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Fino's 1970 Mini Build Thread

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by FinoCJ, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. Sep 9, 2021
    Norcal69

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    What about going to an auto paint store that can load aerosol cans? Use their color chip chart to match your faded color the closest and have a can or two made?
     
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  2. Sep 9, 2021
    FinoCJ

    FinoCJ 1970 CJ5 Staff Member 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

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    That would be the plan, but not finding any places that will color match and make me a can of auto paint. I could try hardware store "Rust-Oleum" or similar, but not sure if the difference in auto enamel vs oil based Rust-Oleum would be problematic. Short term and for my beater jeep, it'd probably be ok, but long term, the Rust-Oleum stuff might fade more and may cause issue if it's over painted one day without stripping to bare medal.

    Edit - I found a place kind of on the other side of town that will do it for $35/can plus an additional $5 for a can of clear.
     
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  3. Sep 9, 2021
    jzeber

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    Hopefully "not". I used these corner guards on mine. They were way cheaper when I bought them. CJ-5 Corner Guard Blanks - Steel
    My 71' became more and more flat black as the years went by. :D
     
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  4. Sep 9, 2021
    FinoCJ

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    I bought these Warrior full corner guards to cover my marginal body and paint work....summit had a nice deal on them awhile ago for under $200
    Jeep CJ5/CJ3A Rear Corners
    but there are some unexpected complications with installation - mostly on the opposite side than I just repaired. I don't really want to deal with that side right now. But yes, they are flat black and match the sliders and slowly the distinctive pin-stripping is getting covered up and not visible.
     
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  5. Sep 15, 2021
    FinoCJ

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    Its done for now....I really have to thank Jen for all the sanding and putty work she did on this....we spent two days working on just the filler and glaze, and then when we primed it, we weren't happy, so we spent another 3 days - and its still not going to be mistaken for professional grade, but given what the rest of my jeep looks like from a paint and body standpoint, its plenty acceptable....the jeep is ready to run again (knuckles are good to go as well):
    from this:
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    to this (the sun glare in the first pic makes the color match look better than it really is):
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  6. Sep 16, 2021
    txtoller

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    Came out nice!
     
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  7. Sep 16, 2021
    bigjohn

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    Very nice work James, that looks really! And honestly these jeeps rarely get quality body work so I wouldn’t worry too much. Especially since the long term plan is corner protection, right? Regardless excellent work dude!
     
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  8. Sep 24, 2021
    FinoCJ

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    Added a little more rear diff protection....
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    I've beat mine up just bit, and after watching a couple different people punch into or through their rear diff cover when backing up or sliding back down off a steep obstacle (say on holy cross on the ecj5 run), I decided it would be nice to have a bit more protection. I was planning on just buying a simple, heavy duty, thick aftermarket one, but found the above protector on CL while surfing for other axle parts. The posting was from just down the street, so I went and got it for cheap. Install was trivially easy - one of its selling points to me. It bolts on over the cover - so you don't have to remove to old cover and deal with draining and refilling fluid or scraping old gasket/RTV off and prepping for new gasket etc. I think it looks a bit stupid (or at least not appropriate on an old cj), but if it works I'll take it for now. Next time I change fluids (and hopefully go with a lubelocker re-usable gasket), I might still replace the OEM cover with a heavy duty one and pass this along to someone else...we'll see.

    I do have a early production, thick OEM front D25/27 cover that will eventually get put on - thanks Wheelie! They make diff protectors like this one for the D25/27/30, but no way would I have enough clearance to fit it behind the the steering linkages. I will hoping to install the cover and a used, vintage Dana Powerloc LSD I recently acquired - thanks Jeep2003! - after doing the front knuckles, but I just didn't have time to mess with it, and I wanted to make sure the cj is ready for Moab in a week. And the 58 also needs a lot of attention - as always. So the rest of the front axle and T18 4speed are to come one day in the future. Probably before I get the front axle fully finished, Wheelie will have done his D30 swap and I should just buy his D27 already completely built!
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  9. Sep 27, 2021
    jzeber

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    I had the same diff cover on my 71 and it held up very well to a lot of abuse over the years.
     

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