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Unread 04-01-2013, 09:39 PM   #16
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Sounds to me like you need a new master cylinder. One of our dodges at work was doing the same thing. Soft peddle that firmed up and the fountain in the reservoir. Bled brakes several times and it never got better. Finally put a new mc in and all was better.
Thanks for the recommendation. The symptoms definitely sound similar, but I tried replacing the mc a month ago and I am still having issues. Hopefully I didn't get a bad part.

I have done a lot of reading on the forum over the past few days, and it appears getting the rear brakes on a CJ bled properly is a challenge. The big problem appears to be the proportioning (combination) valve and how to "reset" it during the bleeding process. I am going to give it one more shot this weekend. If that doesn't work, then I guess I will try the corvette mc upgrade.

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Unread 04-05-2013, 09:39 PM   #17
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Found a sweet deal on Craigslist this weekend. I guy about an hour south of here was selling off all the extra parts he had lying around for his CJ-5. Here is what I was able to pick up


Got the four original Jeep CJ wheels with front center caps and 30" tires for $80 (one tire's bead has come loose, but it doesn't look damaged)


Also picked up Bestop hardware (minus windshield channel) and fabric for $75. The frame was what I really wanted, but the fabric was included so I took it. It has a damaged window zipper, so we'll see what I do with it. Missed the doors by an hour or so.


My little guy helped me set up for the picture.
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Unread 04-06-2013, 03:47 AM   #18
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Nice score!
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Unread 04-06-2013, 11:11 PM   #19
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Thanks. I was originally only going to get the top hardware, but I couldn't pass up the wheels and tires. Now I have to decide if I want to run the the new wheels or the steelies I have on it now.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 05:49 AM   #20
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Thanks. I was originally only going to get the top hardware, but I couldn't pass up the wheels and tires. Now I have to decide if I want to run the the new wheels or the steelies I have on it now.
JMO, if you are running stock-size tires, sand and paint the new ones. I wish I had a set. I'm running chrome "stock" on mine now, but if I had a pair of those like you just got, I would use them. But I am getting ready to jump to 33s and will need new wheels as well. However, I will keep what stock ones I have for good measure.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 11:04 PM   #21
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JMO, if you are running stock-size tires, sand and paint the new ones. I wish I had a set. I'm running chrome "stock" on mine now, but if I had a pair of those like you just got, I would use them. But I am getting ready to jump to 33s and will need new wheels as well. However, I will keep what stock ones I have for good measure.
Your opinion is always welcomed on this thread. The paint on the wheels is good enough I think that I could run them as is for now without refinishing them (once I get the one tire repaired of course). I will probably color match them when I get the Jeep painted.

I have actually read on a couple of forums that the chrome Jeep CJ wheels are highly sought after among the restoration crowd. You might be sitting on a gold mine there.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 11:39 PM   #22
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Disc Brake Conversion Part 1.1

Disc Brake Conversion Part 1.1

I tired bleeding the brakes again this weekend. I was able to get firm pedal and the rear calipers appeared to be working. But I still couldn't eliminate the fountain of fluid out of the reservoir. Now I was really confused.

So I consulted professor Google to see if I could figure out what was wrong. After reading several different threads and articles, I learned some very useful information. The reason the manuals tell you to replace cover on the master cylinder while bleeding is because the residual pressure valve for the drums causes fluid to spray up when you depress the pedal. This means that the fountain I was working so hard to eliminate is actually an artifact of the system's design. At some point I may end up removing the valve like you would with a front disc conversion, but the system is working right now and I don't want to mess with it.

Did I mention that I don't like drum brakes

I received the BESRK parking brake brackets Monday and got them painted up today. New rear cables have also been ordered, so I hope to have them installed this coming weekend.
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Unread 04-22-2013, 09:55 PM   #23
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This weekend was an awesome weekend. I got to drive the Jeep for the first time in THREE YEARS!!! I have never been so happy to hear an engine start.

Before going out for the drive, I had my wife pump the brakes so I could watch the calipers engage the pads on the rotor. All was good, so I took her for a spin around the neighborhood. She stops really well... once the pedal is depressed about half way. I am putting the parking brake cable installation on hold (although the cables I bought look like they will work well) so I can try bleeding them one more time. I plan to start with a gravity bleed... and if that doesn't work we will try bleeding on a wood block.

Also got the "nose art" back from the artists at Victory Girl. Jerri is an outstanding artist and I can't wait to get the paint done so I can install the decals.
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Unread 06-23-2013, 07:23 PM   #24
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Well... it has been two months since I lasted posted to this thread. It is hard to believe that it has been that long. But since it is June and our new addition is scheduled to arrive this week, I thought now was good time to check my progress against the plan. Here was what I posted when I started the project:

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... As it stands, the plan is for the build to unfold in four phases:

Phase 1: I am trying to have this done before our second child arrives in June.
Brakes
Steering
Driveline fluids and seals
Oil change, radiator flush and tune up (if one is needed)
Check out the electrical wiring
Clean up the tub and frame and stop/slow down rust.
I wish I had long list of updates and tons of pictures to pass on. Unfortunately, about the only thing that I can check of the list is the brakes. Life has once again stepped in to slow Jeep progress. Between family visits, travel for work and household projects, Jeep progress has been slow. That doesn't mean I haven't been productive:







And the work trip was to Germany, so its not all bad...







But the Jeep work has stalled (not the Jeep... it runs great right now and stops better than before ... just progress on the repairs). July is probably shot with the new baby coming. But we will see how August goes...
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Unread 06-27-2013, 04:30 PM   #25
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Meet the worlds newest Jeeper... all 8lbs and 12oz of him.

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Unread 11-28-2013, 04:16 PM   #26
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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I hope everyone enjoys the holiday and time with family.
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Unread 02-10-2014, 08:08 AM   #27
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I brought it home from the shop today. That was a learning experience. She looks awesome, but now the build plan is in total chaos. For those still following along, a full update will follow shortly.
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Unread 08-07-2015, 09:19 PM   #28
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Conclusion

Ok... so when I promised to update soon I really did plan to post an update after I arrived in Colorado. But things didn't go as planned and here we sit a year and half later. And a lot has changed in that time period. The most significant change was I lost my job with the Air Force as part of the most recent force reductions (thanks sequestration). After 12 years of doing as I was told, I was now in control of my own future. So my family stepped back and re-evaluated everything. Part of that re-evaluation was deciding what to do with CJ.

After removing my emotions from the situation I realized a couple of important things:
1. I have too many cars... and we keep inheriting more.
2. I don't drive the CJ enough... it leaves the garage about once a quarter.
3. It isn't the right vehicle for my family right now... I can't get everyone and equipment in it to go camping or adventuring.

So, I decided it was time to let the Jeep go. My wife was awesome, and actually tried to talk me into keeping it too. But she understood and in the end supported the decision. So we put it on eBay and it now resides in Arkansas. The guy who purchased it is really awesome and has actually driven it more in the last month than I drove it the last five years.

But all is not lost. Because of some family issues, I am not the owner of my uncle's CJ-5 that used to belong to my brother (there are some pictures of it at the beginning of this thread). It runs well but the body is in really ruff shape. I am already saving up the money for a restoration that should be complete around the time my two year old goes to college.

Also, my wife let me take some of the money from the CJ sale and buy a Grand Wagoneer. I am going to turn this one into our family adventure rig. A build thread will be coming when I start working.

Thanks to all who followed and commented on this thread.
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Unread 08-08-2015, 07:51 AM   #29
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Sorry to hear about the job dude. But I can tell you I saw a badass jeep wagoneer yesterday that inspired me to make one my next project! It was dark blue and had a thin strip of wood paneling going down the side (I think late 70's model). You can do wonders with that thing and still strap some car seats in the back. Good luck to you!
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Unread 08-08-2015, 09:54 AM   #30
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Sorry to hear about the job dude. But I can tell you I saw a badass jeep wagoneer yesterday that inspired me to make one my next project! It was dark blue and had a thin strip of wood paneling going down the side (I think late 70's model). You can do wonders with that thing and still strap some car seats in the back. Good luck to you!
Thanks. The job thing was rough, but God provided and I was only out of work for two weeks. So we were really fortunate when you consider what so you consider how hard it has been for so many other people.

The Wagoneer you saw awesome. If you do get one as a project, I would love to see some pictures.
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