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Old 12-05-2006, 07:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1946 flatfender build

This build thread is a bit lacking as I did not do a good job of updating it. There is another more detailed build thread out on the web (GL4x4) though if something isn't here.

I think I finally have my build plan so it's a good time to post....

day I picked it up



that mixed with a

triangulated 4 link rear on Stock TJ springs to follow once the rig is running and moving. [scrapped this idea for simplicity]
SOA front [scrapped due to no need]
2" lift
Buick 225 V6
T-86 or t-14 (for now as I have them) [changed to a T98 and Warn OD]
D18
saggy swap

pizza cutters (34x9.5 TSL)
winch
possible PTO (if I can find one)

3.73 gears, Offset 44 rear [welded], D30 front


Eventually a set of Autometers

The jeep will have a military arctic hardtop off a M38 as well. [destroyed wheeling, now has a top from a MB]

Plans for a locker in the front.

CJ5 frame... Not a crawler as we dont have that in MI, more of a very cabable all around rig

getting closer :rock:


This should help get it moving along faster :naughty:




Wow this thing is already taller then expected... the front and rear are both SUA and those are a true 32" tire... chassis had an SUA lift on it hmmm.



So much for a solid Tub... The hat channels were rotted out... so I removed it all....




Sadly I thought it was worth saving when I bought it as it was very solid, but I found many brazed panals with 1/4" of bondo over them. Then the hat channels were rotten, so I took them off and it was punky where the wood is in contact with steel...

The vertical step I think is also going to eventually need to be changed/reinforced. It is mostly there but there are bad spots.

The tub is getting fixed/reinforced with 1" C-channel and The floors will be diamond plate. The tub is going on a 66 CJ5 with 34x9.5 TSLs and will be smoothed and painted slate grey with Navy markings, going for the used look

It will be a around town toy/ mild trail wheeler just to have some fun in, smiles per mile. when I saw the tub was rotten I figured fun is better then accuracy

I just HATE cutting on this 60 year old steel, every time I remove a piece I feel like I am removing history

Test fiting the tub with the new hat channels/measuring for body mounts for the 2A tub to go on the 66 CJ5 frame

headers clear the passenger side, but NOT the drivers side for some reason, going to have to do some 'adjusting' with heat and a sledge I think...

We also installed the floors in the CJ2A with 99grandTJ (my buddy Adam), he also started dismantling my D18 t-cases to install the twin sticks on the proper case. (the one that has them is smoked it is safe to say)



also started cutting out the bad stuff, found out someone must have whacked the spare tire on something as the passenger side was pretty bad under the bondo I found.
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yes it is diamond plate, and still needs some final trimming/welding underneath, but the rear floor fit perfect Also need to weld the new hat channels in, changing the locations of them to allow mating to the 66 CJ5 frame easily





Going faster then anticipated, hoping to mount the tub and fire the motor before Christmas





Good chance the bottom will be painted and the tub mounted soon
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Here are the latest after 12 more hours labor today, body is FINALLY mounted and tightened for the last time, everything is undercoated and the body work/prepping to fire the motor can begin





If you look close it even has a 1" boatside (chuckles)


SO far off to a good start, anxious to see how the end combo will perform suspension wise when I get to that point. Welding to 61 year old sheetmetal has been fun... good think I have the aid of a friend on it when it gets past my skill level
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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nice

nice start. keep the pics coming
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nice start. Keep the pics coming
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nice start. keep the pics coming
It's done and it's been done... He wheels the piss snot out of it and loves it. Runs 34's on it now and makes me jealous. Lol.
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Talk about resurrecting an old thread.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:02 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It's done and it's been done... He wheels the piss snot out of it and loves it. Runs 34's on it now and makes me jealous. Lol.
I probably should update this some day... considering it is now undergoing build V3 since this post. I forgot all about it...

Some of the reasons for build V3:

Just scored $1000 worth of drivetrain on CL for $325 after a tip from a friend

T98/D18/Warn OD I can keep my 3.73 axles for wheeling now! 6.72:1 first and an OD!





I also went snow wheeling again at Snofari 2013

I have done this run for over 5 years without issue... this year all hell broke loose on me.

It started with backing into a ledge/stump










The day was going well and then....

A low tree combined with my heavy foot ripped the (hard to find) hardtop almost clean off, springing the door open. I got stopped and started sliding backwards on the ice and the door swung wide open on me causing me to "Tommy Boy" the door, crack the windshield, and dent/bend the passenger fender.







The funny part was someone said my exact words were "I got this!" as I broke out a cordless sawz-all. I was then asked who in the world carries a sawz-all.

Video of it happening, and the repair When I hit the tree the front wheels came off the ground.

Snofari 2013, Crunching to cutting on the Willys. No frills video - YouTube
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Wheeled some more



and then my electric fan failed



So we did a redneck cooling fix





the fender, the picture doesn't show it well, but it is bent downward and the tub is bent



Culminating in the So-Broke award

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So the night I got it back home:



My buddy took over from here while I was out of town







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Test fitting















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Well, My rear driveshaft was >< that close to breaking. Adam noticed it is twisted like a pretzel, just not broken when he was measuring it to see if I would need to shorten it.

Clutch Dynamics wants to look at my pressure plate and stuff, they think they can make me the clutch disk I need for about $100. They seem VERY knowledgeable and are genuinely nice people on the phone. They asked that I bring my old parts over, and what I have and they can get me something that will work.

Trans mocked into place with all the levers...



More showed up today:





I picked this up Saturday, he was a great guy, really took care of me when I had a trailer break down.

I'm going to try not to bang this one up. I am still confused how on every one of these tops I have looked at the door latches are broken and mangled beyond operating.







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Damn. Cool. Jeep.

You, sir, get it.
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Damn. Cool. Jeep.

You, sir, get it.
Thanks!

Small update from my buddy that was tinkering while I was out of town...

"I Think we will have to mod the upper bracket slightly but the column fits nice then fix the floor with the patch template I made using steel of coarse "



The brake pedal return spring is not hooked up so the pedal is down a little



Steering pictures (These are from Build V1 that i never posted)










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Awsome jeep. I had a 48 and screwed it up trying to build it up too much, ran out of money and had to pretty much give it away. If I had it to do over again I would build it just like yours. Live and learn I guess, as someone else said, you definately get it.
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I love Craigslist... With a receiver mount, cheap. Front and rear winches anyone?

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I really like the look and patina on the Jeep. The vintage plate just makes it even better.

What length did you go with on the new column? I assume it is from Speedway.
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I really like the look and patina on the Jeep. The vintage plate just makes it even better.

What length did you go with on the new column? I assume it is from Speedway.
Yeah the column was a 30" black column from Speedway for $100.

The law states I can use that plate for club events


It's not my fault most club events happen to be wheeling trips
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Cool Jeep nice build
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we got the radiator mounts in, we just have do do some tweaking as the lower part of the radiator tank is damn close to the fan.





Clutch is done... thought I posted it, I guess not.

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Hey I got a 46' too. Early column shifter with tool indents. What the number on yours? You keep finding these real colorful parts for that thing. The body on yours was pretty much mangled. did you have a frame and it was just shot? or did you want to upgrade to something stouter?
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Hey I got a 46' too. Early column shifter with tool indents. What the number on yours? You keep finding these real colorful parts for that thing. The body on yours was pretty much mangled. did you have a frame and it was just shot? or did you want to upgrade to something stouter?
Wow that's a rare early one.

I don't recall the number on mine, but to be honest with the mismatch of the parts I did have, I don't know that the tag went with the tub.

The frame I had was good, but I got a good deal on the CJ5 frame with the V6 in it, and I knew I would want the added power. Since the tub was absolutely shot I did not mind cutting modifying it to make it fit the CJ5 frame, which was not that hard. The CJ5 frame is quite a bit stouter than the 2A frame.
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Love this old rig.... Cant wait to see more of it! Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for sharing. Great Jeep. Glad you brought it back.
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