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02-01-2020 04:49 PM
lurch9
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Originally Posted by CJ3BL View Post
Wow! Very cool! The idea of using the heims to adjust the bars to tension the top is a great one! Superb work on the patterning and sewing! I really like the sectioned windshield too! Very impressive work!
Thank you sir! I wasn’t confident in my sewing skills to get everything perfect in one shot. Hopefully there’s enough adjustment to make it look nice.
02-01-2020 12:49 PM
CJ3BL Wow! Very cool! The idea of using the heims to adjust the bars to tension the top is a great one! Superb work on the patterning and sewing! I really like the sectioned windshield too! Very impressive work!
02-01-2020 07:40 AM
lurch9 Windows were next, I started with the rear window and then moved to the driver side. I used marine grade vinyl window material. I went with a smoked vinyl to possibly help with glare. The little sewing machine that Im using can barely handle sewing the windows in.













02-01-2020 07:33 AM
lurch9 Next up was the corner panels. These were definitely the most complicated panels so far







02-01-2020 07:26 AM
lurch9 After I got the front squared away, I moved on to the rear on the passenger side. It also has the attachment panel and a drip rail. I used Velcro between the panels to keep the drip rail from flapping at speed. This also sandwiches the side windows and hopefully provides a more secure attachment.



Working on making the driver side match.













02-01-2020 07:15 AM
lurch9 After the hardware was done, I started the task of making the fabric cooperate with me. I started at the windshield and worked toward the back. I sewed a piece of aluminum tubing in the front edge of the fabric and slid it into the channel on the windshield. I then stretched the material to the rear of the jeep and went to work making it fit. I then hemmed all of the edges to provide strength for attaching more panels.









I started working on the passenger side above the door, I figured it would be a good idea to start at the front and work my way back. The panels that I added act as an attachment point and as a drip rail above the door.





02-01-2020 06:58 AM
lurch9 With colder weather upon us, I decided to build a top for the Willys. The plan is to have a full soft top with removable side windows, roll-up rear window, and a set of full doors. I will also make a set of half doors at some point. I started by watching sewing videos on youtube, then I stumbled upon a website called sailrite.com. They specialize in marine applications, but I figure their materials and processes will be great for a jeep that barely sees 60mph. I'm basically just trying to keep the rain off and maybe, possibly, hold a tiny amount of heat in.

I ordered a few material samples from their website and settled on the Sunbrella marine grade fabric. Its tough, looks nice, repels water very well, and is used in applications with extreme prolonged direct sunlight. I figure it will hold up well for a jeep top.

I started of by bending some bows from 1" steel tubing. I then welded in bungs and used 1/2" heims on the ends, this way I can adjust the bows up and down if there is any slack in the top. After I bent the bows, I realized that the 3b windshield didn't have enough height to clear the front part of the cage. This wasn't a big deal because I had been having issues seeing traffic lights because the windshield was so low. I took my old M38 windshield, which was way too tall, and chopped 2" out of the area below the glass. Next up was the door surrounds, they are made from scrap 3/16" aluminum that I had left over from the armor.













[img width=640 height=480]https://i.imgur.com/L6rVmWjl.jpg[/img]
10-20-2019 05:32 PM
lurch9 Update. Went back to AOP and had a really good time. Crawled right up the slab that I broke the shaft on last time.












Ive also entered in two more jeep shows. I won second runner-up, which is a fancy way to say third, at a show back in July.



A few weeks ago I took home the "Best Willys" trophy at the Southern CJ Show and Swap Meet.



Im about to start working on a full soft top, so stay tuned.
10-11-2019 11:44 AM
[Memphis] Any new updates? I was going to ask if you were running spacers up front but answered my own question after zooming in 10,000% on the last photo of your axle shaft removal

You are making me rethink my WB and body stretch
04-29-2019 11:46 AM
lurch9 Spent Fri and Sat at Adventure Offroad Park in South Pittsburg, TN. Didnt get many pics because I was leading both days. Also had some carnage from AOP. Driver front stub shaft went "pop", I was climbing a slab, lost forward momentum, started sliding down and the driver front hooked on an undercut. Don't have a pic of the incident. Tossing in a spare and saving pennies for RCVs.











04-15-2019 12:10 PM
lurch9 In an effort to come up with a onboard trash can, I found an old military butt pack on the shelf in my garage. It somehow accomplished everything I was shooting for in a trash containment system. I wanted it to hang off the tailgate somehow...check, and I also wanted to be able to use Kroger bags as liners....check. still working on final mounting but I'm happy with how the garbage management apparatus is turning out.





03-26-2019 02:21 PM
GTOffroader In Tallapoosa the possum rides a worn out bogger at midnight on NYE.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...1054537864038/

Waco is close enough...
03-26-2019 08:29 AM
lurch9
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Originally Posted by GTOffroader View Post
Why did the turkey cross the road? To check out your craftsmanship, of course.




If only you had boggers you would have walked right up those ledges.
Might need to start looking for some half worn boggers, I hear they grow on trees out in Tallapoosa.

That Turkey followed me for about 30 mins, he crawled so well, it made the jeep look bad. Lol
03-26-2019 07:25 AM
GTOffroader
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Originally Posted by lurch9 View Post


Why did the turkey cross the road? To check out your craftsmanship, of course.


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Originally Posted by lurch9 View Post
Little vid. I made it about 30 seconds after they stopped filming.

https://youtu.be/1DLS__A89vA
If only you had boggers you would have walked right up those ledges.
03-26-2019 03:38 AM
Gojeep Looking good and only simple problems to fix.
03-25-2019 07:58 PM
lurch9 Successful first trip. Not many pics. No breakage. Need to raise my fuel vent hose and put some sort of sleeve on my tailgate chains.





Off the trailer, back at the house.



Little vid. I made it about 30 seconds after they stopped filming.

https://youtu.be/1DLS__A89vA
03-12-2019 08:16 AM
46WILYZ Very nice! It is a great feeling to get it on the road. Your weight is pretty close to the same as my rig.
03-12-2019 06:22 AM
lurch9
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Originally Posted by Gojeep View Post
Top came up well. Was the first sewing job I had done outside of school too!

I had trouble of it flapping at highway speeds though as didn't have the amount of tensioners that you have. This was in 1989 so had no samples to look at online.
Thanks, I actually enjoyed sewing the top. I added the center straps bc I was afraid of ballooning. Will add more if it flaps too much.
03-12-2019 03:27 AM
Gojeep Top came up well. Was the first sewing job I had done outside of school too!

I had trouble of it flapping at highway speeds though as didn't have the amount of tensioners that you have. This was in 1989 so had no samples to look at online.
03-11-2019 09:29 PM
lurch9 Got the weight, weighed in at 4340 lbs. Heavier than I thought, but nothing to remove to lighten it. Could re-do the skids out of aluminum but that ain't happening anytime soon.

Whipped up a bikini top today. Teepee canvas from Big Duck Canvas, poly webbing, and some backpack buckles. Taught myself how to sew for this project. Really happy with the final product.













03-10-2019 07:01 AM
lurch9
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Originally Posted by ToyotaJeep View Post
Did you get a weight? Just curious.

Obviously I support what you have done by looking at my screen name.

I made my first one back in the early 90's. I came across a guy who had a well used Toyota Jeep, and he built it in 1984 as I recall. They do work well. We did a lot of swaps with that stuff. I am still doing it.
I'll get a weight tomorrow. I was getting ready to head to the scale saturday morning and noticed a small brake fluid leak at the passenger rear caliper. Spent the morning fixing that and missed my window to make it to the scale bc they closed at 2:30. Since I missed the scale, I spent the rest of the afternoon wiring up rock lights. Got them from Lux Lighting. They are magnet mount and simple to install, very happy with their product.

03-09-2019 07:38 PM
ToyotaJeep Did you get a weight? Just curious.

Obviously I support what you have done by looking at my screen name.

I made my first one back in the early 90's. I came across a guy who had a well used Toyota Jeep, and he built it in 1984 as I recall. They do work well. We did a lot of swaps with that stuff. I am still doing it.
03-09-2019 07:27 PM
Mike C2 Jeep looks great! I built a similar dash for my 1970 short nose postal jeep. Without the big main gauge but the same Boss stereo. Awesome setup for small investment.
03-07-2019 06:07 PM
lurch9
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Originally Posted by plym49 View Post
The design, craftsmanship, and execution are impeccable. Kudos!

But what the heck is left of the '52 M38? Headlights and tailgate?

It's like you jacked up the radiator cap and drove a new vehicle underneath.

Lmao, the radiator cap analogy seems very fitting.

Thank you very much for the compliments. Much appreciated.

The soul of the M38 is still there. Lol. Of the original M38, the cowl, the dash, tailgate, tailgate chains, and headlight buckets. Original willys parts from other models: grill from a 2a, windshield from a 3b, hood is 3a I think. The tub is all new sheetmetal bc the original tub was too crusty.
03-07-2019 05:51 PM
plym49 The design, craftsmanship, and execution are impeccable. Kudos!

But what the heck is left of the '52 M38? Headlights and tailgate?

It's like you jacked up the radiator cap and drove a new vehicle underneath.

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