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post #646 of 671 Old 06-09-2020, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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I think my grandfather used to say he had a set in his '48, back in '48.

(pretty sure he was referring to my grandmother!)

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post #647 of 671 Old 06-25-2020, 04:11 AM Thread Starter
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Spare Willys bonnet was getting in the way and finally had everything I needed to use it for an awning over the garage side door. With winter here it will stop the rain from blowing in.

The local powder coaters are closing down and I happen to ask if he had any old headers for a project I had planned. He gave me these for free as someone had cut off one of the primaries. I had a few sets of 80 series Land Cruiser ARB bullbar tubes under the house that I thought I could make a replacement for it.


The new primary I made is on the left and think it blends in well enough. I also cut off all threaded bosses and welded up the holes that were for the water cooling as these were from a drag boat. Turns out a Dodge R5P7 NASCAR engine powered one! So still fits the theme of 'keeping it in the Mopar family'.


I made these mounting flanges up that block off the tubes to stop spiders, wasps, hornets etc making a home in them. I welded in a nut where the pipes merge to bolt through the wall of the garage.


Been knocking all the dents out of it even though it was actually straight on top to begin with! But the dents that had been filled in times past showed up underneath, so couldn't live with that. This was the best bonnet of the three that I had from the Willys Trucks and rust free too, except for some surface rust where the factory hadn't painted above the braces. Did a mockup and like what I see. Was very tempted to do a 'ratrod' or 'patina' look and call it done.


Got the dents out and have it in primer. Original plan was to go gray to match the existing roofing, but looks a bit top heavy. So will go with the cream the the bonnet was anyway.
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Thatís a pretty cool idea, Marcus. I particularly like the use of the restored headers as the braces. Quite original.
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Yup! That is definitely cool!

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Willys and Jeep bonnets, CJ's and Wranglers, with the deep sides work well for this.
Hope to finish the install today.

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So Marcus, are you going to mount an under-hood engine bay light for your porch light?
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i am in awe over this build. went through all the pages, good Job Marcus. You have some skill for sure.
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So Marcus, are you going to mount an under-hood engine bay light for your porch light?
Now there is an idea!

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i am in awe over this build. went through all the pages, good Job Marcus. You have some skill for sure.
Thanks mate. Would have taken a while to get through it all!

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Even with the sun out, we were only getting up to minimum spraying temperature. So lamps from the front and a blow heater from behind to get the steel warm enough. Paint warmed in hot water as well.


I reinforced the garage wall with leftover hat channel from when I built the garage originally. Above the door will have a pulling force and the end of headers have a compressive force.


The bonnet itself bolted to a set of angle brackets through the original hinge mounts. Only the block off/mounting brackets for the headers were added which act as bracing. The bonnet is still stock except I removed the safety latch and spring. Even the original ornament is back in position.


To keep the door from swinging around in the breeze, I have just used a simple pad bolt. There is a clear stick on bumper on the header tube as well as one behind the pad bolt on the flange.


All finished up and pleased about how it turned out. Been planning it for nearly 10 years, but waited until I knew I didn't mess up welding the wider bonnet together on the Willys first, and then to get some suitable headers that were cheap enough. Was worth the wait as these were free!


In the end the only thing I paid for was the paint. Might just be able to make out the Willys 'looking on' in the background.
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Love the giant Jeep sign too.
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I was just sharing this hood project with a good mate who is in to jeeps; which then led me to share this build thread with him as well, which led me to re-read the thread from the start.

I had not realized until last night (and then again, just now) that this project had been 'in the works' for 10 years! Ordinarily, I'm sure some people would lament that as taking too long, but I believe it's worth every minute it takes, and totally worth it.

Secondly, as I began reading this thread again, I couldn't remember if this had been asked/ answered already, or even if you would mind sharing, but how did you conceive this project? What led you to this combination? And have you done a vehicle build/ restoration before?

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I was just sharing this hood project with a good mate who is in to jeeps; which then led me to share this build thread with him as well, which led me to re-read the thread from the start.

I had not realized until last night (and then again, just now) that this project had been 'in the works' for 10 years! Ordinarily, I'm sure some people would lament that as taking too long, but I believe it's worth every minute it takes, and totally worth it.

Secondly, as I began reading this thread again, I couldn't remember if this had been asked/ answered already, or even if you would mind sharing, but how did you conceive this project? What led you to this combination? And have you done a vehicle build/ restoration before?

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Thanks for taking an interest in the build and sharing it too. Most here wouldn't know it has been going so long as only starting sharing it here more recently.
I had never done a ground up build before and only much modified existing vehicles since the early 80's. Even my very first car I hand built a steel spoiler for and had modified the bonnet etc. V8 Hilux with 400 chev, turbo 400 and Landcruiser transfercase and axles etc. http://gojeep.willyshotrod.com/Hilux.htm CJ7 with a 351 Ford Windsor 9" etc. http://gojeep.willyshotrod.com/CJ7.htm
I used to see bits of an American show that had Tim the toolman in it. Home Improvement? Never seen a full episode but one I caught the most of was him building a rod his shed and thought, one day I would like to do that.
Well that one day happened when I saw the first Willys Truck turn up on eBay back in 2007. I use to sneak into a boat building yard when I was a kid and play in one sitting in the long grass and would pretend to drive it, wondering if I would ever have one for real when I grew up. I sent the auction link to my wife at her work and said for fun, you know I always wanted to build a Rod, well here it is! I was just joking as we only have a tiny house and block that is only 5200 sq ft. with a 7'x5' tin shed I couldn't even stand up in. She said, bid on it! I said where would we even put it as we don't even have a garage. She said, ask them if they will hold it for a year while you build one! I did and they said that was ok as it was on a farm. I sniped and won the auction with 10 seconds to spare and everything went from there.
I was going to just put this on a Ford Courier, (Ranger), frame but re-bodies were getting harder to register here, so canned that idea. Then thought I would prefer to keep like with like on this build anyway. Well the only Chrysler family V8's here with modern running gear are Chrysler 300 or the Jeep WH/WK at the time. We have no Dodges sold here, so Durango's, 1500's etc are no go. I wasn't going to build another 4wd as had the XJ that I had built for those duties. http://gojeep.willyshotrod.com/
I was watching eBay and insurance auctions keeping a check on prices. A 300 with high mileage would sell for $15000 wrecked. Remember these were only a few years old at the time. Just buying an HEMI with trans and computer would go for that much too! Jeeps would always sell for around $10,000 with less than half the mileage on it. So went to the local Jeep showroom and lying under it with a tape measure did all my calculations to see if I could get one to work. I thought with enough cab stretching I could and how this all started from there.
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Thanks for sharing the back story Marcus!

Funny, growing up, I always dreamt of having a '79-'83 'hilux' (just pickup here)... yours was a beaut!

My high school girlfriends father had an '83 which he purchased new, it had about '20K miles on it in '89, it was a white sorted with a matching Brahma canopy, and 33" big MT's on a set of gold/ silver modular Enki's. It was beautiful!

I remember watching Ivan (Iron Man) Stewart race his truck, I'd love to have an '81 SR5 with his stripe package

I'll quit hijacking your thread (because I could go on for hours)



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I been trying different things like baby oil and trim restores etc. to keep where I have removed all the plastic protrusions the same as the surrounding areas. Like the first runner which has never been touched. But after awhile they all fade again.


After watching many youtube videos and reading forum posts on it with people using everything from peanut butter to heat guns, nothing lasts for long or it makes them brittle. I saw good reports though from an Australian product that is actually a die like printers ink that I will give a go.


Pretty clear to see that I have done the first two runners. You use only a few drops to load the foam brush each time.


Done them all now and you have to leave it for 24 hours while it dries and you must not allow it to get wet.


Was pretty cold so was still a bit left wet the next day so rubbed it with a cloth to remove the excess which dulled it down back to a stock look. Looks patchy in the photo but that is just from the lighting. I also used it on my Jeep which had some graying plastic and works really well there just like the video. Seems better on the textured surfaces. I'll report back over time to see how it holds up.
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I was was very fortunate that I was given a set of stock fuel rails from a 6.1 SRT HEMI engine as they had changed them for a billet pair from a fellow Ozrodder member Choco. I did a trial fit and the only thing I needed to do was alter the bend an the end of left one in the picture. It was at 90* like the other side originally. Just placed it in a vice with soft jaws and carefully straighted out the bend as shown.


They didn't come with the crossover fuel line so I cut mine off just each side of the barb. Even after softening it carefully with a heat gun, I couldn't pull it off the old rails. But my line was longer than I needed anyway so no problem. The line is nylon inside with a rubber feeling coating. I had to put the ends in a jug with the water boiling and quickly push it onto the barb that I had lubed with a bit of rubber grease. Held the rail in the vice so I could use both hands to force it on all the way. I added some single ear stainless hose clamps as well even though the factory didn't have them originally.


Here you can see why I had to bend the end a bit so the line can pass by the end of the intake runner.


The other side was fine and cleared. I had to put the whole line back into the boiling water to get it the flow around back of the intake as it is very stiff cold.


So no crossover line anymore. I also got my coil covers back from the powder coaters and had them done in a Mystic Silver Hammer Tone. I didn't want to look like I was pretending to have an early HEMI, so this gives it a modern twist and has both the silver and black colours they came in.


The hammer tone also hides the rust pitting that was left too and this colour choice allows me to leave the intake unpainted as well. Hence why the recent effort into making them look alright without paint. The chrome rails are subtle enough not to be in your face and fit with the stainless acorn nuts and screws that hold the covers in place.
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