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Old 03-05-2015, 07:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am 14 and just bought a Willy's

That was damn near 30 years ago. Time sure flies. Anyway, the Jeep started as a CJ3B that my dad built. He knew I wanted a Jeep for my first vehicle. He definitely took this into consideration when he decided on using an "Iron Duke" 4 cylinder and TH350 with 5.38 gears. It was quick but topped out at 60 going down hill.
Well, I made my payments and it was all mine before I turned 16.
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Old 03-05-2015, 07:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I rebuilt and re-powered it a few times over the years, but you know how it goes. It was time to do it all again. The plan this time was to update everything and make it more capable and a little more comfortable. Those old Willy's are pretty cramped.
Here is a pile of parts I am starting with. It made my dad sad to see the old Jeep in this condition. The only thing left from the old 3B is the cowl section. I was never really a fan of the 3B, so I decided it will be a low hood this time around.

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Originally, I had big plans to build a tube chassis. That changed after a lot of consideration. I decided to get two wrecked LJ frames from Daveys Jeeps. Why two? One was smashed on the driver side and the other on the passenger side. My goal was to make one from two.

I cut them both down and straightened them.

Once I had it all welded together, we had to do a little more tweaking.
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You're making me want to build another one!
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You're making me want to build another one!
Those of us that have this affliction can never stop building
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My goals were to have a low COG and decent front to rear balance.
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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neat build......you know we have a forum just for Willys stuff right?
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neat build......you know we have a forum just for Willys stuff right?
I thought about putting it there. I kind of thought since Willy's parts are probably the smallest percentage of parts on this, it may not fit the forum. Should I move it?
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Some of the mounts
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From the side view, you can see how far back the engine is sitting. This is going to make the interior sheetmetal a little different. As long as it doesn't look like a van "doghouse" I will be happy.
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Do it! Your flatty's are the best!
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Great to see you building another rig! Love the approach you have gone with here!
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I thought about putting it there. I kind of thought since Willy's parts are probably the smallest percentage of parts on this, it may not fit the forum. Should I move it?
Yeah cuz mine is so stock!

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I found this in an old utility wagon at Daveys Jeeps. I have a "thing" for engine turning.... I have to use it.
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I ended up cutting 6" off the rear of the frame and about 4" off the front. I also had to "pinch" the front frame rails in a few inches to get full steering.
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My first vehicle was a 1948 CJ2A...I was 15. It's long gone now. After I blew and replaced 2 engines, I sold it when I was 17.
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Old 03-07-2015, 03:53 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Cool build...that front plate from the front looks familiar
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bad ass, looking good there dude. Those are some sexy welds and fab work is really nice!
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Holy crap. This I will watch. Where do I get me a table like that?

Edit: Oh Yeah , I like the fact that you clean up after yourself.

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Nice build. I remember the old flat fender from years ago.
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My first vehicle was a 1948 CJ2A...I was 15. It's long gone now. After I blew and replaced 2 engines, I sold it when I was 17.
Good to hear from you again, it's been a long time since the school Jeep project
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Cool build...that front plate from the front looks familiar
I just looked over your build. Very nice!
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bad ass, looking good there dude. Those are some sexy welds and fab work is really nice!
Thank you
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Holy crap. This I will watch. Where do I get me a table like that?

Edit: Oh Yeah , I like the fact that you clean up after yourself.
Thanks, I like a clean shop. It is a constant battle though. What table are you referring to?
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