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1940 Willys Cabover Custom
Exploring Creative Automotive Design, Innovative Fabrication, Inventive Techniques, Custom Cars and Trucks and Hot Rod Culture

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

1940 Willys Cabover Custom

1940 Willys Cabover Custom

Built by Chris Boggess, Hot Rod Technology Instructor at Utah Valley University

This is a very well photo documented build that combines a 1940 Willys Sedan and a 1992 Dodge 1 ton extended cab pickup truck, and a whole lot of metal work. There are 13 slideshows from start to finish, and a final drive video. The video descriptions below are as written by the builder/video maker.


Slideshow 1

Published on Nov 16, 2012

Getting started. Taking a 1992 Dodge 1 ton extended cab pickup. Lengthing and widening front fenders. Building a new 3 inch wider nose piece. Cutting body in half front to rear and widening it 4 inches. Lifting it on to dodge truck frame and getting it set where it will stay.


Slideshow 2

Published on Nov 24, 2012

Getting body set where it will sit on the frame. Building body mounts. Mounting front fender and changing door to accept where the fender will sit. Moving firewall back. Adding to rear doors to make them square. Building of hood sides. Finishinf the front nose piece inside by the engine compartment.


Slideshow 3

Published on Dec 4, 2012

Taking a 1937 Willys four door Sedan and putting it on a 1992 Dodge 1 Ton chassis, with lots and lots of custom panel work ( like the hood, bed and rear fenders). Much more too. I used a brinks armored car to get the alison transmission, cummins diesel engine, radiator and drive line to power this Willys. In this show I build the top of the hood and get the hood hinges on, cut louvers in the front of the hood. Get the hood lock put in. Get to see the brinks armor car. Installation of the exhaust system.


Slideshow 4

Published on Dec 14, 2012

Cutting off the 4 door trunk section and making the new truck back panels. Building inner wheel wells for the bed. Choosing what kind of bed to build. Building the bed rails. Building wood bucks and paper patterns. Building the right rear bed side.


Slideshow 5 ~ Panel Fabrication

Published on Jan 18, 2013

Building of bed sides. Making rear fenders.


Slideshow 6 / Metal Shaping

Published on Jan 18, 2013

Working on rear panel of truck bed. Tearing the truck down to send to the sand blaster. Working on the inside of the rear doors. Making inner wheel wells to go up under front fenders. Finishing the grill openings. Welding rear portion of cab onto the body. Making gear shift and emergency brake box.


Slideshow 7 / Metal Shaping

Published on Jan 27, 2013

Finishing up the floor in the rear of cab. Widing rear window fame and front window frame. Putting inner wheel wells and bed sides together. Finishing wheel well opening on the right rear fender. Making splash aprons and running boards to go under the cab sides.


Slideshow 8 / Panel Fabrication

Published on Feb 3, 2013

Finishing up rear panel on truck bed. Finishing up rear splash apron under bed and running boards. Finishing up left rear fender opening and the bottom of the fender. Heading off to my first car show with this car to show the public what I have been doing.


Slideshow 9 / Sheet Metal Fabrication

Published on Feb 10, 2013

Building of inner bed panels. Working on the dash. Putting in the air conditioning controls. Fixing trailer hitch receiver cover. Frenching in the license plate in bed, putting in third brake light, fixing door latches, and dove tail.


Slideshow 10

Published on Feb 18, 2013

In this slideshow we fix the door latches, the dove tails, make an air intake for the engine,install stainless steel spring to run electrical wires from door to door posts, fixing the heating and air conditioning ducts with fresh air coming in and cold air going into the cab. Also mounting the rear window air conditioner, building steering drop and a cover to cover the steering column, working on the over head console, mounting winshield wiper motor, putting in defroster vents and seatbelts.


Slideshow 11

Published on Mar 4, 2013

Getting the truck ready for paint. Deciding on the instrument lay out on the dash. Painting the frame and body. Starting to put the truck back together. Taking out the dents in the stainless steel door handles.


Slideshow 12

Published on Mar 15, 2013

Building exhaust heat shield, putting in the insulation in the roof, installing overhead console, putting dog house for the, last time, color sanding and polishing paint, building a new floor for the bed and installing and painting it, making patterns for windows, installing windows, putting in fender beading, making threshholds, making exhaust tip, inner wheels, pushing truck outside of shop and looking it over.


Slideshow 13

Published on Apr 6, 2013

Putting on the Willys emblem on the hood, making rear view mirrors out of stainless, making Willys emblems for rear mud flaps, mounting rear view mirrors, building bumpers and brackets, seeing the finished product at the Deans day at UVU.


Slideshow 14 / Drive-By

Published on Nov 5, 2013

After many requests for a driving of the Cabover and me saying it over and over again, I finally did it. ENJOY!!!



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