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I acquired this Jago jeep 2 years ago from a guy in reading his intension for this jeep was to make it a willys replica but he had to sell due to moving and getting married etc so when i got it i was in 2 minds about what to do to it i was going to leave as is tidy up a bit put wiring harness in and use it then i was going to made it a replica jeep so i painted it with a brush with OD which took ages and turned out rubbish.So then i decided to do it properly.

I hope you guys don't mind me posting about it on here and i hope you all follow me through the conversion of this jeep :) the other forum i'm on people seemed to lose intrest as soon as i wasn't uploading pics etc every week because of work etc my jeep is at work so i can't work on it at the weekend witch is a shame i work on it when i get time during work ;) so i wont be uploading all the time these things take a lot of time and money you guys will understand :)

 

AtB Dan :D

 

check out my introduction to know a bit more about the jeeps history :)

 

http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/showthread.php?50646-Hello-All

 

i will upload pics of the jeep i started this 2 years ago so the pics i upload will be from when i started to where i am now :)

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this is what the jeep looked like when i got it

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I then removed the tub and started work on the chassis

 

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cleaning up the chassis then got some red oxide primer then painted it in Mix One olive drab paint smiley.png

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I then moved on to preparing the grille bonnet and wings it takes a long time and a lot of sanding discs to remove the old paint smiley.png

 

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Wing and grill after primer then moved on to strip down the tub

 

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I then moved on to removing the old floor smiley.png the floor in the jeep is marine ply

 

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I then painted the fuel tank rocker cover fan blades and starter motor

 

 

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Got the new floor in then stone chipped inside and out

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I decided to cut the "tea tray" out of the bonnet and re glass it back it so i get a flat bonnet heres progress so far. i removed everything till i was left with a a square

 

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I now started to fibre glass the square back into what remains of the bonnet i had to weight it down with some paint tins until it was flat

 

 

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A lot of work going into that. Worth it though.

 

Thank you its to fill in my jeep needs till i get a real one :)

 

Atb Dan

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All four sides now fibre glassed in and the rear light holes just got to reinforce the bonnet with some more fibre glass the fill with flexible filler i then filled in the holes in the rear panel left by then old lights

 

 

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Painted the engine both wings and the grille

 

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Started work on the arches.When round the top of the arch with the multi tool to remove that then held a piece of wood on the inside of the arch and drew round the arch outline with a pencil then trimmed that.Now I've got to get some thin ply or steel and make a template from some cardboard then glass the steel or ply cut out in then fill with the good old filler and get dust everywhere angry.png:(" style="max-height: 1000000px; word-wrap: break-word; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13.3333320617676px; background: 0px 0px;"> smiley.png

 

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Got a piece of cardboard and held it up against the arch and traced around the cut out.Then i added a 1' extension around the trace of the arch so i can cut and fold it so it can be riveted and fibreglassed to the arch inside the car.Then transfered the cut out to the piece of steel now just got to cut it out.

 

 

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Got round to fitting the metal arch today cut the slits to bend round the arch then done some fine tuning.I Then riveted certain points to pin the metal arch to the inner arch then fibreglassed the un riveted side to the side panel of the jeep (i know it look rough but it works and it won't be seen) just got to fibreglass the slits where the rivets are then sand the outside to even it out then add some filler

 

 

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Got the bonnet primed and painted today turned out much better than i thought it would smiley.png

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I didn't want to mention the back lights. :-X Quite a number of 'Orignal' MV's have had rear lights altered over the years, including Katy my WC54 . One compromise is to fit period style lights for shows and have a trail board of modern lights so the numptys may actually see you on the road.

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Got some filler in the wheel arches and got a windscreen got it cheep because the arms got bend so need sorting out

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Finally Primed the arch and sanded it down should get it painted soon smiley.png and also got my seat

 

 

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Got the arch painted and all the wheels fitted its getting there slowly now i just have to do the same to the other side smiley.png couldn't resist not putting the screen and seat it wink.png

 

 

 

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when i got my windscreen frame it came to me with bent arms (Hence the reason i got it for £50.00) but after a bit of heating up with a blow torch and bending and shaping them i got them to a point where i was happy with them it would have been next to impossible to get them perfect again unless i cut them off and started over but it now has a bit of character.After that i started to red oxide prime it :).Ive also sent the seat of to get sand blasted and hot flame metal zincked dipped and power coated smiley.png will post pictures when it comes back Dan

 

 

 

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Got my seat back today all sand blasted hot flame metal zinc and powder coated 20 year rust free guarantee

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Got the Windscreen painted today looks good smiley.png and I've also started work on the other wheel arch thats coming along smiley.png

 

 

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I didn't want to mention the back lights. :-X Quite a number of 'Orignal' MV's have had rear lights altered over the years, including Katy my WC54 . One compromise is to fit period style lights for shows and have a trail board of modern lights so the numptys may actually see you on the road.

 

 

the old lights were massive great things so i'm going to put willys ones in but the trail board is a good idea

 

AtB Dan

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i started work on the ribs on the side near the bulkhead i want to remove these so i can mount the screen and so it looks more like a willys. I cut it off then made up a cardboard template so i can make the back pice from steel then fibreglass it in

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heres some pictures of where I'm up to (I've also welded up unwanted/un used holes in the rear bumper smiley.png

 

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Here's the nearside front where i removed the rib just got to wait till its a bit warmer to paint the side then the same the other side then i can get to work on the inner wheel arches grin.png it came out better than i thought.

 

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because the splines on a willys jeep steering ( i think it might be a Hotchkiss one) wheel are bigger than a ford escort splines i needed to make a spline adaptor to fit my column.So i turned down some aluminium on my lathe to fit the diameter of the willys steering wheel spline.When i got it down to the right thickness i then took it into work and use the press to press the aluminium into the willys steering wheel to get the splines (it took 5 tones to push it onto the willys spline!!) after that i punched it out then took it back home and faced the edge to clean up the marks from the punch.I then didn't have a 15mm drill bit the biggest i had is 13mm so i had to wait 2 days to get one i then mounted it back on the lathe and bored out the hole.I then cut the rest of the stock down to the right size then faced it on the lathe.All i have to do now is in the morning press the adaptor on the column then we should be good to go! pictures to come when complete.

 

Dan

 

 

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i took my spline adaptor into work and hammered it onto the column with some lock tight i then done the same with my steering wheel

 

 

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Heres what I've been up to i started work on my transmission tunnel.First i wire wheeled all the horrible glue of it i used a die grinder which went pretty quick i then sanded it down to key it up i then repaired the splits dents and cracks after that i primed it then guide coated it then rubbed that down then i painted it.

 

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i cut a line down the middle of the bonnet so it looks like the joint on the willys one :)

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Its been a long time since i've posted as iv'e had no time on the jeep but i got some tool box lids of ebay 1 of them was complete and the other one had a hinge but no catch i had another with no hinge but a catch so i removed the catch by grinding of the old rivet i then cleaned it up then i found 2 alan key headed bolts which where close enough to the rivets so i filled the hex hole and mounted that to a lid then primed it.I kept them how they were as i think it will add some character.After doing these i looked at a gpw and they had a different type of lid so i will probably buy some repo ones

 

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Picked up this nice ford repair panel for the jeep at war and peace (and also some other bits) but the panel its on is to big so i've had to cut out the logo then file it neat then i'm going to bond it on the rear panel smiley.png after hours of cutting out and file its done!

 

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i then moved onto removing the extruded section of the rear panel.Again i used the multi tool to cut round the panel then cleaned up the edges and gave it sand to sand it flush.I then proceeded buy making a metal sandwich using 2 pieces of 1.5mm steel to give strength and make it flush then bonded it in and clamped it up the clamping not pretty but it worked ;)

 

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I wanted to make my wings as close to the willys ones as i could so i removed the edge of the bottom step then clamped a pice of mdf to the step then traced round it then cut it out on the bandsaw theni glued some mdf on the bottom to give me the thickness i wanted. I then cut out 2 pieces of steel then welded them together then sanded the welds flush then i epoxied the new part onto the wing to hold it in place the fibreglassed it on.Then let that dry cleaned it up then added some filler just needs to be rubbed down

 

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I also cut out the back part of the bonnet so i can mount the GPW hinge

 

 

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so thats where i'm up to at present :)

 

AtB Dan

 

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Loving this Dan , great stuff and keep it up . Don't feel bad about your time scale . Due to a shortage of work I'm presently able to be working on my little old Morris truck which has now been on the go for somewhere in excess of thirty years and still doesn't yet have much by way of bodywork..........these things take time !

 

If you'd happened to come across one of the early Jago Geeps you would have found it was a lot more like an original than yours is . One of the most noticeable changes was the bonnet . I remember that back in the seventies I think it was , Jeep got a bit miffed with Geoff Jago because his plastic replica was too much like the real thing so he had to put that big lump into them to make it obviously not the real thing .

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Loving this Dan , great stuff and keep it up . Don't feel bad about your time scale . Due to a shortage of work I'm presently able to be working on my little old Morris truck which has now been on the go for somewhere in excess of thirty years and still doesn't yet have much by way of bodywork..........these things take time !

 

If you'd happened to come across one of the early Jago Geeps you would have found it was a lot more like an original than yours is . One of the most noticeable changes was the bonnet . I remember that back in the seventies I think it was , Jeep got a bit miffed with Geoff Jago because his plastic replica was too much like the real thing so he had to put that big lump into them to make it obviously not the real thing .

 

 

 

Thanks :) if I have a quite day at work I do a bit parts I can take home and do at the weekend I do when I started this project I wanted to get it done right away but then I slowed down and started taking my time which I'm glad I did I do know about the early jeeps if I could have found one I would have got it but they are quite rare now but I'm happy with it so far :) its a shame GM kicked up a stick about it would have been nice if it was the old style

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After i finished the bottom step on the wing i began work on repairing the top part of the wing where it meets the top of the coil spring i was going to grind the crack and fill it but instead i decided to cut it out.So i marked and cut out a rectangle with the jigsaw Then i made up a plate to go underneath i fine tuned that then added some epoxy to temporally hold it in place then i added the fibreglass then added some flexible filler got that primed today :)

 

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Hello Dan, this thread looks great. I've just started my own conversion of a later jago so watching with interest! I've just started cutting and re glassing the front wings,as mine still has the modern style drop down wings.

 

Also, does,anyone know where to get the 16" steel wheels that we see on the replicas? Mine still has the original Weller wheels which look rubbish!

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Might Land Rover series steel wheels fit? Plenty of those about and cheap.

 

No, Jago jeeps have 4 stud hubs.

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I'm guessing they must be available from somewhere, it's a standard fit for escort mk2 pcd so 13 and 14 inch wheels are available, but 16's.....

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There's quite a lot companies about that make wheels for agricultural machinery?.......if you find it's a real problem I'd suggest trying a few to see if they'd either make up new ones entirely or maybe alter the centres of Landrover wheels to suit ? :)

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