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 sandblasted, then epoxy primed and painted.

When the chassis returned from the blasters, it was prepared and ready for painting. Firstly, we started with a coat of epoxy primer, then prepared, and coats of 2K paint were applied. We then moved on to the axles, which were stripped down and cleaned, ready for painting. After assessing what was required, a parts list was drawn up and placed with suppliers in the States. Once the Jeep was cleaned and inspected, the axles were painted and ready to fit the new parts.

The shell is now stripped down and sandblasted. The panels returned from the blasters, and we started by reconstructing the doors. The bonnet is next to receive attention, with rotten areas removed and new sections fabricated and welded in. The tailgate upper section is next, with corroded areas removed and 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 them with fabricated sections. Areas of the inner sections of the roof around the rear tailgate top hinge are removed, and a new section is fabricated and welded in for strength.

Next, we move on to the rear floor. A rotten section is cut out, and a new section is fabricated. The replacement engine, gearbox and transfer box are now trial-fitted. Modification work is required to the chassis, moving engine mounts 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 and floor sections are now removed and 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 fit the new rear quarter panel, carry out the metal finishing and coat it with primer for protection.

Our attention then moves to reconstruct the floor, sill sections and B post, fabricating panel repair sections, cleaning and rust-treating areas and welding the repair sections into place. We have now ribbed the rear floor section, replaced the doors and modified them to take door locks and handles. The body is now in the filler stage. Front wings A posts and sill sections are 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 repair the inner sill and fit a rear floor section. We then move on to fabricating panels for the bulkhead and front floors.

We had to modify the doors and pillars to take door handles and catches and finish all welding repairs. After that, we proceeded to trial-fit panels, fill the body, and do filler work on the inside panels. Additionally, we had to fit seat belt anchor points, remove the body from the chassis, and make a frame for it. Everything was prepped and primed inside, and we applied spray filler to the body. We then proceeded to mock up new front and rear brakes, fit road springs, fuel lines and brake lines, mock up the clutch for clearance and setting, and fit the gearbox and driveshafts. Lastly, we made up a bespoke tow bar and frame, applied raptor to the underside, and block down spray filler and applied primer to the outside.