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Unread 07-20-2013, 01:58 PM   #5146
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Really something like that needs to be cut diagonally then grind the ends to a chamfer then weld. This would give almost twice as much length to the weld and be much stronger.



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Unread 07-20-2013, 07:07 PM   #5147
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I can see how either method would be stronger, and the diagonal should have been something I thought of on my own. Pretty neat little trick. I will remember it. This is not a stand-alone weld, however. It slides up into the the upper steering shaft. I only welded the extension on to give it more length, so there was more of it inside the upper tube. Made me feel better! I think we are good.
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Unread 07-26-2013, 06:36 PM   #5148
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Six days since an update....eat'n alive buy SKEETER'S or drown'n in a RAIN PUDDLE is my guess
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Unread 07-27-2013, 07:24 AM   #5149
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Six days since an update....eat'n alive buy SKEETER'S or drown'n in a RAIN PUDDLE is my guess
Some truth to that! We should have Clay's Jeep "done" today. He has to wire up and install his thermo-controlled fan, and I have to wire up the diagnostic connector. Then sheath wires, tie up looms, organize. It goes into the shop, hopefully under its own power, Monday for a checkout.
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Unread 07-27-2013, 07:50 AM   #5150
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We expect videos by end of weekend. Please!!!
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Unread 07-27-2013, 08:04 AM   #5151
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We expect videos by end of weekend. Please!!!
Videos are hard. I have Hughesnet, and it absolutely vents air in an inward fashion in great, great quantities, rapidly. But I'll try. I can load little vids from time to time.

And then it's hot. And the humidity is high. And I'm doing ribs today. So you better save some popcorn!
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Unread 07-28-2013, 09:36 AM   #5152
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Good day/Bad day...

The ribs and pork chops, marinated in a special blend of household chemicals, and slow-cooked over a pecan fire, were positively the worst pieces of meat I have ever had the displeasure of not consuming. Wal-Mart meat. Not the usual stuff we buy from the itty-bitty grocery down the road, where they still carry chicken feets and pig knuckles! WM meat is bland, tastless, ultra fatty, has a bad texture, watered down... just garbage. That was a waste of money, and I was surprised my wife bought their meat.

So, while the earth spun, grasshoppers ate my okra, and cicadas sang from the Sycamores, Clay and I poured over the Jeep. It is all buttoned up and ready for the test drive. Clay has to replace a bolt that he was tightening up on the bell-crank to bell-housing mount. The clutch is hard. Don't know why. It's a Centerforce clutch, brand new. I will purchase a new bellcrank ***'y as it is somewhat needed anyway. The clutch pedal has no slack, and the Jeep begins to move immediately as you let off the pedal.

The exhaust has a leak, but that is to be expected. Although Clay tried to make it match up to the exhaust from the 258. I made a video last night for your viewing pleasure, but I think I will bypass that one. I'll video it coming out of the shop and heading out the driveway. Last night's video has the floor fan blowing and the stereo playing... pretty noisy.

Anyway, here are some pics. Clay's homemade, anti-collision electric fan mounting bracket and general work. The intake is Spectre, and not my first choice, but I ruined a perfectly good XJ airbox trying to adapt it to the fender.
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Unread 07-28-2013, 09:40 AM   #5153
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Can't seem to clean up the wiring mess around the battery. Most of them are grounds. I remember Coiz, Matt, etc, and I can't emulate it! But I tried...
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Unread 07-28-2013, 09:54 AM   #5154
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X2. On the last bend of the home stretch now! Fire it up and drive it!!
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Lookin good Scotty!!!!!! As for wires, zip ties and that plastic loom stuff are quick easy ways to make wires look like they were meant to be there.
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Unread 07-28-2013, 05:06 PM   #5157
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Just thinking back to an earlier conversation... :-)
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Unread 07-28-2013, 08:39 PM   #5158
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On the clutch issue, is the pivot ball between the fork and bell housing?

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Lookin good Scotty!!!!!! As for wires, zip ties and that plastic loom stuff are quick easy ways to make wires look like they were meant to be there.
Thanks a lot Fellas. It means a lot coming from your kind of quality.

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On the clutch issue, is the pivot ball between the fork and bell housing?

Bill
Feels like it Bill, reaching up with my finger tips, but there is a lot of play in the clutch fork, moving back and forth. Clay made another clutch rod, which is half again as long as factory, and you know they aren't very long. The pedal was very hard to push down, and I told him so. He drove it out of the shop and swung around the yard, preparing to pull in straight so he could change the oil. There was a POP, and the Jeep kept going backward, him trying to make it stop with the brakes, but it wasn't having any! It kept going, and just before he plowed the garden, he reached up and killed the ignition. We pushed it back into the shop. The bellcrank had popped off one of the pivots balls. When I got under the Jeep I found that the bellhousing had cracked through where the pivot ball mounts. Can't begin to describe the dismay. Going to the shop tomorrow.

Here ya go, Luke!
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Unread 07-28-2013, 09:17 PM   #5160
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I wonder if Clay forgot the spring between the arm and pivot, the one that keeps the rod in place.

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