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Cowl rescue:

I wet sanded the cowl down to 2k grit from 1.2kgrit. Then clear coated it. It should give me an extra 3-5 years. Before it was a cloudy clearcoat-peeling mess. Sanded the cloudy clear as best I could and the did an overall with progressive grits. It is a rattle can clear, but seemed to go on good and glossy. Not perfect but good from 8'





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Carpet kit is in, center console was set in to fit test. All looks good. I plan to use the area that the airbag key went for a 12v receptacle and a USB port.







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12vunlimited panel, it will go were the ashtray and rocker switches go.

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Cowl rescue:

I wet sanded the cowl down to 2k grit from 1.2kgrit. Then clear coated it. It should give me an extra 3-5 years. Before it was a cloudy clearcoat-peeling mess. Sanded the cloudy clear as best I could and the did an overall with progressive grits. It is a rattle can clear, but seemed to go on good and glossy. Not perfect but good from 8'

Man I wish I had a fork lift. I hate moving my cowl around by hand...

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Got my re usable filter kit installed. looking forward to the rated 40hp gain!!!

It may only gain 35hp though as I left off one of the faster stickers.



Another major problem:





My Atlas II showed up early, the Currie 44 was due last week, the Atlas next month. Apparently, the Currie will be ready for will call Monday. Two major projects colliding $$$

I tapped out last week. Looks like I may have to beg a little from the CFO.

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Man I wish I had a fork lift. I hate moving my cowl around by hand...
It is worse than that, I use it as a adjustable work bench and spray booth. My little helper. LOL

I picked it up off craigslist for 2k. 750hrs runs like new. I had to rebuild the tilt cylinders because they dried up from no use. beyond that propane and go. It only lifts 3k but, like the cowl is within it's limits.

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Got my re usable filter kit installed. looking forward to the rated 40hp gain!!!

It may only gain 35hp though as I left off one of the faster stickers.


Make a shield to go between the air filter and the engine to help cooler air getting to the intake.
Don't forget to put the sticker somewhere for that added 5HP.

Are you interested in adopting a second son???

I'd love to have all your toys oops mean tools and a place to keep them.
I thought I was in high heaven when I had my garage built and it's only 24x30'. Of course I ran out of space in about a month.

I bought my TJ when my daughter was 6 months old and she is now 16. Bought her a 2002 TJ since it was built the year she was born. She grew up wheelin in dads TJ and didn't want anything else for her first rig. And she wanted a manual tranny too, talk about a proud papa.

Love what you have done to your TJ so far. Really enjoy reading about what you have done and your attention to detail. I'm waiting for the snow to melt and the temps to get about 40* so I can start working on mine again.

Welcome to the round spring family.
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Thanks for the welcome to round spring!!

Big difference I am learning. Cool story about your daughter. What we put in does stick, it just seems soooo long in getting there. LOL

It is a strange position a father has. As you mentioned it is great when they desire the things we do or did. But the same note we want much more for them. Go be that Doctor, Astronaut, etc. but enjoy the life we have been given, this earth is a really neat place.

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Picked up the Currie D44 today. Massive compared to my other 44's I've had





Basic specs are 4.56:1 with a yukon air locker and alloy axles out to the ends. I think they are JK style. I'll learn more as it goes together.

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Thanks for the welcome to round spring!!

Big difference I am learning. Cool story about your daughter. What we put in does stick, it just seems soooo long in getting there. LOL

It is a strange position a father has. As you mentioned it is great when they desire the things we do or did. But the same note we want much more for them. Go be that Doctor, Astronaut, etc. but enjoy the life we have been given, this earth is a really neat place.

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Yes both my kids are into Jeeps. My son is looking at buy a JKU or JLU in the next few months. Has owned a few XJ's before that but he moved to Florida so really wants that soft top.

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Picked up the Currie D44 today. Massive compared to my other 44's I've had





Basic specs are 4.56:1 with a yukon air locker and alloy axles out to the ends. I think they are JK style. I'll learn more as it goes together.

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Okay I am jealous really really jealous. My HP44 didn't look like that when I was done building it. But I guess I built it so I should be happy.







5.13 gears and ARB locker
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You are a brave man! I've never done a trans or diff. I leave it to the specialists LOL.

Good looking revival of that 44. I am just learning the differences about the 44. I've had 4 44's now. THe Currie by far is the beefiest, the two under my CJ were very strong but not as "large", same on my old Scout II, big tubes, C's, etc.. As I was looking at newer TJ's with 44's, I noticed they were not built as well, or at least I perceived it that way, thin tubes, smaller pumpkin, thin mounts, etc.

That is why I went with a (cheaper) sahara and bought the Currie. I'll get to the back next year.

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You are a brave man! I've never done a trans or diff. I leave it to the specialists LOL.

Good looking revival of that 44. I am just learning the differences about the 44. I've had 4 44's now. THe Currie by far is the beefiest, the two under my CJ were very strong but not as "large", same on my old Scout II, big tubes, C's, etc.. As I was looking at newer TJ's with 44's, I noticed they were not built as well, or at least I perceived it that way, thin tubes, smaller pumpkin, thin mounts, etc.

That is why I went with a (cheaper) sahara and bought the Currie. I'll get to the back next year.

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I use to do gears at a Ford dealership so that isn't a problem. I've actually gotten pretty good at setting up gear sets.

Heck yes there is a HUGE difference between D44's. I've learned a lot since I built that one. But yes the TJ front D44's are not as good as say a Ford or Chevy D44. And the aftermarket is a whole other animal. You made a great choice in your axle. Back when I started my D44 I was on a budget so was trying to do it for as cheap as I could.


Now days there are so many choices which is good for us the consumer.
Keep up the work and look forward to seeing what you do next.

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Did some painting today and some overall inspection today. I notice that there are no outboard bearings or seals. on the inner C's. Checked and this is the way we live now.

Very nice welds. I can see three distinct weld processes. Two look auto or at least positioner/semi Auto. The inner spring retainer is tigged on some sort of rotating jig.



The inner C to tube welds are Mig and rotated with a slight downhill side wire position, to perfection:





The hand mig welds were done by skilled welders. I am cofident this will be durable:


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Finished up waiting for install







Note the D44 hanging hole in the fork, very custom.




Also got some cool bolt organizing done today:

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I outgrew the old plastic bin and will slowly move over to the 4 drawer bin style. I have one of these in my basement shop for drills, taps, machine tools, etc. Keeps things handy and organized.

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Man that Currie axle is PRETTY, it's going to be a shame to get it dirty and scratched up. But that is what paint is for.

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