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Unread 12-01-2010, 06:58 PM   #211
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Attempted to get the transmission in today but it turns out that the new throwout bearing won't work. The I.D. is too small to fit over the front bearing retainer, I test fitted the old (square) one and it worked fine. So instead I straightened up the garage and made a new dipstick tube support bracket with a piece of scrap and a rubber grommet. Waiting to hear back from the clutch place about swapping out this bearing for me then I'll get that all in when it comes.

I'm going to look at a set of 5 black steel "d" windows for my 79 on friday. So hopefully I'll have another CL steal to report. I gotta get rid of the rest of these wheel sets I have laying around here to gain some more space back.

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Unread 12-01-2010, 07:13 PM   #212
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nice work, good to hear another holley fuel pump fan. Is the blue too big of a pump for your set up if u carb?
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Unread 12-02-2010, 02:45 AM   #213
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I'm not sure what the flowrate is on the blue pump but I run the red pump without a regulator on my 401 powered 79 CJ without any issues.

My throwout bearing issue is now a non issue.... After an almost immediate response to my email the company not only sent me out the correct bearing but they also said "we don't want you to have to come out of pocket for anything so no need to send anything back to us". All I can say is wow! That's what I call customer service! Allaboutclutches on Ebay, I will be a return customer for sure!
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Unread 12-02-2010, 04:26 AM   #214
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I'm not sure what the flowrate is on the blue pump but I run the red pump without a regulator on my 401 powered 79 CJ without any issues.

My throwout bearing issue is now a non issue.... After an almost immediate response to my email the company not only sent me out the correct bearing but they also said "we don't want you to have to come out of pocket for anything so no need to send anything back to us". All I can say is wow! That's what I call customer service! Allboutclutches on Ebay, I will be a return customer for sure!
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Unread 12-02-2010, 05:46 PM   #215
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I'm not sure what the flowrate is on the blue pump but I run the red pump without a regulator on my 401 powered 79 CJ without any issues.

My throwout bearing issue is now a non issue.... After an almost immediate response to my email the company not only sent me out the correct bearing but they also said "we don't want you to have to come out of pocket for anything so no need to send anything back to us". All I can say is wow! That's what I call customer service! Allboutclutches on Ebay, I will be a return customer for sure!
Yeah... you must be REALLY excited about it!!


Thanks for the heads-up about your clutch supplier. I will be needing one soon.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 09:26 PM   #216
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Yup, I was expecting to get the "run around" so it worked out well.
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Unread 12-03-2010, 06:27 PM   #217
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Here's a shot of the little bracket for the dipstick tube:




And I also picked up this set of (5) 15x10 4 in backspacing wheels that have never been mounted to an axle for $120.00. Damn I love CL!!! They'll eventually go on my 79 when I get my new springs on and go to 35's.
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Unread 12-03-2010, 06:34 PM   #218
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Lucky Dog!! I never find anything good around here.
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Unread 12-09-2010, 09:47 PM   #219
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I got the new throwout bearing today and it looks totally different than the original and the incorrect one I initially received. This one did have the clips on the back along with a zerk fitting. (new, original, first wrong replacement)

It seemed to fit correctly so I got my workout in by installing the transmission/transfercase combo. It took a little modification to my crossmember to get it to line up perfectly. Basically I just had to enlarge the two transmission mount bolt holes to 1/2 inch because they were just a hair off.


Here is what I was thinking for the rollcage, I'll remove the plate in the center and cover the whole top of the cage with the perforated sheet for a permanent bikini top.

So should I focus on running the exhaust and fuel lines now while the body is off?
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Unread 12-10-2010, 04:54 PM   #220
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I like this idea well, and I think it is much better than your hood idea.
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Unread 12-10-2010, 06:44 PM   #221
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Thanks Skerr, I need to find another full sheet of this perforated stuff so I'm not welding in three separate strips across the top of the cage. Although the build title indicates otherwise I don't want it to look too ghetto so I may not add the vents to the hood. I've been thinking about it (before I start cutting) and it would really just make a mess under the hood anyway. Any rain or water or mud that falls through will collect and pool on top of the engine. I can add the perforated sheet to the side panels of the tube fenders where they meet the tub if I need them, but I think the extra open area that the tube fenders will provide will aid in air flow through there.

After driving my 79' 401/th400 CJ in this cooler weather and it not getting over 180* (even without the electric fans running) I've realized that it's a combination of the 110*+ desert summer temps and the addition of the auto transmission that is taxing the cooling system resulting in slightly higher than normal operating temps. I don't think this build will have those same cooling issue due to the manual trans.

The driveshafts that came on this thing won't work, the front is 2 inches short and the rear is 1 inch too long. So it looks like I'll be needing a custom front shaft and a 1 inch modification on the rear shaft.

I narrowed down my next project to running the exhaust. I need a set of factory AMC V8 exhaust manifolds so if anyone has some laying around PM me.
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Unread 12-26-2010, 05:28 PM   #222
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I'm having trouble finding a set of exhaust manifolds that don't cost a fortune so I figured I'd wait on the exhaust for a while to see if anything new shows up on CL or Ebay. In the mean time I started cutting some metal to make two "stubby" front bumpers, one for this build and another for my 79'. One will be 36 inches and the other 35.25 inches long (mismarked the first cut line and only measured once). I'm using 2 x 4 x .250 wall rectangle tube and I'm modifying 4 inch "C" channel (.250 thick) to make the bumper to frame mounts. I'm cutting a 3/4 inch strip out of the center of the "C" and rewelding it so it's 3.25 wide. Then it'll fit inside the frame and I'll make some mounting holes on the top/bottom and sides to secure them in place with bolts. I also have some 2 x 3/8'ths flat bar to cap the ends off.

I also took a few minutes to install poly bushings into my new 4 inch springs that are going on my 79'. Once the springs are installed I'm putting the 35's and Cragars from this project on the 79' and the other steel wheels I just got off CL (that I like better) will go on this build with some newer 35's.

Some guy approached me today about buying my 99 Cherokee Classic, it's not for sale but I found him checking it out when it was parked on the street. I'd like to buy a pickup but the Cherokee only has 85K miles on it and I've owned it outright since 04' so it doesn't cost me anything. I really don't want to deal with a new car payment either.
Hopefully after the new year things will slow down and I'll have more time to focus on the build. Between work, family and unexpected home projects I've been spreading myself way too thin lately.
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Unread 02-07-2011, 07:25 PM   #223
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No progress to report on the build. I needed tires for my 79' and finding 35's on CL was a problem. So I picked up a great set of 33x12.5 Interco TSL's for the 79' along with a new 35x12.5 Big O XT for the project to give me a matching set of five.

I'm gonna mount the TSL's on the black steel wheels I have and we'll see which Jeep they end up on. I'll be selling the Centerline Aluminum wheels and BFG 33 M/T's that I'm removing from the 79'. Other than that I've just been catching up on everyone else's build threads.
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Unread 02-08-2011, 04:39 PM   #224
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Before/After

Here's my 79' before and after the wheel/tire change. I'm partial to the black wheels.
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Unread 02-08-2011, 05:05 PM   #225
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