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Old 08-11-2013, 01:21 PM
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Default AB-ie has commenced

So I bought a 31' Willys C133 pickup off eBay in April of 2012 with the intent of building a mid-engine rat, the body is real straight with only a few small rust holes, the wood is junk and it was held together with wire when I picked it up out in Parker, Co. There were less than 3000 trucks made in 31' so pictures or parts are extremely hard to find.




So I spent the rest of the year staring at this body stuffed in my garage trying to figure out the design and gather parts, my girlfriends cousin happened to have a mid 80's Jag that I robbed the rear axle out of and a 500 ci/Th400 combo out of a 72 caddy. I chose to go with IFS in the front to match the Jag IRS in the rear but I don't have $4000 to buy the Heidts open wheel kit that I really like the looks of, so with a bunch of emails between a few company's I have enough info to build my own. With the living room in our apt filling with boxes of parts in February I feel I have enough stuff to start.


Lower A-arms 1 1/8" Dom with Chevy ball joint

Upper A-arm 1" Dom with Dodge ball joint



I'm using 69' Camaro drop spindles so I had to ream the upper holes to make the Dodge ball joints fit.
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:35 PM
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Very nice start.
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:08 PM
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Frame rails are 2x4x3/16, width is 27" wide pinched to 20" at very front to match the grill.







Trying to figure out how much Z to make the frame level, static ride height designed for around 4-5
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:10 PM
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Thumbs up shocks?

what shock/spring set-up and how will they mount?

looks good

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Old 08-11-2013, 02:18 PM
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Jag IRS mounted


Building motor mounts


Single u-joint between tranny and rear axle. Pinion angle on the Jag is 0* motor is set at a 2* angle.


Tranny crossmember


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Old 08-11-2013, 02:20 PM
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Skull I'm using the factory Jag coil overs for now till I can figure out what this thing will weight.
I will use coil overs on the front as well.
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:31 PM
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Body and frame finally met in May!



Making vroom vroom noises!


Yep nothing fits right


Finding a starting point, skeletal steel is 1x2 and 1x1 1/8 wall.
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:38 PM
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Since this body was basically in pieces when I bought it and most of the wood is gone or junk trying to find the natural fit of the panels was kind of a chore. This will bite me in the butt later on!



1x1 bent in our 50t press
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Old 08-11-2013, 03:09 PM
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looking great

l think these wheels or this style of wheels would finish it off perfect.

(personal choice of wheels)

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Old 08-11-2013, 03:10 PM
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Body is channeled 4" over the frame.


Laying flat


Grill is a bit tall gonna have to shorten that up.


That is a Pines winter grill with the close able shutters
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