1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by kberjian » Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:05 pm

Finished mounting the Rad on some new clips. The rad is offset to the passenger side to allow the steering linkage to come through. Also figured out my mounting for the stock rad shell, I added some angle on the inside of it and spot welded it through the bolt holes on the shell. Then bolted it all to some new clips on off the upper strut mounts. I will put some expanded metal in the rad shell to close off the front and protect the rad (not sure on the hole size yet). Dropped the hood on again and everything lines up pretty well I think. Plan for tomorrow night is to build the splash pan for the front.

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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by redneckmoparman » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:02 pm

will the front be any storage or just empty?
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by kberjian » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:05 am

The fuel cell will take up alot of room. Also I need to build a deflector to push the hot air that comes through the rad down and away from the fuel cell.

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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by RD RT 98 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:35 am

kberjian wrote:The fuel cell will take up alot of room. Also I need to build a deflector to push the hot air that comes through the rad down and away from the fuel cell.
What about out the sides of the hood?
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by KennyL » Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:13 am

formerlyREDRT_98 wrote:What about out the sides of the hood?
Just my thoughts, but then the deflectors would be in the way of fuel cell access. With a panel behind the radiator, you can direct hot air downward and back. Then, when you open the hood from either side you're looking right at the fuel cell. When fabricating you have to take every variable into consideration, though. You could take it out the sides and have a filler neck somewhere directed to the cell, but then you'd have to potentially remove the hot air re-directs when you needed to access the fuel cell for some reason. As a third note, you could even take the hot airflow upward and back overtop of the fuel cell and direct it out the cowl. Window defrosting without having a heater core setup! :lol:
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by Mitsuru » Sun May 04, 2014 11:57 am

I had a thought about the speedo and tacho signals on mine and I don't know if it might work for you!
As the mk2 later neons, along got data from the cc bus system to display the speedo and tacho along
with other dails and warning lights. What about using a cluster from a none skim vehicle which did the
same for the dials etc, I was thinking a 95-97 intrepid instrument cluster and use it as a conversion unit.

The theory/idea
srt ccbus to intrepid cluster, then wire from intrepid cluster circuit board to whippet dash lights and
gauges using the guts of the gauges in whatever dials you want.

I don't know if it would work in practice but it is an idea I'd thought I might run past you.

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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by kberjian » Mon May 05, 2014 6:52 am

I will be significantly changing the windshield area in the coming weeks so you will see why I don't want to vent the hot air up. Also I think that even if I don't direct the air it should naturally go down and out or through the sides without heating the fuel cell too much.

I am a pretty big novice in terms of the wiring on these cars so that part scares me. If you can make that work and let me use whatever gauges I want, I would be very very thankful.

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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by bgkast » Fri May 09, 2014 12:10 pm

I'm using a wedge shaped deflector on my project and venting the radiator air out the sides.

Something like this:

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Those louvers on the side of the hood would work well for something similar.

There are programmable aftermarket speedometers that should be able to use the stock speed sensor.
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by Mitsuru » Fri May 09, 2014 12:29 pm

Is it just me or does that white nose make the car look like a lotus seven replica? :scratch:

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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by bgkast » Fri May 09, 2014 2:33 pm

My project is an SRT-4 powered mid-engine lotus 7 like thing. :wink:
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by kberjian » Tue May 13, 2014 9:20 am

I got tired of the bare metal areas surface rusting so I have started putting primer on it to stop it. I wire wheel it, then wash it down with acetone and wipe it till it comes off clean. Seems to be working so far.
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Also put two patch panels in on the bad rot that was right above the trunk. Still needs some work to work it into the body line above it but I am happy with them. Also pulled the trunk back out and built the rear body mounts. They are angled slightly so when the body comes down over the top it should slide on nice.
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Also started brainstorming the exhaust. There is almost no distance to play with. I planned on Ying it into dual 3" and haveing it exit near the sides but I am debating just mounting the Y in the middle and having it center exit.
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by kberjian » Tue May 13, 2014 9:20 am

Built the rear pan and mounted the tail lights and roughed in the exhaust. I think it looks pretty badass like that. There should be a fair amount of flames coming out when I push it hard. The car will also have a very badass turbo whistle with only 24" of exhaust. I will be welding the new panel into the existing quarter panels and filling the gaps that are there.
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Also started the very not fun job of framing up and around the rear of the cabin with 1x1 square tube. About 100 cuts later and I have most of the first 12" done....
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by [email protected] » Tue May 13, 2014 10:56 am

Mitsuru wrote:Is it just me or does that white nose make the car look like a lotus seven replica? :scratch:
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by bgkast » Tue May 13, 2014 1:25 pm

I'm planning something similar for my exhaust. If it's too loud I have this as plan B.

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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by RD RT 98 » Tue May 13, 2014 5:26 pm

The tail lights and exhaust look badass like that! And have fun with that framing
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by rtguy02 » Wed May 14, 2014 7:00 am

yeah i like the way you did the exhaust and rear lighting, keep it up :good:
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by kberjian » Wed May 14, 2014 7:23 pm

A friend on another forum made this picture for me of the desired final colour scheme. I like it! Rims will be changing to some 5 spoke ones that are either Charcoal or a darker grey.
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by RD RT 98 » Wed May 14, 2014 8:12 pm

Are you going to do the headlights like that? Those look awesome!
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by kberjian » Fri May 16, 2014 7:40 pm

I am looking for some ones that would match that but I have some standard 7" halogen headlights to use in the mean time.

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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by RicksNeon » Sat May 17, 2014 8:51 am

Just to be sure you are aware. (I ruined a 67 Nova Hardtop because no one told me.)

Primer will not stop rust it is porous.

You need to use an etching sealer over clean metal.

A wire wheel will not adequately clean rust, media blast or a dip job is the best way.
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Certain sealers are able to be welded over as well. Talk to a paint professional before wasting time and causing frustration.
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by Mr incredible » Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:38 am

progress?
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by kberjian » Sun Jul 13, 2014 11:50 am

Had one of those productive days where nothing really looks different. Finished welding in the new panel at the back and the passenger side fender splices. Also started the kick out to the firewall that will give me ample leg room and give the pedals the required clearance. I made the structure under the running boards and tied it into the frame with some 1x2 tube. I can now step on them to climb in and out and not kill myself trying to jump over.

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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by I love my neon » Sun Jul 13, 2014 6:39 pm

This build is awesome :)

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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by kberjian » Tue Oct 28, 2014 7:34 am

I took a couple big steps and cut down the back of the car behind the seats and removed the stock windshield frame. I will be smoothing both spots out and filling in with sheet metal. I used the tilting portion of the stock windshield for the frame of the new one. I also framed out and sheeted the firewall.

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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by Drakito » Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:26 am

kberjian wrote:I took a couple big steps and cut down the back of the car behind the seats and removed the stock windshield frame. I will be smoothing both spots out and filling in with sheet metal. I used the tilting portion of the stock windshield for the frame of the new one. I also framed out and sheeted the firewall.
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by kberjian » Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:33 am

Thanks.... I fail.

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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by RD RT 98 » Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:50 pm

I was recently thinking about this project and if you had made any progress. Not sure I see what you did in those last couple pictures
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by kberjian » Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:57 am

It looked like this before:
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I cut off the entire windshield frame and layed it back a few degrees.

I used the old brace from the cowl (love the cool shape and holes it has) and mounted it 6" further back and started sheeting it in.
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by srt4eh » Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:06 pm

Very cool
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by kberjian » Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:34 am

Was able to get some help and finish bead rolling and fitting the last of the body panels. After they were all tacked in we pulled the body off and finished welding out the frame.
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Also finally got around to making a stand for my bench grinder. Made from the old door bars from my roll cage, a torched engine block and some spare 1/2" plate.
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by RD RT 98 » Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:08 am

I love this project. Cool stand for the grinder too :good:
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by kberjian » Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:03 am

Here is a better look at the new rear panel, interior panels and the windshield.
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by kberjian » Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:45 pm

I worked on boxing in the frame with some 1/8 plate. Using a good cardboard template and a plasma cutter made quick work and it fit like a glove! All thats left is stitch welding it in.

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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by kberjian » Sun Dec 21, 2014 11:04 pm

Worked on some more frame stuff tonight and finished the rear tie rods to lock the rear wheels, also started routing the steering shaft.
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by kberjian » Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:43 pm

I emptied out the frame and started the fun process of rolling it over and welding everything on the flat I had forgotten/procrastinated on the frame. This time was the underside of coilover hats and making a cover for the open end of the crossmember. My welding is actually in danger of being passable.

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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by Vitor » Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:07 pm

https://www.youtube.com/user/badobsessionmsport

All of the hacking reminded me of this build...

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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by TimACRcoupe » Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:15 pm

Vitor wrote:https://www.youtube.com/user/badobsessionmsport

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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by kberjian » Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:35 pm

I finished boxing in the entire frame including the rear caps and also welded in the new front bumper. Ordered some rust converter from Eastwood and will be painting it with it in the next few days hopefully. Then I get to ruin a bunch of brake line trying to bend and flare my first ever lines.....
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Re: 1929 Willys Whippet SRT-4

Post by kberjian » Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:52 pm

I love the flaring tool. I did about 30 flares with absolutely no issues. I am just missing a few fittings (RPVs and the PV) before I can button it up. I also ordered new flex lines for all for corners but they are saying it will take 8 weeks to get them in..... Next up is cleaning off some of the rust and waiting on my eastwood order with the rust converter/primer to show up.

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