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05-24-2015 06:42 AM Willys - Interior Progress
The quality of work that Bux is doing is exceeding our expectations. Here are a few in-progress photos of the interior work so far.
The first two photos show the trunk just about finished, with a little more carpet work yet to do. The third photo shows a completed door panel. We chose black leather for most of the interior trim, with burgundy distressed leather for some accent pieces. We let Bux come up with the design elements, and we're very happy with the results. The last two photos show the passenger compartment work in progress, with the window trim installed and the headliner finished. Still to come are the remaining interior panels, seat upholstery and console work.


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05-24-2015 06:37 AM Willys - Out to Trim Shop
It was time to load the Willys up one more time for the trip to the Interior trim shop. It was late March here in the northeast, and we still had snow. We're getting better at the loading/tying-down/unloading routine.
The Interior shop we chose was Chris McClintock's Bux Customs in Pottstown, PA. We did a lot of searching and met with more than a few interior guys before we settled on Bux. He was on the same page with us from the start, and understood what we were looking for in the interior design. We had previously been out to his shop to discuss the project and had already picked out the coverings and carpet. We got the Willys into Chris' new shop and left there confident in our choices.


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05-22-2015 08:51 AM Willys - Tilt Front End Completed
The tilt shell reinforcing ribs were installed for the final time. When the ribs were first installed and adjusted, alignment holes were drilled through the ribs and mounting tabs. For the final assembly, the ribs were bolted up loose and drill bits were used to align the ribs to the correct location. Once the ribs were located correctly, the grille was installed via tabs bolted to the ribs.
The last two photos show both the finished interior and exterior of the tilt shell with the ribs, grille and headlights installed.


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05-22-2015 08:48 AM Willys - Tilt Front End Completed
With the rest of the Willys in the interior shop, I focused on doing the finish work on the tilt front end. The first thing to do was to install the headlights, which consisted of a rear-mounted plastic bucket and mount ring. These aftermarket assemblies were updated to include a parking/turn light socket. The ring was painted a flat trim black, and the bucket exterior was painted with Gravitex chip guard, which matched the interior finish of the tilt shell. The buckets bolt through the fiberglass shell and are sealed with some 3M rope caulk. On the outside, the headlight assembly consists of a high intensity PIAA H4 bulb, and a super bright amber LED parking light bulb. Two layers of foam weather-strip were applied to a channel in the mounting ring to provide a seal against the headlight bezel and lens assembly.


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05-22-2015 08:44 AM Willys - Ready for Interior
The Willys is ready to go to the trim shop. The Tea's seats have been installed, along with the roll bar, shifter, pedals, and dash. There will be a full length console, which will house the stereo, A/C controls, and power window switches. Shift lever is a Gennie Shifter. The second and third photos also show an aluminum plate that was bonded to the interior door panel. This will be used as reinforcement for the arm rest/door pull.


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