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Reply #15 - 02/17/18 at 22:08:45
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Look what I found while busting rust.
  
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Reply #16 - 02/17/18 at 22:17:03
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The original 4 wheel drive stencil.
  

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Reply #17 - 02/19/18 at 21:30:59
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Started Willys today.  First time in 20 or so years.  Leaking from the oil filter and need a new radiator cap.  Still excited though!
  
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Reply #18 - 02/19/18 at 21:54:46
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My dad and I got it running.
  

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Reply #19 - 02/19/18 at 22:01:05
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My husband is watching in disbelief because this is a Willys in name only.  It is truly a Frankenstein of parts and fabrication.  My husband has a 1973 Mach 1 Mustang, and while it has some after market parts, it's pretty pure.
  
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Reply #20 - 02/19/18 at 22:02:41
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It's a family affair.  My daughter is busting rust on the original drivers seat.
  

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Reply #21 - 02/21/18 at 18:59:39
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Some more pictures:  alternator, radiator, and rust-busted grill, hood, and tailgate.  Brakes are complete.  The axle has been repaired.  The radiator has been mounted (needs to be welded in the future) with bolts.  The power steering high pressure hose was a pain.  Thanks to the local Napa, the hose was created.  The steering gear box is a Saginaw 800 series and is working.  Current problem: the alternator is running the engine when the key is off.  Any ideas?  I replaced the radiator cap...so no leak there now.  I have the seats ready for upholstery.
  

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Reply #22 - 02/21/18 at 19:01:21
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More pictures.
  

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Re: 1951 Ground Zero Project
Reply #23 - 02/21/18 at 22:38:51
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It looks great....lots of work but worth it!

I once drove one that had power steering, it had larger tires yet it was a breeze to drive.

Is that a V-6? It ought to have plenty of get-up-and-go!
  

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Reply #24 - 02/22/18 at 19:36:02
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It has been a lot of work.  Not nearly as much as some of these awesome Willys floating around in the forum.  The engine is a V8 from a 1960 Chevelle (283).  My dad did that when he was 15 years old.  Moved the firewall and everything, which is why most the front is a 55 gallon steel drum remnant.  This old jeep has a lot of family character.   Smiley  I'm pretty certain my brother put the dent in the front passenger fender.  Also, fairly confident that the concaved hood is due to my grandfather using it as a hunting jeep.  I have old photos showing an elk strapped to the hood.  Thanks for the motivation.  I really want to get this thing road-worthy again.
  
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Re: 1951 Ground Zero Project
Reply #25 - 02/22/18 at 20:34:18
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That's great, I like the "family character".....

My 1955 CJ-5 has dents all over it, and I can tell you which family member is responsible for each one! There is even a small but deep dent that was a result of an accidental discharge of a .22 pistol.....and then there was the time my other brother ran into the back of the parked stock truck....Sad Fender, hood, and radiator that time!
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Re: 1951 Ground Zero Project
Reply #26 - 02/23/18 at 19:46:56
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Avila51Willys wrote on 02/21/18 at 18:59:39:
Current problem: the alternator is running the engine when the key is off.


Put a diode in the wire that goes from the ignition switch to the alternator.
  

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Re: 1951 Ground Zero Project
Reply #27 - 02/25/18 at 12:54:18
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Thanks.  I'll give that a try.  Starting research now.
  
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Re: 1951 Ground Zero Project
Reply #28 - 04/15/18 at 19:23:04
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True story:  the Willys caught on fire yesterday when I turned it over.  It is okay as am I.  Good thing I put an extinguisher out there when I started working on this thing.  So, now I no longer trust this old engine.  I'm going to look into a crate engine.  Uhh!  Good news: once I get an engine I think I'll be road worthy.
  
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