Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by duffer, Oct 21, 2013.
Replaced the OBA manifold this morning with a new edition more amenable to the ARB solenoids.
I finished up a few items today, including the new fuel filter mount (it will double as a heat shield support), and the grill is ready for finish work. I welded in Aqualu's errant headlight mounting holes (I think the hole were proper for 2A/3A headlight buckets comparing it to my 3A grill) and sanded everything flush again. I also welded in the sleeve for the steering shaft.
That was followed by a trip to the car wash and a lot of hot, soapy, high pressure water through the wide track FC 150 rear axle housing and then a lot of air. I think it is ready to assemble. I had previously run a boiler tube brush on a 1/2" drill though the tubes and anyone who thinks those stupid stock breather holes are not a problem should think again. There was a lot of rust pitting on the inside of the tube at that location. A REALLY dumb idea.
I pulled the fuel tank yesterday so I could get at the shock mounts behind the rear axle. I installed those mounts in 1974 and now with the body lift that went in 15 years or so back, I have enough room to raise them 1.5 to 2". When I finished the fuel tank, I was in such a rush to get it in, I never did take any photos. This is the 24.5 gal, 14 gauge steel tank and aluminum skid plate. It has those 1/4" urethane buffers along the bottom to make sure the rear shackles don't get into the skid plate if some slop develops.
The skid plate is just 1/8" 5052 and it actually did pretty well over the dozen years it's been in there. That said, it did get hit hard enough once to put a dent in the tank. I'm going to weld some 1/4" 6061 plate to the bottom of it. I do remember the hit. I slid off my line in one of the steep North Meadow boulder gardens. A front locker would have likely prevented that but the D25 was still up there-----
I'm starting to get the front end back together. I don't think I ever took a photo of the offset on the fan. The shroud isn't fully attached yet.
The past few days I have been going through 50 some years of slides trying to put some order to them. Every now and then you come across some you completely forgot about.
The back story on these photos was a fateful trip to Ft Collins in November 1974 to get hitched. The 3B at that time was completely stock except for the 1962 block 327, my 67 CJ 5 stock wheels, and the ill fitting CJ5 used Whitco top. The B was actually trying to tell me something when it emitted a big crunch sound about 40 miles north of Ft Collins. Engine dead and no starter engagement. I drifted off the shoulder of I25 and stopped. I didn't even need to open the hood to know what happened-the antifreeze draining from the window in the side of the block said it all. A forensic tear down back in Bozeman exhibited a pretty big crack at the bottom of #5 cylinder-chalk one up to an early 4" block at .030 over.
So the hitching event occurred a couple of days later and in the meantime I searched in vain for a rental truck almost all the way to Denver. Next up was to find a flat bed truck and the 53 B4D was in the classified. $450 later. It seemed to run ok so changed the oil, lubed, and loaded the 3B on the back-the only time 3B has never been on it's own wheels while I've owned. The trip back to Bozeman was long (flathead 230 power) but completely uneventful.
And that hitch job lasted about a year--------
As long as we have slipped into nostalgia, I'm going to post some photos of where this rig has been for the past 49 years.
Version 1.0: I bought the 3B in 1972 because I had ended up wheels up in my CJ5 and needed a quick Jeep fix. My opinion of 3B's was that they were as ugly as ugly gets but that wasn't the determining factor in the purchase. For $500 I got a completely stock (except for the snow plow mounting) Jeep with 26K miles on it. As one can see from the above photos of version 2.0 (with 327 engine), all the usual spots were rusted out. The only photo I have of Version 1.0:
To be continued.
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