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69 Dauntless Project - the 'Heep'

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by Danefraz, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Feb 28, 2018
    Danefraz

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    Straightened and flared a piece of tubing to get from the tank to the fuel filter today. Need to add the bends. Can't find the rubber-coated tubing mounts I picked up. Now to put the coil tubing protection over it.
     
  2. Mar 7, 2018
    Danefraz

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    4 SHIFT LEVERS!!!

    this is 3/8" rod slipped into 1/2" tubing and 1" x 1/8" flat stock. I used angle-iron as my template to make the flat-stock in the 1/8 (I had thinner and thicker on hand).
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    I had to make my 'bend' a little more acute to get between the mount for the transfer case shift levers.

    The T-98 transmission bosses not being used were mated to a piece of 3" x 1/2" flat stock, I added a piece of 1/8" thick flat stock to make the shifter mount sit flush. I had a horseshoe clip retainer on the shift lever originally, I used a washer and a cotter pin setup. I tried to clean up the 'globbed' weld on the handle joint.

    You can see that I mashed the 1/2" tubing flat with a BFH to make a mounting boss for the shift lever, drilled and tapped the block for 3/8" x 16tpi then used a double-nut to set the distance for the rod. Fitted the shift rod, trimmed, and welded it up.

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    All in all, OD shifts great. 1/4" clearance all the way around.
     
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  3. Mar 10, 2018
    Danefraz

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    Today i have time to mock a couple things up.

    Odd that i centered the mock bumper w/in 1/8in of the Center of the steel off of the frame rails, and my driver wheel is +1 in wider outboard than the passenger side. Guess i will be marking c/l on the crossmember and coming forward to see if it matches.

    Just a 1/4” tack on each side holding it. My fat bumb is sitting on it at the moment.

    I came up about an inch higher than the original, but this is 5” x 2” tube rather than the stock.

    Mocked the mount plate for the power steering at the moment. Trying to decide if i want to tackle the 4” round cut thru the cross member at the moment.
     
  4. Mar 10, 2018
    Danefraz

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    Went off topic while I consider what to do with the power steering gear. Found my tailgate and it's rusting out worse than I thought ...

    These are shots of the 'good side' after wire wheeling the daylights out of it.

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    I spent an hour with the mig filling in 'gone' metal a dot at a time, building up the thin, then working in small circles an inch or so at a time... So much inner contamination. Pancake rust, etc.

    I think I fixed it, need to grind it all down and take a double-check of it. Considered just cutting off the bottom, using a piece of pipe the same dia, and being done with it...

    Picts later - off to my daughter's last night of this year's school play (the king and I), she's got a little singing and 'fan dancing'... but last night it was good, so I assume tonight they'll have all their jitters out and be ready to go.
     
  5. Mar 11, 2018
    Danefraz

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    After playing earlier in the day with the sand blaster, I have that black al-ox stuff all over the back yard - used it in the open on the tail gate in the 'can't get to places'; blasted the old drag link and a few other parts from here to there.

    Mixed up a pint of epoxy primer a bit ago, about an hour before dark...

    While it cooked a bit, I wiped a bunch of parts down with acetone to clean them of the blaster dust and other things that will ail them.

    Pint of primer goes a long ways so I:

    Sprayed the tailgate that I spent most of the earlier day working on burning out the rust-lace and pancake rust, grinding, filling, grinding. Goal is to hermetically seal the tail gate, the little openings (JB Weld will be added to all left over parts, sanded then re-primed). The tube on the bottom of the gate sounds like one of them 'rain sticks' with what's left that I couldn't get out w/o cutting yet another hole in this thing.

    Shot a coat on the old ross mount from off the cross member. Shot a coat on it's backing plate (? part of a drilled out rivet on it).
    Shot a coat on the old drag link.
    Shot a coat of it on the overdrive shift rod.
    Shot some on the old transmission cover sheet metal. It's the T-14 version that will not work for my T-98 with twin sticks and over-drive. Will likely be modifying it some way, or using the T-98 template I got from a member here a while back.

    Cleaned up the mess... ran out of acetone as I was just finishing cleaning my disposable HLVP from HF (great for shooting the primer so far).

    First blush, it all looked pretty good.

    Will be interesting to see how well it turned out when day breaks tomorrow.
     
  6. Mar 12, 2018
    Muzikp

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    And....?
     
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  7. Mar 12, 2018
    Danefraz

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    Actually had to work today. that puts a cramp in the jeep work. Then I played 'shuffle the bottles' from home to AirGas and back. (more in my other thread I don't have gas)

    Working from home tomorrow, I will see if I can get out in the morning and take a couple snapshots.
     
  8. Mar 13, 2018
    Danefraz

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    a few 'less than glam' shots of my handy work.

    This is the rod I made for the overdrive shifter. It fits between the transmission and the transfer case shifter mounts on my T-98.
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    After burning out the rust on the tailgate, filling in, grinding, burning yet another hole in my 'garage' tennis shoes (and melting skin between two toes), hammering, pounding to straighten, and a dose of 'repeating' it all over... after being sprayed with a little epoxy primer.

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    I'll be sanding it lightly a little here and there and filling pits, and re-priming before painting, but I'm happy to say that I'm fairly happy in the transformation from what I had to what I have.
     
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  9. Mar 13, 2018
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  10. Mar 14, 2018
    Danefraz

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    bought some hole saws and cutting fluid today that should help me with the power steering mount. Watchout, I'm about to try something outside my zone of comfort... been saving up the man-vittles for a bit to actually chop into this part of the project.
     
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  11. Mar 18, 2018
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    Hope the toe burn heals fast. :lol:
    Painful isn't it.

    Just keep the speed of the hole saw as slow as possible and you will be right.

    Excessive heat is the enemy and will dull the teeth real fast when going through steel.
     
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  12. Mar 18, 2018
    Danefraz

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    Awesome advise, thanks... I bought some extra cutting fluid, thought that might also help.

    I jumped out to the body in the yard today. Unburried it, fixed up a little rotisserie. Sanded like crazy. Primer tomorrow, then I can set the body on the frame and use it as part of this fab process.

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  13. Mar 24, 2018
    Danefraz

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    Rain break. Hope it holds for a day or so. Squirted some primer to stave off rust on the freshly sanded body. Still have a lot to clean up on this, again.


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  14. Mar 24, 2018
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    what's that speaker hole doing there :susp:
     
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  15. Mar 24, 2018
    Danefraz

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    Nice!

    PO cut in a tractor vent / bug scoop. I think i will re-use it or go down to JD and see if they have similar ones.
     
  16. Mar 24, 2018
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    Do your knuckles two favors............next time you have the power steering plate off to drill those holes , radius those sharp corners........and on the hole saw make it ultra slow speed.........hopefully you have a nice 1/2" variable speed drill..........take a long drill first and drill through both legs of the cross member channel where your hole is going at the correct angle to your steering column ....as you will probably have to bore from both sides.........the correct angle will normally allow you not needing a U-joint at that end..........I also like to take a small piece of 1/4" plate and tack weld it to where your center hole will be on both sides..........that will will keep the hole saw centered on the drill bit pilot hole and not allow it to get wallowed out as you drill through the thinner .125" material..........cutting speed is only about 100 rpm's for a 4" hole............RECOMMENDED HOLE SAW SPEED REFERENCE CHART so be patient.

    Above all take your time and make sure everything is in the correct position............steering gear & sector shaft / Pittman arm for and aft to the axle remembering that with forward shackles the axle will travel forward under compression ..........so the rear tip of the Pittman arm that is pointing to the rear at straight ahead steering , should be forward of the tie rod by at least and inch just sitting there statically ........that includes the angle of the gear box so that it intersects with the column.............Grab a sandwich and your favorite beverage and proceed slowly...
     
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  17. Mar 24, 2018
    Danefraz

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    Thank you for this: yes on the corners. most certainly. my mock has some sharp edges that were just dimmed a little with the grinder.

    Definitely over-planning my path on this. Not itching to jump out of the foxhole yet, nor is there someone kicking me in the backside telling me to, yet. Still looking at it all. I have a nice corded dewalt 1/2" (10A I think) variable that goes slow. was thinking about the long-drill issue (without knowing I'd need a long drill yet). I had thought about a long-punch to mark it on the inside and use a small drill for a pilot.

    Awesome on the 1/4 plate anti-wallow device... tricks are good.

    I'm right at about at that inch with where I've C clamped it at the moment, was going to try and get a little more, may be 1 1/4", but I'm looking at the hyd-fittings to make sure that's not a charlie foxtrot either; Getting ready to dangle a string and a nut, then put the grill in place and see what I got. I think I will also be 2 body pucks high, so that may help with the hydraulic fittings as well.

    I need to set the body on again as well to make sure my alignment is still good. I will need a couple meat head buddies and some pizza/beer for an enticement usually.

    +3 again for extra help and advice.
     
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  18. Mar 25, 2018
    Danefraz

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    Went for a bicycle ride with the family came back and worked on the body.


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    Little bit left to do in the back of the tub, but closing in on all epoxy all over. Will be sanding it again, but at least... no more rust.
     
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  19. Mar 25, 2018
    Focker

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    Looking good! (y)
     
  20. Mar 25, 2018
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    Are you not getting the bad weather up there? I came out to the barn and got rained on, went back to the house for something a bit later and the weather was beautiful, came back out and got hailed on. No primer spraying here. Looks like you are moving right along.
     

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