Willard Battery Cover

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Re: Willard Battery Cover

Post by roblenzz » Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:40 am

Yeah of course, anybody who bought one and has issues let me know, I'll send you a new top. That was one area that i tried and was pretty tricky to get right. Give me to the middle of next week and I'll get tops made.
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Re: Willard Battery Cover

Post by Ralph » Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:56 pm

Congrats on the coolest innovation I've seen on the G...for not a lot of money, you have provided one of the missing links of wartime jeep restoration.
And without the drama.. a bonus.
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Post by roblenzz » Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:17 am

Thank you for the kind words. As most on here know it wasn't my idea to do this and there has long been a means out there to cover a modern battery with a vintage cover to give a period look. So no one can take credit for that. But like Farrell did, i sourced and bought my own original parts and did my own research. It's not 100% accurate but i think it works. I would take issue with, as most of you would and should, if i had bought one of his then cast it and started making my own. I was on the list for wanting one of his also. I just didn't want to wait much longer.

While I'm working on these I'm also thinking up alternative ideas. It wouldn't take much to only cast individual sides or just a top. I'm working on doing a one piece top that will slip over with no sides and no battery terminal holes (you'd have to space and drill your own holes) so it will give someone a multitude of options. So looking down on it, it would appear to be a period battery, because truthfully it's hard to see the sides of the battery when everything is installed.

Also, as a side note, if they need massaging to get a better fit the heat as suggested earlier works great. I set the oven on 250 degrees for 5 minutes. It allows for minor modifications without fear of deformation. Not sure if anyone saw my original, completely handmade attempt a while back but i ran this material in my engine compartment for over a year now and have had no issues with heat affecting the cover.
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Re: Willard Battery Cover

Post by stevenrmount » Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:34 am

I would like one when you have more.
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Post by dwesol » Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:57 am

JAB wrote: ↑
Is the Auto-Lite GPW, and Willard Willys, as-built all the time, or did this change over the various production runs? I'd be interested in one for a script GPW (Auto-Lite, right?) when/if it becomes available.
During these unusual times, I have been reading my newly acquired “ Ford Builds The 1/4 Ton Truck” by Lloyd White.
There are many photos of Willard batteries in Ford GPW’s throughout both volumes.
Specifically, Page 348, Vol. 2. And a copy of a report, unable to figure out the date, on Page 168, listing Willys vs Ford use

I’m sure there have been previous threads about which brand of battery was used by Willys and Ford, on their assembly lines.

I would speculate, that during wartime production, The brand of battery, that was on hand, would be installed. Especially in the Motor Pool.

Regarding this project, I am awaiting delivery of an Optima 6 Volt, to install in roblenzz excellent reproduction case. In the mean time, I’m going to highlight the raised letters, with some orange paint. So that when installed, your eyes will be drawn to this well crafted detail.

If you are on the fence, I would get one, if you desire this level of functional detail. You never know how long these hand crafted, works of art will be available.
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Re: Willard Battery Cover

Post by 82ndrecontbp » Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:57 pm

Cool. I'll take one when you get a batch done.

A lot more authentic looking than me just peeling all the stickers off a 6v battery!

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Re: Willard Battery Cover

Post by majmacs » Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:09 pm

Im interested in one too!
Please put me on the list
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Re: Willard Battery Cover

Post by roblenzz » Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:57 am

**Big Update**
I've got top version 2.0 all wrapped up. I found on my original tops I had to elongate the holes a bit to get the posts to sit right. Not a big deal once you put the battery cables on. But i never did really like that. Hope this remedies that. If you got a battery from me and are having top "fitment" issues, PM me and I'll send you a replacement 2.0 top all I ask is just pay shipping of $15 domestic US, $30 international.

All battery boxes from now on will come with top 2.0.

I also have a 3.0 top. I cast threaded rings in the top and offer interchangeable red caps "place over vent to fill" along with the "Willard Safety-fill." These are going to be $35 and can be an upgrade to future battery covers.

Top pic: Version 2.0
2nd pic: Version 3.0 with red caps installed
3rd pic: Version 3.0 showing threaded rings
Bottom: Close up of caps
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Re: Willard Battery Cover

Post by roblenzz » Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:20 pm

New batch of 4 are ready to go. These are the new hard but flexible urethane rubber material with 2.0 tops. I PMd everone who said they were interested in this next round. I have a couple large orders to do next so it might be a bit til i get another batch out.
Thanks for the continued interest and positive feedback
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Re: Willard Battery Cover

Post by roblenzz » Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:09 am

I'm having some issues with my PMs. I'm sending messages and they aren't showing up in my "sent" or "outbox" so I'm not sure who's getting messages and who isn't. Please email me at robertlentz@hotmail.com that way i can be sure who's getting what. I appreciate it.
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Re: Willard Battery Cover

Post by bzuchows » Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:20 pm

Just sent a PM for one of your Willard battery covers with the 2.0 top, if by any chance you still have one from the current batch.
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Re: Willard Battery Cover

Post by roblenzz » Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:36 pm

This batch is spoken for pending funds.
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Re: Willard Battery Cover

Post by Chuck Lutz » Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:00 pm

It does appear that Ford used different suppliers during production....

The GPW Maintenance manual calls for Auto-Lite or Willard...

Photos seem to support this:
Engine Mid Late 42 GPW Side.jpg
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Re: Willard Battery Cover

Post by DavidA » Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:36 pm

Robert,

I just received the battery boxes I ordered from you and I have to say, they are great. Nice job and keep up the good work. They are spot-on!
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Re: Willard Battery Cover

Post by roblenzz » Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:13 pm

Glad you got them and are happy. I hope you are able to do something with the extra "cell bridges." Not sure what type or design you wanted so i sent a few.
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