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Nova's Ark 12-06-2015 08:25 PM

Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
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I acquired this Willys from Rowdy Racing earlier this year in a trade:

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Once I got it on the rocks it was clear that this rig was cool. It's been used in a couple random Crawler Innovations video for the most part as is. Rowdy Racing had acquired it from someone else and no one really knows the history on this particular rig. It'd be nice to know just in case the original builder finds this thread.

CI's turn in line for the Szczerba Built Shop came up and this rig is up for a complete make over. Something in the Crawler Innovations theme and colors. As well something that will hold up to the CI family of drivers. Once Szczerba Built is done with it, it goes to JWalker Designs for paint, body, and blue tooth speaker system.


..Uploaded from the lab @ the C.I. Compound...

Nova's Ark 12-06-2015 08:32 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
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For the most part, the willys needed nothing. It arrived ARTR with basically 2.2 sportsman competition axles under it. The axles had already been XR10 width modded and had over and under gears in it which caused intermittent engagement in the transfer case. Never the less, the Willys was fun to drive.

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Nova's Ark 12-06-2015 08:36 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
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A few more pics;
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ROWDY RACING 12-07-2015 06:09 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Fun rig, can't wait to see what you guys do with it.

Found the original owners build thread:
http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/large...ie-willys.html

GraniteBandit 12-07-2015 06:16 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Another Willys! "thumbsup"

Szczerba 12-07-2015 06:56 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Stock frame pulled
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1/2" square tube ripped
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Cut and support
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Start of 1/4" tube cross members
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cmbscx10 12-07-2015 07:29 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Subscribed. Can't wait to see what you do with it Shane.

Mike Flea 12-07-2015 08:20 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
This oughta be good! "thumbsup"

Derrick7mm 12-07-2015 08:39 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Subscribed, looks good so far.

Szczerba 12-09-2015 08:51 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Thanks guys.

Chugging along in my ghettoish of building.

Start of subframe.
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Roughing in location. Ya, that's tape and a sanding block.
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Little better
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Not the axles that will be ran but bump.
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Need to make front upper link mounts next.
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twissted 12-09-2015 11:23 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Sweet build you have here! The frame will look and have it crawling better than the real thing!

Szczerba 12-10-2015 08:48 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by twissted (Post 5347741)
Sweet build you have here! The frame will look and have it crawling better than the real thing!

Thanks, just hacking it together as a I go. The subframe and upperlink mounts were a compromise of ground clearance an link separation at the chassis. Didn't want to cut the floor of the body for upper link mounts and I didn't want a tall subframe. The weight of the rig should make it crawl just fine. "thumbsup"

mud bogger 12-10-2015 08:52 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Lookin killer man! Cant wait to see more.

Szczerba 12-10-2015 09:04 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mud bogger (Post 5348227)
Lookin killer man! Cant wait to see more.

Thanks, had a work Christmas party tonight so I missed a good 2-3 hours of fab time! :twisted:

Szczerba 12-12-2015 05:10 PM

Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
More work with janky welding.

Transfer case can be removed after taking skid off.

Frame mounts to body with 8 screws/nuts.

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Decent link geometry. At least I hope so, as it's non adjustable. [emoji12]
Front on left, rear on right.
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Almighty Malach 12-12-2015 05:22 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Hacktastic. I love it and can't wait to see it in February

Szczerba 12-12-2015 05:26 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Almighty Malach (Post 5349252)
Hacktastic. I love it and can't wait to see it in February


Used heavy materials due to the CI extreme driving habits.

Nova's Ark 12-12-2015 05:27 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
I'm so excited for this build. Good work Shane! Function over form. I know if it's #szczerbabuilt it will handle some good use.


..Uploaded from the lab @ the C.I. Compound...

mud bogger 12-12-2015 05:30 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Im realy diggin what you did for the t case mount. Gotta get more done on mine......

Szczerba 12-12-2015 05:53 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Nova's Ark (Post 5349254)
I'm so excited for this build. Good work Shane! Function over form. I know if it's #szczerbabuilt it will handle some good use.


..Uploaded from the lab @ the C.I. Compound...

Quote:

Originally Posted by mud bogger (Post 5349256)
Im realy diggin what you did for the t case mount. Gotta get more done on mine......

Thanks guys. I just wing this fabrication stuff as I go. Black paint covers up all my mistakes well.

Szczerba 12-13-2015 07:03 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Not much this evening as the gas solenoid on my welder is going out and using more gas. Been having to turn the bottle off manually. Tank is almost empty anyways.

Simple c-channel rear bumper.
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kranswall 12-14-2015 10:43 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Hey looking very stout, nice work. These big jeeps are sweet, I'm very interested to see how this one looks in the end!

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Szczerba 01-12-2016 09:59 PM

Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Thanks kranswell.

Axles
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Some work done.

Extended out the rear axle and the jeep now sits at 14" wheelbase.
Moved the shocks. Pivot bolt goes through fender well.
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Chopped the rear fenders and bumper.
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Start of tube work.
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TacoCrawler 01-13-2016 01:02 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
...looking good "thumbsup"

ummm

but what are those upper shock mounts secured to ?

metal shock tower's behind the plastic of the body - inner fender well ?

Don't say "just the body plastic" !? :shock:

more detail please
before I call it less then ideal !? Lol/jk

Szczerba 01-13-2016 06:11 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
The shock mount has three points of attachment to the 1/8" thick inner fender. There is no concern on it failing, the plastic is too thick and the shock mount has three points of attachment on 2 planes.

edit, I can see your concern now. I didn't have the two top mount screws screwed in in the picture I posted. lolz

...

BigSki 01-13-2016 06:38 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TacoCrawler (Post 5421850)
...looking good "thumbsup"

ummm

but what are those upper shock mounts secured to ?

metal shock tower's behind the plastic of the body - inner fender well ?

Don't say "just the body plastic
" !? :shock:

more detail please
before I call it less then ideal !? Lol/jk

Don't sell the plastic body short- my rear upper shocks only go through the body with a nut on the backside ( inside of the jeep body, where the rear seat goes), it hasn't failed yet.

Szczerba 01-15-2016 09:57 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Yup, nice and thick 1/8" plastic or so.

All the tube work tacked in place.
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Mike Flea 01-16-2016 11:29 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Tube work looks real sharp, Jeep's got a nice clean look now "thumbsup"

TacoCrawler 01-16-2016 11:56 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
like your fender tube work "thumbsup"

I'll be doing something similar for my TJ

well except the part of removing body material
to open the rear wheel well(s) rearward like yours.

...cool
but I can't come to terms with permanently altering my body.

Szczerba 01-16-2016 09:05 PM

Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike Flea (Post 5424330)
Tube work looks real sharp, Jeep's got a nice clean look now "thumbsup"


Thanks. Nothing too special, just following the body lines. Front bumper helped the overall look too I think.

Quote:

Originally Posted by TacoCrawler (Post 5424351)
like your fender tube work "thumbsup"

I'll be doing something similar for my TJ

well except the part of removing body material
to open the rear wheel well(s) rearward like yours.

...cool
but I can't come to terms with permanently altering my body.


Ahh, just some plastic. Can't leave it stock. [emoji12]

twissted 01-17-2016 06:04 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
I'm liking this build. I have a couple of large scale jeep builds. One I'm completely re building so that performance is unmatched. The tires I'm using are the Rock Beast XL that just came out. It uses a 16'' wheelbase.
It will be fun to see what level of performance yours will be at. The scale it top notch.

Szczerba 04-28-2016 08:55 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Back on it.

Chopped all but the front windshield hoop out.

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It still has the willys "tallish" cage look but way less dramatic.
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twissted 04-29-2016 07:31 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
That is going to be a fun jeep to watch go.

SwampDawg 04-29-2016 08:03 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Daayuum

Arrma can eat dogcrap!

Szczerba 05-01-2016 04:38 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Thanks guys.

Pretty much done with the cage work.
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Nova's Ark 05-03-2016 09:05 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Great work Shane. The new cage looks so much better! Thank you for being a part of this build. "thumbsup"

Szczerba 05-03-2016 08:38 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Nova's Ark (Post 5497046)
Great work Shane. The new cage looks so much better! Thank you for being a part of this build. "thumbsup"



Thanks. It's a cool rig to work on.

Front RC4WD tow hooks mounted
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Grab handle
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Cowl support tied into sliders and A-pillar.
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ZoSo 05-04-2016 09:20 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Great job guys
looks awesome
we need a Willy's GTG!
we have a few more being built in SoCal

BigSki 05-04-2016 08:28 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ZoSo (Post 5497665)
Great job guys
looks awesome
we need a Willy's GTG!
we have a few more being built in SoCal

You guys seem to have enough of these Jerps to start an invasion somewhere! "thumbsup"

I'm always enjoying seeing all of the different twists on how these models get built. I still believe that these are the most fun you can have going slow!

Big Mike 05-05-2016 02:50 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
This is looking excellent.
I've been away for a while, it's good to see some work still being done on some 1/6th Jeeps..."thumbsup"


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