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post #106 of 115 Old 02-02-2012, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Jeepster...thanks...it's painfully slow right now but we're making progress. Deuces, I love the jeep. Something about the rustic look of an unmolested willys. I did find a secondhand block in excellent condition with all of the parts to boot. Not being but so mechanically inclined, I need to cart it down to the machine shop and get it looked over as soon as I have some money to pay the bill.

On another note, I finished my T-90 and mounted it to the frame just to make myself feel like I'm making progress. When testing it lightly, it doesn't seem to want to shift very easily. Obviously with some new gears and parts I would expect some resistance until everything gets broken in but it seems to be extremely stubborn. Wondering if anyone has any thoughts...


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post #107 of 115 Old 02-05-2012, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Just a short update...I pulled my D18 transfer down today. I had done a minor overhaul on it about a year ago. Now that I have a better place to work on it I'll be able to do a full rebuild. Pictures soon.

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post #108 of 115 Old 03-03-2012, 06:49 AM
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Thank You for this!
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post #109 of 115 Old 04-07-2013, 07:29 PM
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Great thread, especially since I am just beginning a very similar project. Looking forward to seeing some updates from your project soon
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post #110 of 115 Old 12-29-2013, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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So it's been a loooooong time since I've gotten around to messing with the jeep. It occurred to me that it might be worth it to just get rid of the thing. I posted it on Craigslist and had a bunch of tire kickers but nobody serious. Not having much luck with that, I thought I would start fooling with it again. Here's a couple of updates and pictures.

- My brother is taking the motor with him to Detroit. He works for an engineering company that builds a lot a racing motors. He's going to go through it with my only cost being parts.

- With the motor out of the way, I drug the body out of the shed and started prepping for some body work.

I re-purposed my stand from blasting the frame and mounted the body. This was a huge pain to move by myself but it puts it at a perfect height for sanding, welding, etc. It also gives me the freedom to access most of the underside without having to flip it over.

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The rear has a fair amount of damage from a collision at some point in its life. I'm up in the air as to whether I'll try and pull it out or just replace the rear panel.

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I'm happy with the results of sanding the passenger side down. I'm using a Dewalt orbital sander with a 40 grit sanding pad. It has at least two coats of OD green and what looks like a red primer underneath.

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Some expected rust holes. I'll probably source a rocker panel for both sides. Somebody has also done a horrid bondo job at some point which will have to come out. Any helpful hints on stripping the paint or body work are GREATLY appreciated since this is my first major body work project.

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post #111 of 115 Old 12-29-2013, 05:11 PM
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Planning to tackle a ton of body work myself this upcoming spring/summer so will look forward to seeing how this goes.

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post #112 of 115 Old 12-29-2013, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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I was looking at making a home brew dent puller. I just can't justify the use to pay so much money for one. Any thoughts from the peanut gallery?

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post #113 of 115 Old 05-13-2016, 10:59 PM
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Any new updates on your progress? Photos?

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post #114 of 115 Old 05-14-2016, 06:52 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah...I've been slacking with all of my other projects. The motor is actually machines and ready to put back together. I just need to get some time. Other than that the rolling chassis is still sitting in the barn waiting patiently.

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post #115 of 115 Old 05-14-2016, 06:02 PM
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What is your plan for paint? My father was a lifetime military man. We have 2 five gallon pails of Army OD and 2 Marine Corps green (lighter). PM if interested. This is not reproduction paint.
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