Killer Willy

If you have been into street rodding for any amount of time you probably have heard the name Killer Thompson come up. Killer is an avid street rodder from Caledonia, Mississippi who is always building or buying street rods, which means you just never know what’s going to be in his shop or parked in the driveway. On a recent trip through Mississippi, we made a detour over to Killer’s shop to see what his current toy collection looked like. The newest completed toy is this 1941 Willys, which I figure probably won’t be around long since he has a Willys gasser being built in one shop while a radical ’34 Ford coupe is being built in another. But for the time being when Killer gets the urge to go cruising or just play around it’s usually this bright yellow Willys that gets cranked up.

Killer’s ’41 Willys was built turnkey less interior by WarHawk Performance of Glenn Allen, Alabama. The fiberglass body features carbon fiber wheel tubs, underside of the hood is in a carbon fiber finish while the exterior of the body is slicked out in chrome yellow paint. The chassis is a custom piece built by Jerry Rasbury that features a 4-bar coil over suspension with a Ford 9-inch with 3.50 gears on the rear. The front suspension is a Heidt’s IFS with rack & pinion steering. The tire and wheel combination on this street rod is, pardon the pun, but a killer thanks to Mickey Thompson Tires and Weld Wheels. 

The motor for this bright as the sun Willys is a Chevy 402 big block with all of the goodies including an Edelbrock Endurashine 2x4 set up. Fender well headers hooked up a three inch exhaust system gives the big block plenty of breathing room while a Tru Kool radiator from Speedway Motors keeps everything under the hood cool as this car looks. Transmission of choice for this street rod is a well built 700R4 equipped with a TCI 2800 stall converter.

The interior of this rod was dressed out by Danny George Interiors of Vernon, Alabama. The interior is red leather with black Ostrich inserts in the seats and door panels. The interior has all the creature comforts from the power seats, power windows, gauges by Classic Instruments and an Ididit tilt column mounted with a Boyds steering wheel.

Killer’s ’41 Willys was built in 2010 and he has had the pleasure of playing with his newest toy for almost a year now. With the other projects still under construction Killer should be able to keep on Cruisin’ in Style in this Willys for many months to come.

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