Playing With Your Willy All Day

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

  1. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Worked on the door panel for the driver's side. The old board was rotted and the upholstery was stuffed behind the seats. Had some spare masonite board and made a panel from the old.

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    A little spray adhesive and it's on.

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    Yea, it's a little wrinkly...

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    Hopefully the heat will flatten it out.:D
  2. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Started working on the heater controls so I could at least shut off the heat I was getting. I thought I may as well use the heater controls from the Mazda I parted out.

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    One of the Mazda cables reached the heater valve, but the fresh air door needed a longer one, choke cable to the rescue!

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    It needed to attach to here.

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    I still need to make a bracket to attach it to the dash and wire it up so the fan switch works with the blower I installed.

    Unfortunately, the heater valve sprung a leak. I'll have to disassemble it to see if I can change an o-ring or something.

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  3. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Ok, I have a plan, found some brackets, for what, I don't know. Some cutting, some drilling and here are some brackets for the heater controls.

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    Voila! It's mounted, but it would probably look better if they were painted black.

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    I'll get to it some day, yeah right.:lol3

    Well, at least I mounted my $6 tachometer. It even works!

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    I know I do need to clean up the spaghetti that's disguised as my wiring harness before I have a car-b-que.
  4. vanaman

    vanaman Been here awhile

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  5. XR4EVER

    XR4EVER 919 excuses to ride!

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    I just came across some old picture of the tranny conversion I made a bunch of years back. Any of you who have attempted to put a granny gear in your Willys, you know how hard it is to come across a factory T-98, and they had a poor oiling design to boot. So I made my own adapter to mate a T-18 from a Wagoneer/J-series pickup that had the factory rear adapter to the Dana 20 (also fits the late-model Dana 18s with the large input bores). I have been running this setup for over 12 years now and have never had it apart since.

    My plan involved a 1" thick aluminum adapter plate that would have a recess in the rear face that would accept a modified front nose piece from the T-18 to index it in the plate. It also had a slight recess in the front of the plate to accept the nose piece from the factory T-90 to index the plate in the F-head's bellhousing.

    The input shaft from the T-18 was about 12" too long and had the wrong splines, so I sent that along with some prints, an old clutch hub spline and a pilot bushing to Moser Engineering to have them turn down the shaft and cut some new teeth in it. They charged me around $60 and had it back to me within a week!!

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  6. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Nice work! I plan on putting in my T90/D18 with the BW overdrive, should be interesting with the freewheel. And everyone warned me not to drive in 4wd with the overdrive "on".:eek1

    I knew that rusty coolant was going to bite me, water pump went out. Got a Gates with lifetime warranty, made in the US? Not a chance, made in China and that took a while to find the sticker saying so.:huh Well, it was only $30 shipped through Rockauto.

    A little paint...

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    Also going to install this:

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    I've owned this for nearly 40 years, it's going on the Willys along with the Hula Girl.:lol3
  7. dlrides

    dlrides 1:1.618

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  8. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Know the old saying, "Rides like a truck", well I'm too old to get disc compressions that way. Decided that the original engine was probably the straight six and the Buick V6 is lighter, plus the Buick is set farther back. So my guess is that the front end is over sprung. Every "sleeping policeman" I hit, shakes my fillings out, very violent at any speed above a crawl. That isn't good for me or the truck. So, time to remove some leaves off the front. It has 10 leaves on each side. Weeks of PB Blasting and the nuts finally give up their near 60 year grip.

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    It's been suggested to remove three leaves alternating from the first.


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    Left side is done, now for the right side.

    The shock plate isn't budging. Good thing I've got new u-bolts coming, these are going to get the die-grinder treatment! Should ride a lot better. I've also cleaned some of the grit between the leaves and sprayed some grease in between them.


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  9. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    I have a T98 for a 4 cylinder Jeep sitting in the garage. I also have a Koenig double ended front/rear PTO and the special adapter to bolt it to the back of a Warn OD.
  10. Twotaildog

    Twotaildog Old Poop

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    I can relate. My CJ-5 has 10 leaves in the back, plus overloads above the axle with 4 more leaves. It was used to spray weeds in road ditches, and apparently the overloads were installed to support the spray tank that was mounted in the back of the Jeep. I've ordered shorter U-bolts so I can remove the overloads, debating whether I should also remove some leaves from the main springs.

    Anyway, thanks for posting the pictures.
  11. XR4EVER

    XR4EVER 919 excuses to ride!

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    Braggart! :D

    :nod Unless they are paper thin, that is a lot of springs for an unweighted rear.
  12. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    I owned this for 10 years. :D
  13. XR4EVER

    XR4EVER 919 excuses to ride!

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  14. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Finally got the right front apart.

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    Crap!

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    I think that's supposed to be attached to this...

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  15. XR4EVER

    XR4EVER 919 excuses to ride!

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    :eek1 So that is why they double-wrapped those springs! :lol3

    I just sold a complete set of those for $20 on CL a few months ago.

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    At least your spring eye bolts look decent and not like this:

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  16. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    off of my '61 Willys, found a set of 2 inch lift spring for a CJ-5, made new hangers front and rear, moved the shackle to the rear on the front springs
    did a lot of research on caster set up:deal, remounted all four springs and they thing rode nice, no more rear squat on heavy accel and no more swapping lanes above 30 mph. There's a whole lot more to this story but basiclly this is a '61 willys wagon that's been shortened to a wheel base of a CJ-5, roof chopped off, 302cid ford, Chevy power steering converted. 4year project getting it on the road. It's a shame it's been setting for over 3 years :cry and now in the process of having the fuel system gone through and cleaned up :wink:. I'll be very happy when she's back on the road.:D
  17. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Well, I ordered the 8 leaf front springs hoping it gives me a better ride. Also got new hardware as well. I only want to do this once anyway. Rest of the parts still are serviceable.
  18. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Wow, look what came today!

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    My old spring look a little flat compared.:lol3

    Can't find where they are made anywhere.

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    Just waiting for the hardware now.
  19. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    This is going in too, if I can find a place on the dash.

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  20. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    The new springs had to have the bushings removed so the factory type replacements could go in. It was recommended by the place I got them from to just use a vise and sockets to drive them out.

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    Sorry for the large photos. I thought Photobucket sucked, Imageshack really sucks! But since I'm a cheapskate, I'm stuck with the free sites.

    One out and 3 to go.

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