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Unread 02-18-2015, 03:52 PM   #1
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SoCal 73 Wagoneer Build

Picked this up for a good price and now I am going to get to work on it. I look forward to the adventure!

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Unread 02-19-2015, 08:18 AM   #2
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Looks like that sucker is in decent shape too. How's the underside look?

what do you have planned?
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Unread 02-19-2015, 08:41 AM   #3
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I miss my 73 soooooooooooo bad.

that looks sweet brother. GOOD LUCK!!!
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Unread 02-19-2015, 05:14 PM   #4
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First I am taking care of all the mechanics of the jeep. I had it fully inspected and I will be replacing a rear pinion seal, the driveshaft seal (will be checking the driveshaft as well), slow leaking radiator, vacuum advance, thermostat, transfer case mount and starter solenoid in the next week. The engine was rebuilt and has about 5K miles on it, it seems to be in good shape. The shape and condition of the transmission is unknown, but it runs great for now.

Once I get it running good, I am going to give it new paint (not sure on color yet) and also redoing the entire interior with new upholstery (door panels, seats, carpet) and also will be lining it with dynamat or some equivalent material.

Thats my dream anyway - I will be posting all of it here online so stay tuned.

I cleaned the engine up today and you can see the difference.
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Unread 02-19-2015, 05:46 PM   #5
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Just clean up the paint and shoot some clear over it. It looks sweet as it is.
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Unread 02-19-2015, 09:58 PM   #6
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Nice FSJ! Had a 65 which I wish I had kept. Now sorta looking for a J-10
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Unread 02-21-2015, 12:31 AM   #7
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So today i decided to take a look at the rear window motor. The PO told me that it needed a new motor and the window would not roll up more than halfway and also needed to be guided by hand both up and down.

As I took a look inside I quickly found the problem. The screws that are supposed to secure the window to the rear door were either loose, stripped or broken. It literally had no support, which explains why it would always rattle. I cut the head off of the 2 stripped screws with a dremel and replaced 4 screws with the metal bushings that they came with. I cant seem to get the 5th in, it seems that the threads are really jacked up.

Works like a champ now, goes up and down super fast. I got to lock up my jeep for the first time tonight!

Will post a video of the working window tomorrow. I actually have a working rear window woohoo!!
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Unread 02-28-2015, 09:58 PM   #8
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Today I decided to get rid of that leaking pinion seal and also take a look inside the rear differential and see what kind of shape its in. I also wanted to open it up to get a look at the gears.

You can kind of see from this pic that it is leaking around the pinion seal



I then removed the driveshaft and now am looking at the seal here



Bearings seemed to be ok



Removed the rear cover and the gear oil looked like a chocolate milkshake



No metal shavings or anything in the cover



Gears were actually in great shape, wearing evenly, no chips



Installed the new pinion seal and new gasket for cover and no more leaks!




One thing that I noticed is that when I was turning the wheel right before I took the pinion seal off is that only one wheel was turning, I was not sure why. Once I added new gear oil and replaced the seal, I turned the one wheel and now two wheels were turning. The nut that holds the seal, washer and bearing in was also kind of loose and I think it was causing my truck to vibrate and shake at around 50-60 mph. That is now gone and it is riding much smoother.
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Unread 03-01-2015, 08:35 PM   #9
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Decided to rip out the carpet today. My lights werent working right and there seems to be a short somewhere, I noticed when I click the brights on, the floor by my feet in the drivers seat gets hot. As I drove the jeep in the rain today, smoke and steam actually came from under my feet area, kind of scary so I decided I would find out exactly what the issue is. The carpet could have and probably was the original carpet, it was really old and nasty. As I removed the carpet I quickly found the issue, a shorted out wire with loose ends that are all melted. After I cleaned it up, my brights worked!
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Unread 03-01-2015, 08:50 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 91AzXJ View Post
Nice FSJ! Had a 65 which I wish I had kept. Now sorta looking for a J-10

dood, there's 2 sweet j10's or 20"s(?), both white, over here in DELAWARE...one is like $3850 and the other is $9k

man if i didnt already have 4 vehicles, i'd buy them both
uggg


and 73: man i love ur truck!
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Unread 03-02-2015, 10:50 AM   #11
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thanks frankthompson! Its a work in progress like me
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