he’s got huge LED headlights and a Warn winch up front to help him out of sticky situations. We’d suggest he go just as big as his Willys MB rig and connect the cable to a tree strap wrapped around something large and sturdy enough to help. Like a giant Redwood.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Texas State University, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism from Austin Community College as well. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK-Forum.com and Ford-Trucks.com, Derek also contributes to other outlets. He started There Will Be Cars on Instagram and Facebook to get even more automotive content out to fellow enthusiasts.

Derek can be contacted at [email protected]

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