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Unread 03-10-2011, 09:40 AM   #61
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Unread 03-10-2011, 05:28 PM   #62
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Yeesh. Lucky you! I hope you're keeping your uncle supplied with lots of beer
I would be doing just that, but up until he started taking college courses again I had never seen the man drink in my life. Even now he only has a beer on occasion. When I'm done I'll have to go through his shop with a fine tooth comb, maybe let him borrow the Jeep when he wants to.

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Thanks! Nice to have an audience, helps keep me from cutting corners. Plus I may need someone to help me pull my head out my....you know where
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Unread 03-13-2011, 05:38 PM   #63
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Well I managed to get quite a bit done with my one day off this weekend. With some help from my uncle and a cousin, we put my engine back together. It was pretty easy and straight forward with the exception of the piston rings. The rings we used were Mahle, so they are very good rings, but the directions that came with made it very confusing as to which rings were the #1 and #2. I'm confident that we figured it out correctly however and the rest of the assembly went pretty smoothly. I did notice however that I didnt get my thermostat housing back when I had it rebuilt, so I will have to go down and ask them about it tomorrow.

All thats left for me to do on the engine is the oil pump, cleaning up the oil pan, timing cover, and paint. If i can get a hold of my father tonight I'm going to try and sand blast the oil pan, bellhousing, and timing cover.

Well thats all I've got for the moment, here are some photos.





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Unread 03-13-2011, 09:13 PM   #64
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Well I've hit a bit of a snag. The sandblasting cabinet I was going to use was bought by a different uncle and my father. Without bringing the drama of it to this build thread lets just say that my Uncle is an incredible A$$. So I wont be using the sandblasting cabinet. My dad is gonna take the parts to work with him and sand blast them there when he gets the chance. Might be tomorrow, might be next week. Damn

I guess I will start preparing my frame for paint until I can get the parts back. On the bright side the shop gave me a call, they said I forgot my thermostat housing . Hopefully I'll still be able to have the drive train finished this week. Saturday morning I'll be on a plane flying to Cancun with a few friends. Lord knows its going to be a welcome break after I spend all week laying tile at work
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Unread 03-13-2011, 09:19 PM   #65
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Keep posting, and keep those images coming! I am enjoying your thread.

Don't let the uncle get you down; there are a few jerks in this world, and one days, their poor treatment of others comes back to bite them. If he has that type attitude, he must have a lousy life!

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Unread 03-13-2011, 09:38 PM   #66
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Keep posting, and keep those images coming! I am enjoying your thread.

Don't let the uncle get you down; there are a few jerks in this world, and one days, their poor treatment of others comes back to bite them. If he has that type attitude, he must have a lousy life!

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Thanks I appreciate it!

The whole situation with my uncle is really unfortunate. Back in the day whenever I had a project thats where I took it. He's one of those people that can help with anything. But after his wife passed away and he got remarried he's never been the same.

I need to order myself a new clutch here soon. I think thats the only piece that I'm actually missing to have everything all bolted together. A quick google search reveals that there is a lot of crap out there, and I assume that most of it is just that, CRAP. I'm leaning towards getting a clutch kit from LuK, seems to be the only reputable company I can find. Opinions?
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Unread 03-16-2011, 08:07 PM   #67
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Well since I'll be leaving Friday for about a week I figured I'd better update this while I have the chance. I took my frame back down to the car wash today and really hit it hard, got most of the grime off of it. I'm pretty sure that I got the frame rails cleared out pretty well too. I paid for the car wash with a debit card, and spent about 20 minutes down there. When I went to leave the card reader was frozen. Well to shorten the story the whole time I was there only cost me 3 bucks some days are just awesome. I also took my bellhousing down to clean it up but I forgot to take it out of the car o well. So when I get back I will clean it up with a wheel and paint it. I'm not gonna worry too much about taking it down to metal. I'll get the grime and whatever else thats lose off. One advantage of Colorado, you dont have to worry to much about rust, cause the humidity is barely ever above 20%.

And come on now, somebody has an opinion on clutches
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Unread 03-19-2011, 11:00 AM   #68
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Well since I'll be leaving Friday for about a week I figured I'd better update this while I have the chance. I took my frame back down to the car wash today and really hit it hard, got most of the grime off of it. I'm pretty sure that I got the frame rails cleared out pretty well too. I paid for the car wash with a debit card, and spent about 20 minutes down there. When I went to leave the card reader was frozen. Well to shorten the story the whole time I was there only cost me 3 bucks some days are just awesome. I also took my bellhousing down to clean it up but I forgot to take it out of the car o well. So when I get back I will clean it up with a wheel and paint it. I'm not gonna worry too much about taking it down to metal. I'll get the grime and whatever else thats lose off. One advantage of Colorado, you dont have to worry to much about rust, cause the humidity is barely ever above 20%.

And come on now, somebody has an opinion on clutches

Stock clutch will do just fine if you aren't planning on wheeling it hard. Centerforce is always a welcomed upgrade but only necessary if you are going to be doing some tough trails.
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Unread 03-20-2011, 08:21 PM   #69
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I need to order myself a new clutch here soon. I think thats the only piece that I'm actually missing to have everything all bolted together. A quick google search reveals that there is a lot of crap out there, and I assume that most of it is just that, CRAP. I'm leaning towards getting a clutch kit from LuK, seems to be the only reputable company I can find. Opinions?
Luk is a great brand, they make stock clutches for the newer Jeeps, and I assume they would make great ones for our older ones.

I installed a Centerforce II on my old TJ, and it was amazing. Install was easy, price wasn't too bad, and best of all the pedal feeling was better than stock (read: 7 year old clutch, new to me)
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Unread 03-28-2011, 11:03 PM   #70
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So I had a lovely week in Mexico. Beaches, jet skis, bikinis, and I probably drank my body weight in beer and alcohol. Lets be honest, if it wasn't for my Jeep, I probably wouldn't have come back

Thanks for the input on clutches. All I really needed to hear is that LuK is a reputable company. If I had to spend $300 to get a good one, I would have, but since I wont be doing any crazy wheeling in the foreseeable future, the $200 I saved can be put to good use elsewhere. Ordered the LuK and it should be here Thursday.

Over the weekend I tried to get some work done, but things didn't go as planned. Before I left for Mexico I bought a new set of rims for my Jetta to replace the ones my sister managed to ruin. The set came off an '07, mine is a '00. I should have known better then to trust him that the bolt pattern was the same, because it wasn't. Being angry pretty much flushed the rest of Saturday down the drain.

Sunday was a bit better. I stripped all the remaining bits off my frame, fuel and brake lines, mounts, steering box, and started to hit it with a wire wheel. So far I have the entire top rail done.





I wont worry about getting all of the little rust specks paint off. My plan is to paint it with a good anti rust coating. I know there are a lot of differing opinion on it, but I've heard good things locally. Plus since I live in Colorado I dont have to worry so much about rust, even whats on the frame as of now is very very minimal. The only places I will actually focus on doing a better job is the body mounts. The metal has actually gotten somewhat thin, so I might just reinforce them with a little steel.

All in all the the trip to Cancun has got me refreshed, so hopefully after I get off work in the evenings now I will be more likely to get something done.
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Unread 04-03-2011, 02:52 PM   #71
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So my goal yesterday was to finish assembling the engine and slap some paint on it, but I ran into a snag with the new oil pump. I'll take some pics later today when I work on it. Before I figured out I had that problem though, I got the oil pan all cleaned up. So I went ahead and sprayed some primer on the pan so I wouldn't have to worry about it flash rusting.


Before I painted it I scrubbed it pretty good with a degreaser, and then wiped it down with some solvent.

Not wanting to waste the rest of the day I jumped back to the transmission. I had one more seal to replace on the front bearing housing so I went ahead and did that....

then spent a good while cleaning up the top cover. So as soon as the weather gets a little nicer so I can give it a scrub with degreaser it will be ready for paint as well.
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Unread 04-03-2011, 11:48 PM   #72
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Got the snag with the new oil pump worked out. The new one has a slightly different design then the original, and it caused the oil pick up to not sit properly. Luckily the arm that bolts to the pump is actually two separate pieces that were welded together. So it was as simple as cutting the weld off, and re welding it to the proper length. Not difficult by any means but between setting up the tools and fixing it, it ate up almost all the time I could spare today.





I worked today in exchange for getting Monday off. I'll be heading to Denver to try and get my money back on those rims I purchased a few weeks ago. Should be home early afternoon, and I'm hoping I can get the engine and transmission masked and ready to paint. I think I'd be able to actually paint, but at the moment its snowing, we'll see what happens. I also need to take my flywheel to carquest to have it resurfaced, as I received my new clutch a few days ago
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Unread 04-04-2011, 01:01 AM   #73
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Looking good! I'm getting back on mine soon. But I basically bought a new frame, had a full 83 that has frame rot and am building it from the frame up. New frame is prepped and ready for paint, suspension parts painted. Now all I got to do is buy a cherry picker and engine stand and pull the rest of the stuff off the old frame and get the new frame in rolling chassis.
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Unread 04-04-2011, 09:27 AM   #74
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Looking good! I'm getting back on mine soon. But I basically bought a new frame, had a full 83 that has frame rot and am building it from the frame up. New frame is prepped and ready for paint, suspension parts painted. Now all I got to do is buy a cherry picker and engine stand and pull the rest of the stuff off the old frame and get the new frame in rolling chassis.
Ya I'm fairly lucky that my frame is in as good condition as it is. But it sure would save me a lot of work not having to prep it myself! I'm really hoping that I can have the frame ready for paint by the end of next weekend. I'd really like to have a rolling chassis so I can start on the body. But I guess a lot of that will depend on what I need to do on the axles. They look like they are in great shape, but then again I thought the U-joints looked alright until I found that one had no bearings left
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Unread 04-05-2011, 12:16 AM   #75
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Had a good day, got those rims returned with no problem, and worked on the jeep. I'll let the pictures do the talking tonight, I'm beat.







I also changed the spark plugs in my girlfriends car, and got my flywheel resurfaced!
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