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Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by Ghetto Fab., Sep 15, 2006.

  1. Jan 29, 2011
    aaron.lybarger

    aaron.lybarger New Member

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    I just have to say i wish i had a tenth of the skills to fabricate something.
    All i can say is WOW.
     
  2. Jan 30, 2011
    Ghetto Fab.

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    The woman had a baby shower at the house for one of her friends, so I got the heck outa here and went to work. I wound up modifying the toyota PS reservoir I got from Russ and his dad. I added 1.5" to it for some extra capacity. I also changed out the fittings for some pipe thread fittings. The welding isn't great, but it'll work.
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    The air intake is done, clearancing didn't work out so well, but a little bondo, sanding and some paint and no one will know. It fits at least. Also went around and tightened up a lot of loose suspension bolts. I need to make sure everything is tight before I drive it.

    Kevo
     
  3. Jan 31, 2011
    Mike S

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    You can use this stuff on the nuts/bolts when done, and it will give you a visual identification that the part is tightened.

    Also, should it come loose later, you can see the color stripe is not intact.

    http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/cspages/f900.php
     
  4. Jan 31, 2011
    Ghetto Fab.

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    Good call! I had a mechanic friend that used little bottles of touch up paint to do the same thing.

    Kevo
     
  5. Jan 31, 2011
    CJ5aTim

    CJ5aTim 66 Tux

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    In Germany and Iraq we used a black sharpie to draw a line across the lugs and the armor attachment points. a line across from the body,bolt, and back to the body. Any movement and it is obvious at a glance. --(-)--
     
  6. Feb 13, 2011
    Ghetto Fab.

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    So close, yet so very far away still. Put coolant, ps fluid and fuel in it. Cycled the key a few times to prime the fuel system and noticed fuel pouring out of every injector seal. Not today. :cry:

    Kevo
     
  7. Feb 19, 2011
    Ghetto Fab.

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    Fired it up today! It still runs! It is leaking fuel from one injector though and it still needs more work, but it RUNS, and nicely too!R)

    Kevo
     
  8. Feb 20, 2011
    drexotic

    drexotic Happy now?!?!?

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    Congratulations!
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  9. Apr 21, 2011
    Ghetto Fab.

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    Just when I thought I wasn't going to be able to take this thing, I find a trailer!
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    Its apparently a brand new "Apache" trailer. This guy in paso sells them outta his house, which was kinda odd, but he seemed nice enough. The finish work is a little sketchy as it is on most trailers, but the construction seems beefier than most. Its oddly enough a 2x4 box tubing frame. I think in the future I'll install some flushmount LED lights and get rid of the cheapo lights hanging off it, but for now its legal and works. Gotta put some tie down points on it.

    Also finnally found a good use for a unit bearing.
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    They work really well when assembling a hummer rim. By the way these have to be the easiest rims to assemble.
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    Enjoy,
    Kevo
     
  10. Apr 22, 2011
    drexotic

    drexotic Happy now?!?!?

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    Good to see you are still hangin' in there Kev !!!
     
  11. Apr 22, 2011
    Ghetto Fab.

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    Yes, its actually moving under its own power now. Got the rear driveshaft two weeks ago and promptly took it for a drive. Should go again this week to check out the gas pedal mods. We are towing it up to blue canyon in 3 weeks for its first outing, the Mountain Toppers Blue Canyon Poker run. Should be a good time. Its not too hard and crosses a paved road here and there so extractions shouldn't be too hard if things go wrong. Still have a long list of things to do.

    Kevo
     
  12. Apr 23, 2011
    Posimoto

    Posimoto Hopeless JEEP Addict

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    Is that the Blue Canyon off of I80 above Auburn?
     
  13. Apr 23, 2011
    Ghetto Fab.

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  14. Apr 24, 2011
    Ghetto Fab.

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    Went for a drive this morning. It was ok. The steering seemed really tight and hard to turn for some reason. I suspect my steering box may be the issue as it was tapped and rebuilt by the previous owner. Also there is some weird gear noise on decel. I'm gonna pull the rear cover and inspect at some point. It could be the AA output on the t-case also. I'm not too worried just yet, it won't be seeing any hiway time just yet.

    For kicks and giggles I put it onto the trailer. Its tight but doable. The pass side wound up driving up onto the fender for a bit. Fender is apparently strong enough to drive on.
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    Spent the rest of the day fabricating my fuel cell skid. It came out pretty good and should do fine protecting my liquid gold.
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    Enjoy,
    Kevo
     
  15. Apr 27, 2011
    Steve's 70-5

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    I would build something to keep off the fender or build a fender you know will hold up. You do not want to be loading and have the fender bend and get into the tire or have to remove the fender and get a ticket for no fenders on the trailer
     
  16. Apr 28, 2011
    willys59cj5

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    What color are you going to paint it? Sure have enjoyed this build over the last year or so.
     
  17. May 12, 2011
    Ghetto Fab.

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    No pics for now, I haven't had time. I've been working 10+ hour days and coming home and staying up late at night working on this. Its amazing all the little details that need to get done at the last minute. As of 10:40 last night, I'm calling it done for now! I'll take it for another drive around the block then load it on the trailer. We leave at the crack o' dawn tommorrow. Hope to have some pics next week.

    Kevo
     
  18. May 12, 2011
    CJ5aTim

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    God bless you! What a ride this thread is!! I can't wait for the next update... beautiful work, congrats.
     
  19. May 15, 2011
    Ghetto Fab.

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    We're back. It was a success and a failure at the same time. We wound up cutting our day short, really short, but I did get a bunch of seat time and things feel really good. I have a good idea of what I need to fix and add, and we didn't have a catastrophic failure.

    At camp prepping for the run saturday morning.
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    The group shot, mostly toyotas. Its a tough crowd for a jeep here.
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    Pic of me having fun on the trail. Things were going ok at this point.
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    Here is where we threw in the towel due to the power steering system. I kinda thought this might be a problem as the previous owner of the PS box had “rebuilt” and tapped it himself. I guess its my turn to go through it now. I may also buy a new pump while I’m at it. After hearing an unhappy PS pump for a few miles and seeing the box puking out fluid I knew I wouldn’t last too long on the granite slabs with a welded front diff. We let things cool off for a while and then got lost trying to find the easy way out. Here is a pic of me still proud that I made it this far.
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    We went back to camp, relaxed, had the tri-tip dinner later and won a few prizes at the raffle. We woke up to rain Sunday morning that turned to hail and then snow! Packing up in rain, hale and snow sucks! We were soaked and freezing. Snowing on the tow rig.
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    The road out.
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    Frosty jeep, brrrrrrrrr!!! Glad I’m towing!
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    It was a good time and a good first run, even though we didn’t finish it. I still haven’t got this thing flexed out yet, however the suspension rides really smooth, and it feels very stable going up, down and side hilling so far.

    I also found out that I have a few issues with the t-case. The whining noise I had been hearing on decel I’m pretty sure is coming from the t-case. Also the AA 32 spline output is causing the rear high range to pop out of gear when coasting downhill. So I’ll need to go through that also and figure out how to fix those issues. I also found the t-case e-brake was dragging, but I believe adjusting it and adding a return spring should fix that issue.

    I still need to fab a cooler basket and spare tire carrier.

    I’m probably gonna take a break for a few weeks though!

    Enjoy,
    Kevo
     
  20. May 16, 2011
    Posimoto

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    Miserable weather, but a good story to tell!
     

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