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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 nowhere 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 labeling 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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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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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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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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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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Yes please keep posting updates, this is a cool project. Was the Willy's right hand drive?
Willys was right hand drive as all Jeeps are here. Were assembled here for many years up until 1985.

http://www.film.queensu.ca/cj3b/world/australia.html

There will be some updates put on my web site along the way until completion many years from now.

http://www.go.jeep-xj.info/WillysHotrod1.htm

Just assembled the new engine crane today so plan is to start removing all the drive train next week as I have time. Body is now only a shell on the inside.
 

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No airbags as the crush rate is completely different with a full chassis vehicle. It woul have them going off too early.
Will using the climate control and everything else like seats and roof lining etc but not the top of the dash as too deep to suit the Willys. Will use the instruments though with the same hood it has over it but most likely in the middle with the control panel underneath and centre console following on.
 

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Had to know just how much clearance I needed between the top of the Grand's wishbone and the underside of the guard. Cant just measure it as you dont know how much the bumpstop is going to compress. So I thought the best way was to drop it 1.5 foot off a engine crane and see how much it compressed some Blutac I built up on top of the wishbone.
Did it a number of times and filmed the last one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIt4YgxauDU
 

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Had a go with Photoshop for the first time to see how the things I have planned for the body will look on an image I found on the net.

Here is the original photo untouched of a stock Willys apart from the wider tyres.


Here I have widened the cab 6" and added an extra pair of lights in the grille.
One set will be for parkers and the other indicators.
I already have the lights to fit and are LED and look clear until powered up.

Here I have pancaked the roof or flattened it. The stock roof height looks a little bulbous to me.


Checking out what it looks like with a roof chop and the roof pancaked.
 

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The last of the interior wiring finally out. :) I have filled a whole 55 litre tub with just the interior wiring alone and have none of the under bonnet and floor stuff yet. And that does not include another tub I have been filling with the different ECU's, modules etc.


This is the whole heater, A/C unit as well. Hoping to re-use that as is.


Just a shell now. Only a bit is some firewall insulation left which will come out once I unbolt the brake pedal which has the booster and master cylinder on the other side. Hand brake will come out once I loosen off the cable inside the rear rotors as no adjustment anywhere else.


Got the rear frame unbolted. Might think about using it in the Willys as it is also the mount for the panhard bar, tow bar, two exhaust hangers and the charcoal canister. The spare wheel also sit inside it.


Got the rear bumper off too as well as the chrome roof rails and petrol filler. Everything is ready for it to sit up high on stands so the drive train strip can begin. :)
 
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