The bolts holding the tub to the frame was really bad. I had to cut 6 out of 10 bolts to free the frame. The "nuts" (not real nuts, just blocks of threaded of metal) broke loose from the tub and are located in spots that will be tough to re-attach them to the tub, so I'm not sure what I'll need to be doing with them.
Tub pulled back from the frame. Had to wait for my son to come home from school to help move the tub off the frame and onto the trailer.
Tub off the frame with the help of my 18 year old son. We should have had more help though, the tub was not only awkward but heavy too.
Tub temporarily on my trailer. I wish I had a rotisserie to help do the body work on the tub.
Next I need to remove the axles from the frame.
Axles off the frame.
Time to remove steering gear box, brake lines, fuel lines and any other removable items from the frame.
Original rubber fuel hose with original clamp. The rubber line is brittle and needs to be replaced. I'm glad I decided to strip the Jeep down to the frame instead of just doing a power-train swap so I could see this and remove it.
This is hard to see, but apparently one of the previous owners decided to do this to repair a fuel leak in the metal line. The rubber hose is pretty brittle so it needed to go anyway.
Frame stripped of almost everything. Just a couple bolts and a bracket for the exhaust needs to be removed.
I decided to quickly power-wash the frame. My neighbor suggested sand-blasting the frame. Looking at some posts here about the cost and I'm guessing it would cost me about $150, which I really can't afford. I'm doing this build on a VERY limited budget, so I plan on doing what I can with the tools I already have.
I bought 4 cans of engine degreaser to put on the frame before I power-washed it. I bought these because they were on sale at $1.99 a can. One can could not cover one frame rail. No wonder it was so cheap! It took all 4 cans to coat the frame.
Frame power-washed. Because I can't afford to sand-blast the frame I'm going to use a wire wheel and sanding disc to clean the frame up as much as I can. I might as well remove the front spring bracket and build my own brackets for a shackle reversal. I have YJ springs to replace the front CJ springs. Plus I'm going to keep the SOA lift that I had on my old CJ5.
Now that I can flip the axle it will be easier to fix the threads needed to mount the crossmember to the frame. A PO broke 4 bolts into the frame so they welded the crossmember to the frame.
I found a broken bolt that holds the steering gear box on the frame, so I need to remove this.
I welded a grade-8 nut to the broken bolt so I could remove it.
Between lubricant and the heat from welding the nut it came right out without a problem.
I need to replace this crossmember on the frame. Has anyone done this kind of work before? I'm just wondering if I can replace it with angle iron or c-channel and drill the holes needed for the tub mounts. Has anyone replaced this on their frame? Or should I just straighten it out and weld where it is cracked or cut?
This is where I'm at so far. I bought a quart of POR15 to use on the frame and bumpers. Today I'm going to finish the threaded holes in the frame for the crossmember, remove the spring brackets and clean the frame to get it ready for POR15. I also need to replace the rear crossmember on the frame and start building my rear bumper so it will be ready for the POR15.