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Re: Grand Willys project

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Your project is a very impressive one, and although I've read a lot of the thread I want to go back and do an infill. I've personally gotten myself involved in a lot of projects since I was a young man in my dad's service station/garage, but nothing quite like this one. Good luck, and I look forward to your completion. However, if your like me you will have to sell it for it ever be completed!
Thanks for the kind words. Fortunately I have never sold an uncompleted project, and don't intend to start any time soon!
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In between doing jobs on the house and for family and neighbours etc, did find some time to spruce up the workshop a bit.



Some close up of the embossed signs.










Managed to collect the whole series and was surprised that a less common vehicle such as these even got to feature on some signs.
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Re: Grand Willys project

I say do black wheels and you can do a custom wheel and stay somewhat traditional. I honestly think a custom modern wheel will get more attention at car shows.
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Re: Grand Willys project

I'm thinking there's got to be a wheel manufacturer that will do a custom offset, without breaking the bank.

Heck, you can get a Foose wheel for $685:
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Don't want a modern looking wheel as think it would look out of place. One made to look traditional with a modern twist however is what I think would suit. If I can get ones to run the Willys hub cap I think it would do well like I linked too from Wheelsmith.

Also just came across this and found it quite interesting how the truck was promoted in its day along with the other Willys models too.

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I'm thinking there's got to be a wheel manufacturer that will do a custom offset, without breaking the bank.

Heck, you can get a Foose wheel for $685:
Foose Wheels Imperial 2-Piece 17X7 Polished High Offset
Don't mind these though from him.


Might look alright with a tall skinny tyre on them?
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Re: Grand Willys project

Why not keep everything traditional except the wheels?

I'd have to see those wheels on the truck to give a better opinion.
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Re: Grand Willys project

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Don't want a modern looking wheel as think it would look out of place. One made to look traditional with a modern twist however is what I think would suit. If I can get ones to run the Willys hub cap I think it would do well like I linked too from Wheelsmith.

Also just came across this and found it quite interesting how the truck was promoted in its day along with the other Willys models too.

Ok. I see what you mean.

If you think about it. The twist is under the hood. Lol.

Are you going to be chopping the truck? I think that discussion is far back in the thread.
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Ok. I see what you mean.

If you think about it. The twist is under the hood. Lol.

Are you going to be chopping the truck? I think that discussion is far back in the thread.
Chopped 2" and the cab extended by 7" and wider by 9".
Want it to look 1948 Willys on the outside but 2008 WK underneath and inside.
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Caught up on the house renovations for the moment and most other things as well so can't wait to get back into the build. Have been working on a few tools when I had a bit of spare time now and again and thought I would show some finished so far.


Nearly 20 years ago I was noodling for opals in a very remote field in the Outback and came across this, then new, bulldozer ripping tooth buried in a mullock heap. It is a big heavy thing and thought it would come in handy one day. Cleaned it up and have welded a stem on to it to use as a stake dolly.


The underside has some useful shapes to it as well as the sides. Just the head is 250mm/10" long and weighs 16kg/35lbs. Going to make a bracket so it can be fasten to the side of my welding table, or be used in one of my bench vices or the portable one shown here.


Been looking for a few years for a high crown hammer to use in the back of curved metal as well. Couldn't find one so made this one up from an old English forged head I picked up at a swap meet in Ballarat this year. It had flat round heads and added to it until they were square and shaped the high crown on.


This end is shaped perpendicular to the other as often can't hit in the same direction.
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Built my own bullseye pick. Thought they were a lot of money but cheap to make yourself.


Total cost was only $9 for a couple of meters of solid 12mm-1/2" rod. Every thing else I had. I made both a pointed and blunt tips for it that I made from 16mm-5/8" solid rod that I drilled and threaded.


Gives you very accurate strikes and used often where swinging a hammer from underneath is awkward.


Painted up ready for use.




Works in a off dolly method so wont stretch the metal like directly on dolly. Great for lifting small dents etc in the finishing stage when going for a smooth metal finish.
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