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My Little "Barn" Find... '55 CJ5

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by durangotang, May 12, 2015.

  1. Apr 21, 2016
    mickeykelley

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    Just out of curiosity, what did the eBay speedo run? Love the look but my 58 didn't have the 'Willys' one.
     
  2. Apr 30, 2016
    durangotang

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  3. Apr 30, 2016
    durangotang

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    I might be wrong, but I think the "Willys" speedo only came on the 55 CJ5. They normally run somewhere between $100-$150 and most of them have broken needles. I guess I caught people sleeping when I got this one for $50.
     
  4. May 1, 2016
    durangotang

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    No mechanical changes or anything like that... it's just been my DD without any troubles for a year at this point. Took a little break today and drove up some forest service roads in the high country. Ran into snow pretty quick.

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  5. May 1, 2016
    wheelie

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    You did a nice job on this. Glad you are enjoying every day. Looks good in the photo, in the snow.
     
  6. May 12, 2016
    durangotang

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    Long day in the shop...

    Before:
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    After:
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    Yep, the southwind gasoline heater is installed, although not plumbed or wired. It was an easy project, just had to do the following:
    -remove original air/water heater from passenger-side firewall and relocate to the center behind the shifters.
    -install somewhat modified V6 battery tray on the firewall
    -build brackets to mount the heater to the factory battery tray
     
  7. May 12, 2016
    Focker

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    Nice install work.
     
  8. Oct 22, 2016
    durangotang

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    Plenty of work was done on the Jeep, but none of it was fun stuff.

    New head gasket
    Resurfaced head
    New ARP head bolts
    Rebuilt PCV
    New Radiator and hoses

    Jeep is running well again... was gradually losing power as the old head gasket was leaking between cylinders 2 and 3. Hopefully soon it'll be back to the fun stuff.
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  9. Oct 22, 2016
    Focker

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    Did you yank out the heater or is that a flash back pic?
     
  10. Oct 22, 2016
    durangotang

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    I took the heater out when I did the head gasket... hadn't put it back in yet when I took the pic.
     
  11. Oct 22, 2016
    Cap-n-Cray

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    Gasoline heaters are so neat...

    I have one for my 912 and a VW bus 6V heater and a torpedo heater that sounds like a jet when it's running...

    Very cool or hot...
     
  12. Nov 5, 2016
    durangotang

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    Winter is coming so I finally decided to insulate the hard top. Who knows, might actually make this thing tolerable in the summer as well. It'll be 1/2" foam with the ceiling being flannel and the walls being black vinyl.

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    Done for the night... we'll go after the vinyl tomorrow.
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  13. Nov 5, 2016
    Mark T.

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    I'm looking for a radiator and was wondering what yours came out of or what application is it for?
     
  14. Nov 6, 2016
    durangotang

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    I used a spectra CU1463 radiator that I bought new. You'll have to drill a hole or two to mount it and you'll need flexible adapter hoses from Napa, but it's cheap and seems to work great.

    https://www.summitracing.com/parts/sgt-cu1463
     
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  15. Nov 6, 2016
    Mark T.

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    Thanks!
     
  16. Nov 6, 2016
    Focker

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    I like the insulation...Please tell me your horn sounds like bag pipes!
     
  17. Nov 6, 2016
    durangotang

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    A little more work done... Getting the vinyl to cooperate is a bit trickier than the flannel.

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  18. Nov 15, 2016
    durangotang

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    So the starter went out... found a napa starter for a landcruiser that bolted right in after I enlarged a bolt hole. Works great thus far.

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  19. Nov 20, 2016
    durangotang

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    Started back in on the gas heater and the CB... Finally found where the controls will go, and it looks like the CB is living on the center console (makes for a nice armrest)

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  20. Nov 20, 2016
    Long&Low

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    I have that same idea with either flannel or tartan for the interior of my to be gotten half cab for my CJ6 project. What are you plans for the rounded top panels?

    I plan on permanently mounted the half cab to the body to cut down on vibrations, squeaks, and rattles and lining the cab with sound deadening material. The donor for my project has A/C so I want to make this pretty comfy.
     

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