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Old 02-02-2010, 03:43 PM   #121
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Some more fuel fittings came in. . .I have one more order to place (new gas tank) and I'll be running the fuel system and then it will be time to install the cab and get started on the wiring harness. . .

. . .think I'm gonna get a new driveshaft before I put the cab on though and get that installed too so that the entire drivetrain is done and I don't have to get under the truck once the cabs on (except to install the anti-wrap bar in it's brackets)

. . .looking at my pictures I need to paint that tie rod!!!

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Old 02-03-2010, 05:31 AM   #122
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very cool, thanks for the update on the project.

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Gonna be gone to see a sick father-in-law for the weekend, but I'm ordering the new gas tank etc. right now so it should be here when I get back ready to go in!!!
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Old 02-10-2010, 02:22 AM   #124
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Hope everything goes well best of luck my family will Pray for yours
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:23 PM   #125
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I'm selling the original Timken 1-ton rear axle and the D2? front axle if anyone is interested. . .we're going to be moving to a new house and I don't want to take them with me. I would prefer to sell them locally so that I don't have to ship them.
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:23 PM   #126
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New fuel tank and fuel pump should be here this week so that I can finish the fuel system up and set the cab back on the frame and run the wiring harness. . .

. . .found another TH350 with an NP205 on it for $250 so I may be swapping the tranny/transfer case out real quick before I set the cab on as well.
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Old 02-16-2010, 07:19 PM   #127
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I was waiting for pictures dang Congrats on the new parts
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I will post more pictures when I have some more noticeable progress to show. . .once I have the fuel system in I will take pic's and then the cab is going back on so that I can run the wiring harness.

Thanks for watching!
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I will post more pictures when I have some more noticeable progress to show. . .once I have the fuel system in I will take pic's and then the cab is going back on so that I can run the wiring harness.

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AWESOME can't wait man I like the old willies I work with this guy he drives his everyday has a small block 350 auto on 35's can't remember the year
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:07 AM   #130
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looking good. i wish i had the money to get started on mine, ill just have to wait
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:09 AM   #131
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Thanks for the pic. . .gives me some more motivation to get started again. . .I've been waiting for the fuel system stuff to show up to work on it some more (even though there are a few small things that I could be working on now. . .I needed a little break though so I could get back on it 100% again!!!)

I know ours won't look quite as clean as that though. . .we've spent a lot of time cleaning the frame and driveline, but I'm not doing a lot of bodywork though. . .we are going to let ours keep it's patina with the flat OD green paint and we're gonna let it it keep it's "lived-in" look. . .hopefully you guys will like it as much as we do.
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Thanks for the pic. . .gives me some more motivation to get started again. . .I've been waiting for the fuel system stuff to show up to work on it some more (even though there are a few small things that I could be working on now. . .I needed a little break though so I could get back on it 100% again!!!)

I know ours won't look quite as clean as that though. . .we've spent a lot of time cleaning the frame and driveline, but I'm not doing a lot of bodywork though. . .we are going to let ours keep it's patina with the flat OD green paint and we're gonna let it it keep it's "lived-in" look. . .hopefully you guys will like it as much as we do.
It's going to be an OD Green Willys on 40's. What's NOT to like!?!?
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It's going to be an OD Green Willys on 40's. What's NOT to like!?!?
Well that's how we feel. . .glad to see their others that share that feeling!
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Old 02-26-2010, 04:56 PM   #134
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Have to change my profile again. . .just picked a new TH350 to replace the one with the cracked housing that's sitting in the '49 right now. '

I figured it was better to change the tranny now while the cab is off and it's easy to get rather than wait. . .on the plus side I also got an NP205 thrown in with the deal.

A TH350 backed by an NP205 for $250! what a deal!!! The guy was selling them because he just got a TH400/NP208 to replace th TH350/NP205. . .that's all!
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Got the new TH350/NP205 bolted up today. . .was way easier this time than the first time now that I knew what I was doing. . .I still say "Stupid automatic transmissions!!!"

I'll always be a manual guy at heart!

Anyway. . .only took me about an hour to drop the old tranny/xfr case drag it out of the way, get the "new" tranny/xfr case under the frame where I needed it and then hoist it up and bolt it on. . .way better than last time.

Of course things aren't all perfect. . .the NP205 is WAY longer than the Dana 18, so I had to notch the central crossmember (probably gonna have to do a little more notching too. . .right now it's just a square notched out of the crossmember, but I'm gonna radius it and then plate it for added strength a little later this week) and since the NP205 is longer that means that the flange for the front driveshaft is now behind the tranny/xfr case crossmember and so I'm gonna have to make a new crossmember so that the x-member won't be in the way, but cutting a piece of rectangulary tube and welding some plates on the end to bolt it to the frame is EASY compared to the headaches some of this stuff has been. . .I'm sure the power steering conversion is gonna create it's own set of headaches!!!

I'll post pic's of the new tranny/xfr case tomorrow.
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Some goodies showed up on doorstep yesterday!!!



-new Edelbrock Performer intake w/install kit (the old one has a water cleaner bolt sheared off inside of it)

-new Jeg's hydraulic lifters

-couple of fuel line fittings

-nut-serts so I can mount the last brake line tab



Ordered the last of the parts I think I should need (with the exception of the driveshafts and steering shafts) last night as well:



-SBC block hugger headers (Speedway Motors)

-Edelbrock Performer 600 cfm carb w/electric choke and calibration kit

-inline fuel filter (for between fuel pump and carb)



I also fabbed up the new tranny/transfer case crossmember for the "new" NP205 transfer case. . .just have to do some small finish welding tomorrow. . .



I'll post pic's up tomorrow after I have the new crossmember completely welded and painted so you can see it and the new transfer case in place. . .



. . .gonna put the cab on the frame on Saturday so I can start running the wiring harness. . .if all goes well I should be able to start the engine by the end of the month. . .which only leave fabbing the rest of the exhaust and the drag link and steering shaft!



Yeah!!!
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It's coming along nicely. Looking forward to some more pics!!
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OK. . .here we go, the moment we've all been waiting for. . .



. . .drum roll please. . .



Pic's of the cab on the chassis!!! For comparison sake the black truck next to the Willy's is our '79 F-150 4x4 that has about a 3" lift on it (I've got to give a little jump to get in it). . .you can see the Willy's is WAY bigger!!!























This one has the rear fender fitted into place so you can see how the tire/fender clearance is. . .obviously I'm gonna have to get a little more clearance. . .the plan is to either slice the lip of the fender at the rear bend and relax the bend there a little or to just section in a couple of extra inches of sheetmetal.





And here's a shot with the 16 gallon fuel cell in the bed (haven't gotten around to making the wooden ammo box cover for it yet. . .sorry)





Hope you all enjoy!
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Nice glad to see it making more progress man
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oooooooo, looks great!
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Old 03-18-2010, 03:59 PM   #143
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that is friggin awesome man.

and i vote slicing and adding in addition inches to the fenders. will make it look factory like but for BIG tires
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Old 03-18-2010, 04:26 PM   #144
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Glad you guys like it!

I'll admit this thing is being built on a VERY tight budget (money and time) so there are some things that I would have done differently if I had the money and/or the time, but overall I'm pretty happy with how it's coming together. I've mainly used what I already had and have only bought new stuff where I had to because I didn't already have something to use (like the fabbed transmission/transfer case crossmember), something was broken beyond fixing (like the cracked engine block and transmission housing that came with it), or I felt it was just one of those areas that it's better off starting with a new part (i.e. the entire brake and fuel system are completely new on this thing and there are new ProComp shocks). . .the one area that I will be upgrading later on will be the leaf springs. . .I cringe everytime I look at the 60 year old leaf springs under this thing. There's nothing really that wrong with them other than they are 60 years old, will probably ride like a BRICK, and they're rusty. . .but there aren't any broken/missing leafs and the eyes are still in decent condition.l

It definitely won't win any beauty contests, but I kinda like it that way. . .it's like a cross between a 4x4 and a hot-rod!

I've pretty much got the engine buttoned up now (distributor, alternator, water pump, valve covers re-installed and I've got the new Edelbrock Performer aluminum intake manifold, Edelbrock Performer 600 cfm choke w/electric choke, and exhaust headers installed). . .the only things left for the engine are to install the power steering pump (hopefully today) and wait for the replacement fuel pump to show up (the first one showed up with a crack in the housing!). . .then it will just need to get the timing set and the carb tuned (maybe I'll get lucky and the jetting that Edelbrock shipped it with will work for me).

Last things that need done are order new driveshafts, sort out the steering shafts, fab up the exhaust (going to run flat black stacks exiting just behind the cab with some flat black perforated tubing that will mimic the old WWII machine gun barrels and heat shrouds), and fab up one more crossmember for body mounts (got the rectangular tubing yesterday. . .I'm hoping I can get that done today). . .after that's done it's just time to reinstall the radiator, fenders and grill and we're good to go!!!

Melissa is going to paint some WWII style stencils on it and put some WWII bomber style pin-up art on the doors to finish it off.

I'll take some pic's of the engine bay and post them up after I get the power steering pump on.
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I got one of the very last orders put in last night. . .so by Wednesday I should have the 1/4" NPT fitting for the carb that will let me hook up vacuum to the brake booster, steering column kit, steering wheel, electric fan mounting kit, new steering arm, and 3 more straight AN6 fittings (I had one spare, and these for will be for the transmission cooling lines). . .I can't believe how many AN fittings I've used!!!

This is what is left to order to get this thing finished:

-1/2" NPT plug to block off the heater hose outlet in the front of intake manifold (no heater at the moment)
-3/8" NPT plug to block off the vacuum outlet in rear of the in take manifold (my carb has the necessary fitting for the brake booster and I don't think I need to run vacuum to my trans)
-0-90 ohm fuel level gauge
-rear park/turn/back-up lights
-new belts for the engine accessories (PS, alternator, and H2O pump)
-new spark plugs
-new H20 neck
-new coolant hoses
-PS pressure and return lines
-drop pitman arm (the standard length one will have the drag link going directly into the driver's side leaf spring pack)
-hardware for the drag link (about 2 more feet of 1.50" x 0.250" DOM tubing plus one right hand thread and one left hand thread of each of the following: 1" x 3/4" tubing adapter, 3/4" shank x 5/8" bore rod ends, and 3/4" jam nuts)
-new front disc brake rotors
-12 more lug nuts
-16 extra long wheel studs (these and the lug nuts add up fast when you've got 8-lug wheels. . .64 lug nuts and 64 extra long wheel studs since I've got alloy wheels which have thicker mounting flanges)
-headlight switch
-floor mounted dimmer switch
-one more green turn signal indicator light

Besides the drag link (which seriously will only take about 5-10 minutes to make) I only have one more thing to fab up. . .the power steering box mount. Right now I've got one bolt and two zip ties holding it in it's mock-up position and I'm gonna have to fab some sort of plate/square tube mount so that it will be able to handle the abuse of turning 40" tires without completing tweaking the frame rail (it has to be mounted at the VERY front fo the driver's side frame rail).

Today I got pretty much all of the wiring harness routed and hooked up inside of the cab. . .the only thing left inside the cab is to hook up the headlight switch, floor mounted dimmer switch, and the left turn signal indicator, but I didn't have those items to hook them up. Right now I'm not sure what I'm going to do to activate the turn signals. . .because I'm sure not going to spend several hundred dollars on a fancy Flaming Rivier, Ididit, etc. steering column. . .so I'm gonna have to figure out how I'm gonna mount a turn signal swicth up to my economy steering column, but honestly turn signals are the least of my worries. . .if they can't see this thing coming down the road then they shouldn't be driving!!! Seriously though. . .safety is important to me so don't think I'm just gonna drive around on the street without being able to signal. . .

. . .the only wiring left to hook up at this point are the headlights, front turn signals, and the rear combination lights. I don't have rear lights to hook up right now or else I would already have them hooked up and I'm waiting to install the grill until I'm completely done with the engine and have test started it to make sure I'm not going to have to crawl around up there anymore.

I still have install the tranny shifter and the kickdown cable to the carb also, but the list is getting shorter in a rapid rate!

I do start work again on Monday though so I'm guessing progress will slow a little, but as long as I get the PS mount figured out before Tuesday the rest of the work I have left is pretty straight forward and I should be able to do at night after work. . .money is a bigger limiting factor at the moment anyway.

I'll post some updated pictures when I get the PS box mounted and then you'll probably have to wait until I get the grill, fenders, and hood mounted before I take anymore pictures.

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OK. . .I got the transmission shifter cable & bracket and the transmission kickdown cable mounted to the transmission. I also got the shifter cable mounted to shifter itself and the shifter is installed in the cabl. . .I am going to have to modify/make my own shift lever though because right now it goes under the dash when the tranny is in park. A pie cut & bend and then weld it back up should take care of that issue though.

I also got the PS mount figured out. . .I still have some trimming and welding left to do today and tomorrow. Here's what I ended up having to do.

I'm welding a piece of 1 1/2" x 3" x 0.120" rectangular tubing to the bottom of the driver's side frame rail in front of the front leaf spring hanger, this has the holes in it for the two bottom mounting screws of the PS box, then I am slugging the driver's side frame rail itself with a piece of 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 0.120" rectangular tubing to add some strength to that area. As wyou will be able to see in the pictures there is a triangular gap between the frame rail and the piece of 1 1/2" x 3" tubing due to the frame rail kicking up right there. . .I'm going to cut a piece of scrap 1 1/2" x 3" rectangular tubing to fill that space. Then I'm going to plate both sides of the frame rail/tubing with some 3/16" x 3" plate that's left over from some earlier work I did on the frame. . .finally I will be using some more of the 3/16" scrap plate to make a triangular gusset that will be mounted to give some side to side bracing for the frame rail right where the PS box is mounted, this gusset will be on the outside of the frame rail and will tie into the front of the leaf spring hanger mount. I think that with the frame rail thickness increased to
1/4", using the 3/16" plating, and a 3/16" gusset that my frame rail should be strong enough to not bend/crack under the stress of turning 40" tires. . .I hope anyway because this is the only place there is room to mount the PS box and the only other choice would be to go to full hydro steering which isn't DOT legal and I've heard is kinda slow in response to be used for any type of normal driving speeds.

Here are the pic's of the mock-up of the steering box. . .I still have to cut the extra length off the front of the two pieces of rectangular tubing, but I'm off to start welding now.







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Let me know what you think. . .I'll post pic's of the interior with the shifter(s) later. . .I still have to patch some of the floor board since I had to cut it to fit the NP205 under the cab.
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