Australian Army Willys/Jeep Trailer

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Re: Australian Army Willys/Jeep Trailer

Unread post by Gojeep » March 12th, 2016, 8:58 pm

BigDutchy wrote:Hi Marcus

Not sure about the age of the trailer and your Jeep you are building but would it not make a great combo. The trailer and your car in the same style?

I see you collect some number plates. Want one from the Netherlands?
Trailer is dated 1945 and the Willys Truck is 1948. So not much difference there. I wont be using this now anyway and have already sold it. Just continuing on with the work I had already planned and redoing the floor at their request.

I will come up with a new plan for the bed for the Willys.

Thanks for the offer of the NL plate. I have not collected any from the European Union as they all look so similar. I do have a NL bike plate already though. :)
Cheers, Marcus

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Re: Australian Army Willys/Jeep Trailer

Unread post by Gojeep » April 9th, 2016, 8:23 pm

Thanks for the comments guys. :) Three trips down and back to it again.

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The two original drain plugs have been refitted and chains for the plugs as well so they cannot be lost.

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I sprayed the joint between the floor and the sides even though the underside of the floor and what it sits on had already been done. I then ran sealant all the way around to keep water from getting in.

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Zinc coated it all so it wont rust until it gets its top coat. Maybe some bed liner? I like the Upol Raptor liner myself and thinking of buying a kit to do the underside of the Willys.

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There was a damage section of the rail so cut it out. Made a repair piece from some tubing and shaped it to suit on a T dolly.

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Welded in.

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Finished off. The two front corners next. Also notice I cleaned up the joint at the bottom of the front panel where the angle iron is welded on. Most of the area behind it was replace when I repaired it from the inside but the little section near the top I sprayed Ranex rust converter into the joint and let it soak. It is just phosphoric acid. Used this on the joints between the mud guard and the sides too and other places.
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I looked to see if I had any bent tubing to suit the corners and took this from the front of my wheel burrow! Otherwise I would have made a wooden form and hammered some metal over that.

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Cut two sections from it and cut part the the inner curve out. Then started to flattened the top to suit.

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Tightened the radius in my shrinker but still need it a bit tighter in the middle. So a wedge cut and then pulled tighter before welding it up again fixed that.

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Fitting the repair piece in place.

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Both sides done. I also finished off the bottom joint by spraying it with etch primer as cannot not coat it with the zinc coating. Ran sealant over the joint after that to stop water getting in.

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The inspector came to make sure it was up to standard!

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The panel had rusted out behind this solid brass tag because water got trapped behind it. They were just brazed on in the corners. So I carefully cut out the rusted metal behind it leaving the brazed corners intact where fortunately there was no rust. Welded in a new piece and ran sealant around it so it doesn't happen again. Ran the wire wheel over it and looks pretty cool like this. A darker background would make it stand out even more.
Cheers, Marcus

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Re: Australian Army Willys/Jeep Trailer

Unread post by BigDutchy » April 9th, 2016, 8:56 pm

This will be a great trailer when all is done.
Awesome job!! (as normal....)

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Re: Australian Army Willys/Jeep Trailer

Unread post by Gojeep » April 9th, 2016, 9:00 pm

Thanks mate. :)
Cheers, Marcus

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Re: Australian Army Willys/Jeep Trailer

Unread post by Gojeep » April 12th, 2016, 10:52 am

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I was given 5 wheels to go with the trailer but all had some rust.

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I took the two best ones and put them in the citric acid bath for a week to clean them up. Some rust pitting but still serviceable. They are a bit different to Willys wheels as don't have the slots.

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Zinc coated them all and then hit them with some stain black.

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Body work repairs all done so re-assembly starts.

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BIG full floating hubs with much bigger bearings than your standard trailer on these.

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A frame bolted straight back in without alignment problems.

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Got to remember that the left side wheels studs are left hand thread. I painted a L on the studs to help the new owner. Always look for the notch on corner of each face on the nuts. Just like some gas bottle fittings.

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All complete once again. :)

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They run a very heavy pintle hook and drop down stand. The hook is spring loaded to stop the shock being transferred.

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That is the end of my part in this trailer re-birth. Off interstate to the new owners.
Cheers, Marcus

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Re: Australian Army Willys/Jeep Trailer

Unread post by ian.gonzo » April 12th, 2016, 11:58 am

Thanks for that, I enjoyed every minute of its restoration
Regards
Ian

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Re: Australian Army Willys/Jeep Trailer

Unread post by Gojeep » April 12th, 2016, 12:50 pm

Thanks very much Ian. :)
Cheers, Marcus

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Re: Australian Army Willys/Jeep Trailer

Unread post by typhoeus » April 12th, 2016, 6:41 pm

ian.gonzo wrote:...... I enjoyed every minute of its restoration....
Me too, you make it look so easy & straight forward.

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Re: Australian Army Willys/Jeep Trailer

Unread post by typhoeus » April 16th, 2016, 7:41 pm

hey bud, here's another one if your gettin' bored. . .!
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Army-Militar ... SwKtVWz5jh

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Re: Australian Army Willys/Jeep Trailer

Unread post by Gojeep » April 16th, 2016, 8:10 pm

Thanks mate for that link. I actually looked at a few of those when I was picking up mine. Thought they were closer in size to what I needed for the Willys bed.
Cheers, Marcus

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Re: Australian Army Willys/Jeep Trailer

Unread post by Gojeep » April 16th, 2016, 8:11 pm

typhoeus & ian.gonzo

Appreciate the comments. :)
Cheers, Marcus

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Re: Australian Army Willys/Jeep Trailer

Unread post by monkeybucket » April 18th, 2016, 9:36 pm

Great rebuild mate...looks great.
Cheers
Chris.

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Re: Australian Army Willys/Jeep Trailer

Unread post by Gojeep » April 19th, 2016, 9:10 am

monkeybucket

Thanks mate.
Cheers, Marcus

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