Grand Willys Project

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Next on the list was to improve the door locks I had used. You really had to slam the doors to close, and even worse if the windows were up!. The typical Chinese universal large "bearclaw" rotary latches are actually a knock off of ones made in the USA. Same bolt pattern and size etc. Only reason I didn't buy US made ones in the first place was that they are not lockable, so can't have a central locking system. But now I know how to fix that problem. The US ones are on the left and the Chinese ones on the right. I bought my latches from Hot Rod Latches. https://www.hotrodlatches.com/

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The L shaped piece coming out of the original one is what turns the standard latch into a locking one. It is just a square rectangle with a thread on one face to hold a grub screw to control how far the piece can move in the slot. I would just cut the slot right through if making one from scratch. Can see it was even added afterwards by the manufacturer as not zinc plated like the rest of the latch.

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The grey arms you see at the other end are what I had made and added to transfer the opening arm to the other side of the glass so I could have both an inner handle and a button push door handle to open from the outside, shown earlier in my write up.

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Here I have transferred over the opening arms as well as the little steel box to hold the locking L piece in place. The link connects to my central locking actuator that I got off a XJ Jeep Cherokee.

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There are three parts for the latch. The left and right C shape pieces, that wrap around the striker bolt, as well as a third L shaped arm that sits right at the bottom and holds the other two closed.

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Really hard to show but the green handle is showing the position of the L shaped arm inside the latch case in its open position, hard against the back of the case. It pivots off the mounting hole by my thumb and the rest of the arm goes up the short side of the latch case to the release arm.

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When the latch is closed, the arm comes up to the back of the C shaped pieces and holds them closed. This is when the locking piece I added can now slide up behind it and stop it from going back to the open position.

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I got new glass cut as had scratched the original ones taking them in and out so often when building out the doors originally. It was green glass that is no longer available in the country. So I had some plain glass cut and tempered and a high heat rejection tint added that has a green tinge to it to make it the same as before in colour, but better against heat.

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Only problem was I discovered the glaziers had not rounded the bottom corners and it would dig into the glass track. So I nervously ground a radius with a grinder with a flap disc. Just doing it a tiny bit at a time so it wouldn't heat it up and explode the tempered glass!

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And what do you know, I scratched one of the panes fitting it! Least it was only the tint and had to get it redone.

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Can you believe everything shown go into these two doors, and that is not even including the glass, door cards and window surrounds!

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Another change I made was making a hatch in the floor to access the battery. I decided in the end it was easier than dropping the mufflers and taking it out via the bottom.

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Not that noticeable in the end anyway and now was the time to do it before the floor gets bolted down with the bed panels.

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Pleased to say that the door latches work so much better and the pressure relief vents are doing their job also as you can see all 4 of them flip up and open briefly at once. Truck started first go after being completely pulled apart a year ago and put back together, even on the old fuel still in the tank.
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I would have been very nervous grinding the tempered glass. You did extremely well to not have it shatter.

Most people wouldn't notice the lid of the battery box and it will be so much more user friendly with the changes.

Any ETA for the tub?
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Just picked up most of the panels and the rest should be soon after. :)
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Sterling work as usual Marcus, was the tinting a film or a type of coating ?

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It is a film made in the USA.
I have this one and had it done here: https://twilightautotint.com.au/suntek-carbon-xp/
I wanted a film that gave a slight green tint to it like the windscreen glass but was not dark in colour as your eyesight looses clarity, like aged polycarbonate headlights, as you get older and why you need brighter light etc to see like you once did.
I went with the 80% light transmission rather than the real dark 30% legal darkest shade.

There are even better films out there if not worried about the colour or transparency.
https://twilightautotint.com.au/compare-tints/
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Video update.
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The interior is looking fantastic. Did the little dents in the dash top ever come out?

It was a tight squeeze getting the bonnet past the car and then on. All without a bump or chip.

How long is the masking tape good for, before it starts to harden up and stay on the car forever. Had it happen (not on a car) with brown tape and I know some coloured tapes are good for quite a while. It would be a shame to have to try and scrape it off.
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zuffen wrote: Tue Jul 09, 2024 7:53 am The interior is looking fantastic. Did the little dents in the dash top ever come out?

It was a tight squeeze getting the bonnet past the car and then on. All without a bump or chip.

How long is the masking tape good for, before it starts to harden up and stay on the car forever. Had it happen (not on a car) with brown tape and I know some coloured tapes are good for quite a while. It would be a shame to have to try and scrape it off.
The dents in the leather over the instruments did come up over time. Mainly after being parked in the sun.

The green painters tape I used was on there for 3 months and peeled off fine.
https://www.bunnings.com.au/scotch-gene ... e_p1660168
I have had good success with the blue coloured one as well.
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Incredible skill and knowledge = An amazing build.
You're really on the home stretch now, thanks for the video update.
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What an incredible build! I'm really enjoying seeing this come back together. Thanks for sharing the process.

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Gojeep wrote: Tue Jul 09, 2024 6:49 pm The green painters tape I used was on there for 3 months and peeled off fine.
https://www.bunnings.com.au/scotch-gene ... e_p1660168
I have had good success with the blue coloured one as well.
The blue tape works well for a couple of months, though doesn't do as well if the part is in the sun. The blue "exterior" tape is painful... it's like a strip of tough plastic. It won't tear off the roll (has to be cut) and tends to curl up on itself before it is put on.

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Sly Fox wrote: Tue Jul 09, 2024 9:03 pm Incredible skill and knowledge = An amazing build.
You're really on the home stretch now, thanks for the video update.
Very much appreciated. :)
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hudson nut wrote: Tue Jul 09, 2024 11:01 pm What an incredible build! I'm really enjoying seeing this come back together. Thanks for sharing the process.

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Thank you for following along all this time. :)
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Harv wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 8:04 am
Gojeep wrote: Tue Jul 09, 2024 6:49 pm The green painters tape I used was on there for 3 months and peeled off fine.
https://www.bunnings.com.au/scotch-gene ... e_p1660168
I have had good success with the blue coloured one as well.
The blue tape works well for a couple of months, though doesn't do as well if the part is in the sun. The blue "exterior" tape is painful... it's like a strip of tough plastic. It won't tear off the roll (has to be cut) and tends to curl up on itself before it is put on.

Cheers,
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Maybe try the Scotch Green tape?
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I find the yellow lasts a few months. A Clue with masking tape is to keep it in a zip-lock bag and out of sunlight when stored, it will last a year that way. I have kept some in the fridge in zip-lock and still good after 5 years...

thanks for posting Marcus, I am in Qld for winter and enjoying the thought of all you southerners freezing in the shed !!!!
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