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Unread 08-02-2013, 01:27 PM   #16
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I cleaned up the axle



Gave it a nice coat of primer



Also cleaned up and painted the hubs



The short axle shafts



I ended up getting new rotors, I threw a quick coat of paint on the middle parts.



This is my attempt to try and free up some stuck *** balljoints. I soaked them in a mixture of atf and acetone.



It turns out I was hitting the balljoints the wrong way, so I have no idea if the atf and acetone actually did anything.

All my bearings



I also have manual locking hubs waiting to be installed.



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Unread 08-03-2013, 07:53 AM   #17
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Do you plan on putting a locker up front or leaving it open for now?
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Unread 08-04-2013, 07:20 PM   #18
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I'm gonna put a locker in the front too.
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Unread 08-04-2013, 08:25 PM   #19
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Me and some friends run a youtube channel. It's mostly how to stuff and a few other things. Naturally I have started making project videos of the Jeep starting with the front axle. There are three parts up right now.

Part 1:


Part 2:


Part 3:


Take a look around, you find some at least some of it interesting.
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Unread 08-11-2013, 08:37 PM   #20
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Nice video series. Comical. What are you thinking for a locker up front?
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Unread 08-16-2013, 09:45 PM   #21
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Unread 08-18-2013, 07:16 AM   #22
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Nice video series. Comical. What are you thinking for a locker up front?
It'll just be another aussie
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Unread 10-24-2013, 03:00 PM   #23
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Any recent updates?
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Unread 12-18-2013, 08:43 PM   #24
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It's been a long time since I have updated this thread. I've done some stuff to the Jeep, so let's get this thread back up to speed.

I had some much needed and long over due maintenance to do on the Jeep. Plug wires, cap and rotor, and a new set of plugs.



May seem simple, but it actually made a noticeable difference in the way the Jeep runs. Feels smoother and a little snappier. I also changed the motor mounts out for a set of brown dog offroad ones, no picture though. They went in pretty easy, easier than one may expect.

I put an aussie locker into the carrier for the front axle.



this way when I get both axles under the jeep I'll be locked front and rear.

If you've ever wondered here is the difference between two carrier for a dana 44



This is the locker in the carrier with the ring gear attached



it went in easy enough. It's way easier to put on with the carrier out of the axle than with it in.

It also came time to actually start doing something with the holes that used to be my rocker panels. so I pulled apart my interior and started working on that.



of course I found some rot. This is what I had to cut away.



So I made some patches and welded them in.



Now my goal with the interior is to coat it with herculiner like I did in the back and to cut large sections of my carpet so I could cover most of it but make it so I can remove the carpet when ever I wanted.





They came out alright. You can also see that I had rot in the same places on the bother side of the floor in that picture.

Then I was finally able to start welding in metal in preparation of the big 2x6 pieces that will become my rocker panels. These are 3 inch flat iron pieces that are 1/8th of an inch thick.



They got bolted and welded to the sides of the of the inner rocker panels.





Then after that was all done I sealed up all the seams with some seam sealer and painted everything.



It came out pretty good and will hold up like this for the winter, and then in the spring I can do the rest of the work.

With the interior back together it came back together nicely





Then my radiator sprang a large leak all up and down the seams where the cores meet the tanks.





So I bought an aluminum radiator for it







So far the radiator has worked out really well. No leaks so far and is really nicely built.

And that brings us back up to speed with where my Jeep is right now. Oh I also bought this as a daily driver somewhere in there










But now it's really cold and there's snow. So not much Jeep work, but I do get to do this




and deal with this


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Unread 12-18-2013, 09:17 PM   #25
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Thanks for the update. Looks like some good times welding. Nice sled, I ride Doo too. I'm digging this snow we got...good surprise for being so early in the season.
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Unread 07-17-2014, 03:00 PM   #26
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Any updates now that the ground finally seems thawed out?
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