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Chia's lack of a build

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by mb82, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. Apr 5, 2007
    mb82

    mb82 I feel great!

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    Well yeah I have not worked on Chia as much as some of you all have worked on your Jeeps but don't you fear I will.
    When I found him he looked like a brush pile
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    Got him home with a monster smile on my face
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    Unfortunitly I don't have the pics from the middle of the buildup for some reason but here are some more recent pics.
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    This is after rebuilding the body that while it looked OK in the pics was just trashed cleaning up the frame putting new axles under Chia with a new suspension and new wheels and tires. I am in limbo right now because of a lack of a rad and no way to put the motor in( shoulda thought about that before I got him).
     
  2. Apr 5, 2007
    Sledgehammer

    Sledgehammer Sure, I'll try it

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    Yeah, even those 4cyl's are heavy. At least the one I tried to pick up was. :)
     
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  3. Apr 5, 2007
    mb82

    mb82 I feel great!

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    Look closely to the bed area and then realize the rear tire was not under inflated R)
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    The motor problem is actually because of a lack of space to have a level jeep. There is no place in my yard or garage that is near level.
     
  4. Apr 5, 2007
    jayhawkclint

    jayhawkclint ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    OMG if that JEEP ever drives again I think you will have the greatest rebuild story of all time. I haven't been around long enough to know how yours got its name. Now I know. :shock:

    How did you find it? Was it in the family, or was it advertised for sale? (I'd be interested to know how that ad read!)
     
  5. Apr 6, 2007
    Chilly

    Chilly Active Member 2019 Sponsor

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    Do you have two trees about 6' apart? Sling a couple of log chains betwix them and ratchet that engine up about 4' with a power pull or chain hoist. Roll the bare nekkit chassis underneath and drop 'er down into place. Don't do it on a windy day or the engine will be swinging and jumping around like a pinya...piniat...one of those paper mache critters full of candy.

    Or erect a big tee-pee tripod of stout poles (or some of those trees I see in the neighbors yard) and do the same trick with the power pull. Have your insurance paid up and have your assistant dial 9 and 1 with a finger poised over the 1 button.
     
  6. Apr 6, 2007
    en480c4

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    I did the exact opposite... My engine was sitting on a dolly. I disconnected the front axle leaf springs and moved the axle out of the way, lifted the front of the frame over the engine, lowered it to get the mounts lined up, then lifted it back up and got the axle back under. Worked great.
     
  7. Apr 6, 2007
    mb82

    mb82 I feel great!

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    Nope the PO was a truck driver for my Dad. He knew I had been looking for a VW bug to make into a Baja bug but unfortunitly I just could not find a good candidate around here. He mentioned to my Dad he had an old Jeep and wondered would I be interested. We pulled up to its hiding place and he said I think it is under that pile of weeds.
     
  8. Apr 6, 2007
    Chris Insull

    Chris Insull All roads lead me back to the beach... 2020 Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

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    Let me know when you're ready to drop the motor in, I'll let you use my Cherry Picker...:beer:
     
  9. Apr 6, 2007
    Hawk62cj5

    Hawk62cj5 Captain of OldSchool

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    Chris someone has offered a fully equipped shop to help him finish the build ........ :toetap:
    Honestly it looks better this year then it did 2 years ago . :beer:
     
  10. Apr 6, 2007
    Chilly

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    Man, you're a danged genius. But your way doesn't sound dangerous at all. Lots of emergency room workers are counting on guys like me to keep them employed.

    MB82, I thought you were making a joke about buying a pile of weeds with a Jeep in the middle. You certainly snatched that one from the jaws of mother earth, just in time it would appear. Love those aluminium wheels. I'd love to find a set of those for my psychadelic wavy gravy SuperJeep.

    Chilly
     
  11. Apr 6, 2007
    duke54

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    Wow you look so much younger in those pics zackly how loog have you bin workin on the old girl..R) R)
     
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  12. Apr 6, 2007
    jeepfreak81

    jeepfreak81 When in Doubt, Pedal out!

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    I always thought it was Chia (Kai -a) and not Ch-ia like a Chia Pet R)

    Now I understand the name R)

    Those alum slots or turbines are the same wheels I wouldn't mind finding for the flatty one day.

    I agree with whoever said it above... if you get it moving you will have the greatest jeep salvage in history...
     
  13. Apr 6, 2007
    BlueComet

    BlueComet 1962 JEEP CJ-5

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    x2 for me on understanding where the name came from! That's really something - I admire your tenacity.
     
  14. Apr 6, 2007
    mb82

    mb82 I feel great!

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    Yeah man thanks for the offer, right now I am waiting on someone to get me their towbar so I can take Chia to stoney creek. So who has that bar now :toetap: R)
    Actually that was when I graduated highschool in gulp... 2000 has it been that long? gosh I better get to work.

    Chia got its name from Jerry, originally I had named it Brew but when I posted those pics Jerry said it looked like a Chiapet and thus the name stuck.

    Jason thanks for the compliment. Not much work has been done in the past 2 years.

    Guys when I get Chia done I know it will be a momentus day, in all actuality the only parts I should have saved were the vinplate and the t-case. The frame was not bad but everything else needed to go. Did I mention that the last time the Jeep shows record of being registered was before I was born :shock:
     
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  15. Apr 7, 2007
    Wmi68CJ5

    Wmi68CJ5 Let the Sun Shine!

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    Wow! that was I started my project 68................still working. Keep the faith!!!
     
  16. Apr 9, 2007
    mb82

    mb82 I feel great!

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    And the motor.
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  17. Apr 9, 2007
    brandon533b

    brandon533b Member since 2007

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    chia, cuz ya found em ina bush hu hu hu.:) :) :) now i get, sorry my wife tells me im a little slow.;)
     
  18. Apr 16, 2007
    mb82

    mb82 I feel great!

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    BlueFlu

    BlueFlu past owner of some ecj5's

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    Hope you get it running soon Jeff. ;)
     
  20. Apr 18, 2007
    mb82

    mb82 I feel great!

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    I would be if these silly guides would not be offering me free days on the water with them. The next two weeks I have two guides lined up for day trips. I am sorry I can't turn down a $300+ day on the water for free doing something I enjoy doing with guys I can learn a ton from.
     

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