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1969 Ford M151 A1C mutt restoration


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Hi all,

 

Finally found time for a project I have been threatening to start for about a year now.

 

Here are a couple of snaps of what we started with.

 

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.....you can tell it's a A1, because of the flat top front wings :wow:

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Be carefull driving it without weight in the back mine was intresting as the A1C's have double springs on the back. They do ride VERY nice with the gun in the back the wife still moans that it was the best/most comfortable vehicle we have ever had for driving round Beltring.:-(

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Be carefull driving it without weight in the back mine was intresting as the A1C's have double springs on the back. They do ride VERY nice with the gun in the back the wife still moans that it was the best/most comfortable vehicle we have ever had for driving round Beltring.:-(

 

they are great, Ive driven around quite a few variants of mutts now but the A1C has the most outrageous positive camber I have ever seen! :shocked: This one has double springs, I will be putting TOW hardware into this jeep as it spent the majority of its life retro fitted with this system, in place of the RR. if you fancy getting back into A1C ownership, I will be selling my other one to fund this project later on in the year... :cool2:

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Something quite interesting, we removed the fuel tank form the other A1C yesterday, its a 1964 ford built and we found tucked away neatly under the tank a 1964 dated 10 cents! It would be nice to think that it was placed there during manufacture.

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The body underneath looks alot better that the A1C I had:shocked: Must find time to pop down for a few bits and bobs.

 

It wasn't too bad, most of the welding is now complete and the car is back down on it's wheels. You're more than welcome to visit and take a look around the collection, It will be nice to meet another mutt nut. :nut:

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  • 1 month later...

More repairs..

 

bumper making a handy anvil..

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2 new pieces of sill, folded and welded together

 

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Curve, cut, bent and welded.

 

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welded in place both sides, waiting for out side welds to get tidied up

 

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Repair complete and almost invisible, we will use a smear of filler later on, just to hide it completely

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A much needed visit from the mutt fairy...

 

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...Who was also kind enough to bring us the remnants of 2 A1 engines to build up to replace the much later AMG built A2 take out it was previously sporting.

 

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We managed to get a break in the weather a few days ago and got a coat of red oxide on it, when we got the car in paint we agreed that at the very least, the passenger side wing had to go despite our previous efforts to get it straight.

 

After a lot of head scratching this morning we cut the wing, and instead of fabricating a new one from scratch decided to start with a reasonable A2 front wing from a scrap vehicle.

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Drivers wing after cluster removal and most of the paint taken off.

 

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A nearly completed passenger wing being offered up for trial fitting before getting paint stripped and tacked up (I will try and take some decent pictures of the process when we do the other side!) The plan worked very well in deed, some bits still require modification, like the large hole drilled to accommodate the 3 wires for the cluster type light that will require welding up.

 

 

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Thanks Snapper,

 

work on the A1C has halted a little, while we focused our efforts on getting my A2 on the road, it passed its mot on Friday which was quite rewarding. :-D

 

the wings on the A1C are now complete, and with the good weather we have experienced I was able to clean the car back and get it painted.

 

next job is renewing brake master cylinder, all slave cylinders and brake shoes with NOS and making copper brake lines for it.

 

It has been pushed outside for a few weeks to make way for another project, while we wait for the brake components to arrive.

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The A1C after painting, I bought a NOS bonnet for it and a good S/H grill.

We were really happy with the decision to make new front wings it was quite difficult and very time consuming to get them to look right... but now they are straight and filler free!

 

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Nice looking good Have you managed to find a 106 yet? Ohh and nice beaver:shocked: Still trying to fing tim to get down and have a rumage:cry:

 

Thanks mate, and your more than welcome to come down and have a nose! the beaver is a little rough around the edges but is a great workhorse we couldnt be without it

 

as for the 106, im still on the look-out! :wow:

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