Randy Ellis Design chops '45 Jeep Willys CJ-2A into a hottest Rat Rod

This 1945 Jeep Willys CJ-2A Rat Rod is the creation of Randy Ellis Design, the self-professed 1-stop metal fabrication shop based in Phoenix, Arizona. More than just a show car, the vehicle is well adapted for the off roading lifestyle. Though it was built on weekends and during off hours, the entire mod took just 5 weeks’ time to be completed. Finished to a new military standard, everything in the 1945 Jeep Willys CJ-2A Rat Rod is custom made-from the military markings to the custom O.D. Green paint finish. To support the channeled and chopped body, custom-made 3.73 gears and 12 bolt rear axle were put together along with a hand build suspension and chassis.

Randy Ellis Design's 1945 Jeep Willys CJ-2A Rat Rod
Randy Ellis Design's 1945 Jeep Willys CJ-2A Rat Rod

The mod is powered by a 1977 Chevy 350 V-8 engine that mated to a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission from a '77 Chevy. The front grille on the vehicle is sourced from a 1945 CJ-2A model and hides a Ron Davis radiator behind it. A Spal electric fan was mounted into a full-fitting aluminum shroud that features hinged doors which allow full-flow through the radiator and can be opened up at faster speeds. The cool-running engine gives the 1945 Jeep Willys CJ-2A Rat Rod a cruise speed of 60-70 mph. The vehicle sits on 15x8 Pro Comp steel wheels wrapped around 50R15 General Grabber MT tires.

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Randy Ellis Design's 1945 Jeep Willys CJ-2A Rat Rod
Randy Ellis Design's 1945 Jeep Willys CJ-2A Rat Rod
The driver's seat and tub tuck a front and rear bag system with air-height controls in between them. The low-backed Bestop CJ seats compliment the fold-out windshield, vintage-inspired Stewart Warner gauges and interior appointments including the air conditioning, the air cleaner lid and the glove box door. The 1945 Jeep Willys CJ-2A Rat Rod features a military canvas cover which is matched to rear-view mirror and the white stenciling-encrusted custom military-grade paintjob.

This Randy Ellis Design creation comes with sufficient space at the back to carry a few foldable chairs and camping gear which makes it the perfect off roader for the classy outdoorsman. Even though the vehicle looks like more of a formula racing spec vehicle, the 1945 Jeep Willys CJ-2A Rat Rod offers a fresh perspective to the culture of hot rod design. Although an unlikely candidate for an off-roader, the vehicle has made a round trip from Phoenix to Las Vegas spanning over 800 miles.

The vehicle was recently showcased at the Lake Havasu, Arizona-based Rockabilly Reunion and has even been featured on several shows. The 1945 Jeep Willys CJ-2A Rat Rod has also been on Scotty Gossen’s “Rat Rods” a CarTech book that features major rat rod designs from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Via: JP Magazine

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