On the HOME page, the following defines the goal of the AACA. "Since 1935, AACA has had one goal: The preservation and enjoyment of automotive history of all types." The key word is preservation. When you are looking for information on custom modification, there are other web pages better able to assist you. One of the difficulties with the antique car world are people who take a good car and strip it down to put the body on a modern drive train. Then they sell the parts to finance the custom modification and the vehicle will never be original again. As with most uni-body vehicles, rust is a major problem with structural safety. Your original post said nothing about rust driving your decision.
Yes, having a car in Parts Car condition will drive you to sell off the parts which is much better than junking and loosing them. I agree they you are doing a service to other Willys owners by listing the parts here. If you don't know the prices, list it on ebay and post it here with a link.
You might go to the GENERAL DISCUSSION page and search for "New guy with questions
Your Post "its funny how everyone wants off work for veterans and memorial day but will just be as rude as possible to people that they know nothing about. this is why i did not stay active duty, you are just one of the many rude people that we should be sending overseas instead of good americans that contribute to their society in a positive way,
" As an Army veteran serving from Building of the Berlin Wall to Cuba and Viet Nam, I believe your comment is rude and ignorant. I will not comment further.
If you wish for advice, I suggest you think about a Ford Model A as a first project. There are a wealth of cars in all stages of restoration and parts are available everywhere. There are several companies with parts catalogs, Mac is just one of them. The Model A club is very active and tours together on a monthly basis. Once you finish it, you can drive it to California or where ever. Locally, in 6 weeks, a Model A owner & his wife drive 5,000 miles from Ohio across Death Valley to LA, San Fransisco, Yellow Stone, and back. His only problem were several flat tires. He took a water pump and generator along with some electrical parts using some of them.
Are you aware of the AACA Winter Meet in Lakeland Feb 21, 22, & 23? There is a 'Car Corral' where you can check out what is available. The car show on Saturday is well worth the 55 mile trip and starts about 8:00 AM. The brochure can be viewed at the following link:http://www.aaca.org/...et_Brochure.pdf
In the AACA, vehicles are not judged against each other but against a set standard. There is no "My car is better than your car." The test is does your car meet the standard. Many people will show their car as a NO JUDGE status.
The following photo is a DPS car but could be a HPOF category car. All cars look better in photos than real life.