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post #661 of 671 Old 06-29-2020, 06:47 AM
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Might just be able to make out the Willys 'looking on' in the background.
Ironically, without a bonnet on!

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Really nice touch moving the crossover line. You definitely turned an ugly duckling intake into a swan.
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Ironically, without a bonnet on!
Ha ha, that would be funny, except it is leaned back against the cab roof.
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Really nice touch moving the crossover line. You definitely turned an ugly duckling intake into a swan.
Thanks mate.

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Thanks mate.

No problem. All we ask is that you screw something up at least once, so the rest of us can feel better about ourselves...

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Want to cover what is left after I plastic welded the fan/radiator support together. This was damaged in the accident that wrote off the donor Grand Cherokee. Be good to rid the area of some more plastic as well.


Found some old tin that will be good enough for the job. I mainly free handed a 'W' in the same style as the one embossed into the factory tailgate.


Using the art dies that came with this Eastwood roller. Strangely they are slightly too narrow so that the end bolts don't have pressure on them. Only then relying on the grub screw which I don't like. I found the bosses from old 5" and 9" cutoff and grinding wheels have the right diameter to make good spacers.


I was going to add the 'O' behind the 'W' as well but quite like the simplicity of this. I didn't have a bead die small enough for the bead lines each side, so used the art dies for them as well. You just have to turn the piece around and run back over itself again to do the other side of the forming the bead. I also put a joggle in along one edge so some pinch rubber sat closer to flush and stiffened up the edge as well.


As I didn't do any pre-stretching, I had to do it post rolling. It is too hard to judge the perfect amount of stretch you need anyway before hand. I hammered each side of the bead work as well as from the other side using a bolster to get the stretch it needs to have it all sitting flat and without any twisting.


Just hammered the screw driver to stretch around the 'W' and round the ends of the beads etc.


Think it looks better than the damaged plastic and adds a little styling touch while tidying up the area.


Not sure if I will have it painted satin black like the rest of the engine bay, from the pinch weld down on the firewall, or do it body colour? But for now at least, everything is pretty much done in the engine bay as everything has been wired and plumbed too, as far as I know.

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Nice touch. My first thought was to go with your satin black, but the embossing may stand out a bit better in body color.

Edit: Sorry Marcus, I meant to type “colour.”
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At first I was pretty amazed at how good that "W" turned out. Then I remembered who's thread I was reading and would expect nothing less from you. Looks great. I am leaning towards the satin black myself. It would then just be, yet another, subtle detail.
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I think you should do it to match the valve cover color, and the crossover dimple die'd piece should be body color. Or colour, (or Couleur-si tu préfères)

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Thanks for the suggestions all.

The only body colour planned at this stage is the top 4" of the firewall from the pinch weld to the top of the cowl where the bead roll is. Even the area around the latch and the back of the grille will be satin black. Don't know if that changes anyones ideas or not?

I did think about coating it the same as the coil covers and would have waited until this was done and have it done together, probably for the same price.

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Been looking at what mirrors to run that will be functional as well rather than just look cool. So that ruled out your peep mirrors as too small and not stable enough once on an arm long enough to see past back of the cab which is wider than the front. So settled on the good old West Coast Jr. mirrors that I got off Amazon, but are sold through Summit Racing, JEGS and eBay etc as well. K-Source H3541.


They come with a push in plug and galvanized self tapping screws to attach them which you can see in the picture. I decided to plug weld some flat steel bar, a bit larger than the mirror arm mounting surface, under the door skin and drill and tap them for some stainless button head screws.


I also replaced the galvanized arm bolts with stainless button heads as well.


The top of the door had some more flat welded in and tapped. I cut the mounting screws so they would be flush with the back of the flat bar. I was worried the depth of the supplied plugs and screws might hit the door frame.


These are fully adjustable as the arms can slide in and out of the mirror head as well as the door arms. The flange nut compresses a rubber like sleeve that slides over the tubing. I pushed the lower door arm in as far as it would go as well as into the top of the mirror to get it to sit as high as possible. Then adjusted the top door arm until the mirror was exactly vertical and the lower arm into the mirror until the arms were dead level.


The arm ends are hinged which works well as the cab tapers inwards a lot on these Willys Trucks.


The stainless screws look much better than what was supplied. I mounted it so the bracket was inline with the back of the forward door frame.


They are very stable and give a great view rearwards which will be needed as will be doing a lot of towing with my offroad camper trailer. It also pays to check to make sure the mirror glass is well seated as there were reports of them falling out even while still in the box. Mine look very secure so maybe they have responded to the complaints.


We have ears! Sorry but hard to see them with so much going on in the background!
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