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post #31 of 95 Old 02-14-2018, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Where you moving to?
St. Croix, USVI...pics are in post #17


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post #32 of 95 Old 02-15-2018, 02:03 PM
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St. Croix, USVI...pics are in post #17
Wow what a view you're going to have! Very nice place from the looks of it.


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post #33 of 95 Old 02-26-2018, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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New valve covers arrived Friday along with several other odds and ends during the week (tube doors, hardware for the factory rocker trim, billet w/s brackets & dash overlay, etc). Ran out to John Hollibaugh's place for an impromptu shopping trip on Saturday and picked up a pair of '80 Laredo blue front seats (someone else beat me to the rear seat), a Laredo grill overlay, an NOS pair of parking light lenses and for the CJ-7, a NOS set of Laredo decals. Got up a little extra early this morning & drove out to Toledo to drop off the front clip & bulkhead at the stripper & pickup the frame and also swung by Bullet Liner to discuss lining the new tub & the front clip. They did an excellent job on the frame and I was surprised to find that the front shock mounts had rotted through and the frame was partially rotted behind them and in a couple of other spots. I went straight to work with it (was able to still put in a half day) and unloaded it in the welding shop for the top couple of students to work on. They'll patch it, replace both rear crossmembers, and replace the body mount brackets (a couple were completely shot, most of the rest won't survive the heat from the galvanizing process). Should be done this week, have to check in with the blaster up the street for an ETA on the parts that he has, then it's off to the galvanizer.
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'83 Scrambler: 360,T-999,D300,D30/A20,1-piece shafts,rear discs,33" Fun Country's.

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post #34 of 95 Old 02-27-2018, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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Wow what a view you're going to have! Very nice place from the looks of it.
I think we'll be very happy with it, just sorting out the downsizing aspect of the move going from ~3000 sq ft 4 bed 2.5 bath plus a basement, ~1300 sq ft shop, and ~300 sq ft garage/shed down to a great room, 2 master suites and a shop converted into a 2 bed 2 bath rental and a small shed. Probably reclaim most of the shop and wall off the back section to keep as an overflow guest space and build a carport behind the house. I think we found a good compromise between view and having usable land/not being on the side of a steep hill.

'86 CJ-7 Laredo: 4.2,T-999,D300,D30/D44,'94 YJ tub, full cage, Shrockworks rockers, OYR corners, AC,cruise,restored seats,3 tops,4.5" RE XD,F-T shackle reversal, RS9000x's,35" Dunlop Mud Rovers.
'83 Scrambler: 360,T-999,D300,D30/A20,1-piece shafts,rear discs,33" Fun Country's.

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post #35 of 95 Old 02-28-2018, 06:52 PM
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Do you have room to build a shop at the new home?


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post #36 of 95 Old 02-28-2018, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, but building costs are 2-3 times the price there...cheaper to just eliminate the added kitchen close off the doors to the two bedrooms (can still access the main bedroom from the side of the house) and put a ceiling over them. Current downstairs tenant is a slob...
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'83 Scrambler: 360,T-999,D300,D30/A20,1-piece shafts,rear discs,33" Fun Country's.

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post #37 of 95 Old 03-14-2018, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Slow going on the frame due to students wrapping up their certifications, but it's coming along. Engine shop is almost done with the 360, probably have it back next week I think (I had to get a new oil pan & flexplate which held them up). Decided to crack open the wallet and get a Flex-a-Lite aluminum rad w/fan and their trans cooler and also picked up a dual diaphragm power 4 wheel disc brake setup and some misc items like poly trans mount & torque stud, bump stops, sway bar bushings, etc. First batch is back from the blaster and I dropped off another smaller batch that should be ready next week and the dip-stripper said that they're done with the front clip & bulkhead, so I'll probably head out to Toledo early Monday morning for pickup and order the new tub while I'm out there. Got word today that we scheduled to close on the new house in a couple of weeks, so we booked our travel arrangements and will have a few days in the tropics at the end of the month.
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'83 Scrambler: 360,T-999,D300,D30/A20,1-piece shafts,rear discs,33" Fun Country's.

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post #38 of 95 Old 03-15-2018, 11:52 AM
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I may have missed this, but how are you getting all of your stuff to St. Croix? Truck it to Miami and boat to the island?

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post #39 of 95 Old 03-16-2018, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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I may have missed this, but how are you getting all of your stuff to St. Croix? Truck it to Miami and boat to the island?
I'll either containerize the Jeeps here or have them hauled down to Florida & shipped from there. Not taking a whole lot of household stuff (mostly nice pieces that I got from my parents' house) & paring down my tools & parts, so I'll probably do a container of misc stuff from here. Trading in my '08 Grand Cherokee (was my son's until he left for the Air Force) this Summer on a JLU Sahara for my wife & taking back my '12 Grand Cherokee from her which I'll sell to the dealer when it's time to go. We'll either drive the JLU down to Florida or have it hauled down & shipped from there. We'll decide on this trip what furniture that's there we're going to keep, what we're going to ship down and what we'll buy new when we get there.

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'83 Scrambler: 360,T-999,D300,D30/A20,1-piece shafts,rear discs,33" Fun Country's.

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post #40 of 95 Old 03-17-2018, 08:58 AM
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I'll either containerize the Jeeps here or have them hauled down to Florida & shipped from there..
Sounds like a reasonable set of plans. I have one other off-topic question if you don't mind: What are your plans if there's a Hurricane forecast to head that way? I am curious because I did some research on living in the Florida Keys and that was always my main concern: Having to have a place on the mainland to evacuate to on short notice.

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post #41 of 95 Old 03-17-2018, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Sounds like a reasonable set of plans. I have one other off-topic question if you don't mind: What are your plans if there's a Hurricane forecast to head that way? I am curious because IU did some research on living in the Florida Keys and that was always my main concern: Having to have a place on the mainland to evacuate to on short notice.
No problem. The house is built like a bunker...the builder/original owner came out for our second showing & walked around with me and went through all of the construction details...he weathered at least 3 or 4 hurricanes in it himself and made a couple of tweaks along the way. All that was damaged after this last one was an outdoor handrail. We probably will pickup something inexpensive on the mainland in a couple of years once our son is done with the Air Force and settles back in on the mainland (he's in Japan)/help him buy a place that has room for us so that we have an escape if needed. And we can always stay with family in PA or DC if needed.

'86 CJ-7 Laredo: 4.2,T-999,D300,D30/D44,'94 YJ tub, full cage, Shrockworks rockers, OYR corners, AC,cruise,restored seats,3 tops,4.5" RE XD,F-T shackle reversal, RS9000x's,35" Dunlop Mud Rovers.
'83 Scrambler: 360,T-999,D300,D30/A20,1-piece shafts,rear discs,33" Fun Country's.

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post #42 of 95 Old 03-20-2018, 06:55 AM Thread Starter
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Picked up the front clip & bulkhead and have to say that I would never do another build on a rust belt Jeep without having this done. The rust can not hide. There were areas that I thought were solid that under normal conditions I would have just had scuff sanded and shot and they likely would have bubbled within a year because of what was lurking underneath. Took a quick pick after I unloaded, will take detailed pics once the repair work starts to show what was hidden. Second batch of parts at the local blaster is done, so I'm picking those up at lunch time today. Started the next wave of Jeep Tetris over the weekend to get the big Scrambler up front and ready for Anders to pick it up and the CJ-7 up front for him to work on the new cage and a few other items while he's here. He's finishing up the axles and will be bringing them out with him.
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'83 Scrambler: 360,T-999,D300,D30/A20,1-piece shafts,rear discs,33" Fun Country's.

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post #43 of 95 Old 04-10-2018, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Busy couple of weeks: ordered the new tub from Willys-Overland, then jumped on a plane to STX to close on the house. Machine shop called that Friday (Good Friday) to tell me the 360 was done, then as we were returning home on Monday, got a message from the powder coater when we waiting for our connecting flight in Miami that my parts were done and they were going out of business, so I needed to pick up that week. It was pouring rain on Tuesday, so I picked up the engine on Wednesday after work, then ran up to the powder coater after work Friday and picked up my parts. Anders is coming out this weekend to pick up the 'old' Scrambler and bring my axles & wheels & some other goodies, so I've been buttoning it up to go and gathering the parts together for it.
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'86 CJ-7 Laredo: 4.2,T-999,D300,D30/D44,'94 YJ tub, full cage, Shrockworks rockers, OYR corners, AC,cruise,restored seats,3 tops,4.5" RE XD,F-T shackle reversal, RS9000x's,35" Dunlop Mud Rovers.
'83 Scrambler: 360,T-999,D300,D30/A20,1-piece shafts,rear discs,33" Fun Country's.

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post #44 of 95 Old 04-25-2018, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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Had a good, productive weekend while the weather was cooperating (70's then, 30's & snowing now). Got the axle housings painted up, just a little bit of assembly to finish, and said good-bye to Jeepskate II/XL.
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'86 CJ-7 Laredo: 4.2,T-999,D300,D30/D44,'94 YJ tub, full cage, Shrockworks rockers, OYR corners, AC,cruise,restored seats,3 tops,4.5" RE XD,F-T shackle reversal, RS9000x's,35" Dunlop Mud Rovers.
'83 Scrambler: 360,T-999,D300,D30/A20,1-piece shafts,rear discs,33" Fun Country's.

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Played another round of Jeep Tetris, the frame repairs are done (just have to wait for it to stop raining so I can bring it home, then to the galvanizer), unloaded the 360, had D-ring mounts added to the front bumper, and our new house was on TV (latest episode of Caribbean Life 'Bee's Knees', last house at the end 'Buck Vista').
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'83 Scrambler: 360,T-999,D300,D30/A20,1-piece shafts,rear discs,33" Fun Country's.

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