30 CARS IN 30 DAYS: '41 Willys
By Dave Chapman
WOODHAVEN ó Willys from the 1940s have long been a favorite of hot-rodders, and if you have seen Lenny Chmajís flamed 1941 Willys, youíd know why.
Chmaj acquired his 1941 Willys a few years back by trading his 1953 Chevrolet Corvette replica for it.
The Willys that Chmaj traded for features a fiberglass Dennis Taylor body and chassis. The car already had flames on it, but they were not up to Chmajís standards.
With the help of friend Billy Amatucci, the car was prepped for paint. Amatucciís brother, Jeff Matuch, applied the flames to the carís body with Matuchís 16-year-old son, Jeff, painting the Willysí skull on the trunk.
The 496-cubic-inch big-block Chevrolet power plant recently was freshened by Chmaj. Before the rebuild, the Willys turned 10-second trips in the quarter mile. He hasnít had a chance to run it since the rebuild, so he is not sure what times it will now run.
Last Updated: 6/6/2012 1:58:44 PM EST