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Unread 02-18-2010, 10:09 AM   #106
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Need the readers' experience and judgement here.

Should I shorten my front driveshaft my self or get a new one?

I have read opinions both ways.

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I had my bent front driveshaft fixed (new tube welded on) for $100 at a driveshaft shop. I didn't know there was such a thing as a shop that only did driveshafts at the time until someone on the forum told about them. Anyway, for $100 I got a fixed driveshaft WITH new Spicer u-joints installed.

I would say a shop could make your shaft any length you want with u-joints for cheaper than you could buy a new one.

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Unread 02-18-2010, 05:56 PM   #107
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Very nice build and attention to detail. I agree with you on the goofy lookin shackles. Are you sure you were sent the correct springs? It looks like a million lbs. woould not get those pointing in the right direction.
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Unread 02-19-2010, 01:59 PM   #108
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Gents,

Thanks for the input. I am looking at the front driveshaft getting shortened for sure. The rear will have to be custom made, maybe Tom Woods, but the front....why bother. Shorten I say. I think I could weld it, but I am leaning to subbing it out.

The springs are correct as far as I can tell. I can tell you that I bouced on the bumper today and they moved a little...but the gas tank is empty, no body, no roll cage, no etc....I will withold a little judgement but they are so damn goofy it is driving me crazy.

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I took the body out today and pressure washed it inside and out to get ready for POR15 and undercoating. God what a mess. Pics to follow.
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Unread 02-19-2010, 06:28 PM   #109
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Great Job!!! The build looks Awesome!!!
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Unread 02-19-2010, 07:22 PM   #110
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Just wanted to say Thanks. Thanks for tearing into your jeep, thanks for paying attention, and thanks for putting things back together on your terms. I have just purchased my first jeep, and am preparing to graduate college, move to Montana, begin another program, and eagerly looking forward to taking my machine apart. Driving to SC tomorrow to buy an engine and throw it in next weekend. Good luck with your build, this is an awesome project and you are doing quality work. Keep it up.
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Unread 02-20-2010, 01:11 PM   #111
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Flatire,

You're welcome, and good luck with yours too!
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Not my write up, but now one of my jeeps losing a BA and gaining an AX-> http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f19/y...ite-up-312203/
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Unread 02-21-2010, 02:20 PM   #112
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Latest is the washing of the tub. I found a little hole in the floor to weld, and already knew of one other. Very minor.

Took the tub components off (rubber and shields) and the tub harness. Pressure washed, soaped, and degreased. Inside and out.

Then painted the exhaust shield, and exhaust. So much to do!


Dirty bottom



Bottom all clean!!!







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Unread 03-04-2010, 05:42 AM   #113
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The weather has been miserable to say the least, and I am aiming for Monday and Tuesday to take advantage of dry 60* temps to paint the undercarriage and firewall.

I have been sanding on some parts and it needs to get washed again.

Progress for the last few days includes:

Fuel line addition, rear brakes (thanks to Inline Tube!), PS bracket paint and install, PS pump pulley swap and new pump install, throttle install, Fuel injector change, fuel pressure regulator change, fuel rail install. Exhaust cross over pipe install, O2 sensor install, exhaust system reweld & install with touch up paint. Water pump pulley install and fan were added last night.

More to follow.
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Not my write up, but now one of my jeeps losing a BA and gaining an AX-> http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f19/y...ite-up-312203/
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Unread 03-11-2010, 01:56 PM   #114
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Here's some photos of the newest work.

The fuel filter bracket was rusting apart and would have been ashame to put on as it was. I cleaned and scraped it real good, and degreased. Scaled off loose flakes of rust and applied two coats of POR15. After they dried I used Rustoleum Red. A nice touch that I like.




The firewall as you can see in the above photos from the outside pressure wash has some rust. The undercarriage had some bad coating on it that I later scraped off with a putty knife and then took outside and repressure cleaned. After some sanding and welding of cracks in the floor pan, I degreased and applied metal ready and let it dry for two days. After that I used POR15 on all exposed rust under and on the firewall. Then I applied a nice coat of BONDO truck bed liner that was a trade off item from Ernie. The stuff dried on nice and shiney. I then took Rustoleum cans, popped the little white nozzle out of the spray tip and added a red tube just like on carb cleaner or WD-40 and used the wand to get into all the cross members, cracks and places that I could not reach. You can NOT see anthing uncoated in the whole bottom of this thing. Anywhere.









Then, while I was at it I took the stock bump stops and used a needle gun to get rust out of them. Cleaned them real good and used POR15 twice in the metal portions and then let it dry. Then I used the RED Rustoleum again and had my son screw them on. I used BLACK RTV on the contact surface of the stops to the frame to slow the progression of water into the tops of them. Between that and the POR15/Rustoleum...they are going to be rust and crud free.





Sorry for the slow progress. PTSD is a *****. If it wasn't for rum and medicine, I have no idea where I would be.
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Not my write up, but now one of my jeeps losing a BA and gaining an AX-> http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f19/y...ite-up-312203/
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Unread 03-11-2010, 02:25 PM   #115
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this looks familiar.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/1...ctures-502429/

haha, thats my old build thread, (im formerly ginsy)
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Unread 03-11-2010, 03:09 PM   #116
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That is certainly a close build! Nice. I would like to see the finished job.

I consider mine as therapy. Might see if I can get such a license plate.
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My Build Thread --->>> http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/t...ilding-869713/

Not my write up, but now one of my jeeps losing a BA and gaining an AX-> http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f19/y...ite-up-312203/
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Unread 03-14-2010, 03:40 PM   #117
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Today I putzed around with the body lift kit.

I used a Daystar 1" body lift. You can see the bushings on the frame mounts here with the box in the photo too. I did this to get ready for the body install but also to use a level and check for body clearance issues with the atlas. After the BL install, it looks like I have good clearance as I checked with levels and rulers and bent wire mockups.



Here's the typical Daystar install for me between the body and the frame. After the body goes on I will add the bottom bushings and bolts obviously. The kit is very complete but uses the stock mushroom metal caps that go inside the bushings. I cleaned them up and and did a quick paint.

Here I am putting a Daystar bushing in the rear crossmember just ahead of the fuel tank. Note the antisieze on the connections.



Then I coated the bushing inside and top and added the steel stock mushrooms (used antisieze due to the task of taking the stock parts off the stock bushings!)



and..the complete upper assembly needed before body install.

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My Build Thread --->>> http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/t...ilding-869713/

Not my write up, but now one of my jeeps losing a BA and gaining an AX-> http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f19/y...ite-up-312203/
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Unread 03-23-2010, 10:04 PM   #118
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The body went on today. I have to take some pics of the atlas clearance. 1" MML and 1" BL along with the atlas install and clocking I did yielded PLENTY of clearance to the body. No body mod needed.

Here is the body shot.



Here is a closeup of the shifter. I put it in all gears with about a 1/4" to 1/2" clearance to the body. Should I modify or is that enough clearance to keep going on boot install after interior is painted???

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My Build Thread --->>> http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/t...ilding-869713/

Not my write up, but now one of my jeeps losing a BA and gaining an AX-> http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f19/y...ite-up-312203/
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Unread 03-28-2010, 03:55 PM   #119
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Today we got the dash completed (removed rust..see earlier pics, sanded, primed and painted). Also modfied the Ford Motorhome E350 Master Cylinder for the brake system.

I had to file the MC mount round at the mount area and dremel the bolt holes a wee bit narrower to make it fit.











Did I mention that I added Procomp 4" lift brake lines?

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My Build Thread --->>> http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/t...ilding-869713/

Not my write up, but now one of my jeeps losing a BA and gaining an AX-> http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f19/y...ite-up-312203/
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Unread 03-28-2010, 08:28 PM   #120
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I found this thread tonight and read the whole thing. Great job. I will definately follow this one.
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