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11-17-2019 01:55 PM
ZEN357 Really excited to see the end of this!
11-16-2019 07:11 PM
jlcoble Awesome progress Can't wait to see what you do on the bed
11-16-2019 05:05 PM
Gojeep
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Originally Posted by NashvilleTJ View Post
We are always impressed by your fab skills, Marcus, but, ahh, you installed the steering wheel on the wrong side.

[emoji846]

Fab question for you: What do you use to grind down your welds like you did here? When I try to do this, especially on thicker material, I usually use a flap wheel on the grinder, but I wind up taking too much off and leaving an indent which always shows up after paint.
I always grind down to a razor blade thickness so as not to touch the parent metal each side with a hard grinding disc. Only then do a swap to a flap disc to make level followed by a strip disc to smooth the area. Flap discs flex too much and will take off the parent metal as well if done from the start.
11-16-2019 09:18 AM
NashvilleTJ We are always impressed by your fab skills, Marcus, but, ahh, you installed the steering wheel on the wrong side.

[emoji846]

Fab question for you: What do you use to grind down your welds like you did here? When I try to do this, especially on thicker material, I usually use a flap wheel on the grinder, but I wind up taking too much off and leaving an indent which always shows up after paint.
11-16-2019 05:45 AM
Gojeep
To finish off the steering shaft I needed the column in place. Think this is the first time it has been fitted! To bolt it in I needed to refit the donor dash support frame which meant the A/C had to go in first and the brake pedal box to save pulling things to fit them later on.


Fitted the booster for the first time too and all just bolted in perfectly. The column is not only tilt but reach adjustable, I had to take both that into account before fitting the bearing support. The steering shaft actually pivots slightly through it when you adjust for tilt. I just made a simple bracket off the frame for a stronger support and to make it easier to remove the guard when necessary.


Back to the grille again. I have the turn signals chosen so had to fill in the stock holes as the new ones are a flush mount.


The filler piece I just made round and used some copper under the slots to fill them in.


Just used the mig this time as just do what my mood dictates sometimes.


Notice how much the metal rose due to the weld shrinkage. Like making a pleat or dart in material. I like to grind the bulk of the proud weld off top and bottom first before doing any hammering on it. Less material to move and the slower heat and cooling of the grinding help anneal or soften the metal a bit. Far from a full annealing process, but it can't hurt either. I dont have the weld cracking on me either during planishing.


Just by hitting hammer on dolly in the HAZ, heat affected zone, it is already almost perfectly flat.


Only now do I take the weld down to perfectly flat, because if you do that before hammering, you end up with a circle of thinner metal. Final planishing was done with a flipper and dolly.


I had spotted these turn signals on a great looking Willys Panel Delivery of Sam Hacker. He was kind enough not only tell me where he got them, but to then buy and send them to me as well.


They are a quality item with chrome plated cast steel ring and not just cheap plastic. They have 17 LED's and the circuit board is epoxy coated to keep it waterproof. Made by United Pacific to fit 39 Chevy Sedans. https://truck.uapac.com/product/cont?pid=11383


At just over 75mm-3" in overall diameter, they are between the early and later stock ones in size.


I like how they mimic the headlight bezels for shape too.


I am thinking of getting another set for the rear in both amber and red.
11-10-2019 05:19 PM
Gojeep
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Originally Posted by JoonHoss View Post
Does that go the same for aftermarket shafts? Are you allowed to cut stock one, and use aftermarket shafts and couplers?

Hoss
We can assemble a steering shaft like Double D shafts that are cut to length and the uni slipped over the ends and pined. Just not allowed to weld them without the extra expense of the x-ray and separate engineer certification. This shaft will still be inspected by the certifying engineer, but will just be part of the whole vehicle inspection required before registration can be issued.

Engineers will often only approve shafts and unis from known and previously tested companies like Flaming River and Borgeson as well. I was going to go that way and the end of the column shaft was a standard 3/4" DD shaft, the the rack end was a rarer 17mm DD and couldn't get one of those that went to a 3/4" or 1" DD shaft. Only splined ends.
11-10-2019 10:02 AM
JoonHoss Does that go the same for aftermarket shafts? Are you allowed to cut stock one, and use aftermarket shafts and couplers?

Hoss
11-10-2019 09:27 AM
NashvilleTJ Nice work on the steering solution, Marcus. Innovative approach on merging the two shafts. Interesting info on the certification requirements when modifying a steering shaft in Australia. Iíve hacked into mine more times than I care to remember, including welding on a couple of occasions. Iíll have to keep that in mind if I relocate down under.

As always, really enjoying the build.
11-10-2019 03:25 AM
Gojeep
Time to sort out the handbrake. I had drilled out all the spot welds from where the cables came into the cab under the donor's back seat. The threaded boss was where the fuel tank strap bolted in which you can see in the background on a separate bracket now as the fuel tank is only supported by the chassis and not the body.


Mounting the handbrake was easy as just bolted straight back where it was inside on the donor floor pan.


I ran the cable through the rear wall after fitting a grommet. It was easy to know where to mount the plate as it had to go directly over the existing fuel tank strap mount. The bolt even threaded into the original boss as well. Cables just hooked up as before and didn't even have to adjust the handbrake!


I also changed the resonator slip over couplings to V-band ones. I tig welded them on the inside only.


I did this to make it easier to drop the resonators out when changing the battery from below.


Working on connecting the steering shaft to the rack. As I moved the axle forward 175mm, (7"), I need a longer shaft. The hypotenuse length would have changed by 160mm, (5.25"), so that is how much longer the shaft needs to be.


The top shaft is what comes through the firewall and is collapsible by shearing a nylon pin in the event of an accident. The bottom connects to that to go to the rack and has a sliding section to take up any normal flex.


In Australia we are not allowed the cut and weld steering shafts without the added expense of the weld being x-rayed and certified by an engineer. So I went to the wrecking yard to pick up another Jeep shaft from a KJ Cherokee of the same year hoping I could use parts from that. It is the shorter, lower one of the two.


I figured that I could flip the Cherokee one and use the upper section for a new lower one as it was longer than the Grand Cherokee lower one. Was about 50mm, (2"), longer than I needed but have a plan for that.


I drilled out the nylon pin from the upper section, on the right, and pulled apart the sliding section to use the rubber boot from the lower part. What I am doing is turning the upper section into a sliding section and the extra length I don't need simply rides up further inside.


Now, to join my new piece to the Grand Cherokee upper, I had to remove the uni which is staked into place. I thought it would just push past the stakes but it popped the top of the uni cap right off instead! Fortunately this was not the uni I was going to use as I was just trialing my procedure


So I drilled the stakes being careful not to drill into the caps or take too much from the shaft ears.


The last little bit after this I used a small cold chisel to chip away the remainder. You only need to do one side.


Soaked some WD40 on the caps and picked a socket just smaller than the cap for the staked side and another just bigger to press the other side into.


Carefully pressed the uni cross across as far as it will go to the other side. Tapped the ears to help it move any time the pressure increased. Then removed the cap so I could remove the uni itself.


Once out the reverse was done to install the other shaft to it just like changing a driveshaft uni. I restaked it by squaring off a nail punch and then hitting it in different spots than before. I supported the opposite side cap to make sure it didn't try to punch out the other side.


So the old KJ Cherokee upper is the new sliding lower of the WH Grand Cherokee. It was well greased with marine grease and then the boot was fitted to keep out water. It slides as freely at the original lower section without any sidewards play


Slipped on the bearing support in the same place as when on the donor. Will mount it off the inner guard once I make them.


There is plenty of clearance with a minimum of 40mm, (1.5"), all round.


The running angles are actually less than stock as the shaft is now longer than before.
11-07-2019 04:28 PM
Gojeep Glad it was helpful to you Jim.

On the colours, a couple of months ago there was a change of heart and have looking at going similar to a Willys color of the time called Smoked Ruby. Might end up with a Jeep color like Red Velvet or Red Rock Crystal, whichever is closer, with Black Diamond Crystal Fenders that the donor had.

I ran a 2" all steel cowl hood on my XJ for decades and looked at marine stainless vents before that.

My cowl hood.
http://gojeep.willyshotrod.com/HowtoBonnet.htm

Some information I gathered on vents and placement.
http://gojeep.willyshotrod.com/HowtoBonnetVents.htm
11-06-2019 10:55 AM
JimsWillysWagon
One Piece Window Installation

Marcus,

You are indeed a wizard and I appreciate you sharing your approach to the one piece window install. I had come up with the same idea you used for the front channel, that is using the rear channels from my donor doors to become the front channel. I plan to use somewhere around a half inch aluminum standoff on the front ones. I really like the jig you made up to put the radius in the door felt so you have a smooth transition. I am using refurbished pushbutton releases (with billet aluminum buttons), the factory door latches, and refurbished outside door handles just to keep it simple. Another question I have, the replacement kit from Kaiser Willys has a anti rattle/wiper for the inside of the door about 3/8" by 1/16" steel covered by rubber. There is no way I can see to be able to mount it. The outer felt is simple because it has the little snap clips to insert into the door.

In addition I will be using the CJ/Wrangler webstrap/doorstop with the little attached wiring harness to power the window lifts. By moving the mirrors to then cowl, I eliminated having to run power through the door. I will be using the console mounted factory switch to control the mirrors.

I will be putting a 34" x 54" fabric sunroof in my rig and am working on a support system to eliminate the possibility of the roof 'oil-canning'

I appreciate your sharing your solutions and expertise and look forward to the final product!

Are you still planning using GM Verdoro Green as your primary exterior paint? In 1968 I had a Javelin which was Matador Red with black vinyl roof, I really considered repainting my Javelin with that color but never did.

My exterior color, at this time, is PPG Vibrance Wineberry over charcoal. The hood is scheduled to get a 2.5" high cowl air induction hood along with stainless steel marine vents 2.5" x 18" along the lower edge of the rear of the hood to exhaust hot air.

Again, you are setting the mark for Willys Pickups!

Jim Thompson, Boerne, TX
11-05-2019 04:10 PM
Gojeep
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Originally Posted by JimsWillysWagon View Post
Marcus, Tremendous build! I am building a 1955 wagon using AMC 360 from Grand Cherokee, Dana 44's from 1970s Cherokee, T 15 and Dana 20 from J10 pick-up. I assume from your build blog that you will be installing one piece door windows. I would find it very helpful if you would share your installation methods as this is my plan also. I will be using external power mirrors from a JK but will relocate them to the cowl region using the relocation kit from the Jeep parts catalog. I spent over three hours going through your blogs and I am amazed at the details you are accomplishing! Hope to hear from you soon.

Jim Thompson
There are a few Willys truck here built the same way as yours. Should be a nice old school build.
I cover the one piece windows already in this write up. See here. https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/...1/index17.html

Cheers Marcus
11-04-2019 09:58 PM
JimsWillysWagon Marcus, Tremendous build! I am building a 1955 wagon using AMC 360 from Grand Cherokee, Dana 44's from 1970s Cherokee, T 15 and Dana 20 from J10 pick-up. I assume from your build blog that you will be installing one piece door windows. I would find it very helpful if you would share your installation methods as this is my plan also. I will be using external power mirrors from a JK but will relocate them to the cowl region using the relocation kit from the Jeep parts catalog. I spent over three hours going through your blogs and I am amazed at the details you are accomplishing! Hope to hear from you soon.

Jim Thompson
11-04-2019 03:17 PM
Gojeep
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Originally Posted by NashvilleTJ View Post
Great video, Marcus. One thing that struck me: do you have any issues with surface rust with all of that raw steel? My guess is that it must be pretty dry where you are.
Not far from the coast so rust is an issue here. I just coat everything in lanolin oil, INOX has it, as just wipes off later for paint without any issues. You can rub it off so need to keep it up if an area is handled a lot.
11-03-2019 06:59 PM
NashvilleTJ Great video, Marcus. One thing that struck me: do you have any issues with surface rust with all of that raw steel? My guess is that it must be pretty dry where you are.
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