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Do you have contact information for the Mopar Underground? I'm specifically interested in their Willys wagon on a YJ chassis project. I have a stock '64 wagon daily driver. For years I've thought about building a modernized but still original-looking version so I could keep up with freeway traffic. By the time I count up all the improvements that should be done, it seems like it might be less trouble to use a complete chassis where all the parts already work with each other. I've looked at Wagoneer, Scout, S-10 and even full-size pickup conversions. They all look great until you get into the details. Then they become more trouble than they're worth. From the articles I've read in JP, Truck Trend, Popular Mechanics, etc. they make the YJ chassis sound almost like a bolt-on. But phrases like "minor trimming" and "slight tweaking" come up. The pictures of the final product look exactly like what I want, but they don't show any pictures the work in progress, specifically the interference points and what had to be cut or altered to make it fit. I suspect that their definition of "slight", and "minor" may be different from mine, since I don't have access to the Chrysler engineering department. This is something that I'd like to have, not something I have to have. I'd like more information before I dive into a project that's likely to become a career.
We once referred to vintage Jeep 4x4s as the most modified and cannibalized vehicles on the planet. Beginning with WWII surplus MB Willys Jeep models, most off-road rigs got a good dose of upgrades, from oversized tires to V-8 conversions. So popular was the modification approach that in the Chrysler/Jeep Mopar era, we refer to the Jeep as the most "personalized" vehicle around, with catalogs full of accessories, chassis upgrades and winches. Today, for the first time, vintage Jeep vehicles have shown a bump in value, even finding their way to Mecum and other auctions alongside vintage collectible cars and nostalgia muscle cars. With that trend, for the first time, a vintage Jeep is judged for its originality and an authentic restoration. So, we're at a crossroads. What do you think about modifying a 1941-86 Jeep 4x4 for extreme trail use? Or are you considering a bolt-by-bolt restoration of a vintage Model MB, CJ-3B, an M38AI, FC150, FC170, Willys Pickup or Willys Station Wagon? Please share your plans and thoughts on this subject! Moses
If you're struggling with how to remove the rear wheel hubs from a keyed, tapered rear axle shaft, check out my HD video how-to on the use of an OTC hub puller: http://www.4wdmechanix.com/HD-Video-Tool-How-to-Using-the-OTC-7394-Hub-Puller.html. There's only one way to preserve these parts and get the rear hub loose...Also works on the AMC Model 20 axles and even later model 4x4s with unit bearing front ends and frozen axle shafts... Moses
In the postwar era, Willys pioneered the development and production of 4WD light trucks and the World's first "sport utility vehicles". If you like the WWII and postwar Willys and Kaiser era Jeep models, this forum provides a community of enthusiasts and restorers. Whether your interest is history, restoration, rebuilding, how-to, troubleshooting or sharing vintage Jeep 4WD experiences, you'll find support and build friendships here!—Moses Ludel At left is a Mopar flyer for Camp Jeep workshops by Moses Ludel. The red '55 CJ-5 was the project built and depicted within the book at right!