Post by Surf Tragic on Aug 11, 2009 19:15:18 GMT 10
Hi Swellwillys I am enthralled with this project you are doing with "SWELL", it's something I would have loved to do in years past but never did to the extent you are doing. I looked thru the photos slowly, twice. You can be sure I will be visiting your progress report to the end. I would love to have the talent of both yourself & JBJ to work on panels & body, the bit of mechanical modification I have done is totally satisfying..........thanks for the show, I love it
Post by Swellwillys on Sept 30, 2009 14:01:55 GMT 10
The front end clip and rear guards are fibreglass - 37 Ford front and 39 Ford rear. Bought them from "RodzNorth" approx 4 years ago
A change in direction moved me to buy these panels.
Front Clip (I hate those headlight buckets. they'll have to go)
Passengers Side Rear Guard.
Any guesses out there as to what vehicle and year they are from ? Neatest and correct answer wins a prize ! (Knowing that you guessed it! hehehhe)
Picking them up Saturday from Tivoli.
Should make for a more robust and practical installation than the 37Ford fibreglass parts. Though I love the thought of fibreglass, it will make for a lot easier fabrication in splicing ,dicing and chopping the steel than the glass.
Post by Swellwillys on Nov 25, 2009 12:28:02 GMT 10
The build of "Swell" has recommenced. Off the trailer.
Roof removed. Front screen opened up so as not to look like an armored vehicle. The door ? Well !!!!
Rust cut out as well. The guttering has been removed and will be replaced by a small bead . All this work was completed in a day.
Also have added a new look with the addition of a 37 Willys front clip and rear guards - not so sure yet as to if I will proceed or continue with the 37 Ford glass clip. Those headlights frighten me! The great advantages are obviously the Willys clip is steel and allows for a better fit and easier mods. So it may just stay?????
Post by Swellwillys on Mar 10, 2010 7:18:08 GMT 10
Work continues on the roof chop and front screen opening.
Passengers side front screen.
The interior of the Willys has numerous deco molds that will need to be chopped as well.
Happy with it's head back on.
Next process will be to cut approx 50mm from the turret, to further lower the roof, then, resize the interior deco molding strips ( seen laying in the rear of the car in the above photos) chop and resize both doors, affix the roof, then smooth the firewall off with an overlaid panel.
The roof looks cool swellwilly , lots of cut and weld to get it all into shape , I see thats why you prefer steel because you can manipulate it without fibreglass fibres itching you for days ;D I must say I prefer the 37 front and I think the sharpness of the peaks in the bonnet headlights and guards will mesh in with the Willys body shape. But in saying that ,the Willys guards without the headlights look nice and fat with a real nice bulbous shape . Hmmm I have a thousand questions of how and which way you are going to build it but Im holding out so I can enjoy the ride ;D
Post by Swellwillys on Mar 11, 2010 11:03:27 GMT 10
Thanks for your input Harko ! I value anyones input. TEAM ! Together -Everyone -Achieves -More .
And a big thanks for the photoshop addition. Maybe I can call upon you to do it all over again when the Willys front is cut n fitted to the chassis ????? As I'm still undecided which way I will go at this point of time. The Ford fits great, both front n rear,and also provides the art deco design I am after. I share your sentiments regards the 37 Ford front v's 37 Willys.
Once the modifications to the roof,doors,tailgate and firewall are completed work on fitting the Willys front clip will commence. The plan is to fit the hinges to the bonnet, widen it,then fit the guards to the chassis- my (MATE) Brad tells me it's going to be quite a large job. I reckon it i'll only take as long as you did the with the cutn paste n colour on your photoshop software . Hehe !
Sorry mate I see you worked out that I was refering to the Ford 37 . A mate around the corner had a Willys coupe a few years back that you may remember (burgundy with vinyl stripes then full black and baby moons) but I was under the assumption it was a 39 untill I just researched it So the Willys is also a 37 , arrrhuh and the Ford is too .
Well I reckon the Ford is the go ,Totaly new concept , Willys on Willys mix n matched ....... well Im on the fence .
Whatever you decide is going to be different none the less , cheers