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post #196 of 466 Old 05-25-2013, 08:07 PM
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347 installed - another few hours and it'll be ready to fire.

S76 requested I post a pic

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post #197 of 466 Old 05-26-2013, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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Hey that looks awesome. That thing should run like a raped ape in a forest fire.

Make sure you clamp those heater hoses to the shock tower to stop the motor vibrations from reaching the heater core. Those heater core pipes will crack for sure in time. And we both know that to change the heater core the entire dash has to come out.

Ford surely gave you enough options with all the holes to hook them to.

And get this, when he is done that thing will still look like the day it came out of the factory. Tons of mods that you can't tell by looking at it. Stealth mods you might say.

Love it.

If you always do what you've always done. You will always get what you've always got.
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post #198 of 466 Old 05-28-2013, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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There are two things I really hate. The first thing is that it seems every time I try to do something, or fix something, or get a a part for something, it is always:

"They don't make them any more."

"Your model won't work that way, the other ones do though."

"In those years they were all bad."

"That company is out of business."

"I've never had any luck fixing them."



So I talked to a rim refinishing company and told him I had these old Western "Turbine" wheels and asked if he could cut the face a few thousands on a CNC machine. And he says:

"I've tried that a couple of times on those rims. But the type of cast aluminum they are made out of just doesn't shine up very good at all. Customers are usually unhappy so I don't do them any more."

So before I give up and paint the polished parts silver or something I decide to try polishing them myself.


Which brings me to the second thing I really hate:

When they are right!

I've been polishing on the first wheel for a week in my spare time trying every different method I can think of. So far I've been met with limited success. With an extensive effort they polish up to the point of being mediocre. No mater how much I work at it they still look milky.

But I haven't given up yet.





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post #199 of 466 Old 05-31-2013, 07:06 AM
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Seems like you need to find you some new, better, and different rims! Same style, just mo' better. Those rims obvisouly won't ever measure up to the primo level of superior finish you are expecting. They are junk. Face it. I am willing to accept them on behalf of the "Old Rims of the United States", Chapter S.O.A.R. (Save Our Aging Rims). For a simple shipping fee you can ship them directly to our southeast office where we distribute the rims to part of the country with the least significant tonnage, AND it's tax deductible! Sooo... what are you waiting for? Make some new garage space. Quit risking a bad case of tennis elbow. End the chronic problem of cramped, crooked fingers. Remove the squelching burden of defeat from your shoulders! Contact me now! Operators are standing by...




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post #200 of 466 Old 05-31-2013, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Seems like you need to find you some new, better, and different rims! Same style, just mo' better. Those rims obvisouly won't ever measure up to the primo level of superior finish you are expecting. They are junk. Face it. I am willing to accept them on behalf of the "Old Rims of the United States", Chapter S.O.A.R. (Save Our Aging Rims). For a simple shipping fee you can ship them directly to our southeast office where we distribute the rims to part of the country with the least significant tonnage, AND it's tax deductible! Sooo... what are you waiting for? Make some new garage space. Quit risking a bad case of tennis elbow. End the chronic problem of cramped, crooked fingers. Remove the squelching burden of defeat from your shoulders! Contact me now! Operators are standing by...


"That right there is funny, I don't care who you are."

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post #201 of 466 Old 05-31-2013, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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On a brighter note. After a week's worth of polishing, a few hours here and there I think I got it! Not perfect, but not too bad. They will loose some shine when I clear them though.





Only 3 left to go.........

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post #202 of 466 Old 05-31-2013, 09:38 PM
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Well... I'm proud of the first one.

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post #203 of 466 Old 06-06-2013, 08:56 PM
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Nice Build, didn't notice you were in CT too until I was almost halfway through and saw those snow pictures. Looking forward to seeing the finished product. I'm almost done with my budget 77 CJ5 down in Wallingford.
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post #204 of 466 Old 06-06-2013, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Nice Build, didn't notice you were in CT too until I was almost halfway through and saw those snow pictures. Looking forward to seeing the finished product. I'm almost done with my budget 77 CJ5 down in Wallingford.
Thanks rich.

Knowing now, what I didn't know then, I wish I had done a CJ5. I like the door openings better and they can take wider tires and rims without sticking way out of the body.

We'll have to get together and compare notes.

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post #205 of 466 Old 06-13-2013, 10:44 PM
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I did a 82 before this one. Looked really nice, so I was never comfortable taking it off-road, always afraid of wrecking it. Yours looks like it will be a bit more rugged than mine was, I attached a pic.

I don't think I'll have a problem with the CJ5, the PO completely cover the tub with diamond plate.
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post #206 of 466 Old 06-13-2013, 10:57 PM
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Wow richf01, that is a beautiful cj. I would not want to take that off rd either.

I am in deep
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post #207 of 466 Old 06-13-2013, 11:25 PM
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I did a 82 before this one. Looked really nice, so I was never comfortable taking it off-road, always afraid of wrecking it. Yours looks like it will be a bit more rugged than mine was, I attached a pic.

I don't think I'll have a problem with the CJ5, the PO completely cover the tub with diamond plate.
this looks familiar I saw one driving around north haven last summer i think
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post #208 of 466 Old 06-15-2013, 03:03 PM
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Sold it on ebay to guy in NY.
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post #209 of 466 Old 06-15-2013, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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I did a 82 before this one. Looked really nice, so I was never comfortable taking it off-road, always afraid of wrecking it. Yours looks like it will be a bit more rugged than mine was, I attached a pic.

I don't think I'll have a problem with the CJ5, the PO completely cover the tub with diamond plate.
WOW! That's a pretty Jeep. Hope mine comes out similar.

I am still sitting in the basement polishing those mags. Almost finished #3 today and the compressor blew the line between the compressor and the tank.

I'm averaging about 12 man hours per wheel to polish the shinny part.

It's OK though because I am still waiting on my axles and it has been raining for the last 2 weeks so this is a good time filler.

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post #210 of 466 Old 06-15-2013, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Oh. One other thing. I finally decided on my tires. I am going with the Mickey Thompson ATZ tires, 33 x 12.50 x 15.





I picked those because they are Load range C. Many of the others were D and E and that is pretty stiff for a little Jeep. They get mostly good reviews. Although they don't look it in the pic they look much more aggressive in real life. They weigh about 10 lbs less than the D and E rated tires. They are sort of half way between and AT and a MT tire. And they are sipped so they should be better in the rain.

I'll order these as soon as I finish these dog gone wheels.

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