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My CJ6 Frankenstein Build, Little Of Everything!

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by y2k-fxst, Jul 13, 2015.

  1. Mar 4, 2018
    y2k-fxst

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    Figure it's around 12-1300 lbs. The hoist has a 4000 lb limit. Have it set at the 2000 lb setting for now.
     
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  2. Mar 4, 2018
    y2k-fxst

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    Even though TJ Legal's Farmstrong mounts are some of the best engineered mounts for a 4bt swap. I just can't not modify something. Turned his weld on mounts into bolt on mounts. That way if the next person decides to go back to a gas motor they don't have to grind them off.

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    Stuffed into place.

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    Looks like the shifter is even going to clear the dash and be in a good location.

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    Trans mount done ready to bolt in.

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    Mess cleaned up and put to bed till next time I get to work on it.

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  3. Apr 4, 2018
    y2k-fxst

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    So finally time to make the TJ bumper I bought a while back fit the CJ8 frame under my CJ6. Was not overly impressed by the structural design of this bumper from the factory, and the receiver hitch was not very sturdy.

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    Ended up boxing the entire back of the bumper with some scrap 7 gauge I had and made some mounts out of some 1.5"x3"x1/4" wall tubing I had left over.

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    Got it all mounted up. Still have to change the bolt pattern on the tire mount to match the wheel on the CJ. Have a heavier receiver tube coming that will be welded to the bumper and bolted to the frame.

    Now I can hang the spare from my truck on it and throw a few hundred pounds in it so I can finish setting the rear pinion angle and front caster.

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  4. Apr 24, 2018
    y2k-fxst

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    Finally bolted the hinges on the hood today. Figured out there is some interference between the cowl and the hood. Seems the early hoods don't have a lip on the back of them. The late ones do, and it catches on the rain channel on the cowl. Gonna have to do some grinding on both pieces so the hood will open and close.

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  5. Apr 24, 2018
    sterlclan

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    can you fold the lip on the hood over?if you grind too much the spot welds will be compromised
     
  6. Apr 24, 2018
    y2k-fxst

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    Though about doing that but, the flange on the hood is double layer and I'm afraid I'd end up with a lot of extra bodywork. All I was going to grind on the hood is to flush up the lip on the brace and the lip on the hood with each other. Most of the grinding will be on the drip channel on the cowl since it is only single thickness.
     
  7. May 9, 2018
    y2k-fxst

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    Got the Wagoneer Dana 44 all welded up tonight. Now all I have to do is get the new guts for it and I can bolt it in for good! Set the passenger side at 6 degrees caster. This gave me 12 degrees up pinion angle also. After measuring and remeasuring a multitude of times. Decided the driver's side inner-C was ready to weld in place.

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    Got the cut part of a cut and turn done on the passenger's side.

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    Cleanup done and the passenger inner-C tacked into place to match the driver's side.

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    Passenger's side welded off. After it cooled matches perfectly still with the driver's side for both caster and camber. So if one is wrong, both are wrong!

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  8. May 9, 2018
    johneyboy03

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    Nice job there.

    When i did my frond dana 44 i was not as confident as you. So i ended up bringing the axle to an alignment shop so they set the caster with their precise machine.
     
  9. May 9, 2018
    y2k-fxst

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    Will see how confident I am when I get it all together and take it to the alignment shop! Had the driver's side on for a month, and every time I was in the shop I'd measure it again. Last night I said the heck with it and welded it up.
     
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  10. May 22, 2018
    y2k-fxst

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    Pulled the open 3.07 carrier out of the front axle. figured it would make it a little lighter to clean and blast next weekend. Damn near clobbered myself, was going to grab a couple pry bars to get it out like you normally need. Damn thing didn't hardly have any pre-load. Popped right out by hand! Get everything cleaned up and in a couple weeks the 3.54 Power-Lok can go in.

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  11. May 26, 2018
    y2k-fxst

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    Time to clean up the front axle housing. It's not that I mind being a shade tree mechanic. I just REALLY wish I had a SHADE TREE!!!!!!!!

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    All cleaned up and no place to go. Seems like the yoke is shot. Most 4x4s with 200,000 miles might only see 5,00 mile in 4x4. But, a full time 4x4 with 150,000 miles the pinion has turned every one of them, Knew the front seal was bad but, once I fully tore it apart found the yoke was worn also where the seal rides. Yeah, time for another stop by UPS!

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  12. Jun 3, 2018
    y2k-fxst

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    All cleaned up spick and span ready for assembly.

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    Since Dana yokes are splined with a slight twist they are a press fit, and I had to get a new one I took the old one and ground out most of the splines so it is just a slip fit.

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    OK, first aggravation of the night. Spent some extra money on a Yukon Gear installation kit. And the carrier shims have too small an ID! Had to grind every one of them to fit.

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    Had 0.008" backlash with the setup bearings. Press on the new bearings and now I'm at 0.016". Time to walk away and drink a couple beers before I do something stupid and cost more money! Need to pull the bearings back off and move the ring gear 0.010" closer to the pinion.

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  13. Jun 4, 2018
    Muzikp

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    I'm totally coveting that axle, very nice.
     
  14. Jun 22, 2018
    y2k-fxst

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    Yeah, hopefully I'll be able to get back to it soon. Been dealing with wedding stuff the last couple weeks for my son and then mom broke her hip this week so dealing with that. Really want to get this thing to a roller!
     
  15. Jun 22, 2018
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    ouch! hope she is doing ok
     
  16. Jun 22, 2018
    y2k-fxst

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    She was still groggy yesterday but, came through surgery fine. Not exactly how she wanted to spend her 92nd birthday!
     
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  17. Jun 26, 2018
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    Finally got back to the front axle and finished the install of the ring and pinion and Power-Lok differential. Pulled the ring gear side bearing and put another 0.014" of shims in there, and pressed it back on. Ended up with a perfect 0.006" backlash and a good gear pattern.

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    Buttoned back up and ready to go back in place.

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    Home again, nice to get it under the front and jack stands moved under the axle. With the stands under the frame and a heavy 4bt in the front I could actually lift the rear off the back jack stands! Had 6 bags of concrete in the back to counter balance it.

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    Now I'm ready to clean the outer-Cs, and caliper mounts. A little paint and start putting them back together with new ball joints. Also need to get some small bearing Chevy spindles ordered to adapt the Ford hubs and rotors to my Jeep axle and calipers. And still need to find someone to shorten my driver's side axle shaft 4" and re-spline it.

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  18. Jun 27, 2018
    ITLKSEZ

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    That looks nice.
     
  19. Jul 2, 2018
    y2k-fxst

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    Got the passenger side knuckle and caliper mount cleaned and painted.

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    Then went to the driver's side and ran out of media halfway through on the knuckle. Not having the best luck with blasting this weekend. Blew the pressure hose in my cabinet last night trying to do this!

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  20. Jul 30, 2018
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    So, when I pulled these hubs off the donor 3 years ago I figured I just repack the bearings and run them. No grooves or noticeable wear on the rotors. But after 3 year sitting under my welding table they were pretty nasty with grinding dust and even saw dust. Decided to knock the races out so I could give them a thorough cleaning. Glad I did, even though the passenger side one had Timken bearings it had Chinese Peer races. The races showed a lot of wear and looked as though they had gotten hot. The driver's side had Timken bearings and races but were showing wear. So, new bearings are on the way.

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    Looks better after a pass through the sand blaster cabinet.

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