Playing With Your Willy All Day

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by vtwin, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. AKjeff

    AKjeff Long timer

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    I love that yellow flat fender. Someday I want one, even if I just use it to toodle down to the neighborhood store twice a week.
  2. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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  3. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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  4. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    I'm not much of a purist and this will never be a show truck, just a functional workhorse. I have the snail shell for the stock blower fan, but no blower or fan. Being that they are either hard to get or expensive, I cheaped out and will be putting in a nice strong blower fan from a 1981 Mazda GLC (fondly know as Fat Chick) I parted out for another aborted project. The problem is the snail and squirrel cage blows in the opposite rotation.

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    This was pretty easy to remove and will be drilling new holes to fit the Mazda housing. Unfortuanately, the glove box interferes now. Being that it's pretty ratty anyway, I'll make one up that is shorter.

    Mounting point for housing. you can just see the heater core.

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    The truck is actually starting to earn it's keep as it helped me drop off the little Suzuki M31 to it's new owner.
  5. princess jamaica

    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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    Anybody know where I can find the vin?It started life as a wagon,and is now a pick up.I lost the title(DUMB ASS)before I could put it in my name.I believe it is a '58.I've looked everywhere that I think it might be.Thanks.
  6. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Mine is a '56 and it was on the driver's side just above the step plate when you open the door.
  7. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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  8. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Well, the truck is proving to be a real work horse today. I dropped off the Project 'beo to it's new owner. Hopefully he has more luck with it than I did.

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    Mounted the fan housing, trying to find the original bolts and screws to the fan and resistor.

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    With all the extra holes, I used aluminum tape to seal them up. Check out the botched trans tunnel. I don't know if the Buick engine required moving everything up a few inches, but looks like the shifters wouldn't clear the tunnel anymore.

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    I've got another trans cover coming and I'll see if I can make it fit better.
  9. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Got my good trans tunnel from a guy on the Willys forum, just for the cost of shipping.:clap

    Looking at the original location, you can see the difference in placement of the shifters. Not sure why the Buick engine caused such a large shift forward.

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    I'm trying to save the holes and placement of the original openings, so I must modify the new cover.

    I have to swap the tunnel for the transfer shifters in order to cover up the original openings.

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    Marked and ready to butcher this thing.:eek1









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  10. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    A little jig saw action and test fit.

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    A little more cutting...


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    Still needs some fine tuning and wish I took up welding. Anyone in my area handy with a welder.:evil
  11. Renner

    Renner rockin' the toaster

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    pop-rivets and Bob's your uncle :thumb
  12. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    I may end up doing that, at least to act as "tack welds" so I could take it to get proper welding.
  13. Galen

    Galen Been here awhile

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    Have it welded.
  14. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Saw this today, still working. Engine was replaced 5 years ago and the older lady told me "It takes a real beating".

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    It had a rifle rack too.:D
  15. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Been here awhile

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    Yeah, if you're willing to come out past La Honda.
  16. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Dang and I'm working out there off Stage Rd. too. Thanks for the offer though.
  17. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    I splurged on the Willys.:D

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    To replace this piece of crap.

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    I'll be getting rid of those brackets and the new one is supposed to fit in the stock location. I would have preferred a stock brass radiator, but those were double the price of the one I got. I may paint it black as I'm not really into bling, too lazy to clean.:lol3 Hey, this is a work truck.

    I do have to tap into the vast experience of this forum. I need to adapt the lower hose with a 1 1/2" diameter to the 1 3/4" id. Looking on ebay, they do have a few awkward looking items. Anyone have any ideas?
  18. zilla

    zilla Long timer

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    My Dad had a 60 Willys Pickup with a GMC 305 V6 swapped in it, and he could never keep that thing cool in the summer.
  19. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    I'm adding a 3 row and the Willys is only spec'd for a 2 row, so hoping I don't have problem overheating. I've had british cars in the past and they seemed like they were made to overheat in our summer weather.:lol3
  20. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Are you going up from 1 1/2" to 1 3/4"? If so just getting the hose nice and warm and a little Vaseline.:wink:

    Had to do that when I ghettoed a cheapo rad on my old GMC van.:wink: