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post #181 of 466 Old 05-18-2013, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Bob, I haven't gotten a chance to get those lug nuts in the mail yet but I promise I will next week. Hope all is well and looking forward to seeing some suspension work
Don't bother Steve, I got my Jegs package today. All new lug nuts and wheel centers.


Thank you though.


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post #182 of 466 Old 05-18-2013, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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I doesn't mater what I plan to get done it just never turns out that way. Today I was going to start some suspension installation. Then I got looking at the OME springs and decided to do the paint test on them. I took a rag and soaked it with laquer thinner. I rubbed the spring with the rag and the paint dissolved immediately. Gotta repaint.

I glass beaded the rims last night so as long as I am mixing paint I may as well tape them off and paint them too. So I spent the whole day taping off the rims and getting the stuff ready for paint.

I did get the springs, rear shackles, and the rims painted with the same poly urethane paint I used on the frame.

You guessed it! Shiny Black. Pics tomorrow when the paint dries.

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post #183 of 466 Old 05-19-2013, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Yesterday I got busy painting the springs, rear shackles, and wheels. I painted the back and inside of the wheels because I plan to drive this through the winter and the salt, or whatever it is they are using that's 10 times worse than salt, will eat these up fast. Also, some of these older rims can get porous spots in them that will cause a leak so the paint will seal it all up.

This is the primer I use for these odds and ends. Makes paint stick to everything including plastic. "Bulldog"





Springs and things:





And wouldn't you know it, after I painted the rear shackles, I came out to look today and they slid together and dried that way. "That's gonna leave a mark."





So here is the face of the rims still taped.





Here it is with the tape off, the new lug nuts, and centers. Those are American racing centers but I am going to take that emblem off and replace is with a 4x4 sticker. Or maybe an AMC sticker, or something. Now, the aluminum part is still glass beaded. I need to polish that to a chrome like finish and clear coat it. That will be the tedious part.





But when they are done they should look like this: (I hope)


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post #184 of 466 Old 05-19-2013, 03:39 PM
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Amazing work Bob.

I am in deep
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/how-did-happen-rebuild-1113470/
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Amazing work Bob.
Thanks Steve. Couldn't have done it without your wheels.

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post #186 of 466 Old 05-21-2013, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Great Day today!

Brown Santa came with my "Outlaw Differential covers." These are really thick aluminum cast covers complete with stainless hardware, and black RTV.





The reason I chose these is because I can sand down the ridges and polish them like the wheel spokes, paint the body black and clear the ridges, and the diff covers will not only match the wheels but will be totally coated to protect from salt.

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Your so smart bob :-)

You think of everything
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post #188 of 466 Old 05-21-2013, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Your so smart bob :-)

You think of everything
Hard to tell if that's sarcasm or not, but, for me I enjoy doing the little subtle things on a vehicle that people don't really notice until the second walk around it, if at all.

If I could disguise the 5.0 to look like an AMC inline 6 I would.

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I like all that detail most overlook n never see.
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post #190 of 466 Old 05-21-2013, 11:16 PM
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I like all that detail most overlook n never see.
X2! My mom always said it's whats inside that counts.

Seriously, Great idea, lots of work but worth the effort.
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X2! My mom always said it's whats inside that counts.

Seriously, Great idea, lots of work but worth the effort.
Thanks,

I do have a plan. The good news here is I have a hernia operation in a week or so with the resulting week off from work. So I can sit at the work bench in the basement, drink coffee, watch TV, and polish these pieces.

I got this drum sanding kit to get the rough stuff off. No idea if this will work or not but worth a try. The rest will need to be done by hand unless I can dream up a better way.


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After you drum sand those ribs on the covers, you may need to wetsand with 400, 600, 800,1000 and like 1200. Then you get some Mother's Mag & Alum polish and chuck one of these polishers below in a drill or your drill press and polish away. Same with the ribs on your wheels. You wetsand thru the grits, and after polishing they'll shine like glass. You can spend like 3-4hours per wheel, but its well worth the effort.

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post #193 of 466 Old 05-22-2013, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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You hit the nail on the head Rob.

I've done some motorcycle wheels that way. 220, 400, 800, 1200, 1500 grit till your fingers fall off.

But due to the limited space on those wheels I use 2" cloth buffing wheels on a die grinder using jeweler's rouge. I'll investigate those buffers you reference. Thanks

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Looking good pops! Those rims and suspension parts look awesome. Keeps me inspired to maintain a high quality of build when I do things.

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You hit the nail on the head Rob.

I've done some motorcycle wheels that way. 220, 400, 800, 1200, 1500 grit till your fingers fall off.

But due to the limited space on those wheels I use 2" cloth buffing wheels on a die grinder using jeweler's rouge. I'll investigate those buffers you reference. Thanks
Sounds a lot like a knife makers typical day LOL!

Look for a sewn muslin wheel or even a sisal to start with the rouge. They will get in small areas and "get with it"!
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