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Old 03-05-2011, 02:58 AM   #1
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This project has been brewing in my head for many years and been slowing gather parts and building a workshop and sheds to be able to do it.

The plan is to build a bit of a hotrod from using all the running gear, wiring, instruments, seats etc for one donor vehicle as much as possible.


Back in December 2007 I bought a Willys Pickup off eBay but it was a year before I got it home as had no where to store it. After much jumping through hoops with the council I built my workshop to house it.



After much looking and watching insurance auctions I was finally able to get a donor for the project. Ended up with a 2008 WH/WK Grand Cherokee with a 5.7 Hemi. It was first registered in 2009 and 12 months later T boned by a Harley rider doing a 100 mph! Hit it so hard that the foot well locked the throttle and he steered off the road into a paddock until he hit a tree.


One day these two will become one.


Getting the Grand into the workshop.


The Grand is in place ready for lots of measurements and then the strip down can begin!


Got a start on the project this week. Started by taking every measurement I could think of so I can setup all the suspension under the Willys when it gets transferred across. Also been labelling every wiring plug that I have found so far. Done the whole engine bay and have it all disconnected ready for removing once I can get to the others ends of the harness under the dash. Also unbolted every panel that can come off and removed the seats.


Being careful not to damage any of the trim when taking it apart in case I can sell any that I don't use.


Still go a few more things like the chrome roof bars, rear bumper and tail-lights to go outside.


Airbag under the dash cover was quite fiddly to get out.


What it looks like under the dash with the top cover off. Going to be fun getting all that into my Willys Pickup later.

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Old 03-05-2011, 03:02 AM   #2
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Got the steering column out today along with the centre console and shifter. Just untangling the dash harness and labeling it all.


Got my first chunk of wiring harness out.
This is just part of the under dash section!


The is the main dash member that just unbolts. It supports the steering column and all the heater/AC parts as well as the radio/navigation and heater controls etc.
Planning to install the whole thing into the Willys so I can bolt everything to it like it was in the Grand.


Starting to look a lot less in there now.


Got all the lining off the sides and seats belts etc out today plus the carpet. More time labeling everything as well. Still have the roof console and lining left to do up top and the HVAC system before I can remove more wiring.

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Old 03-05-2011, 03:04 AM   #3
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Mock up time.
This is as low as I can get the front down and the upper wishbone not hit the underside of the front guard and with shorter springs on the struts ( technically coil overs as it has upper and lower wishbones for location ) and still have a decent ride. That is 2.5" lower than stock. I have just placed the Grand's wheels on there hoping the 30" tall tyres would fill the guards enough but not sure they have? Also working out the placement of the front wheel.


This is 1" further back than stock.


Front wheel in stock location


Front wheel 1" forward of stock location


Close up of wheel 1" back from stock.


Close up of wheel stock in stock location


Close up of wheel 1" forward from stock.

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Old 03-05-2011, 09:52 AM   #4
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that is great! so it will be awd hot rod? cool.
looks like a nice cherokee back there too.
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Old 03-05-2011, 02:45 PM   #5
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Yes will stay 4wd with all the independant suspension from the front used as well.
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Old 03-05-2011, 11:15 PM   #6
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Few more mock up photos






This is with my trailer wheel and tyres fitted. They are a 235x80x17 ( 31.8") instead of the Grand's in 245x65x17 (29.5") in the other photos before this.


This is the stock axle location as well.




Think the tall skinny look works well with the old truck and hotrod look I am going for.

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Old 03-05-2011, 11:27 PM   #7
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That will be my last post here due to lack of interest.
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Old 03-06-2011, 06:33 AM   #8
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No way, keep posting. I can't wait to see this thing being built! Your documentation so far is awsome too, keep it up please
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:05 PM   #9
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Yes please keep posting updates, this is a cool project. Was the Willy's right hand drive?
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:56 AM   #10
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This project is great! Keep the post coming and keep the project going as well. Good luck on all of it and we all cant wait to see the finished project.
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