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Re: Willys restoration?
Hmmm, well I still say the 225, to bypass any hassles with adapters, but lets see........ Need to whip out the old notebook here....... O.k. You need to go to amazon.com or any other online bookstore and buy some reading material. THe first book is titled "Off road Jeeps: Civilian and Military 1944-1971" by R.M. Clarke It has a bunch of stuff that will help you get your jeep on the road with history and stuff, look it up, good book. Then have you heard of the Jeep Bible? get it, it can help you out through the rough spots, and Then the Jeep Performance 4x4 handbood has a bunch of stuff on conversions that can help you decide what you want to do. The books are important to you in that order. I have skimmed through them all but never got into any of them. I find the best way to learn is through experimentation. Take it all apart, look at it and just figure it out. Old Jeeps are super simple, I took apart mine in just one day and just tinker with stuff. I am going to do something to the extent as a very original looking Jeep that performs just like any new car on the market today. I am taking the body first and making it flawless then getting it professionally painted on both sides, then I am cleaning up and getting the frame all to spec, painting it, then go up from there. Rancho makes replacement springs that give a mild 1" lift, (that is all I would suggest, any more and you will be riding with a rock suspention). Try to replace things that come off of newer vehicles, and adapt everything you can so that you can walk into the parts store and buy readily available parts instead of searching for days and speacial ordering parts. Find as much information as you can, and you are using the best tool you have right now, the internet, so have fun!
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