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Unread 11-19-2013, 05:07 PM   #2131
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I guess my tonneau fabrication time is getting cut short while I am home . Kimbo took the WJ into the dealership and they told her that the WJ needed rear axle seals as they were leaking . I am thankful that I have a press and can do the job myself , but it sure isnt what I had planned for when I get home ! I guess the change in planned fabrication makes this as good a night as any for some microbrews



Time to start shopping for seals , bearings , retainers and new rear pads .

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Unread 11-19-2013, 05:16 PM   #2132
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I guess my tonneau fabrication time is getting cut short while I am home . Kimbo took the WJ into the dealership and they told her that the WJ needed rear axle seals as they were leaking . I am thankful that I have a press and can do the job myself , but it sure isnt what I had planned for when I get home ! I guess the change in planned fabrication makes this as good a night as any for some microbrews



Time to start shopping for seals , bearings , retainers and new rear pads .

Can't beat that beer from KC
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Unread 11-19-2013, 05:30 PM   #2133
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Can't beat that beer from KC
Have you had this one ? It has a pretty good kick !

Speaking of kick , wheel bearings and seals are pricey for Kimbo's WJ
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Unread 11-19-2013, 05:56 PM   #2134
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Have you had this one ? It has a pretty good kick !

Speaking of kick , wheel bearings and seals are pricey for Kimbo's WJ
Yes I have if Boulevard makes it I've had it

I told her it was time for a 60's swap and 37"
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Unread 11-19-2013, 06:01 PM   #2135
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Yes I have if Boulevard makes it I've had it

I told her it was time for a 60's swap and 37"
When she had it at the dealership and they told her it needed new shocks today ( in addition to the wheel bearings ) she told them that meant that I would be lifting it .

I think we were having Boulevards this summer while the kids played in Mill Creek across from Potato salad hill .
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Unread 11-24-2013, 04:54 PM   #2136
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Time for more tools ? I am trying to convince Kimbo that I need a stomp shear , especially now that I plan on making my own aluminum fenders . This one is a great deal and old American iron . Also have a few trees to cut up after the storm last night . I am still trying to make it to Uwharrie but between the trees and Kim's WJ needing a rear wheel bearing it isn't looking good . Its odd that I make it Moab more often than Uwharrie .

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Unread 11-25-2013, 07:02 AM   #2137
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... especially now that I plan on making my own aluminum fenders .
You have my attention. Continue.
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Unread 11-25-2013, 06:27 PM   #2138
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You have my attention. Continue.
The poison spider DeFenders are awesome looking , but I think I can make something similar for a lot less money . I have a four foot by five foot sheet of 3003 which will work nicely in the break and hopefully the stomp shear . I would like to get one fender complete over Christmas , hopefully my aluminum spool gun welds don't derail that goal ! I am shopping for a Tig just in case the spool gun doesn't work as well I hope it will .
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Unread 11-25-2013, 07:32 PM   #2139
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Sounds like it'll be a fun project!
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Unread 11-25-2013, 07:55 PM   #2140
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I am shopping for a Tig just in case the spool gun doesn't work as well I hope it will .
You will find in your searching, to weld the thicker aluminum like up to 1/4" you will need a great deal more amps than you need to weld 1/4" steel and it also adds a ton of heat to the torch so a water cooler is suggested. Aluminum takes more heat (amps) to weld because it's such an effective heat sink. That's why I ended up with a Synchrowave 250dx with up to 310 amps I think and a water cooler. Things start to get pricey quick with TIG machines.
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Unread 11-27-2013, 10:39 AM   #2141
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Sounds like it'll be a fun project!
As long as I can stick some aluminum together it will be lots of fun .
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You will find in your searching, to weld the thicker aluminum like up to 1/4" you will need a great deal more amps than you need to weld 1/4" steel and it also adds a ton of heat to the torch so a water cooler is suggested. Aluminum takes more heat (amps) to weld because it's such an effective heat sink. That's why I ended up with a Synchrowave 250dx with up to 310 amps I think and a water cooler. Things start to get pricey quick with TIG machines.
Your not kidding on the Tig machines equaling money ! For now I am going to try the spool gun which is powered by the Miller 210 . I will be patient and keep an eye out for a good deal on a tig . I dont forsee welding much more than 1/8" for now , so hopefully the spool gun will work ok sticking the fenders together .
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So you want an alum fender 'like' the defender...without the tube, right? Flare ? Hiline ?

Sorry if I missed all of this.
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Unread 11-27-2013, 03:40 PM   #2143
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So you want an alum fender 'like' the defender...without the tube, right? Flare ? Hiline ?

Sorry if I missed all of this.
You didnt miss it , I just mentioned that the newly acquired break is going to make for easier fender fabrication . The design process is just starting , but I do have a few things figured out . The fender will be a mix between the MCEs and the DeFender . I think I will use a piece of aluminum box tubing for the outside edge so that it will have a nice radius . The back edge of the fender will terminate at the tub to make more room for the 35's and I am still undecided about high-lining .
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Unread 11-28-2013, 11:21 AM   #2144
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As long as I can stick some aluminum together it will be lots of fun .

Your not kidding on the Tig machines equaling money ! For now I am going to try the spool gun which is powered by the Miller 210 . I will be patient and keep an eye out for a good deal on a tig . I dont forsee welding much more than 1/8" for now , so hopefully the spool gun will work ok sticking the fenders together .
t actually wants lotsw of amperage for a nice weld with a spoolgun

Spool gun makes plenty of heat. Welding aluminum it actually wants lots of amperage for a nice weld with a spoolgun. Welding thin stuff with it seems a lot harder than thicker stuff. From my experience it's easier to weld thicker material with a spoolgun than 1/8" or thinner material.
Still would love a spoolgun for some projects

Greg, Kimbo and the kids happy T day
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Unread 11-28-2013, 03:37 PM   #2145
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t actually wants lotsw of amperage for a nice weld with a spoolgun

Spool gun makes plenty of heat. Welding aluminum it actually wants lots of amperage for a nice weld with a spoolgun. Welding thin stuff with it seems a lot harder than thicker stuff. From my experience it's easier to weld thicker material with a spoolgun than 1/8" or thinner material.
Still would love a spoolgun for some projects

Greg, Kimbo and the kids happy T day
Thanks Art , Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours . I will be firing up the spool gun over Christmas , and I will post pictures of the welds up here .

Lastly Happy Thanksgiving to the rest of y'all , hope you had a good day with your friends and family .
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