What I'm working with is a 89 Econoline it's got a Dana 70 rear axle with a 460. It only had 34k miles on it (look at how clean that chassis is) and I picked it up from a junk yard right down the street from me. A couple weeks prior to that I bought the 52 Willys. I uploaded pictures backwards of how the progress has been coming. I owe a huge thanks to my buddy Curtis (in the Econoline at the junk yard giving a thumbs up). We've been all over hell the past couple weeks gathering parts for th is build. Post 1-16 has been progress I have made on the project over the past 6 months or so
Out with the original willys chassis and onto the econoline chassis .
This is what she looks like right now, I'll be getting back to it Wednesday. I still need to pin down a front axle, that's the last big piece I'm still missing.
I pulled 2" off of it today. It's not a huge difference but I don't want it to be a mile in the air before I lift it either. It's already sitting 83" tall and as a reference my dodge in the above picture is at 84" with a 6" lift and 35s
The Econoline chassis was 177" I cut it down to around 118". The engine runs, I've got a C6 and NP205 waiting to go on, I need to make brackets for them. The truck is clearly rusty so I'm replacing what I HAVE to nothing more because I like the paint.
I started fabbing my transmission bracket yesterday and finished it up today.
I plan on pulling the cab off if I need to get at the trans or transfer case when it's done. Don't mind the solid POS transfer case mount, that's not going to stay that way. I just tossed whatever bolts I had laying around in everything to hold it together for now. I'll get the right sizes and grade 8s later.
It's not a huge difference but I can jump on the back of the frame now and it gives a little. Before it just laughed at me with absolutely no give in anything. It being an E350 it had 9 leaf springs, I pulled 4 out
The bed is far from done but it's a good idea of what I'm doing and you're all up to date.
I tried as good as I cared to to match the patina in 2 minutes. I don't think it looks too bad considering I have no time into it. There is still no floor. I'm going to work on some sort of bracket to set the bed on tomorrow. Right now it's just resting on the chassis.
If I had to guess so the portion of the bed that I did make weighs a whole 12 pounds or so.
I got the bracket all made up for the bed yesterday and bolted to it. I have to make mounts to the chassis and bed still to put them together. I also tried to roll the edges of the bed, that was an epic fail. I'll have to come up with a way to do that when I get a chance.
My wife and I got the floor installed and mostly bolted in last night. I'll get the rest of the bolts today. The bed is still not fastened to the chassis yet, I have to make mounts still. I set the radiator in place just to eye ball how I might wanti t to sit.
Reverse manual valve body is in. Tomorrow I will be installing the high stall converter. I have front and rear drive shafts now and need to have them lengthened, just the rear for now until I have a front axle in place. I also need to get bearing retainers for the 205 one day. I may start reworking the floor tomorrow or Sunday also.
Torque converter is installed, I just need to put the bolts in the fly wheel. I made a bracket for the coolers and bolted the radiator to it. I need to finish it and bolted the condenser (trans cooler) and power steering cooler to it also. Here's a partially complete picture.
I found an 1/8" plate to mount the cooler bracket too for the bed. My plan is to bolt the plate to the bed frame and then mount the bracket to the plate on the floor. I like overkill. I'll get some Taurus/sable electric fans for cooling.
My plans for the engine are changing...
The bracket to hold the coolers are now finished and the 1/8" plate are all bolted to the bed
The bed is still only resting on the chassis. I haven't come up with a way I'd like to mount it to the frame yet.
I still need to get some longer bolts for the mounts and a handful of grade 8 bolts.
I should be picking up a set of fans tomorrow after work.