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post #31 of 164 Old 01-30-2012, 06:42 PM
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post #32 of 164 Old 02-03-2012, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I am back in Texas, but it is going to be a week or maybe 3 or 4 before we see any progress, the issue is that I was in a car accident in Nebraska on the way down, totaled my truck, so in the mean time I had to buy a driver, and that ate up my jeep funds.

All I am waiting on is the title for my truck, so I can get it sent off to the insurance company and they can get me paid out for totaled truck and I can get some cash back in the bank.

It is tough because right now I am living solely on my VA retirement so I am subject to living on a fairly tight budget. I can't do anything until I pay the other 800 for the transmission, as soon as I do that I can start sticking it back together. I think all I have left parts wise to order is the Electric Fan control, and the rear shocks. I about have everything else knocked out.

I will keep you all posted as I get closer.

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post #33 of 164 Old 02-10-2012, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Should have more updates Saturday, I am going to try to get the rear suspension all figured out then!

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post #34 of 164 Old 02-11-2012, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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I just found a Chevy Vortec 350, and a NV4500 out of a wrecked 96 chevy, I am seriously thinking about buying it and stuffing it in my jeep instead of the 304. And it will mean having an extra NV4500

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post #35 of 164 Old 02-11-2012, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Well today has been a productive day, Got back into corpus last night, this morning took my friend to the airport, when I got back to the house I did some cleaning up around the driveway, then got the jeep fired up. Much to my amazement after sitting for 3 months it fired right up after a little cranking, I was worried it would be dead.

Then I got it backed up to my M105 trailer.



The tire on the drivers side of the trailer is flat, so you can see about how high it will ride when I get rid of the ton and a half running gear and stuff a 3500 lb axle in it with a set of 33x12.50's on there with the same bolt pattern as the jeep.

I know a lot of folks are going to say this is a lot of trailer for the CJ7 to pull, and they are right. I am upgrading my CJ to bigger axles with bigger brakes, I am running Waggy springs in the back, and I will be running upgraded brakes with a hydraboost. As well I am cutting a lot of weight out of the trailer, and if I can not get it light enough by ditching the axle and heavy springs, I am going to build a new frame out of 2x4" 3/16" wall box tube.

As far as the body of the trailer goes, it is close in size to the Jeep its self, I am confident with the upgrades and changes I am making that it will be able to tow it just fine.



I have another m101 that I am fixing up for my buddy Kirk, it is going to get a standard trailer axle, and it will get cleaned up and painted as well I am throwing some standard 6" oval trailer lights on it.



Going to be a busy couple of months, tomorrow I am going to get the rear suspension on the Jeep finished up, then maybe get to tackle a few of the last things on the front suspension finished up. Hopefully next week I will get to drive it some before I pull the engine to stuff the 304 & NV4500 in.

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post #36 of 164 Old 02-13-2012, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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I got a lot done today, bot not any of it is photogenic.

I found 4 F-150 Spindles and hubs with all the goodies at the pick and pull, scored them for 200 bucks.

Doing some measuring and math my Dana 44 front is 61" from flange to flange, and on the short side it is 14.5" from the center of the pin to the flange and 27.5" between the pins on the spring pads,if I cut 4 1/2" off the long side and put the knuckle back on I will be all set with an axle that is 56.5" between the flanges.

On the rear I am going to cut the Dana 44 off at the taper and get a set of hub flanges machined that the other pair of spindles will mount up making the back axle a full floater, and it will convert the jeep to 4 wheel disc brakes.

That with the hydaraboost, and I should have plenty of stopping power on hand for the 33's and what ever I am towing, even though the trailer will be running brakes of its own.

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post #37 of 164 Old 02-13-2012, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Right now the axles have 3.54 gears with open diff's later this summer I am going to rebuild them with 4.10's and ARB air lockers.

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post #38 of 164 Old 02-13-2012, 05:39 PM
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Love the look of the old CJ's. i better see some jerry cans and some tools in the future. nice to see people resurect the dead. good job so far

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/i...sarah-1225169/
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post #39 of 164 Old 02-13-2012, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Love the look of the old CJ's. i better see some jerry cans and some tools in the future. nice to see people resurect the dead. good job so far

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/i...sarah-1225169/
I have a pretty awesome swing away tire carrier in the works for the back, it is going to have 2 jerry cans, a full size spare, and a removable rack for my cooler on it. Also going to upgrade to a YJ tailgae, and going to use a spring loaded link to attache the carrier to the tailgate, this way I will only have to open the tire carrier to get in the back, I wont have to open the tailgate after the fact, and since I am already running a YJ hard top it will be pretty easy to make happen. Also tyring to work in a Shovel, Axe and chain saw carrier.

In the back I am going to build a deck in the back that will sit on the rear wheel wells, and it will allow me to stick 2 pelican cases on the bottom, and it will allow my dog to sit on the top, or I can put what ever else up there.

When it is all put together I think it is going to be a pretty well setup rig.

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post #40 of 164 Old 02-13-2012, 06:52 PM
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I have a pretty awesome swing away tire carrier in the works for the back, it is going to have 2 jerry cans, a full size spare, and a removable rack for my cooler on it. Also going to upgrade to a YJ tailgae, and going to use a spring loaded link to attache the carrier to the tailgate, this way I will only have to open the tire carrier to get in the back, I wont have to open the tailgate after the fact, and since I am already running a YJ hard top it will be pretty easy to make happen. Also tyring to work in a Shovel, Axe and chain saw carrier.

In the back I am going to build a deck in the back that will sit on the rear wheel wells, and it will allow me to stick 2 pelican cases on the bottom, and it will allow my dog to sit on the top, or I can put what ever else up there.

When it is all put together I think it is going to be a pretty well setup rig.
if you check out my build i have a sweet shovel and axe setup on my hood using bike rack parts. check it out

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/i...sarah-1225169/
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post #41 of 164 Old 02-13-2012, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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if you check out my build i have a sweet shovel and axe setup on my hood using bike rack parts. check it out

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/i...sarah-1225169/
I like your mounting setup, might copy that for mounting my shovel and axe, we will see. Will those things sinch down around just the shovel alone?

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post #42 of 164 Old 02-13-2012, 07:22 PM
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Depending on the depth of the tray and/or the thickness of the shovel handle. with a little more rubber i could ratchet down the shovel alone without too much hassle. there are multiple parts available for bike racks so anyone at a local shop can help you piece something together. i've tested mine at highway speeds and it wavers ever so slightly at 75mph needless to say im happy
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post #43 of 164 Old 02-15-2012, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Today's update, Got my suspension pretty well buttoned up. Going to be driving it tomorrow!


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post #44 of 164 Old 02-18-2012, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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Tonight was awesome, I finally got to take my Jeep out, Ran down Leopard to see how the suspension would be on a ****ty road, ran great, handled good, everything felt nice and tight, no issues. I ran over to a couple of friends places and got to drop in and say hi, then came back on the interstate, I ran it up to 60mph indicated when I got home I did the math, it turns out that is now 73 MPH! and the Jeep was riding like it was on rails! I can not believe how good the suspension feels.

I have a lot of time and money buried in the suspension but tonight I got to see that it was totally worth it. I am totally floored with how well it rides because if anyone has ever driven an old CJ you know they don't ride worth a damn! After tonight once I get the new engine and transmission in I will have no quams about taking this thing up on the interstate to 75mph all day long. It is going to be great!

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post #45 of 164 Old 02-20-2012, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Yesterday I got the CJ up to 82 mph, it was actually comfortable at that speed, it was everything the 258 had to give because the carb is all messed up, really looking forward to stuffing the 304 this weekend.

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