Dear Mr Jewell

Thankyou for choosing A.M. Restorations (UK) Ltd to carry out the restoration of your Willys Jeep Station Wagon and welcome to your personalised update page.

Over the course of the restoration you can follow progress by visiting this personalised page at any time. Updates are normally posted each Saturday.

You are of course welcome to contact the workshop or make a personal visit at any time to discuss any of the work that is taking place.


The past couple weeks Mark has been hard at work prepping, building up and installing new door handles and locks. Once they were finished, Mark then got started on the fuel cap area. 


This month we carry out work on the bulkhead and front floor areas fabricating panels to fit the bulkhead and around the gearbox.


This month we carry out work on the offside rear inner arch. The offside rear floor section is welded in. The new off side rear quarter panel is aslo trimmed and fitted.


This month we start work on repairs to the wings and surrounding areas. The off side front lower quarter panel and A post is also repaired. All exposed areas are painted for protection.


This month work is carried out on the inside of the vehicle. The floor is removed, cleaned down and treated, sections fabricated and weled in. The rotten sill is reconstucted, areas around the B pillar repaired and the sill welded in. The door is hung and panels gaps adjusted. All internal areas are rust treated.


Work continues on the rear. Finishing the work around the rear tub and floor. The new rear quarter panel is then trial fitted, trimmed and welded in place. It is then metal finished and coated in primer for protection.


Fabrication work continues to the near side sill and lower front quarter panel. We also work on the near side outer rear arch tub removing a rusted section, fabricating a new section and welding it in.


Repairs continue as we make up and fit new sections to the rear arch and floor.


This week sees repairs start around the B post to sill area. After removing the rotten areas new sections are fabricated and welded in.


This week sees removal of the near side floor and near side rear quarter panel ready to start repairs.


This week we build up and trial fit the rear suspension and trial the bonnet for fitting. Pedals are also installed ad hooked up.


We start trial fitting the replacement engine, gearbox and transfer box. New crossmembers are fabricate and welded in for the gearbox. Engine mounts are moved and welded in to allow for clearance. The front axle is built up and trial fitted. Engine, box and transfer box clearances are checked numerous times before final welding of any mounts takes palce. The front end is then also trial fitted.


Welding starts with the reconstruction of the doors. Areas of rot are removed, new sections fabricated and welded in. All exposed areas are treated before the newly fabricated sections are welded in. Once complete work starts on the bonnet and upper and lower tailgate panels. Again repair sections are fabricated and welded in. Welding then begins on the shell. Around the roof gutters are corroded and so areas are cut out repair sections made and welded in.

The repaired tailgates are now trial fitted. The top hinge is found to be week around the structural areas where the internal structure has rotted away. A new inner support section is fabricated and welded in for strength along with a new external repair section.

The shell is now bolted to the chassis and we move on to reconstructing areas of the rear floor. A template is created and a new section made from sheet steel and trial fitted ready for welding in.


The shell returns from blasting and is immediately sprayed with epoxy primer.


The shell is now stripped ready for blasting, shots are taken for reference and parts bagged and labelled.


Now cleaned and inspected the axles visit the booth to be painted.


Firstly we remove the body from the chassis. The chassis is then inspected and found to be in really sound condition. Once stripped of axles etc the chassis goes off to the sandblasters. On its return the chassis visits the booth for a coat of epoxy primer. Once prepared the epoxy is followed by coats of 2K paint.

The rear diff is then inspected and we start to clean the axle down ready for painting. The front axle follows next. 

A list of parts is now compiled and ordered from the States.