Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by baldjosh, Nov 9, 2017.
1- interesting to see that tires are... on wheels
2 - good to see that when useful you pay a pro to have a good job done.
3 - your Jeep will be accepted in a museum, piece of Art.
4 - we wait...
on the concussion ?
well let me tell you i worked at it...
Somehow I missed this thread, looking great and giving me some ideas!
Well here goes...been a bit since I updated this thread, but I have made progress. Im bad at keeping track of stuff so bear with me...
I needed some inspiration so I pinned all the tin on to sit and look at what the future holds... the steel rod extruding from drivers side windshield was part of an on going fix to the soft top channel...the rag hanging off is not a sign of surrender...just there for safety!
Many small tid bits have been installed...wind shield, horn button, gas tank, oil pressure gauge, etc. etc.
with my bad leg its really tough to climb in...so I bought steps...with a little tweaking I'm pretty satisfied...very sturdy this way.
some CAD work...
I bought after market fork lift seats......the wheel house notch was cut to allow the rear left mount to bolt directly to the tub...
Im pretty satisfied with the seats...and have plenty of room for my pudgy 6'2" self to slide in...
Fuel pump, PCV, wiper motor, and other stuff...
Pretty sure it was Walt who said "unbolt all dash bolts but the lowest on each side"...I got some longer ones for the lower corners and...WOW...how awesome is that!
Anyhoo...my goal is to fire it up and run it by end of summer...after that...who knows, the paint and body work may never come about...but if im driving her who cares!
Here's a pic of the speedo and oil pressure gauge from the cockpit...I removed the bezels and powder coated...the plan is to keep the dash as simple as this
I've been working on things with the idea that if I do at least one thing every day...no matter how small...eventually ill get there
Yeah...I know...then it will be time to start over
Any way, here's todays progress...and I got two things accomplished
parking brake is installed
wasn't sure where the spring was supposed to go so I just hooked it to some hat channel
AND....the speedo cable is in...I did not hook that to hat channel...
Since this is a repop tub I had no idea where to drill the hole...I was really worried the cable wouldn't reach the speedo head...not so worried any more
Did i mention that I am really bad about updating things...September 22 this year is the 4th sunday of the month and so it is the annual Oyster run in our area. thousands of motorcycles roll through town...the wife and I love to drive into town and sit and watch all the caziness...the 22nd is also my birthday...so there is my goal for the Jeep being on the road...pressure is on...
I ordered a bunch of 14 guage wire for the harness
I have built a couple wire harnesses for Japanese motorcycles so how hard can a jeep be...I'm pretty sure there's an overabundance of wire in Japan and the workers get a bonus based on how much extra wire they can stuff into a harness I think i over think things...it took a long time to even begin thinking about it but finally I bit the bullet and went for it... I had to tell myself that at this point nothing is permanent...anything can/will be redone in the future if I'm that unhappy with it...I am not entirely unhappy with the harness, but I did forget to run a few wires through the loom here and there...oopsy, I can live with a few stray strands
My best Bud is a yacht painter...and i was having a real hard time with the white over blue over red primer, with the black primered tub...If sheet metal work and a proper paint job was going to happen it would stall the project for...long time...years...forever...so screw it, down and dirty flat black paint job...
Both fenders had OD paint under it all???
He wasnt really happy about the idea, but in the end relented and helped me spray. I had been using Ace brand direct to metal bomb cans to seal the areas i had drilled/cut...and was pretty happy with how sturdy the paint was when it dried so... i bought a gallon and off we went. Lilly is a rat Jeep
I installed a fuse box with ground bus bar...thought it would be pretty cool...in the end i had to think of things to plug into it...kind of a waste of time but i think it looks cool...and when a fuse blows (like never) a light next to that fuse lights up so i know wich of the 3 out of 6 fuses ( I managed to find a use for ) blew
I have ground the tub, and have dedicated grounds to all lights, dash, speedo and blinkers...My Jeep is well grounded
I managed to get the horn adjusted and working...made a mount for it and finally the Jeep goes MEEP MEEP.
Seat belts bolted in...the wife will not ride in the Jeep without them...Hmmm... second thinking that move
dash all wired up including a working fuel guage...I let the magic smoke out of the original speedo so i picked this one up off ebay not knowing if it was operational or not...temp guage will have to wait till start up...fingers crossed.
Pertronix is in the mail...got the jeep registered and a temporary plate yesterday$$$ Jeep money is long gone but the to-do / to-buy list is shrinking fast.
Insurance is waiting for a signature and more$$$
Need to buy break in oil, coolant and fuel
couple more things to hook up/bolt on
16 days till I make it or break it
I whipped up a rearview mirror...Just wanted something that looked old like the jeep...my metal fab skills have improved some with this project
but not a lot It looks like there's black goo all over it...but that's where I tried to "antique" it...oh well
Got the pertronix and side mirror in the mail
And my collector vehicle plate...
This one's for you Focker
And then the ID tag...
Its all I think about all day
CRAP!!! initial start up did NOT go well...yesterday was not my favorite day...more info later this morning...
Coming along nicely!
I guess I made my goal of running the engine before the 22nd Im not as stoked as the Banana but feeling better after talking to the machinist. I did get the Jeep to fire up...purred pretty nice for the 10-15 seconds it ran...once the pressure climbed up (45-50 psi last I looked at it) the pressure caused the oil filter cannister lid to lift a tiny bit...gushing oil all over the place...no pictures of the carnage...had to shut her down.
Well we think we have the answer...either exit line is clogged seems unlikely)...or the rubber washer I was using to seal the bolt hole squished enough to break the seal...in any case I've got some fiddling to do and then ill try again.
Yesterday afternoon the weather cleared up and it turned into a really nice fall like day so I decided to leave work a little early and make it happen…I fit the filter lid back on without any extra washers or gaskets…just a smear of Permatex under the bolt cap, and cranked her down.
She fired back up and no leaks…took the Jeep out for a nice cruise around some of the back roads nearby.
This video is the first time I have driven the jeep...
The jeep smoked a bit at first…but that cleared up…nothing too surprising except the amount of power…she really has some poop, I’m super thrilled!!!
Looks like I’m on track for our Sunday drive on the 22nd (weather permitting )
Lilly oh Lilly.
Say, brother. Those seats look great. Plain, no nonsense, spartan and are probably pretty durable and comfy because a fork lift is a machine you can spend a whole day on.
Where'd you get 'em?
I cant be certain but I think from this ebay vendor
NEW UNIVERSAL VINYL FORKLIFT SEAT FITS CLARK CAT HYSTER YALE TOYOTA MITSUBISHI | eBay
they are pretty small...which is what I wanted...more room in the wheelhouse, they are comfy, not sprung as originals were... so the road surface plays a huge part of comfort factor
over all im very satisfied
Just read through your entire thread. Amazing transformation with a great story behind it. Thanks for taking the extra time to document the process. It will surely inspire others to do the same. I know your initial intent was just to take a free Jeep and make a beach cruiser for yourself (which you did quite nicely!) but the other thing is that you saved some old iron and got it rolling down the road and trail again, and that just adds to the coolness of it all.
And now there is but one thing left to do...enjoy it!
Congrats on a job well done.
Well the odometer WAS working...really want to keep track of the mileage, so I pulled the speedo and discovered the teeth on the 10ths reel had stripped out. probably could have reshaped them but I do have another one as a parts speedo... I figured I might as well keep track of the mileage that was put on by me...so I guessed and set the odo to 25 miles.
Buttoned it up and went for a spin...
Odometer works great but now the needle is reading 10 to 20 over and has some bounce that was not there before
Pulled the speedo again and found the needle spring kind of mangled...WTF I was very careful handling the unit.
Suspect spring on right...back up on left...awesome, the new spring couldn't hurt anything...looks so much better
And...crap...the hole for the needle of the dial to pass through is larger than the mangled one and the needle slips just enough that the spring provides no resistance....weird that SW would change the size of that part
There is a slot in the disc that I could squeeze the hole a little smaller...but this part is so delicate im sure I would mangle it if I tried
So either I put the crummy one back in and adjust the tension on the spring and hope for the best...or ? use some thread locker on the nice one...Im sure I will have to make a few adjustments before this is all done...Hmmmm...kinda leaning toward working with the nicer spring...
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