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Unread 05-29-2012, 08:18 PM   #61
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I found that the key thing with that HF spot blaster is to only use fine grade sand/media. Anything close to medium grade and you will be having issues. Once I started using window screen material to sift the sand I no longer had any issues with the blaster.
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Wow, that's pretty fine. I will give it a shot. Thanks for the tip.
Ya that window screen idea sounds like a winner, I'll have to try it out this weekend. Got a few more sqft to blast so anything to help it clog less would be great.

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Unread 05-30-2012, 05:10 PM   #62
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I found that the key thing with that HF spot blaster is to only use fine grade sand/media. Anything close to medium grade and you will be having issues. Once I started using window screen material to sift the sand I no longer had any issues with the blaster.
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Wow, that's pretty fine. I will give it a shot. Thanks for the tip.
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Ya that window screen idea sounds like a winner, I'll have to try it out this weekend. Got a few more sqft to blast so anything to help it clog less would be great.
That is REALLY fine!

Are you guys talking about THIS unit? I have one exactly like it, except rebranded under Tractor Supplies name. I too can't get it to work worth crap...clogs every 30 seconds if not more and its a real battle.

I have a heavy duty moisture filter but still don't have alot of luck...though some people on this forum swear by that unit, which is why I picked it up. I'm using the HF aluminum oxide media which is already pretty darn fine, but I'll give the screen a shot. If it works I would love you! Only problem is the stuff I need to blast is too big to fit in the cabinet and that aluminum oxide is beastly expensive to shoot out in the grass.
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Unread 05-30-2012, 07:05 PM   #63
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I just had an old screen with the frame still on it laying around the house. It's not super tight knit screen material by any means. The play sand sifts through it great. I just set the screen over a bucket, put a shovel full of sand on the screen, and shake the screen from side to side. I kind of feel like I'm panning for gold or something.
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Unread 06-03-2012, 11:24 AM   #64
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so some of you may know that I've been searching for a while for a wagoneer doner that I could steel some parts from. Well yesterday I was out surveying for a buddy of mine and he had a 89 wagoneer sitting at the back edge of his property. The 360 is shot and would need a rebuild as he said the oil pump went out on it and before he noticed it he had done some damage to the engine, so it's been sitting ever since. Now here is the big rub I'm having with this rig, I was set on getting a cheap parts rig and this one is being sold for $500 so it does fit into the price range I'm looking at but this thing is imaculant! Take a look at these pictures and tell me if you think I'm crazy for wanting this beast. I imagine it hauling all my camping gear up to camp with the cj in tow behind it.
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Unread 06-03-2012, 05:06 PM   #65
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That Cherokee does appear to be in great shape, and would definitely make a nice camping rig. It would make a nice project too, and for $500 I don't think you could really go wrong.

+1 for the old Seahawk logo/sticker on the back window. I lived in Washington state for 30 years. Go hawks!!!
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Unread 06-04-2012, 12:20 PM   #66
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yep gotta love them Seahawks Adam! Still haven't decided one way or another yet what I'm going to do with the waggy.

While I pondered the thought of hauling that rig home I decided I better get back to work on my own rig so I started tearing parts off of her in preperation for the powdercoater. I managed to pull the grill, most of the heater box, and tcase skid. Here are some pictures of the fun this weekend.

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Moving onto the skidplate, we decided to throw a ratchet strap around the tranny and give a little additional support while the skid is out.
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Here you can see my brother-in-law across the street scraping 20 years of crud from my skidplate.
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Got enough gunk off of this skid, now its loaded in the truck and ready for a trip down to the powdercoater.
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and the oily mess that was exposed underneath the skidplate
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Onto the heater box.
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This is as far as we were able to get then we got stumped as to how to get it the rest of the way out. It almost seems like the blower motor is seized in place or something, any idea's on this one?
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Just a pile of parts ready to head down to the sandblaster/coater. The hood and grill will be coming back after a sandblast, the rest will be staying for a powdercoating.
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Unread 06-04-2012, 09:17 PM   #67
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Not real sure on the heater assembly, as mine came out with very little effort. I do know that there are 4 threaded studs with nuts on the back that secure the whole thing to the firewall. Did you get all 4 nuts off?
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Unread 06-04-2012, 09:57 PM   #68
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There were 4 small nuts on the firewall, if those are the ones your talking about then yes. I'll have to snap a few pics of the other side of the firewall and see what you guys think.
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Does it wiggle around but won't come out?? Heater hoses disconnected?
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Unread 06-04-2012, 10:41 PM   #70
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Dude that waggy is way to nice to pirate--I'd park it around back and save it as a rainy day project.

I'm diggin that roll cage. Did you have the tubes made somewhere locally or is it a kit or what? I looked through the thread again to see if I missed it but I didn't see it. But then again I have trouble seeing things right in front of my face. xD
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Unread 06-05-2012, 12:17 PM   #71
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Does it wiggle around but won't come out?? Heater hoses disconnected?
Not much wiggling going on, seems pretty solid to me.

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Dude that waggy is way to nice to pirate--I'd park it around back and save it as a rainy day project.

I'm diggin that roll cage. Did you have the tubes made somewhere locally or is it a kit or what? I looked through the thread again to see if I missed it but I didn't see it. But then again I have trouble seeing things right in front of my face. xD
Noticed that I hadn't said much about the cage in this thread, That project was completed a bit before I decided to start a build thread. However I did take some pictures of the process. The A pillar hoop, grab handles, and gussets were purchased from Extreme Custom Fab. The dash bar, spreaders and the bar behind the seats came out of one of our scrap bins at work and I bent the two upper spreaders and the bar behind the seat with a cheapo HF kinker. The little tab in the center top of the cage was cut out of some scrap and will be used to mount my rearview mirror so when the windshield is down I can still see behind me. All the floor supports were made out of 3/16 scrap as well. Kinda funny looking back at these pics now, this is going back a bit.


Attempting to get the A pillar hoop aligned correctly, I used a chop saw to do all my copes so this was a bit tricky. The measurement from the B pillar to the windshield on the passenger side was different than on the driver side so that didn't help either.
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Here I have tacked the main components of the cage together and pulled the ratchet straps out as they were no longer needed for support.
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Getting a visual reference of how the grab handles are going to look, this was taken before I coped them.
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Grab handles and rear spreader tacked in place. The rear spreader bar was bent with a HF kinker, I was able to get those bends without kinking the pipe but much more of an angle and they surely would have kinked.
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I put a gusset at all 4 inside corners of the cage.
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Next it was time to replace the old mounting plates that were used on the stock roll bar, I went with 3/16 steel and had them cut out of some scrap laying around at work.
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This is how I bent them. Clamped to table, marked, cut, and beat with a hammer. Once the angle was right I welded the seam back in and called it good.
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Killer work on that tailgate section! I think down the road I'm going to cut mine out and do the same thing after seeing what you've done. Mine's not straight at all, but i'm hoping the tire will hide most of it.
Nice FSJ score, too! I agree with what another poster said; don't go molesting that one; it's appears to be in great shape.
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Unread 06-10-2012, 08:32 PM   #73
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Killer work on that tailgate section! I think down the road I'm going to cut mine out and do the same thing after seeing what you've done. Mine's not straight at all, but i'm hoping the tire will hide most of it.
Nice FSJ score, too! I agree with what another poster said; don't go molesting that one; it's appears to be in great shape.
Thanks pman, is that your waggy in your avatar?
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Got my cage from Mike at extremecustomfab too. Great guy and a great product. Your cage look great. I tried bending my grab handles with the HF kinker, and I was barely able to make a bend, so ours are shallow. But enough to get a hold of. Rock-n-roll baby!
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another weekend down and I am now close enough to spraying raptor I can almost taste the stuff. Ya I know you guys aren't buying it are you.

Did some more cutting shaping and welding this weekend. Add to that though was some wire organizing, pulled the column and finally got that stupid heater box off the firewall. The PO really liked silicone and it was a bear to break free. Spent some time on the grinder as well, I can tell you all with 100% certainty that is my least favorite thing to do on this jeep and it seems like that portion of the project is never going to end.

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here is the firewall, still much to do up here before I can spray my liner. But it is getting closer.

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Got the heater core out and drained, as you can see in this pic there is a healthy size crack up the front of this thing.

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backside with lots of silicone stuck to it. Something doesn't look right here to me, at the bottom left of this picture there is one hole just below the blower motor, but on the firewall there are two at this spot. Am I missing something here?

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something made a nice cozy home here. I didn't even get to collect rent on this freeloader.

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just a bit of debris here, not as bad as I thought it would look inside.
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