Nugilo's 61 Sedan Delivery Build.

nugilo

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Feb 6, 2010
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Ann Arbor MI.
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Well, I've been wanting to start this thread for a while and I am finally going to give it a go. It may come together slowly but wanted to share my 61's rebirth.

The aquisition story. I found this thing sitting on the side of the road in Petosky Michigan with a sad looking for sale sign in the window. I was with my dad and my uncle, who was driving. I sked my uncle to stop so I could look at it...my dad begged him not too. In all my 40 years, I've never known my dad to do something just for the hell of it and he knew I would want this thing and he thought it was stupid. Fortunately, my uncle likes to torment my dad so he naturally screeched to a halt and turned around to go back. This is how it looked when I first saw it.















The for sale sign said "$500, runs and drives". Turns out that wasn't entirely true since the seller couldn't start it. Instant price drop. He said that it would run but that the starter needed to be rebuilt. I turned the fan and it seemed to have good compression so I took his word for it. It seemed to be pretty original with an original 226, 4x4 drivetrain (minus front driveshaft) and everything there, although I really had no knowledge of these vehicles despite being a Jeep fan all my life. I came back the next day and got the price down to $350 and started arranging for pickup. First problem was where to take it. I live in Ann Arbor and had to have it flat-bedded to a friend's house in Petoskey where I could work on it on the summer weekends until I could get it to Ann Arbor.

Once at my buddy's house, I pulled the starter and brought it back to a place near detroit called Don Duff starters and they rebuilt it for $75. A few weeks later, back up north. Put in rebuilt starter, new battery, changed some fluids, put on some new radiator hoses (in stock in an auto parts store in Petoskey) and turned the key....and it started right up.



Some major issues were immediately apparent but it did run. First problem was that the PO had rigged up an electric fuel pump that was 'professionally' duct taped to a 1 gallon plastic gas can which was wedged between the motor and inner fender, not quite right. It also had an essentially non-existent exhaust as there was a large crack in the exhaust manifold. That and the completely gone floor made it a rolling gas chamber. Did that stop me from driving it down my buddy's private road...hell no. With no brakes, fuel spraying wildly everywhere, gasping for air and no exhaust it was a very short and scary ride, but it did move and shift.

About a month later, I was able to finally transport it back to Ann Arbor. The SD would spend the next 6 months languishing in a half-falling down old sheep barn where I tried, in the worst working conditions, to get the thing in somewhat driving condition. I did manage to remove and rebuild the axles (actually found the ones on it were wrong, got replacements, but out of a truck) and brakes, put in a new poly gas tank, new mechanical fuel pump and new fuel lines, new brake lines, and a pitiful DIY exhaust and drove it out of the barn about 2 days pror to it being bulldozed. I then brought it to my house and stuck it in the garage...much to my wife's horror. Here, I gave it a rattle can paint job which actualy really did look much better.







Now it was time to move it to another garage until I could work on it some more....that was three years ago.
 
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nugilo

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Ann Arbor MI.
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1961
Re: Nugilo's 62 Sedan Delivery Build (Resto)

On to the newest phase in the rebirth of my SD. I was thinking that I should really find a body shop that could get the body in good shape for me since my welding skills are only so-so and I really didn't have a good place to really dig into the body work like I knew it was going to need. Problem was, most body shops aren't really into the restoration type work and many of the shops around me weren't really that interested in doing it. Plus I was worried about the cost. Oddly enough, I was in Ypsilanti Michigan, (just east of Ann Arbor) at a scooter shop called "Scoot Around Town" to look at a Vespa for my wife and was chatting with the saleswoman when I noticed that back in the back of the garage were at least 20 classic cars. Turns out that the owner of the scooter shop also owns a car restoration busines called Vintage Performance. He happaned to be there and we chatted, he gave me a tour, and he said he would like to take a look at my wagon. Turned out he lives in Ann Arbor right near me so he followed me home and took a look at it. His shop specializes in Mustangs, Cameros and Porsches, but he seemed intrigued by my SD and said he would have a go at it. He gave some preliminary ideas on cost and procedure and we agreed that I would get it over to him to start on it right away. Anyways, I'll be posting some pictures of the progress as it comes along. Stay tuned.
 

Pete

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Re: Nugilo's 62 Sedan Delivery Build (Resto)

Looking forward to your updates Nugilo...

Pete
 

aquawilly54

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Sep 21, 2009
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Re: Nugilo's 62 Sedan Delivery Build (Resto)

COOL!! This is what I like to see. Bring it back to life and keeping it "WILLYS". I'm guessing (hoping) you're going to keep the 226 and original drive train. These things; in my eyes, are gems. You got a real buy at $350. I just paid $600 plus shipping for an engine alone, which I still have to tear down and inspect. Very nice for you. Looking forward to watching the progress. Scratch that. I'm EXCITED to see it on here!
Good luck. Have fun with it and eep us informed.
Steve
 

Jeep School

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Mar 19, 2010
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Re: Nugilo's 62 Sedan Delivery Build (Resto)

Sweet! This sounds so much like what I am looking at...except I may be ahead of you in that I don't have a 1-gal plastic gas can duct-taped in the engine compartment, a large exhaust leak, and no floors--that's COMMITMENT! LOL!

Great post!
 

Gojeep

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Jan 10, 2010
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Re: Nugilo's 62 Sedan Delivery Build (Resto)

Make sure you take plenty of pics and post them here while it is getting worked on. :)
 

Glenn

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Sep 20, 2009
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Looking forward to seeing the results! :)
 

nugilo

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Feb 6, 2010
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Re: Nugilo's 62 Sedan Delivery Build (Resto)

The stripping process has begun. First came off all the front clip stuff. Fortunately, fenders, hood, and grill all pretty clean and straight so will only be a little work needed on those. Started stripping paint off the rest of the body. Just the upper half and the cowl and cab area since the quarters are going to be replaced. All the stripped areas are looking pretty good.





Even front doors are pretty good, will just a a lower patch on drivers door. Rear doors are a mess but I got some great doors from a guy in Pennsylvania (Thanks Bill) that will make a big difference. The huge problem is the floor....rust everywhere.







I bought just about every replacement body panel and sructural support member you can get. It is all going to be replaced. The fabricator has already started cutting out the floor and piecing together the rear door opening.





We have decided that the only real solution will be to cut a floor from another wagon to use. The craigslist search begins.
 
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Gojeep

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Re: Nugilo's 62 Sedan Delivery Build (Resto)

Great update there. Hope the search for a good floor does not take too long.
 

73fj

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Oct 6, 2009
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Re: Nugilo's 62 Sedan Delivery Build (Resto)

I bought a brand new bed floor for a 2002 Chevy truck to replace my rotted out original. It obviously doesn't bolt in but I think once it is cut down and finished it will look factory.
 

nugilo

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Re: Nugilo's 62 Sedan Delivery Build (Resto)

Ok, more progress. Back end is starting to come together nicely. The rear crossmember is in place and the opening is squared up and my "new" doors are in place. Started fitting the quarters also.













Everything is going together well. The replacement panels aren't the greatest quality but it is better than nothing. One big problem for me is that the quarters are only available with the flat top wheel opening, so we will have to modify it to be half round like it is supposed to be. Even though it is a 62, all Sedan Deliveries had round openings. Also, found out through some research, that this may actually be a very odd combination Traveler/ Sedan Delivery. We think this is the case because it has the higher roofline and flat-top inner wheel wells for the side folding seats. It was also originally a 2 wheel drive by the Vin #, but I want to keep it 4x4 for now.
 
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nugilo

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Re: Nugilo's 62 Sedan Delivery Build (Resto)

Hot dog! My lucky week I guess. I already found, bought and took possesion of my donor vehicle with a good cargo floor.





It is a 54 and the cargo floor is suprisingly good. This wagon is originally out of Wyoming but found it on graigslist only about 5 miles from where I'm working on my SD. Looks like it may have been a park service, or DNR wagon based on the color and rust outline of a door sticker. Anyone have any ideas? I really hate chopping it up as it wouldn't be a bad starting point for a resto itself....but it will really allow me to get the right look in my SD without a ton of fabrication and my SD is rarer than the standard wagon so I guess putting it to good use resurrecting another vehicle is better than nothing. What a score. It was $850, so kind of more than I was hoping, but I might actually use the front doors as well as the wood strips and rear seats and a bunch of other misc. items. Hope to sell off some of the left over bits. Contact me if you need something. It has a 4cyl 134 with a missing head so I suppose it is junk (lots of the engine accessories are there though and look good), but drivetrain looks ok and there are good front fenders, hood, and grill. Tailgate is fair. It has some good glass too. We are going to start stripping it down a bit to cut the floor out. I'll post more pics when we get there.
 
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Gojeep

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Re: Nugilo's 62 Sedan Delivery Build (Resto)

I know how you feel. I have let a few go that were just too good to cut up for parts. Not many here in Australia to start with of any shape.
Have you go inner wheel well guards as well to replace the rotted out ones?
 

nugilo

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Re: Nugilo's 62 Sedan Delivery Build (Resto)

The inner wheel wells are in good shape on the donor. I will be switching them over too. They will have to be modified with the tops cut down flat to mimic the way the originals are, Traveler style.
 
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Eric B

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Re: Nugilo's 62 Sedan Delivery Build (Resto)

Great find on the Donor vehicle.
Keep the pics of progress coming too.
 

Danimal

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Mar 26, 2010
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Nick,

Your donor truck was supposedly a Wyoming DNR truck until the late 70s when it was brought to Michigan. It sat the last 20 years or so next to a garage on Loch Erin. When I bought her, she was full of junk and rat poo and a few skeletons (some intact enough to know species, some not!)

The PO's brother had tried to lift her by putting the axle under the springs but only got the front done. It was a joy to steer!! The head was bad so they took it off and left it off. The block was full of water and baby mosquitos.

My boys and I took a long weekend to get the poo and parts out and washed her enough to get the window visibility up again and then got the nosebleed out of the front. I didn't get the driveshaft lined up right, so that's why the strap holds it out of the way!!

Scott saw pics I had on the HAMB and decided he needed her more than I did at the time and took her to his house...and now she's yours.

I'm happy to know others will live on, but sad to see her get cut up.

Dan
 

nugilo

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Re: Nugilo's 62 Sedan Delivery Build (Resto)

The floor is starting to come out, quite easily actually. Also started on the front floor pans. This entire body is going to replaced from about midline down, including all body mounts. Should be interesting keeping everything in line and square. Hoping that we can cleanly remove the floor from the donor vehicle.







 
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splinterguy

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Re: Nugilo's 62 Sedan Delivery Build (Resto)

Hey Nick,
You're making some great progress there. Keep up the good work and thanks for taking the time to share.
 
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