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My CJ6 Frankenstein Build, Little Of Everything!

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by y2k-fxst, Jul 13, 2015.

  1. Jul 10, 2016
    Focker

    Focker That's a terrible idea...What time? Staff Member

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    Your patience will pay off... Looking good.
     
  2. Jul 10, 2016
    y2k-fxst

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  3. Jul 11, 2016
    aallison

    aallison 74 cj6, 76 cj5. Has anyone seen my screwdriver?

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    I like your idea of using the area in the wheel wells for something. I thought about making a cooler on one side and a tool box on the toher. Similar to the old military jeeps. I think they had storage lids on the top of the wheel wheels. I have a couple of under seat toolbox lids from earlier CJ's.
     
  4. Jul 11, 2016
    y2k-fxst

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    If I hadn't gone with the diamond tread floors. I had thought of getting another tool box lid and mounting it in the floor behind the rear axle since I wont have the hitch back there and I'm going to use the factory under seat fuel tank.
     
  5. Jul 18, 2016
    y2k-fxst

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    Well, started in with hammer and dolly, using a straight edge figured out the driver's side is concave at the top rail. The worst area is actually where the factory sheet metal was left! Probably from the previous brazing rod patches. Guess I should have looked at it closer before but, at least without sighting down the side the driver's side looks good! So, think I'll back-up a little and do some more cutting and welding to get it closer.
     
  6. Jul 18, 2016
    Broylz

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    Sounds like a killer project. Great progress so far. I have wanted to go 4bt for awhile as well. If i can find a deal on one, it will still get the nod, if not then i may go sbc.
     
  7. Jul 19, 2016
    y2k-fxst

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    Ended up finding the 4bt about 100 miles from me. It was still in the bread truck. The person that listed it on eBay did not state what motor was in it, I spotted it when looking at the photos. Happened to stumble across it doing a generic Google search for Bread Truck. After selling un-needed parts and scrap from the truck I'm less than $600 for my initial motor investment.
     
  8. Jul 31, 2016
    givemethewillys

    givemethewillys Been here since sparky ran it. 2022 Sponsor

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    Your project is looking great, I really appreciate the documentation on the bodywork that you've done. I'm getting ready to start on bodywork on my '57, so anything I can glean from others is helpful. Keep up the good work!
     
  9. Aug 8, 2016
    y2k-fxst

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    Not sure if it is my fault or a PO problem but, this is what I started with today. Tried heat and hammer but, was going to make a bigger mess than what I was starting with, that top rail does not want to play nice with the reinforcement in there. So decided it was time to break the saws all out.

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    Cut the top rail every 4 inches down the affected area. Then clamped section to the tube and welded them back. Surprised me how wide some of the cuts opened up!

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    Not perfect but, a lot closer than I started with. Definitely straight enough for a Jeep that will see some trail time!

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  10. Sep 3, 2016
    y2k-fxst

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    So decided this morning to do some non-body work to the Jeep and get my twin-stick conversion done to the transfer case. Went to pull the shift rail and found it was very pitted from rust where it would pass through the seal for low range. Between the fact that most people rarely use low range, especially in the heavy 3/4 ton and 1 ton trucks this transfer case came in, and the fact that the transfer case came from the north east US it is not real surprising. Looked at the other shift rail it was in the same condition. So, now I've ordered replacement shift rails in stainless steel that already are ground for the twin stick.

    And it is back to body work this afternoon getting things ready for filler.
     
  11. Sep 5, 2016
    y2k-fxst

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    Was going to spray some primer on the back of some areas before welding in the last 2 pieces on the driver's side. But, did not want to open the shop up and let in humidity. So, decided to start some filler work on the driver's side.

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    Figured out that I as bad about filler as I am drywall mud. Most seems to end up on the floor! Also starting to see why rat rods and "patina" finishes are getting so popular!

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  12. Sep 11, 2016
    aallison

    aallison 74 cj6, 76 cj5. Has anyone seen my screwdriver?

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    I think that is the way it works for all of us. Either that or we try to use "just enough" and wind up having it not enough and we have to mix up another batch.
     
  13. Sep 12, 2016
    oddfirejeeper

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    hey i resemble that remark...lol
     
  14. Sep 18, 2016
    y2k-fxst

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    Not much to report in the last couple weeks. Spent the last 9 days camping in Missouri. Did get my shift rails delivered, just need some longer roll pin punches. Will pick them up tomorrow at Harbor Freight. My brother is a machinist, he took my hood hinges with him to get them in shape. The cowl sides were very worn where the pins go so he's going to try reaming them round then brazing some bronze rod in and drilling and slotting for the hood side pins. He also noticed the wear on the double-D-shaft hinge pins and is going to try to replace them also.
     
  15. Oct 2, 2016
    y2k-fxst

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    Even though I haven't been able to get to the shop for almost a month, still plugging ahead. The factory hood hinges were in very bad condition. The cast cowl pieces were very worn where the pin goes through them. Also the hood hinge pins were badly corroded.

    So I turned them over to my brother, original intention was to drill out the holes in the cast cowl pieces and put bronze bushings in there. But, they were so worn the cast would have been paper thin. So, he took some worn out press brake die and machined entirely new ones out from scratch. And while he was at it he also knocked out the old double-D pin and made new ones out of high carbon shaft.

    Now I need to get the body done to check the fit and the position of the double-D shaft for final welding.

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  16. Oct 2, 2016
    ITLKSEZ

    ITLKSEZ Hope for the best, prepare for the worst

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    Awesome.
     
  17. Oct 30, 2016
    y2k-fxst

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    Got the twin-stick conversion on my NP205 done today for my build. Was going to grind the original shafts. But, found they were deeply pitted from rust in the areas that the seal would ride when in low range. Also the front shift rail was worn in the seal area from lack of use. Ended up putting in JB Fabrication stainless steel shift rails. No more worry about rust! Kind of wish I had enough rear drive line length for a NP203 doubler in front though.

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  18. Dec 12, 2016
    y2k-fxst

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    Seems like in the last few months with everything else I have going on I only get about 3 hours/month to even mess with the Jeep. Did go out and finished the last of the main welding on the driver's side. Not much to really take a picture of. Won't be able to mess with it much for the next 3-4 weeks due to Christmas, work, and moving my oldest son into his new house. Hope to get the rest of the mud on the driver's side and maybe even get that side in primer sometime in January.

    Merry Christmas everyone.
     
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  19. Dec 13, 2016
    Nekaf&Jeepsterdude

    Nekaf&Jeepsterdude 1968 Jeepster Commando, 1951 M38a1C

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    Merry Xmass, I look forward to the progress in 2017;)
     
  20. Jan 23, 2017
    y2k-fxst

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    Toe board supports finally welded in place. Most of the body filler done on the driver's side and what little I'm going to do to the fire wall done. Hope to have the driver's outside, firewall, and cowl in primer by March.

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