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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-30-2002, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Idea # 3 for the 2wd 1949 Wagon!

Okay, Ive toyed with the idea of putting the wagon on a K-5 Blazer frame, then I thought I would stretch my rock crawler CJ5's frame and put the wagon on there, and now I'm thinking of just converting the original frame to 4WD. How possible is it to simply put spring hangers on the front, use..oh say YJ springs, and go from there. Did they use the same frame for 4wd as they did for 2wd on the wagons. I think this is the way to go, just wanted to know if any of you have done something like this.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-28-2003, 05:38 PM
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Re: Idea # 3 for the 2wd 1949 Wagon!

Does the frame not already have leaf springs in front. if it does i wonder if ya could find a later model leaf spring close enough to its size to bolt up. may take a day of digging through junk but it would be worth it.
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Re: Idea # 3 for the 2wd 1949 Wagon!

I put my 54 pickup on a blazer frame.The willys frame is probably stonger than the chevy, but the beauty of the frame swap is that everything gets upgraded at the same time. I had to shorten the box 12"(106" versus 118" wheelbase)and move the drivetrain back 4". It worked well, but the frame is a little weak for a 2pc truck body.I had to add a x-member in the center.The wagon body would add more ridgidity. You would need about 6" flares on the front due to the extra width.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 03-03-2003, 10:10 PM
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Re: Idea # 3 for the 2wd 1949 Wagon!

i would use the yj springs front and rear ...just weld your yj hangers to the willys frame ...i own a 1960 willys wagon and am working on installing yj springs front and rear at this time it looks to be a great mod...
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