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Got some wiring done today. Figured out the headlights are still good, trimmed my 194 bulb holder to fit in the stock "amp" light socket, and installed toggles. Hopefully getting back to finishing the drivetrain tomorrow.
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We're mostly finished up now, just down to bleeding the brakes and taking care of some minor bits.

As soon as I filled the transfer case I noticed the front output shaft seal was leaking slightly. I figured I'd have to change it, guess I'll just do it later.

I discovered upon swapping the engine pulley that the main seal is shot. I have a new one coming, gonna see just how bad it leaks before changing it.

Had a bit of difficulty with the rear axle - I ended up warping the left side bearing retainer plate while using it to pull the bearing race in. I feel like it tightened down pretty flat, but I'm gonna order a new one and change it later. Better safe than sorry. I also couldn't get the right axle out of the tube with the tools I had so I left it in place. I'll have to go back and change that inner seal at a later time as well. When I put everything back together I discovered that there was too much play in the outer axle bearings, so I removed the thinnest preload shim. After reassembly and smashing each side a few times with my dead blow I have about .003" of play on each side.

Due to removing the oil bath air filter I improvised an aluminum bracket to attach my throttle return spring.

After fussing with it for over an hour I finally got the upper alternator bracket twisted around like a pretzel so it would fit the new alternator.

And I suppose lastly, we broke a brake adjuster bolt on the front trying to get it loose. So, couple of new ones coming.
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Your brake shoes are on backwards. Short shoe in front, long shoe in back.
 

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Just got back from a successful test run!

We got the front brakes bled but the rears wouldn't get any fluid. I'm going to change the longest line running from the T fitting at the front all the way to the flex line in the rear. I'm assuming something has it stopped up.

I was able to rig up a clamp for the end of the emergency brake cable, and that whole assembly is working properly.

The alternator functioned perfectly the whole time. Showing about 15 volts while charging at any RPM over idle. The indicator light works great too.

There was no indication of an oil leak at the front main seal at all even though I yanked out the metal spring. Guess I'll keep driving it as is for now. lol Oh yeah, can anyone confirm whether the timing cover needs to be removed in order to change it?

Honestly the biggest thing I need to do right now is fix the front transfer case output seal because it's noticeably leaking. Took the wife out for a spin and she enjoyed it. Still gonna keep working on the little details, but I'm super happy with how it's turning out!
 

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I guess it's time I can give a quick final(ish) update.

Turns out the flex line is what had the rear brakes stopped up. I replaced all the lines going to the rear and now all four brakes work properly. Additionally, I flipped the shoes on the front and adjusted all four corners. The brakes feel strong and work great.

I did some diagnosis with my multimeter and found that the Autometer volt gauge isn't reading just right. At idle I'm seeing about 13.5 volts at the battery and 13.8 revved up, which is about as perfect as you can get.

I installed the Pertronix unit and noticed a very immediate improvement in starting and idling. Because my coil was basically a stock replacement I hooked up the red + wire in front of the ballast resistor to get the needed 3 ohms resistance. My coil by itself only read 1.6.

Additionally I got the rear topper hatch resintalled which definitely helped with the cold air from my little excursion over the weekend.

I'm hoping to get it to the exhaust shop this coming weekend, but other than that it's pretty much all good.

Thanks to everyone who helped me get this project straightened out - it's been a lot of work, but a lot of fun as well.

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Good to hear that you are driving around and enjoying it. I have that same spacer on the alternator on my F-head... lol
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That's awesome, excellent effort working through all that.

So cool to see it out an about.

You may have mentioned before, but any further plans other than driving? Any changes/ upgrades forthcoming ? (Not that I think it needs anything)

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That's awesome, excellent effort working through all that.

So cool to see it out an about.

You may have mentioned before, but any further plans other than driving? Any changes/ upgrades forthcoming ? (Not that I think it needs anything)

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Good question! I still have two or three oil seals I need to change out, and I'd like to finish replacing the front brake lines. I know, not really upgrades - just things still on the to-do list. lol

I'm not sure where the doors are but I'm hoping to find and reinstall those as soon as I can. They're not in our barn so I'm thinking they may be at my grandparent's place somewhere.

As far as any future upgrades I can possibly think of:

Find a cool use for the PTO attachment
Maybe install an electric winch and retire the mechanical one (or hook the mechanical one to the PTO? Hmmm....)
Larger tires when the current ones inevitably fall apart
Some hand-holds on the passenger side, maybe mounted over the glove box door. So far my passengers have all been a little scared of falling out. lol
Obviously, install the largest and most gaudy-looking LED bar I can find. :poop:
Rebuild the Carter carburetor. It's leaky and just needs to be done.

The main use for this ride will pretty much just be exploring/patrolling our 40-acre farm. It's largely unreachable unless you hike, and can take a good twenty minutes to reach the lower field that I can simply drive to in the Jeep. (That field by the creek I posted photos of earlier.) I eventually want to clear enough space that I can drive the outline of our property in the Jeep fairly easily. It's nothing that a few weekends with a chainsaw can't fix.

I forgot to post this before, but here's a short video I uploaded over the weekend.

I don't recall if I mentioned this before, but I cleaned up and reinstalled the "auxiliary heater." It's an old, aftermarket under-dash AC evaporator that's simply been plumbed into the coolant system for use as a heater. It actually works remarkably well, but it's kind of useless without doors on the cab. Full blast it pulls about 6 amps, so I installed a DC motor controller rated for 10 amps that I purchased on eBay for $5.99. I had it on a Toggle switch initially, but now I have full control of the fan speed.

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If you had a pair of red and black checked blankets to throw over the seats it would be car show ready!
My town has one of the biggest Fourth-of-July celebrations for miles around. They pretty much let anybody ride anything they want in the parade, so I'm seriously thinking about shining and buffing the paint as well as I can and taking it. My four year old would love it. lol
 

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My town has one of the biggest Fourth-of-July celebrations for miles around. They pretty much let anybody ride anything they want in the parade, so I'm seriously thinking about shining and buffing the paint as well as I can and taking it. My four year old would love it. lol
Down here in Hinkle land there is no shortage of Jeeps. This past fall we had a Jeep Explosion and drew over 400 Jeeps of all types and vintages. (19) Pickens SC Jeep Explosion - Sept 25, 2021 | Jeep Enthusiast Forums (jeepforum.com) During warmer months we have family-oriented Jeep gatherings each month. I usually take ours to the quarter car wash and wash the pollen and dirt off, and maybe vacuum the leaves out of the floors. On the same day we have our monthly Jeep Club Cruise In we have Cars and Coffee so I usually show up for that too--one cleanup for two events. I've found that most folks appreciate Jeeps, cars, and trucks in the "raw" as much as they do the immaculate ones. A four-year-old will always think that Dad's/Granddad's old Jeep is the best-looking ride in any parade.

Have fun! I suspect now that you have it running it will be a different ride come July.
 
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Good news! Dad finally found the cab doors after looking several times. They cleaned up and bolted up pretty nice. Maybe we can enjoy that heater now while the cold weather holds out.

Also whittled out a 2" shifter ball at work last week. Might engrave the pattern later, but I do wanna make two more for the t-case. I've been machining and selling knobs to Cummins guys for a while now along with a few others now and then. I love making new designs and custom engravings for my own vehicles. Lol

Kinda random, but I also installed an automatic garage door opener over the weekend. Now I can finally take the Jeep out for an easy spin without getting in and out twi extratimes just to mess with the door.
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I'll be the first to ask. How much?
I usually sell knobs for $75 each, shipping included with PayPal. Just finished up the shift pattern on this one (also included if you want). I can also custom engrave whatever you want for an extra $25. Currently working on the two transfer case knobs.

If anybody wants a set of all three I'd do a combo for $200. Hopefully I'll have all three done for myself today or tomorrow.
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