Sunday, March 8, 2015

Wakefield Willys Update 8.2

So it has been a month, an update is needed.

More rust has been removed and we are getting closer to full restoration.  I am almost done cutting away the bad stuff and ready to do repair work.  At this point, old paint needs to be removed and a few rust spots cut out.  But we are at that turning point of rebuilding the body.  In fact we already have done some welding and rebuilding.

I probably should have done a frame off restoration, but I am trying to do this on the cheap.  Well even though I have not done a frame off restoration, I am doing a hybrid version of it.  By removing a large section of the floor, I can get to the frame easily.  I have cleaned it and painted it with this undercoating rubberized black paint.  You can see the newly painted frame in the first photo. 

Sitting on top of it is the new floor supports from Classic Enterprises.  It looks good and I am looking forward to welding that into place, but I need to address the gap between the new floor support and the existing floor support.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Wakefield Willys Update 8.1

So it has been 2 months since I have posted, but work has been steadily been getting done.  Since my last update, I have been patching and welding rust spots on the Jeep Tub.  It sometimes feels like I fix one spot, and 5 more previously unknown problems appear.

The biggest shock was the floor panels.  I knew they were bad, but I thought I could patch it like others had done before.  Boy I was wrong, they needed to be cut out and replaced.

Today, I cut out the driver side floor panel.  It went well.  The frame looks good, thanks to the caked on Pennsylvania Clay.  When I went underneath to inspect the floor, I was stunned to find wood supports.  They are original, from the factory.  They will be taken out and replaced with steel.

The replacement panels come from Classic Enterprises.  They look great, and hope to put the first one in with floor supports very soon.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Wakefield Willys Update 7.2

So I am hoping to get the Willys on the road in 2015.  And days like today tell me it is not going to happen.  Let me explain.

In repairing the tub, I want to fill in all of the holes in the tub from someone drilling into it to attach a top.  And there are a lot of holes.  It is tedious work.  Prep the hole, weld. grind, and then maybe weld again, then grind.  It takes hours to do this work.  In the pictures you can see the process, the holes, the welds and the grinding.  I like doing it, but it takes a lot of time.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Wakefield Willys Update 7.1

So it has been over 2 years since I have created an update.  And that means that for 2 years little work  has been done to the 1960 Willys Jeep.  The main reason for the lapse, is that we just completed major home renovations.  And that included building a garage.  So now, we can for the first time work on the Willys Jeep in the Winter.

So I have set a goal of having the Willys on the road by the summer of 2015.  And I have a lot of work to do.  First up, is the restoration of the driver side of the Jeep.  In the pictures you have the beginning work of removing the paint, and cutting out the bad panels.  

Friday, November 16, 2012

Compare & Contrast : Rear of the Willys

Annual Fall Wrap Up

Every Autumn I wind things down with the Willys as Winter approaches.  To cold to work on the Jeep, and most of the work is body work which does not get done when the temps are under 50F.  So winter brings a break.

So here is where we are, Fall 2012