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Fino's 1970 Mini Build Thread

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by FinoCJ, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. Jan 27, 2024
    FinoCJ

    FinoCJ 1970 CJ5 Staff Member

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    So that's why there is a coolant puddle under the jeep.....
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    Looks like a brake line clip may have been the culprit....
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    At least it appears to just be a lower tank repair and not damage to the core.....
     
  2. Jan 28, 2024
    Rozcoking23

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    I had the same exact thing happen to my radiator . I also wore a hole in the brake line.
     
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  3. May 26, 2024
    FinoCJ

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    After loosing the D18 parking drum last fall on HITR, I decided to start on upgrading the rear OEM 10" drum to Bendix style 11" drums with parking brake....It may be a bit before these are actually installed on the jeep, and even longer before I retrofit some sort of aftermarket parking brake pull cable etc....but its a start. A guy who parts jeeps on OWF supplied me with the backing plates - they were definitely 'east coast':
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    really they needed sandblasting, but various wire wheels etc got them looking a little better.
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    The shoe pads were pretty rough, so I ground them down and tried welding in and grinding new ones...sorta worked...still need a bit of work to look pretty, but hopefully functional? I have set of used but not trashed front plates that I am using to estimate the pad height....
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    Some paint and some money at NAPA and you end up with this:
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    I forgot about the little diamond shaped 'shoe retention plate' or whatever you want to call it...I started to try and make my own from some thick washers and realized I didn't care that much and could get these Dorman shoe 'guides' after the holiday at FLAPS for a couple bucks....still need to find the parking brake bar and lever thingy....but it seems my welded shoe pads will work just fine....okay, back to pulling an engine...
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  4. Jun 1, 2024
    FinoCJ

    FinoCJ 1970 CJ5 Staff Member

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    Got all the parking brake pieces I needed from Sam at Parts dude:
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    Completed putting the brakes together:
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    So ready to go as soon as I figure out a mechanical pull system...probably do some sort of universal cable system with floor mounted pull handle between the seats....the typical OEM style straight pull handle probably doesn't give enough leverage/MA (at least on the 58 it doesn't seem to).
     
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  5. Jun 1, 2024
    FinoCJ

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    A second little project....I converted to the AA windshield latches....I haven't driven it at all with these, but the main goal was just to stop all the rattling of the passenger OEM latch that never stayed closed. 90% of the time I have either the full top or the bimini top on, so it was never at risk of falling forward, but the rattling is kind of obnoxious. I tried all sort of tweaks and adjustments on the OEM latch, but never could really get it to stay latched. I had heard some of the AA aluminum castings might be loosing some precision and alignment with fit etc, but these seem spot on. And while I never run with the windshield down, its pretty simple to turn the knob by hand to release the windshield. My biggest concern will be if the hardware doesn't want to stay tight - some loc-tite might be needed and/or a star lock washer on the big knob. FWIW - it was helpful to lay the windshield down to install the upper bracket.
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  6. Jun 1, 2024
    Rozcoking23

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    My Dad put a set of these on my JEEP back in mid 70’s, they have never come loose and never rattled. I think the only time they were ever off is when I painted the JEEP several years back. You should be pleased with them.
     
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  7. Jun 2, 2024
    supertrooper

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    I never drive with my windshield down either since my top is attached to the channel on the frame. The stock pot metal latches would always bend and thr windshield would rattle. With the AA latches the windshield and knobs have never come loose in the several years ive had the by now. My only gripe would be that AA cheaped out on the allen screws.
     
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    Late to the party again but a couple things here for future reference.

    Re: backing plates...and other rusty parts. I soak in this kind of stuff in a tub of white vinegar for a few days followed by a thorough wash and scrub with baking soda and warm water. Parts generally come out looking better than they do after the wire wheel and no rust dust to breathe and blow all over, all products are environmentally safe and it's less labor intensive.

    Windshield latches: The factory latches are adjustable on the back side of the dash I think. I do like the heavy duty cast aluminum from AA though. I've loosened the dash side of the factory latch and moved it down a tad in order to tighten the latch somewhere along the way. Are the AA latches also adjustable?
     
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  9. Jun 5, 2024
    FinoCJ

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