This summer

This summer I have driven the Willys for a longer trip.
It was to Jonkoping around 220 km total when I was home again.The average amount of gas was about 2,5 liter per 10 km.

The Willys got the body pinstriped.It was made by hand like the old times.Using a thin paintbrush of fine hair.

Look into the videoclips there you can see pinstriping!!




This year began with

This year began with dismounting the carburetor. I have swapped one more so I have three now. I went to the shop that helped me before with testing and cleaning the carburetor .I took all three with me and I am expecting to get one good with full functioning accelerator pump out of the three.
The wheel covers in steel was made by a shop after my measures. Here can you see the results after I have fitted them in place. There is some chroming work to be done also.
I have mounted the thermometer with the sensor in a test bench to see within what range it is working and looked after possibilities to get it work even better. But I could not do anything about the instrument. It is not showing hot when the water is boiling so I have to remember where I have the boiling point on the instrument.I do not have the correct sensor




Mascot and small problems

What have I done since May?
I have mounted the mascot on the radiator shell after I have got some chrome on it.
The interior have got another touch when I mounted the knobs in the instrument panel. All the wires is not connected yet because I cut them to short!
The trunk is almost finished it is still some work inside with some clothing’s.
I have driven the car to some weddings and student occasion.
There is some problems with overheating the engine the water boils when standing still and the engine is running. I dismounted the thermostat and there is still some of the problem left.
I have also made(glued) and mounted the rubberfloor under the clutch and brake pedals.




Trunk and springs

The time since February I have spent working with the trunk .The plywood pieces has been glued together. All the wood has become a layer of varnish. The outside has fabric been fastned. The most of the aluminium trim are nailed in place .The small hatch has a little “wood fantasy” being made. Some work is still needed before it is finished.
The rear leafs is back from the shop that helped me hardened them. After that I was forced to make new clamps and bushings. The springs have I attached to the frame and rear axel.




Radiator mascot,interior and springs

I have made some work even if I not written since last year.The radiator mascot is grinded and polished so it would be ready for the chroming shop.
The interior in the rear is new material bought and fastened in place. The cushion is to bee more hard it is now to soft. The backrest would also be adjusted against the side panels.
The rear springs are dismounted and the blacksmith shop helped me to bend them into the right shape again. I have sent leafs to the shop that helps me with the hardened process of the leafs.
The rear trunk work has started. The trunk is glued together.



Small fixes

It is still some work to be done.
Such as painting the knobs for the dash.
The upholstery on the doors round the windows is some changes made so that the upholstery fits better to the channels. The pillar between the doors at both sides is new wood made for the upholstery.I have delivered the prototype for the radiator mascot to the foundry that makes it in brass or bronze. The ashtray is missing but the surroundings is mounted in the front backrest rear.
The gasoline gauge t is filled with red liquid I have not tested if functions ok yet. The gauges is not mounted in the dash, I am still waiting for the water temperature gauge from the shop.
For the rear trunk have I made some measures and planning how to cut and put it together.
I wish You all a Merry X-mas !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!






Body paint

Just now the project is going with high speed.
The body has been removed from the frame. The body is put on a wagon that is drawn to the paint shop. The frame is painted black. Some of wood interior has been removed.
The brake cables is tested and the wire has been pressed in the ends. The front cables is mounted in place.The front brakes is ready.
The wood graining is finished and the parts is ready to get a layer of varnish to get a god surface before I mount it in the car.
The rear wheels is new tubes mounted so I could use the old tires when working on the frame.
The engine is mounted in the frame so is also the clutch and the gearbox. I have made new rubber mountings.
The steering is mounted to the front axel.






Fenders and fotstep

The last month I have been working with the fenders and the footsteps with trimmings. It is the aluminum trim that I have pressed new several times and at last got the right look.
When working with fitting I saw that the fenders connection to the footstep and the trim did not matched quite good Much time spent on remaking the plate and the pressed edge from the fenders to match with trimmings. The work that remains is to make holes in the footsteps for the trimmings that I shall fastened from the underside and make threads in the trimmings.
I have been to a shop for chroming and delivered the in- and out-side handles, parking lights, wings screws for the trunk rack and the bumpers center clamps. The glass the original ones is also being fitted here I would make new ones for the turning lights.
I have got an gasket kit for the carburetor. The carburetor have I dismantled and tried to clean with acetone. The gaskets for the manifold and intake has been delivered to me also.






The project has gone in some what slow motion. I am waiting to get the paint on the car. Just now I do not know how is going to do the job.
The making of new handles inside- and riser handles, parking light and the small riser handles in the rear is going in a new phase. I have got them from the foundry and I am now sanding and polishing them for chroming.
The radiator shell and some other small things is ready and waiting for me to pick them up in the chrome shop .
I has finished the work with the dots or badges that holds the bumper in the middle. You can also see that I made new wing screws for the luggage holder they are ready for the chrome shop also.
The cylinder head has still a small crack between the water hole and the no.1 spark plug hole. That despite welding with special stick. I am thinking of what to do. I have some ideas that I have not tried yet. So still there is hope.






Wondering what has happened with my project????
In this summer the Willys 8 project has been going in slow motion because of working in our house with repairing ,building and setting wallpaper in the kitchen followed up with rebuilding the bathroom and shower. That has taken the most of my time this last months.
But …..
There has been some progress in the Willys project :
I have made the installation of the roof top .Beginning with jute pad in the bottom which was nailed in place .Next step was to lay the synthetic padding and finish with top fabric . I have also fasted the aluminum rail to see how it all will fit it will be taken of before the painting.
The steering wheel was repaired and painted the job that remains is to make a button .I have also started making the chrome rings for the instrument panel
The radiator shell and some other things has been delivered to a shop that would help with chroming.
I have found a Carter BB 1D carburetor that need some work but I think it would fit.









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.


Engine work

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.






Chrome and minor jobs

This month I have been working with many small things and delivered front bumper, radiator shell, head lamps and front seat irons to chroming. I tried to repair the shell but it seems to hard for me to do that. I needed help and it looks like an experience hand would help me.
Adjusted the right rear door so it would be smooth and nice to close and fit proper in the body line. When doing that I also tries to make a good finish at the door sides and all the surfaces that would be painted later. Even the left door was some job on like in the right side.
The front bar between the front fenders has been changed because so the radiator shell would fit better.
I visited the shop that helps me with the drilling and changing of one cylinder he would perhaps finish it under January some time????
I mounted the rain drain holder under the rear windows. Drilled holes for the footstep and threaded the bolts in the frame. Adjusted the left side fenders so the outside line is ok.



Already November

It is already November when I am writing this.
Under October I began within making new outside handles. I made a tool to press the handle skin, but after making some (many) testing I decided to take the old ones and make only one new. That was after many ,many hours of testing.
Made new glass settingchannels for all windows. Fitted the front window with all mechanisms. That one is ready for paint, rubber and glass.
Delivered the front axel to Sören so he could help with the the spindles, bolts and bushings. The bearings has arrived.
Mounted the front springs with there shackles in the frame.
Thefloor in the rear under the seat has been mounted and welded in place and finally got an layer of paint over it.
The wooden floor in the rear and thetoe boards is just what I being working with now.When getting it fit proper I also fitted the steering column and the flywheel house with pedals to see how it would work with the toe board.In the same time I also working with thefront seat and the mechanisms that moves the seat .Sandblasting, painting fitting and threading the holes.
I shall say -Thank You to Mike Barbour who is helping me with measures for the front seat and the rear bumper. The last one is handed over to on helping hand who would bend and curve the irons.
The radiator shell and the head lamps is shipped from US to Sweden and would perhaps arrive November or December.









Rear panel

After the springs my latest work is the side panels in the rear against the fenders over the gas tank. There I began making a simple tool in wood . Which I used bending and making the radius towards the outside. After welding and making the small bend about 8 mm for fitting the rear panel over gas tank.
The rear axel has shims been done that holds the right measure for the bearings.
Total amount of time 968 hours so far…..




Rear fenders

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.






Left side

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.




The work

The work for this month has been somewhat plottery.
The parts that I had become help with was not ready and I was spent much time to talk and ask for them to make some progress but……The parts is the head leaf to the rear springs I was getting help to make the eyes for the spring bolts but they was somewhat busy just now…The bearings was one week only a day or two away but I have not seen them yet!
The engine has been milled I he said that it was time for me to come and see if the eight cylinder is being to rusty or he was thinking of to make a new cylinder.
The radiator shell is till missing-someone that have one left? I had to think if I shall make a new one .I have being thinking and trying with paper and see if it is possible for me to make one.
But some real work has been done .The footsteps are made in 2mm steel and fitted in place. That took much time to fit the footstep to the front fender and the side plates. I had to remake the rear of the front fender so that would fit to the footstep. After that I was eager to see how the rear fender would fit to it but… I saw had to be a great deal of welding and fit some new plates in to the fender so that it shall fit proper. I began to take away the sill plate in the rear door and remake and fit the plate below the rear door.
The job with the front fender, the wheel trunk , the iron that holds the spare wheel ,side plate and the footstep was finished by painting with rust primer

I have mounted the roof

I have mounted, screwed and glued the roof ribs in place.
The side rib that is fitted along the body over the doors I have reparied and make new 50 cm long end on the left side.
Just now is tha car like thisSee picture.
The front window is taken a part and ready for sandblasting. I need to make or find a new handle that fits to the window also!
New wood from ash is byed and just now it is in a warm place to dry well a couple of weeks. Then I would make seats and backs for the cushions and some of it would also be floor in the rear. The wood piece is 65 cm width.
I have made a tool to make a wheel trunk in the right front fender. The right fender is welded,repaired and the left side is not all rust holes reparied.See picture.
The fotstep pins is reparied and welded on the right side. The left side I had to remake one from a wrong one that has been there before.See picture.
Greg in WOKR has done lots of work with helping me to get the right measurs on almost everything that can be measured, thank you Greg.
The engine project is in progress also. New main bearings, connecting rod bearings are made and the crankshaft is machined. The hole engine is now mowed 300 km nearer me and a guy should help be to bore the engine for oversize pistons and fit the valves.
Here can You see how I do to get an Willys 8(engine) in the rear of my Volvo 850.See picture.
I have found a new start gear to the flywheel and it was posted before Eastern than I would get some help to fit it in place.See picture.
The pinion project is in progress. I would visit a junk yard that have an Willys six 1931 chassi and see if the rear axel details fits.See picture.







This month roof work

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 mounted reardoor

I have mounted the rear left door hundred times (it feels like that) up and down to make small adjustments every time. Then I have make reinforcement so the doors are in the right place even after that I have mounted them.
New roof bows are made and tapped in the roofsides. I have also fitted the roof wood in place but not mounted them. The next job for all these parts is to be varnished a couple of times. Then remounted and glued in place with some screws.
The “remaining” job for the wooden part is now to make the seats and rest backs for the front. There I have some parts left so that I can take some measures. The pictures shows before.
I have looked on the aluminium top covering on the roof and tried to make them as new again I hope!!!

Repaired fender

Repaired the rear fenders bolt and and fixed the nuts. Begin to looking for replacement of the pinion and bevel gear. Repaired the vent. on the torpedo. the Rust painted all the plate work that has been done.
Nailed the torpedo to the wood frame.
Repaired the front window hinge and made new threads. Send the crankshaft and cranks to a man that would help me to make new babbits