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Unread 03-21-2012, 09:16 PM   #61
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Subscribed. Very nice!

FYI - as a flamethrower is not a firearm it is not regulated under the National Firearms Act. The feds don't care if you build one, no registration, no tax stamp required. However, you should check your state and local laws.

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Unread 03-21-2012, 09:26 PM   #62
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Subscribed. Very nice!

FYI - as a flamethrower is not a firearm it is not regulated under the National Firearms Act. The feds don't care if you build one, no registration, no tax stamp required. However, you should check your state and local laws.
However: the NFA does define a destructive device as: (1) any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas, (A) bomb, (B) grenade, (C) rocket having a propellant charge of more than 4 ounces, (D) missile having an explosive charge of more than 1/4 ounce, (E) mine or (F) similar device.

It's non-specific for a reason...but I'll check into it more. Who knows, maybe Greta can serve a stint as a Zippo tank.
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Unread 03-21-2012, 11:52 PM   #63
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Looking great, great work!
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Unread 03-22-2012, 12:18 AM   #64
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Crawled, for the following reasons:
1. Your references to my two favorite video game series of all time; Resident Evil and Fallout.
2. You are building your Jeep along the same line that I wish to build my CJ when I return from Okinawa.
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3. Let's face it, I'm a guy; and a US Marine....there's boobs in this thread. Let's not kid ourselves here folks....
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Unread 03-22-2012, 08:01 AM   #65
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Thanks for all the positive commentary! Tonight, I'll be posting a summary and some thoughts on the progress thus far.
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Unread 03-22-2012, 10:10 AM   #66
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Unread 03-22-2012, 10:19 AM   #67
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Sometimes it's nice to just sit down for the evening, kick on the Wii, and stroll thru Raccoon City blowing the liv'n CRAP out of a bunch of Zombies! Very theraputic, don't you think?
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Unread 03-22-2012, 10:31 AM   #68
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I like the SpyderTrax and was going to order them, but they were backordered at the time and I was going to have to pay a lot of shipping to get them from the one place that had them in stock. That wasn't acceptable, so I got these for $85 a set, with free shipping. I did some checking around, and basically, you're looking for a short list of qualities in your spacers:
- No more than 1.5" width.
- 6061 Aluminum.
- Hub-centric.
- Grade 8 studs.

I'm of the camp that says "a spacer is a spacer" so if you can save a bit of money here, I see no problem in doing so. If the spacer meets the above criteria and is properly installed with threadlocker and the appropriate torque, you'll be good to go.

More information about these will be coming in a future installment.
Maybe you said it earlier. But what brand are they?
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Maybe you said it earlier. But what brand are they?
The wheel spacers are from Alloy USA.
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Unread 03-22-2012, 02:38 PM   #70
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After 10 mins of staring I just realized something, how does she keep her hands so clean?
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Looks good! What's up next on the to do list?
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Question about the body lift:

Is there anything that needs to be done besides penetrant oil on the bolts before installation of the new mounts? It is my understanding that all the lines will have enough slack in them to put the mounts on, but of course after the new ones are all bolted down, they will have to be adressed.
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Looks good! What's up next on the to do list?
What's next? Generally speaking: brakes.

I've done quite a bit of driving in the last couple of days, and I've learned how inadequate the stock TJ braking system really is when the immense rotating mass of 35" tires is thrown onto it.

I came down an eight mile-long 8% grade the other day and I couldn't have stopped if I needed to do so. As if that wasn't a wake-up call in and of itself, last night I narrowly avoided a major accident...I had to swerve through oncoming traffic to avoid the other car because I didn't have enough brakes to stop when they pulled out in front of me.

Thankfully, nobody was hurt...but as soon as I got home I called the infamous mrblaine and got some ideas on what needed to be done to improve Greta's stopping power.

So, what's next, specifically? A Savvy/Vanco 16" brake system.

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Is there anything that needs to be done besides penetrant oil on the bolts before installation of the new mounts?
I can't speak for any lift other than the 1" Daystar that I installed...so what I outlined may not be accurate if you go with another lift.

However: no, there's really not a lot that needs to be done aside from prepping the body mount hardware for removal and inspecting everything to determine the necessity of replacement parts. If you are adding pucks, you should be in very good shape as long as your stock mounts are sound. If you are going to a replacement mount, you will need to assess the condition of your stock upper bushing sleeves and replace any that are not in usable condition. Be ready to finish before you start.

Hey, that's a good line...I'll remember that.

The only other thing you might want to consider is threadlocker on the bolts when you re-install them. Mine didn't have threadlocker from the factory, so I didn't use any. I just torqued all the fasteners down properly and set a date to thoroughly re-torque everything.
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Unread 03-22-2012, 07:24 PM   #74
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Post details of the brake upgrade! I will stay tuned for this one....is Anna going to do the brake job? if so, post lots of pics...LOL

And as the other guy asked, how does she keep her hands clean, and no grease stains or anything on her white shirt. I think shes just a model posing for the pic.
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Post details of the brake upgrade!
EDIT: I thought that the following was good enough to include as a prologue on the front page (slightly refined for clarity)...so, apologies for the following few lines being a bit of a repeat.

Let's just state something for the record...

The idea behind this thread is this: to provide an entertainingly-documented accounting of all the work that I'm doing...major, minor, repair, diagnostic, etc, etc. The title of the thread was chosen deliberately: it's not a "let me hold your hand" write-up...it's more of, well, a guide. I want it to be interesting, informative, funny, and useful. I want it to spark ideas and imagination in the minds of other Jeep drivers. I want people to read, to see, to learn, and - most importantly - to be inspired.

I want these things because - to me - the Jeep is the four-wheeled backpack of my life. She's the keystone that makes Bilbo Baggins' famous tale - "There, and Back Again" - actually possible...and if getting there and coming back again isn't what a trip into the wasteland is all about, then I surely do not know what is. To those ends, I want people to learn from me and with me. Knowledge - more than any other tool - is the most crucial part of not only surviving the wasteland, but thriving in it.

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I will stay tuned for this one....is Anna going to do the brake job? if so, post lots of pics...LOL

And as the other guy asked, how does she keep her hands clean, and no grease stains or anything on her white shirt. I think shes just a model posing for the pic.
Rest assured that she'll be there for the brake job...and there will be lots of pictures, now that I see what everyone's really interested in seeing.

Keeping clean isn't that hard, actually. Three reasons:

1) As you can see in most of the pictures, Greta isn't that dirty underneath. I take her through a car wash about every three weeks, and when I find built-up grime, I clean it off. As a whole, she's spectacularly grease-free...so there's not that much to get on yourself in the first place.

2) We also keep all the tools as clean as possible, since that's just a good way to make sure that they don't get gummed up or rusted.

3) The biggest reason that we stayed clean is because we were photographing a LOT. We shot about two hundred pictures over two days, which meant that someone had a camera in their hand pretty frequently. Being a photographer (albeit film-based) I'm careful with cameras, so we washed our hands frequently.

If you guys want to see her all dirty and soot-covered to prove that she's not just a model, I'll take a picture of her welding or working over an anvil with a piece of hot steel.

She just got a lot more attractive, didn't she?
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