'51 Wagon Build (on a Bronco) pic test

roadcrew_1

Bigger Hammer
Jan 27, 2017
52
WISCONSIN
First Name
Bruce
Willys Model
  1. Wagon
Willys Year:
  1. 1955
I like it! Did you do the body swap? Was it "simple"ish?
I did the swap. I would say pretty simple. Bronco has the same wheel base it fits nice. I did need to hollow out most of the grill to fit the radiator and an electric puller fan. Made up new body mounts and bolted to the stock Willys location. I basically used everything from the bronco, wire harness, pedal assembly, gas pedal, booster/ master cyl.,steering, gauges( fit the bronco gauges in the willys cluster) even used the gas tank- rotated it 180 for passenger side fill
 

roadcrew_1

Bigger Hammer
Jan 27, 2017
52
WISCONSIN
First Name
Bruce
Willys Model
  1. Wagon
Willys Year:
  1. 1955
I did the swap. I would say pretty simple. Bronco has the same wheel base it fits nice. I did need to hollow out most of the grill to fit the radiator and an electric puller fan. Made up new body mounts and bolted to the stock Willys location. I basically used everything from the bronco, wire harness, pedal assembly, gas pedal, booster/ master cyl.,steering, gauges( fit the bronco gauges in the willys cluster) even used the gas tank- rotated it 180 for passenger side fill
Also this is setting stock bronco height with no lift at all with 35" tires, the rear mount of the Willys is 3/4" off the Bronco frame. That's the thickness of my poly mounts
 

Inferno

Bigger Hammer
All-Star
Mar 20, 2021
73
Northern California
First Name
Michael
Willys Model
  1. CJ
Willys Year:
  1. 1954
I did the swap. I would say pretty simple. Bronco has the same wheel base it fits nice. I did need to hollow out most of the grill to fit the radiator and an electric puller fan. Made up new body mounts and bolted to the stock Willys location. I basically used everything from the bronco, wire harness, pedal assembly, gas pedal, booster/ master cyl.,steering, gauges( fit the bronco gauges in the willys cluster) even used the gas tank- rotated it 180 for passenger side fill

Sounds great! I like the idea of having more modern running gear under a Willys Wagon. To me, you get the best of both worlds. :)
 

Deer247

Knuckle Buster
Jul 5, 2021
1
Iowa
First Name
Rick
Willys Model
  1. Wagon
Willys Year:
  1. 1963
I am putting an 85 bronco frame under my 63 wagon as well and was wondering how u did the steering column and pedals as well as the brake assembly..also did u center your wheel in the opening
 

roadcrew_1

Bigger Hammer
Jan 27, 2017
52
WISCONSIN
First Name
Bruce
Willys Model
  1. Wagon
Willys Year:
  1. 1955
I started with the pedal assembly i used from the bronco, I used the whole assembly as it also mounts the steering column. I used a straight edge from the bronco steering shaft to get an idea where the steering column would come through the firewall and drill a 1/4" hole as a reference, then held up the complete pedal assembly and set it so the brake pedal was about 8" off the floor ( felt comfy to me) then drilled the 4 holes to mount the assembly, with the pedal assembly mounted i then hole sawed a 4" hole in the firewall ( bigger than needed as I installed a fit eschushion around it later) Then installed the steering column as it fits into a holder in the upper part of the brake pedal assembly, I did cut the bottom leg off the lower part of the radio delete panel and welded a tab on each side that bolt to the bracket that holds the upper part of the column in place. Hope all this makes sense! I did extend the steering shift about 8 1/2 inches.20210712_160225.jpg20210712_160454.jpg20210712_160225.jpg20210712_160454.jpg20210712_160440.jpg20210712_160210.jpg
 

roadcrew_1

Bigger Hammer
Jan 27, 2017
52
WISCONSIN
First Name
Bruce
Willys Model
  1. Wagon
Willys Year:
  1. 1955
Also as in pic, my brake booster ended up about 1 1/4" from the lower lip of the hood rest, has just enough room when you close the hood, you could drop it and inch easy enough so the bottom of the brake pedal is 7" off the floor if you wanted, the steering shift has a knuckle in it anyway
 

roadcrew_1

Bigger Hammer
Jan 27, 2017
52
WISCONSIN
First Name
Bruce
Willys Model
  1. Wagon
Willys Year:
  1. 1955
Keep remembering things lol- my floor and firewall were in bad shape so are replaced with 10ga, I felt the needed strength for the force on the firewall of the brake pedal, and the steering column supports off the whole works also. The original firewall never had much strength as the pedal went through the floor
 
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