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post #46 of 448 Old 10-15-2011, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Yea, Jarrod had to lay in the gravel to spray the bottom side, but it wasn't too bad. I have brushed frames with POR15 and the stuff goes on so nice, but spraying it is SO much quicker and it comes out great.

Well, I felt good enough today to post some photos of the painted Dana 60's. They were prepped and brushed with POR15, then sprayed with the forest green military paint. With the green housings and black powder coated diff covers, knuckles, hi-steer arms and tie rods, they will look really sharp. I really like this color combination.

All of the casting ridges were sanded smooth. It's just something that I've always done to make the housings look a little better. Paint can caps were used to protect the kingpin races. They fit perfectly.

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post #47 of 448 Old 10-16-2011, 07:48 AM
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I agree. They are so nice.

I would prefer the 4L80e trans, but we'll see how this very highly modified 4L60e trans works out. I had it redone at Capitol City Transmission, because Bowman's Transmission (the place I took it to the first time) did a horrible job and charged me for things that he didn't even do. Not only that, the inside of the pan was filled with about a 1/4" of dirt and sand particals. Stuff that kept clogging up the valve body. Glen at Capitol City couldn't believe it was recently rebuilt. But I should be back in business now.

If I do have any problems again with it, I will change it out for the 4L80e. I do miss my TH400's. I never once had a problem with them. They have to be the toughest trans ever built.
if you ever decide to keep and fix the 4l60e, or even beef up a different tranny, look into MONSTER TRANSMISSION "monster in a box shift performance kit". best $600 you could spend on any gm tranny and i really dont think you will ever need to fix it again.

keep those pics coming!

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post #48 of 448 Old 10-18-2011, 01:12 AM
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post #49 of 448 Old 10-18-2011, 05:10 AM
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Great oden's raven!!!
by the beard of Zeus!
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post #50 of 448 Old 10-19-2011, 07:32 AM
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This is all I can say in the title without getting vulgar here.

You've got page after page of "atta-boy's" already, and more to come.
I am in NO means as skilled as you apparently are in building your Jeeps, and don't have the funds to get to that level yet (but I've got years to go).
I have to tell you that when I started reading your thread that I was kinda pissed that you were tearing apart what seemed to be such a well preserved J-Truck. but what you're doing here is AMAZING work! ! ! Keep the pics coming, it's like slow motion Playboy model stripping for Jeep lovers, LOL...

Also, I see you mentioned spinal surgery. What did you have to have done? My wife has undergone a complete bilateral reconstruction from degenerative scoliosis. Her 5 surgeries over the last 2 years have limited my Jeep time & Jeep funds, as I'm sure you understand greatly.

But again, here's to you

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post #51 of 448 Old 10-19-2011, 11:37 AM
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I can't find my jaw. It's somewhere on the floor. Keep up the good work man! Hope your surgery went well, my brother had to have back surgery due to scoliosis, so I can only imagine that it is presenting it's limitations

But once again,

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post #52 of 448 Old 10-19-2011, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys for your kind words.

I understand your initial feelings about tearing down an almost stock Willys J Truck. Especially, one this rare. Believe me, I feel the same in some ways. But since the drivetrain was already converted to GM and was definitely not in any kind of acceptable condition to use as a daily driver it wasn't worth spending the money to return it to stock. If I am going to drive it, it has to be very comfortable and modernized.

Bringing these rigs into the 21st century is so much fun and much safer.
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post #53 of 448 Old 10-19-2011, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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A minor update today:

Here is a stash of photos from my camera that show the leaf springs being painted with POR15 after they were taken apart and sandblasted. They were pretty badly rusted between the leafs surprisingly. But now they will be smooth and protected for a long time. POR15 is so tough that it will enhance the ride quality. Especially, with the teflon between each leaf.

The white Rancho RS9000 and BDS shocks were also sanded down and painted with POR15.

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post #54 of 448 Old 10-20-2011, 01:46 PM
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LOOKS GREAT... i liked it the old way, seemed to be in great shape. i was worryed it was gonna be 8 feet high. but it's not

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post #55 of 448 Old 10-20-2011, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Some additional photos and info:

I tried a new product this time for my exhaust. It's called Black Velvet from POR15. It is a heat resistant paint up to 1200*. And it really looks great. It can be sprayed directly over bare metal just like the original POR15 paint except it's not glossy. It's satin and truly looks fantastic.

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post #56 of 448 Old 10-21-2011, 10:18 AM
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Crawl'd and Sub'd!
Thanks for the info and pics!
I've started to get a bit discouraged on my old rebuild, but this has given me a renewed desire to get my project done!
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post #57 of 448 Old 10-22-2011, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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It's good to hear that you are encouraged again. I hope you continue to enjoy the journey of building/restoring a true classic. There are lots of us out here who are ready and willing to help and cheer you on.
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post #58 of 448 Old 10-23-2011, 09:19 PM
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Your truck is amazing. It's always inspiring to see somebody willing to dive that deep in search of greatness.
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post #59 of 448 Old 10-25-2011, 06:43 PM
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Great job on this jeep!.. I love seeing the old jeep trucks brought back to life, their such a "Manly" truck!!...
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post #60 of 448 Old 10-25-2011, 07:19 PM
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Subscribed. Great Build
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