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Re: Willys MB build
« Reply #120 on: November 01, 2016, 09:26:55 PM »
While at Rausch Creek last weekend, the shift rail cap popped off and drained nearly all of my t-case on Shoot the Moon. I am now hypothesizing that it occurred because of hydraulic pressure. The caps fill with fluid and then when shifting, the fluid cannot exit the cap fast enough and it gets pushed out. While it may not pop off on the first shift, it likely loosened it to the point that another shift or hard bump may eject the cap. This wouldn't occur if the Dana 300 wasn't upside down because no fluid would settle or drain into the caps.

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Re: Willys MB build
« Reply #121 on: December 03, 2016, 05:32:15 PM »
As noted in Trip Reports, the Willys made a trip to Utah in November and wheeled some iconic trails. It performed nearly flawlessly...

...except for some driver error  ;D



The roll did tweak the radiator and A-pillar hoop. Some minor trail repairs in the form of upper radiator mount relocation kept it wheelin' for the remainder of the trip.

So, after a good season of working bugs out, it's time to do some repairs as well as finish work and improvements. Here's the beginning of the list:

trans tunnel
trans shifter mod
shock oil
front "suck down"
fuel cell with internal pump
fluid containment
dash
passenger "OH S**T" bar
LS6 intake
hood
tires

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Re: Willys MB build
« Reply #122 on: March 06, 2017, 10:24:56 AM »
Catching up...

Used a porta-ram to un-tweak the radiator hoop and A-pillar hoop as much as I could from the rollover. Refabbed the radiator and grille mounts.

Added spreader bars


Fuel cell (approx. 20 gals)


Internal baffling


Pump retainer rings


HF tread strips to space it up off the floor


Final install except for bolts/nuts and vent tube


Designed for GM truck fuel pump (built-in reservoir cup and
tip-over valve, part store availability, fuel gauge potential)

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Re: Willys MB build
« Reply #123 on: March 24, 2017, 06:37:56 PM »
Upgrading my engine fuse/relay panel

Old DIY basic hack


New unit with fan relays


Also ripping into the harness to cull some unneeded
trans wiring and relocate ECM inside/under the cowl

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Re: Willys MB build
« Reply #124 on: March 24, 2017, 06:45:27 PM »
Engine harness finally complete.

ECM, TCM, and fuse/relay block mounted to cowl




Also got accessory drive ironed out in prep for LS6 intake

2010 Camaro water pump


ICT Billet LS3 alternator mount


2000 Camaro tensioner, custom bracket

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Re: Willys MB build
« Reply #125 on: April 14, 2017, 08:50:10 AM »
New accessory drive routing is a failure.   >:(

Belt flaps badly between crank pulley and alternator under any current load. I can quiet it with added pressure on the tensioner but not adequately.

Attempt #2 = Goatbuilt low-pro alternator mount and tensioner, fixed the issue.


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Re: Willys MB build
« Reply #126 on: April 14, 2017, 08:51:18 AM »
Cut some plywood to cover and insulate the floor and protect the fuel cell.
Also mounted the nitrogen bottle again.



Mounted a permanent first aid kit.



Harry found me a set of red label BFG Krawlers in Texas. Fastenal shipping FTW.



Mounted up on KMCs. Nice to have tread!
First time out of the shop since Nov.


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Re: Willys MB build
« Reply #127 on: May 08, 2017, 05:30:03 PM »
Even though it was raining at RC this past weekend, the improvements made over the winter performed as well as expected. The tires worked great.

Time to work on lighting.

Can't wait for the next trip! Field & Forest, look out!

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Re: Willys MB build
« Reply #128 on: May 26, 2017, 09:58:01 AM »
Flawless performance at F&F this past weekend! That place is no joke...  8)


Photo courtesy of Hannah Szynal

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Re: Willys MB build
« Reply #129 on: June 21, 2017, 02:27:48 PM »
Lighting finished up



Local inspection completed, two DMV trips and voila!


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Re: Willys MB build
« Reply #130 on: July 18, 2017, 10:12:43 AM »
Field & Forest trip 5/20/2017

https://youtu.be/HMS0KIA42rs