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post #31 of 1255 Old 04-10-2011, 02:23 AM Thread Starter
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Now 10 cans of Krylon later and a whole lot of razor blading tape and clear coat and the final product came out as well as you could expect for spray paint.

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A new bushing kit was needed for disco'ing the swaybar and a new steering stabalizer was dropped in. This was the biggest difference maker in highway drivability. If you remeber before I sated that she didn't handle the best on the highway. Lots of play in the steering and would get jerky over bumps. This addition helped the most.
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post #33 of 1255 Old 04-10-2011, 05:41 AM
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Nice work. Lot of good tips
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post #34 of 1255 Old 04-10-2011, 06:06 AM
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I think you did a fantastic job on the your CJ5 build considering that you were working with what you had. Chevy 307, T350/NP208...SOA.

Just my opinion and not a criticism, but consider replacing the 2" spacers with Crabtree's shackle hangers, cutting the rear fenders for TJ flares and building tube fenders for the front. Dropping it a few inches and maintaining your tire clearance for what look like 35's will help your on road ride.

The factory exhaust exits under the tub corner to send the exhaust out away from the tub, re-routing the outlets will probably solve most of your problem.

Again...great job


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Great build. Im about to start a tight budget build on a 79 CJ 5 an can use all the tips I can get.

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I think you did a fantastic job on the your CJ5 build considering that you were working with what you had. Chevy 307, T350/NP208...SOA.

Just my opinion and not a criticism, but consider replacing the 2" spacers with Crabtree's shackle hangers, cutting the rear fenders for TJ flares and building tube fenders for the front. Dropping it a few inches and maintaining your tire clearance for what look like 35's will help your on road ride.

The factory exhaust exits under the tub corner to send the exhaust out away from the tub, re-routing the outlets will probably solve most of your problem.

Again...great job


Already a step ahead of you on that stuff but I am about 2 years behind on this compared to where my rig sits now. Still a lot more to come on this thread. Thanks for the great advice!
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Great build. Im about to start a tight budget build on a 79 CJ 5 an can use all the tips I can get.



@ Stube - Any tips or advice I can give or pictures I can provide I would love to contribute. There is so much great advice out there. The problem I have always found is that the advice can be counter active to others advice. This is just the way of the beast though. Take any information into consideration and then make your best judgement call from there.
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post #39 of 1255 Old 04-10-2011, 12:15 PM
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She sure is beautiful! So is the Jeep. I can't be the first on here to think this. More pics of Mallory! You're one lucky man.
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Well right before we left for Big Dogs in Sept of 08 I recieved my licence plate and the rig got its name. I'll give you a little bit of background on me. I worked on A-10 Warthogs as a Crew Chief in the United Sates Air Force for 6 years. The Warthog was always something I will continue to hold as a great part of my life. So it was only fitting that the rig get the name TANK KILLER.

Also one of the only redeming thing about Maryland is you can register your CJ as historic and not have to worry about a vehicle inspection.....
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So we headed off to Big Dogs for Septembers Main Jambo. Here are some pics of the first day of wheeling.

If any of you are familiar with Big Dogs you know the trail pinicle. Coming down off this trail I drove through a stump and blew out my side wall on the passenger rear tire.

Lesson #?

Always bring your wheel lock with you if you run locking lugs on your tires. Funny story. I had wanted to bring my tool box but my buddy ensured me he had all the tools needed for the trip in his rig. So I left my tools at home....(2 hours drive away) with my wheel lock in my tool box. Not good!

Luckily a rig comes along that many of you may recognize from Top Truck Competition. (I'm rig dropping LOL) He was nice enough to stop and help me remove my wheel locks without the key. Won't go into any details but if its happened to you, you have to get creative.

Enjoy!
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Also I learned a lot this wheeling trip on how my rig handles. I know its looked down on to turn a rig thats standard into an automatic but it really helps on the trails. The only problem with mine is I'm running 3.54 gears with a 7 1/2in lift and 35in tires. Not smart. I have been lucky enough not to roll it and count my blessings. Here are some more pics of wheeling Big Dogs.
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Now here is an instance that as mentioned above with high gears and large tires I was lucky to come out of and won't do again until the gears have been swapped. I rode the brakes all the way down and about half way down went into a slide.....not fun. Most Jeepers will tell you that on down hill climbs you rely on your gears perferibly 1st gear to get you down the hill and try and stay off the brakes. I don't have the luxory in this current set up so the fix is to stay away from steap hill climbs. The pictures of course don't do it justice but if any of you know Big Dogs you'll recognize this drop in right before the entrance to trickle.
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On the last day the temperature was too much for the Tank Killer and despite me trying to be easy she vapor locked from over heating. Here is a picture as it happened. We formed a club and wanted to take pictures together. Everyone had to push my Jeep into place.....funny now looking back.
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Going home that weekend the Tank Killer was back firing and stuttering any time I gave it gas. I was extremely frustrated when I got home and covered her up for the winter. I didn't start her again until the spring. I wanted to invest in a fix for the over heating so here is what I came up with.

I did the research and there were a few options that I looked into. One was an aluminum racing radiator that ran on average $500 to $600 bucks. The other avenue was an aftermarket electric fan. I had used one on another vehicle in the past and it didn't go well. It incorporated plastic pucture rods that held the fan to the radiator. These had to be pushed through the walls of the radiator and after a few bounces down a back road the radiator was leaking from the holes. I didn't want to go down this road with the next electric fan.

I found a dual electric fan for the radiator for CJs it was external mounted and I think ran me $320 bucks. It was a great investment but has been a learning curve. When I recieved it I chose not to include the thermostat that would turn it on automatically. I wanted to have it run through a switch I could use on the trail. Turn the Jeep off and keep the fan running if need be. This created a few problems that we will get to. First you can see the fan and its addition to the Tank Killer.
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