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Project hotrod 2A

snick

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Mar 3, 2016
At project freedoms request here we go.

Please keep in mind that I have been working on this for almost two years. I am currently trying to get the hundreds of pic's off my old broke phone and upload them.

I found this little guy here in Mason and I just could not pass him up. Its like when a stray dog gives you those please help me eyes, I just had to give him a new and better life.

This is how I found him.



So I loaded him up and took him home.





This project has a very special meaning to me. I have always wanted to recreate the little jeep that I watched my dad build when I was a child, learned to drive in, and drove off and on in high school before he sold it.
 

snick

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Mar 3, 2016
The tear down began the next day. I swear with as much as I used everyone in Texas should have bought stock in WD40.









I have no idea why the pic's loaded sideways.
 

snick

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Its lunch time so I will add a few more pictures.

A few weeks later out came the drive train. The transmission was shot and the T-case needed some work, so those got set aside to be rebuilt later.



As you can see the frame has a speck of rust or two.



For the next month or so I worked on repairing and strengthening the fame and replacing all the spring hangers.

Stripped and on the copping block.



All the stuff like this had to go.



The hardest part of it was trying to make the frame look like it had never been touched. There are quite a few places on the frame that I completely cut out and patched back in.

The following month I took the frame to a friends house to be sand blasted clean.



When I got it back I started boxing the frame to stiffen it up even more then put a coat of primer on it so it wouldn't rust on me.




I think it turned out ok. It is only out of square by 1/8". Pretty decent for a 70 year old frame.
 

snick

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So some time went by while I was hunting for hard to find parts and saving up to order the easy stuff. When It all came together things started rolling in in a hurry.

First to show up were the new 2" lift springs.


Then the rebuilt CJ5 front dana 30.Had to bolt the grill up. You know how it is while having a :beer: in the shop.


Some new tires and rims. Mad 2A flex YO! :lol:


Then the new body showed up. It was for sure a challenge to keep it from moving around on the 60 mile drive home.


Then the crown jewel was found by a good friend in northern Colorado after a one year search.

An all original Jeep 225 Dauntless V6. This is the V6 that later became known as the Buick V6 when Jeep sold the rights to it to Buick. Without this engine my whole plan was dead in the water.


So my jewel got placed in a nice comfy corner while I attended to other things like fitting and shimming body parts to the frame so everything would line up later down the road.


All shimmed and looking good. WOW it looks like a Jeep again. :grin:
 

snick

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Mar 3, 2016
Well the little Jeep sat dormant for a few months again because it was hunting season. But in the meen time I picked up this clean CJ7.



I got it cleaned up and running again. I thought about keeping it for a V8 swap since it had a factory TH400 auto in it, But I put The New tires and rims off the 2A on it and flipped it to add some cash to the 2A project. It did work out because now I have stock factory chrome rims instead of black ones.

 

snick

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Hunting season came and went as parts trickled in.

Some of the parts were no where to be found because they were that old and out of date. The hardest part to find besides the engine and adapter stuff to put a T90 to a dauntless V6 was the bell housing for a dauntless V6.

Well I gave Advance Adapters a call and told them what I was hunting for. They called me back to tell me they had a lead on the parts I needed plus a set of over the frame headers just like the ones that were on the childhood Jeep I am trying to recreate.

Ten days later....... BOOYAA baby!!! I was dancing around like a leprechaun around a pot of gold!

The rebuilt tranny and T-case could now come together.:grin:


Motor mounts were made and things were set.




I won't lie I was walking around the shop making vroom vroom sounds.
 

snick

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Well time creeped along and I got around to taking the body off and putting it back on lord only knows how many times to mark and cut so it would fit the new drivetrain.



The firewall on my new body was starting to look like swiss cheese.



More cutting and more fitting ensued for a few weeks when I had time to work on it. I really do dislike body work but I stayed with it threw hundreds of little cardboard cutouts until all the pieces fit. I traced out the pieces on some sheet metal and went to work. There is nothing more tedious (sp?) than tac tac tac dang it it burnt threw, cut a new piece tac tac tac don't let it get to hot and warp.

Notice the round holes in the tranny tunnel on the body. Those are not there by accident. I learned long ago to always put those there on any 2A body. Can you guess why?



A few more test fits and some tweeking and I was able to finish grind and primer. The body fit like a glove.



The body came off once again and got set out of the way. Time to pull the engine hopefully for the last time to send it off to be rebuilt.



I got word that the last piece of my drivetrain was done. A custom 9" rear end with disc brakes that I will pick up in a few weeks.



So that is the the highlight reel of where I am at to date.
 

snick

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I kid you not. I was just as surprised but then again it does make sence now. I always thought something was off when it took five people to pic it up and move it around and the engine hoist struggled to pick it up.

I will try to get a picture of it tommorow if I can remember.
 
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