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04-04-2021 11:25 PM
daddyusmaximus Doesn't have anything to do with the Jeep, but hope you all had a Happy Easter. I did.

It was also Brandy's birthday. (my service dog) She was born 7 years ago on Easter Sunday...
This was her this morning out in the back 40 on Princess Rock, where her predecessor is buried.
03-28-2021 07:58 PM
JoonHoss Nice! Welcome back, appreciate the update!

That three way switch on the left of the column could be a fun anti-theft device!

03-28-2021 07:34 PM
daddyusmaximus Started laying out the dash. It may not follow any specific model... but it will retain the military flavor, so most people probably won't notice...
03-28-2021 07:31 PM
daddyusmaximus Well, I'm back... lol. Weird thing is, I'm back in my original form. This stupid forum keep kicking me out with bad passwords, and I re-joined as "Space Ghost" (my call sign in Iraq) then "Angry Old Man" when I got pissed... So now My computer died. Had to get a new one. To be honest, I had given up on this forum, but when I got the new computer, I thought I'd give a shot once more. The site sent me a link to reset... but BAM... with my original username.

Well a lot has happened. Not as much as I'd like. I still have a small budget, so parts come slowly. I'm still a cripple, so I work slowly. However, just me being gone so long means there has been "some" progress made. Both axles have been rebuilt, and are back under the frame. A Detroit Tru-Trac resides at each end. In keeping with the "Army jeep" theme, I was tinkering with ideas to hide the stereo system. Here is my sub enclosure in progress...
02-06-2019 06:35 PM
yjpadawan SUB'D. Lookin good. I have a 318LA in mine!
02-06-2019 08:44 AM
Originally Posted by Space Ghost View Post
This thread cannot continue... I had a problem with my account, and had to register under a new name. I am no longer daddyusmaximus on this forum. I am Space Ghost on here now.

Part 2 is here.
Why not just continue posting in this thread (as the artist formerly known as daddymaximus)?!?!

02-05-2019 09:16 PM
Space Ghost This thread cannot continue... I had a problem with my account, and had to register under a new name. I am no longer daddyusmaximus on this forum. I am Space Ghost on here now.

Part 2 is here.
10-28-2018 10:40 PM
daddyusmaximus Left = March 24th.
Right = Today.
Slow going, but it's going... and it's gonna be worth it.

10-28-2018 04:26 PM
daddyusmaximus After making the bottom and sides of the frame look nice, the top of it needs the same treatment now. I still have to do the internal coating as well.

My Advance Adaptors motor mounts came in too. (the CJ5 had a homemade set welded in with no rubber to absorb the vibrations) Now I’ll be able to place the Mopar 360 in it’s new home sometime over the winter.

10-28-2018 04:25 PM
daddyusmaximus Here is the rear Dodge truck Chrisler 9.25 axle.

Here you can see both the good, and the bad. It’s been converted to 4 wheel discs, and they worked very well on the CJ5. I kept the Wilwood propotion valve to use on this, but I will add power brakes. Cool thing is whoever did the conversion used the same calipers as the front. You can hardly see them inthis shot, but the builder mounted new spring pads, without cutting off the old truck pads. They are behind the leafs. The towers were for home made traction bars, but they didn’t allow for spring movement, and kinds put the suspension in a bind. They were just single arms with heim joints at the ends. You can also see how long Napa U-bolts are…

10-28-2018 04:25 PM
daddyusmaximus Here’s a shot of the front Dodge truck Dana 44 axle.

This isn’t the one that was in the Jeep I got the drive train from. I was driving that CJ5 up until I blew a hub at The Badlands offroad park in Attica, IN. I still have that axle, and will have to use it for parts to rebuild this one. Scrapyards being what they are these days, I couldn’t get one to sell me parts. Had to buy an axle, but that’s no biggie, as the other one had a slightly tweeked long tube anyhow.

I’ll have to use the outer from the old axle as it has the proper crossover high steer conversion done to it that was being used on the CJ5. Those components will come over to the CJ7.

10-28-2018 04:24 PM
daddyusmaximus Today I started out with one goal, but completely changed gears. My Eastwood Internal Frame Coating came in the other day. I didn’t want my frame to rust from the inside out, so I set to getting as much of the debris out of it as I could to ready it for the coating. Not fun holding the shop vac up to one hole, while blowing the air compressor into another… all the while having to quickly shut down the shop vac every time the air compressor kicked in to keep from blowing the garage circuit breaker. Yeah, everything is on one breaker. 120 year old house, 50 year old garage…

Realizing the coating would settle as it dries, and that water and mud also settle… I figured the frame should be right side up for this process. This is where everything changed. Once I got the frame flipped, I remembered how much I was looking forward to setting her on her axles… So I figured I could coat the inside of the frame later… with her sitting on her axles.

I used the cherrypicker to lift the frame high enough to wheel the rear axle under it.

I had remembered that I needed to put anti-seize on all the shackle bolts, so I needed to take them off anyway, even though I had got a bit ahead of myself torqueing them down. Thankfully, I thought of this before I went to bolt the axle in, and loosened them. I was so damn pleased with myself. My short term memory is totally shot with my TBI, (Lots of long term stuff missing too) and this really saved me a lot of frustration today. The amount of cussing I would have done had I tried to line up the leaf pins with them torqued would have been great. Also, someone else had pointed out (rightly so) you torque them with the weight of the vehicle on them…

I forgot to get a photo of the front going in, but she’s a roller.

10-26-2018 07:35 AM
oaks3 The 79 cj7 I have looked IDENTICAL to the one you had before you started your build! Brown with a black top!! Great buy is an understatement at $120! I got mine for free! My father in law passed away and my mother in law gave it to me. Sat for 12 years. It’s been quite the time money wise. I am not very car savvy and I am doing things little by little to get the Jeep up to par. These forums really help! thank you for your service! I am eagerly waiting to see what is next for your Jeep! Keep us posted!!
10-21-2018 09:02 PM
daddyusmaximus Got the springs painted, and on, hopefully for the last time. I'm pretty sure they won't be coming off any more so I went ahead, and did a final red Locktite, and proper torque on them. PLEASE GOD... don't make me have to take them off again. The hope is to move on from here. I'll give her a few days for the paint to cure up, then I'll flip her over and test fit the axles to see if I should have waited on the Locktite or not... lol. They'll come off later for a full rebuild, all new seals, and bearings, and what not. Air lockers if I can swing it.

Motor mounts are ordered, and on the way for the Mopar 360. I'll need to get some brake and fuel line stuff. This should be interesting. Never bent hard line before. There's shock mounts, steering box, and a few other things to get taken care of before I start in on the tub. Fun winter ahead...

10-18-2018 05:00 PM
daddyusmaximus First coat of desert sand is on the frame...

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