I am a newbie, and very curious about successful conversion to 4 wheel drive of an loder (1949) Jeepster. It has the 6 cylinder engine and I have a donor willys pickup truck with 4 wheel drive am I kidding myself about it maybe being "simple" willygoat
I have seen several conversions with the older W.O.Jeepster body being placed on another running gear. The '50's p.u. and may be the wagon, frame is nearly a bolt up from what I have been told. If my feeble memory is correct, the rear body mount will have to be altered a little to make the W.O. Jeepster body fit.
With enough time, money and knowledge you can do almost anything to a vehicle. But have you considered upgrading to a 67 - 71 Jeepster to start with. They have a much better four wheeler look to them and it is already a four wheel drive vehicle that can go out the first day (assuming its not a box of parts) and play and then the fun begins to upgrade to what you want it to be. Besides those late 40's early 50's Jeepsters look much cooler sittin down in the weeds.