Colossal Willys-MB Jeep is Awe-inspiring

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This 2.5:1 scale Willys-Overland MB classic sits on 46-inch wheels, and will receive a Cummins R2.8 turbo diesel.

According to FCA, Willys-Overland began producing Jeeps with the introduction of the MB for the military in 1941. Jeep says that during WWII, “The tough, simple … 4×4 became the GI’s best friend—second only to his rifle. One MB was even awarded a Purple Heart and sent home. General George C. Marshall, U.S. Army Chief of Staff during World War II, … described the Jeep Brand 4×4 as ‘America’s greatest contribution to modern warfare.'”

In other words, the MB was a big deal, but it wasn’t as big a deal as this MB. Literally.

The Youtube channel OFF ROAD N Chill captured footage of an insane build called the Big Willy Jeep, a 2.5:1 scale recreation of the Willys MB military legend. As you can imagine, it’s a custom.

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It uses what seems like acres of sheet metal and miles of welds. The hood latches could probably be used as anchors for RC boats. There’s a chance an entire rubber tree forest went into creating the massive tires, which the video’s host said are 46s in the comments section.

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So what’s going to power this monster? A nuclear reactor? An Infinity Gem? Nope. Right now, it looks as if the people behind this bonkers build are going to use a Cummins R2.8 turbo diesel that generates 161 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque in stock tune. There’s a long way to go before that gets dropped in, though.

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Provided that the Big Willy Jeep crew gets the funding it’s pursuing, it’s going to showcase the enormous one-off at this year’s Burning Man festival and then haul it to SEMA. We have a feeling if they get the Big Willy Jeep to Vegas, that it’ll be an outdoor display.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum, Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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