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My Little "Barn" Find... '55 CJ5

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by durangotang, May 12, 2015.

  1. Jan 19, 2016
    Patrick

    Patrick Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I thought we weren't going to speak of that? ;)
     
  2. Jan 20, 2016
    durangotang

    durangotang Member

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    I thought no pictures was the agreement... what happens in Los Alamos stays in Los Alamos.
     
  3. Feb 4, 2016
    durangotang

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    Well it's been a fun week of working on the Jeep. Left front wheel bearing started growling at me so I brought the jeep home and took a look....

    Well crap... that's a lot of metal.
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    Looks good to me....
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    ...and it was cool enough to essentially weld the inner portion of the bearing onto the spindle... heat and a BFH wouldn't budge the thing.
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    I guess I get to order a new spindle now... hooray.
     
  4. Feb 5, 2016
    Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Senior member

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    If you take a die grinder or hacksaw blade to that old retainer and cut it on opposite sides. Be careful not to cut the spindle. Once cut almost through, you can take a chisel and finish it off. Old time way to get them off and usually does not hurt the spindle. You may have to use some emery cloth to clean up the spindle surface.
     
  5. Feb 5, 2016
    durangotang

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    I appreciate that... I'll try getting it off of there with a hacksaw. Maybe I can salvage it as a spare.
     
  6. Feb 5, 2016
    Tumbleweed

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    I have saved many a trailer spindle that way. Usually a few nicks or dings is okay if you make sure they are not raised imperfections. Even a little dremel tool can cut that free.
     
  7. Feb 13, 2016
    durangotang

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    Jeep is almost back together with new front wheel bearings, a new driver's side spindle, and new brakes up front. I ran into more issues with the Omix-Ada parts that I was using. I'm starting to notice a trend in their machined parts. I'll write a full post on the issues and link to it here.
     
  8. Feb 13, 2016
    Beach66Bum

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    Making a late entrance to your thread but had to say WOW!! what an awesome jeep, love it. :)
     
  9. Feb 17, 2016
    durangotang

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    Yay Ebay!

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  10. Feb 18, 2016
    colojeepguy

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    Cool looking speedo!
     
  11. Feb 20, 2016
    Keys5a

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    King-Seely!
     
  12. Feb 27, 2016
    durangotang

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    Started refinishing the new hardtop and had to get the old paint off first.... here we are after one round of brush-on paint stripper and a pressure washer. Round 2 is in the works. The stuff actually worked pretty well. Maybe tomorrow I can spray some paint.

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  13. Mar 10, 2016
    durangotang

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    More work done on the Jeep....

    Little Ebay rheostat for the heater:
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    Got rid of the speakers under the dash and put new ones into the ammo can console:
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    ...and did some painting:
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    I also installed some new lights in the bumper. As much as I'd like it all to be period-correct, I'd also like to not hit a deer.
     
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  14. Mar 10, 2016
    Patrick

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    Looks good! I assume you got the fitment issues worked out?
     
  15. Mar 10, 2016
    Glenn

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    Looks good to me! :)
     
  16. Mar 10, 2016
    Glenn

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    I also installed some new lights in the bumper. As much as I'd like it all to be period-correct, I'd also like to not hit a deer.

    Can you actually go fast enough to hit one? ;)
     
  17. Mar 15, 2016
    durangotang

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    Yeah the fit issues got sorted out. I got around putting any holes in the windshield frame by installing toggle clamps to the top that clamp the windshield frame. Next fall a foam strip will go between the windshield and top, then it'll be sealed up tight and good to go.
     
  18. Apr 16, 2016
    Jomani

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    The old Warn winch looks great on the front of your CJ. I have a 56 CJ5 - just found a very early Warn 6000 (after Belleview name but before Warn added the "M") that I am planning to use. The winch came with the original switch and control cables but not the mounting bracket.

    Thanks for the pics. They will make it easier to fab a bracket, unless of course someone has one laying around.

    Joe
     
  19. Apr 16, 2016
    Focker

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    Tell us/show us more about the bumper lights.
     
  20. Apr 21, 2016
    Rondog

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    Fixed that for you.....
     

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