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Unread 11-14-2009, 09:35 PM   #61
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Rear axle is in but not without some minor issues...
1. I installed new e brake cables but due to the SOA the left side cable is too short so I need to use a right side e brake cable in it's place.
2. Something is up with the brakes. I had a hard time getting the drums on even with them adjusted all the way in. Gotta take another look at it.
3. The brake equalizer bars that I pulled out were stamped "Bendix 49004" and they have a bend in the middle, the ones I put back in (from a parts AMC20) are stamped with the same part number but are perfectly straight. Not sure what's up with that. See here:



Here's how it sits right now:



I started tearing into the front axle and found that it is an open carrier not a Lincoln Locker as stated when I bought it. Guess I should've popped the cover and checked at the time. The diff cover has a crack (I have a used replacement), The rotors need to be replaced (I have another set I can get turned) everything else looks good so strip, paint everything and repack the bearings is the plan.

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Unread 11-23-2009, 07:25 PM   #62
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I got the front axle stripped, painted and bolted up today with a little help from my nephew. I let him dig in and get his hands dirty as he worked on a Jeep for the first time. The kid loves power tools!!!!

Little man working:





Here's how it sits now:



Only 8 more years until he can drive it.....Hopefully it'll be done by then.
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Unread 12-18-2009, 06:47 PM   #63
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The front axle is done and I got some new parts on order, UPS and Fedex are regulars at my house. Here's what's coming next week:

Urethane bushings for the swaybar, end links, tie rod boots, torque arm bushings and a urethane trans mount.
V8 Motor mount and bracket kit
Stainless brake line kit
Extended brake line kit for front and rear.

I need to locate either an sr4, t4 or t5 bellhousing that I can use to mate the Muncie 4 speed to the AMC V8. Here's how it looks now.

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Unread 01-09-2010, 06:13 PM   #64
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A little more progress...I got the new motor mounts and the new urethane bushings installed. I blasted, painted and installed the swaybar and end links. All the grade 8 hardware is starting to add up. I received my new stainless steel and extended brake lines this week so they'll be next to get installed.

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Unread 01-10-2010, 05:48 PM   #65
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In regards to the grade 8 hardware. Do you have to buy it in pieces or can you buy a kit? You have a really nice build. Keep us posted.
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Unread 01-10-2010, 06:03 PM   #66
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In regards to the grade 8 hardware. Do you have to buy it in pieces or can you buy a kit? You have a really nice build. Keep us posted.
Thanks, I've been buying it piece by piece as I need it from Lowe's, I wish there was a full CJ grade 8 kit out there, it would have to be cheaper as a kit or in bulk.
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Unread 01-10-2010, 10:34 PM   #67
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i hear ya on the price of hardware.

about half way through my rebuild i started ordering my hardware from mcmaster.com

may not be economical if you only need one or two of an item but if you need any more its definitely worth it.
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Unread 01-11-2010, 01:11 PM   #68
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i hear ya on the price of hardware.

about half way through my rebuild i started ordering my hardware from mcmaster.com

may not be economical if you only need one or two of an item but if you need any more its definitely worth it.
Thanks for the tip. I should sit down and figure out what I need and buy in bulk.

I bought a T5 bellhousing on ebay and ordered the Novak retainer kit for the Muncie - AMC V8 combo. Should be here in a few days.
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Unread 01-12-2010, 07:22 PM   #69
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I got all of the brake lines installed today, now I just need to clean up/hookup my proportion valve and find some new banjo bolts for the front calipers.



I did have one question though if anyone can help out... Take a look at the line that goes from the proportion valve to the rear cross member, is it supposed to stick out towards the center of the frame by the left rear shock tower or is it supposed to go over the top of it? Looks weird to me. My other Cj7 is a 79 so it has the extra crossmember and isn't a good reference.

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Unread 01-13-2010, 06:14 AM   #70
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it looks correct to me, but it would work either way i guess.
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Unread 01-13-2010, 02:31 PM   #71
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First off, great build. I like the ghetto budget. Awesome part swapping and mixing.

I hope this isn't too OT, but do you know what that muncie/D20 came out of? Was that a factory combo or an aftermarket adapter? I have been looking for an adapter for a pass car muncie 4 spd to a D20 or D300. Thanks for any info anyone has.

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Unread 01-13-2010, 03:18 PM   #72
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First off, great build. I like the ghetto budget. Awesome part swapping and mixing.

I hope this isn't too OT, but do you know what that muncie/D20 came out of? Was that a factory combo or an aftermarket adapter? I have been looking for an adapter for a pass car muncie 4 spd to a D20 or D300. Thanks for any info anyone has.

Tom
Thanks, the budget is the reason for all the changes in the plan up to now, but I'm settled on the 304/muncie/dana 20 for good. The adapter for the Muncie/Dana20 has "ADVANCE JEEP 1001" stamped on it. Seems like its an older Advanced Adapters unit, can't seem to find it on their website.
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Unread 01-16-2010, 09:23 AM   #73
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I didn't like the way the rear brake line ran along the frame so I got some more line clips and a grommet. I drilled a 3/4 inch hole in the e-brake bracket, installed the grommet and ran the line through it. Looks better now, more secure.
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Unread 01-16-2010, 10:03 AM   #74
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That looks great and functional too. I hope you don't mind but I'm stealing your idea for my build. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

The project is looking good!
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Unread 01-16-2010, 02:47 PM   #75
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That looks great and functional too. I hope you don't mind but I'm stealing your idea for my build. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

The project is looking good!
Thanks TRex, I'm sure someone one here has done that before. I picked up a bunch of hardware assortment kits (o-rings, retaining clips, e-clips, rubber grommets etc.) from Harbor Freight today along with some car dollies. I figure this will cut down on my (piece by piece) spending for replacement stuff seeing as one rubber grommet cost me $1.95 at Lowe's compared to the 280 piece assortment which cost me $7.99 at HF. Now I can throw on my rims(don't have shop tires) and get it off the jacks and onto the dollies so I can position it however I need it.

I'm having trouble finding new banjo bolts (for the front calipers) at any of the local parts places including NAPA. Does anyone know what size banjo bolts are needed for an 83' CJ7?
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