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Think I just excepted your friend request on FB too.
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Think I just excepted your friend request on FB too.

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wow nice project! keep up good work! can't wait to see more!!
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Re: Grand Willys project


Back to stripping some parts again as still waiting on another Willys before I can really begin construction. Got a line on a 1950 cab that is on a HJ rolling chassis, but comes with a 1950 Willys complete rolling chassis and drivetrain plus a 1948 one as well! Trying to get him to sell me just the cab and 1948 rolling chassis as don't want the rest. Just cost too much to transport it otherwise as is 2000 km away.
So it is on to removing the rear suspension mounts. Shown here upside down and ready to dismantle after taking all the measurements I need.


This bush is part of the upper control arm mount. So the weld needs to be cut away so it can be removed from this frame rail.


Easiest way I thought to remove the weld is to choose a hole saw with the same inside dimensions as the outer part of the bush. Didn't even need the pilot drill to be centred in something and cut through the weld easily. Just use a slow drill speed and some heavy oil, I used diff oil, to lubricate it.


So here is the upper mount off showing the bush I cut free with the hole saw that passed through the frame. The top mount is the lower control arm mount. All the suspension mounts are made with HSLC, (High Strength Low Carbon), steel. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-st...ow-alloy_steel


The photo shows how many spot welds I have to remove to get this reinforcement plate off. It supports the swaybar, coil and shock absorber mounts. You are looking at the Grand Cherokee donor rear frame section upside down.


Continually surprised how much effort they go to to stop noise transmission into the body. This a section of the frame that supports the rear shock absorber.


The rear shock mount broken down into pieces. Top left is part of the floor, outer frame rail, plastic noise absorbent material followed by the inner frame part that holds the inner part of the shock mount.


Starting from left to right along the back: Lower control arm mount, upper control arm mount, coil mount, panhard rod mount and shock mount. Across the front is the frame support for swaybar, coil and shock mounts
Hoping to reuse all these on the Willys frame rails. Hard part is that the Willys frame is much narrower at 2" where these brackets are to fit over 3.5". Not sure the best way to make up the difference yet.
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Nice! Big time progress! Love this thread more and more every update haha. Those custom motor mounts look awesome! Very clean cuts, nice snug fit and some good looking welds, no doubts about those! Are you going to have the entire frame blasted and powder-coated or something to that effect? Just curious to what extent you thought you were going to on that kind of stuff
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Re: Grand Willys project

Hi Gojeep

Greetings from Cape Town!!

Picked up this thread from Johan's post on www.4x4community.co.za as mentioned earlier by him.

I'm a huge fan of your gojeepxj site, refer to it all the time, thanks for all the good tips and advice on there!!

Looking forward to following this thread, best of luck!!

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Nice! Big time progress! Love this thread more and more every update haha. Those custom motor mounts look awesome! Very clean cuts, nice snug fit and some good looking welds, no doubts about those! Are you going to have the entire frame blasted and powder-coated or something to that effect? Just curious to what extent you thought you were going to on that kind of stuff
Not sure yet which way I will go as will be a driver. Might even have it hot dipped in a galvanizing tank and then painted over that?

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Hi Gojeep

Greetings from Cape Town!!

Picked up this thread from Johan's post on www.4x4community.co.za as mentioned earlier by him.

I'm a huge fan of your gojeepxj site, refer to it all the time, thanks for all the good tips and advice on there!!

Looking forward to following this thread, best of luck!!

Cheers
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Great to hear from you mate and recently put up my photos from Cape Town on my FB page.
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Just agreed to a deal on this Willys pickup to help complete my project. They said it is a 1948 but it has a 1950 front clip. No engine, but complete otherwise and will look for the original front panels.


Bonnet for the 48 there as well in the back. Should be able to sell off the aluminium tray off to recoup some of the costs.


Glad to see the stone tray below the grille is there as don't have one and hard to find in good nick.
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It's an honor watching this come to life. It might be on TV one day.
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Great to hear from you mate and recently put up my photos from Cape Town on my FB page.
ohhhh ok i see. That sounds very promising. Id do that, hot-dipping FTW!
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Keep up the awesome work!!!

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Thanks mate. Road trip this weekend as going 1300 km round trip to pick the tan one up above. Going to sleep in the back of the XJ to save some money. Just as well I have my wife with me to keep me warm as mid winter here now!
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