Lance Shipston is restoring a Willys Overland Whippet with his father, Harold.
Lance Shipston is restoring a Willys Overland Whippet with his father, Harold. Jim Nicholls

Pair breathe life into Whippet car

IN WHAT could be described as a labour of love, Laidley mechanics Harold and Lance Shipston are steadily restoring an old Willys Overland Whippet to its original condition.

The father and son combination from Budget Wise Mechanical in Kirston Street said they had already spent four months working on the old vehicle, and had about as long still to go.

"It's a 1929 model that was originally a sedan," Harold said.

"But back in the Great Depression, more fuel was made available for working vehicles, so the owner removed the roof and converted it into a truck.

"We still have a lot of work to do on the electrics, upholstery and suspension before it will eventually be ready to be registered."

The Willys was bought from local businessman David Klinge, who said the old truck was used to round up cows on a farm at Rosewood.

"It worked there for some time before suddenly stopping one day and refusing to go any further," Mr Klinge said. "It then sat out in the paddock for about 20 years until it came into my possession."

Mr Klinge said he was pleased to see the old girl being cared for, and he looked forward to the day it was back to its original condition.



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