Insane LSX-Powered Willys Jeep Kicks Sand on SEMA 2018

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LSX-Powered Willy Jeep

If you’re going to build a glorified dune buggy for SEMA, why not make it a 650 hp, LSX-powered vintage Willys Jeep pickup?

SEMA 2018 is officially upon us, which means that we Jeep fanatics are in for a week of insane custom rides and the latest and greatest in aftermarket parts. And we want to ensure that you get to take it all in, even if you couldn’t make it to Vegas. So we here at JK-Forum are coming to you live all week. And that’s exactly where we stumbled across this incredible Willys Jeep. Which might just be the craziest thing we’ll see at SEMA.

What was once a normal old 1954 Willys pickup has now been transformed into a sand kicking monster under the tutelage (and tools) of Colorado Sand Cars out of Windsor, Colorado. But this thing is far from your average vintage Jeep. Starting under the hood, where you’ll find a monstrous 650 hp LSX engine.

Willys Jeep SEMA 2018

That GM motor is backed up by a GM 6L90E transmission and the ever-tough Ford 9-inch rear end. And as you might imagine, the suspension is equally impressive. There you’ll find goodies like Fox Shocks and Wilwood brakes. And since this is really a glorified sand buggy, it also has a whopping 24-inches of suspension travel.

Willys Jeep SEMA 2018

A host of Vision X lighting and PRP racing seats and harnesses round out the extensive parts list. But lest you might think this amazing Jeep is nothing more than a dedicated off-roader, think again. Because it even carries a Vintage A/C unit! Which is obviously a nice luxury when you’re blasting across (and over) the hot desert sand.

Willys Jeep SEMA 2018

We’re just getting started here at SEMA 2018, and this incredible Jeep has already stolen our hearts. So stay tuned for all the awesome kit we’re bound to run into over the next few days!

Willys Jeep SEMA 2018

Photos for JK Forum by Nolan Browning

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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