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Old 12-21-2011, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My Mongrel!

Bought for $3000 AUD as a 1942 Willys MB (Ford version)





Apparently it has been stretched 6" behind the door.. not bad, but on closer inspection- It wasn't even a GPW rear tub and the chassis looks Japanese!

Needless to say, trying to get some cash back off him for this!





Grille doesn't sit right. It's angled in on the RHS to clear the steering box, but even notching the grille- it still doesn't want to sit where it's supposed to. Going to pull the box off and see how it fits from there.


Cut the flares off.
The pizza cutters just weren't doing it for me!


31's from a CJ project. Much better!

Plans-
Spring over 33/35's
Cage
Fold down screen
Body armour
New dash
and that's about it.

Going to leave the 250 Ford in there until I can find a cheap 289 (very rare in Oz) or go an EFI and auto out of a v8 Falcon.

It still has the original trans with overdrive, so torn between keeping that and swapping my D300 behind it.

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Old 12-21-2011, 06:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So it's sort of a Mitsubishi J3 with a lowered cowl, MB/GPW grill and a Ford 6? I know Mitsubishi sold J3s with longer wheelbases than the CJ-3B had.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Could be. Having trouble trying to find out what's what. The tub has a different radius than an mb and the chassis doesn't look cut- but then again... There's alot wrong with it, but still so cool!
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Interesting. Take lots of pictures as you tear into this. I'd like to know what it is (mitsubishi, mahindra, something else entirely?) It's weird how it looks so 'MB/GPW' like yet... different. The windshield and cowl look different to me too (the cowl looks longer than normal). Does the windshield fold down? It looks like it's part of the cowl like a DJ. For some reason the proportions on the grill look different too, but maybe it's just the extra marker lights playing tricks on my eyes.

Whatever it is, it's pretty cool. The longer wheelbase with a matching top would be nice.
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Interesting. Take lots of pictures as you tear into this. I'd like to know what it is (mitsubishi, mahindra, something else entirely?) It's weird how it looks so 'MB/GPW' like yet... different. The windshield and cowl look different to me too (the cowl looks longer than normal). Does the windshield fold down? It looks like it's part of the cowl like a DJ. For some reason the proportions on the grill look different too, but maybe it's just the extra marker lights playing tricks on my eyes.

Whatever it is, it's pretty cool. The longer wheelbase with a matching top would be nice.

Pics coming!

Windshield doesn't fold down, ala late model J3.
Cowling is different shape which now makes sense as a high hood cut down.

Grille is the normal one, just bastardised- Black out holes filled and the outer 2 grille slots are covered up as it has a FOMOCO radiator in it.

The top is rat sh*t. I'm going to ditch it and possibly go a fastback cage.
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Old 12-24-2011, 07:56 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Anyone know where I can get a data plate from? I need one for rego.
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:57 AM   #11 (permalink)
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http://rdrnl.home.xs4all.nl/4UWPFordGPW.html
This guy makes really good reproductions..
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:41 PM   #12 (permalink)
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if you want a vin stamped in it this is the guy. just got one for mine and it's awesome.
www.datatags.com
the guy above is way cheaper but not 100% correct. his stamping method used is slightly off.
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Old 12-24-2011, 06:31 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I need a genuine one to go off.
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Old 12-24-2011, 06:37 PM   #14 (permalink)
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How about this?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lee-ekstrom/5416328697/

and this?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lee-eks...57625851645079
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Old 12-25-2011, 05:51 AM   #15 (permalink)
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trying to get an original MB plate if I can...
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Old 12-25-2011, 08:30 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Don't you want the data plate to be for what the vehicle is? What benefit would come from misrepresenting it? I think the links Jim posted are worth further investigation.
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Old 12-26-2011, 02:58 AM   #17 (permalink)
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It's goings I be easier to get it registered as an mb not Mitsubishi. The laws here make it more difficult as you have to adhere to the Australian design rules. Less adds means easier to mod. If I can find a Mitsubishi plate- it should still be ok- but me means I have more to follow.
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:26 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Got flex???

NOT!

25* ramp

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Old 02-01-2012, 10:46 AM   #19 (permalink)
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looks like the only "ford mb" part on it is the hood? don't think they ever made them with rhd and they were all flat head 4 cyl engines. looks like a pieced together japanese-philippine jeep... idk. but, running and driving, none of them are cheap no matter what country you live in. have fun with your new toy!
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:57 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Yeah.. Even the hood I think is a CJ2a hood.

trying to find parts but nw waiting for some stupid laws to not be passed before I even think about getting it registered! Bloody govt BS!
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:45 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Chopped the cage and roof bars off. Thinking of making another frame for the windscreen and making the MB style windscreen arms that mount to the sides.



Anyone have an angle finder- I need to know the angle of the windscreen to the cowl.
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Got some 35" Simex Centipedes on the way and an ez wiring kit. Somewhere while trying to remove the wood dash, I have done something to the electrics. So I'm just going to bin it all and start from scratch.

By my calculations, The windscreen is at about 20* to the cowl.. Is that correct?
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:23 PM   #23 (permalink)
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The windscreen is suppose to be between 15 and 16 degrees laid back from the numbers I could find while planning my cage.
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Damn! I just cut my windscreen off!

On the plus side- It makes working around the heep alot better!



Build wise- it's 2:1 regarding pizza cutters (33x9.5 Swampers) and low lift, with Holden (buick) v6, T700 and I dunno what Tcase, against 289/302. 4 speed, Hilux diffs SOA and 35's.

I want 35's. If you're going to do it, do it right!!! but they think leave it as a kind of rat look without going rat!

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Just scored an NP435 for cheap (well cheap in Oz 200AUD) Just need to adapt it now!

Will a 208 fit onto the ford Tcase adapter?

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