Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by 73 cj5, Jan 30, 2022.
F yea she's back! This fhead is a beast. It pulls way harder than the old setup even with the tires/gearing. It can still lug down and recover which is a plus.
I can actually lock up the brakes now too. The old stuff worked ok but always felt weak.
Went for a short two mile drive. Road manners are still there; no bump steer or wandering.
After I get some wiring fixed, I'll be going to my buddy's place right up the road and testing it out on his property.
It took roughly 8 days to get this from roller to driver. I think I could've done better but pulling all nighters comletely burned me out.
Most of the video somehow disappeared but it's proof that it does drive. I went ahead and ran over some saplings to christen the 3b.
gotta love an F-head
I can honestly say I’ve never heard the f head described this way .
Went and picked up a 3A salad for my buddy. Took the 3b and drug it into its current resting place until I feel like doing another build.
3b doing its thing.
So much for the fresh coat on the bumper.
Oh yeah !!
Git some! Glad it's moving again. Always liked this B. Gotta admit, I was chuckling watching the tach flop all around. I'm sure it's on the list of things to finish up but it made me laugh a little.
Went and dragged the blade out of the woods. I know if I don't make a mount now it'll never get done.
Here is the mount that came with it. I suppose this would work fine on a stock Jeep. I'll either modify it or just try to come up with something else entirely.
I wish I had good pictures but all that stuff is heavy.
My plow has a heavy 2x2" angle that hangs in the front spring pack with metal straps. The front of the angle has tabs for the plow the back has tabs for tubes that go to clamps on the frame rails. It allows the blade to follow the axle instead if the body.
Angle and tubes:
20220905_180838 by Joe with a jeep, on Flickr
On the jeep:
20220731_163658 by Joe with a jeep, on Flickr
This is the best view of the frame clamp. They are diamond plate with 4 bolts squeezing.
There are tabs for the pin to the push tube stuff.
If you hit something really hard they slip.
20230123_131007 by Joe with a jeep, on Flickr
And you need to make it multi functional
062409_1429a-1 by Joe with a jeep, on Flickr
Here is what I came up with last night. I need to make a run and get more steel to finish it up. I went to use the mig and it was out of wire so the Marquette came in clutch. I used it a fair bit while putting the 3b back together and it runs really smooth compared to the Lincoln.
Welded (4) 3/8" tabs to (2) pieces of 1/2" plate and welded it to the transmission cross member.
...and it plows. I wasn't sure I could squeeze a pto winch, Saginaw box, and plow lift up front but I'm glad it all fit. This thing is a hoot.
I took a couple 1/2" plates and welded them to the spring hangers and cut out some tabs (1/2") to run the pins through on the front. Went to the steel yard and found a 13ft stick of 2x2x1/4 to use for the front half of the plow harness. It should be plenty strong enough.
One thing I had in mind during the remodel was to make it lower to the ground. Definitely got that right. I've been thinking about cutting out the back half of the wheel well to match the passenger side where it fell off, almost like a comp cut.
Things that keep me up at night. Well, that and insomnia...
I noticed when I put the plow on and had it lifted up the steering took more effort than usual to turn. I had hoped to squeak by without an assist... In just a few hours I'll be at the shop and measure for a ram and hopefully, there's room for everything. Currently looking at the redneck ram. I *might* be taking this to Sicily for the first shake down run this weekend. Not quite ready to be honest, well the 3b isn't at least. The rear driveshaft needs to be lengthened some, limiting strap, and I'm still waiting for USPS to deliver my solenoid for the bus bar.
One more thing that irks me. I didn't realize how bad the gangster lean was until I walked around it and stood back. Of course, it's on the driver's rear side but I'm 80# lighter than the last time I drove this thing and I know it didn't lean this bad even then. I know the spring mounts are very close as I ran a steel bar through the bolt holes without binding or anything. I blame the old springs. The front just about has a negative arch.
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