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Old 12-06-2015, 09:25 PM   #1
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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.


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Old 12-06-2015, 09:32 PM   #2
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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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Old 12-06-2015, 09:36 PM   #3
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Old 12-07-2015, 07:09 AM   #4
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Fun rig, can't wait to see what you guys do with it.

Found the original owners build thread:
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Old 12-07-2015, 07:16 AM   #5
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Another Willys!
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Old 12-07-2015, 07:56 AM   #6
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Stock frame pulled



1/2" square tube ripped

Cut and support


Start of 1/4" tube cross members


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Old 12-07-2015, 08:29 AM   #7
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Subscribed. Can't wait to see what you do with it Shane.
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This oughta be good!
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Subscribed, looks good so far.
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Old 12-09-2015, 09:51 PM   #10
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Thanks guys.

Chugging along in my ghettoish of building.

Start of subframe.

Roughing in location. Ya, that's tape and a sanding block.

Little better

Not the axles that will be ran but bump.


Need to make front upper link mounts next.
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Sweet build you have here! The frame will look and have it crawling better than the real thing!
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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.
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Lookin killer man! Cant wait to see more.
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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!
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Old 12-12-2015, 06:10 PM   #15
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More work with janky welding.

Transfer case can be removed after taking skid off.

Frame mounts to body with 8 screws/nuts.






Decent link geometry. At least I hope so, as it's non adjustable.
Front on left, rear on right.
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Hacktastic. I love it and can't wait to see it in February
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Hacktastic. I love it and can't wait to see it in February

Used heavy materials due to the CI extreme driving habits.
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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.


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Im realy diggin what you did for the t case mount. Gotta get more done on mine......
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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.


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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.
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