The work since last has been concentrated to the radiator shell. New plate in the bottom has been made and fitted in place. After that welded and grinded and welded again some times just now it looks good. It is still some work to be done before I hand over to chroming.
I have also made new garnish moldings to the rear window. For the lower molding was a tool made to get the right look regarding to the other windows. There is some work left before it would be finished.
The front axel was mounted to the frame and the bearings ,drums with new paint and wheels was mounted. The brake shoes was cleaned and ready for new linings to be glued in place.
The work from February is proceeding with mounting the oil pan which had become a layer of black enamelbefore mounting with new made gaskets. The floating oil intake was mounted. When mounted all that I turned the engine and made a bed of wood so that would be easier to mount the rest in upright position. I has also adjusted the valves to 0.010 ” clearance. The new timing chain as mounted and a new ignition mark was stamped on the flywheel. I made new washers for the freeze holes.
I have mounted and fitted the clutch assembly was forced to change the bolts into new with insex heads because the where made in the highest quality. The clutch plate should I send to someone can make new discs.
The man that is helping me with painting the car has inspected the work that has been done by me. He took a careful examination. He said it would be nice to paint it. I could dismount the fenders and the other plates.
Now it is only for me to choice colour !!!!!
The radiator shell ,headlamps and the front bumper is proceeding some what .The shell is dichromate and ready for repairing Which I should do later. The head lamps was undertaken a cleaning with some light acid .The results was astonishing .OR! The bumper is going to be sanded by me later.
The front axel is ready to be painted and mount the bearings after new bushings and king pins.
This month I have been working with the front axel in terms of ordering bearings and trying to machine thespindle bolts to dimensions that fits the bearings. When working with that I contacted Sören and he advised me to get it all done at the same time in his workshop when the bearings arrive . Meaning new bushings, spindle bolts, and a bigger hole in the axel. The axel and some other parts has been sandblasted and got an layer of primer.
The gas tank was finished soldering and fitting the gas gauge and painting it all black.
The rear universal joint was cleaned and examined .With the result of new must be mounted. Find one is not easy but I have contacted one that had the Mechanics data sheet for my universal joint.
Thegear box has been mounted in all parts and after I got some small parts from Kjell in Norway I succeed to get all work proper.
The shock absorbers has been examined an one was ok ,two is needed be serviced and one must completely restored. I have been making pin bolts and nuts to two of them.
The last thing I have done this month is making adjustments to the right rear door.
I have also been in contact with Greg Gumtow and he would help to get the radiator shell and headlights from US to Sweden.
Hi everybody that is enjoying my job on this project. I hope that you not have been disappointed when visiting this site and seen that I have not written anything during July.
When Kjell visited me in May he took some photos of me and my car. He also took a trip to Sören and looked on hiscar.
There has been many mails to WOKR members trying to get information regarding the front axel. I have also got some help from everyone that answered. That ha give me a solution to the front axel adventure .I have disabled the axel into some parts that would got to be sandblasted and the parts that I have cleaned myself.
All the hydraulic shock eliminators has been cleaned and is ready for new oil and paint. The transmission mounted but there is one part missing. The flywheel house cover with axel machined and pedals with new made bushings. All has been cleaned and ready for paint.
The front window is dismounted in all it parts remounted ready for paint and glass. The petrol tank is in progress with a helping hand from a workshop and then I made the sides and mounted the tank filler neck .The gas gauge is not yet installed. The rear trunk luggage rack is fitted in place When working with the rack I discovered that the rear bumper is missing anyone that have measures
The spring cushion is going to be fitted in place and I have to talk the person who is going to help me I have also been repairing the rear axel for the Whippet 96 it was leaking oil into the brakes which I was forced to repair.
The front axel chapter is in some progress I have some doubt about the strength which one to choose but it seems just now that I will choose the axel from the Willys 97.The drum looks very good and I am forced to drill for the wheel bolts so that they will fit my wheels. Some e-mail has been sent to members in the WOKR that perhaps has some answers.
The plate that covers the gas tank has a new one been made. First to make a tool that make ribs and then an other tool that make the round hole. When they have been stamped I made the plate to fit the curve on the frame and last to fit proper in place
A new bushing for the main shaft in the gear box has Sören made to me. He also has fitted the new ring gear to the flywheel.
Since last month I have had an cold and was out of work enthusiasms some days. But never the less I have been working with the car. The springs in the rear is mounted with grease between the leafs.
The rear axel is ready.
After some trouble with the outer bearings and that I have tried to improve the tighten .The rear cover had become a new cork sealing. The differential bearings is secured with steel wire-like before. There is new grease nipples. The brakes is not yet mounted and brakes linings is new and has been glued to the brake shoes. Thank you John for the photos !!!
The springs and the rear axel is mounted to the frame and the shackles is mounted with new bushings reamed both in the springs and the frame. The rear axel is filled with oil. When I tried to mount the U-bolts they where 30 mm to short. That was only to remount the tools for the press and making new threads to the bolts there went 4 hours!
When I fitted the rear fender the sill was not fitted correct I had to make a new one .
Total amount of time 1015 hours
I have been made new spring shackles and switched the pin in the frame and the spring with bolts. The bolts has an hole in the center for the grease. The bolt in the front and rear has also been made new. The shackles links is also new. The nuts has also been made too fit the shackles and bolts. On the bolts has an grease nipple been mounted.
This is not perhaps the original style and all the threads has been made with UNF but it looks “old” or?
The door handles I just now thinking of to bought new ones that is similar and not make new ones.
The radiator shell is still missing but I am waiting for that one perhaps turns up.
Total amount of time 985 hours so far…..
The last month I have spent my time making the rest of the work on the springs. When the springs arrived the eyes have been made and the leafs has been curved. Then began the work .Then I cut the ends of each leaf. After that I made clamps totally 10. They have been riveted to the leafs according to the measure I have got from the WOKR. Then the clamps was drilled and an 5/16″ bolt has been mounted at each clamp. To each eye where bushings in steel and bronze made. After that the springs where painted black. The work to be done is to lay a very thin layer of grease between the leafs and then mount it all to the rear axel. For that purpose I was forced to make four new U-bolts. I made a tool to bend with after making threads. The front springs has also new bronze bushings and the springs have also been painted black.
The last 14 days I have spent remaking the left and right rear fenders. They did not fit proper to the plate that cover the frame and are fastened to the fender. They did not line up to the outer from the front fenders and the footsteps. There is still some job with them before that is ready.
The rubber that cover the hole under the rear seat has been made and also the ring to mount it with.
The rear axel is adjusted little more and I think it is alright now. The outer bearings is mounted and the cover and distance plates is cleaned. The brake shield and drum is mounted to see how it would fit together I would dismount them and fit them correct later.
The rear springs has arrived bended and ready to be made clamps for and cutting the ends, make bushings and so on.
Just now I am working with the rear axel. I have mounted the crown-wheel in the house .I have also cleaned and fitted the housing cover just now I am fitting the pinion to the crown-wheel. It is taking a lot of hours when marking the gears with paint and adjusting it a little all the time with the pinion. All the bearings is new and mounted .
The rest of the axels is mounted later when the gear mounting is finished.
The rear leafs is still on the job list in the blacksmith shop. Some cleaning work has been done by the brake parts all the mounting parts is now nearly rust free on one side.
The gas tank is in progress what I have heard.
I have also done some adjustment on the left rear fender some plates is still remaining and to be weld in place.
I have got email from John Stokes , New Zeeland, regarding the interchange of the carburetors among all the other information. Thanks! That means that I have more possibilities to make an god choice of an carburetor.
The last 14 days I have been busy with the left side . The front fender is fitted to the footstep and the appron. The rear fender has also been fitted to the footstep and the appron.
The front fender is new riveted wheel trunk bolt made and is in place with the big plate behind.
The rear axel is sandblasted and all the brake parts also. All the parts were painted black.
The rear axel is some adjustments done so it will fit to the car. The brakes and also adjusted to fit to the mechanical brakes.
Under the first weeks in June I have made a lot of work. The rear axel from an 1937 International Truck is dismounted and found being nearly the same measures the ratio is 11 to 46 which is some less in against 10 to 44.
Now I would dismount the rear axel of the Willys and see if there is the same measures and then I can mount the things together in one rear axel.
The floorboards in plywood has got an layer of Ash-tree and then being measured in the right size. The edges is being glued. Then it had been painted black in the outside and inside it is being varnished.
The plate floor I had painted black on the outside.
The gearbox is totally dismounted and bearings and the main bushing is new .The gearshift end is yet missing.
New pistons, pistons pins and rings are bought and waiting on to be mounted when the engine is machined.
The rear seat and back had got new wooden frames and ready to be mounted with the cushions which I going to be made!!!
This month I have cut the the leafs to the rear springs. The leaf package I left to a person that can help me to get the right curve and the eyes for the spring bolts on the main leaf.
The front fenders mountings in the spare wheels trunk where new plates made and even machined the rivets.
I have a helping hand to make a new gasoline tank.
A visit to Värnamo by Mats was ending with that I got the headlight bar with some rusty headlight and a couple of restorable rear fenders.
The rear axel is in progress. The pinion and Crown wheel was getting ahead by Greg at WOKR. He sent me some drawings for that purpose. John Stokes wrote from New Zeeland an e-mail. He wrote that International Trucks from 1936-41 has the same or interchangeable parts for the Willys8. Even the Borg-Wagner with no. WX2068-2069 was also a possibility.
The radiator shell was also taking a step forwards by some drawings and an ads in WOKR Newsletter .Which I am hopeful looking forward to get some answers from members.
The Engine restoration was in some progress also .I made new nuts in right size and hardened them also. All together 29 pieces I made two more then required
This month I have proceed with the aluminium roof cover and sanded,polished them and they look like new again!See picture.
The door sill plates in all four door is made,fitted and primed.Also the upper plates are made after the old ones.See picture.
The roof is varnished and placed in but not mounted. See picture.
All the woodscrews in the bottom wood in the rear and some others that remains are mounted
I have met a contact in Boxholm how has an Willys model 97 1931. I am interested in to take some spare parts from it.There was none pinion in the rearaxel!
The startgear on the flywheel is in progress I have found a spare parts that is correct and NOS.See picture. I also ordered a timingchain.
I have taken some picture of the rebuilded starter!picture.
I have placed all the wood in the doors and varnished it fitted the doors on the left side.Needed to reweld the roofside over the rear door.All the mechanisms is in place.See picture.See picture.
All the indoor handels is very bad. I need to make new ones but it is difficult to make the lines in the handels. I must figure out how to do this. Anyone that have handles to sell???? Mail me
All the door locks and stop and all the things that is on the door for correct function is repaired and painted.
I have also repaired the wood and mechanism under the right rear window.I could spare the handle!!!
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I have also located an generator and got some hints to fix the starter.
The rear spring with schackels is in progress I have got information from help of Greg and Paul and the WOKR. Perhaps I have located a pair thats on a six 97 or 98 chassie.Where I also hope to find the rear gear and pinion.
Got the phone from a person in Skövde he has four wire wheels in very good shape to the Willys.
Thinking on and planning the cushions both rear and front. I have some cushions and some wood fragment! But I have the mechanism to move the front seat and some holes so that I can see where it has been and one picture inside taken in an article in a swedish motorjournal from 1931!??
The instruments is what I am looking for!Help!