Monstrous Willys MB is a Jeep Fit for a Titan
‘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.
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.
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.
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.