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Old 01-12-2014, 10:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1955 Willys wagon build

I've been working on this wagon for 7-8 years now so a lot of this will be a recap. It's still not finished but getting closer.

Started with, what I thought, was a clean wagon.
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Bought a 79 Bronco cheap and swapped the body. While driving the Bronco home, the hood flew open doing 60mph on highway 15. Notice the tie strap holding it down. Good times :O

Sold the Willys chassis for what I paid for the Bronco.
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Dan, Great to see another wagon build...in paradise! Man your shangrila is green by so cal standards. my first wagon was a '55 so you got my attention.
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Dan, Great to see another wagon build...in paradise! Man your shangrila is green by so cal standards. my first wagon was a '55 so you got my attention.
Not my casa anymore thanks to a divorce. But I'm much happier now. I still have my Willys
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I made a dolly out of angle and sandblasted the body. Found some wonderful metal work hiding underneath..lol
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Had some help with the sheetmetal
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Not my casa anymore thanks to a divorce. But I'm much happier now. I still have my Willys
Sorry to bring up any old wounds...I'm happy for you and your willys Interested in your tailgate details when you get the chance.
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Sorry to bring up any old wounds...I'm happy for you and your willys Interested in your tailgate details when you get the chance.
No worries Tom

My hinge was so rusted out, decided to go truck tailgate style. The only possible issue after thought, is weatherstripping so it's air tight. Hopefully won't be a problem.

Gas struts on the top.
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This thing is way cool.
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This thing is way cool.
Thanks!

I found some old pics of me lifting the body on, with a tractor.

That's my little girl...who's now about to turn 19 (how time flies)
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Next, I had to come up with some body mounts, boxed the frame and welded in some new crossmembers. (unfortunately didn't take any pics of the frame)

Bent some 1/4" for body mounts.
(the cage mounts came later )
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made a gas tank (cardboard is as far as I got) someone with aluminum skills was called

Date on the pics was Dec 2005, guess I wasn't working too fast
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Next chunk of money went to the front suspension. This was years ago. If I only had some of the build threads from Pirate4x4 back then
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Front end done for now. ORU was the shop who built the front suspension for me. Tried to get something capable on the trails and still streetable.
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Steering column in. I used an old 90 degree brake bracket I've had forever and mounted the hydroboost under the dash.
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Awesome work buddy Can't wait till you enlighten us on the driveline.
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Damn Dan , don't stop now ! Love to see how you did the hydro boost . Mine is in the normal place under the hood but we had to move the battery and wiring to put it there.
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Damn Dan , don't stop now ! Love to see how you did the hydro boost . Mine is in the normal place under the hood but we had to move the battery and wiring to put it there.
It's nice having it hidden until you need to add fluid... then the gauges are in the way

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Great to see this build on here.
Surprised you even need a body mount there with the cage tie in to the frame next to it already acting as one?
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Great to see this build on here.
Surprised you even need a body mount there with the cage tie in to the frame next to it already acting as one?
Thanks. Probably don't need it but the cage came last so I already had the body mounts.
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Wanted to keep the rear shocks in the wheel well and not up into the body. Had to widen the fenders a bit.
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4L80 trans with manual valve body (quadzilla) and Atlas
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Here's the m/c behind the dash. Gauges wired to come out with one connector. Evaporator behind glove box
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