My little blue mate Handy had been giving me a hard time about lack of shed time &found a Jeep Plan

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Project by crowie posted 06-21-2017 11:30 PM 8928 views 4 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My little blue mate Handy had been giving me a hard time about the lack of shed time & found a Jeep Plan…

We started the plan but soon found it to be way to small to allow for personal modifications and strengthening, so we restarted the project up-scaling the plan by 150% and the fun began.

We added side steps, gear sticks, speedo, headlights, tail lights, shop made wheels, extra timber in the base to support the axles while increasing the timber thicknesses to accommodate play by little boys, grandsons.

Well Handy’s pretty pleased with our effort on the Jeep with a good mix to timbers, colours & grains plus extra detailing….

I’ve used Spotted Gum wheels, Blackheart Sassafras dashboard, American Walnut rear bumper, Jarrah sides/mudguards, Cypress Pine front cowling, Merbau engine block, Gidgee front bumper bar, Tassie Oak seats, plus a few others I have no idea what they are except the colour & grain went well where I used them.

The Jeep is almost 12” [305mm] long x 6” [150mm] wide and 5” [125mm] high with 5 coats of clear gloss polyurethane.

The build took me about 6 weeks between the rain/cold of an Aussie winter [yes, it’s been as low as 8deg”C” and only high teens during the day; thank goodness for a Bosch heated jacket] along with some poor health BUT a whole heap of fun having to adjust & modify the plans as I went with 150% scaling.

It’d have to be something like 18 – 20 hours to make the Jeep.

With all the added different pieces to increase the strength/toughness to make the toy little boy proof, the grandsons have road tested the Jeep and not found it wanting..Good result!!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#1 posted 06-21-2017 11:52 PM

Do I see some parts from T&J,s in this model.
Well done what a great toy for a grandson.
Keep up the good work.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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#2 posted 06-22-2017 12:00 AM

very good work on the Jeep Peter …..... I like that its tough enough for little one to play hard with …....... definitely a wrong side driver for USA ….... GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 06-22-2017 12:06 AM

Excellent job Sir!!!

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#4 posted 06-22-2017 12:08 AM

Excellent job Sir!!!

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#5 posted 06-22-2017 12:08 AM

Your ready to go muddin now.
Great project and way cool add on’s.

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#6 posted 06-22-2017 12:18 AM

have been thinking about you, and enjoyed seeing the project, glad your buddy gave you the inspiration to brae the cool winter weather. Very nice job, is this the model that you forwarded me plans too with the gun. Are you going to build one of those too. Thanks for the support you have given me mate.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 06-22-2017 12:47 AM

Ha so good to see the little blue man working. Great job, Peter. Darn I I miss my jeep, why did I ever sell it??? If you like jeeps you may like this article. This jeep is now in my Nephew’s garage being restored. I get to go hand him tools once and a while while he works…...

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#8 posted 06-22-2017 12:54 AM

Nice—The toy should be as TOUGH as the real article is!

Yeah, I know not enough pf any one wood so go for the mix!

There is more fun in making it your toy then just someone else’s plan anyway!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#9 posted 06-22-2017 12:54 AM

Nice work Crowie, looks great. Please send the blue guy down here and get me back into the shed.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#10 posted 06-22-2017 01:06 AM

You & Handy done a excellent job. I like that you up scaled it. Don’t know how much Blue Man gets paid. I need to hire his cousin. Wouldn’t dream of stealing your help.

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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#11 posted 06-22-2017 01:17 AM

Outstanding work; I need to make something like that for my youngest grandson.

-- I read it but I wasn't listening!!

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#12 posted 06-22-2017 02:53 AM

Ah yes ! the WWII Willys Jeep a fine tribute to a famous workhorse.
I actually learned to drive in the same vehicle on my Dads property at Rockley just south of Bathurst.
It was a little larger and with the steering wheel on the “correct” side.
None (to my knowledge) were produced in R/H models hint hint!!

I was also going to say get the badge off the back but then ealised the significance of it, a nice tag!

It must be cold in the mountains if your helper is that colour!!... ask to have a little coat made for him!

Speaking of cold, Peters Ice cream will be 100 years old this year, its founder Mr Peters looked a bit like Bob Menzies, I still remember diving in the empty big canvas bags to see if there was any Dry Ice inside to put in puddles when I was a litthe kid!!

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 06-22-2017 04:22 AM

Great job there crowie. One helluva spoiled grandson… you better work on a few more to ensure you don’t inundate him with too many great prezzies… I’d hate to be his father… for competition.

Now I know why my clamps go missing,

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#14 posted 06-22-2017 04:47 AM

Nice job on the jeep. I have a white one setting in my driveway right now…except the steering wheel is on the “correct side”...LOL

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#15 posted 06-22-2017 08:14 AM

Beautiful little Willys, Smurf too!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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