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post #1 of 53 Old 11-08-2020, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Started the teardown today!

Got the jeep running very well, New HEI, Weber 38, fuel pump, alternator. Removed much of the unneeded wiring, smog and vac system. Once I confirmed the jeep power train was running good, I started the teardown. I'll keep you all posted and am sure I will have a ton of questions along the way.

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post #2 of 53 Old 11-09-2020, 10:54 AM
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Whats the plan, Stan?

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post #3 of 53 Old 11-09-2020, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Going to take it to the frame, clean, paint, repair or replace. Not a serious rock climber, just nice restored Jeep. Got this specifically to have a project.
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post #4 of 53 Old 11-09-2020, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Pretty good progress today. No issues so far.
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Productive day! All bolts are coming off easy. Nothing rusted on. Good power wash. Tomorrow rest of drivetrain and then frame and body off to the blaster.
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post #6 of 53 Old 11-15-2020, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Frame is stripped bare. Have wire wheeled underside of tub. Will clean up and wire wheel/sand frame, paint with epoxy, then I'm painting frame gloss gray. Will then begin to powder coat all the things that bolt on to the frame in gloss black. Will be nice to start putting it back to gether.
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post #7 of 53 Old 11-16-2020, 11:52 PM
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Nice looking garage.....I wish my jeep fit in mine....and my garage is 2-story. I should have put in a taller door.

Anyway...been there....done that. Nice progress.

Since you're not heavy into rock crawling, powder coating is fine....it will last a long time. Might want to look into POR15

For the bottom of the body...LineX?

I did a DIY version...came out nice. Inside the tub I did DuraBack. It has held up well for 22 years.

Now is a great time to replace brake and fuel lines with SS lines.

Do NOT do poly bushing on the body...it will only transfer more vibration to the body. Keep it stock rubber.


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You are welcome to do as you please with your jeep (obviously!), but I would reconsider doing the frame in anything other than black.

Having the frame of any vehicle stand out by painting it a color other than black is not a great look, IMHO. Eventually, they just stand out with all their flaws, and detract from the vehicle themselves.

There are times, of course, like perhaps a '32 roadster, or a lifted show truck where this isnt the case, but a jeep isn't one of those.



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post #9 of 53 Old 11-17-2020, 02:57 PM
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Nice tear down, nice garage, nice tools, what is that in the window?
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post #10 of 53 Old 11-17-2020, 04:14 PM
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Nice tear down, nice garage, nice tools, what is that in the window?
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Heck, awesome garage! Leaf blower, maybe?

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It is indeed a leaf blower. As for the garage, I restored all kinds of cars throughout my 30 years in the military. Every place we were stationed I used half the garage for restoring something and the wife parked in the other half. Most were 20 x 20 garages. So when I retired and we decided to build a house, I insisted on my own garage space. We have a 24x24 parking garage separate from my shop garage which is 28x26. Finally have the room I always dreamed of having.

I will think about the frame color. I have seen a few very nice jeeps and broncos with a gray frame and everything else bolted to it in black.
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It is indeed a leaf blower. As for the garage, I restored all kinds of cars throughout my 30 years in the military. Every place we were stationed I used half the garage for restoring something and the wife parked in the other half. Most were 20 x 20 garages. So when I retired and we decided to build a house, I insisted on my own garage space. We have a 24x24 parking garage separate from my shop garage which is 28x26. Finally have the room I always dreamed of having.

I will think about the frame color. I have seen a few very nice jeeps and broncos with a gray frame and everything else bolted to it in black.
Thank you for your service....I did 4 years...wish I had stayed in (long story....marrying a local from Scotland was a big mistake). BTW....native Texan here...

AFSC?

I really would give the frame color a second thought. I realize there is not a whole lot of off roading in your area.....but, nothing says 'Mall Crawler' louder than a non-black frame. And don't do a body lift. If you want some lift on a budget....and like to wrench....look into SOA with stock springs. That will give you the best lift (about 6") with the best ride. You can also use stock rear springs in the front if you replace the front spring hanger and move it forward 1".


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So I started the teardown on 17 Nov. It has been a month so want to share my progress.
Frame stripped and painted
AMC 20 new one piece axles, seals, bearing and new carrier and spider gears
Rebuilt T5
Resealed Dana 300
Dana 30 completely rebuilt from inside out: Ball Joints, Seals, Bearings, rotors, calipers.
New brake lines, fuel lines, gas tank.
New tie rods and steering stabilizer.
Engine was recently rebuilt so just a complete cleanup and paint, HEI, 38 Weber, and some custom hose/fuel line runs.

Starting on the body now. Here are some pictures of the work.
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post #14 of 53 Old 12-16-2020, 09:17 AM
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Nice work! Seeing the photos of the powertrain sitting in a freshly painted frame brings back a lot of memories, most of them good.
Keep it up, looks like it’s gonna come out really nice!
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post #15 of 53 Old 12-16-2020, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you. Learning a lot along the way. Rebuilding the T5 was a stretch and will not know if I did it right until I can drive it again. But really enjoying the build.
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