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Old 11-11-2015, 11:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Willys Tow Rig

Been slowly working on a 49 Willys Pickup since June. 9" stretched cab, 6" stretched bed, custom 2x4 rect tube frame, 94 Cummins 12 valve, 3 linked Dana 60 front, tri 4 linked Dana 70 rear, D2600 air bags all around. Had it sitting on 32s during a lot of the mock up. Grabbed the 37s off the Cherokee the other day to get some ideas. Thinking Ill end up running 35s.

Hoping to have it done here in a couple more months.





I didn't want to stretch the hood so the engine is sitting pretty far back.



Floor was rotted so I redid the whole thing.



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Old 11-11-2015, 12:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Excited to see this one come together. Digging the work on the floors.
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Old 11-11-2015, 01:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yea seriously clean work on the floors and the seat box. I like it a lot.

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Old 11-11-2015, 01:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the compliments guys. I few more pictures for your entertainment.

What the firewall ended up looking like.



Dash modified to fit stock Dodge Cluster.



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Old 11-11-2015, 01:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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When I was building the frame. Still need to go through and do some fishplating.





Engine crossmember.



Currently working on the fuel cell. 36 gallons. Before anyone asks; yes, I know the diamond plate is inside out. lol

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Old 11-11-2015, 02:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 11-11-2015, 03:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Wow! Killer so far!
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Old 11-11-2015, 09:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Very nice work. The cab stretch looks clean.
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Old 11-11-2015, 09:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That looks right :-D
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Old 11-11-2015, 09:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks guys. Still a ways to go. Think I'm going to finish everything else up before I dig back into the cab. Still have to do the rain gutter and rocker panel. Got quite a bit of oil canning on the roof. Hoping I'm going to be able to shrink it out.
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Old 11-12-2015, 05:58 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Very cool.
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Old 11-12-2015, 09:38 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Definitely subscribed to this one. Great project! I've been wanting to build a 12v Willys Truck tow rig for a long time.
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You left out a "g" on the crossmember "Cummins"











tow rig so far
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Looks awesome!!! Really digging the clean work you have done!
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:23 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Definitely subscribed to this one. Great project! I've been wanting to build a 12v Willys Truck tow rig for a long time.
Just remember I had to move the firewall back about 8.5" around the engine. Even then I am a little closer to the radiator than I would like.

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HAHA. One of the guys at work said the same thing.
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Old 11-21-2015, 11:14 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Custom turbo manifold out of sheet metal? Sure!

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Old 11-27-2015, 12:49 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Really nice build buddy!

I wish we had the amount of base body's/cabs on this side of the pond
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Old 11-28-2015, 01:07 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Is that turbo manifold going to take the heat in the long term? Just curious, it seems most are either cast iron or stainless.
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Old 11-29-2015, 06:58 AM   #20 (permalink)
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if it is 1/4" wall, I don't see why not, 1/8" might crack over time around the welds. If he keeps the fuel down enough and keeps the EGTs below 1200, it should hold up for a long time.
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Old 11-29-2015, 09:18 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I appreciate the compliments guys.

The walls are 3/16", flanges are 3/8". I don't plan on going over 1200* more than a split second at a time. I believe it will hold up. Most OEM tubular headers are just mild steel.

I ordered all the transmission parts last week. Pieced together rebuild kit following Big Blue's clutch pack upgrades, RevMax Stage 3 Torque Converter, Transgo TFOD-Diesel Shift Kit, and Goerend Billet apply lever, strut, and anchor. This thing should be driveable in 2 weeks time.

I got a line on a new/used S400 turbo for an awesome deal. I might be working in the compound turbo setup sooner than I thought. Just need to order a couple external wastegates.
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Just curious here but how do you plan on handling DOT with this, I know a guy had problems towing with his 94 4Runner with a 6BT Conversion with DOT. I imagine it would be pretty easy to surpass the GVWR of the Willys in Stock Spec with just a trailer.
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Just curious here but how do you plan on handling DOT with this, I know a guy had problems towing with his 94 4Runner with a 6BT Conversion with DOT. I imagine it would be pretty easy to surpass the GVWR of the Willys in Stock Spec with just a trailer.
Honestly haven't thought about it. Lol I would think a 4Runner would grab more attention (as far as not being capable of towing a load) than a pickup truck, yea? But I will definitely have to look into that.
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