Kenny Hauk’s Wild ’48 Willys ~ Hauk .45

Kenny Hauk’s Wild West '48 Willys ~ Hauk .45

Kenny Hauk’s wild western creation ~ Hauk .45 ~ aims to combine the gun-slinging history of the Colt .45 ~ the “gun that won the West” ~ with the old workhorse of the heartland, a vintage 1948 Willys pickup truck.

Kenny Hauk’s Wild West '48 Willys ~ Hauk .45 Offroad
Kenny Hauk’s Wild West ’48 Willys ~ Hauk .45 Offroad

What began as a 1948 Willys pickup truck now features an 8-inch cab stretch with a 3-inch chop. The engine bay has been stretched 11 inches to accommodate the 12-valve Cummins diesel transplanted into the Willys.

The body features a custom faux aged finish, tail lights made from repurposed turn-of-the-century motorcycle headlights, reclaimed chicken-wire glass, an aged antique walnut bed, machined gun-cylinder bed rails, one-off shell casing lug nuts, and Colt .45 Peacemaker door handles.

Watch a Hauk .45 Diesel Willys Dyno Run

Dyno run of the Hauk Designs 1948 Diesel Willys at the 2017 Unlimited Off-Road Show at the Texas Motor Speedway…

The Hauk .45 was one of the most detailed builds at The SEMA Show 2016. Kenny Hauk, owner of Hauk Designs and River Raider Offroad talks about the western inspired build…

Kenny Hauk’s 1948 Willys Pickup Features and Specifications

  • Hand Engraved Filigree Details
  • Reclaimed Chicken Wire Glass
  • One-off Shell Casing Lug Nuts
  • Faux Aged Paint and Airbrushed Finish
  • Aged Antique Walnut Bed with
    Machined Gun Bed Rails


  • Custom Leather Interior
  • Hidden Kicker Audio System
  • Hand Turned Walnut Steering Wheel
  • Sheriff Badge Interior Handles
  • Colt .45 Peacemaker Door Handles
  • Skeleton Key Ignition Switch


  • 16” Fox Coilovers
  • Synergy Custom 3-Link Suspension
  • Hydro Assist Steering


  • GM 6L80E Automatic
  • Sport Tuning & Performance
  • Engraved Turbonetics Turbo
  • 6” Exhaust Stack

Wheels & Tires

  • 17″ Dodge Dually Wheels
  • 41.5″ Pitbull Rocker Tires


  • Industrial Injections 12V Cummins
  • J.E. Reel 1350 Driveshafts
  • Chevy Dana 60 Dually Axle
  • GM 14 Bolt Dually Axle with Artec Truss


  • Re-purposed Motorcycle Taillights
  • Custom Edison Bulb Headlights