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Old 05-10-2013, 12:14 PM
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Classic truck body new power

I am in the process of building basically the truck of my dreams. I have a 1951 or 1952 Willys Overlander 4X4, i've narrowed it edown to those years based on the grille pattern and small rear cab window, the date of manufacture isnt on the vin plate, at least not that i can see. It used to have a ford flathead v8 that someone put in to replace the factory straight 4 flathead, usrprisingly i matched up to the t-90 transmission and borg warner transfercase. I am planning to put a newer engine and 4x4 drivetrain from a late 70's early 80's f150 or bronco into the truck. I need to know what i will need to do to the frame in order to accomodate the increase in horsepower and torque. the only body modifications i plan to do are to maybe shorten the box about 8-10 inches. other than that i want it to look oringinal but have some power under the hood. It is going to be a daily driver/work truck/mudder, so i want to do it right. If anybody has any pointers or opinions of what i could do, that'd be great. Thanks.

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Old 05-10-2013, 12:32 PM
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here's 46 pages on another forum of the builder using a full-size Chevy pickup undercarriage with the Willys sheetmetal......
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/380581...willys-pickup/
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jeepster swap.

We put our 48 jeepster on a 78 blazer chassis. We saw a later year pickup on one and the guy said it was easy. OUR Problems. The 48 nose is shorter and with the rear wheels lined up on the body we moved the engine back 8 in, that also ment moving pedals, new drive shafts , reworking steering., gastank, jeepster rear floor, bumpers, etc. The Blazer parts are a lot stronger than to old jeep pickup it was on, and the extended frame in front makes for an easy winch mount.
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FC Jeep truck.

Years ago I had a jeep FC truck with a Chevy V8 and studebaker O/D on the back of the transfer case, used in 2wd only. The guy that built it raised the body about 4 inches and no floor mods, plenty of clearance, I just needed a ladder to get in it. My older brother used to have the WARN dealership in Reno NV and did a lot of Jeep-Willys Engine swaps,modifications Etc, and knew What parts Swaps, Which car 20 gal gas tanks Fit. Which longer brakes hoses to use, What year Dodge Spring shackles to use Etc. How to beef up the steering gear mount.
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That link about that chevy drivetrain being attactched to that 59 willys "floyd" helped, but wasn't 100% what i was looking for. I don't think that i could really put the willys body onto a newer frame, i'd have to make tons of new braces and mounts, it would be easier for the steering and brakes already to be in place, but the front of the willys needs to be quite narrow, so i think i'd be best just reinforcing the frame and transferring the drivetrain onto it. i got to thinking the other day that the original frame from the willys should be plenty strong for a 300+ish horsepower engine. I saw a guy that took a 59 willys truck and put a corvette engine into the original willys frame and all he had was a imple corrmember/skidplate and it worked out alright. Does anybody know if i would just need to box the frame from the front of the transmission and transfercase to the back of the cab area? that should add enough strength, i think anyways.
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Here's another idea i had. I found a 1979 Bronco on Kijiji, recently rebuile engine, body is shot, and i could use the running gear off it, if it all checks out, i'll probably use the bronco for my willys. My idea was, the boxfrom my Willys is pretty much shot, dents, nickes, spotwelds, bulletholes and whatnot, so there's a box off of a late 40's ford pickup sitting in a junk yard by a swamp my my farm, it's sitting upside-down on some other junk, so the rails should still be alright, but i'll have to turn it over to see what i'm really dealing with, but the impression design on the side of the box kinda matches the doors off my willy's so it should look pretty cool. okay, so, my idea was, that i could use the box as a reinforcement for the frame, if i do it right, is should act as a crossmember for the frame, without me having to box the whole frame or do a bunch of other stuff to it. any thoughts of opinions, let me know.
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