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post #166 of 363 Old 05-09-2014, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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The deeper I get, the more I find. All the brake lines have been replaced and so have the fuel lines. Steering gear is changed out and the frame is finally free of melted...stuff. The frame was originally undercoated and it held up real well so I went with it again. The spring bushings came today, so they're next.

The shed is too dusty for anything precision, so I had to get the engine overhauled. Probably for the best, as this is the last time for this block. We went 60 thousandths. There is no more. The head between cylinders 2&3 was warped 8 thousandths too. I'm getting a price break because I don't have a "I need it now" order. It should be back late next week though and then I can drop the drive train back in.

The bumpers and roll cage should be back from powder coating Tuesday.

The tub? All the replacement sheetmetal is in. Same arrangement with Dave the body guy. He's a hotrod guy as opposed to a production shop. He does nice work and is in demand. Soon though.

We're having spot fires in the grasslands, but the forest has been spared so far. Still open and still only in stage 1 restrictions. Stage 2 is coming though. There's hope of a strong Monsoon season with El Nino, but if it comes early, it kills the Monsoon.

Time will tell.


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post #167 of 363 Old 05-12-2014, 05:59 PM
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Windknot sorry to hear about your garage fire. I am so glad to see everyone is alright and the Cj was not a total loss. If there is anything you need for your CJ just post up a list I might have it. I have a bunch of spares off my 81 CJ7. I also have most of the top stuff for a 258 ie. manifolds, BBD's, 81 smog complete and perfect complete Dura-spark system with wiring, Factory HD fan shroud, ETC. ETC.

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post #168 of 363 Old 05-13-2014, 04:57 PM
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Wow! you are making some good progress! And man do you have a head on your shoulders or what.....green all the way! I never doubted you!
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post #169 of 363 Old 06-04-2014, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Well SHOOT! Dag Nab It Pepino!!!

One step forward and two steps back, I guess.

Normally I drink my Scotch neat, but tonight it's Jack & Coke.

I've tried to incorporate improvements as I go along and I decided to add the under engine tie bar. It's designed to keep the frame rails from splitting apart at the engine mounts.

Well I installed it and sure enough, the frame rails had split apart almost a half inch. Good thing I caught it! It's been sitting installed for a few days and then it hit me that with my headers, I need to remove it and install it after I drop the engine in.

And then I saw the crack... Two of them actually, one on the outside and one on the inside. : Actually I'm glad I found them now, but doggone it! Now it's onto the trailer and off to the welders. But, there won't be anything in the way for him to complain about!

It's going to have to wait until I return from my daughter's wedding. (THERE'S a MONEYPIT deeper than a Jeep!)

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post #170 of 363 Old 06-05-2014, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Finally...

Good news!

Because of my health and mostly the loss of my tools in the fire, I have to farm out the welding. It's probably better anyway since my work is closer to the "farm weld" end of the spectrum. But it's going to be less than anticipated.

Got a call from the Gnome telling me that the tub is next up!



I needed some good news!

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Looks like the tub MAY be in primer by the end of this week! There's been LOTS of cutting and welding going on.

First, the cut out cancer...


Remember the rusted out valance?


Fixed!


Tub is flipped to grind new floor welds...


While cleaning up the frame I found 3 cracks! Repaired them and added the M.O.R.E. fish plates to the outside of the frame All the holes lined up with the original rail. Very nice product!



This was a repair to the front body mount while on the frame. It's always bothered me a bit...

It cleaned up pretty good. I think it's stronger than the original, so I'm keeping it!

And the other one...

I hope to have the drive train in this week too. Woohoo!

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post #178 of 363 Old 07-10-2014, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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There is a bit of irony here. Once upon a time I was so smug about how rust free Arizona Jeeps are! Well... not so much now! And honestly, it IS an Arizona Jeep. There's a message here, and that's it's probably not a good idea to keep carpets in a Jeep with a soft top. Even though I tore them out when I first got it, the damage was done.

Even when the floor was cut out we found that the supports which looked good on the underside of the tub had rust on the insides. When I was looking for this Jeep I was so careful searching for a rust free Jeep. Boy did I miss!

Ahh, but when she's done... I'll be really broke!!!

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That's what I keep telling the wife... "But when it is done..."
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