Got my T5 back today after being rebuilt. Such easy smooth shifting. Still a bit of cleanup to do on the case. The main shaft was really chewed up and the roller bearings looked like octagons! Can't wait to get it in the Jeep along with the freshened transfer case. Not much new on the body. I think the hood and grille might be painted, but I haven't seen them to confirm.
Body is Nov. 2012 that I picked up from W/O in the summer of 2013. Since then, I think they've incorporated the firewall brackets and the rear crossmember area but both of these items were taken care of by W/O on my tub. The big changes I'd like to see are a better formed cowl, better assembly of panels where they meet above the Jeep logo and correct ridges with stops along the rear fender wells so the roll bar mounts correctly. I'd also like to see higher quality of the finished edges of all panels. All in all, I'm glad we have MD Juan as an option to keep or Jeeps going.
Spent the afternoon cleaning up the T5 and mating it up with the Dane 300. A little heavy, but it'll sit right in the skid plate before we mount the tub for the final time. Don't let me forget to fill these with fluid!
Light at the end of the paint tunnel. Should have paint completed in a couple more weeks. In other news, it's time to clean up the Wrangler to get it ready to sell. I picked up another Subaru 2.5RS and I just don't have room for 4 vehicles.
The Jeep returned home today after finishing up the paint. I really love the Sunset Bronze Mica that Toyota uses on the Venza so I chose that color for the CJ. It has similarities to the brown AMC used, but when this thing is in the sun it shines with sparkles of green, gold, pink and more. It's difficult to capture on camera.
Had I seen the RepliTub beforehand, I may not have purchased it, but with lots of work from a friend it now looks almost too nice! No spot welds showing here as there wasn't a way to do the work needed yet still keep the tacked together look that the original AMC bodies had. I could not be happier with how things turned out. Now begins the reassemble phase...
Thanks for the compliments. The fenders and hood are all original and were sandblasted prior to paint. As bad as the original body was, neither the hood, fenders, not tailgate has any rust through. I did replace the windshield with a Crown and it is a pain to fit. We found putting the hinges on the windshield first makes things a bit easier during test fitting. It's gonna be tricky now trying not to scratch the paint. I purchased baffles from Classic Enterprises and put them in.
Got around to degreasing and cleaning up the engine today. I discovered that the block had once cracked (likely back in the 80's) between freeze out plugs. It had been welded and covered in JB-Weld. Since it had been running great all this time I decided to overlook it. So I spent more time cleaning the engine and ordering gaskets was well. After waiting for a bit, I went into the garage to see if it was dry and that's when I found the additional crack which has not been repaired. Sure, it runs great, but do I trust it? Nope. Time for a new motor.