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Unread 07-18-2013, 06:10 AM   #5146
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Thats awesome.
Yes, it is.

Today's Jeeping will focus on forcibly removing the now-very-much-in-the-way mounting clips on the rear brake lines; if Vise Grips don't do the trick, I've still got a bunch of cutting discs for the grinder...

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Unread 07-18-2013, 07:18 PM   #5147
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I also need to find a decent cooler that's less than 15" high, and less than the $200+ that a Yeti will cost. One simply cannot go on a midsummer trail run without adequately chilled beverages; it's just not done.

Something like this work for you?

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Unread 07-18-2013, 07:39 PM   #5148
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Something like this work for you?
That's approximately the size that I'm talking about...if not slightly wider and deeper.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 07:52 PM   #5149
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Fantastic thread Sundowner, I've been lurking since the beginning but haven't been able to contribute until now. I bought this cooler a few months ago and love it. My only complaint is it doesn't have a latch to hold it closed but that's an easy fix. Keep up the good work! http://www.igloocoolers.com/Coolers/...arine-Ultra-25
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Unread 07-18-2013, 11:27 PM   #5150
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Unread 07-19-2013, 05:34 PM   #5151
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Fantastic thread Sundowner, I've been lurking since the beginning but haven't been able to contribute until now. I bought this cooler a few months ago and love it. My only complaint is it doesn't have a latch to hold it closed but that's an easy fix. Keep up the good work! http://www.igloocoolers.com/Coolers/...arine-Ultra-25
Well I'm certainly glad that you contributed now! Awesome suggestion...that might get me by until I win the lottery and can afford one of the expensive, keeps-things-cold-forever models.

And if that one doesn't work, then one of these will! I love the flat, stackable ones...and the fold-together thing is pretty cool, too.

Today's Jeeping was pretty nonexistent because I am - sadly - completely out of caps. Best I can do is hope that I can hit up URE sometime soon and get some wheeling pictures posted.
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Unread 07-19-2013, 09:37 PM   #5152
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Today's Jeeping was pretty nonexistent because I am - sadly - completely out of caps. Best I can do is hope that I can hit up URE sometime soon and get some wheeling pictures posted.
Similar to my jeeping as of late . Give me six weeks and we will do the Hibernation run with Jake
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My parents are moving into the Carolina's within the next year... Guess I'll be wheeling with some of you guys soon.
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Unread 07-20-2013, 07:56 AM   #5154
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I really want one of the ARB freezers for the back of my jeep but A) they're too expensive and B) I wouldn't have room for anything else.
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Unread 07-20-2013, 09:44 AM   #5155
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Similar to my jeeping as of late . Give me six weeks and we will do the Hibernation run with Jake
I think I can manage that. I'll see if I can get a cooler by then.

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I really want one of the ARB freezers for the back of my jeep but A) they're too expensive and B) I wouldn't have room for anything else.
The "no room for anything else" is the part that I don't care for; if they had a mini-sized model I'd be saving my money for it. As far as the expense itself is concerned...yeah, they're pricey, but I think an ice-cold Shiner would be worth the cost after a couple hard, hot days of Wastelanding.

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My parents are moving into the Carolina's within the next year... Guess I'll be wheeling with some of you guys soon.
Sweet!
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Today's Jeeping: I still haven't gotten around to taking off those brake line clips, so I really need to do that...but I think I'm going to content myself with making a more comprehensive evaluation of what's involved in strengthening/clearancing Greta's control arm brackets; every time I look at them I think "wow, that's a lot of metal that's too thin and also in the wrong place." I may go with the "weld on a washer and grind away all of the extra material" method because 1) it's inexpensive, 2) it works, and 3) my welding skillz are almost as good as my sheet metal skillz.
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Today's Jeeping, For Real: Brake clip removal.
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Brake Line Clip Removal

Pictured: See? Told you so.




These things aren't difficult to remove, but - as is evidenced from all of the scratches - they're still kind of a pain because there's no easy way to hold everything still while you pry it apart; also, trying to do this while avoiding a HOT differential casing is really just not fun at all. I probably would have benefited from letting Greta cool down after driving for a few miles, but I really just wanted to get the clips out of the way and start thinking about something else...so I grabbed them with a pair of Vise Grips and stuck a rather large screwdriver into the only available opening.

Pictured: Which is a pretty traumatizing process to anything that experiences it, I've heard.




As is seen above, a twisting motion is the easiest way to get the clip to spread; if that doesn't get you far enough, you may have to re-position the locking pliers in order to use them as a fulcrum. In all honesty, I had to work at this thing for about ten minutes in order to figure out the best way to spread the metal apart without damaging the line underneath and without scratching the control arm that was oh-so-freshly-painted and immediately adjacent to the clip itself.

Pictured: And I sort of failed at the "don't scratch the control arm" part.




I was a bit pissed about gouging the paint, but I can always pull this arm back out by itself and touch up the damage...and actually, the damage is a lot less severe than it seems from the above image; most of what is seen there is dust and dirt that's stuck to some grease that had seeped out of the grease fitting. Once I cleaned it off it looked fine...and the other clip - although made of much thicker metal - was a LOT easier to remove. All I had to do was grab the mounting stud and pry it apart.

Pictured: Archimedes, FTW.




This clip shrouds a soft line so I had to be careful not to gouge or otherwise damage the line itself, but that's the only hangup; it removes easily...far easier than the former clip, which surrounds a non-flexible liner that makes the removal process FAR more irritating than it should be. However, once they're out of the way - and the dust/grime mixture removed from the upper arm - everything looks a lot cleaner.

Pictured: I didn't even need zip ties!




Also, note that - somehow - the paint isn't damaged to any significant degree...so I really don't need to pull this arm and touch it up. Instead, I can move on to another small project that needs my attention.

Pictured: Another small project that needs my attention.




I've been putting it off for a LONG time, but it is - at last - time to move some compressors.
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Unread 07-23-2013, 06:09 AM   #5159
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Today's Jeeping: Locker compressor removal.
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Not sure if you have seen the 37 quart ARB fridge, its a sweet setup friend has one. Here are the dimensions, External dimensions: H16.9' x W15"' x D27.8"' It sure is nice to be in the desert for a couple of days and grab an ice cold beer.

I am saving my pennies for a 50 quart, hope to purchase it by next summer. Now that my rig is drivable, I will be starting on our paperweights soon and will keep you posted on progress.
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