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Old 05-04-2011, 08:41 PM
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Re: The big strip has begun!

I thought you were planning to just use the drive train and part out the rest. So, can you quickly summarize what you are planning to re-use?
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:46 PM
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Re: The big strip has begun!

Nice work so far

May I ask.... did yours come with the Nav unit on top of the dash? If so, do you want to sell it? Mine has failed for the 3rd time
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Re: The big strip has begun!

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I thought you were planning to just use the drive train and part out the rest. So, can you quickly summarize what you are planning to re-use?
Using the firewall and floor, most of the interior from the front seats forward, except for the upper dash. Including the Satnav, heater and A/C, wiring loom, instruments, floor and roof console, steering column and wheel, pedals, carpet, seats and maybe even the head lining if I can some how get it to fit as the Willys roof will be wider than the Grand along with the floor.
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Re: The big strip has begun!


Still busy drilling out all the spot welds to remove the floor from the uni-body frame


I have ground the drill bit into what called a pilot point. These only work once a pilot hole has been drilled first. Then the centre part of the drill sits in this to locate the bit and then the cutting edges are almost flat to give a very shallow cut. The angle is less than what shows on this angle of shot.


You can see that all the drill holes on the lower part of the picture is what is left after only drilling the large hole through the top layer of the spot welded metal only. Much easier to just weld the small pilot hole up then the whole spot weld size.


But as you can see there is an awful lot of them to be done!
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Finally after 400 odd spot welds drilled out, the floor and firewall is separated from the uni-frame.
Quite substantial as 4" deep and further reinforced with another hat section inside of that as well.
Good to see how well all the galvanized steel is coated through and through. Was even between each layer of steel also.


Will be leaving the floor stiffener in place as it is the rear mount for the seats and seat belts.
I did quite well on drilling out all the spot welds too with one or two one breaking right through the floor panel that I wanted left undrilled apart from the pilot hole. There was a few others when a bracket had to be removed from the top side as well so had to be drilled from both sides, but not bad going when you have to stop the drill bit each time only 1.2mm short of drilling through. Learnt a trick right near the end of tapping in a cold chisel into the joint and then you would here a crack just as the spot weld broke from the floor. Of coarse only discovered this with less than a dozen to go!


Not sure if I can keep where the cowl juts out or not. It was for the air intake for the heater and A/C and where the wiper motor and linkages sit. Not useful for either as they are needed under the cowl in the Willys and not the bonnet where this sits in the Grand.


Still undecided on how to best use the rear suspension mounts. At the width it sits, the rails with upper and lower control arm and coil mounts would nearly fit between the Willys chassis whole. So could leave them mounted to the rails and weld this to the inside of the Willys chassis.
I will keep this section as one piece until I know how to use it best. Want to use the mounts either way and they are made from HSLC ( High Strength Low Carbon ) steel and is 30-40% stronger than normal steel and has a higher corrosion resistance as well.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:35 PM
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Re: The big strip has begun!

Wow absolutly amazing! I will be watching this very close, as when i get to the point where i can do a project of my own i plan on making a hot-rod jeep of my own. not gonna say which one yet cuz i dont wanna give it away. but ive been doin renderings of drawings already to get some ideas.

Doin a great job i cant wait to see the final product ill most definitly be subing to your thread.
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Re: The big strip has begun!

Strip is nealy done so I guess I will be ending this thread soon on this forum.
Title wont make much sense in a few days time unless I include the stripping of the Willys cabs on here as well?
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Re: The big strip has begun!

I wouldn't close the thread. When you get to the point your working on assembly, come back here and link to that new thread.
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I wouldn't close the thread. When you get to the point your working on assembly, come back here and link to that new thread.
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Re: The big strip has begun!


Well that is the last of the Grand Cherokee cut up and carried out of the workshop.
Next phase will be bringing the Willys back in and doing lots of comparative measurements to workout how best marry the two!
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The poor little shed is busting at the seams! Managed to fit nearly the whole Grand in there apart the rear quarters, roof and rear floor plus the front sub assembley. Cant wait to start taking things back out of there as means I am actually putting things back together or sold some parts I dont need.


Been a while since there has been a clear floor.


Willys going into the workshop. This is why I made my benches fold down easily. Tight, but it fits.


Hard to believe that that engine will one day sit in the Willys.


Ready to be set at the height where I will take the measurements I need before pulling it apart.
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