1. Registration trouble? Please use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom right corner of the page and your issue will be resolved.
    Dismiss Notice

What Did You Do To Your Jeep Today?

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by Focker, Jul 23, 2016.

  1. Jan 9, 2022
    Andrew Theros

    Andrew Theros Member 2022 Sponsor

    Los Osos, CA
    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2021
    Messages:
    162
    Forgot to thank @timsresort for the inspection cover!
     
    timsresort likes this.
  2. Jan 9, 2022
    Cj5dale

    Cj5dale Member

    East Tn
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2021
    Messages:
    280
    Decided to spend a cold rainy day polishing the Jeep.

    Step1: wet sand with 2000 grit wet/dry sandpaper;

    Step2: buff with McGuire's cutting compound;

    Step3: polish with turtle wax polishing compound

    Step4: buff

    Only got through drivers side so far…

    upload_2022-1-9_19-49-14.jpeg
     
    Lockman, 73 cj5, ITLKSEZ and 6 others like this.
  3. Jan 9, 2022
    Rodney

    Rodney Member

    Sierra Foothills
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2021
    Messages:
    306
    Those hands look as old and knarled as mine.
     
  4. Jan 10, 2022
    givemethewillys

    givemethewillys Been here since sparky ran it. 2022 Sponsor 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    New Kent, VA
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,782
    First jeep work in a while, it sort of goes in waves. Today I bought a new outer steering draglink for my stock ross steering, since some dummy (maybe me? Can't remember) smashed down the threads on the passenger tie rod end to disassemble it. I know it's slightly long, but it will check off the first part of the STEER, start, stop checklist. It'll be nice to be able to push it around and eventually aim it where I want to go.

    I have a saginaw gearbox and power steering pump for my dauntless, but I think this will work for awhile until after I get things running and driving, and then I can work on saginaw as a side project.
     
    73 cj5 and ITLKSEZ like this.
  5. Jan 13, 2022
    73 cj5

    73 cj5 Not ready for the junkyard yet 2020 Sponsor

    Biloxi, Mississippi
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2014
    Messages:
    1,893
    Took some digging but there she is (3-53 Detroit). The guy couldn't recall what kind of transmission it had. That's probably an Allison 3 speed something. I'll be tearing the engine down and making sure it's a good core to build, but it was running a few years ago.

    My plans right now...
    SM420/SM465
    Transfercase??
    14b FF 4.10's
    D44 or D60
    Hmmwv takeoffs 36" or 37"
    The frame is really the biggest issue. I don't know if plating the frame will be enough.... I plan to use GM (k10/k20) 47" leaves all around. If I can make the frame work then I'll chop the rear frame horns off and use 2x3 tubing and extend it just a tad. I'll probably make another fuel tank while back there (10 gallons isn't quite enough fuel). I'll have to cut off the front spring hangers and redo them entirely. There will probably be small changes to the cage as well.
    Of course, this is just me spitballing...there are always a hundred other issues that arise when making changes.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  6. Jan 13, 2022
    Jw60

    Jw60 WRPD855 2022 Sponsor 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    Sedalia MO.
    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2008
    Messages:
    2,678
    Dang that is a little crusty, I hope your not beating a dead horse...:dhorse:
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2022
    Rodney likes this.
  7. Jan 13, 2022
    73 cj5

    73 cj5 Not ready for the junkyard yet 2020 Sponsor

    Biloxi, Mississippi
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2014
    Messages:
    1,893
    Yea, I knew this wasn't going to be a well supported idea but my crusty 3b is the perfect candidate for another free powerplant. The 3-53 turns freely so I'm moving forward...
    I'm pretty bored with the 3b right now. The engine is worn out, the transmission has seen better days, D20 needs an overhaul.... I made a few dozen mistakes when I first put it together and this would be a good time to fix them. Fwiw, a fresh fhead and tbi would run me ~$2-3k but I also want to be able to go at least 65 mph and that would take a gear swap or OD, and then I'd want to go with 3.15 in the D20. It's a very slippery slope.

    I used a bunch of wore out junk parts when I built the 3b so when it was all together I felt like I had just assembled something that already needed to be torn apart and rebuilt. Sticking a fresh drivetrain and axles in there would make it less of a pile.
     
  8. Jan 13, 2022
    Rodney

    Rodney Member

    Sierra Foothills
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2021
    Messages:
    306
    I cut up an old foam rubber camping mat, then used an entire:rolleyes: $1.99 bag of Harbor freight zip ties and padded my roll cage.:clap: Next time I get to town, I'll pick up a $7.00 roll of 3" wide electrical tape at Home Depot and wrap it. Real Hi Tech!!:schooled:
     
    Ol Fogie, vtxtasy, 73 cj5 and 3 others like this.
  9. Jan 13, 2022
    Jw60

    Jw60 WRPD855 2022 Sponsor 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    Sedalia MO.
    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2008
    Messages:
    2,678
    Oh I'm not hesitant on the swap (although I haven't looked up anything about that motor model) it's just that this example is very well seasoned.

    I just hate rusted bolts. Will there be a Turbo involved?:sneak::watch:
     
    Lockman likes this.
  10. Jan 14, 2022
    73 cj5

    73 cj5 Not ready for the junkyard yet 2020 Sponsor

    Biloxi, Mississippi
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2014
    Messages:
    1,893
    No plans for a turbo. Pretty much I'll just be swapping one boat anchor for another. There are pros and cons to fhead vs 353 but imo the 353 wins in my book.
     
  11. Jan 14, 2022
    givemethewillys

    givemethewillys Been here since sparky ran it. 2022 Sponsor 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    New Kent, VA
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,782
    Will the 353 be able to get you up to 65mph?
     
    Lockman likes this.
  12. Jan 14, 2022
    73 cj5

    73 cj5 Not ready for the junkyard yet 2020 Sponsor

    Biloxi, Mississippi
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2014
    Messages:
    1,893
    Up and over 65. About 73-74 mph before it's max rpm.
     
    givemethewillys likes this.
  13. Jan 14, 2022
    Fireball

    Fireball Well-Known Member 2022 Sponsor 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    Pullman, WA
    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2018
    Messages:
    3,703
    Not t be a Negative Nelly, but a 3-53 weighs 965 lbs and only makes 101hp at 2800rpm. It seems like there are a hundred other free engines that would be a better choice.
    I like different and interesting, but I also like good engineering solutions. I would think you could find a clapped out Astro van with a 4.3 or an old Volvo or something and be much further along. Heck, stacking a pair of Subaru boxers for an H-8 seems more practical.
     
  14. Jan 14, 2022
    SFaulken

    SFaulken Active Member 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    Marysville, WA
    Joined:
    May 24, 2011
    Messages:
    1,031
    I'd personally be looking to find the Turbo stuff, and making a 3-53T out of it. I had a buddy years back, that had a Dentside shortbox F150 4x4 with a 3-53T and what I think was an NP-435 in it, and it was a *great* rig. Course, I'm kind of partial to Detroits, my first job in parts was working for a Detroit Diesel Distributor. Are there *better* engine options out there to stuff in a CJ? Sure. But there's not any that might make me giggle more, than a CJ with a 2-stroke Detroit in it. I say build the thing. Of course it doesn't make any sense. Not everything has to make sense, or be practical.
     
  15. Jan 14, 2022
    73 cj5

    73 cj5 Not ready for the junkyard yet 2020 Sponsor

    Biloxi, Mississippi
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2014
    Messages:
    1,893
    I'm fairly stubborn.... and there's only room for one bricked Jeep around these parts. :lol:

    If the engine is no good then I won't do the swap.
     
    Rodney likes this.
  16. Jan 14, 2022
    Jw60

    Jw60 WRPD855 2022 Sponsor 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    Sedalia MO.
    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2008
    Messages:
    2,678
    Reading up on it... I think the weight of it is a serious issue.
    Kubota, vw, seem much better for the rest of the jeep.
     
    Rodney likes this.
  17. Jan 14, 2022
    Jw60

    Jw60 WRPD855 2022 Sponsor 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    Sedalia MO.
    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2008
    Messages:
    2,678
    A 180hp 300ftlb vw diesel would be slick and a whole lot less work digging out in the mud
     
    Rodney likes this.
  18. Jan 14, 2022
    Rodney

    Rodney Member

    Sierra Foothills
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2021
    Messages:
    306
    Nothing like a Screaming Jimmy to wake up the neighborhood and let people know you're coming. Just go for it.
     
    dozerjim and givemethewillys like this.
  19. Jan 15, 2022
    Buildflycrash

    Buildflycrash Blind and Dirty 2022 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    Gulf Breeze FL...
    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2007
    Messages:
    2,753
    Been plugging away at the 231 swap and addition of Holley Sniper. Worked on the fuel tank and lines evenings this past week. Today I started the final preparations. Installed the radiator and primed the oil pump.

    [​IMG]

    Put in the coolant and wouldn’t you know, the thermostat housing leaks! :censored:

    The pretty SS housing that came with this intake is gone now for the old iron part from the Dauntless.

    [​IMG]

    Put it all back together and wait until tomorrow to put the coolant back in. I’ll go over the Sniper instructions again tomorrow and hopefully crank it up. Got to run it a while straight off for Cam break-in.

    [​IMG]
     
    vtxtasy, 73 cj5, Fireball and 6 others like this.
  20. Jan 15, 2022
    Jw60

    Jw60 WRPD855 2022 Sponsor 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    Sedalia MO.
    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2008
    Messages:
    2,678
    Double check vacuum lines and maybe even pull all the non essential things that might cause an interruption to the cam break in. Charge the battery.
     
    Rodney likes this.
New Posts