Willys Pickup

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Gojeep
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Willys Pickup

Unread post by Gojeep » March 5th, 2011, 9:42 pm

This project has been brewing in my head for many years and been slowing gather parts and building a workshop and sheds to be able to do it.

The plan is to build a bit of a hotrod from using all the running gear, wiring, instruments, seats etc for one donor vehicle as much as possible.

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Back in December 2007 I bought a Willys Pickup off eBay but it was a year before I got it home as had nowhere to store it. After much jumping through hoops with the council I built my workshop to house it.

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After much looking and watching insurance auctions I was finally able to get a donor for the project. Ended up with a 2008 WH/WK Grand Cherokee with a 5.7 Hemi. It was first registered in 2009 and 12 months later T boned by a Harley rider doing a 100 mph! Hit it so hard that the foot well locked the throttle and he steered off the road into a paddock until he hit a tree.

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One day these two will become one.

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Getting the Grand into the workshop.

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The Grand is in place ready for lots of measurements and then the strip down can begin!

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Got a start on the project this week. Started by taking every measurement I could think of so I can setup all the suspension under the Willys when it gets transferred across. Also been labeling every wiring plug that I have found so far. Done the whole engine bay and have it all disconnected ready for removing once I can get to the others ends of the harness under the dash. Also unbolted every panel that can come off and removed the seats.

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Being careful not to damage any of the trim when taking it apart in case I can sell any that I don't use.

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Still go a few more things like the chrome roof bars, rear bumper and tail-lights to go outside.

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Airbag under the dash cover was quite fiddly to get out.

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What it looks like under the dash with the top cover off. Going to be fun getting all that into my Willys Pickup later.
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Re: Willys Pickup

Unread post by Gojeep » March 5th, 2011, 9:43 pm

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Got the steering column out today along with the centre console and shifter. Just untangling the dash harness and labeling it all.

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Got my first chunk of wiring harness out.
This is just part of the under dash section!

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The is the main dash member that just unbolts. It supports the steering column and all the heater/AC parts as well as the radio/navigation and heater controls etc.
Planning to install the whole thing into the Willys so I can bolt everything to it like it was in the Grand.

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Starting to look a lot less in there now.

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Got all the lining off the sides and seats belts etc out today plus the carpet. More time labeling everything as well. Still have the roof console and lining left to do up top and the HVAC system before I can remove more wiring.
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Re: Willys Pickup

Unread post by Gojeep » March 5th, 2011, 9:44 pm

Mock up time.
This is as low as I can get the front down and the upper wishbone not hit the underside of the front guard and with shorter springs on the struts ( technically coil overs as it has upper and lower wishbones for location ) and still have a decent ride. That is 2.5" lower than stock. I have just placed the Grand's wheels on there hoping the 30" tall tyres would fill the guards enough but not sure they have? Also working out the placement of the front wheel.

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This is 1" further back than stock.

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Front wheel in stock location

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Front wheel 1" forward of stock location

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Close up of wheel 1" back from stock.

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Close up of wheel stock in stock location

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Close up of wheel 1" forward from stock.
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Re: Willys Pickup

Unread post by ML01UZ » March 5th, 2011, 9:50 pm

It looks like an interesting build, should be a good thing when it's done. :thumb:

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Re: Willys Pickup

Unread post by Gojeep » March 6th, 2011, 5:26 pm

Few more mock up photos

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This is with my trailer wheel and tyres fitted. They are a 235x80x17 ( 31.8") instead of the Grand's in 245x65x17 (29.5") in the other photos before this.

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This is the stock axle location as well.

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Think the tall skinny look works well with the old truck and hotrod look I am going for.
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Re: Willys Pickup

Unread post by ML01UZ » March 6th, 2011, 5:39 pm

Gojeep wrote:Thanks mate but will make this my last post due to lack of interest here.
Make sure you post a link to wherever you put it up, I am keen to see how it turns out.

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Re: Willys Pickup

Unread post by Deans4by » March 6th, 2011, 6:35 pm

What an awesome project can't wait to see it progress keep the picks coming as you go.
Who cares what 4wd you have just get out and use it.
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Re: Willys Pickup

Unread post by cluffman_jnr » March 6th, 2011, 6:39 pm

this is awesome i love the idea of old and new together. nice work

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Re: Willys Pickup

Unread post by Tritonic » March 7th, 2011, 12:02 pm

Thanks for posting the pics. It looks like an amazing project. You are so lucky to know how to do all this stuff. Also - I really like the benches in your workshop setup too.. You are livn the dream..

Please post some more of the journey when you have the time...

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Re: Willys Pickup

Unread post by FJ45saunders » March 8th, 2011, 4:25 pm

Looks awesome mate! will be real good when its finished!
Looks like those lights on Ebay are doing alright too!!
Any ideas on how that harley rider went? Tippin he'd be pretty sore!
P.s if you ever get sick of it im more than happy to take it off your hands! ;)

Keep the photos up, i'll be watching!
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Re: Willys Pickup

Unread post by ML01UZ » March 8th, 2011, 6:17 pm

I found the link to Gojeep's website.

http://go.jeep-xj.info/WillysHotrod1.htm

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Re: Willys Pickup

Unread post by Gojeep » March 13th, 2011, 7:58 pm

FJ45saunders wrote:Looks awesome mate! will be real good when its finished!
Looks like those lights on Ebay are doing alright too!!
Any ideas on how that harley rider went? Tippin he'd be pretty sore!
P.s if you ever get sick of it im more than happy to take it off your hands! ;)

Keep the photos up, i'll be watching!
Harley rider was very knocked up. They actually kept the Jeep locked up in a police impound yard in Brisbane some where, ( and lost the transmitted key to it!) for a good 7 months or so to see if he would survive. They did that in case the Jeep had to be gone over for further evidence in case it became a fatality.

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Re: Willys Pickup

Unread post by FJ45saunders » March 13th, 2011, 8:04 pm

oh wow! 7 months before they worked out if he was going to die or not, i'd say that was fairly knocked up :eek:
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Re: Willys Pickup

Unread post by 75krusar » March 14th, 2011, 11:29 am

mate this thing is going to be awesome,,, im another one of those people that love older cars with all the fruits of newer technoligy, please keep updating this thread for those of us that are truly interested

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Re: Willys Pickup

Unread post by Cagey » March 14th, 2011, 1:14 pm

another vote for keeping this thread alive
this thing is going to be sweet
keep up the good work

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