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post #1 of 17 Old 08-25-2015, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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1959 fc 150

Hi All, Ive been a member on here with my multiple cherokees a few times, but I am now working on a 1959 Willy's Jeep FC150. Is there any specific area on here for them? Or anyone with experience with this model? I picked the build section since its rocking a Ford 302 and is currently under some construction.

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post #2 of 17 Old 08-25-2015, 11:02 AM
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Willys are grouped with the early era jeeps here > Early era Jeeps
But since we all like the classic Willys, you might as well post some pictures here and make this a build thread.

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post #3 of 17 Old 08-25-2015, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Excellent, I'll take some good ones tonight. So the story is my father in law bought the truck in the late 90's from a farm that had a giant field spraying rig attatched to it. He restored the truck back into a normal pickup, but felt it lacked the power it deserved, and looked like it was going to fall over on the stock 150 frame. So he got an fc170 chassis and whacked it down to the 150 length. He then mated a Ford 302 crate engine to the factory t90 3 speed and Dana/Spicer D18 transfer case, as well as installed a 2 speed warn overdrive. I think it has a Dana 53 rear, not sure on the front axle.

The truck was hardly driven, then parked in the Barn in 2008, until I pulled it out 2 weeks ago for a car show and was told it could stay in my garage, so I'm sort of its caretaker for the foreseeable future. I'll attach more pictures of it this week. It's a bit of a bear to drive...ill go over my plans/ things i need to repair in another reply.
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Wow that's in awesome shape!

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post #5 of 17 Old 08-25-2015, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Overall its in very good condition. The only paint blemishes are from when a tree fell on the barn....which caused a florescent light inside the bard to fall off the roof and scratch the front of it. The interior needs some work. Just some finishing.

My to do list:
It overheats, probably do to the small radiator and big engine....trying to work that one out flushed everything out new thermostat going to see what happens
Shifting...it doesn't like to. There's a home made linkage to side shift the t90 that i need to iron out. Granted the t90 I hear isnt always the easiest to shift anyway
Speedo, and gas gauge don't work. I think the speedo it out of a CJ. Gas tank came out of another car, so sender might need some work. Might install new guages and rewire the dash
Interior:lots to do here. Missing door panels, heater box,(not all of them had one), the dog house needs paint, as well as some insulation since it gets red hot. the Valve cover sits an inch away from your side....so its hot in there. And it has no seat belts for the driver.
Weatherstrips are shot
front drive shaft just ever so slightly hits the starter the way its positioned.
----So thats just a small list. I document more as I go. I washed a boatload of dirt out of it so far from sitting with the windows open. I'll post up more pics tonight.

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post #6 of 17 Old 08-25-2015, 12:13 PM
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I'm really looking forward to this!
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post #7 of 17 Old 08-25-2015, 12:51 PM
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Sounds like an awesome project! Looking forward to your progess reports!
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Love these things. Def want to see more.
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post #9 of 17 Old 08-26-2015, 08:36 AM
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That thing is awesome! Post up more pictures!
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post #10 of 17 Old 08-26-2015, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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more pictures









The bed was home built by my father in law, one of the best builders i've ever seen. There's a picture of the valve cover breather in relation to where you sit as well. And finally, a couple at the car show i made it to.

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post #11 of 17 Old 08-26-2015, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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pics didnt load....lets try this again....
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post #12 of 17 Old 08-30-2015, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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So tonight Ive encountered my first major issue again....OVERHEATING. I need a lot of help on this one guys, so im taking suggestions. The attached pictures show then engine, and the radiator. As you can see I have a very small area to work with. The radiator in it now looks like its fairly thick, but the truck still over heats. ( I've already repaired it once with solder when the water neck cracked, then threw a sealer over it.) It wont over heat right away, It'll run for a while before it does.....but it always does. My father in law had a theory on this that i'm going to share to see what your opinions are. Because the radiator is so small, and the engine so big, he believes the water pump is pushing the coolant too quickly through the radiator. To slow the flow down he had pinched the lower radiator hose, which restricted flow, but the truck didn't over heat as badly. what is you all's take on this?

And what cooling options should I try? I found a 3 pass radiator that I think might fit it out of another style willy's truck.....or should I attempt to remote mount one somewhere? and if so, where? Thanks for the assistance!
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post #13 of 17 Old 08-31-2015, 06:55 AM
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It sounds like it is working, just not as efficiently as it could...

Maybe its not that you need more radiators, but perhaps its poor condition of the current radiator?
- is it "clean water" coming out of it?
- clean water going into it?
- build up on the forward side prohibiting/blocking air flow?
- Temp sensor blocked up? these don't take much to cause them to deviate from proper function.

Check the cooling requirements for the motor vs cooling potential of the radiator?

just my 2 cents. you mentioned you replaced the temp sensor, was the old one dirty? fouled? damaged?
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post #14 of 17 Old 08-31-2015, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Well i think its just that eventually the max efficiency is reached and it just over heats from that point. I flushed the system and replaced the tstat. I think the issue is the radiator is about 16" x 16". the cooling tunnel just isnt big enough for anything bigger. I Think the next thing im going to try is getting a radiator thats longer, so I get more surface area. Im checkign the clearences now and will post my solution. In the mean time, if anyone has any tips or help let me know

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post #15 of 17 Old 09-01-2015, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Possible solution

after spending half the night looking at radiators and learning more about then than Ive ever known before.....I think i came up with a design in my head. I'm going to take an aluminum radiator from a 1966 Ford mustang. (closest dimensionally I could find)...cut the brackets off...fab up my own....and install a shroud and Air damn to divert more air to it. Between the bigger tubes in the radiator and more air that should hopefully help. Naturally, I'll be documenting everything in this post in the coming weeks.
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