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post #496 of 671 Old 02-05-2020, 02:28 PM
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I enjoyed reading about the history of Jeeps in Australia. I went on a trip to London and Paris in 2007. Meet a man in the tour group from New Zealand. He was 82 years old and showed me a picture of his new Ford Mustang. When I told him about my Willys truck I was starting on he said he had a Willys Whippet. I did not know Willys made these.

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post #497 of 671 Old 02-12-2020, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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Still working away but not doing anything picture worthy right now with sorting wiring etc.
On other thoughts, my wife and I saw Tank green, as first offered on the 2015 Willys Edition of the JK, in the flesh for the first time and really think it could suit the utilitarian theme I have always been going for. Gives a bit of heritage flavour as well. I would run it with black painted guards to break up the colour a bit and keep the 30-40's look as well.


Much like it is above with the black flares. Maybe could even do the grille black too? Or just the centre section like it was stock?

I have been told a lot to leave it unpainted to show the metal work but not very practical though as even a clear will not seal it properly. But thought it might be a good idea to now complete it and get my engineer's approval and road registered before paint. Then for the summer at least, run it without paint to make sure everything is perfect before stripping it down to be painted.

The other recent colour was a burgundy and black, but might be too classy a colour for the Truck my wife feels and think she could be right.

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post #498 of 671 Old 02-12-2020, 06:33 PM
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The other recent colour was a burgundy and black, but might be too classy a colour for the Truck my wife feels and think she could be right.
I like the burgundy idea, but maybe burgundy and light tan two tone. That truck is classy as it comes.
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post #499 of 671 Old 02-13-2020, 06:06 AM
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I think the Tank Green is a bit too plain for your Jeep. The tone is fine, but maybe you could bump it up a pit with some flakes or pearl. Your Jeep is built to such a level that it deserves something a little less plain.
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post #500 of 671 Old 02-13-2020, 09:04 AM
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I'll offer my humble opinion, but only because you ask.

I agree that a vehicle of this quality and age deserves a color which is 'Age appropriate', that is, it can't be a new super metallic or shade which didn't exist in the 40's. It just wouldn't look right.

Now then, that said, I actually feel the same about adding/ using black and or black trim. A little bit is fine, as an accent, but the black actually takes away from the look and finish of a vehicle.

Yours deserve to have some shiny bits, like grill bars, door handles, etc. Black is fine for some stuff, but be sure to include a bit of jewelry.

Now then (again) as for color, I'm probably in the minority here, but I've never liked olive drab or its variants on anything other than a flat military vehicle. Yours deserves a timeless shade, and I like a couple of the more originally posted colors, closer to a brown or bronze, or even grey, than the green tone.

In the end, the ONLY person who needs to be happy and approve is your wife

(Ok, you should proabably be happy as well)

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Iím thinking a gun-metal grey...

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post #502 of 671 Old 02-13-2020, 12:07 PM
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Maybe the "Mineral Grey Metallic" gunmetal off the WK, it has a bit of sparkle so it pops in the sun but isn't too crazy? Or the Tank Green with a similar bit of sparkle added (I think "Jeep Green Metallic" off the WK as well is pretty close?). I imagine it's possible to photoshop the truck a few different colours to see what you like.
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This gives you an idea how a Willys Truck looks like with the guards painted black.


I do like though the burgundy and black like this Chevy Fleetmaster which is of the similar era. Maybe not too classy a colour after all!


Maybe a modern take of this 1952 Willys Wagon colour called Smoked Ruby. I do like this as is a true burgundy which is red mixed with purple rather than maroon which is red mixed with brown.


This Holden bodied 1936 Willys Sedan shows how a modern colour with black guards would look.


When I saw a Mustang with this colour drive past, I just loved it! Called Royal Crimson and was a 2018 only colour.

Now I am at an impasse!
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I love the '52 shade of smoked ruby, but again, I like the old solid classic colors.

That's said, the mustang color is a nicely updated similar shade, and your metal work is most certainly worthy of something that nice!

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You Willy's is a custom build, so go nuts with a modern colour like the Royal Crimson colour. That's bang on dude!
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Wanted to see what the wheels and tyres looked like with the bonnet back on.


Think the proportions are looking alright. Wouldn't mind some SRT coils though to drop it an inch.


Engine loom was left on so starting with the chassis wiring.


Would have been easier if I could place everything where it was on the donor but the suspension towers are 7" further forward and the engine bay tapers to the grille also. These are the mounting brackets I made for the two fuse boxes to clip into.


Horn is from a WWII Chevy Bitz Truck. Very loud as running at 12 volts instead of 6 volt. Can see I have made a start on the intake ducting which is all 90mm/3.5".


Been waiting for the battery to come on special and saved $116! DIN75LH MF with 910 CCA, 180RC and 90AH.


Plenty of terminal clearance to the underside of the floor. Terminals are recessed too. The clamping system works really well and it is very solid.


Had a lot of trouble finding a OEM washer and big enough radiator recovery bottles. These came from a V8 Ford Explorer and were one unit. I bought two so I could separate them and mount off the joining webs as didn't fit otherwise. I noticed that OEM always placed the radiator recovery bottle near the height of the radiator cap, so did the same.


I would like to introduce my new garage buddy who was exploring the workshop for the first time. We called her Noski which mean 'socks' in Russian which I thought was fitting. Our last cat recently passed at 15+ years old and was also a rescue cat.

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Noski looks like a cool cat, and is kind of colored Gun Metal Gray.


I rest my case.
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I guess Iím a little late to the color game, but I love that Smokey Ruby. To me it looks nice and has that older feel to it.


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post #510 of 671 Old 02-21-2020, 01:42 PM
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That looks amazing. Awesome build!
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