Looks like a few folks I know around here got their brains together for a photo shoot...........I doubt it necessary to name them.
Anyhoo, I little update on "Li'l Will". There was a nearby car show yesterday sponsored by an area Olds club. It was at a local watering hole that has a big spread of outdoor space. I'm also friends with the owner, so Mike and I figured why not drive the Willys and Uncle Henry down there and show our support. Mike took charge of readying up Uncle Henry.........and I got the Willys. He waxed Uncle Henry and was all set.
I on the other hand had a bit larger punch list with about two days to get it done.
First thing was pulling the mismatched bucket seats out and putting a pair of new ones in.
This is after the old ones were pulled and I installed the two pairs of stainless steel mounts I welded up.
I scored the new seats from a Jeep supplier. They're Smitty Builts. They have a good rep, but are known to need some drilling/adapting. I knew I was in for that with my fresh built mounts so that didn't dissuade me. Plus, while normally being $149 each, I scored them on sale for $109. Turned out to be a good move. They are comfy, look good and provided more room.
Next up was the western mirrors the truck came with. I did like the look, but the frames were poorly(real poorly) painted in flat white and the mirrors were different sizes. I stripped down the frames and painted them a gloss white. The two "new" matched mirrors are 60's vintage that I scored off eBay for 13 bucks. Here they are installed...........I dig those horizontal ribs.
On to the front bumper. Basically the same story as the mirror frames........flat white and ugly. Removed it and touched up the mounting brackets and frame ends with flat black.
Used a semi-gloss on the bumper to kinda match the grill and mounted her back up.
This was loooong overdue. As some might remember I scored a cool pair of Model A taillights with "STOP" in the glass, and built some custom mounts. Only thing missing was taking off the old hideous looking trailer lights than were on there and actually installing them
Mission accomplished......so much better.
There's Uncle Henry in the background giving the project a discerning eye.
The show was really packed with beautiful rides, and had a big turnout. We didn't place(Uncle Henry was real close), but it was just a very nice day spent with Mike. My family also showed up for support and I talked with a lot of folks I hadn't seen in a bit. Good motivation for more improvements for the next show.