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Unread 09-12-2012, 06:35 AM   #841
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Paul I am looking at the dents and they seem to be lowest around the bolt holes. If you can get access to a slide hammer you may be able to use those holes as a place to attach it and work them out.

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Unread 09-12-2012, 07:27 AM   #842
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That's what I was thinking too. Or a thick piece of steel across it with holes in it and tighten the bolts down pulling the sheet up. I am gonna weld those holes closed eventually so if I pull the threads it don't matter.
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Unread 09-12-2012, 08:10 AM   #843
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Yeah, maybe, but we're talking about Paul!!
Yeah, you're right....what was I thinkin' ??

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Unread 09-14-2012, 10:51 AM   #844
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Hey Paul, I'm finally caught up on reading through your entire thread. Awesome job!!

I know you have put the engine aside for now, but I wanted to share my experience with the valve stem seals. I have an 83 258 that had the same symptoms you are experiencing. The oem seals actually clamp around the top of the stem slide. The after market stem seals work like an umbrella and move up and down with the valve stem. Even if you push them back down, they will travel back up as soon as you turn the motor over again. They are tall enough to cover or shield the slide from excessive oil, but may rarely allow a very small amount in. Your plugs appear to be fouling on one side which is an indication of bad or faulty valve stems. A ring problem would usually foul the whole plug. If the new stem seals were damaged in any way, they may allow oil to flow down to the cylinders. I replaced my seals with Fel-Pro High Performance Seals. They are clear/white in color and made of what feels like a hard plastic. Hopefully, my photos will post. I remember someone complaining a while back in another thread about some black rubber seals and how they didn't work well.

The spark plug image I've posted shows the typically appearance of a fouled plug caused by a bad valve stem. Like you, compression tests were well above 150 psi on all cylinders. The buildup on this plug was caused within a matter of days...maybe 50 miles worth of driving. Looking at your plugs reminded me of what my plug would look like after taking a 5 mile trip.

I hope this helps and I certainly hope my post doesn't cause you to be side-tracked from the tub. I will continue to follow thread. It truly is great inspiration!

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Unread 09-16-2012, 02:17 PM   #845
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Some more progress today. Finishing filling holes on one side where the old YJ side step was as well as the rear fender flare. Cut opening for fuel filler. I'm tired of filling holes and I have a crap load more to do. I worked on the one dent for about an hour. It is almost gone. I took an old ball peen hammer and cut the handle down. The used various dollies and was able to bang most of it out. Needs a little more work and then the other dent.
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Unread 09-16-2012, 03:42 PM   #846
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Glad to see you getting the tub moving along Paul.
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Unread 09-16-2012, 05:29 PM   #847
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That looks real good, Paul. Sometimes body work is the most time consuming aspect of a restoration, especially if you haven't done much of it,before. I'm going through the same process myself...

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Unread 09-16-2012, 05:41 PM   #848
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That looks real good, Paul. Sometimes body work is the most time consuming aspect of a restoration, especially if you haven't done much of it,before. I'm going through the same process myself...

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Thanks guys! I have not done any body work EVER! All new territory for me. Funny you should say that Jim. My wife said basically the same thing, just more pointed.

Yesterday there was a car show at the local high school. We stopped by to check it out. Very strange collection of cars. Everything from classics to rods to ricers. I said, next year we will enter the CJ. To which my wife replied, are you sure you will be done by then?

These were my favorites....
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Unread 09-16-2012, 08:52 PM   #849
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Your CJ is coming along great. Keep up the work. Cant wait to see her on all fours. Makes me wanna head out to the garage and get back to work on my TJ.
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I really don't like body work, and the problem with that is, it's what you see first. It's a lot of work and time and little reward until the paint goes on. You just don't see a lot of progress , like painting the engine or frame.

Your work is looking good, keep it up.

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Your OCD is paying off Paul! Nice work young man.
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Got the rest of the dent out on the rear panel. Conclusion, I could spend the next 4 month hammering sheet metal trying to get it perfect. No point... the factory panels are less than perfect. Get it as close as possible and then use a quality body filler. Spent some quality time with the needle scaler. It is time consuming but I don't mind it. I need to get the undercoat off but it does not need to be perfect since it will go to the media blaster.
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Got the rest of the dent out on the rear panel. Conclusion, I could spend the next 4 month hammering sheet metal trying to get it perfect. No point... the factory panels are less than perfect. Get it as close as possible and then use a quality body filler. Spent some quality time with the needle scaler. It is time consuming but I don't mind it. I need to get the undercoat off but it does not need to be perfect since it will go to the media blaster.
Looking good! Keep praticing... Your still coming to do my 86 when your done correct?
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If and when I am done I plan to enjoy it and never restore another vehicle. You are on your own buddy! Well maybe a 55 Chevy....
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If and when I am done I plan to enjoy it and never restore another vehicle. You are on your own buddy! Well maybe a 55 Chevy....
I felt the same way many times during my build, and, the Nova is sitting untouched in the driveway and I ask myself every week, "do I really want to build another vehicle".
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