Hello fellow Jeep addicts. I might as well get this build post started. It is going to take some time and the process will be slow but maybe someone will enjoy or benefit from the process and pics. I figured out how to get some pics on here now...so it's a good time to start.
Yesterday "Willow" arrived to Lake of the Ozarks from Arizona. 1500 plus miles one way. Why buy this one so far away ? Well, it is a interesting Jeep. We like the fact that it is titled as a 1970 BUT it is the end of the Kaiser/Willys Overland ownership. AMC bought them in Feb of 1970 and changed the grill design to the cheese grater. Also, the color is Candle Light Yellow. I only found one on a web search. There seems to be 9 exterior colors and 4 of them are some shade of green. From what I can find, the Candle Light Yellow was ONLY done in 1970 for the Wagoneer. Other Jeeps used it for a couple years but Wagoneer was just 1970.
It is also the Custom model with the upgraded seats. It appears to have the original seat covers under the homemade ones you see in the pic. This is a Buick 350 Rochester 2 jet, Turbo Hydromatic 3 speed transmission and Dana 20 Transfer case.
The only bad rust is in the lower rear quarters. The floors are solid. Roof is solid. Tailgate is solid. Floor have surface rust that is going to get wire brushed, Eastwood rust encap and dynamat.
So what's wrong with it right now. It leaks a lot of transmission fluid on the exhaust. The transfer case doesn't seem to be meshed up to the transmission correctly.
The carb looks like it needed a rebuilt 50 years ago.
The wires look like Ray Charles played with them.
The driver side door sags pretty bad.
It is DIRTY. lol
The mirrors are not original and falling off.
Junk rims and tires.
Not sure ANY of the lights work.
Very little rust for 1970.
It has the original running gear.
The razor grill is pretty flawless
All the emblems are there.
The radio dash IS NOT CUT.....oh thank you Lord !!!
The brakes kind of work. The emergency brake does not.
The bumpers look pretty straight. Probably will re-chrome.
Things in progress:
After the fire burned out......fluid on the exhaust. It got towed to the transmission shop.
New battery installed.
Going to strip the interior and get the surface rust out and hunt for any other rust.
Get ALL of the lights working. (Monday project)
Remove original seat covers and have them duplicated with new to match.
Trying to get info on the sagging door. Hinge goes into the fender so it doesn't show a pin.
Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning.
Carb rebuilt kit is on the way.
New floor carpet is on the way.
New original style rims with baby moons are on order.
New tires are going to be needed to be put on junk rims for now.
Change ALL the fluids, hoses, belt, filters. etc.
Pretty much make it functional and drivable with a clean nice interior.
Then decide how to tackle the body.
Oh yeah, why is she called Willow? Kaiser started in Willow Run, Mi. I thought it was cool to name her Willow. Toledo didn't sound like an expensive girl. She is going to be expensive for sure.
Here is she is patiently waiting for the tow truck.......ah, Jeep life. I so love these things.
1970 Kaiser Jeep Wagoneer (Sept 69)