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Thanks to the greed of photobucket, the photos are no longer embedded into the threads. It has been a pleasure to share this information with forum members and guests. The following link will lead to the bulk of relevant photos related to this thread:
http://s130.photobucket.com/user/Fatman_CJ7/library/Reassembly?sort=2&page=1

Well today is the first day of final assembly for the CJ. We have done all the mock up, we've painted, welded, sanded, tweaked, all the major parts that are going to be messed with for the most part. (Sorry the tub is not done yet) but we've got to get the roller ready so we can go pick it up soon.

I'll be brief in a lot of this thread as most of the sub assemblies have been done and discussed in other threads, ie. you will see the suspension go in as a whole but I not be going into detail about regearing, caster, hubs, brakes, etc, as I have threaded this information in the past and a majority of this was done in mock up. I'll try to hit on some of the details that you won't see on most other jeeps, why I'm using or making a certain product as well as providing information on the products and distributors that I use.

In 3 days 11/27/07, I will have had this Jeep for one year, I'm sure I could have done this project quicker and spent more time working on it, (ask my wife, she'll tell ya this is where I spend ALL my time) but truthfully I have to balance this with family and work. I am estimating that I have four more months of work before I am 100% complete and ready to road test.

This is thanksgiving weekend so, I do want to thank some people who have been a tremendous help in the past year. My Son who has done ALL the stuff I didn't want to do, he has been great and I think has learned a lot in the process. I can't wait to give him the keys. I'd also like to thank my buddy Eric who comes over and helps every time I ask, he's helped me with parts on my jeep, tools, vendors, just a great friend. Eddie has also been just an incredible asset with the products he makes to custom one offs he's done for me and being able to bounce ideas I had for this Jeep off him when I was first planning the build, THANKS BESRK! And there are another 10 dozen of you guys out there that have sent tools, needed tools, bought, sold or traded parts as we all needed them. Thanks to all you guys for making this an enjoyable platform to receive and provide information. !!!!!

OK, so I finished the 2nd coat of Chassis Black on the frame and misc parts on Wed (nice 75* day), rolled everything into the garage and cranked the heat up until I got back in town last night.




This morning Aryn & I moved the frame out to the driveway and put the suspension back in place. Completely rebuilt, regeared D30 & D44 with new everything! Rebuild and gearing was done by Ted Wendel of Richmond VA.






Brakes, were all reinstalled, sway bar, shocks, pitman connection, bump stops, ...




Brake lines, prop valve,


One thing I'm doing is running the rear lighting harness inside the frame as well as the tow electrical setup:


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Fatman, Are you willing to adotp. I am 21, all my bills are paid for by Uncle Sam, and my only expense is my Jeep. So what do you think?
 

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Well "guten Tag" everyone!

Man what an awesome time, WOW! One thing about a two week vacation... it sure as hell is nice to get home.
Spent a week in Switzerland, 2 days in Venice, 2 Vienna, 2 in Prague, and 2 in Paris. Got to see a lot of the things I had read about as a kid in history, went to the Louvre, saw the Mona Lisa, so so much it seems like a blur with out stooping to rethink some of the things we did. Def glad to be back, miss turning on the TV and hearing English. Funny thing is my painter is still in France so I'm waiting on his return so I can pick up the tub. I'll have updates as they happen and I'll post a link to some trip pics as soon as I get em up loaded. Still trying to get the body and brain to adj to the 6 hour time change, having gone 23 hours on no sleep I still couldn't sleep past 5am this morning.

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FYI, I thought I'd share some pics:
http://s130.photobucket.com/albums/p261/Fatman_CJ7/Z-Europe 2007 - 2008/
click on the sub folders on the left.
 

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Fatman said:
Well "guten Tag" everyone!

Man what an awesome time, WOW! One thing about a two week vacation... it sure as hell is nice to get home.
Spent a week in Switzerland, 2 days in Venice, 2 Vienna, 2 in Prague, and 2 in Paris. Got to see a lot of the things I had read about as a kid in history, went to the Louvre, saw the Mona Lisa, so so much it seems like a blur with out stooping to rethink some of the things we did. Def glad to be back, miss turning on the TV and hearing English. Funny thing is my painter is still in France so I'm waiting on his return so I can pick up the tub. I'll have updates as they happen and I'll post a link to some trip pics as soon as I get em up loaded. Still trying to get the body and brain to adj to the 6 hour time change, having gone 23 hours on no sleep I still couldn't sleep past 5am this morning.

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FYI, I thought I'd share some pics:
http://s130.photobucket.com/albums/p261/Fatman_CJ7/Z-Europe 2007 - 2008/
click on the sub folders on the left.
Nice vacation pics, great to see a fellow Jeeper and his family go see the otherside of the pond. Always want to go to Prague. Now, get back to the reassembly. I keep going back to pics and hym and hah at what I should do since I have no choice but to do a frame off. Man, I love the build up, gives inspiration to all.
 

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Still alive??? Where are the updates??? I've been checking the NC obituaries and have luckily not seen any dead Fatman's. So, you have no excuses.

Seriously though, I hope everything is alright.
 

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Yeah man your vacation is over, get back to the jeep and pictures.

Oh and btw I got my jeep running, timing was 180 degrees off. :)
well, you know what they say...Timing is everything!

oh, and Fatman, I concur, time to shed the ski boots, dust off the flip-flops, and get back to work!

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Fatman's alive and well.
Started a new job 4 weeks ago and have been going a 100 miles an hour.
Tub (according to my paint coordinator) should be finished today or tomorrow and possibly delivered Monday. If not I'll go and pick it up NEXT weekend. :mad:

I've got to get my flip-flops out, find my sanding partner :laugh: and get my buddy Eric to put down the Wii, (his wife is spank'n his *** anyway) :2thumbsup: and give me a hand put'n this thing together.
Have most of my parts sitting in the shop collecting dust, waiting to make this a complete Jeep again!
Hang in there, I'll get y'all your fix soon.
 

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and get my buddy Eric to put down the Wii, (his wife is spank'n his *** anyway)
you settle down with that, she beat me once
Is that the way you want to remember it? I'll gladly pay for your brides membership so she can set the record straight :laugh:
 

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Good day today! Made a lot of progress.
Eric came out and we lifted the tub of and set it on it's roller.
To cold to spray primer or herculiner so we set the motor / trans / T-case for the last time.










Got the exhaust set:








Waiting on the Herculiner:
 

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I bet it is just keeping dirt out from the rebuild. By the way looking good, that is one heck of a heat shield you got there, it can double as a step if need be. I want some pics of the steps installed PLEASE. I am still fabbing. Can't decide to go fixed or removable. Glad to see ya finally got your priorities straight. JC
 

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Looks great Fatman! From the pics you can see amount of time and TLC you have going into that project. The details that may never be seen under the tub and drive train. My hat is off to you sir.
 

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All that cool hard work and you disgrace it with a fram oil filter?
Show me the facts! Not a bunch of BS about your cousins babysitter knows a guy that met someone at XYZ Co. and he said ...., FACTS!

Looks great Fatman! From the pics you can see amount of time and TLC you have going into that project. The details that may never be seen under the tub and drive train. My hat is off to you sir.
Thanks Joe, glad you're liking it so far, things are about to go crazy with the final push to finish.

I bet it is just keeping dirt out from the rebuild. By the way looking good, that is one heck of a heat shield you got there, it can double as a step if need be. I want some pics of the steps installed PLEASE. I am still fabbing. Can't decide to go fixed or removable. Glad to see ya finally got your priorities straight. JC
Still going to put a layer of Dynamat on top of the heat shield.

You wanna see some steps eh? Just finished em up. Have a bunch of stuff to spray still, the steps go into that pile.





Right side:







Got the tub scuffed, if we get some temps above 64* we'll shoot primer.
 

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Dave, looking good there. Almost warm enough for the Herc job now.

I saw the comment someone made about Fram oil filters, and it reminded me I just read a big website write-up about filters in general. I've known since I went to engine school back in the early 90's that the regular non-HP Frams were some of the sorriest filters out there...they had far less filtration material in them. (the school had all the brands cut open for us to see)
This site here did the same, plus tested them
Conclusion was that regular Frams still suck, and some filters that didn't use to suck now do. (AC Delco now not made by AC Delco)
The Fram X2 is considered a good filter. Didn't see your pic so I don't know which one you have.

I rather suspect that if you change the oil when you're supposed to, it really won't matter much in the long run.
 

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Dave, looking good there. Almost warm enough for the Herc job now.

I saw the comment someone made about Fram oil filters, and it reminded me I just read a big website write-up about filters in general. I've known since I went to engine school back in the early 90's that the regular non-HP Frams were some of the sorriest filters out there...they had far less filtration material in them. (the school had all the brands cut open for us to see)
This site here did the same, plus tested them
Conclusion was that regular Frams still suck, and some filters that didn't use to suck now do. (AC Delco now not made by AC Delco)
The Fram X2 is considered a good filter. Didn't see your pic so I don't know which one you have.

I rather suspect that if you change the oil when you're supposed to, it really won't matter much in the long run.
The regular fram filter is just a paper element inside personally I wouldn't use another one after I lost all oil pressure and subsequently an engine after the paper collapsed (this was right after an oil change and I was given a fram filter so I used it) to each his own though that is just one in maybe a million filters and anyone could have a bad batch its just my own bad experience with them that I won't use them on my own vehicles. On a good note though they stood by their warrenty and bought me new crank and bearings

and BTW those steps are awesome
 
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