Willys Jeep Panel

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With my Daytona Transport meeting an unfortunate death, it's time to move on to another project.

I'm starting with a RMR Willys Jeep panel truck. This will be my first venture into resin, it seems like a nice kit and the owner of RMR was a great guy to deal with.

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At the time I bought this kit, I had just finished working on a 1:1 of these and was in the process of restoring the body on a similar model Pick-Up and did a quick photo edit to see "What if!"

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Unfortunately, 2D and 3D don't always match up. The front track was just too wide and looked really bad.

So after a little thought, this is the direction it will be going.

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Great subject!

If the "Rat" doesn't work out, you can always put a lifted 4WD suspension under it, that's naturally what suits these vehicles...

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This is a model l've wanted for a while. I like where you're taking it. I'm starting my 1st resin build as well, so l'm interested on a few levels ! I hadn't heard about your transporter--that sux ! Are you going 2-tone light blue & white ?

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Sorry to hear about your Transport......I have a Jeep pick up WIP from RMR also. Converting to a 1948 model with an LS powerplant. The station wagon body is on my list to get. I will be watching this one.

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As for the Transport, the cab, interior, bed and frame are gone. A heavy box fell on it. I told myself if I can find another grille for it I would build another. On my first try ebay had one and it's on it's way, so keep yours eyes open, a new one will appear soon.

Now it's time to dive into this project. First up, a new floorpan from .040 sheet.

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The driveshaft tunnel is 3/8" tube cut in half with .030 sheet for the sides. The tubs are also .030

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In the body.

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The firewall is .040 sheet and the door sills are .030 bottoms with the .010 sides.

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Some more in the body pics.

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This is pretty much the stance I'm shooting for.

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YESSIR ! Right up my alley ! I can't tell from the 1st mock-up, Mopar power ?

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Gonna be cool,did you delete the thread on the daytona transport?

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It's time to build the transaxle. I looked at a lot of transmisson and transaxle pics online and decided to make my own.

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Nice job on that transaxle. I'd typically shudder at the thought of one of these sans fenders, but you do have a tendency to make things I wouldn't normally like work...somehow. :D

Sorry to hear about the transport. That thing was looking wicked.

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Wow! This is gonna be awesome! Good luck with the build...I'll be following this one.

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I opened up the doors. The left side stepwell fit perfect, I had to redo the right side and make it a little deeper to get it to line up with the body.

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just awsome , both the looks / stance and the scratch work ! i still want to build a willy's jeep into a hotrod like the well known car(s) on the net

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I've decided to do twin slant sixes from the Deora with one turned around to get a V shape.

The engine coupler which also houses the torque converter.

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The fabrication on the firewall is done and the coupler fits in it nice and snug.

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I've wanted to try something like this in 1:1 for years (minus the twin engine part, of course), so of course I'll be keeping an eye on this one.

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Twin slanters! I'm on board!

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I need to track down a new Deora engine to figure out what I'm doing from the firewall forward. In the meantime I'll move on to the frame and rear suspension.

The main rails are two .080x.100 square rod stacked and cemented. The rear notch is 2 layers of .040 laminated and cut to shape.

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The upper bag mounts are in and the suspension arms are getting fit.

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From underneath.

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Some random frame shots.

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I'm enjoying this build. Very nice work!

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On to the front suspension. Links are all 3/64" rod, I'm not sure what size tubing was used for the ends,

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awsome work !!

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Getting an idea of what the roller will look like.

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I did a little filling and shaping on the grille shell, along with making mounts for it. The cover for the rear end has been started, I think the back part will be either hinged or clear.

I decided to make a cage for the Jeep. A whole bunch of .100 rod was bent, cut and notched to come up with this.

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The frame has 6 locating pins, 4 of these also locate the rollcage, 2 extra pins at the rear locate the back of the cage.

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Everything in place. the cage almost disappears in the body.

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wicked! Amazing work!

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Lovin the look of this build.Great scratchbuilding as well.

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A clear cover for the rear was made from two pieces of.015 sheet and some .060 half round to cover the glue joint.

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I also started playing with an intake and header. I doubt if either of these will make it to finished parts, the upper A-arms won't clear the header already.

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As I said, the headers probably wouldn't make the cut. I decided to go with turbos on this build, this new setup should work pretty good with the idea I have in mind.

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I used a dash pod from a 58 T-bird , then scratchbuilt the face, column drop and gauges. I also made the tach.

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very creative David! I'm really digging what you are doing!

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