Updating old auto engines
It had sought government financial assistance after over-producing, and agreed to limit future monthly car production to not more than 50% of its October, 1950 production, and to give first priority to defense production.
In 1952, with both military aircraft and K-F cars being produced at Willow Run, K-F informally participated in merger talks with Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation (Convair) and Atlas Corporation, a major Convair stockholder.
In March 1953, an agreement was reached that Kaiser Manufacturing Corporation would be re-named Willys Motors, Inc.
(still chartered in Pennsylvania) and take over W-O’s manufacturing assets and trademarks.
This motor is also a good upgrade for pre 1971 Volkswagen vehicles, easily replacing the 15-1600 cc single ports as well as the 12-1300 cc engines with almost no modifications.It offers major improvements in cylinder head design, carburetion, oiling and cooling, over these earlier motor configurations.It also offers much better performance and reliability and our GEX version is covered by our 12 month or 12,000 mile warranty.Brazilian F-head 6-161 engines were eventually improved with stud-mounted stamped rockers, full-floating piston pins with solid drilled rods, improved exhaust valves and manifolds, and sometimes dual carburetors mounted on a water-heated intake manifold.In its highest-performance version, the block was modified and the piston stroke was lengthened from 3-1/2 to 4 inches, producing 140 horsepower, same as the early-1960’s Toledo version of the 6-230 overhead-cam Jeep “Tornado” engine.Willys Jeepsters came with standard 134 cubic inch 4 cylinder engines, or (starting 1949) 148 cubic inch 6 cylinder engines; the 6-148 was eventually enlarged to 161cubic inches by increasing the piston diameter from 3 to 3-1/8 inches.K-F initially bought engines from Continental, but in 1947 leased part of Continental’s old East Jefferson Avenue engine factory in Detroit (just down the street from big Hudson and Chrysler plants) and made 6-226 engines with its own employees, paying By contrast, the Jeepster flathead 6-148/161 had its starter, generator, oil filler tube and distributor on the right side, and its manifolds, side valve covers and carburetor on the left, essentially the reverse of the 6-226.We've listed some common problems and potential causes below.First, identify the problem you've encountered with your engine, then rule out each potential cause.Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick!Some forums can only be seen by registered members.