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|08-02-2021 06:18 AM|
Originally Posted by NashvilleTJ View Post
|07-31-2021 07:34 AM|
I donít care how strong that pipe is - it will still collapse under the weight of the awesomeness of you rigÖ.
Thatís cool. Canít wait to see it completed.
|07-26-2021 07:53 AM|
I got the Jeep all cleaned up and took it to a car show over the weekend. I did not get any trophies, but the people enjoyed seeing it flexing a little on my display stand... ie. 4 wheels welded together.
I started building my RTI ramp yesterday out of some reclaimed oil field pipe. This pipe is way heavier than I expected. It is 2 3/8" .250 wall tubing. It will certainly be a strong ramp.
|07-19-2021 07:22 AM|
More Jeep things over the weekend. I went to the inaugural Great Lakes Jeep Jam with my oldest son. We visited a college for him in Erie first and then did Jeep stuff in the rain. It was a very wet weekend with flooding all over. The event was Thursday through Saturday. We missed Thursday because of the college visit. Friday I focused on video to help get the event some visibility for future events. I have about 200 individual video clips to put together into a handful of videos... ugh. They had a playground set up and a vendor area on site and had a bunch of off site activities. They did a hill climb at Peak and Peak ski resort, which was actually a little challenging due to the rain. They did a beach crawl down at Lake Erie every morning. The most exciting part was the offsite trails at a piece of private property that had some fun stuff. I walked the whole thing while filming the intermediate trail... in a monsoon. I did wheel the extreme trail, but my son and I still got a ton of footage. There was a fair amount of carnage on that trail, which eludes to the difficulty of the trail. I can't wait to share all the video. They had evening parties as well.
Here is a pic from the top of the ski hill.
|07-01-2021 07:15 AM|
I promised a wheeling report from my last outing so here it goes... I blew off work on Friday so we could drag DaddyJeep down to Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) to meet up with Hollie Fowler of MischiefMaker. Along with Hollie, there were quite a few other notable figures in the Youtube world. There were the guys from the Jeep Life Podcast as well as Josh and Ashley from Ohio Offroad.
I was scheduled to ride with the group on Saturday so we were on our own Friday, well at least most of it. We did end up finding the group and tagging along. We stuch with some easy stuff on Friday because I didn't want to risk breaking anything. We found some really tight blue trails and bent up my fender flares some more squeezing between trees. My oldest son got some seat time on some of these blues. Trail 34 was a good time and had this cool culvert at the end to flex in.
We ended up catching up with Hollies group and almost immediately broke the rear drive shaft that I just built. It turns out that I did a really crappy job welding in the tube. That's why we carry spares. I just ended my day there and got my obligatory pic in the coal bucket.
We had a pretty serious group of Jeeps on Saturday and headed over to the Eastern Reserve. We ran trail 102 out to a new section that was just cut. It was pretty gnarly and off camber. It took us quite a while to get the group through, do I get a bunch of good video of everyone there.
A pic that I pulled from my dash cam video showing just how off camber it was.
After we all got through there we worked our way to Fern Ridge where there are a bunch of black offshoots to play in. At the exit of the first one I ended up twisting my spare drive shaft completely in half. At least by this point it was already 2:00 so I did get to enjoy wheeling most of the day.
Luckily the way this section of trails was set up I was able to stay with the group and just shoot video. There was some crazy stuff on these black off shoots and I was really bummed I couldn't play. There was one climb in particular that none of the short wheel base guys would even try. I would have loved to give it a shot. Holly actually ripped off a brake line on that climb by slipping off a rock and dropping into a hole. My video is going to cover a bunch of really good stuff so keep an eye out for that. I am still editing another video that I need to get up before that one so I suppose I need to get to work. One last pic of our group from Saturday.
|06-15-2021 08:01 AM|
Originally Posted by AZdEvilYJ View Post
Here is Halle from Mud For Makeup posing with DaddyJeep while I was on a parts run.
All in all it was a pretty great year at Bantam. It was exhausting, but a great time as always. I spend pretty much all of my time guiding on the black trails and we did get a bit of rain right before the event and overnight on Saturday. This made the rocky climb section really tough. It was a great example of east coast wheeling... muddy slippery rocks with deep holes in between. We did have a bypass for that section and did shut down the good part for most of the event. I did have the opportunity to guide the guys from Dana Spicer on Sunday, advantages of being a long time volunteer I suppose, and we opened up the good stuff again. I got lots of great video of them and a few other people that got to go out with us, but not much of me. I actually posted a video every day we were there so I spent my evenings editing.
To further consume the little down time that I had I killed my fuel pump on Saturday. It was a 4 or 5 year old E2000 pump, so I should have expected it and had a spare pump. I ended up finding a pump at a vendor , but after installing it I found out that it only flowed 2.3 PSI. This was enough to limp it back to camp, but nothing more. I ended up picking up an in tank pump for a 90's Chevy truck with the 350 and dropping it into the fuel cell through the fill hole. It is certainly not a good fix, but it got me through the weekend. I also bent three of the four new fenders. I sue the rear tires to pivot off of trees a fair amount on tight turns and I guess I didn't design them as good as I thought. Oh well. While cleaning up the Jeep I noticed about a quarter turn of twist in my rear drive shaft. Time to either retube that one or just build another JY one. Anyway, here are a couple pics. Go check out my DaddyJeep Garage youtube for lots of good video.
Last... one of the "selfie spots" we have available for people to pose their junk on. This was after hours while we were taking down the inflatable welcome sign.
|06-10-2021 11:12 PM|
Excited to see the wheelin pics!
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|06-09-2021 06:10 AM|
It's time.... I'm leaving for Bantam in an hour. Everything is done, Everything is packed. I hope I see some of you there.
|06-08-2021 07:10 AM|
WRX seat install is officially done. It wasn't too bad of a project. The only thing I used from the YJ seats was the bottom of the inner bracket. I cut it off to have the contoured piece to match the floor. I used a piece of 2x4 tubing for both outer brackets and cut up some 1/8" plate to build the rest of the inner mounts.
Inner mount before adding a 10" long plate on the outside edge. These pieces were tacked in place while in the Jeep to set the height and positioning of the bracket. They also provide triangulation for strength.
Outer brackets... They were cut out of 2x4 .120" wall tubing and welded to the seat frame. It is a real simple design, but worked perfectly.
I also got all my new Scosche mounts in place on the dash to hold all my communication stuff... phone, Baofeng, and mic.
Finally, I built a new track bar bushing. Yep... I said I built a bushing, I found a polyurethane leaf spring bushing and turned it down to fit in my lathe (drill clamped into my vice with a zip tie around the trigger). I used the grinder with a flap disk to turn down the diameter. There should be much less wander now.
|06-02-2021 11:45 AM|
We did a little wheeling over the weekend. It was nothing hard core, but fun to get out anyway. It was nice to finally be able to drive it to a buddies place instead of having to put it on the trailer. It went down the road fairly well. I need a track bar bushing badly so there was a fair amount of wander, but very little body roll or vibrations so I was real happy about that.
I decided to give up on the camper for now and focus on a couple more things on the Jeep list. First off was pulling that broken axle shaft out of the left front. Of course it broke at that tapered spot just before the splines. I have no idea why Dana put that there in the first place. It is obviously the weak point of the shaft... Oh well. New Yukon shaft is going in now.
I also got my back up lights kind of working. I would like them to come on when in reverse, but need to either buy the switch kit from Winters or fabri-cobble something. For now they are just on one of the toggle switches tied to my repurposed TJ PDC.
I also decided to see what it would take to get my Subaru WRX seats into the Jeep. Well, I broke off a couple bolts in the stock YJ seat so I guess I'm all in now. I started modifying the passenger side seat mount. First I cut about 1.5" out of the front to level everything since the WRX seats are much higher in the front. Now I need to lower the whole mount another 2". There is no going back now.
|05-24-2021 12:46 PM|
I finally installed my flush mount tail lights. I've had these in a drawer for I think 8 years... lol. I did also install some 2" back up LEDs too, but don't have a pic yet. One more step to road worthy.
|05-19-2021 01:40 PM|
Originally Posted by 87TPIYJ View Post
|05-19-2021 12:46 PM|
Did you use a bottoming tap or cut your tap to get the threads you needed? Definitely 3/8 lines
|05-19-2021 10:55 AM|
The hydro assist project is wrapped up for now. Everything is together and nothing is leaking. I haven't had it off the lift yet, but it seems to be working ok. They steering is a bit heavy, but it doesn't change at all when it is in the air vs on the ground. We will know more when we actually drive it. I am wondering if it is heavy because I used 1/4" lines. I suppose I should swap them out for 3/8 at some point and see if it changes.
Today's lunch break activities included a new pinion seal on the Dana 44 and a new Spicer 1330 yoke. This is an upgrade to the 1310 yoke that I had with one of the little retaining tabs broke off. My better front drive shaft has a 1330 yoke and I had to run a conversion joint before. I guess maybe I should put a conversion joint on my other shaft now so I have a spare.
|05-13-2021 01:10 PM|
We almost have functioning hydro assist. I got the box drilled and tapped while it was still in the Jeep. The fluid coming out of the holes helped flush out the chips. I ran a magnet in the holes often to get what I could out of them. I am also installing an in line transmission fluid filter just in the return line in case I missed a chip or two.
You can see in the lower hole where it cuts into the fluid passage inside the box. I made sure the drill just touched the back side wall to maximize the thread engagement of the fitting.
Finally with the lines installed. I had to keep grinding more off my tap and cutting a little more threads to get the fittings rotated just right.
Once I get my filter installed I can start it up and see how it works. Of course I still have a broken axle shaft so I won't really know yet how it will do pushing past the spool.
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