Nearing The Finish Line - 52 Wagon Renovation

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Gear Grinder
Mar 24, 2021
17
06902
First Name
Bob
Willys Model
  1. Wagon
Willys Year:
  1. 1952
It’s been a long few months and I haven’t posted any updates of pix… but we now have a rust free body, that’s been painted, am working on the interior now… we started w a really pretty Forest Green over a bed of rust and Bondo.
 

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CompassRDB

Gear Grinder
Mar 24, 2021
17
06902
First Name
Bob
Willys Model
  1. Wagon
Willys Year:
  1. 1952
After having the interior and exterior bead blasted it was clear that the 52 Willy sitting on the 1975 Jeep Wagoneer with an 8 inch longer wheel base had somewhat “Frankenstein” sheet metal work completed… interestingly, the chassis has hockey pucks as the rubber bushings between the body and chassis… it would need new steel quarter panels and fenders
 

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CompassRDB

Gear Grinder
Mar 24, 2021
17
06902
First Name
Bob
Willys Model
  1. Wagon
Willys Year:
  1. 1952
And as is typical, the project’s scope began to expand… the good news is the mechanical systems actually worked pretty well… the electrical was a hodge podge that would be dealt with later once we got the body work done
 

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CompassRDB

Gear Grinder
Mar 24, 2021
17
06902
First Name
Bob
Willys Model
  1. Wagon
Willys Year:
  1. 1952
But with new steel welded in place and newly acquired fenders from a barn in northern VT, we were off to the paint shop…
 

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Gear Grinder
Mar 24, 2021
17
06902
First Name
Bob
Willys Model
  1. Wagon
Willys Year:
  1. 1952
The color choice was peacock blue with a white roof… and although not a perfect paint job partly due to not a perfect Bondo job on my part … from 10 feet away… she looks great!
 

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CompassRDB

Gear Grinder
Mar 24, 2021
17
06902
First Name
Bob
Willys Model
  1. Wagon
Willys Year:
  1. 1952
Interior painted, dynamat installed and decided to go with varnished wood panels in the back to match those that had come with her in the front. Newly installed speakers in the doors and back panels… she’s beginning to feel like a finished product… carpeting and headliner install is next!
 

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CompassRDB

Gear Grinder
Mar 24, 2021
17
06902
First Name
Bob
Willys Model
  1. Wagon
Willys Year:
  1. 1952
Fender extenders reinstalled … front hubs pulled apart and rebuilt… calipers painted
 

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CompassRDB

Gear Grinder
Mar 24, 2021
17
06902
First Name
Bob
Willys Model
  1. Wagon
Willys Year:
  1. 1952
Was able to get Willy logos that were on the original wagon front grill and tailgate digitized and recreated in vinyl … they came out really nice! If anyone would like either of these… I can get more made pretty easily!
 

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