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Unread 08-24-2013, 05:34 PM   #121
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You've come a long way, Griffen. It looks fantastic!

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Clay's Build Thread
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/cl...hread-1061897/
Scott's Build Thread
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/sc...5-cj7-1147913/
Fallon (and Dad) Build Thread
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/f...-okee-1445206/
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Unread 08-25-2013, 02:02 PM   #122
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Man what I would give to have my 5 that straight again... Maybe one day when I finally build my toy shop in my back yard.... Looks awesome!
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Unread 08-26-2013, 10:53 AM   #123
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Thanks Everyone I owe this restoration work to my cousin, he had the equipment and the know how. Restoring a the tub wasn't a joke, there were hours and hours involved in just the prep work (sanding, sanding, sanding...)

rixcj - the pat was DuPont imron industrial strength high gloss with the color Solar Yellow (EW3) same as on the current yellow Nissan Exterra


Reunited the body to the fame:


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Unread 08-26-2013, 11:24 AM   #124
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Griffen,

Great job on your CJ5...looking very nice!
I know this question was asked previously but I can't seem to find your response: "What suspension are you running?"
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Unread 08-26-2013, 06:56 PM   #125
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Good question dnjeep. Forgive my lack of knowledge regarding my suspension. Let me pull a picture of it and see if that can shed any light on it.





If I had to guess it just has a leaf spring lift on it, has skyjacker shocks and a 1" body bushing lift. in total maybe 4" of lift by just eyeballing it to other cj's out there. the 37" tires help give it a nice stance.
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Unread 09-03-2013, 07:52 AM   #126
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Made some good progress over the holiday weekend. Got the grill, pass fender, radiator, head lamps installed also seated the new glass into the windshield. BTW the glass was a major pita. Finally decided to mount the seal on the glass, load the slot for the frame with some pull cord and persuaded into place one cm at a time...





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Unread 09-24-2013, 06:59 PM   #127
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Nice bit of work done one the jeep this week. Installed all the new clutch linkage parts, the Side steps, new tail lights and side markers. I also modified the front bumper/brush guard by cutting off the bars that used to connect to the fenders. Then mounted the windshield brackets and replaced the grommet/bumper pads between the grill and hood. Coming along now.

Next short term goals:
Replace master cylinder, replace hose on power steering return line, mount windshield frame.

I should be getting another load from my cousin's paint shop soon, holding on the dash, roll bars, hood hinges and a few other misc parts.

I am also thinking that I need to get the wheels off soon and inspect the full breaking system at each corner. I will likely do that once I install the new master cylinder.

in all I feel that I am getting close to the finish line.

it's been sitting so long it almost needs a bath already..
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Unread 10-14-2013, 06:45 PM   #128
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Just noticed that I've been slacking with the updates and pictures, so here is the latest.

Hood, windshield, wiper motor, mirrors, fender trim, hi-lift jack hood mount, under hood wiring all installed. currently working on the dash. had to completely restore the speedo but it turned out very nice. nuff chatter her are the pic's

BTW, that's me - a sweaty (it's Florida) 6'2" and the hood is at my shoulders. Those new body spacers did make a bit of difference.


















next on my list is this mess...

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Unread 10-14-2013, 08:20 PM   #129
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Awesome, Griffen. How you gonna get in the dang thing!?
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Clay's Build Thread
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/cl...hread-1061897/
Scott's Build Thread
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/sc...5-cj7-1147913/
Fallon (and Dad) Build Thread
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/f...-okee-1445206/
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Unread 10-15-2013, 07:36 AM   #130
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You're doing a great job! That's a nice looking jeep.

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Unread 10-15-2013, 08:55 AM   #131
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WOW! That Jeep is turning out nice!
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Unread 10-17-2013, 06:54 PM   #132
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My goodness, how high does your jeep sit?
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Unread 12-28-2013, 06:09 PM   #133
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It has been a busy holiday season. But I think I pretty much done minus a few bits here and there. One perplexing issue are the breaks.. The are weak, i mean real weak.

New master cylinder, bench bleed. Bleeding the lines i had some issues. Couldn't get the back breaks to bleed so we brought a pressure bleeder hooked up to an air compressor. Got the air out but still weak.

The break petal nears the floor. Maybe 1 or 2 inches from the floor before it catches any pressure. Upon secondary manual,bleeding the front disc breaks squirt fluid as expected. The back breaks only leak small amounts of fluid on attempt to bleed. Also to note the break warning light is lit upon key turn to on position. I have tried pushing pulling the pin on the pro proportioning value. Tried bleeding rear both ways.

Darn near taking it to the local tire/break shop and let them fish it out... Unless anyone can offer any great advise out what else I can try.

With that aside everything else is working great and I brought her home from my folks shop and have been cruising around the local neighborhood and loving it. Can't wait to get breaks squared out so I can take her on the main roads and trails.

Happy belated Xmas to all and a happy new year.
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Unread 12-28-2013, 06:10 PM   #134
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Will try to post some pic tomorrow after she gets a bath..
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Unread 12-28-2013, 06:27 PM   #135
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Not sure how high it sits, will measure it tomorrow. Pic earlier has me standing next to it. I am 6'2" tall for a reference point. And I have to climb into it.
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