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Willys Aero, who has one?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by PhilJohnson, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. D_Lazaris
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
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    D_Lazaris
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    from So. Cal

    I copied a "How-to-do-it" from the November 1956 Hot Rod magazine. They show step by step of getting the Chevy mounted.

    You can use the original crossmember but need to upgrade to bigger mounts, and use front mounted motor mounts, they line up perfect and give clearance to the stock radiator.

    The biggest hurdle is the steering arm, you need to do a 4 in drop and gusset it.

    The firewall was very minimal when it came too cutting and I had to make a new trans tunnel.
     
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  2. aerorocket
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
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    from N.E. P.A.

    Very nice car. I had that article from Hot Rod when I started on mine. Plans were to put in a 327 365 that I had stored in the garage. My son talked me into the Olds because that's what his grandpa had when he was alive.
    Anyway what trans., rear, etc. are you running? Did you beef up the unibody? The build in Hotrod even used the stock column shifter. More pictures and details of your car would be appreciated. thanks
     
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  3. I've seen this car is person many time in person. It is a great car. Honestly wish I had bought it after Carl passed but didn't think I would be able to afford it so I didn't even ask.
     
  4. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
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    from BC

    How about an underhood shot?
     
  5. irisrust65
    Joined: Jun 26, 2012
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    irisrust65
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    from OK

    Old Projects Never Die, They just get moved around.

    Picked this one up two weeks ago. Doors, bumpers and lots of other parts were with it. Working on cleaning out the shop to make room for it.

    Had the wheels sitting in the shop.

    If time permits one of my nailheads and th400 is the plan.
     

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  6. D_Lazaris
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
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    D_Lazaris
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    from So. Cal

    Didn't beef up the unibody yet. Wanted to see how the car did on the road with the stock suspension first. It's handles okay... but every once in a while it floats, but I'm sure its because the front suspension is worn out.

    Im trying to figure out the best route with the suspensions and brakes for the front. Not sure if I can work the stock suspension to my liking or attempt a whole new setup. Plus I'd like to get bigger brakes (maybe even disc) in the future, and lower the car a little.

    What did you end up doing with yours? I'm sure that olds weighs down the front end, we are building a blown 394 for a front engine dragster and that engine sure is a brute.

    Rear end is stock, but I'm looking at swapping that out too. It's been working fine (low geared still) but again, want bigger brakes.

    Using a Th350 trans, and made a new crossmember with brackets welded to the subframe.... not problems so far.

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    Here's under the hood, (before we painted the rest of the Ace)

    IMG_3511.JPG
     

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  7. Barn Find
    Joined: Feb 2, 2013
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    Barn Find
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  8. earlymopar
    Joined: Feb 26, 2007
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  9. TopJalop
    Joined: Jul 13, 2016
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    TopJalop

    What are you asking?
     
  10. James Sessions
    Joined: Jul 15, 2016
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    James Sessions

    Here is one I picked up 2 days ago I will post the progress as it happens
     

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  11. Peanut 1959
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
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    Love it! If you start a build thread, please share the thread link here.
     
  12. Good friend? Maybe in your mind Tony but carl was an asshole that cared about nobody but his own self. You saw how he ran his only son off the place to take over the new shop. He took credit for every car in those buildings and never built one of them. He even took credit for my Touring when it was done since I started it in Karl Jrs shop. But, back to the Aero, Drag City built 2, there is a Blue one that hits the streets here once in a while that was a twin. The falcon ranchero resides at Ft Hayes. Lots of more info that could drag folk through the mud but I will stop now..................
     
  13. 6inarow
    Joined: Jan 24, 2007
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    good. stop
     
  14. When you gonna post those progress pics? or do I need to drive over there?
     
  15. Progress????
     
  16. Just so y'all know, he finished it, except for the tires. I kinda dig it. 14691056_1309171549094494_8959451985534030873_n.jpg 14717231_1309171589094490_3875086046843667326_n.jpg
     
  17. What year is this? Chrome headlight bezels and a little more taillight below would make me think last years, like '55?
    Have I missed any two-door hardtops without the B post? Here's our family version from the early '60s. Sorry about the backlighting. I was 12, using a Brownie.

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  18. jefscoupe
    Joined: Apr 19, 2006
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    Looks like 54.
    55 had a lot of changes from 52-4.
    The little "extra" tail light below was 54 only.
    55 had a whole different tail light.
    It had a "jet exhaust" coming out of a huge chrome bezel.
    Still had a similar lense but bigger.

     
  19. jefscoupe
    Joined: Apr 19, 2006
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    IMG_3875.JPG Here's a 55 tail light.
     
  20. jefscoupe
    Joined: Apr 19, 2006
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    IMG_3858.JPG here are my pair of '52 Wings.
     
  21. washingtonalencar
    Joined: Apr 20, 2012
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    washingtonalencar
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    from Brazil

    Howdy!

    Here's my 62 aero from Brazil.
     

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  22. WoolyMammoth
    Joined: Apr 15, 2017
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    WoolyMammoth

    Picked up a '54 Aero Lark about 2 months ago. Decided to make it into my dream rod. After having to sell my last 2 cars, this one will never go anywhere. Found it in a field in Loveland Colorado.

    I'm in the process of mounting a 67 Camaro disc subframe, 4-link rear and 406 small block chevy with a 200-4R overdrive trans, 4:11 gears. Doing a lot of custom work to it. Already caught a lot of slack about cutting up a rare car, but at least the parts I take off are going to good homes. I could care less what others think at this point. I just care about making the car I always wanted. Here's a shot of it on the trailer on the way home and a terribly photo-shopped pic of what it will look like. Will post pics as it comes together. I've been collecting parts for the past couple months.
     

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  23. Peanut 1959
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
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    Since your car won't be HAMB-friendly, will you be posting a build thread on another site? If so, please provide a link so I can follow along. Thanks!
     
  24. WoolyMammoth
    Joined: Apr 15, 2017
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    WoolyMammoth

    Yeah, I will be. Still haven't found a forum to call home. Not many places where anyone even remembers the Aeros. The only couple dedicated to them are all about original restorations and seem to scoff at rodded ones. When I built my Nova and C10, there were dedicated forums and easy to feel at home no matter what you did. Just happened upon this forum post while looking for other rodded Willys.
     
  25. Peanut 1959
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
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    There are a bunch of "odd rod" projects over at protouring.com. One example is a Viper V10-powered '54 Plymouth Savoy!

    Now, back to your regularly-scheduled programming...!
     

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