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Old 06-15-2011, 06:04 PM
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Re: Grand Willys project

This is a very common activity among the men in my family, upon reaching retirement age. So much so as to really become tradition by now. Once we see one of the older guys starting looking for a restore-able hot rod or muscle car, we know they are about to retire! lol.
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Before I removed the engine mounts, I made up this little jig to make it easier to setup the new ones. They tilt 5.5 degrees back and are different heights left to right to match the mounts on the block, so felt this was the way to go.


Removed the engine mounts and mocked up the front cradle 175 mm further forward than it was before. Good news was that the oil filter change of position cleared the steering rack easily.


Even with the steering shaft roughly in place, there is still plenty of clearance around the oil filter.


The only thing I ran into was making sure the left engine mount cleared the diff support bracket.


Got to make sure the new engine mount dose not interfere with the front diff pinion support inside this bracket.


I set the floor and firewall up in place to make sure previous measurements were correct. They were exactly right but it was still nice to confirm before I go welding in the engine mounts in next.
Also checked the radiator position to see how it would all fit within the engine bay.
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:05 AM
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Nice progress man! That pic gives some perspective, that Hemi is a monster haha! Certainly going to be one powerful Willys
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:03 AM
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Re: Grand Willys project

Looks Great, keep us posted.
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Re: Grand Willys project

Just discovered tonight that two of the three bushes that hold the front diff in place have been torn in the accident. One the very front one attached to the diff cover and the other is above the pinion. Where is the best place to get replacements and what are they called please?
I dare say the dealers here in Australia will ask a small fortune for them!
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Re: Grand Willys project


I setup my engine mount jig 175mm further back so the engine sits the same distance off the firewall but centres the front axle in the wheel wells. Had to raise it 3/4" above the what it was in the sub frame originally to clear the diff mount, but is still an 1" lower compared to the original floor height.
Having it this far back will give much better front to rear weight balance for better handling as well.


Good old OJ carton use to make a template for the new mounts.


Knew it would come in handy one day. Brought this home when doing the structural steel work on the Hoppers Crossing College back in 1986! Bit overkill being 102x150x6 mm RHS ( 4"x6"x1/4" ) but had the perfect internal size to match the engine mounts on the block.
Who would have thought that one end of this would be holding up a college building, and the other a HEMI!


Clean up the tubing and placed my template over it. Made sure the bolt hole on each side matched perfectly.


Don't own a oxy or a plasma, so out with the 9" grinder.


Fitting up nicely.




On to the other side. Healthy Choice meal box this time.


Just managed to squeeze in the other side from the same piece of RHS ( Rectangle Hollow Section ) tubing.






Tacked in ready to make sure the jig was accurate before welding it in.


Fitted like a glove and just pushed the bolts through with my finger.


Other side. Haven't gone for anything fancy as impossible to see them once installed in the Willys. Strong and functional though.


Sorry about getting carried away with the photos, but feel it is my first bit of construction on the project.
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Great thread, keep it up Gojeep!
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Re: Grand Willys project

You cut out those motor mounts with just a grinder?! Those are some straight cuts, nice work!
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You cut out those motor mounts with just a grinder?! Those are some straight cuts, nice work!
I thought the same thing! my grinder cuts never look that good!
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I gotta say you seem to be making way more progress than your projected finish date! KEEP. IT. UP. !
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