Mike, you do some great pictures, along with your work.
I have a stock pitman arm you can have. Ever get close to Peoria for work? We could meet. Or I could Snail mail it. PM your address, and I'll send it up.
Thanks Bill. I'll send you a PM about the pitman arm.
Where's the pic with the new rubber!?!? Me wants...
Well, I had to get the spare tire carrier installed first. I also picked up a couple pairs of 13.5 thousand pound D-rings for the front and rear bumpers. They have the 7/8" pins and they are stout! BESRK does such a great job on his bumpers and tire carriers.
That went together really nice. I wonder how long those new MTs will hold their tread??
I mean... your gas pedal is digital, right... 0,1... up or down, right??
Ha, I am working on finding the middle range and not just the on/off.
Mike - congratulations for making it to the #3 google search result for "1979 CJ7" (beaten only by wikipedia and image results!!). I've spent countless hours going through your thread over the past several weeks - thank you for documenting as thoroughly as you've done. It looks great! My build is just starting (ugh) and I wanted to ask - Would you do anything differently if you had it to do again (such as dipping the frame, powdercoating, etc.)? Also, did you ever measure the underhood temps with the louvers open vs taped?
#3 on Google huh? Sweet. Thanks for taking the time to read through the thread. To answer your question on what I might do different, I probably would consider acid dipping the frame and maybe even a galvanize dip. I'd also make sure I was completely done welding on the frame before I applied the paint. It killed me to grind off a nice coat of paint to weld on my roll bar tie-ins and rear crossmember reinforcement then having to go back and touch them up.
I haven't done the louver temperature test yet. It would probably be best to do in the heat of the summer but maybe I'll give it a shot toward the end of this week.
Boy I took one out of my rear (well, not my... nevermind) because of the noise, I can't imagine one being even louder!
You missed a chance to POR those leafs when you had it apart, course it'll be easy to brush it on afterwards.
Those lunchbox lockers can be noisy but once you learn how to drive with them they aren't too bad.
When I was originally bead blasting everything, I had planned to separate the spring packs to clean and paint each spring individually but a group of guys at the dealer talked me out of it. So I just cleaned and painted the POR on the outsides of the spring packs. Now you can obviously see the rust bleeding through from the center of the spring packs. The close up photos with the flash makes it look worse than it actually is. I'm not sure if I will ever take the time to do that. Until then I'll probably just touch them up with some Rustoleum black.