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62 Cj5. The Miami Project.

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by tripilio, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. Nov 6, 2018
    tripilio

    tripilio Proud American!

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    After posting some random pics about my jeep in some random threads I decided (Focker suggested) to document it all here in a more coherent way. I will be posting some of the past accomplishments and as much as time permits, progress. Later!
     
  2. Nov 6, 2018
    tripilio

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    IMG_20180609_171211085_HDR.jpg IMG_20180610_134338684_HDR.jpg IMG_20180610_134416219_HDR.jpg IMG_20180610_134612868_HDR.jpg I got this started as a father-son project.Also, I believe that learning to drive stick-shift is a must. Also,old jeeps are waaay cooolll! Down here in Miami there snot a big culture of early Jeeps and when you see one is already restored and extremely out of my budget. I saw it on CL and my oldest son and I went all the way to Naples to buy it. I liked it as soon as I laid eyes on it. A little rough (a lot as I found out later), but doable. A good indicator was the fact I started it on the first turn of the key and the engine sounded very good. No brakes and a slipping clutch made a really scary run up the ramp of the U-haul transport. Here is what it looked like when we got home.
     
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  3. Nov 6, 2018
    55_Willys_CJ5

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    Nice jeep you got there. Father & Son projects are the best. Will have lots of fond memories, I know I do from when my Dad and I did the first restoration of my jeep in '86. Wish you much success. The knowledgeable folks here will provide information and answers along your journey.
     
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    tripilio

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    Thanks! I will be updating as we go along!
     
  5. Nov 6, 2018
    tripilio

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    I have no floors! :cry:



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  6. Nov 6, 2018
    tripilio

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    One of my first tasks was to understand and to rebuild my Ross and if possible, improve it. I don't want to go the saginaw way just yet. I will like to get a feeling first of how the Ross behaves with a decent set up and tight tolerances. I found my box in a horrible state. Contaminated lubricant, pitted worm and sector and bushings... you name it!

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    tripilio

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    After I bought a rebuild kit for the steering box, I realized the bushings were to loose and short. I decided to do a little mod. I made a full sleeve on oil impregnated bronze and opened the lubrication orifice aligned with a cut made with a file. After pressing in the sleeve (left with one thousand oversize OD) I reamed it to size. The new sector shaft now has a nice slip fit with practically no play. Did I mention how awesome is my sandblaster box?
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  8. Nov 6, 2018
    tripilio

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    I'm giving it a shot to my "home made" steering tightening device (not plugging any name). I'll post results when I install it.

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  9. Nov 7, 2018
    tripilio

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    After seeing this beauty, I decided to do something like it (to the extent of my capabilities).
    This Mornings Machining Project
    I has purchased before a repair kit for the bell crank that, to be blunt was a POS! :poo: A concoction of sleeve/bearings that allowed a little more play I was willing to take. I was thinking about how to proceed when I bumped into the link above.
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    Let's see how it works, but there is virtually 0 play. I have to set the pre-load and then indicate it, but I suspect it will be several orders of magnitude better that the crappy kit I got. :bananatool:
     
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  10. Jan 2, 2019
    tripilio

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    Update: I have been working in all kinds of directions: some mechanical repairs, as I run out of funds... some patching up! Until I can buy more parts again. Since availability of parts locally are near zero, I decided to rebuild my Dana 25. A Dana 30 was impossible to acquire (nobody wants to ship) so I jump into rebuilding and converting to discs in the front. Maybe in the future,I will put 11" in the back.

    As you can see, other than the hub bearings, everything else was shot.
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  11. Jan 2, 2019
    tripilio

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    The u-joint I got did "fit" but the clip slot was not reaching position since they were longer. Luckily I have a lathe! I managed to widen the cut to accommodate the c-clips. It came out ok.
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  12. Jan 2, 2019
    tripilio

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    ...some wire brush on my angle grinder...some paint and it looks way better!:beer:
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  13. Jan 3, 2019
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    while you have the knuckles apart, you might consider converting the knuckles to a stud type assembly rather than the factory bolts in threaded holes assembly.

    Here is one of many threads that discuss it:

    Knuckle studs...again
     
  14. Jan 3, 2019
    tripilio

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    I vaguely recall seeing something about it. What would be the advantage of it? It is engaging on the same threads on the knuckle if I'm not mistaken (I often am).:sneak:
     
  15. Jan 3, 2019
    homersdog

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    Keep in mind the knuckle is cast steel and is fairly brittle. The threaded holes are notorious for breaking, ruining the knuckle. putting the threaded button head cap screws in from the back side is much stronger. The head of the screws transfer the load to a broader area of the knuckle. If you look the link I posted earlier, read through Warloch's write up.
     
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  16. Jan 3, 2019
    tripilio

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    Thanks, homersdog! I will look into making that modification.:bananatool:
     
  17. Jan 4, 2019
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    I'll second the knuckle stud conversion. Years ago, I lost a wheel because the bolts pulled out.
     
  18. Jan 5, 2019
    tripilio

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    I will look into it. Does anyone have a part number/source for the good stuff? Thanks!
     

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