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Unread 07-19-2013, 07:22 PM   #346
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Yep! It's running beautifully. Just a few more miscellaneous things to finish up before it's ready for the first big cruise!!

Today, the front end wiring was completed and all the lights were installed. I just need to splash some black paint on the grill, but that won't take but a few minutes. Still, I couldn't resist putting it on to snap a few photos...







Just a few more days guys. After that, I'll be posting a video of it cruising down the road and climbing over some rocks...

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Unread 07-19-2013, 08:03 PM   #347
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That looks awesome! Glad you posted the pre-finish pics.

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Unread 07-19-2013, 09:22 PM   #348
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Thats an animal!! Love it. I forgot whats powering that beast?
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Unread 07-20-2013, 08:32 PM   #349
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Today was a wonderful day!! I took the Gladiator out for a number of drives around the area to check everything out. Steering is perfect. The transmission shifts beautifully smooth. The cab is extremely comfortable in every way. And the engine is absolutely amazing with power upon power. And the brakes stop it on a dime.







All was well until.....

I was on my way back from the gas station when all of a sudden it came to a disgruntled stop without touching the brakes. After a thorough visual investigation, which revealed no signs of damage or cause of the strange event, I got back in and tried to move ahead. But when I pressed the fuel pedal, the whole Jeep felt as if I was holding the brakes on or trying to push my way through a concrete wall. It would not move.

So, I got out and unlocked the rear hubs then locked in the front hubs and shifted the t-case into four wheel drive. By doing this, I converted it to front wheel drive. But it made no difference. It still wouldn't move. I put it in neutral and it would not move. So I put the transfer case in neutral as well, but still it would not move and it could not be rolled forward or backward. So I unlocked the all 4 hubs and it would roll forward and backward easily. So the brakes weren't the problem.

After baking in the sun for over an hour while trying to figure out the problem, it was clear that something had gone hinky in the transfer case. Fortunately, a friend was driving by, so he towed me the remaining 300 yards back home.

Now, I will have to take the t-case apart to see what's up. Strange issue. And this t-case has worked fine for quite a long time. The only change I made this go-around was adding a CV yoke on the front.

Anyway, not a big deal. Just strange and a bit frustrating. But everything else works flawlessly! All in all a great day.

I will keep y'all updated.

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Unread 07-20-2013, 08:53 PM   #350
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Ah it must have been great to drive it! It's making you earn it with the hinkinesss... I yi yi. So close it looks great.

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Unread 07-21-2013, 12:30 PM   #351
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Good news! I woke up in the middle of the night and realized that it had to be the rear differential. So, I went out and removed the rear driveline and locked in the rear hubs. Then I put everything in neutral and tried to roll it back and forth. Same gig. No go. So, I unlocked the rear hubs and put it in gear and 4 wheel drive, which is front wheel drive only at this point. It drove beautifully.

This is the easiest and least expensive item to repair. So, I will take the rear diff apart and see what failed. In 25 years, I've never had a new rear axle/diff go bad. But this will be remedied in no time.

Beautiful day!!
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Unread 07-21-2013, 01:08 PM   #352
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Sounds like a piece of one of the posi clutches broke off and got jammed in the gearset. I had 640 rwhp Lincoln Mark 8 (supercharged built 32v cobra Stroker motor in it) I broke the ears off the clutch packs at the motorplex one night locked the ring and pinion up
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Unread 07-21-2013, 01:32 PM   #353
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Actually, this axle has a spool. I have never tried a spool, so I decided to give it a shot since it's a longer wheelbase. It worked great and drove nice. I may have accidentally written that it had a Detroit Locker somewhere along the line here.

I do have a Detroit Locker in front though.

I'll take the cover off and check it out. I think it might be a seized bearing. If it's a tooth on a gear, then it is a defective set, since this is the first time it has been driven more than a mile. And I didn't hammer on it. That's a no no with a new R&P.

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Unread 07-21-2013, 01:59 PM   #354
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Ahh got ya, nope I was just assuming things rofl
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Unread 07-31-2013, 09:20 AM   #355
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All better now. Back on the road and ready for the trail too.

Took a drive and found a field with some good piles of dirt to play on.





Now! It's time for the doors and a small list of other items to complete this project. Big priority is to get the bed sides painted now.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 12:06 PM   #356
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damn that looks good. What turned out to be the problem?
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Unread 07-31-2013, 12:57 PM   #357
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One of my inner spindle bearings melted down. So, I replaced both sides with the Extreme Spindle Bushings.



Originally, I installed them on the front, but left the original bearings on the rear. So, now I have them all the way around. They are self lubricating nylon bushings that seal out all forms of debris much better than the roller bearing style.

BTW, I have to say that the Stage 8 X Lock spindle nut kits are such a great investment. I switched to these years ago and it saves SO much time. Love these ingenious little kits. No more bending washers over or trying to align the later model pinned washers.



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Unread 08-06-2013, 12:01 AM   #358
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Some pics of my front shock towers. I designed these in CAD and had them cut out on the water jet. Then I welded the pieces together.







Now it's time to paint them with POR15 products.

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Unread 08-06-2013, 06:21 PM   #359
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Very nice!
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Unread 08-07-2013, 08:58 AM   #360
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i'd suggest extending those shock mounts down to the bottom of the frame rail, attaching just to that corner i'd be concerned about it ripping off. Also it's hard to tell from those photos but you boxed the backside?
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