THE WILLYS: Initial Assessment and Overall To-Do List
October 3, 2014
After getting the Willys home via every back road we could find between here and Denver, Robbie made a list of all the things that needed to be done to get it “street legal.” The goal from now until the end of 2014 is to "simply" get it driving a little more smoothly so he can at least haul his job site tools in it. Sounds reasonable enough…
...that is until you learn the first four VERY HARD lessons about vintage vehicle ownership:
1) Parts, in general, are never readily available.
2) After market modifications are a total bitch.
3) The spending will never stop.
3) Your wife will always make things more complicated (see The Name Game.)
Once you have fully accepted these four truths as your new incontrovertible auto dogma, you are then free to commence grease monkeying.
Here’s the Overall To-Do List for our 1960 Willys Wagon...so far.
Items marked with an (*) should be completed by December 2014. And linked items will take you to the post for that particular project.
Front Disc Brake Conversion (wheel stud mystery solved!)*
Install new dual chamber master cylinder/replace front brake lines/bleed brakes*
Install New Front Shocks & Leaf Springs*
Remove Rear Shocks and leaf springs/ chop off modified mounts/ refabricate front mounts.
Replace Missing Emergency Brake Assembly (Frame cross member with e-brake lever, new front cable from lever to handle)*
Install Over Drive
Registration & Collector’s Plates (repaired license plate holder only to then break hinge)*
New rubber weather seals and mounting hardware for rear tail lights which were previously held on with drywall anchors.*
New Front Tire Rims*
New Rear Tire Rims
Repair Windshield Wipers/Coat windows in Rain Ex
Replace 4 Wheel Drive Logo
Install Roof Rack
Body repairs and Paint Prep
New Paint Job
Fieldwork Logo Design & Application
Convert wiring system to Fuse Panel
Install cigarette lighter
Install Vintage style radio with blue tooth
Replace Driver & Passenger Windows & Fuzzy Strips/weather seals*
Install New Wiring Harness (found bulb socket connectors on Summit Racing); install new oil, temperature, and brake sensors.*
Repaired Instrument Cluster (speedometer, temperature and fuel gauges.)*
Rebuilt Turn Signal*
Installed new under dash heater plenum; new defroster hoses and vents*
Weld in new driver and passenger Floor Panels
New weather stripping
Install interior door locks
Total interior Overhaul
Chances are, this list will change drastically...especially as we discover some inevitable horror such as, "Hmmm, I wonder just how long master clutch cylinder has been completely devoid of fluid,” and other classic hits such as, “Why would someone completely remove the emergency brake assembly from the frame?"
So be sure to stay tuned for the full countdown, because you certainly don’t want to miss what comes up as our number one restoration disaster story.