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Unread 01-16-2013, 12:30 AM   #151
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That thing is awesome! I like that look a lot. I'm not too sure what to focus on next. The thing drives so nice that it doesn't really need any attention from me. I would like to do a YJ spring conversion. It seems that is a good way to go and the ride quality is awesome. She needs a little bit of lift. I have only about an inch and a half before the axle snubber near the front pumpkin starts to bottom out. That and one of the leaf spring bushings is shot. I think my caster is off too. The springs were replaced at some point with heavy duty ones. It likes to wander around the road a little bit and doesn't return to center as good as it should. I think a few shims would fix that, but I think it's time to start upgrading.

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Unread 01-16-2013, 04:26 AM   #152
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Your house looks like a movie set.

New spring bushes or replace with 2.5" lift new ones, maybe some diff wedges and you won't know yourself as you zoom straight down the road.
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Unread 01-16-2013, 08:22 AM   #153
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That thing is awesome! I like that look a lot. I'm not too sure what to focus on next. The thing drives so nice that it doesn't really need any attention from me. I would like to do a YJ spring conversion. It seems that is a good way to go and the ride quality is awesome. She needs a little bit of lift. I have only about an inch and a half before the axle snubber near the front pumpkin starts to bottom out. That and one of the leaf spring bushings is shot. I think my caster is off too. The springs were replaced at some point with heavy duty ones. It likes to wander around the road a little bit and doesn't return to center as good as it should. I think a few shims would fix that, but I think it's time to start upgrading.
Take a look at my build, the suspension setup I am running with the MORE shackle reversal is rock solid. I went from having a jeep that felt like it was going to fly off the road at 45 mph to a jeep that can hit bumps at 80 mph and be rock solid.

You could run that, a set of 2 1/2" lift springs which is going to give you about 5" of lift, and simply do a spring over in the rear to make it match.

This would give you the perfect amount of clearance for a set of 33x12.50's and it would also be able to flex like crazy when you disconnect the sway bar if you need it to.

Even running that setup I can still get in and out of my jeep with ease because it is not too tall.
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Unread 01-16-2013, 09:04 AM   #154
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Damn, I love that '55.

dkg, since you mention the steering being squirrelly, and a warn spring bushing, I'd focus on the suspension, first. Those springs look pretty sagged, to me.

Be aware, any spring lift over 3" adds significant work in other areas, including steering geometry, driveline lengths, brake line lengths, t-case heights, etc.... If you stay under 3", you can avoid most, if not all of those concerns. My 2.5" OME YJ lift bolted right up without any of that. Do plenty of research before committing to a reversed shackle setup, there are pros and cons.

Also, any tire size larger than 31-32" will require gearing changes to maintain the same performance your baby has now.

I guess what I'm saying is, think thru your goals for your rig carefully. It's very easy to fall into a endless chase of mods, all because 35" tires "look so cool" on a CJ.

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Unread 01-16-2013, 11:03 PM   #155
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Thanks for the compliments Matt, I love that truck too. I've spent many hours to get it looking like that. I really like the way your rig looks with the spring conversion. It will probably be the way I go. I think the best ratio to with is 3.54. That's going to be a ways away once I save up some coin. I need to start protecting it from the elements.
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Unread 07-28-2013, 01:17 PM   #156
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Any updates on this Scrambler?


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Unread 09-23-2013, 05:54 PM   #157
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Hey guys, I haven't been on the forum in a while. The Scrambler has been running all summer. I had a little hiccup trying to chase down a bog that it had off idle. I suspected the fuel filter but I couldn't find it for the life of me! Turns out the fuel filter was tucked up on top of the tank and it was plugged with desert dust. New filter and lines and she ran like new. I plan to take the Jeep off the road this winter and do some preventative painting and freshening up. I am pretty set on converting it to a Cummins 4bt diesel and making it into my dream expedition rig. I'm thinking 3 inch lift with either 32's or 33's, lockers, wagoneer D44s and a winch. I don't want it to be huge, but I want it to be capable. I have no intention of cutting any metal or molesting the Jeep in any way.
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Unread 02-02-2014, 07:54 AM   #158
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Alright folks, I bit the bullet and decided that it was time to protect the Scrambler from rust. This happened a couple weekends ago.



































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Unread 02-02-2014, 07:54 AM   #159
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Unread 02-02-2014, 08:00 AM   #160
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So I got some more work done yesterday and today. I pulled the engine and set it on my stand. No surprises and it went pretty smooth.







I pulled the valve cover and did a little inspection to see if anything was awry. Couldn't find anything wrong up top.



Overall, the engine was looking pretty good.

BUT, then I decided to dig a little deeper. I knew I had a knock of some sort that would be loud on startup and then would go away with oil pressure and then come back at certain RPMs. I suspected a rod bearing. My neighbor said no way it's gotta be a wrist pin or a lifter. Well I pulled the oil pan. Luckily I didn't see any big pieces of anything in there. Then I started to shake the connecting rods one at a time. #2 was a little sloppy so off came the bearing cap. Here is what I found.



Then the connecting rod.



The crank doesn't look too bad.



This is a better view.



Luckily, the cam looks really nice.



So I at least need to toss a bearing set at this bad boy, but the rest of the engine appears to be in OK shape.

Well the measurements confirmed some things. The block is .060 over. The crank is .020 under on the rods and .010 on the mains. The rod that was knocking (#2) has a standard bearing in it!!!!!! I have never heard of such a thing!!!! Every bearing is wiped out and the cam bearings don't look too great either. This is going to make a good boat anchor. I think the best thing to do is put a good used 4.0 in there and be done with it.

I found some cracks in the frame that needed attention.



This one's right by the engine mount.


Weld 'er up!



I decided to stitch weld the frame rails from the front end to about halfway back. The factory welds looked poor at best and were starting to fail along both rails in spots.





Up by the front crossmember.


Up by the crossmember on the passenger side. You can see a crack that runs all the way down the the lower part of the frame rail. I welded it up but haven't taken a picture of it yet.



By the shock mount.


Pass side engine mount.


Hopefully that will help with the cracking issues. I have to address a major stress crack issue up by the front pass. spring hanger but that's a job for tomorrow. Stay tuned....
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Unread 02-02-2014, 09:45 AM   #161
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Thanks for keeping us updated.

What your plan for paint?

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Unread 02-02-2014, 09:54 AM   #162
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I'm going to use POR-15 or Rust Encapsulator or some similar type paint on the frame, and then topcoat with a satin black. As for the body, it's going to be the original color, Jamaica Beige code 2J. I couldn't paint it any other color and not feel guilty about changing it form original. I want to keep it as a stock appearing rig that has a few upgrades that improve the driveability and capability.
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Unread 02-02-2014, 12:39 PM   #163
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...it's going to be the original color, Jamaica Beige code 2J.
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That's awesome - looking forward to following the progress!

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Unread 02-04-2014, 12:57 AM   #164
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Man... I miss my Jamaican Beige CJ7 so bad.. Its the prettiest color, i long for the day i find another.
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Unread 02-04-2014, 05:19 AM   #165
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Oh yeah JB all the way. Good work.
I recently swapped out my 258 for that same noise, I reckon that's exactly what I have lurking in there. The replacement came out of one of the twin white 8s and whilst it was assumed a prettycrappy engine in front of a tired 999 it goes like the begeezez mated to a T5.
Watching for progress on your body/paint
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