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Unread 08-28-2010, 11:48 PM   #166
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Thanks Skerr, I'm gonna make another trip down to the fab shop on wednesday to see what they have left as far as materials for the table top go. I'm gonna pick up another identical frame and weld legs inbetween the two. I picked up four heavy swivel casters at HF for it also. The fab shop officially closed last saturday but the guy said he'd meet me there one more time to pick through the remains. We'll see what he has.

I had some time tonight so I pulled the Tuffy box out of my 79 CJ7 and reinstalled the back seat. I'm going to use the Tuffy box on the build for some lockable storage. I'm not sure how a back seat would work in the build with that crossbar welded in behind the front seats. So the 79 gets to be a 4 seater again and the build will be a two seater. I took a picture of the difference in the frame height of my 79 (33's on a 4 inch sua) compared to the build which is 35's on a soa with stock springs. Even when you take into account the 1.5 inch from the dollies it's still pretty high. I'm off for a week so if I get my house projects (tile install) done I think I can make some more progress on the build. I need to check in with the machine shop also and see how my 401 is doing.



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Unread 09-10-2010, 03:55 PM   #167
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I finished my welding table and I'm pretty happy with the result. I didn't have any plans or measurements drawn out so I built it as I went. Now I have a large moveable work space with a shelf underneath to store my extra transmissions and transfercases. It also gave me some much needed practice on my welding skills. I wound up using the perforated sheet for the top and braced it underneath with 1x2 tubing. I loaded the table top up with all my weights and dumbells it held up nicely. The best part about the whole thing is that it turned out level.


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Unread 09-10-2010, 04:08 PM   #168
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Excellent! I have table envy!
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Unread 09-17-2010, 12:38 PM   #169
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I picked up the 401 from the machine shop today. It cost me over $300 more ($900+) at this shop for the same machine work I had the old shop do on my other 401 last year (same size bore on block, grind on crank etc...)....to bad they went out of business. My accountant's (wife's) response to the bill wasn't so good..... ....... I have to lay low for a while or sell some more Jeep parts on CL before I purchase the rebuild kit unless I want to sleep out in my dog kennels for a while.
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Unread 09-21-2010, 06:33 PM   #170
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I painted the engine block today and continued with the sandblasting of the remaining engine accessories and brackets. I think the orange looks good on it, even though it's chevy orange on an AMC. I also put a coat of rustoleum hammered black paint on my welding/work table. In the mean time, I'm planning on installing those new 4 inch springs on my 79 and looking for a set of 35's on CL. I'm having front driveshaft clearance issues because the old springs flattened out.
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Unread 09-21-2010, 06:41 PM   #171
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Jeep looks amazing!!

35s + 401.. please tell me your ditching the dana 30? if not... you will be soon if it ever goes into 4WD
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Unread 09-21-2010, 07:27 PM   #172
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Jeep looks amazing!!

35s + 401.. please tell me your ditching the dana 30? if not... you will be soon if it ever goes into 4WD
Don't be so sure, look up Fuzz401's Jeep
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Unread 09-21-2010, 10:36 PM   #173
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Chevy Orange looks good on anything!
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Unread 09-22-2010, 02:23 AM   #174
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Jeep looks amazing!!

35s + 401.. please tell me your ditching the dana 30? if not... you will be soon if it ever goes into 4WD
I originally planned on Currie 9's in the front and rear just like my 79 but cost was a huge factor. I'm stuck with the Dana 30 for now unless I come across something stronger (for cheap) on CL. It's definately the weak link in the drivetrain.
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Unread 09-22-2010, 07:35 AM   #175
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Don't be so sure, look up Fuzz401's Jeep
His is 2wd. The 30 has been hollowed out.
401 looks great! The 30 will hold as long as you are nice to it.
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Unread 09-25-2010, 11:43 AM   #176
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Ohhh... the one that got away. I just missed out on a set of 7 near new Toyo 35x13.5xr15 Mud tires for $350 on CL. Someone got to them before me and relisted / sold them for $650 the same day. Good for them /bad for me, they would've looked good on my 79.....
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Unread 10-01-2010, 05:08 PM   #177
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Ordered up my engine kit today. I got one of the last two sets of .040 over Federal Mogul pistons in the country.....apparently .040 isn't a real popular size. I can tell you that my experience with Falcon Global has been great. They have excellent customer service and decent pricing....
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Unread 10-05-2010, 04:12 PM   #178
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I decided to start on the body work while I wait for my engine kit to arrive. So today I cut out a small rust hole under the Jeep logo on the driver side. I also busted out the hammer and dolly to knock out and smooth over the drivers rear corner and fenderwell. It came out pretty good so far and will only require a minimal amount of filler. Next up is the crack in the drivers floor where a seat bracket mounting nut started to pull through. I still need to cut the patch piece for the hole I cut out. I figure I should also pick up some flush mounted rear lights so I can start cutting the holes for them also. The rest of the body is in great shape aside from the miscellaneous extra holes the PO drilled everywhere that will eventually get filled. Is it ok to store the body on it's side while working on it or will it distort it?

I liked Coiz's hood louvers that he had fabbed on his build. I'm going to use the 1/4 inch hole perforated sheet to make to a venting strip down each side of my hood for extra cooling out here in the desert.

I just notcied that one of my two grills is tweeked quite a bit so I'll turn it into some garage art and hang it on the wall or something (if I can find the space).
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Unread 10-05-2010, 06:25 PM   #179
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I liked Coiz's hood louvers that he had fabbed on his build. I'm going to use the 1/4 inch hole perforated sheet to make to a venting strip down each side of my hood for extra cooling out here in the desert.
That sounds like a cool idea. What is your plan?
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Unread 10-05-2010, 06:48 PM   #180
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I'm thinking a 4 or 5 inch x 18 inch rectangle section of perforated sheet welded into either side of the top of the hood following the angle of the raised center part. I'll probably use the same material for the side panels of my tube fenders and for a permanent bikini top welded to the top of the cage.
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