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Unread 04-13-2011, 11:51 PM   #76
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I finally told my boss to go to hell so I could get some work done on the Jeep... ok thats a lie. But I did get a good bit done today. I did run into a little problem however. I was trying to put the timing cover on and it wouldn't sit flush on the block. At first I thought that the cover had warped and was about to put the bolts on to see if I could get it to sit flat. Thankfully before I did something incredibly stupid I realized that it was rocking on the bolt that holds the timing sprocket to the cam. Turns out the new sprocket isn't made quite right, so the bolt sits higher out I ran it down to the engine shop and they said they would give the company a call and tell them the problem and have a new one shipped out.

Spent some time taping off the mating surfaces on the engine so I could get some paint laid down.



I had plenty of time and the weather was clear, so I drug it outside and sprayed it. I used VHT engine enamel, 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint.




I'm happy with how it turned out. I like the color and think it will be pretty sharp with the parts that I painted black. I took the oil pan off after painting the block and painted it separately to ensure good coverage, you can see it sitting on the bench in the last photo.

In between coats of paint I finished up work the transmission and transfer case. The transmission is almost perfectly clean, and the transfer case is pretty good. I've decided I need to call it good enough and keep moving, so when I get the chance I will drag them outside and scrub them with a degreaser before paint.

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Unread 04-14-2011, 11:41 PM   #77
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I'm gonna have to ask a favor of you guys. I was looking at my fuel pump tonight and it looks like there is a hole that should be plugged, but I cant tell for sure. The hole is in the center of the housing, so if somebody could take a look at theirs and see what the deal is for me.



Not being able to bolt on the timing cover is holding me back on the final assembly. In the mean time I cleaned up a lot of the other parts. The exhaust manifold should be ready for paint. I'm also going to buy a new distributor. The wires on the old one are fried so I took it apart to try and fix them, but realized that its quite difficult to turn, and the shaft has some pretty bad grooves on it.
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Unread 04-15-2011, 01:15 AM   #78
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A quick google image search shows the same hole on others, I'm assuming its a vent hole or something of the such?
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Unread 04-15-2011, 01:23 AM   #79
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A quick google image search shows the same hole on others, I'm assuming its a vent hole or something of the such?
Im pretty sure you correct on it being a vent hole since all thats inside the pump is a diaphram.
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Unread 04-15-2011, 01:56 AM   #80
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well I've enjoyed reading your posts and seeing the progress; keeps up my motivation for my rebuild on my '72 CJ5. I've needed some extra motivation what with the extra rust and problems that seem to keep cropping up! Plus the cold is always a bit of a damper when you don't have a nice garage... I must say, you do have a nice set-up there!
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Unread 04-15-2011, 07:55 AM   #81
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Looking GREAT! I wish I had the same attention to detail.
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Unread 04-16-2011, 07:07 PM   #82
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Thanks guys. It's comments like those that remind me that I'm not just being over critical on certain parts.

Your right James, I cant complain with the set up I've got.

So unless there is something odd going on with my parts, it seems the new timing chain sprockets arent being produced correctly. Danny from the engine shop had a new one sent in, and it was identical to the one I already had. He called the warehouse and had them check their stock, and everything they had was the same. So he offered to take the one I had and cut it on the lathe. Took it down to him at 11:30 this morning, and had it back before 2 Just can't beat customer service like that. He kept my old one so he could send it to the producer. But here are some before and after photos.


So with that fixed I was able to get everything bolted up on the engine. That went well enough until I was torquing the oil pan bolts and pop....son of a... Managed to strip the threads going into the timing cover. The fix was as easy as it could get, had a tap and a screw to fit near by.

Still need to get a new thermostat, otherwise its pretty much done.

Almost forgot, I used Back To Black on the valve cover, its not as noticeable in this photo, but the results were well worth the cost.


The weather was beautiful today so I scrubbed up the transmission and transfer case, waited for them to dry and painted them. There are a few nooks where I know the paint wont stick, but nobody will ever see them, and I have obsessed over it enough.

I only painted the parts on the transfer case that would be difficult to get to while bolted on the transmission, so tomorrow I will bolt it on and paint the remainder.

Spent the little time I had left painting some random parts I had sandblasted.
This is the first time in a while I've felt like I managed to get a lot accomplished!
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Unread 04-16-2011, 07:35 PM   #83
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Excellent choice on the paint color, the black sets if off nice

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Unread 04-17-2011, 12:32 AM   #84
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Excellent choice on the paint color, the black sets if off nice
Thanks Dave, I'm really happy with how it turned out. Now if only choosing color for the body would be that easy. At least I have plenty of time to decide
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Unread 04-17-2011, 03:11 AM   #85
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I vote for Honda Tea Green Metallic
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Unread 04-17-2011, 05:47 AM   #86
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I vote for Honda Tea Green Metallic
Andy took the words right out of my mouth!
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Unread 04-17-2011, 11:39 AM   #87
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At this point I wont be surprised if your CJ7 has a matching CJ5 sibling in the future
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Unread 04-20-2011, 12:02 AM   #88
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The front end is exactly what I was expecting it would be, SHOT! So I cant say I'm disappointed with the condition its in. It's actually quite comical just how bad some of the parts are.

I completely disassembled one side of the axle. It looks like the bearings have actually been replaced recently, they are in great shape. But I was also able to remove both of the inner nuts with my fingers. The U joint is so rusted up its difficult to get it to move using my knee. Both of the brake rotors are done. There are deep gouges from the rivets on the brake pads digging in. At some point in time the PO decided it would be fine if he just replaced the pads. I'm fairly certain he has no idea what the word maintenance means, he'd probably give you a blank stare.

But on the bright side, the ball joints feel like they are still in pretty good condition. So I'm gonna let them go for the time being. All of the gears in the diff make it look like this jeep has never been put in 4WD. I was also planning on replacing the locking hubs, but they have absolutely no wear on them. So I will use them for the time being, and replace them further down the road unless I find a screaming deal on some new ones. I already have new rotors ordered, they only cost me 35 a piece, so even cheaper then I would have guessed.



I will need to get the proper tool to remove the other side, as the nuts on that side aren't finger tight.

After the fading sunlight drove me inside I spent some time cleaning up the brake calipers. Heres a before and after



Shouldnt take me long to get it all put back together when I have all the parts that I need. Tomorrow I promised my sister I would watch my nieces while she is outta town, so I'll see what I can get done Thursday
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Unread 04-20-2011, 10:18 AM   #89
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Nice job so far and that's a great job of documenting a build.
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Unread 04-20-2011, 11:08 AM   #90
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Hi Jered I looked through your build. You've got things going along real well. Isn't amazing what just keeps poping up that needs fixing as you go along, guess that's to be expected on these older vechicles we have. Keep up the great work!
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