This week’s Builders Showroom “Pick of the Week” is coming to you from Divers Street Rods in Startup, Washington. A shop that is well known around the world for finely crafted custom builds. Suffice it to say a shop earns some pretty serious cred when they have a Riddler winner in their stable. It all started back in the early ’80’s when Tim Divers found his nirvana volunteering at a Street Rod Shop and he has never looked back. “Why follow the pack when you can be the leader?” was the founding principle behind the opening of Divers Street Rods. Soon there after Tim added “Think out of the box” and “Dare to be different” to his mantra. Rounding out the four principles Tim Divers follows in life as well as in hot rod building, “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room”. So the builds coming out of a shop founded on those principles are incredibly unexpected and over the top. This week we’re bringing you their 1950 Willys Jeepster, a pristine example of a hard working hot rod. So, here’s the skinny on this bad to the bone backcountry cruiser. It’s powered by Chevy 502ci big-block V-8, that was dyno’d at 502 horsepower at 5,100 rpm. Those wild horses are married to 4L85E automatic trans with a NP 263 transfer case. It’ll take what the backcountry has to offer with a custom Y link front and custom 4-link rear suspension with King 2.5 remote-reservoir coilovers. The axles are Currie RockJock 60’s with 4.88 ARB Air Lockers. It has custom steering with a Chevy Silverado 2500HD box and a King stabilizer. It rolls on 20×10.5 Trail Ready aluminum six-lug wheels with General Grabbers 35×12.50R20LT tires. It has a custom interior that includes a scratch-built console with a makeover done to all the vintage stock gauges and instruments. The seats are covered in black leather and have seat heaters and five-point harnesses: comfort and safety first. The build if full of custom additions; “Willys” insignias scattered throughout the interior, a four-point interior roll cage made out of 1-5/8-inch steel tube and a custom rear hatch with a storage cabinet inside the tail. The finishing touch on this radical rock crawler, the PPG Porsche Seal Gray base coat and Glasurit satin clear coat that was artfully applied by Divers finest. This is one heck way to take on off roading. Talk about cruising in style!
Now cast your eyes at one of Divers Street Rods finest.