Active Power has been around for a while. Check his web site. His thing is to mount the body on an S-10 chassis. He has several options. I've only seen one in early construction. Looked like a lot of work to me. The frame needed cleaning after removal of the body. Sand blasting was pretty expensive to the guy that I saw. There is some rework and cutting and fitting. Then you have the brakes to either replace or o'haul, rear end to use or narrow and o'haul.. Then the body needs mounting. Need to make or buy mounts from AP. I thought the body was rough compared to mine. Mine is polished right from the factory, with no seams .
Cost wise I prefer to use A & C body which is nearly perfect right out of the mold. I bought a pro street frame with motor mounts only and set up for IFS. Everything else I did myself including the narrowed rear end. I have no body work to do, all the body mounts and sub frame was alredy in the car. All I had to do was drill a handful of holes and run Grade 8 bolts and lock nuts. 4 hours of work. Now I did change the rear end mounting but I would not have had to. Everything would have bolted right in. The front end suspension was a bolt on. I added some tubing to the inside but no big deal, it just made mounting the dash and steering easier.
I feel that a Willys is hard enough to build using a good body and new chassis. Why would I go to all the trouble of cleaning and o'hauling a 200k mile chassis?? Granted there are some good things about the S-10. But it is heavy, in my opinion. My car weighs 2600# nearly ready to drive. If you are going to do a gasser style you have to remove all the S-10 stuff so more work. Lots easier to bolt or weld on new stuff.
The car on e-bay...grade 8 hardware. Entirely possible. I think he is saying the body is mounted and ready to continue the project. I don't think it is glassed in or anything like that. You could just unbolt it.
It looks like too much $$$. to me.
Dave, do your home work on this. I don't want to discourage you but expect a huge money pit. I'm less than 200 hours away from finishing and have $4,000 more to get in misc. hardware to get. No interior and no paint and no headliner.
Headlights are 585 and the grill insert is 475 and tail lights are 120 just for easy stuff. A wire harness is about 350, plus some add ons. Gages are from 400 to 700. Door hardware is about 250 for electrics and 300 for power windows. Seats....125 for stealing them to 900 for some nice leather ones.
You will need a welder and shop equipmet, the more the better.
I have kept countless spreadsheets for this project. The total cost is for my eyes only. haha There only needs to be one skipped heart beat here. haha For the most part I use them to get me ready to spend a lot of money. I use them also to compare products and keep track of address and ph no. Otherwise just keep throwing money at it...eventually it will be on the ground and rolling. It will never be done. they never are. haha
If you need any help just pm or post and I kick in what I can.
You have to have a little humor when building a Willys too or it will get you down. haha