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Old 11-13-2012, 07:21 PM
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Fantastic work! I can't imagine how many hours you'll have in to this when its done!
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Thanks for taking an interest in this build guys.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:03 PM
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Re: Grand Willys project

GJ, I had not checked into this for many months. Wow, very nice work man.

That frame metal cutting, bending, and welding work is outrageous. You're on a way different level than the rest of us mere mortals.

Beautiful stuff. +Rep to you sir.
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GJ, I had not checked into this for many months. Wow, very nice work man.

That frame metal cutting, bending, and welding work is outrageous. You're on a way different level than the rest of us mere mortals.

Beautiful stuff. +Rep to you sir.
Glad you are liking it so far.
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Re: Grand Willys project


Worked out well that the next cross member also supports the upper control arm bracket and will stop any twisting of the rail from the lower arms as well.


The brackets to support the rear and centre tank straps have been added. The front tank strap will bolt up under the floor into the original mount as I will be using that and the firewall from the donor.


Doesn't look like it, but made the closest new cross member sit level with the rear part of the frame so it will support the bed floor as well. Next photo shows it better.


Extended the cross member all the way down to the bottom of the frame rail. Improves its appearance and and adds further strength and weld area. I checked before welding across the top of the frame and found several frames like the Holden Rodeo, Dodge 1500 etc, which have the same cross member arrangement sitting on top of the chassis, where they had fully welded it the same as shown. Not always recommended to do this, especially if you have a frame with flex in it, so do your own research first.


Can see how the original cross members look very similar. They are the same dimensionally and have the same bend angle and radius. The bends are just closer together on the originals which meant they wouldn't clear the tank.


The new ones are stronger being fully boxed rather than channel and are rust free. Poured some lanolin oil down inside and rotated them to coat all the sides before welding them in to prevent rusting.


Only one more cross member to add now which is the very front one. It goes under the grille and radiator area so can't add that until I know the exact placement of those.


The frame has ended up remarkably similar to the new 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 frame which even has an option of the same 5.7 HEMI.
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:58 AM
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Great work!
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:42 AM
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Glad GJ is located in OZ, cause if this project were on this continent, I would be silly trying to bid for it.

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Great update! Keep them coming! Do I see a front wheel mounted?
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Mate, you've blown me away!
The quality of the wwork you're doing is exceptional. I've spent an hour pouring through your updates.
Superb.... simply superb!
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Nice lot of responses, Thanks guys and hit over 40,000 views too!
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I scored a full set of Eibach SRT lowering springs off eBay for only $100. They were only used for a few months and are like new. Also came with shorter bump stops and upper wishbones with a camber adjustable ball joints.


Can see the difference next to the stock spring. They normally lower a SRT version 1.5" and they are 1" lower than the standard Grand Cherokee. So looking at a combined drop of 2.5" if mine weighed the same.


Can clearly see the difference in the front coils too. They have an extra coil too and are variable rate coils which the stock ones aren't.


Thought I might as well put together the front suspension.


All assembled and went together smoothly.


Rear coils in.


Threw on a wheel and turned it to full lock to make sure there was plenty of clearance to the frame. I will be running taller tyres and wheels with less offset which will give even more clearance. Going to run the same offset all round as the 6.1 Hemi SRT front stock wheels have.
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Your knowledge really is mind-blowing. I've learned more in this thread then I did in Automotive 101. Keep the updates coming!
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