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Unread 09-01-2013, 11:56 AM   #16
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Hey folks I've posted a thread in the for sale forum for one of the world cab tops for the Overlander. The pointy frame doors will go with it. Thought this would be a good place to tell about it. Hope no one minds.

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Oh No!! Why? Seems like you should just find a spot in the garage for it, you know someday you'll wish you had it, and it'll be impossible to recover!

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Unread 09-01-2013, 05:09 PM   #17
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Oh No!! Why? Seems like you should just find a spot in the garage for it, you know someday you'll wish you had it, and it'll be impossible to recover!
This one I sold to my friend for his rebuild, he has the two white ones and doesnt care for the heavy tin top. I still have mine all tucked up safe high in the pallet racking in my shop for exactly the reason you mention

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Unread 09-01-2013, 06:07 PM   #18
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Neat project Gary, what are the details on the engine?
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Unread 09-02-2013, 03:15 AM   #19
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Dave it's getting a 3.8L V6 with a 4L60E trans. We had been going to use the other tub but, it was going to be too big a job fixing holes. I mean there was no rust in the tub just GIANT holes where the rust used to be.

So we had another look over the one in these pictures, the one I sold to my friend when I got the red one and wow what a difference! What I thought was going to be a PITA to repair now looks like a near mint condition tub. It will make the whole project work much better.

So the plan is:
1. tub off tomorrow night and onto the rotisserie we made last weekend complete with dash, roll bar, steering assembly
2. engine out and into the back of my ute to go to the red CJ8 up north a bit (yes it's going into that jeep since its donk it toast)
3. tub stripped out ready for blast, repair and paint
4. remaining drive train out
5. chassis clean down, inspect, fiddle around a bit, and paint
6. install reconditioned springs from the rusty 8 ( these had been dismantled reset, painted and reinstalled about 3000ks ago and will be perfect) they are 8 leaf with military wraps etc and don't bounce around and ride like a "hay wagon" as Dave puts it like some of the aftermarket ones do.
7. blah blah blah
Great to see some movement on this thing, it's been a while. Whilst all this is going on we'll get the engine/trans married up to the transfer case with the Advance Adaptors kit which came in the mail a coupe of weeks ago. Drop that all into the freshly prettied up frame and see what we need to do in the way of engine mount and so on. D300 is our datum nd we'll move forward from there keeping all out drive shafts etc intact although I suspect they'll need to be replaced with something a bit beefier.

Anyway gotta go feed the kiddies.

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Wrenching begins 5:15

Ends 6:30

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And earlier today a quick lap down to the sea

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Unread 09-04-2013, 07:58 AM   #20
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So we got more wrenching done last night and as well as finding some pretty good steel we found a classic case of PO fiddlery, see if you can spot it.
Tub came off easy and is surprisingly good.

Being able to stand IN the footwells and work on wiring makes life a breeze, long live the rotisserie.

Underneath we found loads of grease from uni joints flung everywhere as well as a nice preserving paste of dirt (not sand) and dust glued together with oil leaks from the engine and trans over the years. The chassis is prime!

And last but not least that PO moment I mentioned.
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Unread 09-13-2013, 05:43 PM   #21
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Well this all looks like a nice way to spend a Saturday.

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Lets See how we go getting the 4L60E onto the 300
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Unread 09-13-2013, 10:10 PM   #22
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Yikes. Stuck trying to get this
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off the shaft. Got a lot of force on the puller and would hate to see the flange break off. Any ideas anyone? Thinnin I'll crank up the oxy and put some heat into the TR bearing.

Edit: AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!
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Unread 09-15-2013, 02:09 AM   #23
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Yesterday was one of mixed results. Tear down of the transfer case went ok until I busted the flange on the output shaft housing. That was devastating. Not sure what I'm gunna do about that. Looks like I need a press.

After that debacle I went back to the tub. Pulled the rest of the roll cage bolts by welding nuts on
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Did a bit of exploratory flap disc surgery and wasn't overly disappointed with what we found
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So then we got our floor pan out and within minutes decided there was no way this was going to be contributing to this build. Pretty hard to find acceptable similarities between the new one and the original.
Trans access hatch:
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Floor strengthening ribs:
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Random underfloor selection: missing nuts and so on
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General over all:
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Reckon we might go with previous suggestions in this thread and check out Classic Enterprises panels.
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Unread 09-20-2013, 02:35 AM   #24
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Hey folks I don't spose anyone has any ideas as to why this
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won't pull off like it says it should in the manual?
I broke part of the casting so I'm on the hunt for a replacement
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Unread 09-20-2013, 03:58 AM   #25
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Yikes. Stuck trying to get this
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off the shaft. Got a lot of force on the puller and would hate to see the flange break off. Any ideas anyone? Thinnin I'll crank up the oxy and put some heat into the TR bearing.

Edit: AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!
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Did you release the snap ring around the support bearing inside the extension? Most transmissions I have work on have an external snap ring that you access by removing a plate usually hed in place by 2 allen head screws at the transmissin mount. should be in the top picture on the left side.
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Unread 09-28-2013, 07:57 AM   #26
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Did you release the snap ring around the support bearing inside the extension? Most transmissions I have work on have an external snap ring that you access by removing a plate usually hed in place by 2 allen head screws at the transmissin mount. should be in the top picture on the left side.
There's no snap ring there, it looks like moisture has wicked along the spline and possibly rusted the bearing inner on to the shaft. Gunna need a press ( and a new housing) D'oh!
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Unread 09-28-2013, 08:28 AM   #27
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Sorry to see that Gary, hopefully you can find another housing without having to order outside the country.
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Unread 09-29-2013, 06:07 AM   #28
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Sorry to see that Gary, hopefully you can find another housing without having to order outside the country.
Yeah Dave the worst part I shouldn't even had touched the tc. It is perfect inside. 30 years it's been going around and I go and break it for no good reason.
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Unread 09-29-2013, 06:39 AM   #29
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Dana 300 ? Rear or front?
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Unread 09-30-2013, 01:31 AM   #30
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Dana 300 ? Rear or front?
D300 and it's the front from memory. I'm 1000 miles away from it right now. I'll post Wednesday on that.
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