OH I did, theres alot of stuff I am leaving out in this write up. I was almost finished with this build when my Girlfriend of 3 years broke up with me. I just lost all motivation on this project. I didnt even want to go jeeping. Then I got to thinking, I am to old for this feeling, I am going to go do something about all this. SO I literally forced myself to go out there and finish it up, and that cured alot of my stresses and made things pretty good in my head.
SO what I did was:
Installed goferit Tie Rod flip Bushings - easy, just had to buy a $25 3/4 bit and the $45 worth of bushings
Had to tighten down some other stuff just for good measure
Had to Grind down some ears that were on the steering knuckles since the knuckles that were on the widetrack rearend were made for the smaller 83 wide tracks. I was installing the big brakes, and the calipers are huge compared to the wimpy newer CJ brakes. Took me about 10 minutes with an angle grinder.
I drove it around for a couple miles, got 6 months of insurance on it, and my wheel bearing spindle nuts loosened up after driving it. SO I had to pull it all back apart and tighten them up. Then the brake shields I put on where rubbing real bad. I told myself that I am not going to pull all this stuff back off just to take them shields off. SO I just bent them back out of the way - LOL. All is good
When I was going to go to Disney I was going to trailer it just incase I didnt do something right. But I couldnt find any of my tie down straps, so I ended up driving it 45 minutes to Disney, OKlahoma. IT did awesome, which its all 2 lane road all the way down there. Thing drives straight, I dont see what the big complaint about a detroit locker is. I love it.
Out on the trails it was even more radical. Thing did everything I wanted it to do and more. Had no problem, it was amazing! All the stuff I wanted to do in my CJ7 but couldnt do because of Gears and height, I did, and it did it without a problem. I am very impressed, and I am looking to be going back down there this coming weekend to try it on some more radical things. I wouldnt be afraid to drive this CJ to work everyday thats how solid and how good this thing drives.
So Disney this weekend
Then in the weeks to come:
Painting the jeep yellow
Cutting/Installing body armor on corners, rockers, and behind front wheel
Installing CB radio
Rebuilding Carter YF carb
Installing power steering (once I go and pick it up from MXracer)
I am sure there is more, but I have my hands full with them chores right now.
1977 CJ5 - 37" military humvee tires/wheels - SM420/Dana 300-4" Alcan lift-AMC 20 w/ Full floating axles,Locking hubs, Detroit Locker-D30 w/limited slip