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1948 Willy's CJ2a Build

#21
Well after the sickness i got from Vegas I really didnt have any ambition to work on the Flatty. I would come out and clean around it, and sometimes just scrape off some undercoating. Finally i went out and did some work.
The original owner did some body work and not that well, i cut it out and added new rockers, there is some batch patching still in front of it, but it is solid and i will probably try to sand and level it out with filler unfortuantely, but it is not a show jeep.

So rockers are liberated.
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Patched spotted in
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The original owner put some plate for the rockers with no bend on the bottom like the original panels, I added metal with a bend so it will not slice your hand if you grab it. I need to cut out a drain hole on the passenger side to match the driver side.
Next on the plate is repair the center hump and then put the floors back in.
 
#22
Hoping to get the floor pans installed this weekend. Tonight i did the driver side
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The passenger side has a bit more work because i have to rebuild the center hump, but the tool box will cover it up anyway.
 
#23
Passenger side and center hump rebuild. I had to piece together the hump, but it will clean up after i hit it with a flapper disc
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I still have a patch to go at the angled portion of the floor board. Took a while today to repair the previous owners attempt at repair, by just placing a 1/8 piece of plate over the original metal... and leaving a 1/2 void between the two piece of metal. :( I had to use the plasma to get by the side panel welds because the cutoff wheel wont get that close.
 
#29
I got a little garage time between doing repairs to subfloor in house and laying vinyl flooring.
Nothing special, but added my floor supports to the new floor pans. I had a bunch of 1x2 rectangular tubing laying around and it worked great for the supports. i also sleeved the body mount holes so nothing will collapse if the mount bolts are tightened down a bit too hard ;)

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#30
Well now that the floors are done I am able to work on the Jeep again. I decided on my body color and wanted to get the bottom painted so that I can mount the tub back on the frame to get some room in the garage and to actually have it look like a Jeep again.

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I decided to go the cheap route and got the Tractor Supply paint in Massey Ferguson Grey. I am not totally done with the rust repair, i need to do the tail light sections and two other small sections. I brushed on the bottom paint, but will spray the sides. I got lazy and did not feel like setting my guns up to spray. It isnt a show rig anyway.
 
#31
I got pretty much all my welding done. I do need to order some body brackets for the rear corners, i did not want to make them since they are pretty cheap to buy the correct ones.
Welded a side patch
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Biggest project was the rear tailight panels and seem. I was able to just recreate it. First i had to uncover the driver side seems, the previous owner did the usual bondo over the seem. Weird is they did not do the passenger side seem.
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Getting close. I am actually getting pretty excited to get the body back on the frame :)
 
#32
Well The tub were reunited today.
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Now it will be a bit easier to roll around and i can sand it outside. Spent most of the day cleaning little parts and painting.

I also had to replace the MC. When bleeding the brakes i messed up the original MC by bending the washer inside bore and it made the piston stick. FUDGE!!!!!
 
#36
Finally began the body work today, I HATE BODY WORK!!!! I knew i had bondo on one corner real thick so i used a large wire brush on a grinder and ate through it and pretty much ran around the body stripping what i could before i started using the sander.
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I found a section of sculptured bondo at least 1/4 thick
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It was hiding a spot of repair work. Sad that a previous owner did not use flap disc or sanders to knock it smooth, rather lets cover it up with bondo GGGRRR
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I am at the point to say screw it and sand it and spray with clear coat so i do not have to bother with any smoothing or filler. Leave it with the patches exposed like Frankenstein.
 
#37
Interior of the tub has been primed and painted. I brushed it by hand.
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I will tell you, i am sooooo close to just brush painting the outside of the tubb. Been there, done that many years ago, but i just hate having to tape everything off to paint. So much easier to brush it on. Oh well. I will primer the outside and then start smoothing out the spots i patched.
 
#38
So i got to cleaning up the other body parts. i wire brushed down the tailgate to clean off multiple layers of paint

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And now i am in a bit of change of heart. After cleaning off the tailgate i like how the metal looks with the metal stained by the paint and the patina. Heck even the wife likes it. And i when i spray on some of that rust converter spray it looks even better. I am back to thinking about leaving it patina'd and spray some clear on it, allowing the the patches and everything to be seen. BUT my big problem is i have already painted the inside and bottom of the tub. I could go back and wire brush it off but man i just got it done. And it will not look right with the outside raw metal and the inside painted. Oh the decisions. :(
 
#39
I cleaned up the rest of the body parts this weekend, I decided to loosely assemble the jeep to see if i like the patina look, or to paint the rest grey.
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#40
The plan has changed again. I am back to primer then paint. I am not spraying it. I decided that i would get my kids to help me hand paint the Jeep. This way they have a vested interest in the Jeep :) My daughter was up to help me, my son not so much yet. We got the jeep all primered up. Hopefully start on final color tomorrow. After it is dont I am going to have my kids sign the tailgate like a painting :)

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Also got a sweet deal on some 31x10.50 BFG mud terrains for it. Now the hard part is to go white letter out or in. I am a big fan of white letter out but i think it may be too much ;)
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