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1955 Cj5 Project

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by Valentino84, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. Jun 30, 2019
    Valentino84

    Valentino84 New Member

    Albuquerque NM
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    Seems like forever since the last update, but today we got some steps checked off the list... and i saw a scary big spider! (center, on the wires)

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    I forgot to take pictures this trip but i got the oil canister reinstalled after 4 attempts (the hose output was wrong a few times) and i got the coolant hoses reconnected with a new thermostat installed. I'm 90% sure i got it correct, with the spring side facing down into the block.
    Heater control valve got installed and i finished the linkage for the carb. Got the loop disconnected from the trailer hitch with WD40 and a rubber hammer, just need to tie it up our of the way.
    That pretty much takes care of most of the larger things and i think next trip will be towing it to the new spot in the shade.
    We called it at 10:30am because it was already almost 90* and high humidity (for New Mexico) and next i need to try and get both oil lines connected which doesn't sound like much fun since i couldn't get my hand to the shorter ones connection point already. I hope it doesn't require i pull the whole radiator, but it might be needed anyways since i wanted to get it cleaned out and pressure tested as it's been sitting for a long time. The older neighbor stopped by (portable compressor is LOUD) and gave me warnings about thumbs inside the steering wheel and how it's going to be a rough ride but a lot of fun. He seems excited by the idea of seeing the CJ running as it's been parked in this spot since he built his house almost 20 years ago!

    Unrelated to the build, but the weekends i'm not busy with other projects or the CJ i have been running USPSA matches and just earned my first National rank of D rating in Limited! With a few good matches i'll be moving up to C class and then it's a long road to B and eventually A but i keep improving with every match. One day i'll get some video to show off my John Wick-like skills :p

    a pretty picture showing off the high desert flowers...
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  2. Jul 5, 2019
    Valentino84

    Valentino84 New Member

    Albuquerque NM
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    Happy (late) 4th of July to everyone! Checking my pictures, looks like today marks one year since i took the first pictures of the CJ5 and got excited about getting it running again.
    We went up early this morning with a simple check list> 1) air up remaining tire. 2) Tow to new spot in the shade/under a cover (rain starts for Monsoon season tomorrow) ... but there was an issue. Neither my wife or i had ever towed anything like this before! Our strategy was to go slow and not get frustrated, i figured it would take half an hour and i could get it on jacks and possibly pull the fuel tank.

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    That tow bar is heavy! Last shot against the fence/down the hill in the clay, one day i'll have to figure out something to do with that trailer.
    Pulling it forward and up the hill everything was going great until i thought i could steer the Jeep around stuff while being pulled forward... a learning experience since it made the Highlander tires start spinning and the Jeep's tires (only @25-30PSI) started making scary popping sounds. Backing up a bit i quickly figured out the wheels need to be straight for it to roll and not be dragged up a fairly steep hill.

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    Top of the hill and we took awhile to plan out how to get it under the car port. The idea seemed simple enough... back it in, don't hit the concrete planter (at the Highlander's rear quarter panel) and park in a way so we don't block all 3 spots. It took almost half an hour moving it 3' forward then 2' back until i felt i could get a decent straight shot. This is where things got really challenging. The initial plan was to park the CJ furthest from the cabin, facing the same direction it is now and we'd just have to not hit the tanks or a support pole.

    With my lack of "trailer" reverse skills and considering we got the Jeep under the port, i decided to disconnect from the Highlander and pull around the loop for a straighter shot and just park it against the cabin. This still left plenty of room around it, lots of shade ... but there is a 2' drop on the other side of the bricks.

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    We tried to get it perfect for another half an hour and had to just call it after i did the exact same movement three different times. The issue was with the Highlander almost hitting a support (i had about 4" clearance) so we disconnected there and chocked the tires! I had to take all the tools i normally leave inside the CJ since there will be Electricians hooking up power next week. This means future me will be able to start working on wiring in the next few trips and one step closer to getting it started!

    While it wasn't exactly the same as driving it... i felt like a little kid on Christmas getting to hold the wheel as i got towed up the hill. All the creaks and pops, so much movement in the suspension, watching the ground go by through the quarter sized rust holes in the floor. I seriously can't wait to drive it!!!
     
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  3. Jul 5, 2019
    FinoCJ

    FinoCJ 1970 CJ5 Staff Member Sponsor

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    Fwiw...backing up a jeep on flat tow is pretty much hopeless...its not lack of skill.
     
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  4. Jul 5, 2019
    Valentino84

    Valentino84 New Member

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    Thanks! That makes me feels so much better. I remember thinking "ok, it moved about 2' with this much input. I'll just add a little bit more and.. STOP TRYING TO JACKKNIFE!!!!" and starting again.
     
  5. Jul 21, 2019
    Valentino84

    Valentino84 New Member

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    Another small update! We cleared out most of the spare parts from the back i don't see needing anything soon and found a few parts i couldn't identify. Hoping to get some help figuring out what they are so i can find them on the jeep and assess if they need to be replaced.

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    Middle-ish i'm fairly sure those are the U bolts used to hold the axle on the leaf springs, and on the bottom left i'm confident that's one of the "shackles" (not sure the official name) that attaches the frame to the leaf spring. The current ones on the CJ are just a "C", with the driver side one being crushed down a little, i think this was meant to go there.

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    Top middle; no clue what these are. There are two and they look like they mirror one another, i assume they go together. Same for bottom right; they mirror one another but not sure where they go on the CJ or if they belong to this Jeep at all. The two plates with posts look similar to the door hinge but i'm not sure on them either. The small metal bracket with two bolts is solo, no clue where it would go either...

    Any help with identification is appreciated! If i'm totally wrong on something please let me know as well, i'm very welcome to feedback :)
     
  6. Jul 22, 2019
    Buildflycrash

    Buildflycrash Member Sponsor

    Gulf Breeze FL...
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    The stuff on the lower left is obviously old / spare suspension parts. The other large items don't look like stock Jeep parts to me. You got a bin so stick it under a shelf and some of that medal will come in handy when you need to make a new transfer-case mount or other needed part.
     
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