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Unread 08-07-2013, 04:07 PM   #5221
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Matt- Our build has always been about doing the necessary work with the least possible expense. My labor is free, and I don't mind labor. It's also a concept that I want my children to learn. Anything worth having is worth working for. I know you already know that, so no criticism intended. That's just where I am and the lessons I am trying to teach. Through all of this there has been PLENTY of challenge and trial. It is my responsibility to keep a good frame of mind and attitude as an example to my boys. Sometimes that is very hard! The Hesco kit... here are my thoughts on Hesco. I have no idea about the company. I have no idea about the quality of their parts. Their CPS adapter is possibly worth every penny they ask. But it is over $300, and I can give a LOT of labor for $300. Since we had the bellhousing we elected to modify it. We COULD have sent it to Novak and had them modify it, and there wouldn't have been any guessing or stress. But overcoming adversity and obstacles is another important lesson for my kids. Clay modified the bellhousing on his own. And it worked! He had plenty of frustration, but he saw it through, and now he has a running engine. That is his reward. His first time, and with determination, he was successful. For thos Jeepers who simply buy what they need, well... kudos to them. Sometimes I wish I was in that position. But I also know that $300 will buy a truckload of mac-n-cheez! So the cost is too high for me, and I don't think the position of the CPS is a good one for wheeling. It is subject to debris and mud getting into that area. Hence, the REAL reason why we did our own work.
I fully understand, Scott. I'm a do-it-yourself kinda guy, as well. And I also consider that a trait worth passing on to your offspring.

I'm relieved to hear your mechanic found an adjustable pivot ball. I truly hope that works.

Good luck, my friend. I can't wait to see Clay's big cheesy grin when he gets his CJ back on the road..

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Unread 08-07-2013, 04:35 PM   #5222
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Scott, there is no justification needed for where you have been or where you are going, everyone knows how hard you and your team have worked to pull off a great build.

All this typing and posting photos and what'if'n is a direct result of not being on-site with hands-on help....we can make the best of it by throwing out ideas.
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Unread 08-10-2013, 07:40 AM   #5223
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Scott, there is no justification needed for where you have been or where you are going, everyone knows how hard you and your team have worked to pull off a great build.

All this typing and posting photos and what'if'n is a direct result of not being on-site with hands-on help....we can make the best of it by throwing out ideas.
I would not, and I could not, be where I am today without it! Period.


All input is important to me. Either to see how you're going to help me, or to see how much of an idiot you are! I use myself as a gauge. Just foolin... I think ya'll know how much I value your opinions. That's why I'm sitting here right now reading JF and drinking coffee.

I went down to L&J's to check on the Jeep. Warren had it up on the rack. A young man was working on it, putting the tranny back in. I snapped some pics of the pivot ball stud welded in place. It looked VERY well done!! No kidding. Looked very stout, and all of the fork slop is gone. And contrary to popular belief, fork slop is not eating spaghetti in a white shirt! I had arranged with Bill to receive and post my pics, as I had only the cell with me. I took the pics. The young man held up the LED light so we could all see. Took them from two angles. Saved them to my phone. But there are NO PICS!?!? Truth... The pics aren't on my phone. This is waaaaay mysterious! So I can't show you. The whole thing is a moot point.
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Unread 08-10-2013, 10:48 AM   #5224
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....... I had arranged with Bill to receive and post my pics, as I had only the cell with me. I took the pics. The young man held up the LED light so we could all see. Took them from two angles. Saved them to my phone. But there are NO PICS!?!? Truth... The pics aren't on my phone. This is waaaaay mysterious! So I can't show you. The whole thing is a moot point.
I don't believe you.....better go back there and ask them to yank the tranny out so you can re-take them and prove it!........

Glad to hear the light at the end of the tunnel is looking less like an oncoming locomotive. Hope you took good notes, I may be asking you questions this fall when my head swap and FI goes in.
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Unread 08-10-2013, 05:38 PM   #5225
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Operator error again.
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Scott, I'm sorry to hear about AJ, he seemed like a good friend and neighbor, his knowledge and skill will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers will be with his family and friends, and with you and yours.
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Straight on shot as asked for in the other thread...

best I could do with what I have right now...



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Unread 08-13-2013, 07:00 AM   #5228
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I don't believe you.....better go back there and ask them to yank the tranny out so you can re-take them and prove it!........

Glad to hear the light at the end of the tunnel is looking less like an oncoming locomotive. Hope you took good notes, I may be asking you questions this fall when my head swap and FI goes in.
Taking Clay to get his Jeep now... YAY!

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Scott, I'm sorry to hear about AJ, he seemed like a good friend and neighbor, his knowledge and skill will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers will be with his family and friends, and with you and yours.
Thank you, Dog.

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Straight on shot as asked for in the other thread...

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Thank you very much, CB. I really like that. I think the brackets are cool too! I wonder why it has brackets instead of welded? Like it is removable to change into a different tool!?
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Unread 08-13-2013, 07:23 AM   #5229
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Taking Clay to get his Jeep now... YAY!
Damn, that's good news, Scott.

I can't wait to hear his take on the 4.0. compared to the 258.

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Unread 08-13-2013, 10:04 AM   #5230
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Damn, that's good news, Scott.

I can't wait to hear his take on the 4.0. compared to the 258.

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What a morning! Clay's Jeep was in the shop, as you know, and my son Jake also had his truck in the shop at the same time. Jake's was A/C related. I paid the nearly $1000 for both vehicles. Clay was fairly beaming when he got in his Jeep and fired it up. BIG GRIN! He backed out of the parking slot, bumped around as he "learned" to drive it again, and then pulled out into traffic. The Jeep accelerated smoothly, and I watched him out of sight. So... shaking my head, I went into the office to pay. I whipped out my card. Linda totaled me up. My phone rang... it is Clay. He is broke down!! Says the tranny went out. But it's rebuilt by the very best there is, so I don't think it's tranny. The clutch assembly/parts are still in place, according to Clay. I get with Charlie, the owner. He hooks up his trailer, and we go get him. As Beth and I pull up, with Charlie right behind us in his service truck pulling the trailer, we can see Clay in the distance, his forehead leaning against the back of the Jeep, totally dejected. Beth starts the "poor baby" stuff before we even get to him. His smile is a frown. His outlook is bleak. He is late for SGA, among other things. Charlie walks up and has a quick look, and then he askes Clay if the Tcase got knocked into neutral. Clay looks at Charlie and says, "Tcase?" Then he pulls it into gear, cranks up, and he drives away. Beaming again! I owe Charlie and crew a lunch.

Clay called me later and said it is performing very well. It has lots of power and zing. He said it runs very smooth, and the water temp was very low after 30 miles. All good reports thus far...
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What a morning! Clay's Jeep was in the shop, as you know, and my son Jake also had his truck in the shop at the same time. Jake's was A/C related. I paid the nearly $1000 for both vehicles. Clay was fairly beaming when he got in his Jeep and fired it up. BIG GRIN! He backed out of the parking slot, bumped around as he "learned" to drive it again, and then pulled out into traffic. The Jeep accelerated smoothly, and I watched him out of sight. So... shaking my head, I went into the office to pay. I whipped out my card. Linda totaled me up. My phone rang... it is Clay. He is broke down!! Says the tranny went out. But it's rebuilt by the very best there is, so I don't think it's tranny. The clutch assembly/parts are still in place, according to Clay. I get with Charlie, the owner. He hooks up his trailer, and we go get him. As Beth and I pull up, with Charlie right behind us in his service truck pulling the trailer, we can see Clay in the distance, his forehead leaning against the back of the Jeep, totally dejected. Beth starts the "poor baby" stuff before we even get to him. His smile is a frown. His outlook is bleak. He is late for SGA, among other things. Charlie walks up and has a quick look, and then he askes Clay if the Tcase got knocked into neutral. Clay looks at Charlie and says, "Tcase?" Then he pulls it into gear, cranks up, and he drives away. Beaming again! I owe Charlie and crew a lunch.

Clay called me later and said it is performing very well. It has lots of power and zing. He said it runs very smooth, and the water temp was very low after 30 miles. All good reports thus far...
That's good stuff!!
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I LOL'ed, good stuff!! Kudos for Charlie!

Did you take any pictures? If not, the Jeep is still in your shop, and still isn't running.

Glad for ya, Beth, Clay, and Scotty.

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I know intentions are pretty much worthless, but I INTENDED to get pics/video. I forgot the camera, but I thought I could take video with my Dumb Phone. But I can't! So no pics/video. I'll have to make it up to ya'll somehow??
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Hmm...I'm wondering what caused the t-case to jump out of gear?

Was Clay doing the happy dance while driving, and accidently knocked the t-case shifter?

I'd keep an eye on that issue.

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Hmm...I'm wondering what caused the t-case to jump out of gear?

Was Clay doing the happy dance while driving, and accidently knocked the t-case shifter?

I'd keep an eye on that issue.

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I drove it just a bit ago. Simply amazing! The 4.0 swap is everything everyone says it is. Just awesome! I cannot believe how smooth it is driving, how smooth the acceleration is, it has completely transformed the 5. I took video of me driving it down the road. It's 94 Mb! Ya'll want to see it??
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