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Old 07-22-2013, 03:41 AM
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Re: Grand Willys project

Wow, thanks! 8)

Might be best to wait until I finish or at least have a body tacked on?
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Old 07-27-2013, 07:21 AM
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Re: Grand Willys project

Just got back from hospital as prolapsed two of my lumber discs in my back. Been carrying around the cabs by myself the last few weeks and the last time was spinning it around when the cab caught some thing and stopped. Unfortunately I continued to rotate with my body and my back didn't like that.
A little update anyway before this all happened.


The long floor braces that run under the door sill did not fit in my container. So I poured the vinegar into some pvc sewer pipe instead. Also have the front cross member in there getting treated. Left the lid loose to release any gasses.


The vinegar has done a good job on the floor braces. Pretty happy with the results.


To get the hinge pocket back straight I just used some heavy walled steel to hit against.


The torn hinge pocket looking much improved. Will weld up the tears in the corners later on when it is in the workshop.


Just showing the worse part of the crease caused by the door swinging too far open and doing this damage along the edge of the pillar inside. It runs all the way up the cowl side.


To work the crease out from the door swinging out too far, just used this spoon dolly and just swung it back and forth slowing working it out. Kept my other hand on the outside in the crease so I could feel exactly where it was.


This is the dolly I used to work out the crease. Often used to repair the rain gutters etc.


Coming up pretty well and at this stage had not used a hammer at all or even touched this side of the panel to get rid of the crease.


Looking a lot better and used the slapper and another spoon dolly between the inner skin and the pillar. This will do for now until I strip the paint later and do final work on it.


These are all the tools I used to repair the hinge pockets and the long crease that ran right up the side of the cowl.


Can see a little more work to do near the top which I will do later once the paint is stripped and have the top cut off as well for better access.


This photo shows just how much of a wedge shape the cabs have both in the flat plain and vertically. They are sitting level and square to each other. What is going to make extending the cab hard is that the sills are also curved, and not a consistent curve at that! It has more curve towards the front than at the back.
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Re: Grand Willys project

Sorry but not much to add this week as has not been photo worthy. Just making a template of the top of the Willys firewall, then extending it the extra I am widening the cab.


This is a photo I found of a stock non chopped Willys with the same small rear window my 48 has.


Decision time. I have altered the photo to the approximate width the cab will end up, nearly 9" wider. I also took 2" out of the wall below the window and 1" above the gutter like I plan to do. In this photo I left the rear window the stock size and added a 4.5" strip each side of it to make up the extra width. This would require me to add 4 vertical welds from the belt line up to the gutter.


On this one I have simply added a single 9" strip in the middle of the window so would only require two welds and much shorter ones as that as only above and below the window from the belt line up. Below the belt line I will use panels from both cabs to make up the width.
Now my wife prefers one look and I prefer the other. To me the smaller window makes it look more like a 40's truck that I prefer and the larger more like a 50's one.
What do others think?
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Re: Grand Willys project

Definitely the top. Better proportions IMHO.
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Re: Grand Willys project

Preferthesmaller window.

How is the back holding up?
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Preferthesmaller window.

How is the back holding up?
Back has healed way quicker than in the past. Last two days even be able to go through the day without my back support. No pain killers either and just some discomfort. Still got to be very careful though as still not stable and will get a few short spasms to remind me.

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Re: Grand Willys project

Glad you're back on your feet Marcus! I hate to say it this time buddy, but i think the bottom window looks better IMHO. Just fits the cab better too me. Also I think you'll thank yourself the first time you twist your head around there and go to back up. Or screw it and just get a backup cam.
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Re: Grand Willys project

Thinking some where in between might be the answer. Might cut it in the middle, add the extra like the wider window and stand back and take a look after just tacking it in. If I don't like can narrow that piece and add some each side.

Back is doing much better than in the past as this early stage. Still have to be very careful as even felt the disc more a fraction while cutting my toe nails! Quickly got back on the inversion table and hung upside down for 5 minutes and felt better again, but unstable. So wore the support belt for the rest of the day. Only put me back a day as doing much better today.
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Re: Grand Willys project

I bet the woman through the window would be pissed at doubling in size!! lol
Take care of that back though....
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I bet the woman through the window would be pissed at doubling in size!! lol
Take care of that back though....
Ha ha, I was having a chuckle about that myself after I did it.
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Re: Grand Willys project

All options below now regarding window size.


Stock:

Body chopped 2", roof 1", body wider 9", window stock.

Body chopped 2", roof 1", body wider 9", window wider 9".

Body chopped 2", roof 1", body wider 9", window wider by the same proportion as body is wider, (in-between other two effectively).
This would be the hardest to do as have to add filler strips each side of the window as well as in the middle of it.
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Honestly i think the stock window on the modded body looks fine either that or do the second option wider window.
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