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Re: The big strip has begun!

I'm with the dark green, if your gonna go steely wheels, that's retro gonna be cool
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This is an amazing project! I love that orange you posted as well.
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Re: The big strip has begun!

Looking good! As far as color is concerned, I'd decide what wheels you were going to use first. If you choose the KMC Rockstars, then go with the orange. If you stay with the 17" steelies, then definitely the dark green.
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Nice, great work so far
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Re: The big strip has begun!


There was no way it was coming out through the top with the engine, tans and transfercase still all attached. Also wanted to leave it attached to the sub frame that holds the engine mounts, steering rack, lower suspension arms and front diff.


So up up and away. Lisa is manning (should that be womanning?), the engine crane.


Just look at the size of it all against the big grand for reference! How am I going to fit all that under the little light weight Willys??


Was hoping to be able to keep everything attached to the sub frame and go up under the Willys as is. Only problem is that the grille is 8-9" closer to the front axle centre line in the Willys than the Grand. The wheels would end up against the firewall. Actual engine bay length is pretty similar ( Willys 3" shorter but there was a couple of inches between the fan and the front of the engine), so that is good.


Looks good with that cover on.


Cover is actually a bit short to clear the forward upper cowl area of the Grand. Wonder if the cover from a 300C, Challenger or Dodge truck are longer that these engines also come in?
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Re: The big strip has begun!

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Looking good! As far as color is concerned, I'd decide what wheels you were going to use first. If you choose the KMC Rockstars, then go with the orange. If you stay with the 17" steelies, then definitely the dark green.
Rockstars are definitely out as after the tall narrow look and fits under the Willys better as well. So down to the Commander steel or alloys right now.

Thanks for all the comments guys. I am posting on a few forums but this has the best response and help in any of the Jeep ones for sure.
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Re: The big strip has begun!

Can you just sneak the grill of the Willys forward a few inches?
Would negate having to worry about front driveshaft angles etc.....
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Re: The big strip has begun!

Thought about moving the grille forward but would really spoil the look of the Willys I think. Would look like one of the D series postal Jeeps.
Moving the axle forward wont change drive shaft angles apart from making the front one better and the rear one the right length. Rather lengthen the front steel one than the alloy rear. Will handle a lot better with the whole engine behind tha front axle line too.
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Re: The big strip has begun!

Great job so far! This is exciting to watch! As for the color? Well, Ill suggest the ole' classic color Willies were famous in, in a clear coated Tan. Matte black or gunmetal wheels would look sweet IMO.
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Re: The big strip has begun!


I was lucky enough that some one gave me a photo of their hotrod with red steelies on at a similar angle to mine, I was able to crop the wheels out and add them to my 32" trailer tyres. Think it looks pretty good.
Now as I am going to widen the whole cab 7" to match the width of the rear and cover the new front end, I want to stretch the cab length ways also to keep the proportions and get more leg room. So this is at stock length.


This shot shows the cab lengthened 3.5", or half the 7" I am widening the cab.
The bed is shortened 3.5" to keep the overall length the same.


Here I have stretched the cab 5.5" which is the same percentage as the cab will be widened, (13.5%). I took the cab length to be from rear of cab to the base of the windscreen.
The bed has been shortened 5.5" as well in front of the rear guard leaving the wheel base the same as stock.
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Re: The big strip has begun!

imho, 5.5 looks good, 8 is starting to look a little long.... but i'm 6-2 so i would go for the long myself
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Timmy has one if you need Panels to helP with widening etc
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