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DPowell 01-03-2016 09:44 PM

Aluminum framed Willys build
 
I quit racing and producing on road CF parts 5 years ago. Before I quit, I picked up a GI Joe Willys and planned to build a crawler. The body has sat in the garage since. It's time to build it. This is what I'm starting with.

http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/...503606_HDR.jpg

This first thing I did was cut off the front body extensions that hang down to meet the stock chassis.

http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/...524677_HDR.jpg

I mounted the body in my mill and milled the area flat to accomodate the new frame.

http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/...452068_HDR.jpg

The new frame is designed to snug up to the body and raise the front of the frame to just under the grill.

http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/..._204620959.jpg

DPowell 01-04-2016 06:12 AM

Re: Aluminum framed Willys build
 
I got in a hurry to post a picture of the frame and didn't provide any real details...

The frame is machined from 3/8" flat bar and because of its length (17 7/8"), the left and right rails are two piece. The rails are joined together in the center using a half lap joint. I need to cut the screw bosses off the bottom of the body and then I'll post a picture of the body fit.

Doug

ScalerLover 01-04-2016 01:40 PM

Re: Aluminum framed Willys build
 
Looking good man, I just started my willys but don't have the fancy equipment you do lol.

Mike Flea 01-04-2016 06:10 PM

Re: Aluminum framed Willys build
 
Looks interesting, "thumbsup", have you looked at any of the other late model Hasbro builds?

DPowell 01-04-2016 06:29 PM

Re: Aluminum framed Willys build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike Flea (Post 5415270)
Looks interesting, "thumbsup", have you looked at any of the other late model Hasbro builds?

Yeah, I've looked and looked some more. There are some great builds out there.

DPowell 01-05-2016 12:46 PM

Re: Aluminum framed Willys build
 
Here is the body fit to the frame. Now, it's back to body work and time to build a tubing bender.

http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/..._072748266.jpg

DPowell 11-03-2019 07:21 PM

Re: Aluminum framed Willys build
 
This GI Joe Willys body and frame are now for sale on Ebay. Take a look if interested.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/254410286603


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