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Unread 11-24-2009, 03:11 PM   #1
theguidoune
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Day one

So today i got my first jeep. I towed it home thanks to uhaul. All I got to say is the body is way worse then I thought. Had my neighbor help take of the hard top and I was home free from there. Got the seats out dash just about all apart.

I have to stop now because my daughter is waking up soon.


The bad news is when I experimented with using my sawsall to cut one of the body mounts it burnt out. I need to go to sears to get one of those heavy duty star sockets to get the roll bar and windshield bolts out so i will pick up a new sawsall then.

I will post picks when I can.

--mad--

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Unread 11-24-2009, 03:51 PM   #2
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Make sure to heat those Torx bolts and/or soak them in PB Blaster. Those ones are very difficult to get out. There's a good chance you'll strip them out, and have to weld a nut on them or something to get them out. Just be prepared.
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Unread 11-24-2009, 03:57 PM   #3
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Agree^^ I broke two sockets, tried sawing thru a couple, and ended up leaving the bar in place. Those bolts are very hard metal. Mine weren't even rusty.
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Unread 11-24-2009, 05:04 PM   #4
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The body mounts will burn out the sawsall blades way too fast. The rubber heats and gums up the teeth and then the blade just smokes out on the cores. There are two steel core tubes and one bolt through the center of the stock mount.

A big breaker bar is the way I went. Got lucky, most snapped off vs me having to use a dremil tool to grind the head off because an angle grinder won't fit.

Then when I used a come-a-long up to a tree branch from the roll bar, the tailgate fell off, the floor fell out, the front cowl fell forward and I was left with a couple fenders hanging off the roll bar...

Took a full day to get the roll bar off the left over pieces, that was a serious PITA.

Thankfully I got to toss the pieces of the tub left in the trash, I went fiberglass.
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Unread 11-24-2009, 05:35 PM   #5
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This forum rocks! First day and I already think you have saved me some trouble for day two. I got a couple hours during nap time tomorrow and then i have all night when the wife gets home from work. I am hoping I have the body off by then.


Then the search begins. I would rather do a steel tub but I am very impatient and their are a lot of used fiberglass tubs that are complete for sale around here.

BTW does anybody know what the hell the square aluminum box that is on the passenger side is for? It has a "void if removed sticker by Ford" on it and a loaded down wire harness connected to it.


--mad--
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Unread 11-24-2009, 05:38 PM   #6
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anybody try one of those impact chisel cutters on the frame mounts? Just wondering before i go out and buy a set. Otherwise I may just get a long solid steel bar and try and pop them off the body. I think that may be easy since its so rotted.
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Unread 11-24-2009, 05:43 PM   #7
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BTW does anybody know what the hell the square aluminum box that is on the passenger side is for? It has a "void if removed sticker by Ford" on it and a loaded down wire harness connected to it.


--mad--
Yup, that is the sorry excuse of an emissions computer. To put it out of your misery, see this thread:
How to - Nutter Bypass
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Unread 11-26-2009, 07:26 PM   #8
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Well I got it all apart...just about. The engine is sitting on a transjack and stand still attached to the mounts. The body, exhaust, trans, transfer case and a bunch of other small things are all apart.

The frame looks real good. I need to redo the back two body mounts where the bumper goes. (whatever that section is called)


List of things I want to get done in the next week or so.

Pull engine
Redo 2 frame mounts
degrease frame
sandblast frame
sell tires and rim combo.
sell hardtop
Decide on suspension kit and order it.
Find a tub


Millions of questions and tons of mistakes already. (What the hell did I get myself into)
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Unread 11-27-2009, 02:17 AM   #9
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Millions of questions and tons of mistakes already. (What the hell did I get myself into)
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Unread 11-27-2009, 02:25 AM   #10
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The body mounts will burn out the sawsall blades way too fast. The rubber heats and gums up the teeth and then the blade just smokes out on the cores. There are two steel core tubes and one bolt through the center of the stock mount.

A big breaker bar is the way I went. Got lucky, most snapped off vs me having to use a dremil tool to grind the head off because an angle grinder won't fit.

Then when I used a come-a-long up to a tree branch from the roll bar, the tailgate fell off, the floor fell out, the front cowl fell forward and I was left with a couple fenders hanging off the roll bar...

Took a full day to get the roll bar off the left over pieces, that was a serious PITA.

Thankfully I got to toss the pieces of the tub left in the trash, I went fiberglass.
Rofl I can just picture your face when this happened.
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Unread 11-27-2009, 05:35 AM   #11
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Welcome to the forum and the addiction theguidoune.
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sell tires and rim combo.
sell hardtop
The rims you may want to keep especially if they are originals. Some are very collectible/nice to have. Many have a spare set of wheels for off road use.
The hardtop also. Especially if you expect to see road use. Even on the trail a hardtop is nice if you are not topless. It is very doable to remove a hardtop by yourself or with minimal help.
I would at least wait awhile before I got rid of either.
Good luck with your build.
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Unread 11-30-2009, 02:24 PM   #12
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You're among friends on this forum. I just hauled my "new" '85' 7 home compliments of uhaul in October. I lucked out though because it already had the glass tub.

Best of luck to ya.........Mike
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Unread 11-30-2009, 04:52 PM   #13
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Time to start a build thread and get some pictures going for a record. It's always nice to have before/after pics!
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Unread 11-30-2009, 04:56 PM   #14
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Welcome! Am I missing something or did no one ask what kinda Heep did you get? Sounds like youll fit in just fine here, good luck and can't wait for some pics!
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Unread 11-30-2009, 05:01 PM   #15
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Yeah, post up some pics!
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