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Old 12-17-2010, 12:36 AM
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Well folks, I'd like to tell you I'm making progress on the Willys but the fact is I'm still digging and organizing so I can move the truck to the front of the garage where I can work on it. I have a lot going on right now so time is limited but I anticipate some slower times in the near future when I'll be able to spend more time on the "Secret Willys Revival"......... The reason I'm trying to keep it a secret is because the Willys has always kinda been my wife's truck and I don't know how she'll like me building a Rat Rod out of it but the way I have it figured I can get forgiveness easier than permission...........that is if I can get far enough along before she finds out The only person I've told is my son-in-law and he is all for it and I'm looking forward to him working on it with me.........however my daughter was here the other night and I was helping her change out some tires and wheels on their DuraMax and out of the blue she says "when are you getting the Willys out?" and I said...why, have you heard something? She said "yeah, I'm married to that guy you told your plans to...remember?"..........so I made her promise not to tell her mom but I had to let her go for a spin though...



...climbing in for the first time since she was a little girl


.......and striking her tough "Rat Girl" pose


So I'm not telling anyone else and don't you guys tell anyone either

To be continued,

Ray
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:01 AM
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Looks like that roof is plenty strong enough judging by the wood support and how much stuff is piled up on it! Looks good! let us know how it comes out. I will keep quiet!
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:07 AM
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Soooooo........ what is my silence worth to you.

Just kiddin. I wouldn't bust a fellow builder, but don't underestimate the decernment of a woman. They know things.

BTW, nice chop.
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:52 PM
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Our secret!!
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:10 PM
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Man it's tough to keep a secret these days. It's cool that you have the photos from the 80's to go along with the story. That truck deserves to be finished. Good luck with it. Another New Years party is in order.
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:57 PM
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Great photos and cool story,that poor old neglected truck deserves to come back to life finally.I hope it will drive again soon.
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Old 12-18-2010, 10:00 AM
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That truck deserves to be finished. Another New Years party is in order.
Yeah, that's what I'm hoping for I'm really anxious to get started on it but right now I'm just trying to make room As stated earlier I went years without a garage to work in. I consider myself blessed to now have one that is fully insulated, finished inside and heated.....but now for the problem, it measures 16' X 26' and contains the following items; welder, air compressor, blast cabinet, 3) small work benches, 2) engines, a transmission, 8-10 loose tires and wheels, numerous car parts and ..............TWO CARS Now that's full by any standards! The Willys now sit's cross wise in the back (had to jack the back up on a floor jack and spin it around to get it in there) and my Chevy II barely fit's in what's left. The Chevy II is down to the shell with the front subframe standing on it's end on casters and I've made some casters for the firewall so that I can roll the car around. I have most of the car parts boxed and put in the attic so the car is about ready to move. Just have to get the rest of junk off and from around the Willys so I can switch places with them. Hope to work on that a little bit today along with my other chores.
Thanks everyone for your comments and encouragement, I'm stoked

To be continued,

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Old 12-19-2010, 11:30 PM
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Well, I had a lot going on this weekend but still made a little progress moving stuff out of the way and now I just need a little break in the weather because they'll both have to go outside to make the switch........no room to pass in this garage, LOL. I got sidetracked a bit and dug around through some parts and tried to recall the last time I worked on the truck. I found this ram horn manifold that I had ground mostly smooth........

..........and remembered that I had been cleaning up the engine some and bolting up the exhaust. A peek under the fender (can't open the hood yet) confirmed that I had one side done....


This was on my Chevy II when I bought it but I'm replacing it with an original so I put it on the Willys the other night.........
" the obligatory three spoke steering wheel with no horn button"


Also about 10 years ago I got a Lokar goose neck shifter for Christmas and installed it on New Years Eve that year........I'm not getting too much chrome on this thing am I

....lot's of New Years events with this project.....wonder what this New Years Eve will bring?

To be continued,

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Old 12-20-2010, 08:07 AM
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Come on Snake, let's get it done......mama will forgive. If you don't believe me just ask my wife.....when she saw my 41 roll the first time, ask me "I thought you were gonna fix the body". This is after I told her it was finished, I used the excuse that the body was to far gone to try to fix. I'm having a blast with it now because little kids climb all over it and I don't have to worry about scratchs or dings.
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Old 12-20-2010, 01:07 PM
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Hey Snake Farm

I love those old pictures. I dont feel as old now. Most people I know cant even remember back 30 years ago. Most of them werent even alive yet. I know my son is 1983 kid and my daughter is a 1986 kid. To them them those pictures are ancient history. Save those pictures and most of all save that old truck too. You have a rare piece of pre "rat rod" history there. Back then it was either a stock restored piece or a Street rod (dont even think there were rock crawlers then?). Hope you enjoy the journey.
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