Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by Focker, Jul 23, 2016.
How much did it cost to ship a frame to St Croix?
Started getting after my Dana 27. There is definitely a reason I saved this for last. Bubba was very busy on the ends. Lock o matics were more like bubba o matics. They will be for sale shortly. Have you ever seen only one spindle nut before without a locking tab or second nut. Neither have till today. Each side was differently assembled. Good thing I have a spare parts Jeep. Now I have nice rebuilt locking hubs again. Two days later and not quite done. Maybe tomorrow. But now it has new king pins bearing, races, knuckle seals, button head bolt conversion and installed the right two hole knuckle for future steering conversion. Hub bearings and seals.
. Maybe it will be done tomorrow.
Not really just today. Several evenings worth of work finished today. The old battery had leaked acid everywhere and made a big mess. Pulled it and the battery box. Neutralized the the battery box and hardware in a baking soda wash, wire brushed the rust off, treated with Naval Jelly and painted it. Reinstalled with a new AGM battery for no leaks and new battery cables. Also added a ground cable from the engine to the body since I couldn't find one on the Jeep.
Cranks better than it ever has!
After (needed the aluminum spacers because the AGM battery is shorter than a standard group 24 battery):
Next is a ground cable to the chassis and rebuilding the engine wiring harness.
Got the new bumper and reinforcement piece installed. I got to say getting the old rusted one off was a challenge. With the rivets and welds + rust. The new pieces from Kaiser Willies did not mate up at all. Guess they have a new vendor for the reinforcement piece (I informed them of the problems). Glad I have a Bridgeport to make it work.
I had it shipped to Alaska, which is where I did the frame, paint and body work, and installed the drivetrain. It was about $300 from Seattle to Anchorage.
so could not find any rubber mats for my 74cj5. off to Tractor supply and some 3x4x1/2" horse stall mats. I think they will out last the jeep
I made a fiberglass shroud about 5 years ago but didn’t put much of a finish on the exterior. Over the weekend, I removed the shroud, sanded it smooth and finished it off with semi gloss black and clear coat.
Damned glad to see everyone healthy and happy!
As if owning and working on and being a jeeper wasn't enough?
Cheers to all, stay safe and healthy!
Took the dogs out for a Jeep ride after dinner.
The pup likes to look out the windshield while his big brother prefers the head out the window approach:
I drove it yesterday for about 75 miles. Took the kids for a ride. Thrilled with the smoothness and the power level is great. The old Dauntless must have been more worn out than I figured. No more power than new I figure, but it is certainly snappier than it was. And so quiet. No more tickety-tickety! When I climbed under it to check it out, not a leak to be seen!
I need a front driveshaft. I considered cutting up one I had and using new Dom. After pricing that online I remembered Millennium falcons video. I shopped marketplace for a used shaft. After 30mins on the bucket and having finished the bottle of blackberry whiskey I keep stashed in the garage...I called Tom Woods. $279 it'll be here by next Tues. I've futzed with shifter boot ideas for a week. While the plastic was out I ordered from Summit....note to self booze in the shop probably a poor idea.
I need this covid crap to clear up so I can get Geoffrey L back here to help me get the brakes straightened out / bled. It also needs to go to my friends fab shop for a weekend of cage finishing and seat install. Thats it sans cosmetics not necessary to getting tags.
Not a big project but . it's been bugging me since I left california
lived there 12 years . always got a smog waver every two years
year #10 . waver denied . not getting into politics
someone was selling used smog junk
left the state to head HOME
left the junk on there till the injector tubes rotten away
had to make my own mount for pump
fast forward to today
a little time and removed it
did I say I hate new paint . doesn't fit well with rest of engine compartment
it was a really nice day here today . garage open
Yesterday the battery on the CJ died....it was a 7 year old 36 month battery so not totally unexpected. It had leaked some so the box and hold down were crusty with acid. Some cleaning and new paint were in order.
Then, because it's a beautiful 70 degree day, we took top off and I let my 16 year old son take it for a spin!
I changed the oil in Ted. Nothing too exciting. Although, since I had the drain plug out, it might be a good time to put that big block in I have been saving for him.
you got it all wrong . it's the air cleaner nut . that makes engine changes possible
NOW leave Ted alone
Well, I don't have an air cleaner nut, so I figured it would be better to start from the bottom up.
Today was a productive jeep day. I stripped the bondo, paint, and old brazed on patch panels off of the passenger side. I was surprised there was actually pretty good steel under the patch panels! Rotted along the bottom, but solid through the rocker
The rocker panel was done by a PO, but the rear corners I did myself with a bit of "yankee ingenuity." Its a good example of how anyone can actually fix an old jeep with a bit of can-do attitude. I pop riveted sheet metal in place, fiberglass and bondo'd over it. It looked great and lasted 25 years
Today I received the missing transfer case input gear (thanks Todd!) that officially completes my transmission and transfer case rebuild. Praying I don't have any leaks!
The ice cream thread inspired me to remount my PTO too, so ill have 4 shifters
More August Colorado trip prep. The radiator leaks and there are no radiator shops closer than Spokane around here. Ended up with a Champion aluminum radiator since it's half the price of a copper one.
However, the shiny, pretty aluminum radiator wouldn't look right in my old beater Jeep, so I put a coat of flat black on it. It and the shroud should go in this weekend.
Paint still drying:
Champion Radiator was a "bolt on" fit for my CJ (factory V6). But it still did overheat until I put on a good shroud.
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