New project: 51 Willys SW

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  1. Bill USN-1

    Bill USN-1 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Dragged home another one.
    I've been getting several orders in for EFI kits for the Willys L and F 134 engine.
    So I figured I would see if any were out there on CL.
    Of course, you know there was.
    So I made a deal and dragged this one home.
    Non-running and not all parts there, but most of the important ones are there.
    F134, manual trans, PTO winch, 4wd

    I've always liked the Willys Wagon and have looked at them in the past. Just never bought one.
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    Bill USN-1 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    So I set out to see if it would run.
    I fixed the starter.
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    Then installed a new 12v coil and battery.
    And cranked it over.



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    Bill USN-1 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    So, now that it runs, it's time to "dump the junk" and install the HFI!
    So out comes the carb and distributor.

    remove carb

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    And the stud.

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    and distr

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    Then I tear down the distr for cleaning and conversion to GM HEI and timing control.

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    Now that's it's all apart, it gets cleaned and painted.
    Then I can start to reassemble.
     
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    scout2000 Dreams of Cub Cadets

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    I'm a Willys Wagon fan myself.

    Excited to watch this one play out.
     
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    Bill USN-1 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Got the parts cleaned up and then got it put back together.
    Mechanical and vacuum adv removed.
    Shaft pinned in place.
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    Magnetic pickup to trigger the 8 pin GM HEI module.


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    Wired for the GM module.

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    And the bench test.

     
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    Bill, would it be possible to convert an old 1963 Beetle that is still 6 volt?
     
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    Dana Strong Dreams of Cub Cadets

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    Bill; that looks great, but ... listening to the video, it sounds to me like you next need to check the status of the bearings on your drill :clown:.​

    Until about a year ago, there was a Willys similar to that sitting on some property nearby me. In previous years, I'd seen the owner, an old lady, driving it at times and had even once spoken to her, but as I don't have enough time or room for my current projects, had never considered acquiring it. Now that it's gone, I'm wondering if it got rescued by someone who will restore it, or scrapped. I think the body was in fairly good shape. Don't know if the lady is still around either; she seemed a bit of a character.
     
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    Bill USN-1 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Yes and no.
    I run my 49 Hudson on a 12v battery to run the injection and then use a voltage regulator connected the main feed wire to drop it back to the 6v to run the rest of the car like it was original.
    But you also need to be able to charge the 12v batt so you would need to change the gen/alt.
     
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    Bill USN-1 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    The drills just not the same after the shop fire!
    But it still works, so I kept it.
    I try to hoard all the old "R&D" vehicles i can.
    Just doing my part.
     
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    Dana Strong Dreams of Cub Cadets

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    I occasionally come upon tools like that being discarded; I have a huge, old HD Black & Decker I need to find a home for. Shipping would probably be more than its value, but if you need it for drilling post holes and happen to be coming down this way, it or some of the other smaller ones would be available, if only to free up the space they're taking.

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    'Course, you'd have to sign a statement attesting to the fact that you're electrically-proficient and know how to correctly repair the cord, this being califorlornia.​
     
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    Got a little more done between the gale force winds and rain having to work outside.
    Oh, and the power outage for almost 3 days.
    Got the distr and coil installed.
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    Then got the throttle body and adapter installed.

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    Then I replaced the starter plunger and test fit my new alum radiator.
    It still has the foot plunger on the floor next to the gas pedal.
    Looks like i need some new radiator support brackets. These look like the 6cyl ones.

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    Bill, the whole grille/radiator support is off a later (54-56) L6-226 powered Jeep. An F4-134 grill will have 5 bars, and a sheet metal duct which mounts the radiator down and to the rear. The odd piece of sheet metal on the right side is not original and appears to be a remnant of some previous adaptation.
     
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    Thanks.
    They're starting to find me.
    Did 3 systems already this month for the L and F 134.
     

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