My '48 Wagon Project

wally72

Bigger Hammer
Feb 21, 2010
170
Indiana
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I thought I'd post some pics of my '48 wagon project. I'm presently in the process of rebuilding the brakes, master cylinder, wheel cylinders, new shoes, almost done except for the &*%#$@ RR drum/hub that is not coming off. I have a king pin set coming for the front, hope to have that done by next weekend. I've installed a new water pump and tuned up the L134 engine, runs pretty good, smokes slightly. Compression is low, I'll be putting in new rings and bearings and a valve job sometime this summer. The original seats were missing as were the original wheels. I installed the 2nd and 3rd seats from a junked Dodge Caravan, fit pretty good, well satisfied for $25. Also got a set of 5 aluminum wheels from a scrapped Ford Exploder, they look much better than the wheels & huge tires (that rubbed on everything) that were on it when I bought it. I won't be doing any bodywork until next winter, still not sure if I will do a body off or not.
 

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Eric B

Precision Fit
Nov 27, 2009
841
Colorado Springs, CO
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Eric
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Other
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Other
Great start to the project.

I only got to drive mine from the street into the garage (NO BRAKES) before I started tearing it apart.....
 

wally72

Bigger Hammer
Feb 21, 2010
170
Indiana
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Finally got the hub off after 2 more hours of heating and pounding. Feel like I just went two rounds with Leon Spinks. Time for a :beer:
 

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wally72

Bigger Hammer
Feb 21, 2010
170
Indiana
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Well....got my brake job finished, started on the kingpins. The spindles were flopping around on the knuckle support, so I assumed that the king pins were shot, ordered a new set from Walck's. Didn't do my homework. :( Whoever installed the king pins installed locking pins that were too small in diameter, that was causing the king pins to slop around in the knuckle. Pins, bushings and bearings were in practically new condition, so I drove in the proper size locking pins, voila, everything was OK. I hope my analysis screw-up will help someone in the future. Anyone need a set of kingpins and related hardware for a planar front end???
 

wally72

Bigger Hammer
Feb 21, 2010
170
Indiana
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Since the original wheels are missing from my '48 wagon, I've been thinking of ideas of what to use, here's my latest idea. I am going to attach hub cap clips to my Ford Exploder wheels and use Willys hubcaps on them. What do you guys think?
 

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62 OlllO

Well Oiled
Oct 19, 2009
1,821
Georgia
First Name
Kevin
Willys Model
Wagon
Willys Year:
1962
I like your project....BLUE....I've always enjoyed the origiunal Willy Hub Cap....go for it! Keep posting yopur progress!
 

wally72

Bigger Hammer
Feb 21, 2010
170
Indiana
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This project has been on hold for a while due a long list of other stuff to get done, yeah, I always bite off more than I can chew. I had been considering selling either the wagon or pickup to ease things up a bit, but the wife (bless her Soul) has talked me out of it and I am going to soldier on and try to get this thing done. I have been acquiring some parts that I need for the wagon and will hopefully get back on it in a month or so. I will update as things go forward. Gojeep........repro hubcaps are available from Walck's, Willys America, The Jeepster Man, and probably other sources.
 

Gojeep

Well Oiled
Jan 10, 2010
3,476
Victoria Australia
First Name
Marcus
Willys Model
Pickup
Willys Year:
1948
Thanks mate.
Good to hear you have a wife like mine also that likes to keep the Willys/Jeeps around. :p
 
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