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FC150...No End In Sight Project

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by jeepstar, Dec 11, 2018.

  1. Oct 9, 2019
    Dave Deyton

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    Lots of information on stiffening the Harbor Freight English Wheel on the web.
    The Harbor Freight tools just need a little tweaking to make them work well.
    Grizzly has a small bench top E wheel I got for $79 on sale.

    Shop Tools and Machinery at Grizzly.com

    At $160, I would go with the larger Harbor Freight E wheel and add the stiffeners.

    Looks like progress is being made, good job.


    Dave
     
  2. Oct 9, 2019
    Buildflycrash

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    And you didn't take any photos?
     
  3. Oct 9, 2019
    Focker

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  4. Oct 14, 2019
    jeepstar

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    Another piece of the fc puzzle acquired.
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  5. Oct 15, 2019
    sterlclan

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    The glass made the trip laying flat? I trucked a ton o glass and never had good luck flat.
     
  6. Oct 15, 2019
    47v6

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    I would have broke that AND i would have rage quit something over it for sure.
     
  7. Oct 15, 2019
    jeepstar

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    It was 8 miles at 45mph, on a serta foam dog bed
     
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  8. Oct 18, 2019
    Keys5a

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    Glass windshields should always be transported standing upright! You got lucky if that made it home without cracking. Those unsupported ends have enough mass to break it even on a small bump.
    On the HF English wheel, my brother bought one some years back. The frame flexed so bad, it was useless. 150 lbs of additional steel bracing later, it works very well. The rollers and wheels are suprisingly well hardened as they need to be.
    These are still the best English wheels for the money, just count on beefing up the frame.
    As far as repairing cab corners on your FC, I used some repair quarter panels from a VW Karman Ghia that were fairly similar to rework for my front corners. I threw away 80% of the panels, but the 20% I used were suprisingly close! Way easier than making them on an English wheel.
    -Donny
     
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  9. Oct 21, 2019
    jeepstar

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    Allright, spent 2 hours on the blue fc, trying to get the radiator to fit. No go. 18" space, 19.5" radiator. Even at an angle, steering shaft interferes as does heater hoses.
    Since I got a carb, and a rebuild kit for the carb, I also got a new coil and ballast resistor. I just want to get this thing running before winter. Kinda stuck now till I get the radiator figured out.
     
  10. Oct 26, 2019
    jeepstar

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    Picked up 2 new to me fc150 radiators. Going to install one now in the blue fc, then rebuild the carter yf carb I picked up last week, install it, put in the new coil and resistor, then see how nice this fhead runs.
    With any luck, I will be driving my parts fc(sans brakes) by this afternoon.
     
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  11. Oct 26, 2019
    jeepstar

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    One radiator leaks just a fuzz....but I'm not using stop leak here...
     
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  12. Oct 26, 2019
    jeepstar

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    They both leak, but oh well. I rebuilt the carb, and the parts jeep runs like a top! Woohoo! I may be driving a forward control before xmas!!
     
  13. Oct 28, 2019
    jeepstar

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    And now I spent 600 bucks on a new radiator. Recore was 500.00, and an hour and a half away.
    May as well go new at this point
     
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  14. Oct 31, 2019
    jeepstar

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    last night, i got the clutch installed on the parts Jeep. i have a gas can strapped to the frame. still no brakes.
    i was going to go on a maiden voyage last night, but since i replaced the drivers floor, i dont have the foot pedal to run the throttle. and since i dont have the dash in, i dont have the choke cable or an ignition.
    while i want to drive an FC so hard, i figure i would wait. i would have to lean over the open engine to hotwire the motor, and then use both hands to operate the choke and throttle linkage, while shifting and steering. i just dont think its possible with only two hands.

    i got my Wilwood brake master cylinder fabbed up, so i just need to plumb the lines and brakes are done. they may work, but it really doesnt take much to run new lines. one less thing to worry about.

    i really should start a new thread for the blue FC, since its been getting more attention than the red one. only sticking enough money and parts in it to get it running and driving though....
     
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  15. Oct 31, 2019
    jeepstar

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    ready to go.....almost.....few more items to address...

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  16. Oct 31, 2019
    jeepstar

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    baldjosh

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    YOU CAN DO IT(y)...super awesome...cant wait to see a video of it cruising around
     
  18. Oct 31, 2019
    Twin2

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    I know you want to go for a spin
    safety first
     
  19. Nov 2, 2019
    Keys5a

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    Considering that this the brakes, I would be welding a bit more than just those corner tack welds.
    I'll be watching how you fit this bracket to the frame.
    -Donny
     
  20. Nov 2, 2019
    jeepstar

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