Tom Johnson had us start his new 41 Willy chassis. Here it sits in the flat table jig and has been tubbed.
Tom wanted us to build him a straight axle car, so we have the axle set in place along with the front crossmember.
Transmission mount being installed.
We set the wheels in the wheel well so we can measure the flange to flange distance to order the rear end.
The rear-end is delivered from the 9 inch Factory out of Michigan.
We put the fenders on to make sure everything lines up.
We have the shocks laid out on the table to find the correct placement.
Jaysun has hung the front spring and inner fender panel to get the correct alignment.
This is the set up before we welded the axle to the upper flange.
Front wheels & tires are set on the axle to see if everything is aligned correctly.
Jaysun has placed the front clip on jack stands before drilling holes to bolt fenders on.
Jaysun is welding the rear shocks mounts in place.
Shocks in place and tires look cool!
We sat the Big Al big block in the car along with the Hilborn injection system. Wait until you see the stacks.
Back wheels and tires taken off so we can install the panhard bar.
Because the chassis kicks up so high we had to extend the panhard bar bracket for better alignment and boxed it for strength.
Pete & Jakes ladder bars! The only way to go!
Most straight axle cars in the 60's mounted their steering box on the frame rail and left it sitting high, this caused the drag link to sit at an unusually steep angle.
You can see in this picture how we dropped this steering box down to keep the drag link in the correct geometry.