The workshop sees the arrival of a rare 1950’s Willy Jeep Station Wagon.

We start by removing the body for a full inspection of the chassis and start to make a list of parts that will be required. The chassis is found to be very solid and will be blasted then epoxy primed and painted.

Returning from the blasters the chassis is prepared ready for painting. Firstly we start with a coat of epoxy primer. This is then prepared and coats of 2K paint applied.

We now move on to the axles which are stripped down and cleaned ready for painting. After assessing what is required a parts list is drawn up and placed with suppliers in the States.

Now cleaned up and inspected the axles are painted ready for the new parts to be fitted.

The shell is now stripped down ready for sandblasting. The panels return from the blasters and we start by reconstructing the doors. The bonnet is next to receive attention with rotten areas removed, new sections fabricated and welded in. The tailgate upper section is next with corroded areas removed sections fabricated and welded in.

The shell returns from the blasters and is immediately sprayed with epoxy primer. We then start the welding work removing areas of rot and replacing with fabricated sections. Areas of the inner sections of the roof around the rear tailgate top hinge are removed and a new section fabricated and welded in for strength. Next we move on to the rear floor a rotten section is cut out and a new section fabricated.

The replacement engine, gearbox and transfer box are now trial fitted. Modification work is required to the chassis, engine mounts are moved and new crossmembers fabricated. The front axle is assembled and fitted and the front end is refitted to check for clearances. The rear axle is then trial fitted.

The near side rear quarter panel is now removed along with sections of the floor which will be replaced. Work starts by removing the rotten areas around the B post to sill, fabricating new sections and welding them in. The rear arch and floor have sections fabricated and welded in. Once the work on the interior area is done we then fit the new rear quarter panel, carry out the metal finishing and coat with primer for protection.

Our attention then moves to reconstructing the floor, sill sections and B post, fabricating panel repair sections cleaning and rust treating areas and welding the repair sections into place. Front wings A posts and sill sections area next on the list, areas are cut out sections fabricated and welded in.

A new rear quarter panel is welded in on the opposite side of the vehicle after we carry out repair work on the inner sill and fit a rear floor section. We then move on to fabrication of panels for the bulkhead and front floors.