Thanks Titan. Things are looking better today, but the fire is still 0% contained. The highway to work is closed, and doesn't appear like it's going to open anytime soon. Between this and the Black Forest Fire, our fighting resources are stretched thin.
Howdy all!! Hope everyone out there had a great summer. Mine was as usual, hectic, and I'm mostly glad it's over.
I was hoping to get moving on the Jeep again in the next few days, ran into a snag today. Was helping a friend replace a muffler, and when I pulled out the welder I came to the realization that the last person that used it, didn't shut the shielding tank. It's empty. I just replaced the tank about a year ago, and I'm sure the last I used it, it still had well over 90% left in it.
So that's a big bummer, and I have more or less no way to figure out who did it. I think I know who it was, but why bother without any proof, all that will accomplish are hurt feelings. So I'm going to have to get a new tank before I start working again, but I want to figure out how I can lock the shielding gas tank. Don't have a cabinet or anything to keep it locked in, so I'm trying to think of a way that I can lock the cylinder cap onto the tank.
So I'm going to have to get a new tank before I start working again, but I want to figure out how I can lock the shielding gas tank. Don't have a cabinet or anything to keep it locked in, so I'm trying to think of a way that I can lock the cylinder cap onto the tank.
Unfortunately, the best reason NOT to loan your stuff to other folks; when you want to use it, you may not be able to!!
I'm with Harold on this one. Nobody ever ask to use my welder anyway but I often do favors for people using it. Lock the shop door and nobody gets in unless you're there. I'm kinda cranky about my machines and tools but it takes allot of hard earned money to buy them so I don't feel bad being that way. Hurry though and get that 4BT in there!!!!
While I wish that were the option I could take, I'm actually the one borrowing/using the equipment. Though I do pay for the materials, it's all part of my uncle's shop, so I can't really dictate who gets to use it. So I figure the next best step is to be able to lock it. I get a key, my uncle gets a key, and everyone else gets held accountable.
As for that 4BT, I've been collecting parts all summer long. I need to finish the few last patch panels on the body, and then I can mock everything on the frame to figure out how I need to fab the engine mounts.
I've been tinkering with some built adapters, and assuming I can find a business with a cnc plasma table willing to cut the parts at a decent rate, should be able to fund the rest of the project that way.
The turbo on the left is what I had originally planned on using. The turbo on the right is brand new, cost a fraction of what it's worth, and is better suited to my needs. Physically it's much smaller, which means it will build boost quicker, but still flows as much air as the one on the left.
Sometimes being a scumbag would make things so much easier. I received the turbo above yesterday. Then I got another package today, and guess what.
The person I bought the turbo from on ebay is lucky I'm honest, sent him a message and told him.
For anyone curious the turbo's above are and HX30W on the left, the two new ones are HE221W.
The seller of those turbos sold me the second one he sent me for less than half what I paid for the first one. Should be able to resell it and help pay for some of the parts I'll need.
Have a busy week or two ahead of me, and then I should be able to start getting some work done in the evenings
Long time since the last post . Let's see, since the last time I made a post, I got a new job doing tours on these:
I sold my DD and bought a different one, a 2001 Turbo Jetta. Currently working on buying my first house. And I'm sure there are about a hundred other things that have kept me busy.
So I had originally decided to use the T-176 transmission until I broke it behind the 4BT, but over the winter I decided I would be better off upgrading to a heavier transmission, and sell the T-176 while it was still worth something. So I had a T-19 transmission built. It's about 3 inches longer than the T-176, but the 4BT is shorter, so I should be able to slide everything forward to make up for it. Anyone need a T-176?
I got both areas under the roll bars finished
If you recall, I had to remove the wheel well baffle on the passenger side to make room for the new fuel filler, so I cut the baffle down and will remount it out of the way
Now I've run into a little bit of a wall. The front feet on my roll bar were pretty rusted out, so I was going to cut them off and replace them. I started cutting and noticed that the roll bar wasn't in as good of shape as I had thought. I grabbed a hammer and sure enough, managed to knock a hole through the lower part of the bar. I few more whacks and it began to look worse.
Now I'm not sure where to go with this. I looked for a replacement roll bar before I decided on repairing this one, and haven't had any luck. Not sure how many years the CJ5 came with the floor mounted roll bar, but it seems to be pretty limited. Aftermarket roll bars are basically non-existent. I'm not looking at doing a custom or full cage. It's not that I dont want one, but rather I would rather focus on getting this on the road in my lifetime, and do something like that further down the road. Can I repair it and still have a safe (as far as the stock roll bar goes) roll bar?
Glad to see you back at it. Yes you can repair the roll bar. I'd cut the whole thing off above the rust and start over. Get some tubing that will slide over the old or make it the same size and sleeve it. I wouldn't trust just a butt weld seam, hence the sleeve. You can make the part that bolts to the floor too, I did. On second thought the entire Jeep is just too far gone...I'll store the 4bt for you.
I'd be happy to let you store the 4BT for me Jim, but I'm coming too! I think you have a lot of tools I'd enjoy playing around with . I posted an ad on craigslist for a bar. If that doesn't pan out, which I doubt it will, I'll try to find a junkyard bar I can cut some tube off of. The junkyard I usually go to has plenty of good candidates, but they went out of business about 6 months ago
If I lived in Colorado it would be tough for me to move to Missouri. I love the mountains. You'd be welcome to use my shop though. What does the tube measure? Both inside and outside. I'll look and see what I have.