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Re: Grand Willys project

WOW - just found this thread. Looks like you have a real passion for the work. I can't wait to see the finished product and hear how it drives. Thanks for giving us the view into your project.
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WOW - just found this thread. Looks like you have a real passion for the work. I can't wait to see the finished product and hear how it drives. Thanks for giving us the view into your project.
No worries mate. Thanks for posting.
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KEep the updates and progress coming! I still can't wait to see a rolling chassis!!!
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Re: Grand Willys project

Unfortunately I have not been working on it since my TV carked it. Sending time building a new cabinet to house the new big screen plasma in its place.
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Re: Grand Willys project

Finished building a new TV cabinet so can spend a bit of time back on the project.


Need a cross member to go between the frame rails where the coil mounts are to stop them twisting. Decided to make one out of two originals rather than just a piece of tubing. Rather than run them stock like shown, will flip them upside down so they can support the floor of the bed as well.


Have cut them down to length and will shorten the ends up to match the rail height. Can just see what I will cut out.


Bent to the new shape keeping the curve smooth to flow better with the rest of the cross member.


Need to remove this indentation as wont match up once both cross members are welded together back to back.


I cut up the middle of the indentation and then out to the sides in a T shape. Then hammered the flange flat ready to weld it. The semi-circular hole was just filled with weld by placing copper behind it to stop the weld falling through.


Cut fill patches from the ends which were cut off the same cross members.


The cross member already had some bend in it and got worse after welding the patches in


Placed it in the press and went from one end to the other using only about 1 ton of pressure and it brought it out nice and straight.


Just trimming the width of the cross members the same amount to get the overall width I was after. Using a back-gauge so that even if the cross members are not perfectly straight, it can be made so as the two halves are tacked together.


I made this back-gauge about 30 years ago from some scrap lying around. The bit that makes the mark is just a piece of broken drill bit held in place with a set screw.


All tacked together with the joint bevelled and a small gap left for full penetration


Also hammered the flange up slightly so it would pull square once welded.


Think this looks better than just a piece of square tubing. Also prefer to use as much as possible from the old chassis's so nothing goes to waste. Also makes registration easier here.


The rise in the middle will give extra diff clearance at full compression too.
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Re: Grand Willys project

Thanks for the update. I am in awe of your attention to detail and skills. I think this entire project would make a great book upon completion.
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Thanks for the update. I am in awe of your attention to detail and skills. I think this entire project would make a great book upon completion.
I can only agree.. And wonder why one of the Four wheeler mags have not picked up on this build!!

Keep it coming....
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Re: Grand Willys project

I have not been able to work on the frame assembly at all which is frustrating. Honey to do jobs needed catching up and have taken longer than I thought. Like to knock them off after finishing each little stage along the way.
Has given me time to think about what to do with the frame once finished. Not sure if to buy some spray painting gear and use the KBS coating system in satin black, http://www.kbs-coatings.com.au/kbs-chassis-coater-kit or powder coat in satin. With the KBS coat I would use that followed by then filling and imperfections before covering with top coat. That would give me a better over all finish and is the order in which you have to do it with that paint process. Could do the same over powder coat too I guess but don't know if you can use filler on top of powder coat? But then again, as this will be a driver and most of the frame wont be seen once complete, maybe I am putting too much effort into the final finish anyway?

The other thought I have is doing something really different and doing it a copper/black hammer tone maybe?



Would go with the outside colour that is at the top of the list at the moment.



Otherwise a black/silver hammer tone?

Black


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Re: Grand Willys project

Well when I restored this beauty I had the chassis sand blasted to gain a consistent finish Zinc primed then powder coated......

This was done 8 years ago now and each new owner contacts me to say how fantastic the underneath is still....

As to colour/color down to you really. But I would assemble first and see how much is visible and then decide....

Or in other words..... Sorry not much help!! lol

P.S That body colour is stunning!!


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Just found this thread and spent the last 2 hours reading. Excellent workmanship and vision. I've subscribed...
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Looking forward for continued updates! It's amazing to see what someone can do when given the time and the talents to put this amount detail into a build. Amazed at how precise you have been with your measurements and welding - it really is beautiful to see how this has come along so far.
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Thanks for the comments.
Hope to start back on this again in the next week or so. Nearly at the end of all the other jobs that I had to catch up on first.
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